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Annapurna Region

The most popular trekking region in Nepal, the Annapurna region passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, with deep valleys and close up views of mountains over 22,966 feet (7,000m) tall, ancient stone settlements, Tibetan culture, and Buddhist temples and monasteries. Excellent lodges line the main routes of the Annapurna Circuit, the Annapurna Sanctuary, and the Jomson trek to Muktinath. The Circuit is one of the most walked treks in the country and is one of the most exceptional trekking routes on earth, crossing Thorong-La pass at 17,769 feet (5,416m) and requiring about three weeks. The Sanctuary requires about 10 days and is a direct route straight to the heart of the Himalayas, where tremendous sheer-walled peaks of 19,685 to 26,247 feet (6,000 to 8,000m) encircle the reverent trekker at the Annapurna Base Camp.

Easily accessible via a short flight from Pokhara or Kathmandu, Jomson is a town situated between two gigantic mountains in the Kali Gandaki Valley, at the bottom of the world's deepest gorge. From Jomson there are options to walk in either direction along the Circuit - the trek to the holy shrine at Muktinath is very popular and follows the ancient trade and pilgrimage route across the Himalayas.

Information & Facts

Language

Nepali is the official language. English is spoken in all major tourist areas.

Money

The official currency is the Nepali Rupee (NPR), which is divided into 100 paisa. As change can be a problem it is recommended that visitors have a supply of small notes handy. Tourist activities are often quoted in US Dollars and it is advisable to carry new dollar bills in varied denominations. Both Euro and US dollar travellers cheques are widely accepted in tourist areas and can be cashed easily in most banks and major hotels throughout the country. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted in many tourist hotels, shops, restaurants and travel agencies. Banks and moneychangers are present in all tourist places and in the major cities; all receipts from foreign exchange transactions should be kept so rupees can be exchanged back into foreign currencies on departure. Cash is needed when trekking.

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