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15 Best Reasons To Do Annapurna Circuit Trek

Updated at Nov 15, 2022by Mission Himalaya

With less crowd, more remote and more rugged trekking trail are available throughout the country but the beauty that you get to spot at Annapurna Circuit trekking trail cannot be found elsewhere.

You might have known Annapurna Circuit Trek as the highly publicised trekking route of Nepal filled with excessive crowds throughout the way. But do you really know the reason why the route remains so crowded? Of course due to the beauty that it bestows. The glam that the Annapurna range provides you during this trek is irreplaceable by nothing. It has its own virtue and to experience all its essence you must do this central Nepal trek-Annapurna CIrcuit Trek. Further, the trekking route is linked with different landmarks of Nepal while letting you an opportunity to extend your way to various untrodden routes during this crowded trek.

Why Around Annapurna Trekking?

To enlighten you with more details of this trek, we are listing here the top 15 best reasons to do Annapurna Circuit Trek.

1. Experience variation in Environment and Culture

The round trek of Annapurna massif introduces you with the various form of trekking trail ranging from the lush green meadows and farmlands in lowland of Besisahar to the oak and pine forest in the Marshyangdi river valley eventually taking you to the arid land of Manang and Mustang. In between the trekking trail to the high pass of Thorong La shows you its own variation. Similar to the environmental climate and biodiversity variation the trek equally astonishes you with the cultural variation. In the lowlands you will get to experience Hindu culture in abundance whereas trekking uphill to Pisang, Manang and likewise you will get to explore Tibetean Buddhist culture followed mostly by the Manganese. As you reach Mustang, and Jomsom you will be blessed with Thakali Peoples culture.

The streams, cascading waterfalls like Octopus Waterfall, river valleys are all the amorous factors of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

2. Saligrams at Jomsom

Do you know what Saligrams are? They are the black colored fossil stones found in the river banks of Kaligandaki river. Hindu believe it as the representation of Vishnu so they keep these religious stone in the prayer rooms and worship them daily. As the origin of Kaligandaki river is from the Mustang region of Nepal while wandering around the trekking trail from Muktinath to Jomsom you can see several saligrams on the Kalagandaki River Bank.

3. Muktinath

Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple with holy ponds and 108 holy water tap

The landmark of Muktinath perfectly encapsulates the religious essence for the culture explorer. Where the passes encountered during the Annapurna Circuit Trek gives you an adventurous feel, the hindu and buddhist revered site of Muktinath enriches the trek experience with religious feel and zeal.

4. Tatopani

This destination between Tukuche and Beanibazar is a favourite of every single traveler doing Annapurna Circuit Trek.  If you take flight from Jomsom you will miss the relaxing bath at the natural hot spring. But the roadway ride will blesses you with the opportunity to have a soothing experience of dipping on the natural hot spring. As you take a dip into the hotspring, you will feel like all your stress and pain gone away.

5. Manang village

Exploration of Manang’s beauty is a great achievement in itself. Add the experience you get while communicating with the Manganese, the locals of Manang, it gives your trek the new dimension.Enticing barley farmlands of Manang beckon you with their picturesque beauty. Known as the country beyond the Himalayas, Manang embodies euphoria in every sense of the word.

6. Gangapurna Lake

Gangapurna Lake in the Annapurna region is the fascination that you will adore to explore in Annapurna region. In addition to Gangapurna, Ice Lake is also a must-see.

7. Tilicho lake

Doing straight the circuit trek of Annapurna, you will miss to savor the flawless beauty of the highest elevated lake tilicho. It adds a greater sense of satisfaction to the trek experience when you include it.

8. Marpha Beautiful village

As you enter the village of apple orchards, namely Marpha, you will fall for the trek to the next level. The stone laid alleys of Marpha entices more for you to capture pictures. From this beautiful village you can take home different items made out of the juicy himalayan apples like dry apples, beer made out of local apples and so on.

9. Throng La pass

It is the climax point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Every Annapurna Circuit Trekker gets delighted to be at the elevation of 5416m. The zeal of trekker for trekking gets double folded after witnessing the marvellous mountains from Throng La Pass. Name of few mountains visible from this adventurous spot are Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Machhapuchhre, Thorong La Peak and so on.

10. Meetup with the people worldwide

trekkers in front of annapurna 3
Trekkers in front of Annapurna 3 in Ghyaru

Annapurna Circuit Trek is famed as the crowded trekking trail of Nepal. You wil encounter crowds in every single step who are there from different parts of the world. For the solitude lover though the crowd might be irritating one. But as you start communicating with other fellow trekkers you can get to know and learn the new culture and tradition of  different nations. After knowing them, you even start to share your experience with them. The hatred for the crowd automatically dissolves from your heart. Meanwhile, you will love to collect the new experiences of every fellow trekkers. Making friends from different part of universe within a single trip, isn’t it amazing?

11. Witness Tibetan Culture

Want to experience Tibetan culture and practices in affluence? Annapurna Circuit Trek is your must go destination. Though a trek during the start and end which is normally on lower hills residence of Brahmin and Chhetris settlements showcases hindu culture in abundance, the venture to the higher elevated villages of Manag, Pisang, Mustang, Jomsom, Marpha and likewise soak you completely by the Tibetean Buddhist culture.

Tibetan script Mani wall
Tibetan script Mani wall

 

12. Kali Gandaki Gorge-the deepest gorge

Located within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the world’s deepest gorge, Kali gandaki Gorge is the most memorable part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. In between the soaring Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, the Kali Gandaki Gorge is something that represents the magic of nature.

13. Yartung-the great horse riding festival in Manang

You might have not heard of the Yartung Festival, it is a horse riding  festival and is deliberately celebrated by locals of Manang and Mustang. Doing the Annapurna Circuit trek at these festive occasions, you will fall for the trek more than in normal days. During the celebration time of this festival, local decorate their houses, trekking paths and monasteries in more attractive way.

14. Barga monastery-the largest monastery in Manang district

The largest Monastery in Manang, Barga Monastery showcases the best of Tibetean Buddhist culture and tradition. Even few trekkers who choose short Annapurna circuit trekking they can explore this monastery.

Braga Monastery
Braga Monastery renovated after Earthquake 2015

15. The best of Nepal is waiting for you in Pisang

At the base of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV,  Pisang village is a village that you encounter during the Round Annapura Trek. Normally, trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit give priority to Manang and Mustang villages, but if you spend some time exploring Pisang Village, you will fall more in love with it. During a visit to Pisang, you can see the Gurung and Manangi cultures in abundance. As Pisang is divided into lower and Upper Pisang, you can visit both portions. To witness the beautiful tinted mountain views remember to reach Upper Pisang in Morning time. It is difficult to find a more friendly or hospitable group of people than those in Pisang. You will notice these all after spending some time at this pristine village.

Final Words

No any reasons are required to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The inclusion of the Annapurna itself is enough to drag trekkers to this region. But, knowing the above mentioned 15 Best Reasons to do Annapurna Circuit Trek will ensure you have a wonderful experience from your first day.

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