Annapurna Circuit Trekking Tips

Posted On: Mar 28, 2017


Are you planning for Annapurna Circuit trek? If you are looking for this Annapurna adventure for your next holiday then we have few tips for you. Before you embark in for adventure of lifetime around foothills of Annapurna Himalayas, you should know that is this trip meant for your or not. Then about what to pack and what not to.  First piece of advice for Annapurna circuit Trek would be while heading from Kathmandu to Besisahar you are recommended to leave your valuables like electronics and jewelry in your safety locker in a hotel room.

Annapurna circuit is an organized tea house trek where trekkers stay at different lodges during every end of the hiking day. With basic accommodation and meals facilities being available, there, we also get an opportunity to meet new likeminded travelers from around the globe; which is a great chance to make new friends too along the course of journey.

During the best and at highest elevation days of Annapurna circuit trek, you will be at 5416m altitude at Thorong la Pass that offers excellent views of Annapurna Himalayan range. Therefore you must be aware of altitude sickness and well prepare to avoid it by taking necessary precautions and preventive measures. Some important tips specially to get rid of AMS are:

    Put your every step enjoying the moment to the fullest. As this trek is not the race, you are supposed to move ahead gradually making the best out of everything you see feel and meet.
    If you encounter mild headache and few other symptoms of AMS like vomiting, then you should first consult with your trekking leader. Usually you should descend to lower altitude and acclimatize properly before climbing in again.
    “Trek high sleep low” is a golden rule that you should remember. It basically means, for example if you are planning to stay overnight at teahouse in Manang, then at the end of that particular day, ascend few hundred meters ahead, and descend to your tea house for sound sleep avoiding AMS.
    Its better to avoid consuming alcohol, sleeping medications and smoking during the Annapurna trek, as it will decrease the oxygen level in our body that increases chance of altitude sickness.
    Drink plenty of purified water and fuel your body on regular basis. Bring water purifying tablets along with you. Or use steripen and other modern techniques to purify the water. Or simply ask for boiled water during stay at local teahouse.

Also another thing to remember is to avoid being ill from water borne diseases. You are requested not to drink water from local tap water; don’t even brush your teeth from such water. You are highly recommended to be careful about what you eat and drink so that you can enjoy Annapurna circuit trek to the fullest.

Trekking in Nepal at most of the areas including Annapurna region offers us with diversified topography and rich cultural insights. Mostly while walking alongside the rough terrains, one should be aware about being at safe side of the road. One should not walk at edge of cliff while you encounter giant yaks crossing your way.

Finally, while trekking around Annapurna or any other region, have respect to local culture, traditions, and always keep the environment clean. Do not take pictures wherever not allowed and always be a responsible traveler and make this world better place to live and best place to visit.

So, these are the few tips to make your Annapurna circuit trek a successful one. Did I missed any points? Have you been there? Or are you planning to go? Have your say at comment box below. We love to hear from you.

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