The Annapurna Circuit is the longest route in the region, circling the entire Annapurna massif over the course of two unforgettable weeks high in the alpine wilderness. Starting in the lowland farms and foothills of Annapurna, the route climbs up toward undulating meadows and crosses the famous Thorung La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, at 5416 meters.
The Annapurna Circuit starts from Besisahar, at a low elevation of 760 meters, and proceeds gradually to higher altitudes, climbing at a gentle rate to ensure health and safety. Altitude sickness is common among novice trekkers and is a hazard if one attempts to climb too rapidly; to account for this risk, we allot one day in Manang as an acclimatization day. After one day resting and exploring the village, we’ll ascend to Thorung Phedi (5420m), where we’ll get views of the Marsyangdi River flowing from the mountain ridge. From here, we follow the route to Muktinath Temple, a holy Hindu temple associated with many legends from Nepali culture and history.
Descending from Muktinath, we’ll pass by the Kali Gandaki gorge and then through Jharkot and Khingar Village, steeply down to Kagbeni. The trail continues on to Tatopani, passing through villages rich with Buddhist culture. After lounging in the natural hot springs of Tatopani (Tatopani literally means “hot water”), we’ll ascend toward Poon Hill (3210m), which boasts one of the best views in the Annapurna Region. From the top, we’ll watch the breathtaking sunrise over Mount Dhaulagiri. Afterwards we’ll descend down past spectacular rivers and waterfalls and finally end our trek in Nayapul.
Kathmandu Airport, Nepal