Set for adventure in the beautiful region of Central Nepal? You’ll want to conquer the challenging and rewarding Annapurna Circuit Trek for an unforgettable trek. So get ready to start with this seven-step guide on everything from equipment to safety.
Check the Trekking Conditions Before you join the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
It’s important to check on the trail conditions before setting off. Consider if there is any potential risk of landslides, as these can disrupt trails and travellers. Check with an authorized tourism board or local trekking agency for the latest updates on trekking conditions before embarking on your journey.
Buy the Necessary Gear before Heading Out for Trek
Before setting out on your trek, invest in proper gear. Of course, quality will vary depending on the item. Still, you’ll want a pair of comfortable and sturdy shoes, a water container, a sleeping bag, hiking poles, and an emergency whistle, among other items. With the right equipment, you’ll be prepared for the journey ahead!
Make Sure You’re Physically and Mentally Ready
The Annapurna Circuit is an iconic trek but also one of the toughest. You need to make sure that you’re physically and mentally prepared for the exertion of constant walking. Get a medical checkup if your health is at risk. It’s also important to gradually work up to longer hikes and gain experience with trekking in general as you prepare for the awe-inspiring views of the circuit.
Choose What Type of Trek Suits You Best
Before packing bags and deciding which route to take, you must ask important questions about your capabilities. A self-guided trek is the most common way of doing the Annapurna circuit, but you can choose a guiding company for added support and security. Decide how much time you can spend trekking or if you need to split it into two trips. And think about what terrain combination you might enjoy most — lower trails, high elevation routes with snowcapped mountains around? It is necessary to be honest with yourself and rely on the experience and advice of the locals when making a decision.
Find the Right Trekked Guide or Company to Guide You on Your Trip
As previously mentioned, you can travel independently or with a guide. An experienced guide knows the trail, the culture, and any potential risks — but be sure to do your homework and make sure you’re hiring licensed, skilled professionals. A guided trek will also provide reminders and details like packing the right gear, getting adequate nutrition and hydration, knowing when to rest, and anticipating changing terrain. Finally, having an expert with you while navigating an unfamiliar environment is a great relieving feeling.
Why is the Annapurna Circuit Trek important, and how long does it take?
It is famous as Nepal’s classic trekking route, offering some of the finest views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and passing through more varied terrain than most routes at an equivalent length. The landscape ranges from the sub-tropical forest and rice fields through alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks, and glacial valleys to the arid semi-desert of the high Tibetan plateau. Since Nepal Government opened to foreign travellers in 1977, this has become one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas.
The two-week trek is designed to give you a short experience of the Annapurna region in all its variety. It begins in the lush, green valley around Besishahar with a gradual ascent along a rocky trail that follows the course of the Marsyandi River up to the village of Tal at an elevation of 1675m. It is a comparatively easy introduction to the area. The trek is suitable for anyone looking for an adventurous Himalayan experience.
Breathtaking views of the Himalayas form a constantly changing backdrop to the interesting little villages, temples, and natural wonders. Here, you will experience the magnificent desolation of the Thorung La pass; the highest point at 5416m is marked by a traditional chorten or shrine adorned by prayer flags that make a brightly coloured beacon in the otherwise untouched landscape of rock and ice.
Get Full Support from an Experienced Guide at NepalHiking
Enjoy a fully supported guided Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom trek in Nepal. Your experienced trek guide and strong porter at Nepal Hiking will assist you during the trek with all trek logistics.
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation will be at Kathmandu Suite Home Kathmandu (breakfast included) and local guest houses owned by local people on the Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom Trek. Also, all meals during the trek and trek permits, including the Annapurna Conservation permit, are included in your trek package.
Per the Annapurna Circuit-Jomsom trek itinerary, day 1 will be your arrival day in Kathmandu, and day 15 will be your departure day from Kathmandu after the end of the trek.
On the following day of your arrival (day 2), you will drive to Jagat on a jeep (6-7 hours); your trek adventure starts here. First, you will trek to Tal, Pisang, and Manang and cross the trek’s highest Thorung La Pass (5416 meters). Then, you will finally trek down to Jomsom via Muktinath, fly out to Pokhara with a stop, and drive back to Kathmandu to conclude your trek.