You may already know, It is a challenging task to cross over the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters), which is the highest Himalayan pass in the world, but it is a possible one. If you are planning to go to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be more delighted to read about why to choose this trek.
Well, there are various reasons. The most prominent reason is to enjoy the epic trekking with the adventurous experience. The level of difficulty is strenuous. As it is above 5000 meters, you have to be physically fit and well acclimatized. Being high altitude trek, it offers highly adoring views of snowy peaks and glaciers. Mt. Annapurna (8091 meters), Mt. Manaslu (8156 meters) and the Lamjung Himalayas are some of them.
Marshyangdi River Valley
The next point is to explore the cultural abundance of the Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu devotees. Throughout the trail, you will find the Tibetan Buddhist communities that are culturally significant. The Manang village in the Annapurna side and Kagbeni on the Mustang side are exclusively awe-inspiring to explore the cultural prosperity and the lifestyle of them. Muktinath Temple, at the base of Thorong La in Mustang side, is one of the most popular pilgrim destinations in Nepal. It is believed that, if you will go there once in your lifetime, your sins will be eliminated and you can go to heaven after death.
Furthermore, the geographical aspects are brilliant. There are two distinct parts that will be connected during the Annapurna circuit trek. Annapurna region is loaded with the natural greeneries, waterfalls and the cultivating land. The upper part of Annapurna is dominated by the Himalayan peaks, glaciers and the meadows. So, lets go to the Mustang side. It is an arid region, but a paradise for the photographers. The antique valleys, hidden Kali Gandaki villages and brown sandy hills are brilliant. Mustang is suitable for the Monsoon Trekking in Nepal.
Taal Village in Annapurna Circuit Trail
Not finished yet. During the Annapurna circuit trek, you will walk through the Kaligandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. Apple orchard and the wind sweeping Jomsom valleys have added more charm to the round Annapurna trail. The gateway of Upper Mustang lies on its trail.
Want to know how to trek? What transportation? Food and accommodation?
You have multiple options for this. The trek begins from Chame Via Pisang and goes through Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi and finally cross the Thorong La. Acclimatization is essential for which, taking a hiking day in Manang will be far more beneficial. The day when you cross the Thorong La Pass takes a long walk. Almost 10 hours. If you feel that you have some difficulties in your breathing or felt altitude sickness, do not go higher. Take a rest day and drink hot soup. But trekking through the Kaligandaki valley is soft. However, the dusty wind should not be underestimated. Normally after the noon, there will be a strong wind blow.
Transportation in Annapurna Circuit Trek
Jeep Transportation is the means you can get, which is much in use. Beside this, there are also buses. You can directly drive to Chame. When you trek down to Muktinath, you can drive further, if you think you have walked enough. From Jomsom, you have a flight option to Pokhara.
Food and accommodation during Annapurna Circuit Trek
Round Annapurna Trail is easy in food and accommodation. You sleep in the tea houses, that are basic but have warm dining halls. You will get a menu with multiple selections. Eat your interested food items: typical Nepali Dal Bhat to the continental cuisine.
Best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Spring and Autumn- September to November and March to May are the perfect seasons for this trek. They are favorable seasons with good weather, clear views and warmer days.
What are the rescue operations in an emergency in Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The first and free way is acclimatization. You can't ignore your fever, dizziness or any symptoms you have felt. A day hike or rest can avoid these problems. Even if you feel this during the walking, do not go higher, rather walk down. It is the best idea that you take advice with your doctor beforehand of your trek and get medicines suggested by them. The final and emergency rescue is Heli rescue. It is costly evacuation, so do not forget to do the insurance before going to trek.
After finishing the Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit trek finishes either at Nayapul and drive to Pokhara or if you select a flight from Jomsom, it ends at Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. Once you arrive at Pokhara, you have so many options to enjoy your holidays. Cycling tour in Pokhara, Pokhara sightseeing, Paragliding, ultra light flight and water touch Bungy are the options that you can enjoy.
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