The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is one of the world's classic multiday hikes. While the start and stop points and route can be variable, in general trekkers go from Besisahar to Nayapul, roughly 134 miles in total.
The Annapurna Circuit was once billed as one of the most beautiful treks in the world - it was a 'must' item on many adventurer's bucket list. But things have changed over the the last few years. Namely road building. Ugly road building. The apple growers in the village of Marpha had bushels of apples that were rotting because they couldn't get them to market across the mountainous trails. What to do? Definitely don't ask other villages or think about the impact on the main source of income (trekkers). Soon bulldozers moved in and turned trail into 4x4 jeep track with locals and trekkers zooming up and down the valleys in a gaggle of Indian-made jeeps, a chorus of honks and an encore of dust. It's easy to criticize, but it's also hard to blame villagers for wanting a road to their house, a road that opens up access to food and healthcare and the ability to visit family. - Seth Wolpin
People should be clear and detailed about exactly which route they followed.
I'll be going for the men's FKT on April 8th. Unfortunately I haven't got a SPOT or gps watch so I'll be using Gaia on my phone and will share the file afterward.
My mistake, meant May 8th.
Hi Richard, Im attempting the FKT at the beginning of May this year. I just wanted to know if I had to stay on the trail or if its okay if I use the road? Or will my attempt be no longer valid if I used any part of the road at all.
Ill be attempting the FKT end of April /early May 2020