Annapurna Circuit Trek (5416m/17469ft)
Trekking in the Annapurna region is one of the most rewarding trekking activities in Nepal. Both Annapurna Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek are extremely scenic adventures. Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate trek with a combination of easy walking and majestic scenery, which makes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4200m) also known as Annapurna Sanctuary. Because of its beauty it s also one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin located north of Pokhara. This magnificent amphitheater is called the sanctuary because of it’s natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna worshiped by the local population. This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. Many of the peaks are over 7000m, including the famous twin-peaked Machapuchare, as well as Annapurna I and lll, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome. The trek takes typically 16 days from Kathmandu and can be combined with further activities in Pokhara such as paragliding or white water rafting.
The Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best long distance mountain treks in the world and one of the best trekking adventures in Nepal. The full circle Annapurna trek takes 20 days to walk the entire distance. If your starting point is from Kathmandu it requires 24 days. The Annapurna circuit trek can also be modified for those with limited time or wishing to sample only a part of the Annapurna circuit trek. There are few options available such as the half Annapurna circuit trek with option to fly out from Manang or Jomsom. There is an option to visit beautiful Tilicho Lake at the base of magnificent Tilicho peak as a part of half Annapurna circuit trek, if
considering that option you would fly-out from Manang village. Along the Annapurna circuit, you cross the nearly 5000m pass of Thorung La. Another variation is to fly out from Jomsom village, this adds an extra dimension to the adventure of trekking in Nepal. You will be graced with visiting Mukinath and Jarakot, which are Buddhist villages with charming Tibetan character.
Those with time to walk entire Annapurna circuit trek will be rewarded with the experience of trekking the deepest valley in Nepal the Kali Gandaki Valley which is carved out carving it in between two 8000m peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.