Annapurna Circuit Trek 14-Days
The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif.
- Crossing the world’s widest pass, the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
- Majestic mountain views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Macchapuchchhre.
- Seeing the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge, Varying landscapes, local mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries
Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is popular as the best long distance hike on the planet and opened to globe trotter since the 1980s. The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass. Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas.
The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips and rest days taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apples pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses.
What does the journey offer?
The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and also Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit.
Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip. After Thorong pass we visit famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhist. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and beautiful village in the valley is almost a must visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers.
Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May because the weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views. But it is also possible to do the trek at any time of the year. You can also trek during summer but not in monsoon period because of bloodsucking leeches.