The Annapurna Circuit is a trek in central Nepal through the Annapurna mountain range. I did the standard trek, which was 14-days and approximately 165-km, and with the highest point reaching 5416m/17800ft at Thorung La Pass. The best times to do this trek are between March – April and October – November. I trekked in March 2018. Here, I share my photo diary from the trek. All photos were taken by me (expect for those of me) and all photos were edited by me.
Why trek the Annapurna Circuit? From it’s always changing and stunning scenery, the communal vibe through the tea houses along the trail, the well marked trail, and the wonderful people living in the villages- there’s a reason that the Annapurna Circuit (AC) has been voted as one of the best treks of the world on many occasions. Another beaut of this trail is that the ascent is quite gradual, meaning risk of altitude sickness isn’t as high as other treks such as those to Everest Base Camp. You’ll pass through epic waterfalls, relaxing hot springs, imposing cliffs, snow-capped mountains, gorgeous forests, and through adorable villages while trekking the AC. If you’re short on time you can simply do a portion of the trail (many people do this!). It’s also quite popular to take motor transport along the way and skip certain parts. The trails ends (or most trekkers take motor transport from their ending point) in Pokhara, a gorgeous city set on Phewa Lake. I highly recommend spending a few lazy days in Pokara after trekking!
Day 1: Besisahar (820m/2700ft) to Jagat (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2: Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/6100ft)
Day 3: Dharapani to Chame (2710m/7090ft)
Day 4: Chame to Pisang (3250m/10660ft)
Day 5: Pisang to Manang (3540m/11600ft)
Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Day 7: Manang to Letdar (4200m/13780ft)
Day 8: Letdar to High Camp (4850m/15912ft)
Day 9: High Camp to Thorang La Pass (5416m/17800ft) to Muktinath (3800m/12460ft)
Day 10: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m/8760ft)
Day 11: Marpha to Kalopani (2535m/8317ft)
Day 12: Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m/3940ft)
Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m/9410ft)
Day 14: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3200m/10500ft) to Pokhara