Trekking in Nepal – Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary

Trekking in Nepal – Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary

Annapurna
Annapurna

Your Nepal tour cannot be complete without trekking in Nepal, which is undoubtedly one the best mountain trekking experiences in the world. Trekking Annapurna region is one of the most rewarding trekking activities in Nepal. Both Annapurna Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek are extremely rewarding adventures.

Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate trek with the combination of easy walking and majestic scenery, which makes the trek to Annapurna base camp (4200m) also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin located north of Pokhara. This magnificent amphitheatre is called the sanctuary because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna worshipped by local population. This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. Many of the peaks are over 7000m, including the famous twin-peaked Machapuchare, as well as Annapurna I and lll, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome. The trek takes typically 16 days from Kathmandu and can be combined with further activities in Pokhara such as paragliding or white water rafting.

The Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best long distance mountain treks in the world and one of the best trekking adventures in Nepal. Annapurna full circuit trek takes 20 days to walk the entire distance and if starting tour from Kathmandu it requires 24 days. This trek can also be modified for those with limited time or wishing to sample only a part of their Nepal tour. There are few options available such as half Annapurna circuit trek with option to fly out from Manang or Jomsom. There is an option to visit beautiful Tilicho Lake at the base of magnificent Tilicho peak as a part of half Annapurna circuit trek with the fly-out from Manang. Following Annapurna circuit, crossing almost 5000m Thorung La pass and flying out from Jomsom adds an extra dimension to the adventure of trekking in Nepal by visiting Mukinath and Jarakot, Buddhist villages with charming Tibetan character. Those with time to walk entire Annapurna region will be rewarded with the experience of trekking the deepest valley in Nepal the Kali Gandaki valley carving it between two 8000m peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

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