With its rugged terrain and fabulous scenery, Nepal is a backpacker’s paradise. In fact, the country’s most popular backpacking route, the Annapurna circuit, was recently named “the world’s best trek” by Backpacker Magazine.
The Annapurna circuit is a 128 miles long, and it runs along the edge of the Annapurna mountain range, passing through jungles, canyons and finally ascending into the mountains themselves. This is not a lonely, solitary hike-the route is well-stocked with hotels (which serve food but don’t necessarily offer lodging), and with lodges (where you can purchase a bed for the night).
Every year, more than 40,000 people hike the Annapurna circuit, so unless you are a complete misanthrope, you’re guaranteed to make friends along the way. Plus, you’ll get to experience the local Nepalese culture as you make your way along the circuit- local foods, local hospitality, interesting historical sites and ancient Hindu and Buddhist Temples.
You can either travel on your own, carrying your own gear and finding accommodations as you go, or you can hire guides and porters to help you along the way.
Before you set out on your trek, of course, you will need the appropriate travel documents. To hike the Annapurna circuit, you will need your US passport, a Nepal travel visa and a trekking permit.
Once you have your passport, you can apply for a Nepal visa before leaving home or apply for it at the airport when you arrive in Nepal. The Nepal visa application process is refreshingly simple-all you need is a passport, a visa application and a passport photo, plus the appropriate visa fees. A 15-day multiple entry visa is $25, a one-month visa is $40, and a three-month multiple entry visa is $100.
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