Trip Introduction: 18 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking; Popular Trekking Adventure Of Awe-Inspiring Annapurna Massifs, High Passes, Deepest Gorges, Spiritual Temples, And Refreshing Hot Springs.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Tour Journey is a comprehensive trekking adventure circuit that lies in the Annapurna region. This journey is all about circumnavigating the Annapurna massifs, making a cross over at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m), and setting foot on the edge of the world’s deepest gorge (Kaligandaki Gorge). Similarly, you get to enjoy the sunrise views over the Himalayas from Poon Hill, visit the Muktinath temple, and take a refreshing dip in the hot springs of Tatopani.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail is a fabulous introduction to the diverse landscape with exciting variants. It is a fascinating circuit of the high Himalayan heartland. Throughout the trek, you get to observe the splendid majestic views of some of the world’s gigantic mountains. It includes Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Dhaulagiri (8176 m).
Crossing the four remote regions i.e. Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi are astonishingly rewarding and wonderful. The natural and cultural diversity of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail tour makes it one of the best journeys for trekking in Nepal.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 18 Days Journey Starts
The 18 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Tour Trip begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Jagat via Besisahar. The trekking path takes you past the alpine landscapes of coniferous trees, rivers, and wooden bridges. As you move further you will find the paths adorned with Buddhist shrines and prayer flags. Getting to know and familiarize with the inhabitants who have lived here for centuries is an amazing experience. The people here follow the Tibetan Buddhism culture. Acclimatizing here is necessary for making a difficult hike to the Ice Lakes.
From the Highchamp the next day and early morning rise lead us to Thorung La, one of the treacherous passes to be crossed with caution. After successfully making it to the other end we relish our achievement and then descend to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Muktinath is the place to attain salvation or ‘moksha,’ Hindus and Buddhists throng in large numbers to this sacred spot from all over the globe.
Feeling blessed and diving we move down to the hot spring of Tatopani before heading towards Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, hiking up to Poon Hill is likely to get the glorious sunrise views. Reliving the moments we quickly head forward only to find ourselves covered by the shades of white, pink and red during the spring season. Continuing the pleasant journey we move on to reach and stay at Gurung and Magar villages. The trek is filled with incredible views of the Annapurna Mountains.
The trail is embedded with terraced fields and traditional farms. Our Annapurna Circuit Trekking Adventure then finally ends with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The Annapurna Circuit Trek may appear to be a formidable challenge but no technical climbing experience is required to complete the trek. The only thing required is a good level of physical fitness and mental toughness.
We have various types of exciting trek packages in the Annapurna region, and if you want, Trekking Planner can customize your trek as per your needs. Be there to explore each corner of the Annapurna region to get the best out of it while trekking in Nepal.
Best Time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek
The weather always plays an important part in determining the time of your trek and it is necessary to keep the weather element into account. Though the Annapurna circuit is doable throughout the year, there are ups and downs as the seasons are subjected to change. Trekking Planner organizes safe and secure Treks throughout the year.
Month wise best seasons for doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek at a glance
The months of March-May are the best time to be here as the weather is mild, the rainfall is low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. During these months at elevations over 3,000 meters, the trek routes are full of red, pink, and white rhododendron flowers.
The temperature slowly starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. The weather is cool, the skies are clear, and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.
June to August (summer)
If you choose to trek in the Annapurna Circuit in the months of June to August, you will experience mixed kinds of climate variations. Though the temperatures are warm there is always a possibility of monsoon rains which makes the trekking trails wet and slippery. So you have to trek with great care and caution. Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night. Though it rains the nature around is in its picturesque bloom making it beautiful and pleasing.
September to November (autumn)
During this season, the sun shines brightly, the day temperature is well-suited for trekking, the skies are clear, and you get a superb view of mountains. The monsoon greens give way to the golden surroundings of the grains ripening in the fields against the azure blue skies. Also, the two biggest festivals of Nepal Dashain and Tihar are celebrated in these seasons themselves.
December to February (winter)
These are the winter months for trekking in Nepal, and it is extremely popular among trekkers around the world. Some parts of the Annapurna region, during this time, are cold, but most of the trekkers find it enjoyable. Daytime is relatively warmer with sunshine giving clear, snow-capped mountain views that look incredible. The trekking trails are less frequented too. It is a dicey season for novice trekkers but excellent for experienced adventurous trekkers.
Electricity for battery recharges, and clean water requirements
During your entire Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trip you will get an uninterrupted supply of electricity to recharge your camera and mobile batteries. However, you have to pay an extra cost to get the facilities.
For water, you can either purchase bottled mineral water from local lodges or can fill boiled water at an extra cost from the lodges. Trekking Planner purification pills to make water drinkable and hygienic.
Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a moderate trekking path and by far one of the longest trekking trails in the region. In general, it can be a bit challenging for first-time trekkers. The trail also includes a lot of stairways which can be more difficult than walking on straight paths. A bit of routine training will keep the trekkers in good shape for completing the trek successfully.