About Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking covers 200 - 230 km approximately as it circles around the Annapurna Massif. Besides the fantastic mountain scenery throughout the whole trek, the altitude ranges from 900m to 5416m which accounts for every kind of vegetation from dense tropical jungles to the spectacular scenery of the high, arid Tibetan plateau. There are endless views of some of the world's most magnificent mountains; Annapurna, 8091m, Dhaulagiri, 8167m, and Machhapuchhre, 6993m. The highest and most exciting point of the trek is the challenging climb to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m.
Throughout our Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers and can easily feel the cultural shift as we reach the high mountains. The ethnic groups bear increasingly similarity to their ancestors in neighboring Tibet. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet, where not only salt was exchanged, but also new culture and religion penetrated this inaccessible region.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts with a scenic drive to the trail-head in the Marsyangdi Valley where we begin hiking through charming terraced farms and villages. The trail follows the great Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif where we are surrounded by great peaks on all sides. Beyond the village of Manang, on the north side of the Annapurna’s, we begin the tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We then descend through the deepest gorge in the world i.e. Kali Gandaki valley and finally reach Muktinath which is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. The trail continues through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley for two leisurely days to reach Ghorepani. We make the early morning hike up Poon Hill to watch the dawn break over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and savor another spectacular view. The circuit finishes with a day descent to Nayapul, where a vehicle will be waiting to take our tired legs to Pokhara. We will enjoy a well earned rest in the relaxing atmosphere of Lakeside with the unique appreciation of its luxuries and conveniences that come from a long trek in the mountains .
For those who have time limitation, we have an excellent option of choosing Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking which saves 3 Days period as we will be flying out directly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Another option is, we can escape the first couple of days in order to shorten the trip duration. Jeep drive option is available up to Manang village.
Another exciting addition to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, is the hike to one of the world's highest situated lake, Tilicho Lake 4915m, Tilicho Lake Trekking. The side trail to Tilicho Lake is an amazing experience and provides great acclimatization for the Thorung La Pass.
The best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking is from March - May during spring season along with blooming rhododendron forests and September - November in autumn season with crystal clear mountain views. Winter and Monsoon season trekking to Annapurna Circuit is also possible with a bit more preparations. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, time, private or group departures.