Reach New Heights: Embark on the Best Treks in Nepal for Your Bucket List Adventure
Reach New Heights: Embark on the Best Treks in Nepal for Your Bucket List Adventure - Scale the Iconic Annapurna Circuit for Epic Himalayan Views
Of all Nepal's legendary treks, the Annapurna Circuit stands tall as the most iconic and celebrated route for hardcore trekkers. Circling the massive Annapurna mountain range in central Nepal, this 120-145 mile journey takes you through the heart of the Himalayas, serving up nonstop jaw-dropping views of some of the highest peaks on Earth.
The Annapurna Circuit has long captured the imaginations of intrepid backpackers from across the globe. While traditionally completed counter-clockwise over 2-3 weeks, the route can be tackled in sections or by just doing a shorter version focused on the highlights. No matter how you slice it, the Annapurna Circuit delivers the quintessential Himalayan trekking experience.
The trail kicks off in the subtropical foothills, passing through lush green rice terraces and rhododendron forests as it follows the Marshyangdi River. After a few days of gentle walking, the real fun begins as you start ascending into the high mountains. Snow-capped Himalayan giants like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Machhapuchhre a.k.a. "Fishtail Mountain" (6,993 m) come into view, providing nonstop eye candy.
The focal point of the trek comes at Thorong La, a staggering 17,769 foot high mountain pass that delivers you to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath. You'll never forget standing at Thorong La, gazing out over the Annapurna range in all its glory, with the world spread out beneath your feet.
Beyond the pass, the trail winds its way through dramatic landscapes of wind-whipped plains, barren canyons and mystical Tibetan villages. After crossing back to the green, forested slopes, you'll end up in the lakeside town of Pokhara, where well-earned creature comforts like hot showers, pizza and beer await.