The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) contains some of the world’s highest peaks the world’s deepest valley-the Kali Gandaki River Valley. It is Nepal’s largest protected area of 7629 sq. km. It was established in 1992. The proposed conservation area encompasses the Annapurna range in Western Nepal. It is bounded to the north by the dry alpine deserts of Mustang and Tibet (China), to the west by the Kali Gandaki River, to the east by Marsyandi Valley, and to the south by valleys and foothills north of Pokhara (Sherpa et al., 1986).
The nearest town is Pokhara, some 30 km to the south. Access is by road from Pokhara Nandanda, and from then onwards by foot. The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) has an entire habitat gradient from sub-tropical sal forest to perennial snow harboring 22 different forest types with 1226 plant species including 55 endemics, 30 mammals, and 456 birds.
Brief History of Annapurna Conservation Area
In 1986 ACAP was implemented by MTNC in Ghandruk as a pilot project covering one VDC with an area of 200 km2
In 1990, its work area had expanded to 16 VDCs with an area of 1500 km2
Officially gazetted in 1992 covering 55 VDCs with present area
- To conserve the natural resources of the ACA for the benefit of the present and future generations
- To bring sustainable social and economic development to the local people
- To develop tourism in such a way that it will have a minimum negative environmental impact
- Some of the world’s highest peaks (Annapurna I: 8,091m, Machhapuchhere: 6,993)
- World’s deepest gorge: Kali Gandaki and one of the world's highest altitude lakes Tilicho
- Most popular trekking destination (76407 in 2000)
- Two distinct climatic regions (3000mm annual rainfall in the south (cis Himalayas) and <500mm annual rainfall in the north (trans-Himalayas) within a span of 120 km and altitude of 1000-8000m
22 different forest types
- A total of 1226 species of plants (1140 species in the cis Himalayas) including 38 Orchid species and 9 Rhododendron species
- 101 species of mammals including snow leopard, Musk deer, Tibetan Argali, Tibetan wolf, and Tibetan fox. 474 species of birds including 38 breeding species of birds at risk in Nepal, all six Himalayan pheasants found in Nepal. 39 species of reptiles and 22 species of amphibians.
- Nepal’s largest protected area and first conservation area with the entire habitat gradient from sub-tropical sal forest to perennial snow.
- More than 100,000 inhabitants and more than 10 ethnic groups (Tibeto Burbese: Gurung, Thakali, Bhotia, Ethnic Tibetan and Magar and Indo Aryan: Brahmin, Kshetri, Kami, Damai, and Sarki)
How to get there?
Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) is located near Pokhara, a town easily accessible from Kathmandu by air and road. Bus or taxi services are available from Pokhara to Jomsom which is located in the northern part of Annapurna Conservation Area. An alternative route is to reach Phedi by bus or taxi and walk for 1.5 days to reach Ghandruk via Dhampus -Landruk. Annapurna Sanctuary and base camp are located a 6-7 days trek from Ghandruk.
Here is a List 10 Best Trek in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- Short Annapurna Circuit Trek -10 Days
- Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek -06 Days
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill -12 Days
- Annapurna Short Trek -03 Days
- Khopra Ridge Community Base Trek -05 Days
- Tilicho Lake Trek -09 Days
- Nar Phu Valley Trek -9 Days
- Upper Mustang Trek -18 Days
- Mardi Himal Trek -10 Days
- Poon Hill Trek -02 Days
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