For people whose religion revolves around catching every ray of sunrise, tourists go to the Annapurna Sanctuary hoping to heal their soul. Part of the Conservation Area in the north west of Nepal, it includes more than 8000 metres high mountains and some of the most fantastic scenery, villages and local tribes in Nepal.
More than a trek, this is a spiritual journey into the heart of the nepalese mountains, which starts on the lowland and ends on the outstanding high mountains with breathtaking view of the Annapurna range, a point where you are virtually surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks.
For close to two weeks, one can dwell and trek amongst the villages, the local tribes, the forests and the mountains, with the ultimate goal of reaching the 4 kilometre high base camp and laying one’s eyes upon the tall and majestic Annapurna I.
It is fundamental to walk up seeking specifically Poon Hill (3210 metres). Here, wake up at 5 o’clock and allow the first rays of light to heal the soul from the diseases of the civilization. True respite happens at Junhu Danda, where one can soak up in the hot springs, after a soothing walk through the magical rhododendrons-covered forest.
It’s the trail of happiness. Prayer flags are common and are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag bearer and those living nearby. The final steps of trail also offer traditional resting places, like the Himalaya View Guest house in Pokhara. Equipped with hot showers, scenic dinner tables and all the fundamentals for a soft transition back to civilization. On the menu is the local delicacy Buffalo Chilly and the healthful fermented dairy beverage Lassi.