Annapurna region is the richest natural basin to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of nature via Annapurna circuit trek. It is ranked as a moderate to difficult trek. Mentally and physically fit person of minor hiking experience can do Annapurna circuit trek. Even though there are several difficulties you can face during the trek. In this article, we tried to give major information regarding to Annapurna circuit trek difficulties.
The low atmospheric pressure and least oxygen in high altitude creates challenge to every trekkers. Since Annapurna circuit trial lies in altitude between 760m/ 2493ft at Lamjung Besi Sahar to 5416m/ 17,769 ft at Thorong La Pass, there is high chance of suffering from altitude sickness. Off beaten trial, non-green surrounding and continuous up hills make trekker to feel difficult during Annapurna circuit trek.
Annapurna Circuit trek Duration
If you are thinking the long trekking route in Nepal Himalaya then Annapurna circuit trek is the best one. You need 17 days for completing this trek. Long duration, uphills and downhills, rocky path followed with staircases make difficulty on walking during the trek. You have to walk 5-7 hours each day, even walking in easy path, you will be tired with long duration hiking.
Depending on your starting point you can customize the trek and choose 10 – 14 days itinery for shorter duration. Also to elaborate the trek you can talk with travel company add more places or rest days for long duration trek.
Hiking experience and training
Annapurna circuit trek is moderately difficult trek, without having trekking experience and training you cannot do this trek. It is not that you should need special training, simply you should have practiced yourselves to walk continuously for 2, 3 hours. Experience of minor trekking on mountains, living on tea houses and Himalayan weather is best to reduce difficulties during Annapurna circuit trek.
The long trekking requires extra budget because you might need to buy missing gear, may face emergencies and require Heli flight. After spending long time in trekking area you may want to buy something as a memory, which requires extra budget. Buying snacks on the trekking site will be expensive than in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Trekking the Annapurna circuit during the monsoon and winter seasons is very difficult. Off-beaten road in off season is always worse. You will face difficulties while walking with rain cover during monsoon and smooth snowy surface during winter. Tea houses remain close, foggy weather does not give clean view of surrounding.