Basic Guide to Annapurna Circuit Trek

Posted in Destination by Upscale Adventures
Published on Mar 18, 2020

Overview

Annapurna 8,091 m (26,544 ft) is a mountain situated in the Kaski district of Nepal in the northwest. Some of the easiest walks in the Annapurna region are the Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Ghorepani-Poon Trek Hill. It has enormous geographical diversity. You will experience Nepal's small and high mountains as well as mountains and low-altitude valleys such as Kali Gandaki. Nearly 70,000 trekkers attempt each year the trekking of the Annapurna Base Camp and the Annapurna path.

 

1. HOW TO GET THERE

 Annapurna Region - Access is easier compared to Everest. You can take a vehicle from Pokhara to Nayapul (Kaski district). If you are up for Annapurna circuit, you can take a vehicle to Besisahar from Kathmandu.

 

2. WHAT TO SEE

Annapurna

Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP):  Established in 1985 and official bulletin in 1992, the Annapurna Conservation Area serves as the largest protected area in Nepal covering 7,629 km2 (2,946 square miles) across Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Kaski and Lamjung districts, and it is popular for its geographical diversity, the availability of large numbers of flora and fauna and the ethnic lifestyles of the locals.

 

Thorong Pass: The highest point of the Annapurna circuit is the Thorong 5.416 meters (17.769 feet). Located in the north of the Annapurna mountain range, it is a major tourist attraction throughout the region.

 

Ghandruk and Chhomrong: These are the two most popular ethnic Gurung villages in the Annapurna region. Ghandruk (ACQ HQ) is an ethnic town that includes native inhabitants, culture and lifestyle. Chhomrong is more colourful and developed villages compared to Ghandruk that serves as an important step in the base camp of the Annapurna trek.

3. Altitude

 Annapurna Region: An Annapurna trek starts from a lower altitude and advances at a higher altitude in sequence. The lowest possible altitude is 790 meters and the highest possible is 5,416 m at Thorong Pass. When walking from a lower altitude to higher altitude over a longer period, the chance of getting AMS is rare, however, it is still possible if you walk continuously without taking enough breaks or acclimatization on the road.