Annapurna Circuit Trek & Thorang la trekking is an adventurous trek that offers a lifetime experience, a complete scenic journey beneath the world’s 7th and 10th highest mountains Annapurna 8,091 and Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters, which plunges below Kali Gandaki River, forming the world’s deepest gorge as the walk leads on both sides of massif Annapurna mountain range, walking towards North and ending on the southern area on this amazing Annapurna hiking.
This adventurous and scenic journey offers a great panorama of the world’s highest peaks with close-up views of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft), and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m and towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, Pisang peak 6,091m, Chulu East 6,584 m, Chulu West 6,419m and the massive range of world’s 7th highest
Mt. Dhaulagiri is 8,167 meters with adjoining Nilgiris, Tukuche peaks, and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang with Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m.
Annapurna Circuit trek begins from Lamjung unto the high valley of Manang area, and then completed at the picturesque and most scenic place at Pokhara valley, the main touristic spot around the whole Himalaya region, with crystal clear lakes where it catches the reflection of Annapurna Mountains on its serene Lake Phewa and Begnas.
Trek leads above greenery landscapes of mid-hills passing many traditional villages of Gurung and Magar tribes, walk heads closer to the snow-capped mountains area and towards the enchanting alpine climatic zone with nice charming villages of Dharapani and Chame.On leaving the alpine woodland area entering the dry arctic terrain around Manang valley in the country Tibetan way of life in culture, tradition, and religions, at Manang with a rest day to acclimatize before heading higher to Thorang-la pass.
After a good rest day and being acclimatized, the journey continues higher in the arid, arctic terrain reaching the highest spot of this adventure at Thorang-la pass with an altitude of 5,416 m / 17,700 ft high offering tremendous panorama surrounding this beautiful, rugged spot. From the top enjoying the success of the climb, the walk leads downhill to the holy Muktinath area, one of the holiest pilgrimage places for Hindus and Buddhists since earlier times.
Muktinath, which means Liberation, pilgrims visit here for prayer and to liberate themselves from the bad lifetime, here we take a jeep or bus ride for 4-5 hours to Tatopani, as the trekking trails have turned into a motorable road since the last few years, taking a motor ride will save a few days of walks.
The journey finally reaches Tatopani ‘hot spring’ in sub tropic warm and low area, after an enjoyable time at Tatopani start the trek on the trail to Pokhara with a climb most of the way to Ghorepani through the cool shade of rhododendron forested, at Ghorepani visit Poon Hill for a wide panorama of snow-capped mountains with striking sunrise views, and from here descend towards Pokhara via the scenic route passing Tadapani, Ghandruk, Landruk and ending at Dhampus for overnight and the drive to scenic Pokhara valley, and then lastly back in the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu after a remarkable and memorable time in the high mountains Annapurna Circuit trekking.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Classic trek on ancient trade routes
- Ascending the Marshyangdi valley
- Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli
- Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga
- Explore beautiful Manag village
- Crossing the Thorung- La ( 5416m)
- The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
- View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow
- The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley
- Natural Hotspring at Tatopani
- Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.