Nepal is a country which has mountains covering the major part of it. Trekking in Nepal is very popular because of the numerous trekking trails that are present in the country. Among the many trails the trekkers love to go trekking on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This particular trekking trail is present in the central part of Nepal. The length of the whole circuit is 160 to 230 km in total. The highest point of the trek is at 5,416 m on Thorung La pass, which touches the edge of the plateau of Tibet. The trekkers pass by a couple of beautiful river valleys during their trek. They also encircle the beautiful Annapurna massif on the way. The natural beauty of the trek is absolutely breathtaking to say the least.
The total duration of the trek is between 17-21 days in all. The trek starts from Besisahar and ends at Nayapul. The trekkers travel in a counter-clockwise direction during the trek. The four regions through which the trekkers pass through during their journey are Manang, Lamjung, Myagdi and Mustang. Myagdi and Lamjung are low lying areas in the trekking trail. These places are inhabited by Hindus mostly. The lush green fields are used to carry out terraced farming by the locals. It is a very beautiful sight to see. The high-lying regions of Mustang and Manang are predominantly inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists. These people mostly identify themselves with Tibet and were once a part of Tibet. The highlight of these places is the meeting with the Bonpo religion people. Mustang has the last inhabitant group of this ancient religion. The trekkers can learn about the religious customs of the Bonpos here.
The Annapurna circuit trek passes by a number of very high mountains on it way. Some of the notable peaks are the Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna II, III and IV. The most significant part of the trek is probably passing by the deepest gorge in the whole world between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I peaks. Both these peaks are more than 8,000 m high. The length of the trek passes through many such mountainous and river valleys which give a very good scenic view to the trekkers.
The main season for trekking in Nepal is during the months of October and November. However there are trekkers all round the year except for the monsoon season, when many trekkers avoid trekking. However as the most of the trekking trail is ain a rain shadow area there are hardly any effects of the rainy season. It is always advisable to trek in groups if not with the porters and guides. The trekkers need to acquire the relevant entrance passes from the authorities in Pokhara and Kathmandu. The expenses of the trekking expeditions in this region are pretty modest and affordable.
The Annapurna Trek was known as the best trekking trail in the world for its scenic beauty and breathtaking views. However with the construction of a large number of roads in the region the natural beauty has somewhat diminished. However it still has enough to draw thousands of trekkers from all over the world every year.
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