Sublime mountain landscapes on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal 30 Apr 2017
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Rising in a great hulk of rock and ice, the Annapurna region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, and offers a variety of routes for all abilities.
The mighty Annapurna Massif rises to 8,091 metres, a huge and icy presence to the north of Pokhara. The spine of this range marks the apex of the main Himalayan chain itself, and the fulcrum of the continental divide. South of the Annapurnas there are alpine meadows, pine forests, musk deer and monkeys but to the north of the massif the valleys are bleak and bare, scorched by a dry wind and deep beneath the trans-Himalayan rain-shadow. This is part of a high, dry geographic and climatic zone that extends into Tibet and beyond.
Annapurna 1 is the tallest peak in the range at 8,091 metres; try a more modest climb on Insight Guides’ A Taste of Annapurna trip.