This trek around the famed Annapurna Massif offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal: fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language, incredible views of many of the Himalaya's most famous high peaks and constantly changing panoramas - from lush, tropical rice paddies to moss-laden rivulets.
There are Rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs which will amaze you. Starting with a drive to Beshisahar you ascend along the Marshyangdi river valley. You pass beneath snowcapped Annapurnas II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m. peaks stretching north to Tibet. You cross Thorong La pass (5,418m.) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath. From there, you descend into the mighty Kali Ghandaki Valley - the deepest river valley on the face of the earth - 7,000m deep between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. At the end, you trek through a wonderful rhododendron forest along the ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back at the town of Pokhara.
As this is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, and you will find many lodges along the route. Apart from being able to enjoy homely comforts you will have the added advantage of being guests to families of different ethnic people typical of this area. The Manang and the Kali Gandaki valleys lie along an ancient trade route between India and China and a variety of ethnic peoples have settled here: Newars, Chettris, Gurungs, Manangies and Thakalis.
This is one of the treks that will always rank as one of Bhutan's finest treks. The route offers fantastic mountain views at close range including Mt.
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