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Trekking in Nepal > Annapurna Circuit Trek

Along with Everest Base Camp, a trek around the Annapurna Massif is one of the best loved treks in Nepal. Offering spectacular mountain scenery, varied landscapes and a mix of cultural experiences this itinerary is justly famous.

Taking you from the rich alluvial valley of the Marshyangdi Khola to the heights of one of Nepal's most famous mountain passes, Thorong La, this trek takes you right around the Annapurna massif, the highest peak of which is Annapurna 1, the first 8000 metre peak ever to be climbed. Despite the popularity of this trek it is still a demanding undertaking with the crossing of the Thorong La pass at 5416 metres being the high point.

Apart from the stunning mountain views there are many more attractions to be seen along the way. The rich diversity of the people living in this region, from the Hindu communities living on the valley floors to Buddhist groups who have much in common with their neighbours in Tibet, is a constant source of fascination. All of these different groups will happily explain their differing cultures.

The last part of the trek is down the valley of the Kali Gandaki, the deepest Valley on earth. With the valley floor at just 2000 metres above sea level the slopes rear up to Annapurna1 on the east and Dhaulagiri on the west. Making the gorge six kilometres deep.

The trek ends in the lakeside town of Pokhara, well known as an ideal place to relax after a hard but rewarding trek.

Trek Facts

Duration of trekking : 21 days

Grade : Moderate / Hard

Type of Trek : Camping / Lodge

Recommended season : Spring / Autumn / Winter

Trekking starting point : Kathmandu / Besishahar

Trekking ending point : Pokhara

Maximum height : 5416 m.

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