The Annapurna Circuit, as the three-week trekking path is called, is a popular route, nicknamed the Apple Pie Trek for its famously well-stocked lodges. The circuit is a three-week journey through the pristine valleys and villages of the Annapurna range. Most start on the Besisahar side and walk from Besisahar to Chamje (2 days) along the dirt road. This stretch is beautiful—it meanders up the Marsyangdi River valley with the big mountains lurking behind. The circuit is popular because it allows trekkers to pass through diverse terrain, from jungle to high alpine, and passes through a region dominated by Tibetan Buddhist culture.
The Annapurna Circuit is regarded as one of the best trek routes of the world offering you the perfect blend of natural and cultural extravaganza. This trek combines trekking, hiking, sightseeing and cultural tour into a single travelling experience. Best known for its Himalayan panorama, you catch glimpse of Himalayas like the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre while on this trek. In this region, the cultural beauty compliments the natural beauty and visitors are left mesmerized by the marriage. The Annapurna region is where the colorful lifestyle of the Gurung, Magar and Manang communities continues to exist in their traditional form on the lap of the majestic Himalayan Mountains.
The circuit takes one around the Annapurna mountain following the courses of two mighty rivers– Marsyangdi in the east and the Kaligandaki in the west. Kaligandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. Whereas the highest altitude you will ascend during this trek is the Thorong La Pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft). The route then leads to the mountain hamlet of Manang 3,500 m (11,482 ft) and later follows the pilgrimage trail of the revered Muktinath temple and finally to Pokhara. The circuit is still one of the most magnificent alpine trails in the world and the mountains themselves remain untouched.