Annapurna round trekking is one of the best trek destinations in Nepal. The lonely planet website has assign this trek the tenth best trekking area in the planet. Annapurna area has been available to travelers from 1950. This region extends 7,629 sq.Km area having a population of about 120,000 with many diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
This place also has a diverse climatic belt varying from alpine to tropical. The prime attraction of this circuit trek is eighth tallest mountain Annapurna 1st (8091m) along with other tall peaks like Machapuchre mountain. Taken as the world’s best treks, the Annapurna round has everything a traveler would seek on their trek. Huge Himalayan range, picture perfect scene and ancient houses, the Annapurna trekking pulls people from all over the planet to her way.
There are various possible routes to trek around Annapurna region. There are basically 6 ways of trekking that can be accomplished as a tea house trek in Annapurna region. Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking is the shortest possible trekking and is done in about six to seven days. The detailed trekking around Annapurna area is called as complete Annapurna circuit trek and it takes about 21 days to complete. The full circuit trekking will carry you to one of the well known pass Thorong La at 5416m and then to Poon Hill (3210m) which is one of the best view spot to observe as many as 14 Himalayas from a single view point. The highly visible Himalayas during Annapurna round trek is Annapurna I at 8,091meters (26,545 ft), Annapurna Second at 7,937m (26,040 feet), Annapurna 3rd at 7,555m (24,786 ft), Annapurna IV at 7,525m (24,688 feet), Gangapurna at 7,455 meters (24,457 feet) and Annapurna South at 7,219 meters (23,684 feet). From these high Himalaya, Annapurna First is the 10th highest and Annapurna Second is the sixteenth highest in the world.
Annapurna circuit trek is not only done for the majestic glimpse of the Himalaya but it’s also done for the flora and fauna of the area. The whole circuit is conserved under ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). The settlers in this part of the trek are Magar, Bhotia, Thakali and Gurung. The initial point of the Annapurna round trekking is Lamjung’s Besisahar, and can be reached from Kathmandu by bus. Its requires about 6 hours to reach Besisahar and it is the point where most travelers begin the Annapurna trekking. Even though you can take a public Jeep and get to the village of Chame and save 2 to 3 days of trekking, it’s not recommended since you will be missing a lot among these days. But, remember that you will reduce your trek by 2/3 days by using the Jeep.
Other essential information to remember is that the availability of the vehicle is highly dependent on the climate factor and the better month is October and the chance of getting the Jeep to the town of Chame is high. It is often advised to take a relaxed day at Manang in order to gain your strength back and adapt to the high elevation. You are going to walking Thorong La which is 5,416 meters and it’s very important that you don’t gain too much altitude in a day. A relaxed day at Manang is a great ideal to acclimatize to high elevation.