Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.
Classic Annapurna circuit trek is a legendary popular diverse culture and landscape trekking area in Nepal. A 15-day Annapurna circuit trek is challenging, though, it offers a unique mixed experience of both the alpine lands and the indigenous culture of Manang and Mustang. Over the past 10 /15 years, restricted trekking areas have also opened near the Annapurna circuit trek, including Upper Mustang, Nar-Phu Valley, Manaslu, and Tsum Valley. Currently, to do trekking in these areas requires extra permit costs because of restrictions. The Annapurna area was also opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 after the disputes between the CIA-backed Khampa guerrillas operating from the area into Tibet and the local population and the Nepali army were settled. The original Annapurna circuit Classic trek began in the market town of Dhumre on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and ended in Pokhara, taking about 23 days. Construction of brand-new roads began in the early 1980s, both from Dhumre to the north and from Pokhara to the west, then up the Kali Gandaki valley.
The road has now reached Chame-Manang in the Marsyangdi River Valley and Jomsom Muktinath in the Kali Gandaki Valley. In the original 23 days of the trek, only 5 walking days are without motor roads. Trails and routes have been marked in some places so that part of the road can be avoided. Despite the road’s existence, the area, appearance, and atmosphere of the villages have changed. Because of the road, mountain biking is more prevalent in the area. Muktinath and Jomsom have been renting mountain bikes to tourists since 2011. As the road sees very little traffic, it is possible to ride downhill (dirt road and/or single track) from Muktinath to Tatopani in two to three days and descend almost 3000 meters.
In order to discover more beauty of the nature trek and cultural villages, we have developed a 15-day Classic Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary, that follows the ridge that separates the Marsyangdi River from the Kali Gandaki River, which is doable even in the monsoon time too because of known as a rain shadow trek in the Annapurna Circuit valleys. A large portion of the Circuit Trail goes around with delightful valleys of the Marsyandi and Kali Gandaki. Even though Trails are shortened by roads, better to start the hike from Bahun Danda, because of the High altitude circuit; the hike starts slowly from a low altitude, which is good for acclimatization.
Additionally, historical tribal Ghale and Gurung Heritage culture, a sacred sanctuary of Buddhist Bon Po monasteries and spinning prayer wheels, traditional Tibetan lifestyle, and harmony is an Annapurna classified area. In the Nepal oral history of Ghale and Gurung origin from Hyula Braka village of Manang, once upon a time, this indigenous ethnic migrated with the Lamjung, Kaski, and Gorkha from Braka.
Annapurna circuit trek is also called (AC Trek, and Nepal circuit trek). The classic Annapurna circuit trek length is 131 kilometers. A long-distance trek along two river valleys and around the Annapurna Massif. At Thorung La pass, it reaches its highest point (5,416 m/17,769 ft), which reaches the Tibetan plateau’s
The ultimate distance of the AC trek is Thorong La Pass, which is 5,416 m elevation above sea level. it is a great journey for group and solo trekkers. The view from the pass is covered with phenomenal white Himalayan peaks, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna II Annapurna III, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Chulu Peaks, Thorong Peak, Manaslu Himal, and Nill Giri 1,2,3.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes trekkers to two beautiful river valleys that are linked by the Thorong La Mountain Pass. Located in the northern-central region of Nepal, these river valleys are surrounded by remarkable topographical aspects that trekkers can enjoy on their trip. Annapurna circuit trek leads along Marsyangdi River up to Manang Valley, then climbs down to the valley of Kali Gandaki and enters the lower Mustang region. Between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) to the west and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) to the east, the Kali Gandaki River cuts deep. The depth of this gorge is five times that of the Grand Canyon, making it the deepest gorge on Earth.
Afterward, we will trek to Tilicho Lake from Manang. Tilicho Lake is one of the beautiful holy lakes beauties of the Annapurna circuit trek, which is a lap of the Tilicho peak 7,134 m above sea level. The lake is situated at 4919 m in height and Is famous for Hindu pilgrims people.
In addition, this lake will be ice-frozen in the winter, but April-May and September to November will see crystal clear beautiful blue colors. the trails are very narrow and cliff which is not advisable to do the solo trek to the lake. though solo trekkers, better to have a guide with you or Porter.
A cultural attraction of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the location of Muktinath, a prominent holy temple that is part of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking takes you to the spiritual centers and art of the Annapurna environment. The holy site of Muktinath is considered to be a holy place of salvation by Hindu devotees. They believe that taking a holy bath will remove their sins and often take back some holy water with them. The Hindu god Brahma is believed to be responsible for lighting the eternal flames that burn at Muktinath.
In addition, many ammonites called calligrams are found in the Mustang region. According to Hinduism, calligrams are seen as a direct manifestation of the Hindu god Vishnu himself. Muktinath is considered to be a sacred place to Buddhists because it is the place where the great sage Guru Rinpoche came to meditate and brought Buddhism to Tibet. The temple and its area are full of relics and architectural splendor, such as the 108 water fountains that are carved into the walls of the temple. There were many people who believed that taking a holy bath would cleanse them of sin, so they took some holy water back to their homes in bottles.
Nepal Wilderness Trekking agency leads the Annapurna Circuit trek for 15 days at a totally competitive cost with an expert guide who is familiar with the Classic Annapurna Circuit trails, cultures, history, and local peoples. Our guide and porters are fully equipped and have an insurance-covered team. The package cost is the same per person which is listed in the blog either for group or solo travelers.
Ncell sim card is best for Circuit Trek of Both valleys in the Mustang and Manang, the SIM card table bought from any shop in Kathmandu city, and Ncell sim network reception covers almost every place except the Thorong Phedi.
Please do not forget to bring or buy Piyush which makes natural drinking water purification, 3 drops (0.2 ML) will be enough per liter, and you at least need to drink 3 letters per day during AC Trek, It is widely accepted in rural area trek contexts for drinking water purification. Piyush was prepared to serve as a chlorination method for disinfecting drinking water to make it fit for trekkers’ consumption.
Choosing the right time for the Annapurna Circuit trek is crucial for a fulfilling experience. The ideal trekking seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these periods, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. Spring brings vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn offers clear views of the surrounding peaks. Winter treks are possible but pose additional challenges due to snow and colder temperatures.