Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna circuit is no other than a classic trek in Annapurna region which is highly protected by Annapurna Conservation Area. The highest place you reach in this circuit trek is Thorang La pass with an altitude of 5416m reaching the edge of Tibetan Plateau. Most trekkers here hike the route anticlockwise as this way the daily altitude gain is slower which makes crossing Thorang La pass much easier. This trek encircles the Annapurna massif which is a home to many peaks including one 1 peak over 8000m, 13 peaks over 7000m, and 16 more peaks over 6000m. Annapurna circuit trek is certainly one of the best trek of Nepal which takes you through astonishing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ,landscapes ranging from sub-tropical to alpine peaks, cultural villages of both Hindus and Buddhist, holy temple Muktinath, Thorang La pass, which collectively make this trek challenging as well as legendary.

This is considered to be shorter route to Annapurna circuit and might take around 10 days and cost you 800-900$. However, it depends on your Flight tickets, food and accommodation, mode of transportation, permits, insurance and number of days.

Best season to visit

The best season to trek Annapurna circuit is spring (March- May) summer (June- august) and autumn (September- November) With its bearable temperature, clear sky, greenery , the trails are in best condition, views of mountain ranges, Rhododendron forest and beautiful birds, which collectively make this time the most ideal to trek. Annapurna is situated in rain shadow area which is why monsoon season can also be the good time to trek. Winter season is certainly the coldest one and Thorung La Pass might be closed at this time but still you can trek with necessary precautions.

Other requirements

Insurance policy– high mountains are not the kind of places you want to travel without insurance policy. Travel insurance has become the part of trekking requirements. If you ever have some medical emergencies your travel insurance will have to bear it and that is why you need to mention the details about the places you are going and altitudes you will be reaching.

Valid visas/passports – all foreigners except Indians are required to have valid visa and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will need the passport having minimum 6 months of validation along with your passport size photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at tribhuwan international airport

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Trekking trousers
Money/cash
Trekking shocks
Torch lights
Trekking boots
Medicines
Water proof pants
Sunglasses
Water proof jackets
Beanies and gloves
Warm shirts and t shirts
Medicines
Thermal tops and bottoms
Toiletries
Underwear
Wash kit
Fleece jacket
Safety kit
Down jacket
Hand sanitizers
Trekking pole
Water bottles and water purifier
Raincoats
Trash bag and tissue papers
Sleeping bags
Charger/adapters
Duffel bags
Power banks
Backpack
Camera

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
October and November is one of the best time to visit Annapurna circuit because the temperature is very favorable in this time. The day temperature is around 15 degree Celsius while it can fall to 7-8 degree Celsius at night. March – May is another best time or season for trekking Annapurna circuit. Here the average temperature is 20 degree Celsius but nights can be cooler. During June- August the average temperature in this region is 15-25 degree Celsius making it warmer seasons. Winter is certainly the coldest month and temperature in lower altitudes in Annapurna circuit remains around 5-10 Degree Celsius. The average temperature in higher altitudes might get as low as -20 degree Celsius.
Food and accommodation
You can get enough choices for accommodation in cities and Kathmandu. However on the way to Annapurna circuit you have to stay on small yet very comfortable tea houses. They are very welcoming and also offers welcome and farewell dinner to their guest. They provide small rooms with single beds. Clean blankets, bed sheets and pillow is available. Toilets or washroom has to be shared with others. They also have facilities of internet, hot shower etc. Food- you will have enough options for food. The most common you will get is definitely Dal, Bhat and vegetables, Lentils and pickle. Beside this, in Annapurna circuit you will also get Garlic soup which is said to be very healthy for altitude sickness, spaghetti, fried potatoes, soft drinks, and Annapurna’s famous apple pie. This is desert made of apple due to apple orchards growing in many villages
Transportation
Bus- bus is available from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes around 4-5 hours and cost you 400-500 NRS (4-5$). From Pokhara you can again take a bus to Besishahar. Or you can also take a bus directly from Kathmandu – Besishahar which take around 6-7 hours and cost 500-600 NRS. From Besishahar you can change a bus to Bhulbule which is 7km far and takes 30 -40 minutes. From Bhulbule you need to start your trek. Airplane- the only flight available is from Kathmandu to Pokhara, (40 minutes flight) or Kathmandu to Jomsom (55 minutes flight). There is no other flight available from Jomsom. Helicopter- helicopter tour is available for Annapurna base camp only.
Communication and electronics
Yes, they do have facility of electricity for charging your phone and other electronics (extra batteries are recommended). The teahouses also have access to internet through mobile data or Wi-Fi. You can be connected with your friends and families whenever you like. Mobile coverage is available if not you can also use local telephones to talk to your family. You need to know for all these facilities you need to pay extra money to the owner.
Guides/ porters
Being one of the popular destination, you can meet lot of people on your way who can help you with directions, foods and accommodation and additional information so guides are optional. However, guides make you journey more memorable, you will get to know local people and places. They will not carry your stuff but will lead you to your destination. They might charge you around 30$ per day. Porters can be helpful since it is very difficult to carry all the heavy stuff and walk. You can give around 20$ to porters to carry your belongings but they must not exceed 15 kilos. (Don’t forget to be kind to your porter)
Permits/fees
Annapurna conservation Area permit- since it falls under Annapurna conservation area, it is mandatory to have this permit. This cost 3000 NRS (30$) to every trekkers and 15$ to SAARC countries. TIMs- this is a card which includes all the information about the trekkers which can also be used in any emergency cases. This permit is required to everyone passing through Annapurna. This Cost you 2000NRS (20$) You can get these permit in advance in Nepal Tourism board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Safety/fitness
Annapurna circuit trek is certainly among the difficult one, however it depends on which route you take and how long it is. You have to walk for 6-7 hours per day. It is mandatory to have high level of fitness so that you can enjoy your journey without any difficulties. You need to practice light exercise, running, jogging and build your muscle strength before your journey starts. In this trek the highest altitude is Thorang La Pass (5416m) which increases the risk of altitude sickness. You have to stay hydrated throughout your journey, eat nutritional food, and check your oxygen level time to time and walk slowly so that you can adjust with increasing heights. If you ever feel any symptoms of altitude sickness like nausea, increased heart rates, breathing difficulties etc. you need to talk to your guide, your friends or anyone near

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