One of the classics that stands out for the great variation in human, cultural and landscape environment as you advance and gain height to the 5416m Thorung-la first, continuing as you descend through Kali Gandaki. Despite being affected by the construction of rough roads, it is still impressive while now it has more options.
20 days / 19 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended) (23 days’ trip adding Tilicho Tal)
16 days’ trek (19 days’ trek adding Tilicho Tal)
Hard trek due to the duration in days, with no technical difficulty
Maximum altitude 5416m
Night at higher altitude at 4850m (4550m)
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Transfers in private vehicle and domestic flight
The Annapurna circuit is the mythical trek par excellence, especially the part that follows the course of the Kali Gandaki through whose deep valley the first expeditions to Annapurna entered following ancient trade routes between Tibet and India.
The great value of this trek is above all the human component, which changes every day as we ascend to pass through the culturally Tibetan area once we have crossed the Thorung-la.
The infrastructure is advancing slowly but firmly in this area. The construction of the road years ago, or rather, the rocky and bumpy track from Beni to Jomsom, meant that many hikers finish their route there, from where they return to Pokhara by plane or bus bypassing the final part of the circuit. Likewise, the road from Besi Sahar to Manang has been built at the beginning for some years now, thus making this trek a little bit different but offering a better quality of life to the inhabitants of the territory, although this is a complex issue. But the trek has not lost any of its strength and most of the route does not walk on the road. It is and will continue to be one of the most impressive routes in all of Nepal, and also one of the crowdest, as well as the safest, with the added advantage that for those who are somewhat short of days, they can save a few days or combine the route with the use of the jeep or bus (which is already an adventure in itself).
The circuit that we propose here is the classic route, without concessions and without shortcuts using the jeep or bus. From Besi Sahar we will first walk through rice terraces and agricultural lands where we can observe the rural life that makes up a large part of the population of Nepal, to gain height and at the same time change the landscape, vegetation, culture and people, until we cross the Thorung-La, the mythical pass at 5416 meters where the highest tea shop in the world is located.
On the way down we enter the land of the Mustang, already in full Tibetan cultuarl area in the middle of a hard, dry, shocking landscape, full of ochre colors in all its shades, to descend following the course of the Kali Gandaki river where the ecosystems follow one another in reverse order through the deepest valley of the earth, since we have the Dhaulagiri 6000 meters above our heads.
And the final cherry on top is the ascent to Ghorepani, and the next day we will go up to PoonHill, where one of the widest panoramic views of the Himalayas awaits us, which we will keep in our retina forever.
In short, an impressive trek where each day opens with a different scenario.
This trek can be increased in three days with a visit to the Tilicho Tal (lake) in the middle of a wild landscape, or can be cut it in its end ending in Beni.
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