Annapurna Circuit trek is an amalgamation of holidaying, trekking, cultural tours and sightseeing. This trek is #Voted one of the best long-treks in the world, which is solely designed to accommodate long duration of walking and exploration. Crossing uneven terrains, staying in ethnic villages, mingling with the locales and hiking on Hindu holy trail of Muktinath, are some of the USPs of this trip.
Walking 3 weeks at a stretch and lodging in locally available Tea-houses, traversing the Annapurna region and the outskirts can provide an acute insights on the ethnic lifestyles of Northern Nepal.
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You shall pass 4 different regions during the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi at the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys. Manang and Mustang at the higher elevations are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist, mainly consisting of Gurung tribe. Manaslu, Langtang, Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri are the dominant peaks scattered in the region, and you can always enjoy the macro or close-ups of these peaks at different parts of the trek.
Day by day, we’ve hiked in the company of the Annapurnas, admiring them from a distance in their shifting costumes of sun and shadow, sighing each time they hid behind clouds and cheering when they emerged. They feel like our mountains, our friends. Our Annapurnas.
~Ethan Todras Whitehall (NY Times)
Starting from a small town, Besisahar, the trek continuously crosses through the wider landscapes comprising of hills, mountains and peaks, only to end at the bustling town at Nayapul (the very Outset of ABC and Ghorepani-Poonhill-Ghandruk trek).
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Muktinath 3,710 m (12,172 ft) is considered a holy site by Hindus and Buddhists, alike. Located in Muktinath Valley (Mustang), at the foot of the Thorong La pass, the ancient temple is dedicated to God Vishnu (Hindu-Trinity) and is considered to be the 105th among the available Divya Desam (108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). Hindus call the sacred place ‘Mukti Kshetra,’ which literally means the “place of Moksha (Liberation).”
Ghorepani is a small village located at the elevation of 2, 874 m (9,429 ft). It contains many tea-houses, providing lodging and meals to the incoming tourists. Located at the major linking trails of ABC, Annapurna Circuit and other major trek destinations, trekkers often spend a night here to reach Poon Hill in the early morning to watch the sunrise.
Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November) are two of the great seasons for trekking in Northern Nepal. The weather is clear; days are warm and nights are cold.
The higher elevations in the region (Thorong Phedi and Thorong La Pass) may receive snowfall during post-monsoon, blocking the path, however, the lower elevations remain clear and dry.
Day 01: Drive to Beshishahar (830 m/2,723 ft), 6-7 hrs drive
Day 02: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m/4,298 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 03: Trek to Chamje (1,410 m/4,626 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,200 m/10,496 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,500 m/11,482 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500 m/11,482 ft)
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110 m/13,484 ft), 3-4 hours walk
Day 10: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400 m/14,432 ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 11: Trek to to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft) via Throng La (5,416 m/17,765 ft) en route, 7-8 hrs walk
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2,670 m/8,760 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 13: Trek to Ghasa (2,120 m/6,955 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1,200 m/3937 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850 m/9,350 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 16: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2,710 m/8,891 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 17: Drive to Pokhara from Nayapul (823 m/2,700 ft), 5-6 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive
(Side Trip) –Annapurna Base Camp Trek, +5 days
~Gears & Equipment~
- Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
- Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
- Lightweight knapsack – It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
- Lightweight sleeping bag – Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
- Fabric band-aids – Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to band-aids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.
Costs & Permits
You must obtain a permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) beforehand.
- SAARC Nationals – Rs. 200 (Approx. US $2)
- Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 2,000 (Approx. US $20)
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