The "Annapurna circuit" AKA "around Annapurna" is one of the most popular treks here in Nepal. Being around here in Nepal, everybody are talking about the "around". It's a pretty hard trek, but more because of it's length and not because of the climbing skills you are required for (no climbing skills required!).
It can be done in 15-17 days, depends on your pace. I heard of people doing it in 10 days (nowadays, it's possible to get a jeep and drive some of the way and save a couple of days) and older groups of people doing it in 24 days.
Views in the trek are magnificent, it's surrounding one of the Himalaya beautiful ridges.
The starting point of the trek is in a town called Basisahar (can be spelled in some other ways, depends on the map you are using) and ends in either one of 2 places, Beni or Nayapool. It's all depends on how much walking strength you have
Basisahar is in the middle way between Kathmandu and Pokhara, so you can begin your ride from either of the two cities.
These 2 places are where it's possible to take a bas back to Pokhara after finishing the trek.
In each and every day of the trek you have the possibility to sleep in a guest house, so camping is really not necessary and there is no need to carry a tent with you. If you do want to do some camping, you are most welcome. Tent, stove and all other additional equipment is then required , of course.
Many people say that living costs on the trek are very expensive. well, if you did stay in the Thamel for a couple of days, costs would be around the same.
Room charges are relatively low and gets to their pick almost at the pick which is high camp guest house at high camp after throng phedi. it's the same price you will pay for a a guest house in the Thamel area in Kathmandu (320 rupees). The deal is that you pay almost nothing to the guest house for sleeping but in exchange you buy your food and meals from them. If you decide to eat your own food, room charge will be higher and sometimes double.
Get ready because this trek is going to be one of your major life experiences! not every day you get a chance to be out of civilization for 2.5 weeks.
One very important thing, these days a road is being built to most of those villages around the trek. In 4-5 year most of the circuit could be done buy driving and not walking. I've been told that the trekking committee or other Nepali organization are looking for new trekking routes in order to overcome this problem.
If you have some more questions on this trek, just add the questions on the comments, I'll add it up to this post. I might be forgetting some points you are pondering about.
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