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Crossing Thorong La - Annapurna Circuit

Crossing over Thorong La Pass is both the highlight and the biggest challenge of completing the Annapurna Circuit. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit has changed a lot over the last twenty years as roads have replaced trails along a significant portion of the traditional trek. The stretch of the trek from Manang to Mulktinath over the pass is the last stretch of the circuit that remains completely roadless.


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Everest vs. Annapurna Base Camp Treks

Everest or Annapurna Base Camp. If it’s your first time in Nepal you might be wondering which is the better trek? Having done both I would right out the gate say Everest Base Camp. However, if your worried about acclimatization, scared of flying small planes or don’t like colder temperatures then Annapurna Base Camp might be a better option. Here is a short review of both treks and the pros and cons of doing each. Keep in mind at the end of the day this is a bit subjective and that they both deserve to be included in a list of the world’s greatest treks. The first thing to consider is the scenery of each trek. The trek to Everest Base Camp I think wins by a good margin. One of my favorite things about the trek to Everest Base Camp is that from you are almost in direct view of some amazing peaks. On the first few days of the trek you can get a view of peaks such as Thyangmoche, Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku. Once you past Namche Bazaar you are in almost always in direct view of Everest or one of the other giant peaks like Ama […]


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Trekking Options in the Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Circuit is renowned as one of the world’s greatest treks.  While most trekkers follow the standard route there are a number of interesting side trips that can be added or alternate shorter treks if one lacks time to complete the entire circuit. Here we give a brief summary of the Annapurna Circuit as well as the possible side trips and alternate routes. The Annapurna Circuit The Annapurna Circuit is the classic trekking route which encircles the entire Annapurna Massif.  The trek typically takes 15 to 20 days and is approximately 160 to 230 km in length depending on the exact drop-off and pick up point. Most trekkers travel in a counterclockwise direction which provides a more gradual gain in altitude to cross over Thorung La Pass which at 5416m is the highest on the trek.  The mountain scenery is fantastic with close-up views of some of the world’s tallest mountains – Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri ,Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. The higher elevations regions of the trek which include Manang and Mustang are primarily Tibetan cultures while Lamjung and Myagdi which compromise the lower elevations of the trek are typically Hindu. The trek passes through a […]


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Trekking the Annapurna Circuit

Words like “breathtaking,” “exquisite,” and “pristine” are insufficient to describe the marvels of the Annapurna circuit. Located in Nepal, this trek through the soaring Himalayas attracts adventurers from all over the world. A dizzying assortment of flora and fauna, exciting range of climate zones, and glittering, ice-ringed snow peaks entice the eye, and a pleasantly-strenuously physical challenge beckons thrill-seekers. With a highest point of 5,416m, you’ll breathe thin air and take in views that will make you feel like you have the whole world at your feet. Spy glistening glaciers, fiery sunrises, and deep, mysterious forests! A full trek of the circuit generally lasts between seventeen and twenty-one days, although partial treks as short as a week are available. You’ll wend up fearsome passages, stop in on quaint villages (the people are mostly Tibetian Buddhist here), and bask in the camaraderie of others making the trip at the same time as you. October and November are the busiest time to make the circuit, with the “shoulder” seasons of September and November coming up right behind in popularity. The summer monsoon season and the howling winds of winter both make for a significantly less-pleasant journey, which explains why crowd levels are […]


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