The Annapurna Himal includes the Annapurna Range and the subtropical area around Pokhara. This region offers relaxing as well as long and strenuous routes. Its climatic and ethnic diversity captivates and provides a taste of everything the country has to offer. Like its neighboring Dhaulagiri and Ghorka Himal the Annapurna Himal is located entirely within Nepal�s borders. In 1950 the Annapurna 1 became the first 8000 m peak in the world to be climbed successfully. The two mighty valleys of the Marsyangdi and the Kali Gandaki enclose the great range. The Annapurna circuit gains from these culturally and climatically diverse valleys which are connected by just one main pass, the Thorong La. The circuit is usually done counter-clockwise even though there are no compelling reasons for this.
The Dhaulagiri Himal and its foothills offer numerous less challenging and secluded hikes. The trek around the range is conversely more difficult. The environment here is rather rugged with forested canyons cut deeply into the landscape and spectacular passes.