About Annapurna Circuit Trekking
This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal. The southern slopes of Manaslu and Annapurna range are heavily settled and formed, except the higher region which support thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Most of the tribes inhabiting this area are Gurungs, Magars, Chhetris and Newars.
As one turns westwards into the Manang valley and into the rain shadow of the Annapurna ranges dramatic changes occur. There are small fields supporting some crops of millet and wheat, and small flocks of sheep and goats, the Manang tribes are traditionally a trading race, they are also Tibetan by origin and Buddhist by religion, and their architecture and life-styles are quite different to those tribes on the southern slopes.
Thakali and Mustang tribes control the busy trading and pilgrimage trail along the Kali Gandaki, until we move through the gap between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna into the wetter zones, where one can meet Gurungs and Magars again. On the whole trek there in not one day during which one does not have magnificent views of all the ranges.