Name: Annapurna Conservation Area (IUCN Category: VI)
Area (km2): 7629.00
The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) has been established in 1992. It has an area of 7629 sq. km., which is the largest conservation area of Nepal. The conservation area encompasses the Annapurna himalayan range and also contains the world's deepest valley Kali Gandaki River Valley. It is bounded by the dry alpine deserts of Mustang and Tibet (China) in the north, by the Kali Gandaki River in the west, by Marsyandi Valley to wards east and by valleys and foothills of northern of Pokhara valley in the south border.
Brief History: In 1986 Annapurna Conservation Area Project was implemented by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the then King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) in Ghandruk as a pilot project covering one VDC with area of 200 sq.km.. In 1990, it’s working area was expanded to 16 VDCs with an area of 1500 sq.km.. Officially it has been gazetted in 1992 covering 55 VDCs with present size.
How to get there: Annnapurna Conservation Area is located near Pokhara, a town easily accessible from Kathmandu by air and road. Bus or taxi services are available from Pokhara to Jomsom which is located in the northern part of Annapurna Cons