Annapurna trekking - an amazing adventure!
1. How to prepare for the first trekking?
2. An example of itinerary of trekking from Pokhara to Annapurna sanctuary and back to Ulleri.
Annapurna massif is located in the Himalayas, in north-central Nepal with the highest peak 8,000 metres (26,000ft). There are also 13 lower peaks of 7,000 metres (23,000ft) and 16 that are 6,000 metres (20,000ft)high. The great choice of different peaks is a good reason to choose Annapurna Expedition for the first trekking trip.
How to prepare for the first trekking?
There are few key things you have to think about when you are interested in annapurna trekking. They are following:
- Good physical condition – you need to be aware that trekking in Annapurna is not a walk in the park. You need to keep fit and do the physical exercises all the time, not only a week before you plane to the Himalayas takes off. However, if you regularly do sports, a few days out in the mountains can be a great idea. It is worth to bear in mind that the average time of trekking during the day is usually 4-8h.
- The great team- one of the most important elements of every annapurna trekking is the team. It is worth to think carefully before you select the mountain partners. They have to be responsible with similar physical condition. It is also safer to walk in a group than alone. However, while a large group usually moves slower, it is recommended to form a group of 2 up to 4 people.
- When to go? The best time for trekking in the Himalayas is the second half of March, April, until mid-May. In Kathmandu the temperatures are above 30C, while in the mountains it can be very cold (mainly at night). Depending on the given year and region, air temperature, there is no snow up to 5000 or 6000 metres so it is the most suitable time for annapurna trekking.
An example of itinerary of trekking from Pokhara to Annapurna sanctuary and back to Ulleri
There are numerous itineraries, depending on the teams' skills and expectations. However, this is a standard 13-day itinerary:
Day One – the tourists arrive in Pokhara by bus and they stay in a hotel for a night
Day two – they go by bus to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1650m) for 3 hours
Day three – they trek to Landrung for 6 hours
Day four – they trek to Chomrong for 6 hours
Day five – they arrive in Himalaya Hotel (2920m) within 5 hours trekking
Day six – tourists trek to Machapuchare base camp within 7 hours
Day seven – they visit Annapurna Sacturary – it is the highest peak – 4095 meteres and later they go to Dobham for 7 hours
Day eight – the tourists reach Chomrong within 6 hours
Day nine – they go to Tadapani for 6 hours
Day ten – they trek to Ghorepani for 6 hours
Day eleven – the tourist arrive in Ulleri
Day twelve – they trek to Nayapul for 4 hours and then they go to Pokhara by bus
Day thirteen – they go back to Kathmandu by bus
If you are interested in other trekking in the Himalayas, you should definitely check out other trips and learn more about trekking in Makalu, Lhotse or Kanchenjunga.