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Annapurna Circuit, Nepal – Top Tips for Trekking

During my time in Nepal I trekked the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas. In peak season the trail can have up to 2,000 people trekking a month….. fewer than the more popular Everest Base Camp but still a lot of people.  Anyway numbers aside, if you’re about to take on this awesome challenge, here’s what you really need to know…

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What is the Weather like in the annapurna region?

Now this might seem obvious but I’m going to say it anyway…. there are no rules for the weather in the mountains. Over the 11 days trek we had gorgeous sunny days with temperatures up to 20 degrees and then days below freezing temperatures, the lowest was a chilly -12 degrees (this was close to the Thorong-La Pass above 5,000m). The wind can suddenly arrive from no-where and you turn a corner to nearly get blown over, this was definitely the case walking through ‘Windy Valley’.

Becky’s Tip -Don’t forget to pack your suncream, sun glasses, down jackets, gloves and hats.

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Can you drink the tap Water?

Firstly, no you can’t drink tap water, unless you have an iron stomach! So what are your options? There is always mineral water available to buy, but 3-4 plastic bottles of water a day, that’s not great for the environment. What you can do is buy some water purification tablets (you can buy these in Kathmandu) and then have water for the whole journey, easy solution.

Also another water issue is that when the temperature drops (this was only on the ‘Pass’ day) it tends to freeze, especially if you use a Camelbak, I tried mine about 2 hours into the day and was sucking but no water!

Becky’s Tip – I’d recommend bringing a small flask. You can take hot water with you to ensure you don’t run out of water.

How much nepalese Money should you take for the trek?

ATMs in the mountains? Nope, you’ll be disappointed because there aren’t any and also very hungry if you don’t bring enough Nepalese Rupees because as you climb higher the costs do tend to rise. Now don’t panic because everything is pretty cheap to start with but you will notice prices rising during your trip so just make sure you have enough.

I took R40,000 (about $400) which was plenty for me, enough for some emergency chocolate along the way too! I also treated myself to a new and very warm hat, again only $4 but has a lovely fleece lining so keeps you lovely and warm.

Top Tips for Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. All your questions answered for trekking this beautiful walk in Nepal Wi-fi | Weather | Locals | Culture | Toilets | Top Tips - Becky the Traveller

Nepalese Culture along the annapurna circuit

If you’re like me then you love learning about the culture of the countries you visit. Along the Annapurna trek you’ll come across various sacred monuments. Known as Stupas; some with prayer wheels, as per the picture below. The correct way of walking past these is always on the left hand side with the Stupa on your right.

What are the Toilets like on the trek?

Let me just say the toilets are very basic but you’ll get used it them. It’s amazing how many of them come with a gorgeous view as well. (I’m sure you can work out what I mean by this).

Becky’s Tip – If you want a bit of a home comfort then bring some soft toilet paper. I promise you will thank me for this.

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The Magnificent Nepalese Porters

If you’re lucky enough to have a porter, which I did, then just remember to pack wisely. I tried lifting one the bags our team was carrying (about 30kg); I could lift it, I even did a few steps but I could not imagine carrying that weight all the way.

Becky’s Tip – Pack light and be ruthless with what you take – you really don’t need that dress!

and lastly…Is there Wi-Fi on the annapurna circuit?

One last thing which I couldn’t believe but should have done! Almost every teahouse we stayed had Wi-Fi! Again the further away from civilisation you walked it went from being free to $1-$2 for 24 hours. Sometimes the connection wasn’t great, but hey we were in the mountains so what do you expect!

Are you trekking nepal’s annapurna circuit? Do you have any more questions or have you already completed the trek…What tips would you share? Tell me in the comments below:

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Becky works full time in the UK; however her real passion is travel. She was a late starter, not going on her first solo trip until she was 32 flying off to Australia, which had been a dream since she was 9 years old. Becky has now totted up 40 countries across 6 continents. Becky has taken on several multi day hikes and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012. She also has a love for wildlife, especially penguins. Follow her travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at Becky the Traveller.

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    1. Ah that’s so lovely to hear Sheena, it’s such a lovely trek, definitely a challenge but each day is so different you will really enjoy it. Hope you get to do it very soon. I did the trek in December which was pretty chilly at times but no rain so that’s always a bonus! 🙂

  1. I have done several treks in Nepal and the Annapurna circuit is one of my favourites. I have heard a lot of tourists complaining about the road construction, but I think it is still very worth it. Manang, Kagbeni, Muktinath. They are all great places.

  2. This must be such a amazing experience. The nature is so pure and I adore those mountains! The final paragraph made me laugh but it’s great for our online generation 🙂

  3. Great advice! Having done a somewhat quieter trek in Nepal for ten days last April, this is all very useful! I also wish someone had told me to pack plenty of protein rich snacks rather than chocolate! I honestly would be happy never to see another momo as long as I live 😂

  4. The picture of the bridge with the river flowing under it is really lovely. It seems like a very enjoyable trek. Are you adding more treks in Nepal?

    1. Yes there were lots of beautiful sites like that along the walk. That was taken whilst I was waiting for everyone to get ready in the morning! I will be doing some more posts on the trek so feel free to subscribe to my emails so you don’t miss when I post 🙂

  5. I did half the annapurna circuit and had an amazing time. I couldn’t believe too that most places I stayed had wifi and a menu for when I was choosing food!! I was expecting it to be so much more basic!!

  6. I have been wanting to do a trek at some point; these tips were so helpful!! Thank you!! I think the hardest part for me would be the packing, but I can do it!! I can do it!! I’ll just keep telling myself that!

    1. Ah Melanie I know just what you mean about packing, I find it so stressful too. But don’t stop booking the trip. I promise you can get packed in the end. Even if it’s last minute! I will be posting some more information about other treks I have done so feel free to keep following me and I will see what I can tempt you to book!

  7. Nepal might be such an unique experience! It is a beautiful place with a rich culture and the good thing (for most of travellers) we can make an amazing trip without spending much!

  8. I love the way you have given practical tips in each section based on your experience. Makes a reader more prepared. I hope to get to Nepal soon…and do a lovely climb. A lot of these might be handy.

  9. Trekking to Annapurna Circuit would have been an exhilarating experience of a lifetime. Though the trek looks difficult but it’s totally worth with such a million dollar breathtaking view!

    1. Yes I had never used them before but they are excellent and means you never run out of water, just 30 minutes later and a shake of the bottle and you have clean water to drink. No idea why I never used them before now!! Glad my photos inspired you too, I love photography 🙂

  10. Nepal is one place that has been playing hide n seek with me. Hopefully soon I’ll get to visit it and do the ABC trek. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    1. Ah that’s funny, it was the same with me for quite a while too but so glad I have finally visited. Hope you get to visit very soon and feel free to give me a shout if you need to know anything else 🙂

  11. I laughed about having an iron stomach to drink the tap water, but people must ask that question! Clothing is super cheap out there, even on the trek, I guess only a little money is required. I can’t believe they have Wi-Fi up there!

    1. Ha ha yes defintely, they do. Yeah I bought most of my trekking clothes from home already so no need to buy anything but the hats were just too Nepalese not to treat myself, I like useful souvenirs. I know I couldn’t believe wi-fi was everywhere too, although sometimes it is nice to have a break 🙂

  12. Great article! This trek sounds great and we’d love to hike it… Nepal is very high on our list. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them. I wouldn’t expect Wi-Fi everywhere!