The Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary combined. A classic trekking holiday in Nepal with all meals included
North of the laid-back, lakeside city of Pokhara, the huge mountain massif of the Annapurnas is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The highest peak, Annapurna I, was the first 8000-metre peak to be climbed and there are several other summits above 7500 metres in this accessible and magnificent Himalayan range. The circuit of the Annapurnas via the Thorung La is long-established as one of the world’s great mountain walks, whilst the trek into the spectacularly enclosed Annapurna Sanctuary provides exposure to the very best of Nepalese culture and landscape. KE is the only company offering a combination of these 2 treks within a single, brilliant 3-week holiday.
Trekking beside the Marsyangdi River, the first part of the itinerary leads to the north side of the Himalaya and into a high valley where the largest village is at Manang and the people are of Tibetan buddhist descent. There is a stunning cliff-side monastery at Braga and great views of the Annapurnas from the north. Beyond the high point of the circuit at the Thorung La (5416m), the route drops down to Muktinath in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Then, after driving to Tatopani, the second phase of the trek heads up to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, before continuing, amongst forest and picturesque farmland, into the Sanctuary. Combining the 2 most famous trails in the region, this is a classic trek and, without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience.