Annapurna Circuit Trek - an Exploration of the Diverse Culture, Lifestyles, Topography.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the classic, most diverse, and stunning tea house treks in Nepal. This Annapurna Circuit trekking route explores the fascinating ethnic groups having their own language and tradition. The incredible views of some of the most stunning 8000 meters peaks including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges - are simply wonderful. We explore the natural diversity from lush, tropical rice paddies to moss-laden rhododendron forests. Besides that the Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs - great natural diversity. Walking through the naturally rich terrain of diverse topography trekker has a chance to experience the rich cultural diversity of Hinduism, Buddhism. The mysterious Bon-Po religion still co-exists and intermingle with others at the same place.
We have specially designed this classic circuit hike of the Annapurna itinerary making it shorter. It avoids the walk-on recently build road as long as possible. We start the trek from Bulbule after a drive from Kathmandu. We finish our walk at Jomsom from where we take a flight to Pokhara. This hiking route keeps all the main highlights of the classic Annapurna circuit trek intact. The hiking route includes the Great Himalayan trail from Dharapani to Kagbeni, the Tibetan Buddhist-dominated settlements. Furthermore, we explore the Braga monastery, the oldest in the region at Manang. Not to miss the shine of Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage site being worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees together.
Crossing the Thorung la pass - Diverse and Classic Route
No doubt climbing over the challenging pass of Thorung la at 5416 meters is tough but rewarding to the great sense of achievement. Undoubtedly the view from the pass is truly spectacular on this Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal. It spreads from the northwest wind-eroded "Once Forbidden Kingdom" of Mustang valley to the incredible mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the southwest. Originally the pass was initially used as a trade route, herding agricultural products on yaks and donkeys. In fact, the people of Mustang identify themselves closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in past. In the end, we also do explore the peaceful lake city of Pokhara to end the exhilarating journey to the diverse region of Annapurna in the Himalayas.