Elia Tabuenca June 19, 2018 0

Nepal Annapurna trekking: important tips and recommendations

Among all the treks that can be done in Nepal, the Annapurna is one of the most popular areas, in fact, it`s also one of the most requested by mountain and hiking enthusiasts.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking extends for 250 km it starts at an elevation of 800 meters and reaches 5416 meters (achieved halfway through).

If you feel inspired and want to do this trek, Inspire U Adventures is going to offer you some good tips and recommendations so that your Nepal Annapurna Trekking is a success.

What to know before doing the Nepal Annapurna Trekking

The complete Annapurna Trekking Circuit is 250 km but there are other alternatives and other routes adapted to all types of public. In fact, at Inspire U Adventures we offer you various options so you can enjoy this magical mountain range at your own pace: the Annapurna short circuit, the full trekking of the Annapurna Circuit and a few others. See here all routes that we suggest for Annapurna Region.
Contact us so we can advise you and help you organize your Nepal trek better and discover these impressive mountains and the culture surrounding them.

Whichever option you choose, we are sure of one thing: you will enjoy stunning landscapes as you walk amongst some of the highest mountains in the world. In addition during this circuit, you will also meet the people from this region, who will always welcome you with beautiful smiles.

Remember!
Making a trek in Nepal is not just about enjoying an outdoor activity. It’s about discovering breathtaking landscapes, a rich distinct culture and living experiences for all your senses.

The beginning and the end of the Annapurna Circuit Trek of Nepal

But let’s talk about the circuit in particular. The trekking consists of 250 km, which officially starts in Besisahar and ends in NayaPul. To access any of these two points there are buses that contact both Kathmandu and Pokhara.

But, even if this is the “official” trek, you can decide for yourself where to start and what route to take. To enjoy the essence of Nepal you do not need to be an elite hiker, just be slightly prepared so to walk and marvel at the environment.

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The level of difficulty of this Nepal trek

Many people ask us if it is easy to do the Annapurna Circuit trekking. If we had to pigeonhole it on one level, we would include it in the “Medium” level. And, although there are sections that are more challenging, the advantage of this trek is that you can make some adjustments so to adapt to your skills and your level of training.

Therefore, along with a team of professional guides like the one you’ll find at Inspire U Adventures, we can design the best route for you and help you enjoy this experience to the fullest.

The hardest time of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is at the Thorung-La pass. This is when we reach 5416 meters where fatigue, cold and elevation can take its toll. However, if you are well prepared and equipped, you can enjoy this stage without problem.

Important
Something important: it is always advisable that you go with an expert so he can help you if you do not feel well. Remember that altitude sickness is a fairly common problem.

Permits necessary to make the Annapurna trek

In order to make this route through Nepal, it is important that a series of official permits be obtained. The reason is that this circuit goes through the Annapurna conservation area, so it is important to request these different permits:

  • Entry permit to Annapurna
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System)

To apply for these permits you will need to carry money, 3 passport photos and your valid passport. These permits can be obtained in the corresponding offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But at Inspire U Adventures we organize them all for you so you are free to enjoy every minute of your stay and avoid going to several counters and waiting in line.

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Altitude sickness: what is there to know?

When we do a trek that runs through high mountain passes, we may experience altitude sickness. In the case of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is a condition that must be taken into account.

Altitude sickness is a condition that appears when our body experiences lack of oxygen. This can cause us to feel pain and discomfort as:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigos
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sensation of weakness and fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing

In the case where we suffer any of these symptoms, it will be essential to rest a few days to try to stabilize the body, so it can adapt to the new elevation. If we see that there is no improvement, the most prudent course of action will be to descend to lower altitudes to recover normality.

The necessary material for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

To do this trek, you will need the material that we always recommend to our clients: mountain boots, warm clothes, lighter shirts, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and so on. It is important to go well equipped but without excess; remember the backpack that you will carry.

In this other post of our blog we give you more tips for a trekking in Nepal where we talk about the most necessary material, as well as other important aspects such as water, respect for the environment, physical training, the best time to do a trek, etcetera.

Important: respect the environment

At Inspire U Adventures we are very aware of the much needed respect for the environment and the natural environment of Nepal. We promote active and responsible tourism, therefore, we always recommend to our clients that their impact on this trek is minimal. Visit here our page to know about our commitments.

This is the reason why we avoid the consumption of water bottles and, instead, we trek with water purification tablets or other water purification methods. This simple measure is essential to avoid polluting the environment, by reducing our use of bottles.

If you want more information about the Annapurna Circuit trek of Nepal you can contact us. We will be happy to assist you and help you in everything you need to know for your trip.

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