The Annapurna Mountain Range is situated in the Himalayas in Nepal and consists of several peaks, with the tallest reaching a height of over 8,000 meters. The mountains and the regions surrounding them are protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is the largest conservation area in Nepal.
The region is naturally a popular area for trekking; the Annapurna Circuit trek circles the Annapurna Range, taking in some stunning Himalayan views and passing through hot springs, rhododendron forests and tiny hamlets along the way. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek leads up to the Annapurna Base Camp, and there are also a number of smaller and slightly less challenging trails.
Most visitors travel to the Annapurna Mountain Range as part of an organized tour, although the area is accessible via a bus from Pokhara and even by plane (weather permitting). A permit is required to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area. These are issued in either Pokhara or Kathmandu and are required to be produced to officials at several points throughout the region.