Annapurna Circuit is one of the best trekking routes in the World. It is located in the Gandaki Zone of central Nepal. It lies in Annapurna Conservation Area and is protected within 2946 sq km, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna conservation area is home to seven Worldclass treks, including Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna circuit.
Annapurna circuit was opened for tourism in 1980 and since then Annapurna region trekking has been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails according to the survey conducted by Modern Maturity(USA). Thorang La pass is the highest point that is situated at a height of 5416m(1776 ft.). Annapurna circuit consists of many mountains and lakes. You can see plenty of different vegetation and landscape.
Time And Distance To Travel
The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek, therefore it can be anything between 160-230km. It can be done in as few as 10 days, or as many as 28 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes either 10 or 14 days to do the shorter version, and 18-21 for the full route
Reason to choose Annapurna Circuit
Know the Annapurna Facts
- Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1985 and is the largest protected area in Nepal. The conservation area covers 7,629 square kilometers over Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung.
- The Annapurna Circuit trek and Base Camp trek are the busiest trails in Nepal and much favored even all over the world. In spring and autumn, the trails are the busiest.
- The Annapurna I was first scaled by the French expedition Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal on July 3, 1950. After this successful expedition, however, both Maurice and Louis lost their gloves and had to be amputated due to lethal frostbite.
- Maurice Herzog’s book Annapurna that he wrote after his successful expedition became the best seller on climbing selling more than 11 million copies.
- Kali Gandaki gorge is the deepest in Nepal and lies between the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. This gorge is also considered one of the deepest in the world.
- The death rate for attempts to summit Annapurna I is very high (38 %). This number is which is remarkably surprising compared to other mountains above 8,000m. The death rate in Everest is around 6.5%.
- The top of Annapurna is formed of Limestone which is the same with Everest and Dhaulagiri I. Thus the mountain was presumably formed on the ocean floor and gradually pushed by tectonic forces to the present condition.
- Tilicho Lake lies in the Annapurna Region and is among the highest in Nepal and one of the highest in the world. At an elevation of 4,919m, the journey to this beautiful lake is often taken for acclimatization though a more challenging pass through here is being used by trekkers in recent times contrary to the Thorung La Pass.
- Some villages in Mustang such as Thini and Lupra still practice the Bonpo religion. These are among the last places in the world to preserve this practice.
- Braga’s oldest monastery and Muktinath – a holy shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists are popular pilgrimages. Other Hindu and Buddhist holy sites are residents along the trail showing a close companionship of both religions from ancient times.
Problems Related TO Annapurna CIrcuit
Many trekkers planning to trek to Annapurna Circuit have a frequent question on Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty.
To answer them, Annapurna Circuit is a moderately difficult trek on the high altitude terrains of Annapurna region.
Annapurna Circuit Trek has varied trails that can be rocky, steep or slippery. The trail also includes a lot of stairways which can add difficulty than walking on straight paths. Plus, the high and varying altitude causes some difficulties during the trek.
The weather is another unpredictable aspect that will affect your trekking experience. Depending on the weather condition of the trail, the difficulty and challenges that you’ll encounter on the trail matters.