The classic 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking also well-known as Round Annapurna Trekking via Throng La Pass Trek; has long been so popular amongst trekkers. The region is considered to be one of the world’s great treks. Annapurna Mountain range of central Nepal with the total length of the route varies between 160-230 km (100-145 mi), depending where the motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,416m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Annapurna circuit trek route crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest pass on this trail. Basically all trekkers hike the route counter clockwise, as then the daily altitude gain is slower and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer.
The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna/7455m and Tilicho Peak/7134m. Numerous peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. Now from recent years, the trek starts from Dharapani in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki river valley. Besisahar can be reached after a seven hour drive from Kathmandu. And jeep ride to Dharapani or Chame is available in dry season and taking jeep from Besi sahar to Chame shortens the trip so this trek can be done within 10 days if you are a good walker in the mountain. The trail passes along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs, and various villages. Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600m asl to the arctic at 5416m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Himalayan Manang Valley and lower Mustang. Continuing construction of a road has greatly shortened the trail and altered the feel of the villages, so the "best trek in the world" cannot be said to hold true anymore but still one can fully enjoy of this trip.
The Annapurna area was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 after the disputes between CIA backed Khampa guerrillas operating form the area into Tibet, and the local populace and Nepal army were settled. The original trek started form the market town of Dhumre situated at the Kathmandu - Pokhara highway and ended in Pokhara, and took about 23 days to complete. Road construction started in early eighties both from Dhumre to the north and from Pokhara to the west and then up the Kali Gandaki valley. The road has now reached Chamje on the Marsyangdi river valley and all the way to Muktinath on the Kali Gandaki side. This means that out of the original 23 days only 5 walking days of the trek is still without a motor road. It is apparent that there will be a road around the whole Annapurna Massif before 2017. In places new trails and routes have been marked so that the road can be partly avoided. The existence of the road has nevertheless totally changed the area and the appearance and the atmosphere of the villages. Please note that this Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary is only for guidelines so this trip can be personalized as per your requirement.
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