Overview: The word “Annapurna” (Hindu god of harvest) may remind you of the best-seller by Maurice Herzog who first ascended its summit or simply as one of the 14 eight-thousanders on earth. Though scaling the peak like Herzog did is a rarely accomplished feat, encircling the Annapurna massif can be achieved if you are healthy enough to walk for about a score of days. The trek also known as “Round Annapurna trek” is recommended as one of must-travel hikes in the world by travel experts.
The journey is commenced anti-clockwise as the path is less difficult with slower altitude gain than the clockwise circuit. The trail passes through the settlements of various ethnic groups like Chhetri, Gurung, Thakali and Tibetan, though the latter are the principle dwellers of the upper regions. Apart from splendid view of mountains and cultural diversity, mountain rivers, geographical extremes: high altitude desert to high alpine tundra, mighty winds, religious shrines , abodes resembling Tibet and cheerful welcoming villagers are the unforgettable mementoes of the trip.
Major highlights of the trek are:
There are two trekking options for encircling the Annapurna:
Best Months: April-May or October-November
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