Annapurna circuit trek is probably the most popular trek in Nepal. Voted as the #1 long trek, traversing around greater Annapurna region can be the most adventurous travel. More than 70,000 people trek in greater Annapurna region in a year, followed by Everest (Khumbu) and Langtang regions.
Annapurna Circuit Region
The trek, spanning almost 17-21 days, starts from the hilly village of Besisahar and ending at Nayapul. The highest elevation you can reach during the trek is Thorong La Pass, located at 5,416 m (17,769 ft). During the trek, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and close-up vistas of surrounding Himalaya peaks, namely; Manaslu and Annapurna (I,II,III,IV), which are Eight-Thousander peaks, and Langtang, Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will also pass through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki.
Ghorepani and Poon Hill, located almost at the end, adds charm to the entire trek. Poon hill is popular among tourists for seeing Sunrise and surrounding mountains; South Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Machhapuchhre.
You can also consider making a side-trip to Annapurna Base Camp which may take additional 5 days.
#1 Mustang and Manang
Mustang and Manang are the two high elevation regions of Annapurna circuit. The inhabitants are predominantly Buddhist, mostly hailing from Tibet. The native tribe of Gurung also inhabit the regions. Mustang is a major tourist attraction for its vast arid and desert like landscapes and high-mountain caves.
#2 Lamjung and Myagdi
Lamjung and Myagdi are the two low elevation regions comprising mainly of Hindu inhabitants. These two regions are the part of Hills of Nepal; with lush green subtropical valleys and terraced farmlands. Ancient Hindu temples and shrines and abandoned royal palaces are the major attractions of these regions.
Trek Trail & Seasons
Trekking in Annapurna can mostly be done during 2 different seasons; Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November). The weather is generally clear with rare chances of rain or snowfall during pre-monsoon and during post-monsoon the days remain warmer and the nights colder.
Cost & Permits
You must obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit before entering the region, which costs:-
- SAARC Nationals – Rs. 200 (Approx. US $2)
- Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 2,000 (Approx. US $20)