Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT) is one of the classic trails in Nepal scenery and cultural diversity. ACT is a 100-mile plus circumnavigation of the Annapurna Range offering the best natural scenery and indigenous cultures of Nepal. The trail takes you along the Marsyangdi Valley up to the North of the main Himalayan range. The trail then crosses a 5,416 m pass to descend into the dramatic desert-like, Tibetan-style scenery of the upper Kali Gandaki Valley.
Diversity in the Terrain:
The route of ACT brings varying sights, from about 100 waterfalls to pine forests. This lush landscape changes to arid slopes with shrubs, scattered here and there, just as you reach Manang. Now, Manang is an interesting place. Cliffs on one side of the Marsyangdi River are forested, while on the other, these are almost barren. From Manang, the terrain becomes a bit rough as you are required to make a somewhat steep ascent across grasslands and past juniper trees. You could utilize your acclimatization day in Manang with a trek to a glacial lake nearby.
Trek to Muktinath
This trek also gives you the opportunity to trek to the sacred Muktinath Temple. Located in the Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal. It is one of the world’s highest temples (altitude 3,800 m). The Muktinath temple is also considered to be one of the 108 Shakti Peetha.
Annapurna Range in full glory
The Annapurna Circuit trail is home to the Gurungs, Manangis, and Thakalis. It also offers spectacular mountain views of the numerous 7,000 m-plus Annapurna peaks and boasts some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal.
16-Days of Himalayan Bliss
During this incredible journey that lasts for 16-days, you traverse through isolated hamlets, mountain villages, lakes, Rhododendron forests, and beautiful stupas. This challenging trek also introduces you to some of the most isolated monasteries of Nepal, temples, and breathtaking landscapes.