Everything You Need To Know About Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the spectacular trekking regions. During the trek, you will not only get an opportunity to experience amazing trekking trail but also view Hot springs, Deepest Gorge named the Kali Gandaki, World’s highest altitude lake named Tilicho Lake and many varying landscapes which shows wide view angle including stunning waterfalls.

One of the important facts about Annapurna Circuit Trek is that it was first opened for tourism in 1980 and since then the Annapurna region trekking has been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails according to a survey conducted by Modern Maturity (USA).

HIGHLIGHTS OF ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Fantastic views of the following Himalayan peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid), Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), including others mountain ranges

Rhododendron Forests; has more than 440 species of birds and animals like Marten, Deer, Langur Monkey and the exclusive Snow Leopard

Thorong-La Pass: the Famous viewpoint in the Annapurna region and the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit

Tilicho Lake: situated at the highest altitude (4,919m) in the world and the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi (between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna), the deepest canyon in the world

The Muktinath Temple: one of the most important shrines of both Hindus and Buddhists.

Natural Hot Spring at Tatopani to relax your tired muscles

Poon Hill: the second famous viewpoint in Nepal after Kala Patthar in the Everest region

Sunrise/sunset view from Poon Hill and Thorung La pass.

Culturally riched ethnic group: Gurung, Thakali and Magar settlements in place such like Ghorepani, Marpha, Jomsom and Manang

BEST SEASON

Annapurna Circuit Trek can be prepared at any time of the year. But, if you are looking for the best seasons, then Autumn (October-November/Mid December) and Spring (February-April) are the two best seasons to plan this trek in Nepal.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 2: Drive to Bhulbhule (900m): 6-7 hours and Trek to Nagdi (920m): 1 hour

Day 3: Nagdi to Jagat (1,300m): 6 – 7 hours

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours

Day 5: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 – 6 hours

Day 6: Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 – 6 hours

Day 7: Pisang to Manang via Nawal: 6 – 7 hours

Day 8: Manang: Day Hike

Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 – 4 hours

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 – 4 hours

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 – 8 hours

Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 – 5 hours

Day 13: Marpha to Ghasa (2,050m): 5 – 6 hours

Day 14: Ghasa to Tatopani (1,100): 6 – 7 hours

Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours

Day 16: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 – 7 hours

Day 17: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,960m: 3 hours trek

Day 18: Ghandruk to Nayapul (1,000m): 4 hours trek and Drive to Pokhara

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Day 20: Final Departure

MAP OF ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Photo of Everything You Need To Know About Annapurna Circuit Trek 1/1 by Rupak Parajuli
Source: Living In Asia

GEARS & CLOTHING

Trekking Gears:

Backpack, Trekking Poles, Camera with battery, Phone & Cord, Sleeping bag, pillowcase, Plug adapter with built-in USB ports, Water bottle, headlamp and Pack rain cover

Clothing:

Hiking Pants (1 pair), Long sleeve shirt (1), Short sleeve shirt (1), Socks (2 pairs), Comfortable and warm pants (1 pair), Down Jacket (1), Warm hat (1), Sun hat, Gloves, Raincoat, Hiking boots and Sunglasses

Lastly, you need to be clear with all permits required for the Annapurna circuit trek. Basically, you must have to purchase two permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are required to enter the Annapurna Region and will be checked at several checkpoints along the circuit route.

In nutshell, Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking. Therefore, don’t miss out to trek on your next trip to Nepal.

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