For many trekkers the Annapurna region close to Pokhara outshines all others. It has the widest variety of geographical landscapes, ethnic peoples and cultural interest in Nepal. All these attractions are encapsulated in one major mountain massif. The connected range of the Annapurna peaks is gargantuan is size. The region hosts many different trekking trails and routes, most served by excellent lodges and good food. Treks covered in this condensed guide include the classic Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trek to Poon Hill above Ghorepani, affectionately known as the Poon hill Expedition, still attracts vast numbers. Lesser known treks include the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri route, the Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre treks, plus the Parbat Myagdi region and the Gurung Heritage Trail with their cultural home stays. Closely guarded with their magical and mystical ambience are Upper Mustang and the lost valleys of Nar-Phu.