The trail passes along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and various villages. Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600 m asl to the arctic at 5416 m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang. Continuing construction of a road has shortened the trail and changed the villages. With construction of the road, mountain biking is becoming popular, with Mustang in particular is becoming one of the world's most popular mountain biking destinations.
- Trip Grade: Moderate Adventure
- Trip Route: kathmandu-thorangla-kathmandu
- Minimin Altitude: 1400
- Minimin Altitude: 5416
- Trip Duration: 18 Days
- Group Size: 2 min - 10 max
- Activity: Walking and Trekking
The Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal is probably one of the best known hikes, or treks in the world. Taking on average, three weeks to complete, the trek takes in some of the most gorgeous, and high, mountains in the world. The route begins in a sub-tropical area of Nepal - Besisahar, where you could well mistake the area for an Amazonian jungle.All along the circuit are tea houses. These vary from basic guest house accommodation, to somebody's house, and are invariably extremely good value. It's a good idea to find a place to stay for the night before it gets too dark!Continuing on from Besisahar the route climbs into higher territory with much more of a Tibetan influence, with the feeling of a more desolate environment, with amazing views of the Annapurna massif.
DAY 01: Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m).
DAY 02: Trek Besi Shahar to Bahundanda (1430m) - 7 hours.
DAY 03: Trek Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m) - 6 hours.
DAY 04: Trek Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) - 7 hours.
DAY 05: Trek Bagarchhap to Chame(2170m) - 6 hours.
DAY 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3190m) - 5 hours.
DAY 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) - 5 hours.
DAY 08: Rest in Manang for acclimatization - afternoon enjoy short walk.
DAY 09: Trek Manang to Letdar (4250) - 4:30 hours.
DAY 10: Trek Letdar to Thorang Phedi 3 hours.
DAY 11: Trek Thorang-Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m) - 9 hours.
DAY 12: Trek Muktinath to Marpha via Jomsom (2665m) - 6 hours.
DAY 13: Trek Marpha to Ghasa (2080m) - 6 hours.
DAY 14: Trek Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) - 5 hours.
DAY 15: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2834m) - 7 hours.
DAY 16: Trek Ghorepani (2834m) to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2520m) - 5 hours.
DAY 17: Trek Tadapani to Ghaundruk (1950m) - 3 hours.
DAY 18: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul 4 hours and an hour drive to Pokhara.