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Annapurna Full Circuit Trek - 21 Days

Annapurna Full Circuit Trek

Annapurna region is among the most adored trekking regions of Nepal. And, Annapurna Full Circuit Trek, also known as Round Annapurna Trek, is the most remarkable treks in this region.

This 21 days Annapurna Full Circuit Trek starts from the lush green villages of the Khudi village to the Himalayan foothills. The major highlight of this circuit trek is Thorong La Pass which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters. It is one of the best viewpoints to observe the entire Annapurna range.

During the trekking journey, as the elevation varies, the terrain will slowly change. The trail descends to Tatopani at 1,200 m and again ascend to Poon Hill at 3,200 m. Finally, it’s all downhill to the final town of Nayapul at 1,070 m.

Besides the mountain views, you’ll get ample opportunities to interact with ethnic communities including Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. Because this circuit trek connects the village of Manang in the east with the famous pilgrimage site Muktinath, Mustang in the west.

Well, for mountain lovers and trekking enthusiasts, this Annapurna Full Circuit Trek is an excellent opportunity to walk via the naturally rich terrain of Nepal.

October, November, April, and May are the best months to hike the Annapurna Circuit. Although it’s possible to trek in other months, you need to prepare yourself for extreme weather conditions and challenging trail conditions.

Since the circuit trail goes via Manang valley; you can also choose to hike to the Tilicho lake (4,919 m), one of the highest lakes in the world. Besides there are more natural destinations for adventure, you can opt for like Nar Phu Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Tsum Valley Trek.

Nonetheless, if you have limited time but still want to experience the wilderness of the Annapurna region, then you can opt for Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Highlights

  • Walking via lush subtropical forests to the highest mountains in the world
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), the highest point along the circuit
  • Stunning view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the sacred religious site of Hindu as well as Buddhists
  • Ghandruk-Gurung village and Ulleri-Magar village
  • Passing via small villages including Birethanti, Ghorepani, Tadapani
  • Best sunrise and the Himalayan view from Poon Hill
  • Walking via Kali Gandaki, the world’s “deepest” river valley
  • Hot springs at a village of Tatopani
  • Wonderful cultural experience of Tibetan and mountain people
  • Buddhist temples, architecture, and tradition
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu 1,338 m -
Day 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 1,338 m -
Day 03 Drive to Khudi 8,00 m 7-8 hrs
Day 04 Trek to Sirung 2,200 m 6-7 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Jagat 1,300 m 6-7 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Dharapani 1,960 m 7-8 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Chame 2,710 m 5-6 hrs
Day 08 Trek to Pisang 3,300 m 5-6 hrs
Day 09 Trek to Manang 3,536 m 6-7 hrs
Day 10 Manang: Acclimatization Day - -
Day 11 Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m 3-4 hrs
Day 12 Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,600 m 3-4 hrs
Day 13 Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass 5,416 m 8 hrs
Day 14 Trek to Marpha 2,670 m 4-5 hrs
Day 15 Trek to Kalopani 2,530 m 5-6 hrs
Day 16 Trek to Tatopani 1,200 m 6-7 hrs
Day 17 Trek to Ghorepani 2,850 m 7-8 hrs
Day 18 Morning Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani to Ghandruk 3,210 m, Poon Hill 7-8 hrs
Day 19 Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 1,940 m, Ghandruk 5-6 hrs trek
Day 20 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening 827m, Pokhara 5-6 hrs
Day 21 Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure 1,338 m -

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. After freshening up, you’ll visit our office for a small meet up where your trekking guide will give a short briefing about the trip.

In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel.

Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, you’ll proceed for sightseeing tours to the world heritage sites of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. Your day tour ends at Kathmandu Durbar Square where you can visit living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav Mandir, Swet Bhairav, and more.

In the evening, you’ll join the welcome dinner with Osho Vision team and fellow trekkers.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Khudi

Travel Duration: 7-8 hours

Max Elevation: 8,00 m

We begin our Annapurna Full Circuit trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continue to Khudi. We drive along the highway, following the side of a Trishuli river until Muglin.

After crossing Muglin, we follow the Marshyangdi river and drive past several Gurung and Magar villages to reach Besisahar, Lamjing.

We continue an hours drive to reach Khudi. The trail passes via the beautiful forest, where you will get the chance to observe the wildlife. After arrival in Khudi, you’ll visit Buddhists monasteries and local markets.

Overnight stay in Khudi.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Sirung

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,200 m, Sirung

We start our trekking journey from Khudi to Sirung passing via lush forests, waterfalls, suspension bridges along with rice paddies. You begin the walk in pleasant route but as you proceed further the trail becomes steep and challenging.

As we walk higher, the mountain views we see from Khudi become closer. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Tranche.

Enjoying the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu we reach Sirung. This beautiful village offers a home-stay where we get an opportunity to learn the ethnic culture of this village.

From this village, we get a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Overnight stay in Sirung.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Jagat

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 1,300 m, Jagat

On this day, we trek via subtropical forests and some culturally charming villages. Following the Marsyangdi river, we walk in an attractive landscape via litter towering waterfalls, forests, and villages. And finally, reach Syange. From here the climb becomes little tough until we reach Jagat.

Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Max Elevation: 1,960 m

Today we start our trek and make a steep climb to Chamje and further to Dharapani. We enter into the Manang region passing via fields of potatoes, corn, and barley. Further, the trail enters into the forests of bamboo and rhododendron.

First, you reach Tal village. It lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. We continue our trek after crossing a broad, flat valley. Then you climb a stone staircase and continue up and downhill till you reach Dharapani.

The day’s main highlight is you get a glimpse of a large group of donkey caravan.

Overnight at Dharapani.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Chame

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,710 m

After breakfast at Dharapani, we continue our trek and walk past the stone entranced Chortens typical of the Tibetan influenced villages on the north.

We reach Bagarchhap that offers the antique flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetan people.

Today’s trek rewards us with great views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Before we reach to Chame, we pass several hot springs along the way.

Further, walking on the rough and rocky trail, we gradually climb to Tyanga. After continuous walk for a few hours, we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. As we approach Chame, we notice two small hot springs by the town.

Overnight at Chame village.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Pisang

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 3,300 m

Today, the trek commences through deep forests into a steep and narrow valley and cross a river over a bridge. We’ll cross the river on suspension bridges several times. As the trail opens up, we’ll get the majestic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

After crossing a bridge and climbing a short steep slope, we’ll see the fabulous sight of Paungda Danda.

Further, we continue our walk via the forests to reach Lower Pisang for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Manang

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,536 m

Today we’ll continue our trek via the upper part of the Manang district. Throughout the trial, we’ll see the great influence of Tibetan / Buddhists culture and traditions.

After a few hours walk, we reach the top and stop at a ridge to get the first view of Manang valley. This spot offers spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village and the magnificent peaks of Mt. Annapurna II, III, Tilicho peak, and Mt. Gangapurna.

We continue our walk via Braga village where the houses are traditionally built in Tibetan style. This village is famous for its monastery, which is one of the oldest in the region. Inside there are hundreds of Buddha statues, Thangka paintings, and the religious manuscripts.

Further continuing our walk for an hour, we reach Manang for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization Day

Altitude sickness could be a severe problem in the mountain, so it’s important to take a day off. You’ll spend the day in Manang to acclimatize our body with the high altitude.

You’ll hike to Gangapurna Lake which is right in Manang’s backyard. Later, you’ll also hike to Vraga village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and learn about Acute Mountain Sickness.

Overnight stay at Manang.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,110 m

Today you leave Manang and Marsyangdi valley and enter the Jarsang Khola Valley. The trail heads towards the north and passes a few villages and then starts to gain elevation. This is the area of yak pastures where yaks and horses graze between the forests.

You reach Yak Kharka for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,600 m

We begin our trek slowly at your own pace to get to Phedi. After an hour’s walk, you reach Ledar and continue the climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola. You’ll slowly descend and cross a stream on a wooden bridge.

Following a narrow path and admiring the wonderful views you head towards Thorong Phedi for an overnight stay.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Trek Duration: 8 hours

Max Elevation: 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass

Today is the big day as you’ll hike to one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La Pass. From the top, the mountain views are amazing! Undoubtedly, this is one of the best vantage points to admire the massif Annapurna range.

After relishing on the natural Himalayan beauty, we walk downhill towards the sacred city of Muktinath. Rugged mountain landscapes and unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri, the world’s 7th highest mountain surround this holy temple.

Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Marpha

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Max Elevation: 2,670 m

Early in the morning, we visit Muktinath Temple. This temple is important to both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. The place carries a great example of how two different religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support.

After a spiritual tour, we descend toward Marpha. It is famous for its apple orchards and the Apple brandy.

Overnight stay at Marpha village.

Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,530 m

You continue your walk via a fascinating trail of Gandaki valley. Enjoying the beautiful mountain views and passing via many small villages like Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung, Kokkethathi, and Dhampu you’ll reach Kalopani.

On the way to Kalopani, you get a chance to notice a unique culture and lifestyle of different ethnic groups. While making our way to Kalopani, you’ll experience a wide variety of vegetation.

You pass some suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki river to reach another side of the river. Then you enter into pine forests and walk up and downhill to reach Kalopani for an overnight stay.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 1,200 m

Today our trek leads via some of the pristine natural panorama and remote human settlement of the western region. Enroute we pass via some Thakali village and witness some rich culture of Gurung and Thakali ethnic groups.

This is one of the fascinating parts of the trek as Kali Gandaki gorge is discovered- one of the deepest canyons on the earth. Kali Gandaki valley is a beautiful place to visit.

Further, following the trail downhill, you make your way to the hot springs of Tatopani. In today’s trek, you’ll also pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nepal i.e., Rupse Chhahara.

Overnight stay at Tatopani.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs

Max Elevation: 2,850 m

Early in the morning, we head towards Ghar Khola valley leaving behind Kali Gandaki valley. The trail leads us via terraced farmland and pass Shikha and Chitre village and reach a beautiful rhododendron forest.

On the way to Ghorepani, you get great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna on the north side. Ghorepani is one of the famous tourist destinations and important part of Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking route.

Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

Day 18
Day 18: Morning Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani to Ghandruk

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs

Max Elevation: 3,210 m, Poon Hill

Early in the morning, you’ll hike to Poon Hill. It takes about an hour walking to get Poon Hill (3,210 m). From the top of the hill, you’ll get the best sunrise views over the Himalayan like Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges, and Mt. Manaslu range.

After enjoying the panoramic view of soaring peaks, you descend from Poon Hill and hike to Tadapani. You will enjoy the lunch there and leave for Ghandruk village for the overnight stay.

Overnight stay at Tadapani.

Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Travel Duration: 1 hr drive

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Max Elevation: 1,940 m, Ghandruk

After having breakfast at Ghandruk you will start exploring this beautiful Gurung village. In this village, you can visit the Gurung Museum. You‘ll get an opportunity to learn and see the lifestyle and culture of the Gurung people.

From this village, you’ll get fabulous views of snow-capped peaks. You then continue the trek to Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara.

Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 20
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

After breakfast, with a final goodbye to Pokhara, you head towards Kathmandu. You’ll take a tourists bus which will take around 5-6 hours to reach Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can either take rest at the hotel or stroll around the nearby places and do some shopping for your close ones. In the evening, you’ll have farewell dinner and celebrate the successful completion of this adventurous trek.

Day 21
Day 21: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Today is the end of this adventure and time to say goodbye. A representative from Osho Vision will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Trip Note: We can customize this trip according to our client requirements. For further information, please contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • Tour-guides for sightseeing
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Annapurna region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgment to decide on what to take.

Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look:

Important Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Enough Cash

Headwear

  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Beanie or Headband
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Bandana Scarf

Upper Body

  • Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Down Vest
  • Sports Bra
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Wind Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket

Handwear

  • Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
  • Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
  • Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof)
  • Camp Sandals
  • Hiking Socks
  • Thermal Socks
  • Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
  • Gaiters

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Small Lock for Duffel Bag
  • Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
  • Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes

Sleeping Accessories

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Air mattress
  • Mat
  • Pillow (small)

Important Accessories

  • Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight/ Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

Medical and First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Pain relief gel
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiallergic
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Electrolytes
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Water purification tablets

Personal Gear and Toiletries

  • Trekking Towel
  • Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
  • Small Locks
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant and Soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectant tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Cotton buds
  • Toiletries bag

Extra/Luxuries

  • Books
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
  • Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
  • Binoculars
  • Plug Adapter
  • Swim Suit
  • Portable Solar Charger

Q1. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or do I need to apply online?

You have the option of both. You can get on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can obtain it at the airport. It is also available at the nearest Nepal Embassy.

You will need $25 for 15 days of tourist visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days. You might also need two photos.

You can apply online visa at http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ .

Q2. Do I need travel insurance for trekking in the Annapurna region?

Of course Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers trip cancellation, travel delay, loss/damage of baggage, medical emergencies, and medical evacuation as well. In case of any confusion, please contact us.

Q3. What are the extra documents I should carry?

Beside the visa, for trekking here in Nepal you can bring a copy of your insurance, your passport, and copies of photos (passport size) for the permits. Talking about the requirement of permits for trekking in Annapurna region, as this place has no as such restricted region, you will just need a TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We will be dealing with all the process regarding the permits and card. You don’t have to worry at all!

Q4. Is trekking in Annapurna Region safe?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015 April, many tourists and trekkers have this big question in their mind. Though the earthquake heavily affected the trails, now it is completely fine. Despite the news of accidents, freak weather events, and occasions hazards are common.

All in all, Nepal is safe for trekking and so is Annapurna Region.

Q5. Is it economic to trek in Annapurna region?

As Nepal is fully set up well for trekking, there are abundant of affordable lodges and tea houses providing good fooding and lodging. Trekking in Nepal is cheap as they charge lower amount compared to other countries.

Similarly, trekking in Annapurna region is economical. The rough estimation for the normal expenses are as follows:

  • For the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 20
  • For TIMS (Trekkers’ Informational Management System) card: USD 10-20
  • For food and accommodation per day: USD 15-20
  • Trekking Guide per day cost: USD 25-30
  • Porter Charge per cost: USD 15-18

Q6. Do I need a guide to trek this region or can I go on my own?

Both of them are advantageous in their own ways. But hiring guide and porter is more enjoyable as you will have to bear less worries and heavy bags. With them you won’t have risk of getting lost and they will even help you in the case of any emergencies.

Q7. How long can trekking in Annapurna Region be?

This totally depends on the route you want to take, and the level of adventure you want to experience.

Some trek with the Annapurna region are as long as 20+ days whereas the short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Royal trek completes within 3-4 days. Both have their own gig and enjoyment. It will completely depend upon your choice regarding time, finances, fitness, and interests.

As the Annapurna Region is fully functioning, the possibilities are almost endless. Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two most popular routes with numerous trails around.

Q8. How difficult is it to trek in Annapurna Region?

This is quite difficult to answer exactly as trek in higher altitude can be hard even for physically fit people. But if you are fully prepared both mentally and physically then the journey will get easier.

Also, there are various level of trekking grade here in Annapurna. You have the option of easy treks like Royal trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to strenuous trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek. So depending on your stamina, confidence, and experience, you can make your choice. This will make your trip more fruitful and enjoyable.

Also to mention, the itinerary you follow will determine the easiness of your trek. Design your trek in such a way that you walk a comfortable distance each day and have enough power to endure next day.

Q9. When should I go trekking in Annapurna Region?

Among 14 highest peaks (> 8000m) in the world, Nepal homes eight of them. And, about half of them lies here in Annapurna region. So, the stunning views of high massifs are for sure.

As Annapurna Region itself have many trekking options, different region lie in various geographical conditions. But as Annapurna region belongs to rain shaded area, most of its trekking options like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be done all over the year.

But if you wish more lush views and want to avoid unnecessary obstacles, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best season to prefer.

Q10. What is the condition of temperature and weather in the region?

Weather in high mountains is always hard to predict. This totally depends on the location, altitude, and time of year. Generally, the days are warm and nights are a bit cool.

Moreover, due to the Annapurna’s location, weather here is significantly different than other regions. Thus, the trekking region has variable climatic changes.

As the large portion of Annapurna is rain-shadow area, trekking is possible throughout the year.

The region takes you through sub-tropical region to the alpine peak section. Thus, you experience the every level of geographical and climatic zones.

The temperature drops as the altitude increases.

October- November

Being the busiest trekking season, the weather is calm and cool. The average day temperature is 14-17 degree Celsius and that of night is above freezing. With the crystal clear view, the chances of rainfall is very low.

December- February

The coldest weather period in the region is comparatively less preferable season climatewise. The day temperature is very cold and the nights are totally freezing. In this winter period, the days are even cloudy, dull, and dry.

Rain is not frequent but snowfall or avalanches are highly possible.

March- May

As this lies in the spring season, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and nights are below 1 or 2 degrees.

It could be hot at lower sections and even arid in some regions.

June- September

This is the monsoon period characterized by heavy downpours, huge mudslides, and crawling leeches. Though the rain does not really affect the region as most of them are rain-protected. The lower regions may receive 800mm of rain whereas the rate is 50mm at Jomsom and Marpha region.

Q11. What are the possibilities of getting altitude sickness?

The chances of having altitude sickness doesn’t relates with how fit you are. Though the effects of altitude sickness are mostly likely to come on when you’re above 3000 meters. It would be wise if you don’t ascend 300-400 meters per day after that altitude. This means short walk within couple of hours.

Always remember not to ascend too high or too quick. Also, good health, proper care, and drinking plenty of water are the obvious prevention ideas.

Moreover to be familiar with the heights, we have prepared itinerary focusing proper acclimatization. If you get any symptoms on the trail, then we will immediately descend to lower altitude. In the case of emergency, our professionals also provide medical support. Helicopter rescue is also available.

Q12. Where will I stay?

At Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange a three-star hotel with breakfast included. Whilst on the trekking routes, for night stay, there are options of lodges, tea houses, or even camping. Amongst, the tea house is the most popular one. The accommodation will be simple, comfortable, and clean. They generally provide basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt/blanket. The rooms are either single or double bedded.

Here, in seasonal month, you may even have to share your room or sleep in the dining hall. Thus, it is better to carry a sleeping bar fulfilling your own sleeping requirement.

Talking about the latrine service in the teahouse, toilets are always outside the room with basic facilities. Most tea houses have western flushing toilet but in higher region the simple squat toilets are available.

Q13. What will I eat?

We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.

While there are many options and menus on fooding list too. From basic dal bhat to there are pasta, momo, curries, pizza, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and potatoes.

The foods are freshly cooked in the kitchen. There are different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The local, daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetables is the best choice. Also, the garlic soup will help you with acclimatization.

To go vegetarian in the mountains is an excellent idea in every aspect.

Talking about drinks, you will find all common types of drinks like coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, green tea, ginger tea, soft as well as hard drinks.

Good to veg all over the trek. Choose vegetarian dal bhat for lunch, a combination of rice, dal, and vegetables. They are real worth and healthy from all aspect.

Q14. What about drinking water on the trail of the Annapurna region?

You need to carry the means to purify water like iodine or a fine ceramic filters as the streams could be contaminated. You also have the option of bottled water but the disposal of plastic bottles is the problem.

We recommend the mineral water but boiled water is as always much preferable. That doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.

Q15. What is the mode of communication while we are trekking?

For communicating, there are telephone in some village along the routes. They can even make international calls. Moreover, our guildes will carry the local mobiles. As the Nepali communication lines like Nepal Telecom and Ncell has good network coverage, you can have national as well as international call directly and easily.

Q16. What is the condition of charging electronic device on the trail?

As Nepal is a developing country, electricity on several trekking cities can be scare. Even in the trekking areas with electricity resource, you may face load shedding. Due to which you may have to pay 100-800 Nrs per hour to charge your gadgets and others. Same is the case in Annapurna Base Camp.

So, it is better to carry extra necessary electronic gadgets like power bank, batteries, torches, solar panels etc with you.

Q17. What to wear while trekking in Annapurna region?

This depends on where and which season you trek as not all treks are of higher altitude. But independent of your location, always remember to carry warm clothes like down jackets, thermals, and warmers. This is the preparation for unseasonable cold and unpredictable weather on your route. The above list on clothing and equipments will surely help you.

Q18. What type of preparation should I do for trekking in Annapurna Region?

Trekking regions are of various range. Trek like Royal trek are short and easy, whereas Annapurna Base Camp is of moderate range and Annapurna Circuit trek is comparatively hard.

Thus, an average people with moderate fitness is able to trek this region. No previous experience is even necessary. Though short hikes and walks are highly recommended. Also, some physical fitness programs targeting cardiovascular and strength training will make your journey more sophisticated.

You can go from normal swimming to stair training, pull ups, sit-ups, crunches, and even light weightlifting. The thing to remember is always listen to your body and don’t train over the limit.

Similarly, for mental conditioning, keep yourself healthy by following healthy habits. Keep yourself properly hydrated, have healthy intake like food rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals.

Moreover, you can do some yogas and meditations to bring optimism and sooth your mind. It would be also useful to have conversations with trekkers who have already trekked the region. Also, keep on digging informations on your trekking region as much as you can.

Q19. What are the options and preparations regarding safety and security?

The foremost concern while trekking on higher altitude should always be safety and security. From the day of your arrival to the date of your departure, we are always there to help you by all means.

Regarding safety, we have remedial services like first aid kit, oxygen bag, etc. With trained staffs, you also can get remedy for in case physical loss or altitude sickness. Not to worry, we have full planned itinerary focusing on acclimatization to avoid unnecessary obstacles.

Helicopter service for emergency rescue is also available.

Q20. Are there tailor-made trips/program for trekking in Annapurna Region?

Yes, there is! Though we have pre-planned itineraries for all treks in the Annapurna Region, you are free to create your own. If you have any specific ideas on some regions or multiple treks or want to combine trips, we can surely arrange. So, send us your probable plans and we will work out on it.

Just contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way!

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass
  • 21 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Khudi
  • Pokhara

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