If trekking is your first love, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure in the wilderness you don’t want to miss, at any cost. This is a memorable hike that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, displaying some of the most astounding scenery on the planet. With tarred roads built on both sides of the geographical division, the expression ‘circuit’’ that this trek is so famous for will soon lose its shine; & the backpackers of today will soon look for the conveniences of the jeeps & buses sooner than later; however, take heart from the fact that in the massive never-ending Himalayas, there are always off the beaten paths that find new routes in the wild, leading trekkers into cut off village settlements that are still unnoticed by contemporary development, which attracts die-hard trekkers who are always prepared to go the extra mile in their quest for the unknown…
The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is said to be the best long-distance hike on the planet & was opened to globe trotter since the 1980s. The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass.
Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge.
This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips and rest days taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apples pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses…
The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit.
Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip. After Thorong pass we visit famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhists. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and a beautiful village in the valley is almost a must-visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers…
The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May because the weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views. But it is also possible to do the trek any time of the year. This trek can also be done in the summer but the monsoon period invites problems due to lots of blood-sucking leeches.
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Best Trekking Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Generally, the autumn and spring are the perfect and high trekking season for Annapurna Circuit trek. June, July and August are the low months to visit Annupurna region as the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon.
- Explore the cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
- Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
- Superb views of Mt. Manaslu, Pisang peak, Annapurnas, Himalchuli peak, and fishtail mountain.
- Thorong La pass (5,416m.) – one of the longest pass in the world.
- Hike along with the world deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki river
- Explore beautiful remote villages.
- Sightseeing in UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.