One of the most sought-after treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek encircles the entire Annapurna massif, resembling the Buddhist circumambulation. Also called the Around Annapurna Trek, it comprises a visit to the biggest pass in the country, the holy shrine on the foothill of the mountains, and the deepest river gorge in the world just to offer a mere glimpse of the entire journey. Annapurna circuit trek map generally contains the hills of mid-western Nepal, mountain pass, arid landscape, rain-shadow area, and holy sites.
This 3 week long Annapurna Circuit trek begins at Kathmandu. While in Kathmandu, you’ll get to enjoy the cultural tour of the city. Afterward, you’ll drive to the town of Bhulbhule and begin the trek. In the initial stage, the trek passes through winding hill valleys and lush forests. Ngadi, Chamje, Bagarchhap, and Chame are a few of the populated villages you’ll pass through before reaching the higher-altitude villages of Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka. From here, you cross the highest pass of Thorung La (5416m). The trail opens to a desert-like landscape of Mustang Valley. The quick descent from the pass takes you directly to the holy site of Muktinath. Thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the temple every year. It is considered one of the Mukti-Kshetra or ‘Destination for Salvation.’ The final stage of the trek takes you through the drylands of Mustang and back to the hills. You’ll cross Jomsom, Marpha, and Tatopani before heading back to the lush-forested trail of the Kali Gandaki gorge. A quick detour will take you to the Ghorepani trail and then to Pokhara via Tikhedhunga. Annapurna Circuit trek season comprises spring and autumn when the weather is generally good.