Annapurna Circuit vs Lantang Valley Hike Experience Comparison

Nepal's top famous trekking routes that can be hiked on self-guided basis 

Because I have 3 months multiple entry tourist visa granted on my first visit to Nepal, I have more than enough time to trek Annapurna Circuit (2016) and Lantang Valley (2016), two famous trekking routes in Himalayas Region.

Annapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley from Nepal are two of the most popular mountain trails and tourist-hiker friendly trails in Nepal's Himalayan Range. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.


​To summarize Nepal's famous 3 trekking routes (Everest Base CampAnnapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley) based on my self-guided solo winter hike adventure in comparison to each other; LANTANG VALLEY (3,830masl) and KYANJIN PEAK (4,773masl) trekking route is the under-rated trail but the most unspoiled trail ideal for mountain meditation trekking, those who are looking for "off-the-beaten path". At least 6 trekking days and has the most stunning 360degree view on the peak. On the other hand, ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (5,416masl) and BASE CAMP (4,130masl) trekking route is the mainstream trail based of its tolerable high elevation for all tourist types and can be minimized to at least 7 trekking days for ABC only. Also, trail is much scenic and somehow easy because of continuous ascent/descent trails.



Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)


ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT MOUNTAIN NAME LANGTANG VALLEY
5,416masl (Thorong La) SUMMIT ELEVATION 3,830masl (Kyanjin Gumba)
4,130masl (Annapurna Base Camp) 4,773masl (Kyanjin Ri)
Annapurna, Nepal LOCATION Langtang, Nepal
see world's 10th highest, Annapurna I FEATURE
November to May BEST MONTHS TO HIKE November to May
June to August WORST MONTHS TO HIKE June to August
8 days minimum TREKKING DURATION 7 days minimum
Short Route (Pokhara to ABC) TRAILS Short Route (Syabrubesi to Kyanjin Ri)
Long Route (Besisahar to Pokhara) Long Route (Syabrubesi to Helambu)
rainforest, rocky, dusty, alpine TRAIL TYPE rainforest, rocky, dusty, alpine
continuously ascent then descent continuously ascent then descent
lots of man-made shelters TRAIL STOP-OVERS lots of man-made shelters
tea houses and lodges tea houses and lodges
white/red rectangle paint TRAIL MARKERS poorly marked
can be done independently HIKE JOURNEY can be done independently
$320 ESTIMATED MINIMUM BUDGET $143
none if independent PREPARATION none if independent
trekking & park permits required REGISTRATION trekking & park permits required
JANUARY 06 TO 21, 2016 DATE I VISITED JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 04, 2016
solo (no guide/porter) HIKE JOURNEY solo (no guide/porter)
Long Route (Besisahar to Pokhara) CHOSEN TRAIL Short Route (Syabrubesi to Kyanjin Ri)
self-customized CHOSEN TRAIL REMARKS self-customized
16 days TREK DURATION 6 days
Easy to Difficult TREK DIFFICULTY Easy to Difficult
280 kilometers (approx.) TRAIL ENTIRE DISTANCE 70 kilometers (approx.)
lodges available in every village ACCOMMODATION lodges available in every village
on day 3 and final phase (with snow) RAINING NO
Besisahar TREK START Syabrubesi
Pokhara TREK END Syabrubesi
Day 1: Kathmandu to Besisahar by bus ITINERARY Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 
Day 2: Besisahar to Chyamche Day 2: Syabrubesi to Sherpagaun
Day 3: Chyamche to Thamchowk Day 3: Sherpagaun to Mumdu
Day 4: Thamchowk to Lower Pisang Day 4: Mumdu to Kyanjin Ri
Day 5: Lower Pisang to Yak Kharka Day 5: Mumdu to Syabrubesi
Day 6: Yak Kharka to High Camp Day 6: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu 
Day 7: High Camp to Muktinath
Day 8: Muktinath to Marpha
Day 9: Marpha to Dana
Day 10: Dana to Chitre
Day 11: Chitre to Tadapani
Day 12: Tadapani to Bamboo
Day 13: Bamboo to ABC
Day 14: ABC to Chomrong
Day 15: Chomrong to Pokhara
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus
DIFFICULT SUMMIT PUSH DIFFICULT
YES, despite altitude sickness SUMMITED YES, despite altitude sickness
5,416masl (Thorong La) HIGHEST ELEVATION REACHED 4,773masl (Kyanjin Ri)
$320 BUDGET ON ENTIRE TRIP $143


Lantang Valley (February 2016)

Lantang Valley (February 2016)

Lantang Valley (February 2016)

Lantang Valley (February 2016)

Lantang Valley (February 2016)


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