Several options to do the Annapurna Circuit
First of all there are a lot of options on how to do, where to start and for how long to trek the Annapurna Circuit. You can do it on your own or get a guide, you can carry all of your stuff or get a porter, you can walk all the way or get a horse 😀 As you can see there are a lot of options.
As I’ve had no time to plan everything before I’ve decided to to a guided tour. In the end I’ve booked the Annapurna Circuit Trek – 15 days via bookmundi. You can join other groups if you prefer not to trek alone and other people can optionally join your dates as well. So I was quite happy that two other girls in my age have been interested in the same dates.
Day 1: Kathmandu – Bhulbhule (Bus)
Day 2: Bhulbhule – Jagat
Day 3: Jagat – Danakyu
Day 4: Danakyu – Chame
Day 5: Chame – Lower Pisang
Day 6: Lower Pisang – Manang
Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Day 8: Manang – Ledar
Day 9: Ledar – High Camp
Day 10: High Camp – Thorong La Pass – Muktinath
Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom
Day 12: Jomsom – Pokhara
Accomondation and Food
While doing the trek you will pass a lot of villages with some guesthouses. The rooms are quite basic but you get all you need: A bed and a pillow. Up from Manang we also had some blankets in our room as the nights get cold. So all you need is your own sleeping bag and you are good to go.
Most of the time we’ve been lucky to have a hot/warm shower as most of the guesthouses offer solar showers (we had a lot of sunshine on the way). Sometimes you will find gas showers as well but you have to pay for it. Toilets are predominantly squat toilets but in my opinion they are better than normal toilets (as the flush didn’t work properly). Just don’t forget to carry your own toilet paper with you.
Food was just amazing! I didn’t expect to get such a big menu at each place! This is what it basically looked like (more or less the same everywhere):
And I can totally recommend Dal Bhat as it is basically a never ending meal (you get as much as you want). So it’s cheap and gives you enough energy for the whole day 😀 It’s basically rice, lentil soup, curry and pickles (if you are lucky you get papadam as well). However, the best thing is that almost every dish is spiced up with garlic. The higher you get the more likely you will find garlic soup on the menu as well. It should help your body to acclimatize to the altitude as well.
So believe me you will not stay hungry or uncomfortable at night 🙂
First of all, none of us got mountain sickness. Before the trek I was a bit worried as we would reach the pass on our 10th day and it seemed to be a bit early. As most of the people we had one acclimatization day in Manang and stayed there for two nights. On our free day there we did a small tour up to the Praken gompa (3945m) to get a bit higher than Manang. If you are interested there is a daily free altitude talk in Manang to inform yourself about symptoms and how to deal with it. The most important is to drink a lot. Like really a lot 😉 With my height and weight I was fine with 3L per day but I tried to drink more. Second important thing is to walk slowly. Even though you have the feeling you could walker faster just try to keep it slower. If you feel dizzy or get a headache you could adjust the two things mentioned above. If it doesn’t get better it is better to go further down again.
Normally, it is suggested not to sleep higher than 500m from the location before. For us it also worked to sleep 700m higher but I guess it depends on your body and how you can handle the altitude. Just trust on your body awareness and it should work out fine 😉 Some people we’ve met on the way took Diamox but I’m not sure when it is advisable to take it as it can suppress some symptoms. My advise is: Drink, slow down and eat some garlic soup 😉