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Annapurna Circuit trek is widely known as naturalists’ paradise for terrace field, rhododendron forest, diverse Himalayan culture, range of Massif Mountains. Most spectacular mountain scenery, fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese culture of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali are the reward that a trekkers get from Annapurna Circuit Trek. Considered by many as one of the world's classics, Round Annapurna Trek is an awe inspiring trek of incredible diversity and recognized as one of the World’s best trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (US). The anticlockwise route of Annapurna Circuit trek, also know as Round Annapurna trek follows the masryangdi river upstream, gaining altitude gradually as you trek north through lamjung district populated mainly by gurung, after ghermu. The trail of Annapurna circuit trek crosses the left bank and ascends through narrow gorge that extends up to bagarchap in lower manang district, the marsyangdi bends towards west so does the trail, gradually entering a drier, rugged terrain ,after crossing chame, headquarter of manang district, the land scope gets even more arid as you enter upper manang also called nyeshang. At humde there is an airfield with flights to pokhara. At manang village which you eventually reach after short walk from humde, where a day rest to acclimatize the body before the onward trek to the Thorang - La pass (5416m)the highest point of the trail. From thorang Phedi (4430m)a bleak, chilly polecat the base of the pass, it is a rather steep climb to Thorang - La and very long descent to Muktinath (3800m)this is the most strenuous part of the entire trek and snow is not unusual here. From this part hills turn green again the descent is mostly gradual as you follow the Kaligandaki, passing village like Tukuche, ghasa and dana the trail works its way through narrow George and pass great waterfall. Only a few places in the world offer a variety of superb natural beauty as the Annapurna Region. This magnificent, Annapurna circuit trek takes you through distinct scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all-majestic mountains. Annapurna Circuit trek goes counter-clockwise and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5,416m, or 17,769 feet. On this route, you’ll pass mountains like Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through rivers with the world's deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the Annapurna Circuit trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the "Fishtail Mountain.". Annapurna Circuit trek also goes through Buddhist villages where you can see friendly locals from different ethnic groups and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.A Quaint, Timeless PlaceSetting foot on the Annapurna trail is like stepping back in time. The trappings and distractions of modern society vanish. Life goes on in the mountain villages much as it must have a century ago. Gone are the sounds of cars, motorcycles, or machines of any sort. Here the sounds of rivers and waterfalls, of women tending gardens, children walking to and from school, men porting goods or playing cards is common. Local products are made by hand; buildings are erected without the aid of machines. Because everything has to be carried up the mountains on the backs of porters, luxury items such as sweets and beer are a bit scarce. Views during Annapurna Circuit trekAs the route continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking. Its unique blend of crystal clear lakes is also an attractive sight not to miss. The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5,416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the Annapurna circuit trek is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. As you descend to the west at Muktinath from Manang, you will continue to the barren Tibetan-like village of the Kali Gandaki River- the world's deepest gorge which passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung-La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse. Moreover, the way to the sanctuary is through a patty of rice fields, misty forests & tiny local villages. Once you reach there, you can also go explore the surrounding glaciers and view points.

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