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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most renowned trekking routes in the world, and even though parts of it are now paved, it still draws tens of thousands of trekkers each year. It ranks third among all treks in Nepal in terms of popularity.

Annapurna Base Camp

Also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the fabled Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular adventure. Trek to the base camp of the fabled Nepalese peak Annapurna I, which rises to an elevation of 8091 meters, by way of the Himalayas. The Annapurna Massif as a whole contains no fewer than sixteen summits above 6000 meters and thirteen peaks more than 7000 meters, including Annapurna.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Leave Kathmandu and travel to Pokhara

Traveling 215 miles, taking 7 hours, and staying at Hotel Serenity in Pokhara for Indiahikes Trekkers

By bus or airplane from Kathmandu, you must travel independently to get to Pokhara.

Day 2 :

Drive to Lower Ghandruk from Pokhara. The Kompong trek

55 km drive, 3–4 hours, with an elevation gain of 2,760–5,415 feet

5 km trek, 3 to 4 hours, and an elevation gain of 5,415 to 7,380 feet.

The ascent gradient is average.

Day 3:

The Chhomrong to Komrong trek

7 km; 5–6 hours; 7,380–7,120 feet of altitude gained or lost during the trek.

begins with a brief, gentle fall that lasts for roughly an hour. The journey to Chomrung then involves a long elevation. At tea shops along the walk, you can fill up your water bottles.

Day 4:

Ascend Chhomrong to Dovan via foot

10.50-kilometer trek, 6-7 hours, 7,120 to 8,460 feet of elevation gain

Moderate-difficult. After a 20-minute initial dip, there is an hour-long strenuous rise. a 30-minute sharp downhill after a gradual uphill for 30 minutes. concluding with a two-hour rise to Dovan On the trip, tea shops on the road will re-fill your water bottles.

Day 5:

Trekking from Dovan to the base of Machapuchare

10-kilometer trek, 6-7 hours, 8,460 to 12,135 feet of elevation gain.

Moderate-difficult. a slow climb marks the beginning. It is made up of several gradual ascents that are somewhat steep. On the trip, tea shops on the road will re-fill your water bottles.

Day 6:

Trekking between Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp

3.50 kilometres; 2 hours; 12,135 to 13,550 feet of elevation gain; trek

Moderate. The first kilometer or so of the trail is a steep incline before it gently climbs to ABC. On the trip, tea shops on the road will re-fill your water bottles.

Day 7:

From Bamboo, hike up to Annapurna Base Camp

15.50 miles, 8 to 9 hours and an elevation loss of 13,550 feet to 7,675 feet make up the trek.

Moderate-difficult. Departing the same way back, with a mixture of steep and moderate descent. On the trip, tea shops on the road will re-fill your water bottles.

Day 8:

From Bamboo, hike to Jhinu

Trekking 10 miles, taking 6-7 hours, and losing 7,675 feet to 5,770 feet in elevation

Moderate-difficult. After a 45-minute difficult rise, there will be a 2-hour steep descent. Afterward, the trail continued to descend sharply for the next 45 minutes or so. At tea shops along the walk, you can fill up your water bottles.

Day 9:

From Jhinu, hike from Syauli Bazaar. to Pokhara by car

Six kilometers, four hours, and a trek of 5,770 feet of elevation are lost, whereas 4,480 feet are gained.

The drop-off location for Indiahikes Trekkers is the Hotel Serenity in Pokhara, which is 45 km away and takes 1-2 hours to drive.

Easy-moderate. After around 30 minutes of steep downhill, there will be a gentle rise. At tea shops along the walk, you can fill up your water bottles.

Best season to visit

Each of Nepal’s four distinct seasons can be found in the Annapurna region. Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The most favored seasons for trekking in the Annapurna Massif are March through May and October through November. This is a possibility if you’re considering hiking the Annapurna Circuit during the rainy season. It is possible to trek through the monsoon because the Annapurna Circuit is in a rain shadow.

Spring (March to May)

For the Annapurna Circuit Trek, spring is the ideal time of year. Your best chance of seeing rhododendrons in full bloom and spotting the most stunning birds will be around this time. The trials will likely be rather hectic, so prepare for that.

Summer (June to August)

Few people would recommend trekking in Nepal during the monsoon season of July. The Annapurna Circuit, on the other hand, is ideal for hiking in the rainy season since it is located in a rain shadow.

Autumn (September – November)

Nepal’s prime trekking season is unquestionably the fall. Everything in the Annapurnas is colourful and full of life as a result of the small amount of rain that it received (it doesn’t get much). In general, the circuit is highly crowded and teahouses soon fill up.

Winter (December – February)

For those who want to walk the Annapurna Circuit, winter is the most challenging season. Teahouses are still operating, although the Thorung La Pass may close due to the winter weather. This does not always preclude you from performing or finishing the circuit, though. Simply remember to leave a few more days in your planning.

Difficulty level

The Annapurna Circuit’s difficulty is mostly determined by your physical condition, outlook on life, and travel route.

More people are beginning to shorten their journeys by days as a result of the addition of dirt roads. It is now possible to hop into a jeep and drive to a location that required days of hiking in the past. Instead of climbing the entire mountain trek, there are frequent choices to take shorter dirt roads and still enjoy breathtaking vistas. 

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