About Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit is a perfect trek to cover the entire geography and culture of the aesthetic Annapurna region.
During the Annapurna Circuit trek you will find the diverse route and landscape like subtropical forests, world’s deepest river George, ice flows and high mountain pass, lush forests, woodlands, and mountainous rivers.
The trek begins with the beautiful sight of the eighth highest mountain of the world, Manaslu.
When you move forward towards Thorong La pass, you will get to behold the beauty of mesmerizing Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Tilicho peak.
Continuing the trail, you enter Mustang where lies the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage town of Muktinath. Here you will cross the orchard village of Marpha. You will relish if you take out time to wander in Marpha.
During the Annapurna Region Trek, you will get to experience the hot springs.
From Poon Hill, you will see more than 20 highest mountains within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. This breath-taking scenery will certainly reconnect you with peace and provide you ultimate inner calm. You will also get a view of Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Machapuchare (6,993 meters), Manaslu (8,156 meters), Gangapurna (7,455metres) and Tilicho peak (7,134 meters) around the circuit.
You need to walk at least 6-7 hours a day, so it is recommended that you should work out or get used to walking before the trek. As it is a long trek, sound health upon physical fitness will make you comfortable throughout the Annapurna Circuit trek.
During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will get to know new climate as you gradually ascend towards Thorong La pass at 5,144 meters. Thorong La, the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit enthralls you with the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas.
Circling the Annapurna Region will not only rejuvenate you but also allow you to meet diverse Nepali culture in one trip. In Manang Valley and Lower Mustang, you will find most people follow Tibetan culture. The farmers of Manang breed yaks and also raise crops. Also, they follow the ancient practice of trading goods.
During the trek, you will get to Kagbeni, a village in Upper Mustang. The place is quite busy with constant streaming of Yaks and Mules carrying goods for trade.
Throughout the trek, you will come across many tiny villages getting closer to the massive mountains upon every climb.
Opened in 1977 for foreign trekkers, Annapurna Circuit Trekkers since then has become one of the popular and well-liked trekking routes for many avid-trekkers.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking will allow you to get a view of the mesmerizing Himalayas from different angles. Here, the mountains are visible from less than 1,000 meters of altitude.
The 19 days trek of Annapurna Circuit begins from Syange and continues along the Marshyangdi River accompanied by the majestic views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli.
The circuit is usually walked in the counter-clockwise direction as traveling clockwise will take long ascends.
Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the wilderness of striking moonscapes, rich Rhododendron forests, and High Mountain passes.
Mostly resided by Buddhists, the Annapurna region has surroundings decorated with colorful prayer flags and monasteries.
For the convenience of the local, roads have been tarred on both sides. Though many have a notion about Annapurna Region that it's losing its originality because of infrastructural development. However, the vast region with the numerous Himalayas has many off-beaten paths which let you go into the wild far from the habited region. These paths captivate passionate trekkers who are prepared to push for unknown.
Annapurna Circuit Trek, also known as ‘Round Annapurna Trek’ circles the grand Annapurna massif. Located in the north-central part of Nepal, you need to hike 160 km to 230 km to circle the mountain range.
During the Trek you will cross two different river valleys, Kali-Gandaki, which is also the deepest George in the world and Marshyangdi river valley surrounding the Annapurna range. Some of the hidden treasures in the forests are amazing waterfalls and tall cliffs.
Your accommodation will be in tea houses where you will get a cozy sleep and hygienic food. Also, you must try delicious apple pies made by the locals here. With increasing footfalls every year, the number of tea houses and lodges are growing accordingly.
You can also trek from Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,919 meters). This is an optional short trip if you want to explore more.
Best season for the trek is September, October, and November till the second week of December. Also, spring is another best season to trek in the Annapurna Region. Spring falls from February to May and these months offer crystal clear mountain views and open sky. You can also go trekking in the Annapurna region during the summer, however, monsoon will be uncomfortable. You are supposed to face a lot of problem due to leeches.
Regulus Treks and Expedition has various packages as per your comfort.