The classic Annapurna Circuit trek first became accessible to the world of adventure travellers in 1977 when the Nepalese Government reopened the Manang valley, which had previously been closed on account of its proximity to the Tibetan border. Providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms and villages, a wealth of cultural interest and a challenging pass crossing, the Annapurna Circuit trek is justifiably popular.
Throughout our walk, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers, as well as the ever changing panoramas of some of the world’s greatest peaks, including Manaslu and the Annapurnas. Even from Pokhara, the views are tremendous with Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I and Manaslu dominating the northern skyline. Travelling from the Hindu-dominated farmland of Nepal’s “middle hills” into the high alpine world on the north side of the Annapurnas, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism, this trip offers exposure to the whole range of trekking environments for which Nepal is famous throughout the world.
Beyond the Tibetan Buddhist village of Manang, the high point of the trip is reached after a stamina-sapping ascent to the Thorung La (5416m) and afterwards we descend to the deep valley of Kali Gandaki, where a wealth of new experiences awaits us. The first is the bizarre collection of temples at Muktinath at the base of the pass. Trekking through the Kali Gandaki valley for four quite leisurely days, we then climb to cross the ridge at Ghorepani and make the traditional excursion to Poon Hill for spectacular dawn views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Finally, arriving at Nepal’s second most popular city, Pokhara, you will get time to enjoy the splendid Fish Tail Lodge with its magical views of the Annapurnas, reflected in the waters of Phewa Taal.