If you want the largest mountains, then you go for Everest. Full stop. If you want a little more culture, atmosphere and nature, then you should consider Annapurna. It is the other side of the Himalayas. Where you start your trek at lower altitude and the elevation is not so dramatic. Where you go through rice fields, oak forests and rhododendrons. Where you see less trekkers and you are more on your own. Where you see more colour while still having some of the highest mountain peaks in the world in your field of view. That is Annapurna. This is a consideration that we do not want to make for you. One does not exclude the other either. If you have the time, you can even make one trip visiting both regions.
The Annapurna Himalayas are located on the pavement of the colourful town of Phokara. You can reach it from Kathmandu with a short flight or a bus trip of 6-8 hours. Once there, a selection of the largest mountain peaks in the world await you. Daydream about the summit of Machhapuchhre, Gandharwa Chuli or Patal Hiun Chuli. Fantasize about the 8167 altimeters of Dhaulagiri while you relax at Annapurna Base Camp. Get inspired. Conquer the Annapurna massif with Bookatrekking.com.
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Are you looking for reasons to go trekking in the Annapurna Region in Nepal? You don’t need many. The Annapurna Region is the Mekka for hiking, trekking and even climbing. There are not many places in the world where access is so easy and where adventurers can combine trekking with having a relaxed holiday. Logistics in this part of the world are easy and as trekking provides an income to many in the region, you can great standards of hospitality, accommodation, and safety.
The great thing about trekking in the Annapurna Region is that there is a lot to choose from. If you want to keep it easy and short, you can go catch the sunrise on Poon Hill. If you want a little bit more than that, you can choose the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which also includes Poon Hill. This trek is also known as the ABC-Trek or the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. If you have more time and would like to see the most of the Annapurna Massif, you should definitely consider the Annapurna Circuit. Are you not too keen on sharing your experiences with too many other people on the trail? Try the Jomsom Muktinath Trek or the mesmerizing Mardi Himal Trek.
The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about Mount Everest is climbing. The first thing that comes to mind when speaking Annapurna is trekking. You can, however, go climbing in Annapurna and go trekking in Everest. One of the main reasons for choosing the Annapurna Region over the Everest Region is the access and altitude. Pokhara, the city of lakes, is the second largest city of Nepal and is a great starting point of trekking in the area. Guesthouses and hotels are well accommodated for trekkers and there is plenty to do before and after your trek. Unlike in the Mount Everest Region, your trek is not dependant on the flight schedules of the plane from Kathmandu to Lukla.
The Annapurna Region is home to the Annapurna Massif. The Annapurna Massif counts sixteen peaks over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) and one peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft). The highest peak is Annapurna I and ranked 10th highest peak in the world. Other peaks that you can see on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit are:
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking at the Annapurna Massif. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
Hiking or trekking in the Annapurna Region can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can definitely make it.
The average trek in the Annapurna Region is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention. One great advantage of the Annapurna Circuit over the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that you are hiking in a circular direction. This means that you won’t be seeing things twice. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes, you’ve guessed it, Annapurna Base Camp. This is excluded on the Annapurna Circuit, or you must be adding an extension.
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking in regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Besisahar. This is where some of the costs sit.
Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need two kinds of permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes in the Annapurna Region.
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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