They say it is a back-packers circuit filled with thrill and adventure. It’s the one which everyone can take – even a person who wishes to spend as little as INR 1000 per day with mere basic requirements! (Well that’s for college boys; if we are speaking very frankly!). Interestingly, it is one of the best treks around the globe – this 17 – 21 days long trek. What makes this circuit unique is the full - fledged presence of flora, fauna, small lakes and of course the high rising mountain cliffs smiling at its visitors!
This area is basically dominated by Tibetan Buddhist people and crosses over four regions – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi.
The Trek of Annapurna Circuit
The trek begins from Marsyandi Valley which takes you across a small cross – over. From here it reaches the Thorong La pass slowly moving around Annapurna massif. On the way you will be welcomed by prayer flags, small hermits, barren landscapes and beautiful valley. As you trek the path, keep on collecting the beautiful scenes in your cameras. This called the easy trek is often called the easy trek is filled with lush greenery in the beginning and as one crosses the green path one reaches the barren lands and high mountains. The excellent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri offer amazing scenes.
Soon after one crosses the Thorong La Pass one can see the sub – tropical alpine peaks and also an arid semi – desert which is a direct contrast between the lush greenery and high peaks. It is in this trek that one can find the beautiful small village’s inhabitated by locals. These locals follow either Buddhism or Hinduism. Small hermit houses and tea – houses can be found in this trek making it a unique experience – which cannot be found in any other trek of the world! Stones with carved paintings, snow treks, old monasteries, red coloured trees with snow loaded peaks in the background and 7 – 8 tired layered fields are the common sights of these path. From here one reaches the Tapta Pani or Hot water. Some people believe it has got medicinal values and so take a dip in it before moving further. You too can if you wish so.
The return path is across villages of Ghara, Shika, Birethanthi and Pokhara. From Pokahar is a drive back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, it’s good to take a 1 - 2 days rest and explore heritage sites like Temple of Pashupatinath, Bodhnath Stupa and the local market. Buying souvenirs on the way back too is a idea.
*For this kind of trek one can expect accommodations, food inclusive and travel insurance. In fact, if you are not getting these, then there is no point of taking the trek. Taking along your medicines is a good idea. This trek is not at a very high altitude as compared to other treks and so there are NO breathing problems as such. A guided tour is a must as an individual trek without any guidance can be fatal…. March to May is the best time to be here.