Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is considered one of the classic and rewarding treks in the world. It offers tantalizing Himalayan mountain scenery, flora and fauna and the diverse ethnic groups of people, cultures, and traditions of Nepal. During the trek, we cross two different river valleys and make a circuit to the Annapurna massif. After the road is being constructed, the total length of the trekking route is shortened to 160 km. From Kathmandu, we can use land transport up to Bulbule and then we begin the trek onward.
From the lowland terrain we begin the trek and slowly we go higher altitude. We pass through oak and pine forests and eventually emerges into high desert land at Manang (3540m.). Leaving Manang we cross the highest mountain pass at the altitude of 5,416 m/17769 ft while approaching to the Thorung La Pass. Close- up views of the Mount Annapurna Himalayan range (40 miles between the two river valleys exist at twelve 7000 m peaks and many more above the 6000m peaks can be witnessed all along the trail.
After crossing Thorong-La Pass we descend towards Muktinath, the important holy shrine for both Hindu and Buddhists. This part of the area is also interesting. Close to Muktinath temple, one can view eternal burning flame over the undergrounded water spring.
As trekkers will come across varied ecosystems, diverse ethnic cultures and an ever-changing landscape from green paddy fields to oak forests, from arid deserts to the world’s deepest river gorge, Annapurna Circuit Trek has become one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world.
The full blooming of red rhododendrons can’t be missed in March to April. The landscape along the trekking route is wonderful. Clouds prevail more frequently, but clear days are still common in the region.