Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days

One of the most adventurous treks, Annapurna trek ventures into rarely visited valleys within the Annapurna Region. Opened to foreign trekkers in 1997, the Annapurna Circuit is the most spectacular trekking route. And Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is the short form of the Annapurna Circuit.

The trail is a full high alpine zone of lush green valley, fascinating villages with impressive snow-capped Himalayas. As, the trek starts from 1000 m to the mind blowing altitude of 5,416 meters, you will explore the true wilderness.

Walking through untouched primary forest is a rare joy anyways, but the foothills of the Annapurna Circuit is of more exhilaration.

Annapurna Circuit trek if done in slow pace could take up 22 to 23 days. But, the Mini Annapurna Circuit trek is its short version that completes the whole journey less than 2 weeks. Thus, it is for the trekkers with limited time.

This 14-day trek is a full package of fun, adventure, and the phase where your imagination changes into a fascinating reality. It includes the tour of flight, scenic drive through narrow paths, walk through descending gorges, remote valley with unique lifestyle, etc.

The fine villages, you witness, are full of diversified ethnic communities. The lower lands inhabits the Hindu communities of Brahmin and Chhetris, whereas, the highland at Manang are full of Buddhists people including Gurung, Magar, and Thakalis. Their typical culture, tradition, and lifestyle is sure to cherish you. It is a truly captivating experience where you closely unfold the real rural life of Nepal.

From the highest point, you get to witness the panoramic views of full Annapurna massifs including Manaslu, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Lamjung.

Moreover, you also get to see the rare but extremely beautiful species like snow leopard, blue sheep in Yak Kharka on the way.

Though the best season to trek is spring and autumn, you can trek Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek all over the year.

We start from Pokhara heading north towards the holy Fishtail region. Our trek officially starts from Syange which goes along the Marshyangdi river. With the magnificent views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, you will climb through oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests. Also, we will cross through many rivers and rivulets like Modi Khola. You get to see the rare side of the high Himalayas here.

You will also encounter the barren Tibet influenced village of the Kali Gandaki- the world’s deepest gorge. The scenery of the northern high and dry Tibetan Plateau is equally breathtaking. We will even hit hot spring which soothes your body pain and exhaustion.

In the trek, there are many teahouses and home-stays that serve local dishes and warm beds in the trail routes. If you love camping, there are some unique spots along the route.

Highlights of the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Full day sightseeing in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Exciting drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara along with a country side view
  • Circle around the Annapurna Circuit in 2 weeks
  • The best view of Annapurna I (8,091)- the 10th highest mountain in the world
  • Ascending to the Marshyangdi River valley
  • Proper acquaintance with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
  • Alluring sights of the world’s highest mountains: Mt. Dhaulagiri I (7th), Mt. Manaslu (8th), and Mt. Annapurna I (10th)
  • Passing the Thorong La Pass at the altitude of 5,416 meters, the vantage point in the Annapurna region
  • Close insight of different ethnic Gurung, Thakali, and Magar settlements and traditional villages like Jomsom, Pisang, Manang, and many other scarcely populated settlements.
  • Visit the famous pilgrimage spot: Muktinath and other pilgrimage destinations that signifies both Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • Chance of walking through the world’s deepest gorge and the Kali Gandaki valley
  • Experience the natural hot springs at Tatopani

DaysItineraryTrek Time
Day 01Kathmandu Arrival (1338m)-
Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing-
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Syange (1100m)7-8 hours of drive
Day 04Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1960m)7-8 hours
Day 05Trek to Chame (2710m)5-6 hours
Day 06Chame to Pisang (3,300m)5-6 hours
Day 07Pisang to Manang (3,500m)6-7 hours
Day 08Acclimatization day at Manang-
Day 09Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m03-4 hours
Day 10Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4.420m)3-4 hours
Day 11Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416m)7-8 hours
Day 12Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2743m0 2 hours
Day 13Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (2,651m)25 minutes of flight
Day 14 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening 6-7 hours drive
Day 15Final Departure-

Day 1
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

On this day of your arrival, our representative will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, we will transfer you to one of the finest hotels in town.

The very day we will clearly brief you about our whole plans and itinerary for the trip. You will also meet your trek leader/guide this day.

You will also get you travel permit and TIMS card. Make sure you have all the necessary documents like passports, copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy.

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

There will be a private vehicle and your tour guide. Today, you will explore this famous ‘city of temples.’ As Kathmandu has the 7 UNESCO listed world heritages, you will surely explore new places along with their unique practices.

You will visit the world class heritages like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

After the whole day of town travel, if you will have some free time, you can do some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking and miscellaneous essentials.

Overnight stay at the same hotel.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Syange

Altitude: 1100m/3608ft, Syange

Travelling duration: Approx. 7-8 hours

Distance Travelled: 207 km

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On this day, we will take an early morning drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu. This 4-5 hours scenic drive will allow you to enjoy the stunning settlements on the banks of Marshyangdi river.

From Besisahar you can take a private jeep to reach to Syangje valley.

From the headquarter of Lamjung district, Besisahar you will encounter terraced rice fields. This is on the way to Syange, a beautiful landscape full of rivers and waterfalls.

Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani

Altitude: 1960m/6430ft

Trek duration: 7-8 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Tighten up your shoelaces as the trek to the circuit begins officially this day. We will walk gradually through the side trails following the calm Marsyangdi River.

With frequent ascends and descends, we will come across the beautiful waterfalls, forested ridges, traditional villages, and rugged landscapes. Also, we will witness Annapurna II and Pisang peaks.

You experience the perfect scenic combination of mountains, waterfalls, and countryside life this day.

We will rest at Dharapani in any guest house or lodge.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Chame

Altitude: 2710m/8891ft

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Continuing the path of waterfalls and green terrains, we will leave behind Dharapani.

After passing the village, you will see a valley coming in the east along which the Dudh Khola flows. This is where the Manaslu Circuit Trek route joins the Marsyangdi river, coming from the Larka La. The magnificent Manaslu and soaring Annapurna now appears closer than ever.

The path rejoins the main trails, and encounter small Gompa adorned with brightly colored paints. The valley then opens out and it is a short walk to Chame.

Also, it is a good place to do last-minute shopping for higher altitudes. From the teahouse, you will have the excellent views of Lamjung Himal.

Day 6
Day 06: Chame to Pisang

Altitude: 3300m/10824ft

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, the path goes through the dense forest, and the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, you will first face the giant Paungda Dada rock face, a curved bowl-like shaped massive stone.

You will pass a few mani walls, you will walk through overshadowed way of huge rocks. You pass through a small hamlet by chortens at every end.

Eventually after about 6 hours of walk, we will get to our destination of the day. Pisang peak(6091m/19983ft) will be in front of you. Pisang valley is the woodland full of juniper, pine, and fir. Pisang has two i.e. upper and lower villages. It is well-worth climbing up to the upper village too, which is more traditional and has full decorated gompas and chaityas.

From the Upper Pisang, you will get clearer and majestic view of Annapurna II standing firmly on the south.

Day 7
Day 07: Pisang to Manang

Altitude: 3500m/11482ft

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Trek from Pisang to Manang is another adventurous day of the trek. This day, after the beautiful sunrise view, we will continue the trail witnessing multiple flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, and more close & clear mountainous views.

Also, before reaching Manang we will walk through the biog hills, jungle, and wetlands. There are also some stupas, ancient monasteries, and lama schools. After 6 hours of tiring walk, we will reach Manang, the happening place of the trek.

There are many interesting species of flora and faunas. We will witness plants like higher birch, blue pine, juniper trees, silver fir, sprunce, etc and animals like yaks, buffaloes, Indian muntjac (barking deer), the thar (wild goat), and blue sheep. Even we can view birds like white-cappedriver chat, the plumbeous redstart, forktails, dippers, and kingfishers.

Before reaching the Manang valley, you will reach a ridge. From where the deserted view of Manang valley is simply breathtaking.

Day 8
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang

As this is a long trek with its ultimate vantage point at the altitude more than 5,000m, you will need a day of acclimatization. It will re-energize and excite you more about other days of trek. Plus,you could avoid altitude sickness if you acclimatize timely and properly.

But not to worry, this day is full of exploration!

Manang is a large valley situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier lake. It is a beautiful emerald like landscape.

This day, we will have plenty of good walks in the area specially above the village. Also, the walk up the valley towards Tilicho lake to the Khangsar is also possible. The Manang Gompa, Himalayan Rescue Association ( Altitude discussion and info center), is worthy too. Moreover, the small cultural shops around will let you explore other souvenirs.

There are also splendid views of the peaks from Manang. Thus, we will spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by walking and sightseeing around the village.

Later, we will return to our booked teahouse for night-stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

Altitude: 4110m/13484 ft

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After a day long break at Manang, you will head towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500m. This day is relatively shorter. To reach there, you will steadily climb through Tenki Manang, leaving the Mardyangsi Valley. Along the Jarsang Khola Valley, you reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Even if you venture a short way, you will see the large flock of local blue sheep.

The vegetation, local people, and settlement tend to thin out. But the ultimate picturesque views is too unique and out of imagination.

Overnight at guesthouse!

Day 10
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Altitude: 4420m/14501 ft

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Again, this is yet another short day of the trek as proper acclimatisation is essential.

After about two hours of ascend, the trail starts to descend. After there are some rivers to cross by. The dramatic flow of river at the 4,310m looks pretty interesting. Then, after climbing up for certain time, you will reach Thorong Phedi at 4,450m. Be ready you may encounter blue sheep and snow leopard here!

There are decent guest houses since past few years. You will stay at one.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Altitude: Thorong La (5416m/17764 ft) and Muktinath (3800m/12467 ft)

Trek duration: 7-8 hours of trek, 1 hour drive

Accomodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11 is a long day trek starting before sunrise at 4am. Our target is to reach the ultimate point of the trek, Thorong La Pass by 9-10 am. If this doesn’t happen, strong weather conditions will greatly affect the journey.

As there are several false summits, the ascent will be on the top notch. But the spectacular views around you will perfectly soothe you.

To reach the highest point, we climb steeply on a regular route which will be influenced by altitude and snow. Sometimes the heavy snowfall causes terrible problems to cross the pass.

After four hours of climbing, you will see the pass full of chortens and prayer flags. The stunning view from the top will entice you.

Then we will return and after another 4 hours of walking, we will reach the holy temple of nirvana:Muktinath. This place also has several monasteries to visit for. This sacred pilgrimage site thus, symbolizes both Hindus and Buddhists. Especially dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the 108 watersprouts surrounds the Muktinath temple.

Another attraction is the Jwala Mai Temple. With a gorgeous natural spring, it also has an ever-glowing flame fueled by natural gas.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom

Altitude: 2743m

Trek duration: 2 hours

This is the last day of your trekking on foot. After breakfast in the morning, you will trek back to Jomsom village all the way from Muktinath. This is a short trek of around 2 hours where you will explore the dry and desert-looking land.

You will descend along several Buddhist monasteries and Gompas with the Tibet-influenced Buddhist cultures.

On this trail, the view of Annapurna I and the surrounding landscapes is extremely beautiful. You will also have view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and many others.

The village called Bonpo and many famous monasteries lies nearby. Following the normal route for an hour we reach Jomsom- a large settlement with a STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) airstrip, police station, and bank.

The Kali Gandaki here is called the Thak Khola, named from the ethnic group, the Thakalis.

Also, on the way we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchpani. Also, nearby is tatopani, a famous spot for its hot springs.

When you are in the village, you can explore around for the rest of the day.

Day 13
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Altitude: 910m

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Accomodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On this day, we take the sensational flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, passing between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.

If you get some leisure time in Pokhara, there are a lot of places based on your taste. The heart-soothing lakeside and different rock bars & clubs will fully entertain you. Moreover, there are also places like Bindabasini temple, Davis Fall, World Peace Pagoda, Gupteshwor Cave, etc.

Also, you can do short adventures like kayaking, boating, and many others. You will have a true chillax time here.

Day 14
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

This day is the final day at Pokhara where we leave after taking our breakfast. After half an hour of flight, we will reach the capital. As this day there are no further plans, you are free to create one. There are options for shopping, or even rock climbing or archery if you wish.

At the evening, we will welcome you for the farewell dinner. In this meetup, you will get relaxation while sharing and listening to the trek experiences.

Day 15
Day 15: Final Departure

Our trip finally concludes this day. Our representatives will drive you back to the International Airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. We look forward for your positive response even in the days to come.

This itinerary is strictly for the one who wish to visit the Annapurna Circuit area. If you want a long trek, we can redesign the itinerary including Ghorepani Poon Hill trek or other possible treks you wish for.

We will be more than happy to help you by every means. Also, if you have any type of query regarding this or any other trekking routes, just feel free to 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
  • 5416m, Thorong La Pass
  • 14 Days
  • 8 Days
  • Min 2 to Max 14 persons
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring (February-April) and Autumn (October-December)
  • Kathmandu
  • Syange/Jomsom

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