If you’re looking to go trekking in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Annapurna region is it! This region is very popular among hikers and mountain climbers alike as it is really “the ceiling of the world” complete with some totally unmatched views!
The Annapurna region will offer you up four sub-regions (called districts): Lamjung, Mustang, Manang, and Myagdi. Trekkers will be immersed in the varied culture of this region. An example of these cultural differences can be seen in the lowlands of Lamjung and Myagdi where the people are predominantly Hindu. In Manang (where the Gurung people live) and Mustang, you will meet Tibetan Buddhists.
The Annapurna Circuit takes visitors through a number of tiny villages, many of which are considered sacred. One village, Ranipauwa, is near the holy site of Muktinath. This place is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. The meaning of Muktinath to the Hindus is “place of salvation.”
Along the path, trekkers will see a number of Buddhist prayer flags and even prayer wheels. Those interested in Buddhist culture are in luck as a large percentage of the people in the high mountain areas of Nepal celebrate Buddhism.
The people in the Annapurna region are very friendly. Many offer rooms for travelers to stay overnight at teahouses. These rooms are very inexpensive, but they also offer meals. The money made from meals is where the local people make a bulk of their money. Because rooms come at such a low rate, it is customary for guests to eat both breakfast and dinner in the where they are staying.
Mountains in the Circuit Annapurna Circuit Map
There are many variants of the Annapurna Circuit as there are a number of paths that travelers can take. Because of this, the mountains that trekkers can view vary. There is no shortage of peaks in the area, so, regardless of the route, trekkers are in for a treat. The gorgeous views that the Himalayas offer are unmatched.
Some of just a few of the numerous mountains that trekkers and mountaineers can see while hiking the circuit include Annapurna I (the 10th highest mountain in the world), Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Machapuchare. The highly popular Annapurna circuit trek is not only famed for some of the highest peaks in the world, but the beautiful surrounding landscape and the mystical feel of the local culture.