Annapurna Circuit

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The view from the stupa in Ghyaru

The view from the stupa in Ghyaru

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What is the Annapurna Circuit? 

The Annapurna Circuit winds through the Marshyangdi river valley, across the Throng La Pass, and descends into the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Taking you through the four regions of Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi, Nepal. It is a trail that offers majestic views of the Annapurna I, II, III, and IV, East Chulu, West Chulu, Grangapurna, and Machhapuchhre peaks as you hike through the Himalayan mountain range.  Waterfalls cascade down cliff slides as you hike along the Marsyangdi Nadi (river), butterflies and leeches dance in the warm jungles of the lower altitudes, the world’s highest lake – Tilicho Lake (4,949 m) is reachable from a side trail, and all the while Nepali’s work their fields as caravans of yaks and donkey’s continuously go up and down the trail.

Traditionally a 15 to 21 day, 135 mile (215 km), is usually trekked in a counterclockwise direction, starting from Besishar and ending in Naya Pul. This direction is extremely helpful with acclimatization, as the heights jump drastically upwards clockwise from Marpha through the Throng La Pass. The complete trek will end in Pokhara, with the last leg nearly always completed by taxi or bus.

The construction of roads, especially on the eastern side from Jomosom to Beni, is making the journey by foot more unpleasant. If road development continues as planned, the trail could be reduced to as little as 19 miles (30 km). Alternative routes are being developed so that you do not need to walk along the same road as the buses and jeeps. Always check with a local ACAP for the current conditions of these routes (sometime seasonal suspension bridges are required, some areas are prone to landslides, etc.).

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