Chhomrong is in the nerve centre of the upper reaches of the Annapurna
Sanctuary. Most of the lodges in the Annapurna Sanctuary are owned by people
from Chhomrong, as such there is no better place than here to get information
on trail conditions, avalanche danger and weather. Also, if you are missing
essential items such as sunscreen, sun glasses or gloves, there are many shops
here that will be able to help you out. From here on, the settlements are all
of recent origin and do not have well stocked shops.
It is also the place where you will see one more side of the imposing
Machhapuchhre. The shark fin that you have been seeing so far, now gives way
to 'fish tail' and that is what the name Machhapuchhre means in Nepali.
Chhomrong also has a basketball court if you are in the mood for a game. It is
quite an amazing experience to play ball with Himalayan giants for audience!!
Describing Chhomrong would be utterly incomplete without mentioning its active
Mother's Group. They effectively replace the state around here and also
oversee village cleaning, trail maintenance and trail construction. They also
run evening cultural shows here which is good fun for the visitors and a fund
raising event for the Mother's Group. It will be a evening well spent,
immersing yourself in local folk tunes while at the same time helping out with
a worthy cause.