Trek to the Annapurna Circuit Region
The Annapurna Circuit trek has been ranked as one of the best treks in the world. It has an amazing blend of rhododendron forests, crystal clear rivers, the alpine, jagged peaks of Himalayas, ancient tea houses, and shady oak stands.
The trek mainly goes through the Marshyangdi River valley; this gets you almost to the base of the Ganagpurna Mountain and also into the Manang valley that is referred to as the Himalayan Shangri-La. It is an excellent trekking route that goes around the entire range of Annapurna Mountain. The climb to the Thorong-la pass is the highest and the most adventurous pass of this trek. The trekking experience of Annapurna Circuit is just outstanding.
The Most Appropriate Time of Visit
The most suitable time to visit Annapurna Range is either post monsoon or pre-monsoon. This means you should either visit between March to April or in between September to October. If want to experience the full bloom of the rhododendrons then make sure you plan your visit around March or middle of April. Rainfall occurs mostly during June and September. Thus, make it a point to avoid these months of monsoon.
Permits Required for the Trekking
When you plan on trekking to the Annapurna Circuit, makes sure that you have two permits, the Trekkers Information Systems and the Annapurna Conservation Area permit. These permits are checked on the trail. Obtain this either from Pokhara or from Kathmandu before your trek.
Things You Need to Carry
Backpack: Get a good quality backpack that has some quality straps. This way you will not have to readjust every now and then. If you are successful in choosing the right backpack, you will save yourself a lot of pain and trouble during trekking.
Jacket: Purchase a jacket that will keep you warm from the chilly winds of higher altitudes. Also make sure that the jacket is waterproof and comfortable enough.
Clothing: The clothes that you need to carry depend entirely on the time of the year you are trekking in. Exclude cotton clothing from your bag because it absorbs sweat and becomes heavy. Carry enough thermal shirts, long pant, and a pair of socks along with you. Also, carry a warm hat for high elevations and also nighttime.
Footwear: Running shoes are the good for trek. It works great as it can be broken-in in order to prevent blisters. They are very comfortable to walk in. Keep some band-aid and plasters in case you develop some blisters. The best option is to take hiking shoes and to break them before you start your trek. Carry a sandal to wear them at night time, after the trek.
Water Purifier: You get bottled water all along the trekking route but sellers take more money for very bottle in the higher altitudes. There are some clean drinking stations too, however they are not that frequent to keep you hydrated. It will be best if you carry some water purifier and add to the local water before drinking.
Sleeping: You get blankets in the place that you are staying in, but the blankets that are available in the high altitudes in unclean. Therefore, it is better to carry your own sleeping bag.
Kathmandu and Pokhara - Hotel with Breakfast
Trekking Period: Lodge or Guest House with breakfast, lunch and dinner.