Annapurna Conservation Area is a popular trekking destination, with well-maintained trails that offer breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan range. The region spans from lower altitudes with lush-green pastures and hills to the higher elevations of snowy mountains. Variations in the landscape offer views of beautiful gorges, rivers, caves, and mountain peaks, with high diversity in fauna and flora. The small valley is bordered by more than ten mountains over 6,000 meters – among them the Fishtale Mountain Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Tarke Kang (7,202 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Khangsar Kang (7,485 m), Gandrava Chuli (6,248 m) and Annapurna III (7,555 m).
The Sanskrit word Annapurna refers to an avatar of Shiva’s wife, Parvati. The goddess is the symbol of prosperity as she watches over both physical nourishment and the nourishment of the soul.