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Highlights of Annapurna Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 26, 2020

Along with other spectacular treks in Nepal, Annapurna region treks are some of the best ones naturally and culturally. Annapurna is another name for awesomeness. From stunning landscapes, sunrise, sunset views over the Himalayas, rich vegetation, pristine lakes and forests to meaningful insights into local Magar and Gurung settlements, you would love each and everything around Annapurna region. Treks around Annapurna offers you an amazing scenery in the Annapurna conservation area, while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp trek lets you view more than 10 grand Himalayas above six thousand meters from sea level with Annapurna Himalayan range, Machhaphure or Fishtail and Dhaulagiri being the major ones. You would not find this kind of perfect naturally blended and blessed trekking trips around other parts of this planet. 

Usually trekking around Annapurna region starts from the scenic lake city of Pokhara. Pokhara is the most popular and beautiful city that you just can’t miss out while visiting Nepal. Small clean cities, lots of adventure on offer, lakes, temples, stupas and hearty people makes it number one tourist destination. Sarangkot and Poonhill are the famous viewpoints in the region that creates magical panoramas during sunrise and sunsets. And the best thing about trekking around Annapurna is from family short and easy trekking to challenging adventure around circuit trek, there is something in store for all.

Annapurna highlights all aspects of trekking that keeps on attracting trekkers, hikers and adventure explorers from all over. You would love to explore the stunning Annapurna highlights in your next vacation. 

1. Annapurna Mountain Peaks

Perhaps the most rewarding hallmark of the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the gorgeous and magnificent Himalayan views of the Annapurna and its neighboring peaks. Throughout the journey, trekkers can encounter towering views and panoramic sights of Himalayan peaks like the Annapurna range- Annapurna I, II and II, the Machhapuchhre Peak, the Nilgiri Himal, Mount Gangapurna, the Lamjung Peak, the Pisang Pak, the Dhaulagiri range and many more. The vast open pastures of the terrain are also blessed with the views of the peaks that seem to dwarf the land, making the journey quite unforgettable.

Highlights of Annapurna Trek

The Thorong La Mountain Pass, with an elevation of 5,416 meters, is another hallmark of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The high mountain pass is sure to be the most thrilling part of the trekking journey as the mountain pass is a navigable route that is situated between the Khatung Kang and the Yakawa Kang Himals. The pass connects the village of Manang to Muktinath. It is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit and presents trekkers with mesmerizing views of the sprawling river valleys below and the tapestry of ivory Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Peaks that decorate the skyline.

2. Muktinath Temple

Muktinath is one of the cultural highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. A revered site for both the Hindu and the Buddhist people of the country, Muktinath is a sacred temple that is visited by hundreds of pilgrims. The temple and its vicinity are laden with artifacts and architectural beauties like the forty water-sprouts that are carved into the walls of the temple from which flow swift bursts of river water believed to atone the sins of man when bathed under. This is the first destination that trekkers come across after crossing the Thorong La Mountain Pass. 

Muktinath Temple

3. Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki River Valley

The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes trekkers to two river valleys connected by the Thorong La Mountain Pass. These river valleys take up the northern-central Nepal and are blessed with amazing topographical features which trekkers can enjoy along the journey. With a diverse climatic variation and different biological biospheres scattered throughout the valleys, trekkers can enjoy a myriad of alpine and sub-tropical woodlands that provide an amazing canopy under which the trekking trail runs. Furthermore, the valleys are also drained by the Himalayan Rivers of Marshyangdi, Koshi and the Gandaki that have various tributaries that water the forests and wetlands home to many species of animals. 

4. Jomsom

Jomsom is a famous village that is often an overnights-stay destination for trekkers doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Situated by the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, the village is known for its Shaligrams- fossilized stones that are believed to be the natural state of Lord Vishnu by the Hindu people. The soaring peaks of the Annapurna and the Nilgiri Peaks also form picturesque backdrops to the village. Jomsom is also the home of the ethnic Thakali people. 

Muktinath Temple

5. Marpha

One of the destinations of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Marpha. A pretty stone-lined village, Marpha is also renowned for its apples. In fact, Marpha is one of the leading destinations for apple-production and is known as “The apple capital of Nepal”. It is a great destination to stop for an overnight stay while trekking. The natural views of the apple orchard and the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the village make this one of the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. 

6. Pokhara

One of the best tourist hubs of Nepal, Pokhara is the major starting point of most of the Annapurna region treks, including the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is situated beside the Phewa Lake and presents close views of the Annapurna and the Machhapuchhre Himalayas. Pokhara is a great place to relax and enjoy the many sites that the city offers. After an arduous trekking journey, Pokhara welcomes its trekkers back with the promise of extra-elevated R-n-R. 

7. Wilderness

In this trek, you will be walking along the trails that preserve varieties of flora and fauna. After mountain glories and the cultural delights, in Annapurna Base Camp trek. Similarly, you are given an opportunity to indulge yourself in nature and its elements. Since the trail shelters large scale of vegetation, the area is declared as Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail is lush with verdant forest where wild vegetation has made their home. You can rarely see any animals along the trails nonetheless. Moreover, you can have full pleasure of experiencing the assorted scope of greeneries and faunas, scenes and ethnic culture. The journey lets you enjoy the blend of wilderness of the green forest with amazing landscapes. Most of the time, you will be walking through dense forest but whenever you come out of the verdant forest you will be greeted by the charming mountain views. 

8. Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake is Nepal’s one of the beautiful Lakes which is located at the highest altitude of 4919 meters. And only 55 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Pokhara city. It is a glacial lake and is a popular tourist destination which is in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Also, the site is famous for hiking that goes through the Annapurna Circuit trek and takes an additional 3/ 4 days to reach the base camp of Tilicho. 

Highlights of Annapurna Trek

Tilicho lake provides an adventurous journey to the risk-takers who love to accept geographical challenges. Commonly, most of the visitors prefer the Annapurna Circuit route, which crosses the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys. As an alternative, we can even make our journey fantastic by taking an alternative route from the north side. This route is gaining much popularity among the tourists, nowadays. But, there are no tea houses or lodges near the Tilicho Base Camp. The snowy lake is wrapped by enormous, beautiful mountains like Khangsar, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Muktinath peak. Apart from natural beauty, the place is also recognized for religious beliefs as well. In the epic of Ramayana, the description of Tilicho can be found as the ancient lake Kak Bhusundi Lake.

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