Lying at the heart of the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal is one of the most spectacular hiking experience that one will ever come across in their lifetime. The Annapurna Circuit. This is a 160-230 km route that starts at the villages found in the Himalayan Foothills and takes one through some great sights such as the Thorong La Pass, the Tibetan temples and up to the Mustang valley. It takes almost 21 days to complete the hike, and one can expect to come across a number of things such as exotic wildlife, pilgrimage sights and experience the rugged nature of the trail.
The experience offered by the Annapurna Circuit trail is everything, captivating at its best; however, it is not an easy task. The lack of preparedness from various visitors to the trek has led to one of the worst trekking nightmares. The unpredictability of the weather and in specific when one is crossing the Thorong La Pass can be one of the dangerous experience one will have to live through. Thankfully, over time, I have managed to gather some critical information that will help your stay and experience in the Annapurna Circuit even better. So buckle up and let’s get this trail started.
Timing is everything when it comes to the Annapurna Circuit. This is in regards to the time of the year that you would like to visit the trail. The periods running from April to May and from October to November have been described as the best times for one to visit the Annapurna Circuit. This is mainly because the weather conditions are favourable. The clear and dry weather during this time makes it less cold as one is heading towards higher altitudes. If you do decide to visit the circuit at any other time of the year, be prepared to keep up with adverse weather conditions.
Looking for a silent trail with less disturbance? Well, not this one. While visiting the Annapurna Circuit, one should expect to see a number of other trekkers as they go the trail. As a tourism site, the Circuit attracts enormous multitudes of people throughout the year. Prepare to come across various cultures as you traverse through the circuit and over into the valley. It is expected that visitors should be respectful to both other visitors and the locals. You can also learn a thing or two about another culture from interaction with the people you meet.
While one might want to bring extra things to this trip, it is advisable that you only carry the essentials. This makes your luggage much lighter and more comfortable as you move through the circuit. Otherwise, one should expect back pains developing from heavy baggage. Pack some few clothes for a change throughout the journey, a sleeping bag and some other essential things. For food and drinks, one should carry enough cash expected to last him or her during the trip.
Finally, make sure that you enjoy your trip. I know you will find it as unique, thrilling and challenging than other hikes you have done in the past. Prepare to face the mighty Thorong La pass with continuous climbing lanes and narrow ridges. This will definitely make your body ache in an area or two. However, expect the best experience of your life, the scenery, the cultures, the food, and company are everything.