Duration: About 21 days
Trek days: About 16 days
Max. Altitude: 5416 m
Region: The Annapurna Circuit trek is not only the most famous trek in Nepal but also one of the most celebrated treks in the world. If you are looking for diversity in both landscape and people, trekking the Annapurna Circuit is one of the best choices. The trek on the Annapurna circuit used to take three weeks, but due to the recent changes in Jomsom this three-week trek can now be done in 17 to 18 days. The Annapurna circuit takes you completely around the famed Annapurna massif and offers fascinating ethnic groups, incredible views of many of the Himalayas' most famous high peaks, crystal clear lakes, and turbulent rivers with deep gorges and hot springs. The Annapurna Circuit takes you into the heart of the high mountains of Nepal.
Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east.
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp combines some of the most spectacular mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal. This is a unique trek along local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland; you will be treated to unparalleled mountain scenery, surrounded by enormous glaciers in one of the world’s most fascinating regions. The Annapurna region is that north of Pokhara in Central Nepal, and includes some of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains.
Trek: The trekking starts in the foothills at Besi Sahar and rise to the settlement of Manang at 3500m where trekkers can acclimatize and enjoy the mountain views. Then the trekkers continue to ascend the trek they cross the famous Thorung La, at 5416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
From here they descend into the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side. En route back to Pokhara they pass through the many beautiful hill villages that populate this ancient trading route between Tibet and India. They can also visit the hot springs at Tatopani, and climb up Poon Hill, above Ghorapani, to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Accommodation and food is provided in the local lodges. Transport to Besi Sahar is by private coach and the return to Kathmandu from Pokhara is by air.