Often referred as one of the world’s great treks, the Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you into the heart of Annapurna region, one of the most geographically as well as culturally diverse regions of Nepal. This is one of the most diverse trekking trails available with stunning varied sceneries and cultural interests at each step. This trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif taking you on an unforgettable journey that encompasses the deepest gorge to the highest pass in the world.
The beauty of the Annapurna massif, the hospitality of the mountain people, ancient temples, and monasteries dotted on the way and the breathtaking landscapes surrounding the trail has always fascinated adventurers, explorers and travellers alike since its opening to foreign trekkers in 1977.
Starting from Besisahar with an altitude of just 760 meters, your adventurous trek will take you the highest pass in the world, the Thorong-la pass, situated at an altitude of 5416 meters. The 360-degree views of the whole Annapurna range you will be privileged from this pass will take your breath away and leave you spellbound.
From Chame, you will climb you through beautiful forests, deep gorges and narrow canyons, past ancient gompas in centuries old villages, waterfalls and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery ever known to man. You will then enter the Manang Valley, also known as the Himalayan Shangri-La, where you will spend a couple of days gazing at the snow-covered peaks and the beauty of the landscapes surrounding you before finally crossing the Thorung-La pass.
From Thorung-La you will descend to the barren yet beautiful landscape of Mustang region. Trekking through the Muktinath, Jomsom and the apple orchards of Marpha you will then enter the deepest gorge in the world, the kali Gandaki Gorge. You will then reach Tatopani situated at the bank of Kaligandaki River where you can bathe in steaming thermal hot springs and relax with a glass of beer perhaps.
From Tatopani, you will ascend to Poonhill to watch a spectacular sunrise over the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Finally, you will descend down to Nayapul where the trek will end. You will then catch a bus to Pokhara and relax at the lakeside in the evening.