Annapurna circuit trek is one of the highly sorted trekking trails in Nepal. This spectacular trek leads you to the mountainous villages, jungles, and to the lap of snow-covered peaks. Annapurna circuit trek was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977.
It takes you to diverse villages in the mountains. You can witness the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of different tribes. Walking through the village of Gurung, Tamang, Magar, Brahmins, etc is a different experience. Their way of living, their hospitality, and their cheerful nature are inspiring.
The trek equally rewards you with natural beauty. You can enjoy the most beautiful Himalayan vistas during this splendid trek. The views of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Himal from Poon Hill are out of the world. You can also enjoy the astonishing views of the Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.
The enchanting white Himalayas, the rushing Kali Gandaki river, gorge, plain meadows, etc add attractions to the trek. The arid valley of the upper Manang, the Muktinath Temple, Kali Gandaki river valley are the highlights of the trek. You will love trekking around the Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath region.
The highest point on the trek is Thorung La pass, 5416 meters. Crossing this pass is a thrilling, yet satisfying experience. The views from the top of the pass are equally breathtaking.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and in Pokhara.
- Witnessing the lifestyle and culture of diverse ethnic groups in the Annapurna region.
- The beautiful Marshyangdi River valley and the Kaligandaki valley.
- The mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna Himal.
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters.
- Visiting the religious pilgrimage at Muktinath Temple.
- The villages and apple yards at Kagbeni and Jomsom.
- Bath in natural hot springs at Tato Pani.
- Viewing the best sunrise view from Poon Hill.
Best Time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is doable all around the year.
However, the best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) seasons. During these times, the Annapurna circuit experiences the best weather and climatic conditions.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in winter and monsoon can be hard. During these times, the temperature and weather are not stable from long. Thus, unpredictable weather can hit the region at any time.
But with appropriate and adequate preparations, one can do the Annapurna Circuit Trek at any time of the year.
Elevation and Altitude Profile for the Standard Annapurna Circuit Trek
During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will meet the highest altitude at Thorung La Pass, 5416 meters. We will start from Kathmandu, 1300 meters. From Kathmandu, the altitude drops to 800 meters at Besi Sahar. This is the lowest elevation on the trek.
From Besi Sahar, the trek ascends through Bahun Danda (1300 meters), Chamje (1410 meters), Dharapani (1960 meters), Chame (2710 meters), Upper Pisang (3310 meters), Manang (3450 meters), Yak Kharka (4110 meters), Thorang Phedi (4450 meters) to the highest elevation at Thorung Pass (5416 meters).
From Thorung Pass, the trek descends through Muktinath (3800 meters), Kagbeni (2800 meters), Marpha (2665 meters), Jomsom (2720 meters), Kalopani (2530 meters) to Tatopani (1200 meters).
From Tatopani, the trek goes above to Ghorepani (2870 meters) and Poon Hill (3870 meters). From Poon Hill, the trek descends to Tadapani (2710 meters), and finally to Naya Pul (1070 meters).
Trip Difficulties During the Annapurna Circuit Trek
- The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the highest altitude of 5416 meters at the Thorung Pass. At this altitude, the risk of altitude sickness is high. Go slow! Drink plenty of water.
- Crossing the Thorung Pass is hard. It requires lots of physical strength as you will have to walk over sharp and steep inclinations. The rugged trails add more difficulty on this day.
- The total length of this trek varies between 160 to 230 km depending on where you take the motor transportation. You must walk for 5 to 6 hours on average per day during this trek. Train your body for the walks in remote trails.
- This trek is a long duration trek of 16 days. There are some trekkers who feel exhausted in the middle of the trek. Make sure that you train your mind positively so that you could keep yourself boosted throughout the trek.
- While trekking in off seasons, (winter and monsoon), the trek can be hard due to inappropriate gears. Make sure you pack your backpack proper and light.
Day 01: Land in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day
Day 03: Drive to Bulbule (923m).
Day 04: Bulbule to Chyamje (1400m).
Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).
Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m).
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m).
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang.
Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4250m).
Day 11: Ledar to Pedi or High camp (4,600m).
Day 12: Phedi to Mukti Nath (3,710m).
Day 13: Mukti Nath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.
Day 14: Jomsom drive to Tatopani(1190) Natural hot spring.
Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m).
Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara.
Day 01: Land in Kathmandu.
When the jet you are flying on lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, our staffs will receive you. They will escort you to your hotel. The hotel will be comfortable and well facilitated.
Take some rest at your room. During the evening, you can enjoy walking around the touristic destinations in Kathmandu. Thamel is a popular touristic center where you can enjoy the night-life.
Or you can simply take rest to relax your body. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day
Today is your second day in Nepal. This day is a free day. On this day, we will invite you to our office. We will demonstrate our trek. You can meet with your guide and your entire trekking team. Also, you can get ideas from us on the packing lists and trekking gears. We can also help you buy or rent your trekking gears.
On this day, you can also visit some beautiful natural and cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley.
There are many UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. You can make a visit to some of those places also.
You can visit the renowned Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. At these places, you can see the ancient cultural monuments. You can take a sight of the inimitable structures and architectures of ancient times.
There are two famous Buddhist pilgrimages in Kathmandu. They are Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath, the biggest Stupa. You can also visit the historical temples like the Pashupatinath Temple and the Changu Narayan temple.
After the free day, prepare for the next day. You will go on the trek the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Bulbule (923m)
Estimated time: 10.5 hours
Ride Time: 7.5 hours
Hiking Duration: 3 hours
Maximum Altitude: 932 meters
Get ready to go after early morning breakfast. Our hotel representative will pick you from your hotel and will escort you to the bus station. From there, you will get on a vehicle. It will drive you from Kathmandu to Bulbule. Starting the drive from Kathmandu, you will reach to Besisahar over the comfortable highway.
The last driving point is at Besisahar. Besisahar is a place with a big market. From Besi Sahar, you will begin your real trek. The hike from Besisahar to Bulbule takes nearly three hours. The trail from Besisahar to Bulbule is beautiful. You will walk past a series of natural waterfalls. Also, you will walk over some suspension bridges. Walking past the green fields of rice feels amazing. After walking, you’ll reach Bulbule.
From Bulbule, you can see beautiful views of Himalchuli and Manaslu 2 towards the north. Overnight in Bulbule.
Day 04: Bulbule to Chyamje (1400m)
Estimated Time: 5 to 6 hours
Today’s trek begins after having a warm and filling breakfast in Bulbule. Today, you will set off on the trekking trail towards Chyamje. The trek starts with an easy trek. Later you will make an ascent towards the Bahun Dada. Bahun Dada is a beautiful village of Brahmin inhabitants. The village sits over a impressive ridge.
From Bahun Danda, the trail descends down. You will trek across the beautiful terraces and streams. Now, you will rejoin the Marshyangdi river. You will continue trekking past some waterfalls and cultivated lands. On the way, you will cross various suspension bridges over the Marshyangdi river.
On walking for some time, you will reach a cliff in Jagat. Standing over the cliff, you will see the beautiful Marshyangdi river streaming below. You can also enjoy the views of the surrounding hills from there.
After walking for a short while, you will reach Chamje. Overnight in Chyamje.
Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Today, you will begin to trek after having a nice breakfast at Chyamje. The trail begins with a climb uphill. Following the rushing Marshyangdi river, you will walk towards Tal, 1710 meters. Today’s walk is wonderful. You will witness a lot of changes in the scenarios while trekking.
Setting off towards Tal, you will again follow a steep uphill climb. After climbing the steep, you’ll find yourself on the top of a splendid ridge. You will continue to trek by crossing a suspension bridge. The trail continues uphill through a narrow and beautiful valley. If you are trekking in Summer, you will see beautiful waterfalls there.
Now, it’s now time that you officially enter the Manang district. The camp at Tal is the gateway to Manang district. From there, you will climb a long stone stairway. You will continue to trek uphill and downhill till you reach Dharapani, 1890m. At Dharapani, there are many chortens, some of which are centuries old.
From Dharapani, you will walk uphill to reach the village of Bagarchhap. The village has typical stone houses with flat roofs. The locals are Buddhist. In the village, you can see the influence of Tibetan culture.
Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)
Today, you will be walking over the rocky trails. Most of the trekking trail is rough and rocky. You will start to trek from Bagarchap. The trail from Bagarchap climbs up to a place called Tyanja. From Tyanja, the trekking trail continues through a forested area.
Walking across a river, you will reach Kopar, 2590m. From Kopar, you will again continue trekking towards Chame. After walking for a certain time, you will reach Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manang. It is a beautiful place in some markets.
From Chame, you can see the splendid views of the beautiful Annapurna II. You can also make a visit to the two small hot springs nearby.
Overnight in Chame.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Estimated Time: 5 to 6 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3300 meters
After a nice breakfast in Chame, we continue our trek towards Upper Pisang. Leaving Chame, you will cross a bridge over the Marsyangdi river. You will trek towards a place called Bhartang. The trail passes along the narrow Marshyangdi river valley through the beautiful forests of Hemlock and Pine trees.
On the trail, you will see beautiful meadows. The views of the distant mountains are refreshing. On walking over the splendid trekking trails, you will reach Bhartang. From Bharthang, you will ascend uphill through the forests of firs, pine, and hemlock. After some time, you will reach a place called Dhukur Pokhari.
During the walk, you will get the first sight of the bowl-shaped Paungda Danda rock face. On continuing further, you will reach Pisang. You will see lots of lodges at lower Pisang. A short uphill climb from lower Pisang will take you to Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang offers majestic views of Annapurna II towards the south. You can also visit a gompa at the upper Pisang.
Overnight in Pisang.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Estimated Time: 6 to 8 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3500 meters
Wake up early if you want to see the mesmerizing sunrise view. The vista when the first ray of sun shines upon Annapurna II is astounding. After having breakfast at Pisang, you will start to trek.
You will start trekking towards Manang. On the trail, you can enjoy the floral and faunal diversity at high altitude. You will also see the beautiful gorges and some alluring peaks including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Pisang Peak.
You will continue to trek through the beautiful hills, lush jungle, and wetlands. Today, you will walk towards the dry regions of Manang. You will see varying landscapes, beautiful stupas, and a lama school en route.
There are two routes that diverge at lower Pisang. Both the routes are the trek routes to Manang. Both of them meet at a village called Barga. The northern route is a longer one. It takes an additional two hours if you trek through this route. This route is quite demanding but offers much better sceneries than the other route.
Barga is a big village with many inns and shops. There is a 900-year-old monastery in the village. After resting for some time at Barga, you will trek towards Manang. After one hour walk from Barga, you will reach the village of Manang.
Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang
Today is your acclimatization day in Manang. Acclimatization is a rest day where you will adjust your body with the thin air and higher altitudes. During this day, you will hike to some places around Manang for sightseeing.
There are many places to visit. You can make a visit to the Milarepa cave. Also, you can go on a hike to Khangsar. There is this spectacular view of Tilicho peak which you will enjoy during this hike. You can also visit the Gangapurna Glacier Lake.
Overnight in Manang.
Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4250m)
After spending a splendid time at the Manang district, you will walk towards Ledar. You will start to trek after having a nice breakfast in Manang. From Manang, the trail passes uphill. You will follow the trail uphill to the Thorong La pass.
You will again follow the trail continuing the steady uphill climb through Tenki. On trekking further, you will leave behind the alluring Marshyangdi Valley. You will continue walking along a river called the Jarsang Khola. Walk along the Jarsang Khola river valley. You will finally reach Ledar.
Ledar is a beautiful place. While trekking towards Ledar, you will see the greenery and vegetation getting steadily more sparse.
Day 11: Ledar to Pedi or High camp (4,600m)
Today, you will be walking from Ledar to Pedi. Pedi is also called as the high camp. You will set off towards Pedi after having a warm breakfast at Ledar.
The trekking route dips down to a river. After crossing the river, the trail passes uphill towards Pedi. You will continue walking uphill till you reach Pedi. There are some guesthouses at Pedi. They are good and they provide basic facilities. You will stay for the overnight at one of the lodges.
Day 12: Phedi to Mukti Nath (3,710m).
Estimated time: 7 to 8 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3710 meters
Today is a long and a tough day on the trek. You must start early before it’s sunrise. You will be crossing the Thorung La Pass, 5416 meters. While walking at average speed, it takes around 5 hours to reach the pass from Manang. You must reach there before 10 am. After 10, the strong wind might add difficulty while trekking at the Thorung La Pass.
Crossing the pass is tough. You will climb steeply over the regular trekking route. Be careful! Watch out for the symptoms of altitude sickness while crossing the pass. You must descend down to lower altitudes if you see any signs of it. Also, there might be some snows on the trail. Watch out for the iced rocks.
Few hours after climbing (4 hours appx.), you will reach the highest point on the pass. There you will see the chortens and prayer flags dancing with the chilly wind. You will also see the magnificent views of the surroundings from the top of the pass.
On continuing to trek along the descending trail, you will reach Muktinath. Trek from Thorung La Pass to Muktinath is around 4 hours walk. The ‘district behind Himalaya’, Mustang is a beautiful place.
Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 13: Mukti Nath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.
Estimated time: 4 to 5 hours
Maximum Altitude: 2750 meters
Muktinath is a place of religious and aesthetic significance. It is the home to the Muktinath Temple and several other monasteries. This makes Muktinath a famous pilgrimage of Hindus and Buddhists.
Today, you will visit the holy shrine. Local people at Muktinath believe that visiting the temple will relieve all our sorrows and pains. The 108 water sprouts around the temple are one of the major attractions. People take bath on the iced water coming from the water sprouts.
Hindus worship a fossil image at the temple as Lord Vishnu. Buddhist worship the same image as Bodhisattva Aalokitesvara. The Jwala Mai Temple and the natural spring are the several attractions of the place. There is an eternal flame that gets fueled by the natural source of gas.
After visiting the holy shrine at Muktinath, you will trek towards Jomsom via Kagbeni. From Muktinath, you will descend down to a place called Jharkot. On the way, you will come to a place where there are ruins of a palace. The palace belonged to the King of Mustang.
You will continue descending further towards Jharkot. At Jharkot, you will see a fortress. The fortress sits over a hill. You will also see some chortens and gompas on your way down. On descending further, you will reach Kagbeni village.
The Kagbeni valley sits at the confluence of two rivers: Kali Gandaki and Jhang Khola. At Kali Gandaki river, you will find some black stones. Hindu worship these stones (Saligram) as a form of Lord Bishnu.
You will trek further towards Jomsom. On the way, you will walk past the Pandha Khola valley and Lubra. After walking for around an hour, you will reach Jomsom.
Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 14: Jomsom drive to Tatopani (1190) Natural hot spring
Jomsom is a beautiful place. After having a nice breakfast at Jomsom, you’ll ride from Jomsom to Tatopani. The ride is exciting. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes around.
After riding for some time, you will reach the Tatopani. Tatopani is a place that is famous for natural hot water spring. Lots of trekkers take bath at the spring. A bath at the place relieves your pain and stresses in the muscles.
Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m)
Estimated Time: 7 to 8 hours
From Tatopani, we will trek to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. This day is one of the most beautiful days on the trek. You can see the inspiring Himalayan ranges while trekking. Also, the route is rich in unique culture, traditions, and diverse tribes.
On your way from Tatopani to Ghorepani, you will walk across beautiful villages of Gharkhola, Ghara, Shikha, Phalante, and Chitre. You will witness different people of different ethnicities. The culture and traditions of the locals are inspiring.
Ghorepani is a beautiful village of typical Magars and Gurungs. At Ghorepani, there are several lodges and homestays where you can stay for an overnight.
Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara
Wake up early in the morning. Today, you will be hiking to Poon Hill to see the sunrise view. It takes 45 to 60 minutes to reach the Poon hill from Ghorepani. The sunrise view from Poon Hill is the best one. The early rays of sun shining over the glittery Himalayas look wonderful.
After enjoying the sunrise view, trek down to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, trek to Nayapul. Nayapul is the place where you can find buses to drive back to Pokhara. The drive from Nayapul will take you around 1.5 hours.
You can stroll around the streets of Pokhara and enjoy the nightlife. Overnight in Pokhara.
Trip Cost US$ 995 Per person
- Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle.
- Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
- Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
- Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. To be returned after the trip completed.
- All ground transportation.
- Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- A Guide his , food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
- Monastery fees.
- A Trekking route map
- Emergency helicopter rescues service arrangement. pay by your travel insurance.
- Insurance of Guide.
- Conservation area park fees.
- TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
- One night standard accommodation on B/B in Pokhara end of the trek.
- First aid box with normal medical supplies, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
- Sweet things like chocolate and others
- Your personal expenses.
- Extra hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot trek without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season has its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
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