A classic trekking holiday in the Annapurnas; one of the best in Nepal
The Annapurna Circuit trek includes the chance to experience the best of Nepal's landscapes, from the hot and humid farmland in the lower valley of the Marsyangdi and around Pokhara, to the high alpine environment and spectacular mountain scenery above Manang on the north side of the Annapurnas. Access to the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif continues to develop and we have continued to adjust our itinerary to avoid walking on the road and to preserve the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trekking experience.
We begin our trek at Jagat beside the Marsyangdi River and after an introductory walk to Dharapani, we turn towards the west and trek easily into the impressive valley on the north side of the Annapurnas. Here, we can marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery as we hike up to the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal on the northern slopes of the valley. We are also able to savour the special appeal of this remote Buddhist enclave, with its perched villages and striking monasteries, such as the one at Braga. Then, from Manang, we take a 2-day diversion up to Tilicho Lodge as the final part of our preparation fror crossing the Thorung La (5416m). From our lodge at Thorung High Camp, we make an early start for the hike up to the pass, where the views extend to Dhaulagiri and the red ridges of Mustang. Then, descending into the Kali Gandaki via the amazing Hindu temples at Muktinath, we reach Jomsom and from there fly back to Kathmandu via an afternoon in Pokhara and an overnight stay in this charming lakeside town.