What You Should Know About the Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna, Nepal. Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

The Annapurna Circuit is a trek in Nepal. It takes about two to three weeks to finish, starting in the Himalayan foothills, going over the Thorong La Pass, and back down to the Mustang Valley. It’s a great way to see Nepal, but it can also be difficult, with high altitude and unpredictable weather. So here are some things we think you’d better know before you head out.

When To Go

The best times to trek the Annapurna circuit are in October and November or April and May. This is because the weather during those months is usually pretty clear and dry without being too cold in the high altitudes. That being said, these are also the busiest times on the trail.

What To Bring

Like with any trek, it’s important to leave behind everything but the absolute necessities. You can often get a Nepalese porter to carry your gear, but they’ll have a weight limit, so do your best to pack light, focusing on warm clothes and leaving behind any luxuries.

A Note About Altitude

The Annapurna Circuit goes up over 5,000 meters high. Altitude sickness can happen anywhere above 2,500 meters. That means that you should take the altitude on the Annapurna Circuit seriously, drinking lots of water, taking it slow, and listening to your body.