Rich in cultural and geographical diversity, Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) is visited by more than 70,000 tourists each year. You have to go beyond the ACA to complete the Annapurna Trek circuit.
Annapurna Conservation Area
Annapurna Conservation Area (IUCN Category VI) is the largest protected region in Nepal covering 7,629 km2 (2,946 square miles) of the 5 different districts and covers 55 VDC. Together with Gaurishankar, Api Namba, Black buck, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu Conservation Areas , it makes 6 protected regions of Nepal.
An innovative and successful approach to natural resources and tourism management has been carried out in the Annapurna region. ACAP practices a multiple-use method of land resource management, combining environmental protection with sustainable community development and tourism management.
ACA was born in 1985 and was declared in 1992. It is the largest company of the National Trust for the Conservation of Nature (NTNC) of Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) was formed and operates under the direction of the NTNC and with additional support from the World Wildlife Fund (USA) and the German Alpine Club. Most of the fund is met through entry fees of incoming tourists.
Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Manange and Loba are the main inhabitants of the region. The towns of Ghandruk, Chomrong, Ghorepani located within ACA are popular for their cultural and architectural wealth.
Things to see
Ghorepani-Poon Hill : Ghorepani 2,874 m (9,429 ft) is a small village located in the Annapurna hinterland, and Poon Hill is located in a popular Ghorepani radius to enjoy a landscape of surrounding mountains.
Flora and Fauna : ACA has 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 of mammals, 474 of birds, 39 of reptiles and 22 of amphibians.
Kali Gandaki Ravine : Kali Gandaki is known as the deepest canyon in the world. The gully separates Dhaulagiri in the west and Annapurna in the east.
Glimpses Of Annapurna