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© 2001 George Wang


Group photo taken on Nov 10, 2001 from the summit of the Thorung La Pass (5416m/17,769ft) one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Back Row: Chris, Suzy, Davie Front Row: Brenda, Kelly, Frank,George, Paul


Our amazing guides, Chandra, Moti, Chris Beall (our Canadian Himalayan Expeditions trek leader) Bhola (the sirdar) and Krishna


Background

The Annapurna Circuit, considered one of the best trekking/hiking trails in the world, is the classic long distance trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated approximately 200km west of Kathmandu, the Annapurna region (named for the Annapurna mountain range) is the most popular trekking area in Nepal. Approximately 60% of trekkers visiting Nepal trek in the Annapurna region, 25% trek in the Everest region and the remaining 15% trek in various areas like Langtang, Dolpo, Mustang, Kachengjunga, Helambu, Manaslu.

Geography

The trek is a circuit encompassing the Annapurna mountain range featuring Annapurna I, at 8091m /26,545ft the 10th highest mountain in the world. . The Circuit is usually done in a counter clockwise direction beginning in either Dumre or Besisahar and ending in Pokhara. It takes about 3 weeks to trek the approximately 200km of the entire circuit. The first part of the trek follows the Marsayangdi River valley and after crossing the Thorung La pass, the trail meanders along the Kali Gandaki river valley until you move into the forest zone for the last segment of the trek. Not everyone has the time or endurance for a 3 week trek so many people trek parts of the Circuit as there is an airport at Jomson, a town around the halfway point of the circuit. Other people do the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, a 2 week trek that follows a river valley into a natural amphitheater featuring the Annapurna mountain range.

Trail/Scenery

The great thing about a circuit is you never backtrack so everyday is a new experience. Besides the towering Annapurna mountain range, along the way you have breathtaking views of Manaslu (8156m/26,759 ft), the 8th highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri (8167m/ 26,795ft), the 7th highest mountain and the beautiful, sacred fishtail-shaped mountain Machhapuchhare. Along the way you encounter an incredible variety of ecosystems including subtropical lush terraced farmlands and cool, crisp mountain forests along the Marsayangdi valley, wind-swept rocky mountain trails, glacial scree, the snow capped high altitude pass, rugged, arid, landscape of the Mustang region, gale force winds as you approach the deepest river valley in the world and dense, tropical rainforest in the approach to Pokhara - Click here to see samples of the incredible ecological variety along the trail.

Begin the journey by using this map of the ==>> Annapurna Circuit