The Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world!
This is a comprehensive trek that will take you through lush green subtropical forests, to rugged alpine terrain while passing through culturally rich Buddhist & Hindu Gurung & Manang villages. This trek has everything from the deepest valley, highest pass, and tallest peaks!
Sherpa Expeditions &Trekking will show you why the Annapurna Circuit trek has been one of the most popular treks in Nepal since the early ’70s. Unimaginable views of Mt. Annapurna (8th highest in world 8091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri 1 (6th highest 8167m), and Mt. Manaslu (7th highest 8156m), including thirteen peaks over 7000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6000m. The treacherous south face of Annapurna Main has claimed more lives than any other mountain in Nepal. Looking at its 3000m south face, a sheer wall of rock will explain it all. The massif is 55 kilometers (34 mi) long and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) on the west, the Marsyangdi River (150km long) on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley to the south.
The trail starts at the Marsyangdi River (meaning “Raging River” in Nepali) and follows a trail to its source at the glacial lake in Manang (3600m). The trail passes through numerous villages with their terraced fields, through sub-tropical regions to villages rich in tradition and culture before reaching high altitude barren landscapes. One of the highlights and most challenging days of the trek takes us to the top of Thorong La Pass, the highest point of our trek.
After passing through Thorong La Pass (5,416m) we descend toward Pokhara and pass through From here the trail descends most of the way to Pokhara passing through the holy site of the holy Vishnu Muktinath Temple, considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus, located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass in the Mustang District. Muktinath is one of the highest temples in the world and is famous for its 108 water spouts in the shapes of bulls. The trek follows the Kali Gandaki River Valley passing through Jomsom (located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River 2743m), Marpha (1630m), Tukuche, and Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali) before coming to an end in Pokhara.
The remarkable yawning valleys, charismatic traditional Buddhist and Hindu villages, and their age-old cultures with a background of enormous peaks is certain to please the most fastidious traveler. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will ensure your safety and comfort at all times to make this an enjoyable adventure into the wilds of the Annapurna region.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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Based On 42 Reviews
I would recommend this Trek for anyone who is up for an adventure! It is perfect for an active traveler who is looking to explore rural Nepal and see stunning views of the Himalayas. The food is excellent, and the teahouses are very comfortable. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime!
From the first moment I made an inquiry on the trek I was impressed with the comprehensive emails, made sure that all my questions were addressed and managed to send all the responses within a day (considering 6 hr time difference). Upon my arrival to Kathmandu, Sherpa Team arranged airport pickup and personally met me even though it was 9 pm, made sure that I safely checked in in the hotel. Sherpa Expedition Team provided me with have shown great level of professionalism and were really nice people themselves.
The itinerary was well organized and suited a variety of fitness levels. From booking the trek to completing the journey at Pokhara, we were well taken care of every step of the way. Sherpa Expedition team was quick to reply to any queries I had regarding the trip via email and the packing list and instructions provided by the company was spot on. Our guide and assistant guide were professional, dedicated and caring throughout our trip.
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