Annapurna region is located in the heart of NEPAL Himalayas. Annapurna trekking has been wildly recognized as a naturalist’s paradise. Upper sub-alpine steppe environment port some of the rare Himalayan Thar, snow leopards and blue sheep. Other areas of the region protect various species of Birds such as the multi-colored Impeyan, kokla, blood pheasant among a multitude of other birds, insects and butterflies. Many plants included medicine herbal native to Nepal are found in this Annapurna conservation jungle. Annapurna conservation area has 100 varieties of orchids and some of the richest colorful rhododendron forest in the world. Visiting Annapurna region has easy access, comfortable lodges in the hills are plentiful. Trekking in Annapurna offers the brilliant Himalayan scenery, great landscapes, gorgeous waterfalls and lovely green valley. Trek in Annapurna start from 600 meter above sea level and Thorong la located at an altitude on 5416 m of Annapurna is recognized the world’s widest pass and one of the top first trek destination in the world.
ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The project encompasses the entire Annapurna Himalayan range, more than 7600 sq km. In an innovative approach to environmental protection, it was declared a “conservation area” instead of a national park. Annapurna region has large number of people inhabitants but traditional national park practices dictate that few, if any, people reside within park boundaries. In an effort to avoid any conflicts of interest, ACAP has sought the involvement of local people and has accentuate environmental education.
ACAP projects include the various training for Lodge owners, with an attention on sanitation, deforestation and cultural pride. They have trained guest house owners to charge a fair price for food and accommodation and cooking foods by kerosene. ACAP is supported by a “conservation fee” of Rs 2000 that is collected from all trekkers except SAARC who obtain trekking permits for the Annapurna region.