Annapurna Circuit Trek Insights
The Annapurna circuit trek takes you to the entire round of the Annapurna region crossing through the challenging Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters. Brace yourself walking by the edge of the deepest gorge in the world-Kaligandaki Gorge, with stunning views of mountains, the pilgrimage site Muktinath, Tranquil villages, and natural beauty. The treks takes you through altitude from 800 meters to 5416 meters via various climatical zones passing terrace farmlands, glacial lakes, waterfalls, and green subtropical forests. Trekking to Annapurna Circuit offers stunning views of panoramic mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8166m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Fishtail (6998m), and any more peaks.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins from Kathmandu with a 6-7 hours drive in a private vehicle to Bhulbhule. Then, the trail follows the route of Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and other small villages. The village of Manang is the first place to stay for acclimatization. It is very important before crossing Thorang La Pass at 5416 meters. After crossing Thorang La pass, the trail moves ahead to Muktinath Temple famous pilgrimage site for the Hindu and Buddhist religions.
The trek continues towards Ghorepani crossing the lush forests of Rhododendron from Tato Pani. Tato Pani is a natural hot spring where trekkers can relax themselves for a while after long days of trekking. Ghorepani is another beautiful village in the Annapurna Region. The next day from Ghorepani, you will trek to Poon Hill for mesmerizing sunrise views over Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Hiunchuli, and many more small peaks. From Ghorepani, the trail comes down to Birethanti, from where you will catch a vehicle to drive back to Pokhara.
How challenging is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The total trek days is 15 and you have to walk almost 5-6 hours in a day. However, some days are quite challenging like crossing Thorang La Pass, you have to walk 7-8 hours a day as well. So, the trek is physically and mentally demanding. Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with an elevation of around 3500 and leads you to the highest altitude at 5416 meters at Thorang La Pass. So, if you have previous experience of trekking for more than a week, then it can be a somewhat easy trek for you. However, for beginners, it can give you some trouble like altitude sickness. Therefore, first, train your body physically before going on 2 weeks trek. Otherwise, you can short trek like Mardi Himal or Langtang trek before starting this trek.
What gear should I pack for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Well, it depends on the season you are trekking. However, there are some common lists you must need during the trek to Annapurna Circuit.
- Warm hat and sun hat
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, and face wipes.
- Long sleeves and half sleeves t-shirts
- Raincoat (if you are trekking in monsoon)
- Jackets and pants (waterproof)
- Fleece jackets
- Hiking boots with thick woolen socks.
- Daypacks, thermal bottles, trekking poles, sleeping bags.
- Toiletries like toilet paper, small towels, toothbrushes, etc.
- Small first aid kit.
Message from Classic Trek Nepal Team
Annapurna Circuit trek is not an easy trip for novice trekkers. So, before trekking to the Annapurna circuit we always suggest you be physically ready or do some short treks in Nepal. We request our clients to follow the rules and guidance of our guide. Moreover, during the trek, if you feel like having a headache, nausea, dizziness, etc. tell it to your guide immediately. The guides are well trained about the situations that may occur during the trek. Furthermore, we provide a guide who is from the Annapurna region and knows about the local culture and lifestyle. It makes it even more easy for you during the whole trek.