Hiking Annapurna Circuit – Best hiking trail in the world
Hiking Annapurna Circuit
Hiking Annapurna circuit is an ecstasy for people loving hiking and adventure. Going to the Annapurna circuit is more fun and exciting with family, friends, and colleagues, especially side trips and tours from places like Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom rank as the focus of the hike.
Annapurna circuit is situated in the Annapurna Conservation Park in the central region of Nepal. The distance of the road varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where the motor of the transportation. The paths are taking Annapurna circuit change from subtropical forest meadows to leafy pine forests and the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki. You will be offered magnificent views Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda.
Annapurna Circuit Hiking is regarded as one of the most extended hiking destinations. However, the beautiful scenic environment, diverse flora, and fauna, bright sunset, and sunrise are its major highlights.
The vegetation changes from the sub-tropical green leafy postulate to the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki. Hindus pilgrimage temple Muktinath is seen on trial entering from Manang.
The Annapurna Circuit hiking also offers delightful and great opportunities to interact with the people from different ethnic and culture and see the lifestyle and the way of life they are living. Since the hiking catches Manang and lowers Mustang, which is more influenced by the Tibetan values and beliefs. The hike to the Annapurna valley is also known as the “Round of Annapurna.” The hike to Annapurna starts form the Besisahar to the Kali Gandaki gorge.
Hiking Annapurna circuit is also famous for Nepali people, and the multi-view of the villages from the valley is the main attraction of the tourist. They mainly stay in tea homes to watch this beautiful view. The most favorable condition for the hiking journey begins in Besisahar and heads in an anti-clockwise direction over the Thorong-La Pass and down into the Jomsom Valley.
Temperature and surrounding of Annapurna Hike in various seasons:
October – November – The circuit is refresh and clean, and the temperature is also warm.
December – March -it is the coldest time of the year. Snowfall may bock the trail.
April – May – the snow starts melting and the weather is quite warm.
June – September – the flora makes the trip more beautiful
Hiking Annapurna circuit brief details
• Distance – 230km/145mi
• The time required –10-12 days
• Startline –1160meters at Besisahar
• Highest point – Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft.), touching the border of the Tibetan plateau.
• Difficulties- Altitude sickness and level of fitness are required.
Fitness level: Moderate
• Hiking season-mostly spring season on April and March
• Contact- flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or ground transportation
• Lodging – tea homes/home-stays
• Food – momos, chapati, rice, dal
• Experience the beauty of Annapurna with glorious views of Annapurna range over the skyline.
• Get Overwhelmed with the Exotic beauty of flora and fauna
• Observe the magnificent mountains in like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from all sides.
• Visit the scenery and the cultural diversity
• Suitable accommodation like tea homes and homestay with the verity of menus.
• You can enjoy one of Nepal’s more accessible hikes with your close ones at the lowest price.
• Getting insights into the local culture and their lifestyle very carefully, inhabited mainly by Gurung and Brahman people.
• Experience the real beauty of the Annapurna circuit in October and November.
• Start the journey of the Annapurna circuit in the anticlockwise direction.
Annapurna Hike is one of the most adventurous hiking destinations of Nepal with a variety of cultures and climatic diversity. It takes 10-12days to complete the hike. Hike follows up and down on the hills giving you the fantastic sights of the green vegetation such as paddy fields, forest and gives you the chance to observe the culture of the Tibetan people. Apart from this, You can enjoy natural hot spring in Jhingu dada and trek to famous places such as Landruk, Pothana, and Dhampus Phedi
Day 1: Hike from BesiSahar –BhulBhule – Ghermu
Approximate Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Day one of the Annapurna circuit hike is fascinating and thrilling. The journey begins from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu with 5-7 hours of a road trip. There is the checkpoint in BesiSahar, where hikers are supposed to show their permit of the Annapurna circuit. Vehicles can be taken from Besi Sahar to Bulbhule, but we choose to walk. When we reached there, we saw some teahouse and restaurant. There was a small village at the distance of 2km from BhulBhule in Ghermu. We stayed at the guest house there. It was beautiful with some green gardens, tables, flowers. The scenery of the village was mesmerizing the rice terrace couple of waterfall was breathtaking.
Challenges of the trip:
the roads were pretty dirty
at a lot of walking
tiredness due to excessive heat
Day 2: Trip from Ghermu – Jagat- Tal
Approximate Hiking Duration: 5/6 hours
We started our second day of the Annapurna circuit by hiking to Jagat village from Ghermu. It took us nearly 3 hours to reach there on the way of Jagat observed the beautiful seen of Marsyangdi valley. A short break at the teahouse in Jagat will provide relief for all the pain. After a short break, we started heading toward Tal, who was approximately 2km far from .the scenery of the mountains on the way was the bizarre formation supported by the river at the bottom.
Challenges of the 2nd-day trip
The way to ghermu from Jagat is quite hard to walk due to long ascends and descends.
A lot of walking uphill.
Day 3: Trip from Tal – Timang
Approximate Hiking Duration: 5hours
The beginning of this day started 11km with the walk on the hiking along the mountains with several small waterfalls on the side; we reached Dharani. We saw a Check point for checking the permit of the Annapurna circuit. The view of the beautiful and thrilling river DudhKhola flowing from the south face of Mt Manaslu is mesmerizing. The mountains surround the view from taming the village was stunning.
Challenges faced on this trip
The muddy road and not the facility of local vehicles.
Day 4: Trip from Timing- Bharatang-Upper Pisang
Approximate Hiking Duration: 5 hours 45 min
Our fourth day started from walking from Timing to the koto through a 1km hiking road that goes away from the way. As we move forward, the scenery got more beautiful and snow peaks, glacier, rivers, pines forest, etc. after some walking, we reached Bharatang; it was a village-like hotel with a couple of local houses and surrounded by the apple plantation. After Bharatang, the road split into two parts, lower Pisang and upper Pisang. The whole day trip was one long highlight the scenery on the way was breathtaking from the beginning to the end. The view from upper Pisang was terrific.
Difficulties faced on the Annapurna hike
a lot of uphill walking on the upper Pisang
the road was quite muddy and dirty
Day 5: Trip from Upper Pisang – Manang
Hiking Duration: 6hours 30min
The day five hike begins with option one short and easy walking from lower Pisang and the longer and the tougher hiking road with the view of the excellent view Annapurna two, Annapurna three,&Hike to Manang village .as we were enjoying the whole trip with friends, so we choose the tougher. The last 6km to Manang was through the Barga. Though it was muddy and covered with snow, we somehow managed to walk.
The route was covered with mud and snow.
Day 6: Trip to explore Manang village
We were pretty tired of consecutive five days walk, so we decide to explore the Manang valley and get to know the habituated of the people. We also visited the mountaineering school, which gave us some basic training on mountaineering. We also visited the Tilicho lake. Manang museum is the place to be visited in Manang.
Day 7: Hiking up to Ledar
Approximate Hiking Time: hours 30min
After a day at Manang valley, we continued our hiking to Ledar as we were so thrilled to watch the view of Annapurna moving along with us at the height of 4200m.we also observed Himachali peek at our back and we took the bridge from there to reach Ledar
Challenges of the Annapurna hike on day seven
A lot of walking and the costs of the guesthouses were pretty high in comparison.
Day 8: Throng Phedi
Approximate Hiking Duration:3 hours
We started our day from 8 am to move slowly. We also stopped for some short breaks the whole day we spent by walking and made our way to the Marysangdiriver. The entire day was beautiful, and the scenery was the same as the previous day’s mountains, rivers at the bottom.
Altitude and long steeps made tired
The place was snowy, so the chance of slipping.
Day 9: Trip from ThorungPhedi – Muktinath
Approx Time:8 hours
Day nine began by watching the sunrise at the through Phedi high camp where wee stayed.it took us a couple of hours to get down from the pass and another hour to reach Muktinath. When we arrived at Muktinath, we were surprised to see the bizarre landscape. Muktinath monastery was the thing to see it refreshed us.
long and steep landscape
Day 10: Trip from Muktinath – Jomsom
Approximate Hiking Time:6 hours
As we were all pretty exhausted from the whole trip, we found a bus from Muktinath
So we traveled down to Pokhara on that bus. We saw Jomsom, Tatopani, and stayed there for at least an hour . after that break, we continued and reached Pokhara. We stayed at the lakeside in Pokhara, which is the touristic place. The next day we came to Kathmandu by ground transportation.
Tips to know before Hiking Annapurna Circuit
The list of thing you need to know before Hiking Annapurna circuit are listed below:
1) Get all the paperwork done as there will be checking at different places.
2) Get your health checked and your insurance done as this hike is quite dangerous.
3) The thing for your hygiene like your brushes, toothpaste, socks, and clothes.
4) Your smartphone with a power bank as electricity may not be available
5) Get the down jackets as they are warm light and pack small.
6) Get hiking things like sleep bag, torchlight some extra food, and down jackets.
7) Carry Medical kit with you
All in all, Annapurna Hike offers spectacular views of dozens of Himalayas, raw adventures along the ancient trail, and a chance to explore Gurung villages. Talking about the best seasons to hike the Annapurna circuit, usually spring (March to May) and autumn (Sept to Oct), are considered perfect. However, each season depicts peculiar characteristics and offer a variety of species.
Above mentioned seasons are considered best for heading towards Annapurna Circuit Hike due to the moderate weather condition of these seasons.
Hiking Annapurna circuit is one of the daring and equally thrilling tasks that any enthusiastic travelers would love to go.