Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is known as the most diverse trek of the world. The complete circuit of the Annapurna trail, an estimated 300km begins from lush sub-tropical forests below 800m in altitude. The scene changes everyday from rice paddies to pine forests to Tibet like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya in the district of Manang. Manang was only opened to trekkers in 1977, although a few mountaineering expeditions had visited this region in 1950s.
After Manang, the terrain turns to high altitude ice desert over Thorung la pass at 5416m, down to Muktinath, Jomsom until the forested areas below Tukuche. The Kali Gandaki River on the other side of the Thorung La is considered the deepest ravine in the World, 5 times deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Kali Gandaki River cuts deeply between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west and Mt Annapurna (8091m) to the east.
You continue down the Kali Gandaki gorge amidst some stunning views of mountains and diverse flora and fauna in the lower forests passing through Ghorepani with a magnificent sunrise view from nearby Poon Hill. Trekking will end here and you can relax near the lake town of Pokhara.