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Major 25 FAQs about Annapurna Circuit trekking

March 3, 2020

Major 25 FAQs about Annapurna Circuit trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking is the world’s top ten best-hiking destinations. And it is a strenuous trek in Nepal. It is about 2 weeks’ holiday and there are so many things that need to be prepared before you begin your trek to Annapurna circuit, but the Major 25 FAQs about Annapurna Circuit trekking are recommended to read before heading to Annapurna trekking.

Where is Annapurna circuit trekking?

The Annapurna circuit trek is located in the North West of Kathmandu and Northeast of Pokhara. This beautiful trek begins after your 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. As per your budget, desire, and time, you can customize the itinerary minimum 10 days up to 25 days; however, the classical Annapurna circuit trek takes 18 days.

Can I get a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu TIA Airport?

Yes, you can get a Nepal visa on arrival at TIA Airport Kathmandu.

The cost of your visa for 15 days is $ 25 US, 30 Days visa $40 US, and 90 Days Visa cost $ 100 US per person.

How many days to trek the entire Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna circuit trek is in the massif Region, where there are so May alternative trekking routes and options; hence the duration of the Annapurna circuit trek will depend on where you start and where you finish your trek. However, This trek takes 2 weeks at least to complete.

The total distance of the Annapurna Circuit trek is 160 km to 230 km. If you are physically fit and fine, then 10 days will be enough to finish this trek, and following the proper classic route will take 18 days. However, with your time, Budget, and interest you can customize your itinerary.

Sample Alternative trekking route of Annapurna circuit trek:

  • Drive straight to Chame than trek ends at Jomsom- 10 Days trek,
  • Begin from Besisahar and ends at Nayapul- Classic route- 19 Days trek,
  • Begin from Bahundada and ends at Ulleri- 16 Days trek,
  • Begin from Besisahar and ends at Tatopani- 15 Days trek,
  • Begin from Besisahar and ends at Jomsom- 13 Days trek,
  • Begin from Jagat and ends Tatopani- 12 Days trek.

Note: if you are able to manage your time about 18/19 days for the Classic route of the Annapurna circuit that would be your wonderful way to explore this region.

What are the best months to trek to the Annapurna circuit?

The best months for trekking in the Annapurna circuit area are September to November (autumn season), Similarly Mid of February to End of May (spring season). Trekking in Nepal almost every trekking reason autumn and spring is the best months to visit because The temperature gets mild sky get also very clear and blue every day, No rain generally, the valleys looks more scenic so from all prospective, spring season and autumn season are the best trekking months the Annapurna circuit trekking.

How tough is Annapurna Circuit trek/Round Annapurna trek?

The Annapurna circuit trekking is a strenuous beginning from the low elevation. During this beautiful classic trek, you don’t need to climb or no need Technical knowledge. If you are simply fit and follow the pre manageable itinerary provided by your travel agency or guide, then you can complete this trip without any obstacles.

Trekking to Annapurna circuit goes through various terrains and leads you to the top of Thorong-La pass at 5416m. The higher you go, the harder path made my stones will become due to the rising altitude. After 5 hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar the road will be quite dusty and muddy sometimes, but really scenic drive, however, if you have few weeks of exercise before you trek to the Annapurna circuit then you can make it easier, but you are recommended to has experienced guide.

Is there a risk of altitude Sickness while trekking around the Annapurna circuit?

Trekking the Himalayas itself is adventurous and, it is a bit risky The Annapurna circuit trek is a strenuous route for hikers, although you better to be safe and enjoy your holiday. If you are experienced trekkers or if you had already similar hiking experiences before you go to the Annapurna circuit, then you will complete it without Altitude sickness, But We never know what will happen. For sure, if you follow the general itinerary and if you keep your same pace while walking around the Annapurna circuit, that will take you.

You are suggested to drink 3 to 4 liter of water every day, and try to eat enough food and keep your slow pace while walking, then you will be fine to get altitude sickness.

What kind of accommodation you will get during the Annapurna circuit trek?

Lodges and tea houses are the most important things while you are trekking the high altitude area, likewise, during the Annapurna circuit trek, you will get private rooms with two different separate beds, Small tea tables, pillows, and a Comfortable mattress.

However, trekking around the Annapurna circuit trek is quite facilitated, where you don’t need to carry your Mattress, pillow, or tent because along the path of circuit Annapurna there are quite some lodges and tea houses to stay private which is safe. Trekking during the spring and autumn season to the Annapurna circuit is quite a busy time which means you may need a sleeping bag otherwise another trekking season you don’t need to carry even your sleeping bag, The owner of your lodge provide you a warm blanket.

One more thing to share with you is while trekking to the Annapurna circuit you have to ask with your travel agency what kind of accommodation will get because there are basically normal rooms for you from your package price, but if you want a more luxurious room with inside bathroom than your travel agency may arrange it But not every settlement.

What is the estimated budget for the Annapurna circuit trek?

The Budget of your trek will depend on the length and group size however If you have $ 25US a day per person that will be enough to have 3 different meals a day, Your Accommodation and Tea/Coffee.

Furthermore, if you want to spree a little bit more and buy some extra food, snacks, drinks, donation, Tips, or other expenses personally then you have to think about spending up to $ 35 US to $ 40 US a day per person.

The estimated budget approximately for the Annapurna circuit trek:

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner- $ 16 US
  • Accommodation Double bed- $ 5 US (It is a common room without bathroom)
  • ACAP Permit per head- $ 30 US
  • TIMS entry permit- $ 10 US
  • Tea or coffee per Cup-   $ 1.5 US
  • Toilet paper rolls- $ 1 to $3 US
  • Energy bar/Snicker- $ 1.5 US to 3 US

Remember that costs may get higher together with rising altitude.

Where does the Annapurna circuit trek start and end?

The Classical Annapurna circuit trek starts in Lamjung Besisahar but now there are roads so that, you can skip Basisahar and make this trek shorter. If you are short on time or only 10, 12 day time for this trek then you can customize your itinerary. The trek ends at Nayapul if you are trekking through Ghorepani.

This trek can be done within a minimum of 10 Days and the following classic route takes 18 days.

What kind of trekking permit do I need for the Annapurna circuit trek?

Yes, all trekkers need an Annapurna conservation area (ACAP) permit and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System Card) Card. Both entry permits can be obtained at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu and also in Damside, Pokhara.

Are Guide and porter Compulsory to Hire?

Well, Guide and Porters are not compulsory to hire for the Annapurna circuit trek, it can be done without, which means if you want to hike by yourself to Annapurna then just be safe and trek yourself.

Trekking with an experienced guide is really useful and helpful, if you are curious to know about Nepal, the religion, Landscapes, Mountains, and other major highlights then having a guide is no doubt a perfect way to explore the region.

You are recommended to have at least one guide while trekking and if you have backache, knee problem, or less experience for a trek then you can have a porter to carry your bag.

Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during the trek?

While trekking around the Annapurna region, most of the Tea Houses, Lodges, or Guesthouses will offer Wi-Fi, a Hot Shower, Battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast can check emergency messages or important updated for your work.

How long do I have to walk every day?

Well, the trekking hour generally depends on the route you go in the case of the Annapurna circuit trek you have to walk about 4 to 8 hours. Trekking over the Thorong La pass is the longest day of this trek. There are altitudes limitations that a maximum 600 meter ascending is your daily limit to walk.

Can I get a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu TIA airport?

Yes, you can get a Nepal visa on arrival at TIA Airport Kathmandu.

The cost of your visa for 15 days is $ 25 US, 30 Days visa $40 US, and 90 Days Visa cost $ 100 US per person.

What is the highest place or height you will reach during this trek?

The highest place is the Thorong-La pass at 5,416 meters. Thorong la pass is the most popular iconic spot to visit during the Annapurna circuit trek.

Are There Money exchanges or ATM Machines along the route of the Annapurna circuit?

No, there are no money exchanges and ATMs along the route. It is a remote part of Nepal thus; you have to carry enough local currency with you before you begin your trek. You are recommended to get enough cash ($ 30 US a day per person) from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

What is the price if you hire a guide and porter?

For the Annapurna circuit trek, if you have well known experienced guide with you, he will share so many unique things including local culture, religion, politics, and many more.

The Cost of the guide is about $25 US to $30 US a day and the porter cost about $20 US a day.

What are the required trekking gears for Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

Annapurna Circuit trekking is a strenuous trekking path and you have to be well prepared with all required trekking gears.

The following list of trekking gears is required for Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

  • Trekking Shirts/Short/Trousers,
  • Insulated Jacket,
  • Base Layer,
  • Trekking shoes,
  • Warm Fleece Jacket,
  • Backpack and Duffel Bag
  • Sleeping bag and Trekking stick,
  • Headlamp, Gloves, Sunglass, Towel, and Medicine,
  • General Medications,
  • Raincoat, down jacket & Beanie,
  • Metal Water bottle,
  • Water purification tablets,
  • Oxi-meter- to check your oxygen level and Heartbeat,
  • Quality Camera, Notebook, Cards, Book, Blisters, knee band & Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra snacks.

Is Normal water safe to drink during Annapurna circuit trekking?

The normal water from the tap in Nepal is not safe drinking water, unless if you boil it or filter it is drinkable and safe. In the case of Annapurna circuit trekking, there are many water resources such as tap water, waterfalls rivers, ponds, etc. They are not all drinkable so, you have to boil the water, filter water, use tablets, or have to buy Mineral water from the lodge.

If you are budget travelers or worldwide travelers you may be tight in budget hence, you can use water purification tablets and drink water. Normal waters from the tap, tank, and rivers all free During Annapurna circuit trekking.

What is Tea house Trekking?

Tea House trekking means while you are walking in the Himalayas, you will be staying with the local’s House or Lodges every night. All local lodges and houses provide you meals, drinks, and a private room to sleep. Nowadays tea house trekking in Nepal is being very popular because it is a cheaper way to travel than camping trek, it is easy to organize, you can introduce with locals every day, get close with cultures and local life so from every perspective Tea house trekking is the best option for all trekkers.

Do we need insurance for Annapurna circuit trekking?

Yes, Big yes. Travel insurance is a really important part while you are traveling. similarly, for Annapurna circuit trekking you have to have insurance.

You are suggested to have excellent travel insurance for your Nepal tour, and that will cover your emergency evacuation and medical conditions. Be sure with your travel insurance that will cover 5,416 meters high, as it is the highest spot during the Annapurna circuit trek. If you buy an insurance package minimum of $ 90 US that would cover, in case if you need emergency service from the mountain of Annapurna.

Is Solo woman trekker safe around Annapurna circuit trek?

Around the world, I think Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel. Solo women travelers are also safe to travel in Nepal.

For Annapurna circuit trekking, we have to pass many traditional villages and they are quite superstitious so you are suggested to wear all body covering cloth and polite with local people. In the case of a city, if you are a solo women visitor then don’t walk around alone after 11 pm. Next, take a guide with you for your Annapurna trek, he will take care of you and also he will be your guard and you feel safer while trekking.

What is the reasonable weight for a porter to carry in Nepal?

A porter carries 12.5 kg each trekker, and there is one porter for two trekkers, which means a porter carries a maximum of 25 kg weight during the trek. The extra luggage you have here in the city, you may store in your hotel to reduce more weight for a porter.

What are the most popular trekking routes around the Annapurna region?

I really hope the information I have shared above through my experiences might help and Major 25 FAQs about Annapurna Circuit trekking will be useful.

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