Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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Annapurna circuit trek is one of the epic and popular circuit treks in Nepal for trekking enthusiasts. The adventurous circuit trek is also known as “Round Annapurna trek” because we hike about 160 to 320 Km around the grand Annapurna region. For most of the trekkers, the Annapurna circuit trek becomes the controversial hiking route as they can feel the actual trekking experience in Nepal. The road trial of the Annapurna trek has a perfect geographical division, which takes the heart of the trekkers. We walk towards the Northside of the Annapurna region to explore the beauty of Mother Nature and end our trek in the southern area.

 The journey on the beautiful Annapurna circuit trek starts from the typical mid-hill while exploring the virtual scenery of Nepal until we reach the Thorung La pass. The Thorung La pass is the highest and most challenging point on the Annapurna region, which lies at the altitude of 5,416 meters. As we move forward on the trail, we cross the two thrilling rivers Marshyangdi and great Kali Gandaki gorge, which is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. 

Besides that, trekkers will pass through the paddy field, huge waterfall, and the villages of typical Nepali Gurung people who have been living in the mountains through the ages. You also get an opportunity to interact with these people to know about their unique culture and lifestyle in the mountains. It can also be beneficial for your research if you are doing research on the typical Nepali people living in the mountains.

 Annapurna circuit trek gives an exciting, adventurous moment while encountering the sub-tropical forest filled with rhododendron and fascinating landscape of lust nature. You also get the opportunity to see a fantastic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) which looks just breathtaking for your eyes.

Annapurna circuit trek also offers another famous place, “Muktinath,” which is well known for its Hindu temple as well as for Buddhists. Muktinath temple attracts lots of pilgrims each year, which is said that one time visit to Muktinath can clear all negative aura from people. Apart from that, the trail also passes through the small village Marpha, which is famous for Nepali Apple production. You can even try the local alcohol, which is extracted from the Apple juice and tastes so good, which you have never tried anywhere around the world.

The whole circuit trek takes about 10 to 15 days to complete with a side trip along with rest days. The time duration also depends on the trekker’s speed, but trust me, your trek in the Annapurna region will be worth it when you fully complete your journey. 

Annapurna circuit trek inflow lots of trekkers each year, so the number of tea houses and lodges are also flourishing in the Annapurna region. Trekkers can take a break in a cozy and clean tea house while enjoying hygienic food. If you are a pie lover, then a delicious apple pie will satisfy your appetite which can be the best apple pie you have ever tasted.

Why Would You love the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna circuit trek is the most adventurous trek for the daredevil trekker who wants to explore the unbeaten mountains of Nepal. The mesmerizing natural beauty of the region gives the trekkers exotic feeling which they have wished for a very long time. All the natural attractions, along with the unique culture of Nepali mountain people with a blend of dance and songs, will run into your mind throughout your whole life. 

How Difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek can be sometimes moderate and strenuous, which depends on the landscape. So, it is better to take some trekking experience with you, which could be beneficial during your whole journey. It’s common to have altitude sickness because the Annapurna circuit trek will pass through the highest mountains. So, take some altitude sickness medicine to make your trek the most amazing trek of your entire life. 

What kind of Equipment Should Bring for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Some of the travelers or trekkers make a common mistake by bringing unnecessary things with them during the journey. Annapurna circuit trek is a quite long journey in the mountains, so bring only necessary light things to make the trek easier and comfortable. Some of the items you should bring while taking a trip to Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal are:

  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • A windproof and warm jacket 
  • Warm trekking pants and shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • A good pair of socks
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (if you can’t withstand with the sun)
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottles (watertight and heat resistant)

The clothes will depend on people, if you have a habit of changing clothes regularly then bring extra clothes but not too much that you can’t carry in your backpack. 

Best Season for the Annapurna Circuit Trek 

The autumn (September, October, November, and December) and spring (February to May) are the most favorable seasons for trekking. The weather is pleasant and calm, which offers the fantastic crystal clear view of the mountains. The trek cannot be done during the monsoon season because the trail remains muddy and slippery, along with lots of sucking leeches.

Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Besisahar 790m. Drive from Pokhara to Besisahar takes about 6-7 hours by local bus or by private coach because there isn’t a tourist bus. In the evening you could have a walk around Besisahar. Besisahar is the center of the Lamjung district.

Day 02: Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310m). Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Besishahar, the trail makes ascend to Khudi Village at 790m, then reaches the first Gurung village as we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). The trekking trail continues ascends to Bhulbhule at 825m. It goes through Ngadi, Lampata at 1135m and Bahundanda at 1310m.

Day 03: Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m). Today, the trail drops sharply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chamje at 1400m. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 04: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m). The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyangdi Rivers progressively uphill to Taal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make trail poetry crossing an extensive, flat valley. The trail ascends a stone staircase to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan prejudiced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat covered stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the conversion Zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m). With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Timang at 2360m, then continues through the forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we get to the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are satisfied by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3300m). The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the towering Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb Pisang, 3200m. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3500m). Today we continue through the upper part of the Manang district, the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year in addition, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 08: Manang Rest Acclimatization day. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the wonderful views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we returned back to our accommodation & have a night’s rest. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 09: Manang to Ledar (4250m). Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the ascend progressively through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m. Overnight at Guest House. Day 10: Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then ascend up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 11: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m). The journey from Phedi , foot of the hill or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, starts the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may occur due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2713m.). The Trek ends here. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 13: Fly back to Pokhara (about 20 minutes, but scenic flight). Overnight at the hotel.

  • Airport transfers
  • An experienced  insured and equipped English speaking Guide
  • Internal flights and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Nepal with breakfast
  • 3 meals during trek
  • Teahouse accommodation on trek twin sharing basic
  • Tims permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Insured and equipped porter as on IPPG rules
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for Guide and other trek staff
  • Lunch and dinner in the city
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, changes of flight and itinerary
  • Personal drinks and Bar Bill.

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