Nepal Travel Guide Part Four : Annapurna Circuit Trekking
We have officially started a series of travel blogs that include travel information. This section will go over Annapurna Circuit Trekking Guide. The trek takes in the best of Nepal’s scenery, including stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and landscapes ranging from subtropical to alpine heath and even semi-desert.
Even in an entire life, it would be tough to do justice to trekking in Nepal because there is so much to see and do! Nepal is a safe place to visit, and the trekking trails are ideal for reconnecting with nature and walking among the mountains. Trekking is much more comfortable nowadays than when Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest in the 1950s.
In the lower regions, comfortable tea houses are selling a wide variety of local and western foods (and beer) and luxury hotels. Many treks emphasize culture and scenery, but there are also plenty of opportunities to find yourself in extreme isolation.
Round Annapurna Trek does not require you to be an expert hiker, but by the end, you will be feeling very mountain fit, suntanned, and full of positivity! It’s safe to say that this is a popular trek during the high season. So you’ll meet people from all over the world on the trail. It isn’t easy at times, but the route allows for excellent acclimatization before attempting the pass, and you will be in the safe and experienced hands of our guide team.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING GUIDE OVERVIEW
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the best walking trails in the world, passing through beautiful villages, waterfalls, and hot springs. And this trek offers trekkers an opportunity to experience Tibetan, Buddhism, and rural mountain life and cross one of the wildest high mountain passes, all in one trip.
Area: Annapurna Region
Duration: 15 Days
Group Size: 2-30
Maximum Altitude: 5,416m (Thorong Pass)
Minimum Altitude: 1310 (Kathmandu)
Average Walking Hours: 6-7 hours per day
Number of Walking Days: 9
Accommodation: Three-star hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara; Teahouse during trekking
Start point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
- Beautiful alpine meadows
- Trek through narrow Marshyangadi and Kali Gandaki River valleys
- Crossing Thorong La Pass
- A peek into Tibetan Buddhism
- Therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani
- Spectacular view of some of the tallest peaks of the world
ABOUT THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is widely regarded as one of the finest trekking trails in the world. While you can see lush forests, terraced fields, and densely populated civilizations in the lower region, the upper trans-Himalayan area is dry and barren and rarely populated. The lower region is mainly inhabited by Hindus, while most upper regions are home to people following Buddhism.
This Round Annapurna Trek offers trekkers life experiences as they can witness great cultural, religious, and ecological diversity. The walk is pleasing as you can listen to birds chirping above the thick forest canopy and meet ever-smiling locals saying Namaste. The Annapurna Trail crosses numerous rivers and creeks where you can see waterfalls cascading through lush forests into deep pools or fast-flowing rivers.
In the same way, vegetation ranges from sub-tropical and temperate forests in lower areas to subalpine and alpine forests in higher regions. These forests are home to rare medicinal herbs like the caterpillar fungus locally known as Yarsagumba, which is believed to have aphrodisiac value. Similarly, endangered species like red panda, musk deer, and the elusive snow leopard are found here.
Mountain Views during Round Annapurna Trek:
The trail lies between Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) — the 7th and 10th highest peaks globally, respectively. The Round Annapurna Trek offers spectacular views of mountains peaks like Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East, Chulu West, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peaks, and the omnipresent Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail. You will also be walking through the deepest gorge in the world between Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains at Andhagalchhi (2,520m), which lies more than 5,000 meters below the summit of Mt Annapurna, making hiking the Annapurna Circuit Trekking a lifetime experience for many.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route Info:
This 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins with a scenic drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. The trail then traverses the Marshyangdi River valley passing through the villages of Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang before climbing to the Manang Village. You will see Chortens, mani walls, and colorful prayer flags as you gain altitude, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist countryside.
The trail climbs gradually to Thorong La Pass (5,416) and enters the Kaligandaki River Valley. From Thorong La, the trail is mostly downhill and passes through the beautiful Muktinath Temple and beautiful Thakali villages known for their hospitable people and their mouth-watering delicacies. This section of the Annapurna Trail is also famous for organic apple orchards. From Tatopani, the trail crosses the Kali Gandaki River and climbs to the Shikha Village before reaching the famed Ghorepani Poon Hill region. After enjoying sunrise and mountain views at Poon Hill, we will descend to Ulleri and then to Tirkhedhunga, from where we will take a jeep and drive to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Guide Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal. After completing the immigration process and customs formalities, come out of the airport, where you will find our representative waiting for you. He will offer you a traditional Nepali welcome, escort you to your hotel, and assist you in the check-in process. Take some rest to unwind after a long flight. If your arrival is earlier in the day, you can step out to your hotel neighborhood to get your first glimpses of Kathmandu city or visit the Peregrine office. There will be a trek briefing session in the evening where you will also meet your guide. The guide will inform you about the trek and help you with the trekking gear needed. After that, join us for a welcome dinner at a restaurant serving authentic Nepali food. Enjoy the meal and the traditional songs and dances performed by the artists.
O/N: Three-Star Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Chamje (1410m)
After early breakfast at your hotel, the journey begins with a drive to your trailhead at Chamje. The drive is pleasing as it passes through winding hills and beautiful riverside roads, offering you a glimpse of the Nepali countryside. It takes around six hours to reach Besishahar, a small hilly marketplace, where you will change the vehicle for an incredible off-road drive of about three hours.
Expect some turbulence in the jeep ride as the road to the mountainside is in bad shape. Nevertheless, it is pleasing as it takes you through beautiful hamlets, rice terraces, rocky cliffs, and deep gorges. Upon arrival at Chamje, check in to your teahouse.
Day 3: Trek to Dharapani (1860m)
Your trek begins in earnest this day. After breakfast, follow your guide on a beautiful track that includes a series of uphill and downhill walks. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River and passes through waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and lush forests. After a walk of a few hours, you will pass through an entry gate into the village of Taal (Lake). The narrow trail then opens into a beautiful valley of Taal, where you will stop for lunch.
The area got its name when the river was dammed by landslide debris many years ago, creating an artificial lake. Taal is also the entry point of the Manang district, where a significant section of this trek lies. After lunch, a brief leisurely walk will take you to Dharapani, where you will stop for the night. You will see a Chorten before entering the village, hinting that you are entering the Buddhist land.
Day 4: Trek to Chame (2650m)
You will start early today as the trial is a bit longer. Hit the trail after a sumptuous breakfast at your lodge. The course is primarily uphill as you climb up into the alpine land. The trail passes through the beautiful villages of Bagarchhap and Danaque. Rising further, you will reach the beautiful Tamang village, where the trail coming from the Manaslu region meets the Annapurna trail.
You can take a tea break here, admiring the beautiful view of Mt Manaslu (8163m) — the sixth highest mountain in the world. Continue walking and pass through the beautiful villages of Thanchowk and Koto, where the Nar-Phu trail joins the Annapurna Circuit trail, before entering Chame. You will see a large mani wall with prayer wheels at the village entrance. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang, with good hotels, Internet cafes, trekking gear shops, banks, and health and communication facilities, among others.
Day 5: Trek to Upper Pisang (3300m)
The fifth day of your Annapurna Circuit Trekking involves resuming walking after breakfast at your lodge. The trail from Chame passes through beautiful alpine forests in a narrow yet steep valley. After crossing the Marshyangdi river on a suspension bridge, the trail climbs up, offering stunning views of rocky surfaces, including the face of Paungda Danda.
Continuing further, you will reach Dhukur Pokhari, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, cross the river and start walking toward Upper Pisang. Pisang offers you beautiful views of Pisang Peak and other peaks in the Annapurna Range to your south. Some trekkers may face breathing difficulty here as they enter the area with thin air. You will stop here for the night.
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3520m) via Ghyaru
The trail beyond Upper Pisang lies in the drier rain shadow area. There are two trails to Manang — the first is the easy trail via the road and Hongde airstrip, while the second is steep through the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal. You will take the second one as it offers breathtaking views of the mountains and helps you acclimatize to higher altitudes. It passes through the beautiful settlement of Mungji and the hidden hamlet of Braga before reaching Manang. Manang is one of the biggest villages on the Annapurna Circuit trail. You can find all facilities here. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health post to get information about altitude sickness.
Day 7: Rest Day for Acclimatization
Today, you will take a rest day for acclimatization. You have many options today — exploring Baraka village, Manang village, or going to the Gangapurna viewpoint. The best option is a trek to the Gangapurna viewpoint, as it will help you acclimatize to higher altitudes.
You can enjoy a beautiful view of Gangapurna glacial lake, Gangapurna glacier, and Thorong La Pass. Return to the teahouse for lunch. After lunch, attend a lecture on altitude sickness at the HRA health post. The doctors there will advise you on the necessary precautions that you should take to avoid altitude sickness.
Day 8: Trek to Yak Kharka (4035m)
The next three days will be the most difficult days of your trek as you will ascent of nearly 2,000 meters to Thorong Pass — the highest point of your trek. Beyond Manang, the trail leaves the Marshyangdi Valley and continues along the bank of its tributary Jarsang Khola. As you gain altitude, the vegetation becomes shorter and sparser as you reach Yak Kharka. The Trail offers fantastic views of Annapurna II, III, and IV, TIlicho Peak, and Gangapurna Peak. You can quickly get Letdar, but it will not be wise to press further. It’s free time for independent activities after lunch at Yak Kharka.
Day 9: Trek to Thorong Phedi/High Camp (4540m/4880m)
On this day, you will trek to Thorang Phedi or High Camp. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Thorong Phedi or the base of Thorong Pass, depending on your body and weather conditions. If the trail is snowy, it could take much longer. Walk slowly and steadily, following your guide. Across the river on the other side of the course, you can see herds of blue sheep and Yaks grazing. There are few tea houses in Thorong Phedi. If you are not tired and willing to go further, you can trek to the High Camp as it will make the next day’s walk easier. It’s your call.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) after crossing Thorong Pass (5416m)
This will be the longest and most challenging day of your Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Your guide will give you a wake-up call at 3 am so that you are ready to start by 3:30 am. If you start from High Camp, you can create a bit later. It is always wise to start early in the morning if you have to cross high passes because the passes could become windy from 11 am onwards. The trail is very steep, but it is easy to follow. It won’t be wise to cross if the pass is covered with snow. Your guide will have the final say in that scenario.
It will take around four to six hours to reach the pass. You can see Chorten and colorful prayer flags at the top. A signboard also says you are at the top of Thorong’s pass (5416m). Don’t forget to take a photo keeping the signboard in the backdrop. You can enjoy breathtaking views all around. The key divides two beautiful river valleys and watersheds — Marshyangdi Valley from where you came to the top and Kali Gandaki Valley to where you will be descending. After spending some time at the top, enjoy your packed lunch and start a knee-busting descent to Muktinath (3800m). You will reach Muktinath by late afternoon.
Day 11: Jeep Drive to Tatopani (1100m)
You will enjoy a short excursion to the Muktinath Temple in the morning. It is a joint pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. There is also a holy flame fed by natural gas.
After breakfast, begin your drive toward Tatopani. The industry passes through beautiful villages like Kagbeni, Jomsom — the district headquarters of Mustang — Marpha, Tukuche, and Lete, along the Kali Gandaki river. Upon arrival at Tatopani, check into your teahouse. You can take a soothing bath in one of the natural hot springs in the village. The second leg of your trek begins today.
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2800m)
Another long day in Round Annapurna Trek. After an early breakfast, cross the Kai Gandaki River and start uphill, walking toward Shikha village on the way to Ghorepani. A walk of about an hour or so will take you to a small settlement of Guthrie. You can see lush vegetation and beautiful rice terraces in the village. You will pass through Ghara settlement and further to your lunch point at Shikha village at around noon. After Shikha, the trail to Ghorepani is mostly uphill. It passes through lush forests and rocky sections. The final leg of the walk to Ghorepani is all on stone stairs. The Magar village saddles on a ridge and offers plenty of accommodation options. As it is one of the largest villages in the area, it is always overflowing with traders and tourists.
Day 13: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m), descend to Tikhedhunga and drive to Pokhara.
This is going to be the trek’s final walking day. We’ll be heading on a climb to the Poon Hill (3210m) viewpoint so consider getting up early. Poon Hill, which sits a little above Ghorepani village, commands a beautiful view of mountains in the Annapurna range. You can enjoy amazing views of mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus Peak, and Dhaulagiri, among others, from Poon Hill. After enjoying the view and taking pictures, walk down to Ghorepani.
After breakfast, start walking toward Ulleri and then to Tirkhedhunga. It is an easy walk through beautiful rhododendron forests. At Tirkhedhunga, board a waiting car and drive toward Birethanti, Nayapul, and Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel. You can fit a wide range of pubs and eateries in the Lakeside area to unwind after a long trek in the evening.
O/N: Three-star Hotel
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu
On this day, you will be driving to Kathmandu. After early breakfast at your hotel, board a waiting car and start moving toward Kathmandu. We will stop for lunch somewhere along the highway and continue to Kathmandu. The journey takes around seven hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where you can share your Annapurna Circuit Trekking experiences.
O/N: Three-star Hotel
Day 15: Departure
Your last day in Nepal. After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home at least three hours before your flight. If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, we can organize activities for you on request. Goodbye until we meet next time.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION
You will stay on a sharing basis in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Your Annapurna Circuit Trekking package includes a complimentary breakfast. However, in Round Annapurna Trek, you will stay in a teahouse/lodge that may or may not have attached toilets. You will be served three meals a day during the trek — breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Generally, meals are the Nepali staple Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (rice, lentils, and vegetables). However, other dishes like pizza, pasta, noodles, etc., are also available.
Transport is in a private air-conditioned vehicle during Round Annapurna Trek. However, air-conditioned cars won’t be available on dirt roads to the trek head.
Essential Information of Annapurna Circuit Trekking Guide:
This Round Annapurna Trek trail is a repository of natural attractions. While on this trail, you can experience authentic Nepali experiences which might be beyond your imagination. Lush forests, rice terraces, breathtaking views of mountains including Fishtail, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri, among others, spectacular sunrise views from Poon Hill are some of the attractions of this trail.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts from Chyamje, a three-hour drive from Besishahar, and ends at Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The industry takes about seven hours, while the flight takes only around half an hour.
The Round Annapurna Trek is complex and unsuitable for children and senior citizens. The highest point is 5,416 meters. But it is the most popular trek in Nepal, with good trails and other infrastructure.
The trek can be done around the year. However, Autumn (mid-September to mid-November) and spring (March-May) are the best seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The weather and temperature of Annapurna Circuit are just perfect for trekking during this time. But the trek can be done during winter and monsoon as well. If you want to avoid the crowd, monsoon and winter are the best time to do the trek.
The packing list depends on the trekking season. We will provide you with The Annapurna Circuit Trekking packing list. No technical trekking equipment is required for this trek. A three-season plus sleeping bag will be enough for you.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking cost depends on the group size, required service, and tour plan (standard or deluxe). The price is USD 1690 for a single trekker. If you are more than two in one group, the price will be relatively low. If you want to fly to Kathmandu from Jomsom or Pokhara, the cost will increase. We can customize this trek based on time and budget. We encourage international trek leaders and representatives from global travel companies to get complimentary service.
You can extend the Round Annapurna Trek by spending more days in the trekking area to observe the local culture. Or you can add sightseeing activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, indulge in adventure activities like rafting, bungee, canyoning, and paragliding, and add jungle safari in Chitwan to your program. You can end your amazing trek with a mountain flight that offers you an opportunity to get sweeping views of high Himalayan peaks from the comfort of your aircraft seat.
Relevant link of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp Trek: https://peregrinetreks.com/annapurna-base-camp-trek/
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking: https://peregrinetreks.com/ghorepani-poon-hill-trekking/
Annapurna Circuit Trek: https://peregrinetreks.com/annapurna-circuit-trek/
ABC Short Trek: https://peregrinetreks.com/annapurna-base-camp-short-trek
Mardi Himal Trekking: https://peregrinetreks.com/mardi-himal-trekking/
Tilicho Lake Trekking: https://peregrinetreks.com/tilicho-lake-trekking/
Annapurna Mini Trek: https://peregrinetreks.com/annapurna-mini-trek
Annapurna View Trekking: https://peregrinetreks.com/annapurna-view-trekking/
Useful to know
- Say Namaste and greet with a smile.
- Do walk in a group
- Consult a guide for any information you require.
- Inform your guide if you experience discomfort or extreme fatigue.
- Capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments with your camera.
- Do not belittle other cultures or religions.
- Take no photographs of locals without their permission.
- Try not to be shocked and surprised if people stare at you; they’re just wondering about you.
- Don’t bring any lethal weapons with you.
- Avoid harming plants, birds, and wild animals.
- Don’t be afraid to decline vendors’ offers politely
Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trekking
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a moderately challenging but exciting challenge. However, you should keep in mind that this trek has specific requirements that you should be aware of before you begin trekking.
The best time to visit the Annapurna Region in the spring is April and May, and the best time to visit in the autumn is October and November. The weather is clear and dry at this time of year. These two seasons are also the busiest times to be on the route, with trekkers from all over the world making their way into the Himalayas.
You can also trek at other times of the year, but you will need to be more prepared for severe weather conditions. Clear skies and spectacular views are also possible during the winter season, which lasts from December to March. However, it can be freezing at higher altitudes, with thick snow on the ground, causing the Thorong La Pass to close suddenly. If you plan to trek during the winter, bring extra layers, a thick sleeping bag suitable for temperatures of at least -20°C, and climbing gear, which can be purchased in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit Climate
Nepal’s second most famous trek is the Annapurna Circuit, ranging from subtropical meadows to semi-arid lands. The trek’s climatic changes are remarkable.
The Round Annapurna Trek includes a crossing of the 5416-meter-high Thorung La pass. The pass’s summit is higher in elevation than Everest Base Camp. If you attempt to climb the pass during a difficult season, it is a nerve-racking experience. Though, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is attainable throughout Nepal’s four seasons. With the proper planning, equipment, and supplies, this trek can be comfortable and successful.
Required Equipment for Annapurna Circuit Trekking
The list below provides an overview of the trekking equipment and clothing required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. This will vary depending on your personal needs and the conditions of the Trek.
- A sleeping bag
- Duffel Bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights, evenings, and altitudes above 13,000 feet.)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun Hat
- A hat made of wool or synthetic material that covers the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Head Torch
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves (For winter)
- T-shirts (2)
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Softshell and hardshell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks (For winter)
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines And First Aid Kits
(Please note Peregrine’s team will carry the first-aid kit bag during the Round Annapurna Trek. However, we still recommend you bring your personalized first-aid kit.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline tickets
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback, cards, mp3 player, headphones
- Power Bank
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers, and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women
Please note that this is just a guide.
WHERE IS THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT LOCATED?
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is located in the western region of Nepal between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TREK THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT?
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking generally takes around two weeks.
WHICH IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT?
The best season is September-November because you get clear views after the monsoon. The second-best season in the spring, i.e., March-April, as you get to see rare wildflowers on the trail. However, the Round Annapurna Trek can be done around the year.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO TREK THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT?
Any healthy individual can do Round Annapurna Trek as it is only moderately challenging. But, Children and elderly citizens are not recommended to do this Trek.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WALK EVERY DAY?
You will have to walk 6-7 hours a day on average.
WHAT PERMITS DO I NEED TO TAKE FOR ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING?
You need two types of permits in the Annapurna Region: ACAP Permit and TIMS Card. You’ll need ACAP permission to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) because the ACA comprises a significant portion of the trek. A TIMS Card is necessary to trek on Nepal’s major trekking trails, such as the Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
HOW HIGH IS THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT?
The Annapurna Circuit reaches the highest altitude at Thorong La Pass, i.e., 5,416 meters.
HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING?
You will stay in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while the accommodation is in a lodge/teahouse while on the trek.
DO I GET AN INTERNET FACILITY ON THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK?
You will get Internet facilities in most of the places. But keep in mind that the speed is not as fast as in your homeland.
IS THERE AN ATM FACILITY ON THE ROUND ANNAPURNA TREK?
No. Make sure you withdraw cash in Besishahar before the trek starts.
DO I NEED TO HIRE A GUIDE/AGENCY FOR ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING?
You can do the trek alone. But we recommend you take the service of government authorized trekking agencies who will care for your comfort, safety, and well-being.
We have officially started a series of travel blogs that include travel information. This section will go over Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The trek takes in the best of Nepal’s scenery, including stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and landscapes ranging from subtropical to alpine heath and even semi-desert.