Annapurna Trekking has been wildly recognized as a naturalist's paradise. It begins at the lakeside town of Pokhara and leads north-west around the Annapurna Massif, through dramatic changes in landscape, climate and culture to the high village of Jomsom, near the isolated land of Mustang, deep valleys, gorge, high mountain passes, and sub-tropical to alpine vegetation, Buddhist monasteries, Muktinath Temple, ancient villages, ethnic people, their culture and their lifestyle. The region consists of Annapurna peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III & IV, Kali Gandaki River and several climbing peaks. The most prominent ethnic groups of people are Gurung, Thakali and Managhis. As well as Annapurna is famous for Wildlife animal like Pika, blue sheep, Ghoral, Snow Leopard and Himalayan Tahr. Mustang or Lo Manthang, the desert plateau located in the upper valley of the river Kali Gandaki, and to the north of the main Himalayan range also falls in this region. The popular trekking routes of this region are Jomsom, Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp , Annapurna foothills, Siklis, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Upper Mustang and around Pokhara. The best time to visit this region for trekking and mountaineering is during spring and autumn.Conservation launched the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. With international help, the project aims to integrate environmental conservation with development that can sustain the area's reserve base. The project aspires to improve local living standards, protect the environment and develop a more "sensitive" form of tourism. One of its most important function has been to develop and teach courses on environmental education in local schools.
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