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Annapurna Circuit Trek: A Complete Guide
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Annapurna Circuit Trek: A Complete Guide

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is probably the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. This classic trek is one of the most stunning adventure holidays in the Himalayas. From green pastures to a arid desert terrain, Annapurna Circuit is a versatile trekking destination with diverse landscape and culture. The stunning view of high Himalayas from Thorong La Pass is life-changing. Some of the towering mountains you can relish in Annapurna Circuit trek are Annapurna I – II – III – IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.

It takes about 15 to 21 days to complete the whole circuit. However, the number of days can be extended by adding more side trips and can also be shortened by taking flights or other means of transportation.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is no ‘walk in the park’ as the trails are relatively strenuous and demand a serious commitment. Another massive challenge while traveling to Annapurna Circuit is acclimatization. It is one of the most important challenges you need to overcome to enjoy this captivating trekking destination. This is a perfect holiday adventure for people looking for challenges.

here to see the map, itinerary and the package for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What to expect in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit is simply majestic when it comes to trekking destination throughout the world. It is undeniably one of the most commercial trekking trails in Nepal. This 2-3 week trek offers a diverse culture, lifestyle, landscape, and topography.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

With every step in Annapurna Circuit trek the scenery and landscape changes. The spectacular mountains, friendly locals, fabulous terrains and the rolling clouds, this trek is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Beginning the adventure from a thick pine forest and green paddy fields, the trail slowly progresses to more arid and dry terrains. trek  Most villages in this region are highly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore, most of the villages in this region are decorated with colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and ancient monasteries. 

Facts about Annapurna Circuit Trek

Available Trip Mode: Teahouse / Lodge and Camping.

Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.

Trekking Duration: 12 to 25 days

Cost: Medium

Total Distance: 170 km to 230 km (Approximately)

Highest Elevation: 5,416m at Thorong-La Pass

Highest Sleeping Point: 4,850m at High Camp

Seasons: March to June and September to November.

Best time to go Annapurna Circuit Trek

While trekking in the Himalayas, the weather is subject to change. So if you’re planning to travel to the Annapurna Circuit, it is always better to know the weather condition.

Tourism in Nepal is seasonal. Although you can travel to Annapurna Circuit any month of the year, the challenge may be relatively higher and the trials may be riskier. The best two seasons to trek to Annapurna Circuit trek are:

Autumn (October to early December)

This is the best time to trek in Annapurna Circuit or any other trekking destinations in Nepal. Right after the monsoon rain dries up, the sky is clear and the weather is perfect for trekking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Spring (March to May)

This is the second best time to trek Annapurna Circuit. Since the season is right after the winter, most of the snows in the trail are gone. The weather is fairly warmer and rhododendron blooms beside the trekking trails.

Things You Need To Pack

Since Annapurna Circuit is relatively challenging and longer, packing the right things is a must. There is no point in bringing tons of stuff and never using them during the whole trips or bringing to little to barely even manage. So, here’s the list of essentials you need to bring while trekking in Annapurna Circuit.

  1. Quick dry t-shirts
  2. Full-sleeve t-shirts
  3. Hiking pants
  4. Hiking boot
  5. Woolen socks
  6. Windcheater
  7. Raincoat
  8. Fleece Jacket
  9. Down Jacket
  10. A sun hat or a cap
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Underwear
  13. Gloves
  14. Woolen cap
Essentials and Equipment:
  1. Trekking Poles
  2. Water bottle
  3. Snacks & energy bars
  4. Headlamp or flashlight
  5. Sleeping bag
  6. ID & Permits
  7. Phone & a cord
  8. DSLR or GoPro
  9. Extra batteries
  10. Toiletries
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Sanitizer
  13. Toothpaste & toothbrush
  14. Basic first aid kits
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