Dominated by high hills and mountains with most of the parts still inaccessible, Annapurna Circuit trek is one the most popular trekking destination of Nepal. Lush green forests, culturally rich villages, majestic mountains and miles of snow is what makes thousands of trekkers comes to Nepal to undertake the journey.
Covering 300km is not a walk in a park and surely there are tons of questions you have probably been asking yourself, or thinking about them when planning your trip.
So here are some basic guide to this incredible trek.
What are the Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
- The typical trail of trekking in Nepal, that goes up and down the rolling hills so many times like the waves in a ocean. Moreover, the trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek also cater an opportunity to tread along the gorges of Marsyangdi River.
- The authentic culture “Gurungs, Thakalis and Marpha” of diverse ethnic tribes living on the trails of famous Round Annapurna Trek.
- The challenge of getting across Throng La Pass 5416 m, which is a strenuous walk uphill on the rock strewn trail.
- The panorama of Himalayan giants dominated by Annapurna to the north and the deep Marsyangdi Valley to the south.
- The common pilgrimage of Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon-Po religions, Muktinath.
- Jomsom, the windy city of Nepal also known as Apple Orchard and the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki Gorge are the highlights of latter half of the trek.
- An opportunity to sight the Kali Gandaki River Valley civilization, which is one of the oldest civilizations in Nepal.
How Long Is Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The full route can be completed in 15 to 17 Days.
- Kathmandu- Besisahar & Trek to Khudi [Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks]
- Khudi- Ghermu [Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks]
- Ghermu- Taal [Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks]
- Taal- Chame [Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks]
- Chame – Pisang [Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks]
- Pisang-Manang [Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks]
- Manang – Yak Kharka [Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks]
- Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi [Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks]
- Thorong Phedi – Thorong- La Top – Muktinath [Distance of walking: 7-8 hrs walks]
- Muktinath-Marpha [Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks]
- Marpha- Ghasa [Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks]
- Ghasa- Tatopani [Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks]
- Tatopani- Ghorepani [Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks]
- Hike -Pun Hill & Trek to Tadapani [Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks]
- Tadapani – Ghandruk [Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks]
- Ghandruk- Nayapul & drive back to Pokhara [Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks]
When Is The Best Time To Go?
The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peaks.
How Difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek is?
Annapurna Circuit trek is considered to be a moderate trek. It doesn’t involve technical climbing experience but it will take you to one of the highest passes of the Himalaya.
The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude, so take rest as much as you can
Is There Risk of Getting Altitude Sickness During Annapurna Circuit Trek?
YES!!!! There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m sea level. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand.
What is The Lodging Like in Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings.
- You will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room.
- Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee.
- Extra fee for charging your batteries and Internet.
How Much Money Do I Need ?
Approx US$20 which is equals to Rs 2000 Nepali Currency per day should be fine for covering your room and three basic meals per day.
- Room for three – 350 NPR
- Roll of toilet paper – 80 to 120 NPR
- Oatmeal – 250 NPR
- Snickers bar – 150 to 350 NPR
- Fried rice- 350 NPR
- Dal bhat – 400-600 NPR (don’t forget about free refills on this one!)
- Yak burger – 900 NPR
- Hot chocolate- 150 NPR
Keep in mind that prices may get higher with the altitude.
Do I Need Any Permits For Annapurna Circuit Trek?
YES you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which are $20 each for individual trekkers. Both can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu.
Keep in mind you will need your passport and passport sized pictures.
Do I Need To Hire Guide/Potter During Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done without Guide/Potter however you are strongly recommended one. Guides come in handy if you are completely new to trekking or if you are traveling just by yourself. Whereas Porters can literally ease the burden by carrying your stuff during the trek.
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