Everything you need to know about the Annapurna circuit trek
Exploring the rich culture and nature are the major features of the Mt. Annapurna circuit trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is an outstanding trekking option in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. It is more isolated and a harsh trek, consisting of a sub-tropical, tropical, and alpine altitude landscape. It includes the tenth tallest mountain in the world and the highest pass of this region i.e. Annapurna I(8019 m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 m) respectively.
Trekking around the Annapurna region offers wonderful Himalayan views like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), and Tilicho peak (7134m). It also showcases naturally beautiful remote villages and rare floras and faunas of the entire region.
The Annapurna round trek follows the Marshyangdi River Valley in the beginning and goes through several climatic zones like from paddy fields and rural farmland to subtropical forest and the glacial zones. Regarding the altitude, it ranges from almost 800 meters to over 5000 meters.
This trek takes you to the edge of Kaligandaki gorge and river. It is the deepest gorge in the world. Poon Hill hiking is another attraction of the Annapurna circuit trek that offers awestruck views of sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan giants. Such as Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna II, Hiuchuli, Dhaulagiri, Machchhapuchchhre, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Gurja Himal, and Dhampus Peak.
This trek leads the trekkers to the beautiful ethnic villages enjoying the surrounding mountain views. It goes along the dense forests and crosses the suspension bridges. The terraced farmlands, waterfalls, and hilly gorges are the basic highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Treks. As trekking goes up, the vegetation becomes shorter and shorter, and one starts to see the grazing yaks and horses in the meadow.
Having a bath in the natural hot spring is another highlight of the Annapurna round trek. This spring is situated in a place, called Tatopani. There is a belief that this hot water relieves skin diseases. Besides, the Hindus dip in this hot spring river for their ritual purposes as well.
Round Annapurna Trek starts from Khudi after having a scenic drive from Kathmandu along the hilly area. The trail reaches Sirung by crossing the suspension bridge and the waterfalls. Chame is a beautiful place from where the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV can be seen.
Similarly, the way to Manang through the route of Upper Pisang offers stunning views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and other Himalayan ranges. Manang Village is the extra charm of the Annapurna Round Trekking trail, mainly inhabited by ethnic groups. So, the Annapurna trekkers get the chance to know them and their culture from the worm’s eye view.
Trekking around Mt. Annapurna introduces you to the popular Tibetan lifestyles of the remote regions of Nepal as well. It is renowned, especially in the Mustang district of Nepal, and lies en route to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
The trail rounds around the Annapurna area from the eastern -part with Mt. Annapurna I to the western part with Mt. Dhaulagiri. Thorung La Pass touches the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Crossing over this path is a little bit difficult as the trekkers need to walk on the rocky and icy path. However, our experience guide leads them in a very careful way.
Then the trek goes down to the holy place of Muktinath. It is equally a beautiful visiting site of Mt. Annapurna region. This is a sacred and significant place for both Buddhists and Hindus. Every year, most of the pilgrimage even from overseas come to visit this temple. It is a more mystical and holy feeling to worship in the Muktinath temple, which is a widely appreciated destination.
Furthermore, the scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara over the mountains and the relaxation time at the lakeside of Pokhara are mind-blowing experiences.
Regarding the Annapurna Circuit Trekking difficulty, it is quite hard to cross the Thorong La Pass until reaching Muktinath. So, good acclimatization is required to avoid complications as the trail is moderately strenuous.
Though Annapurna Circuit Trek solo is possible, we strongly recommend every trekker hire at least a porter for finding the route easily. Because it is a bit difficult to find a route even going through the Annapurna Round Trek Map. Besides, it is not an easy job to find a hotel at a higher altitude, especially in the high season.
October to November and March to May are the Annapurna Circuit Trek Best Times. During the monsoon, it is a little bit dangerous as the landslide may occur.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary is the longest itinerary of this region. It requires more days to complete the trekking as the trail includes the whole hidden beauty of Annapurna region sites. This itinerary can be made shorter too.
If you want to do other trekkings in the Annapurna region, you can join like Annapurna Base Camp Trek and so on. For more details, please, feel free to contact us.
List of villages meet during Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Yak Kharka
- Thorung Phedi
- Bhulbhule, etc.