Annapurna is one of the most beautiful peaks of the Himalayan Ranges. Besides being the 10th tallest peak, the Annapurna Valley is home to a diverse range of culture, flora and fauna.
These combined factors make trekking through the Annapurna Valley, one of the most popular adventures. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake on the route is regarded as one of the most memorable treks ever.
The Trek gets better as you climb higher –
The enigmatic sight of the iconic peaks like Mt Manaslu, Annapurna I, II, III, & IV, Mt Machapuchare, Mt Hiunchuli among many more is best viewable on Annapurna Circuit Trek. Each gigantic peak has its unique character and specific panoramic beauty that is never the same for another mountain.
As the climb becomes steeper, so does the beauty of the valley becomes a sight to behold. On reaching Thorong La Pass, you feel what it is like to be in heaven. Many trekkers who have arrived the final stepping stone of the journey have often marvelled about the sheer simplistic yet stunning view the place has.
AT an elevation of almost 5,000 m above sea level, Tilicho Lake is not just a turquoise blue lake. It is a spectacular creation of God, that seems to make time stand still forever and ever.
See how the remote areas of Nepal survive through the Himalayan weather –
The unspoiled beauty of Annapurna Valley is a real example of how nature should be. The villages of Nar and Phu which lies on the route the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the Manang Valley are two of the most remote human habitats of the world. Buddhism influenced the culture of these villages are an accurate depiction of minimalist living.
Surviving solely dependent on their hard work and harmonious existence with Mother Nature, the Himalayan community of Nar and Phu are worth learning about.
Their culture, living style and day to day activities are mind-boggling to watch and learn from. In an age where we cannot survive without even small luxuries like mobile phones and laptops, these communities have learned to adjust to what they have.
A party on route unlike any other
In case you are thinking the Annapurna Circuit Trek is going to be a lonely and monotonous journey where it is going to be only you and Mother Nature, you couldn’t be more wrong. A favourite trek for any travel enthusiast, Annapurna Circuit Trek is strewn with people from all over the world.
At every interval, you will get to meet people from countries all over and thus will begin a friendship unlike any other. It is a common sight to see people of different race, ethnicity and culture meet and greet each other all along the journey to Tilicho Lake and beyond.
From sharing tits and bits about your life and culture to even snacks and food, the journey is never dull or lonely.
A gastronomical experience unlike any other
If you are planning to survive the 14 days trek to Tilicho Lake solely on what you packed from home, your decision is entirely wrong. The iconic yet simple Dal Bhat, is simple rice, vegetable curry and lentil but it is packed with flavours and protein to sustain this harsh weather.
In case you are bored with it, you have the delicious and healthy option slike momos, Shukuti, Samay Baji and much more. Often called as soul food of Himalayas, these cuisines are healthy and most often than not steamed instead of being fried.
Heavily influenced by the cultures of Tibet, China, and India, the unique Himalayan Cuisines of Nepal is unlike any other and should be enjoyed with an open heart.
A trek with stories to see and things to know
Besides the people and the cuisine, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is a living trail. Used for everyday activities and trade, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has Yaks, Goats, Mules and Horses hiking like any other typical day.
The entire Trek is filled with flora and fauna that is exclusive to the valleys of Annapurna and is a rare sight. The rhododendrons that carve the pathway are a beautiful and stunning example of nature withstanding even the harshest of elements and surviving.