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Are you currently thinking of heading to the mountains? Maybe to do the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal?
Aren’t sure if it’s worth it and whether you are ready for it? Whether your fitness level is good enough for Annapurna Circuit? Chances are – if you’ve been thinking of it – you are fit enough. Because overall it’s not that hard hike. And most of people can do it.
Scroll down to see my Annapurna Circuit photos. And I’m sure you’ll have enough of motivation to go for it!
And to do some training before you go to be even better prepared.
If you are looking for practical information like Annapurna Circuit itinerary, what are the costs or what is the best time for Annapurna Circuit, then check out our complete guide to the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Annapurna Circuit Photos
What is the best time to do Annapurna Circuit?
Most of the guide books will tell you that it’s autumn (October, November) and late spring (April). What I’ll recommend you is to take a risk (reasonable) and go a little bit earlier or later. It can be cold then and you may need to wait for a few days in case there is a lot of snow, like it happened in spring of 2017.
But the views are well worth it. And the experience itself is much more enjoyable without a bunch of other travelers always around you.
Annapurna Circuit in March? This is what you can expect.
1. At First It Feels Like In The Tropics
2. Then You Go Higher And Your Surroundings Change
3. Mountains Around You Get Bigger
4. And Soon It Looks Completely Different Again. Like in North America, Huh?
5. You Are Getting Closer to Snow-Capped Peaks
6. And Closer…
7. From Now On You Never Go Too Far Away From Them
8. There Are Some Big Mountains Behind You, And Some in Front of You
9. Did You Notice That There Is a Village in the Photo Below?
Yep, that’s how Himalayan villages look high in the moutains.
10. Approaching Manang (Town)
11. Stopping in Manang for a Day of Acclimatization
By now you have noticed there are prayer wheels on the outskirts of every settlement in Himalayas. You pass them when you enter and when you leave the town.
12. Then You Continue to Trek Even Higher
13. You Are Crossing Suspension Bridges Every Now and Then
I remember looking at Annapurna Circuit map for the first time and thinking – oh, we should definitely go this way. Because there will be a suspension bridge.
Little did I know that no matter how will your annapurna circuit trek itinerary look like you’ll be crossing suspension bridges almost every day. Almost every day.
Because that’s now it is here in Himalayas. You can’t avoid crossing one even if you would like to do so.
14. The Only Way Is Up
It’s shortly after the sunrise, and the longest day has already started. Heading for the Thorung La pass, which at 5416 m / 17 769 ft is the highest point of Annapurna Circuirt trek.
16. Hi, Mister Yak!
17. You Are Getting Closer to the Sky
18. And Closer
19. Hours of Walking Only Up… And Now It’s Time to Go Down
You have done. You have crossed the highest point of the trek. You have crossed Thorung La pass.
20. A Day Later You Leave Snow-Capped Mountains Behind You
21. And Again… Surroundings Change Dramatically
22. You Have Almost Made It to Jomsom. Congratulations!
Are You Ready to Go? Ready to Do the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
If you are looking for practical information like Annapurna Circuit itinerary, what are the costs or what is the best time for Annapurna Circuit, then check out our complete guide to the Annapurna Circuit trek. There you will learn more about doing the Annapurna Circuit without guide.
Because, yes, it’s possible also to do the Annapurna Circuit solo.
Have you done Annapurna Circuit? When was it? What was your experience?
This post originally appeared on author’s blog We Are From Latvia.
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1. Book Your Flight
2. Book Your Accommodation
Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!
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