Annapurna Conservation Area
The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) is a protected area located in the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal. The conservation area covers an area of 7,629 square kilometers and includes the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu range.
The Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1985 with the goal of conserving the natural and cultural resources of the region, while also promoting sustainable tourism. The area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the snow leopard, red panda, and musk deer.
The conservation area is also home to several ethnic communities, including the Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi people, who have lived in the region for generations. These communities have their own unique cultures and traditions, and visitors to the area can experience their way of life through homestays and cultural tours.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular treks in Nepal, passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, and provides visitors with stunning views of the Himalayan mountains and the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life.
The Annapurna Conservation Area is managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which works to promote sustainable tourism and conservation in the region. The organization provides education and training programs to local communities, as well as manages trekking permits and ensures the protection of the natural and cultural resources of the area.
Activites: Trekking, Mountaineering
Accommodation: Resort Hotels, Lodges, camping
Access: From Pokhara which is 202 km by road or 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu
Best Season: March-May; Sep-Nov
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