Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit trek takes 14 - 21 days (starting from Kathmandu). The trail is known to be moderate to fairly challenging. It combines a wide variety of climate zones, altitudes ranging from 600m to 5415 meters at Thorang La Pass (Pass standing at the highest altitude in the world), and cultural diversity from Hindu villages to Tibetan culture at higher altitudes. 

The trek usually starts at Besisahar and heads in an anti-clockwise direction over the Thorong-La Pass and down into the Jomsom Valley. The mountain views from the upper trail that is from Pisan to Manang via Ghyaru, Ngawal, Humde, and Bhraga is exceptional. Stunning views of Mount Annapurna, Lamjung himal, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and many more ranges can be witnessed. Muktinath is one of the holiest temples of Hindus which lies in this trail. Many other holy temples, ancient monasteries, and beautiful villages of Barga, Manang, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Marpha are explored. The circuit trail also has a natural hot spring called TatoPani which is a great way to end the trek before coming back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. The total distance of the trail is approximately 170 to 230 km.

The best time to go for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is September or October. The weather is pleasant this season and the sky is clear aiding the stunning views of the Annapurna. Mid-March to mid-April is the season when rhododendron forest blooms but this season is often wet and the time for leeches to hunt. Starting from June to early September is monsoon and not a preferable time to trek.

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