Trekking in the Annapurna region covers a wide range of cultural and geographical varieties and showcases every little aspect of its natural and cultural prosperity. The lifestyle and tradition of the inhabitants in the Annapurna region are really fascinating. Even the remote villages in this trail offer sophisticated lodges and guest houses eagerly waiting to serve the tourists with enormous hospitality. Green paddy fields, rich forest, hot springs, and glacial areas are some of the little attractions of this trekking.
Annapuran Region Trek - Overview
Nepal is one of the well-known tourist destinations in the world and Lonely Planet has ranked it as the top 5 travel destination. Nepal offers some of the best trekking opportunities in the world and the Annapurna region is one of them. The Annapurna region is the second-most popular region for trekking in Nepal followed by Everest. The Annapurna region offers many world-class trekking routes to visitors, and some of them are the Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trek, and Ghorepani Poonhill trek. Every year more than 64% trekkers from around the globe visit the Annapuran region for multiple adventure activities. The trek to the Annapurna region moves along the Oak and Rhododendron forests. Rhododendron flowers blooming on the hills makes the scenery more beautiful for the trekkers and the panoramic view of the Himalayas including Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, and other mountain ranges from a close range makes the trek more interesting and lively.
The most popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region?
There are many popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region and some of them are below:
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Mardi Himal Trek
- Ghandruk Trek
Best season for trekking in Annapurna region:
Autumn and Spring seasons are regarded as the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. A large number of trekkers Trek in the Annapurna region during the months of September, October, November, March, April, and May. Which makes the route a bit crowded at the peak seasons. The weather in the Annapurna region is sunny and warm with outstanding views of Himalayas.
The winter season i.e during the months of December, January, and February has the coldest weather in the Annapurna region. But for those who want to enjoy some alone time with nature and to avoid crowds, winter is the best time.
Summer season or monsoon season includes the months from June to August. The rain highly affects the trekking during this season. But trekking in summer can be beneficial to the nature lover.
Legal documents or permits needed for Annapuran region trek
If you are planning to go for an Annapurna region trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Annapurna region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
You also need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.
ACAP permit cost for SAARC Nationals : Nrs.200 (about US $2)
ACAP permit cost for Other Nationals : Nrs.2000 (about US $20)
Annapurna Region Trek FAQ
What is the highest altitude at Annapurna region Trek?
Annapurna region trek doesn't go higher than 5416m.
What is the best season for trekking in the Annapurna region?
People can trek 12 months of the year up to the Annapurna region but the best season to go for this trek is from October to November and mid-March to mid-April.
How many hours a day do we walk?
On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
Do I have to hire guides/porters during trekking in the Annapurna region?
There is no necessarily need to get a guide or porters. If you go for a solo trek or through an agency it completely depends on you. But it advised taking assistance with an agency.
Do I need permits to trek to the Annapurna region?
Yes, you need to have two trekking permit which is Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & Trekker Information Management System Card (TIMS) permit.
Is there a risk of altitude sickness while trekking to the Annapurna region?
Yes, there will be a risk of getting altitude sickness, as you will be trekking above 3,000m. But a rightful precaution will help to avoid the sickness by drinking plenty of water during the trek and taking medicines like Diamox.
What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?
Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.
Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?
You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.
Is there any access to the internet or WIFI?
Surprisingly most of the tea houses will offer you the wifi for free or with minimal charges. But don't rely on the speed on the internet as its very slow in this region.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is the Annapurna region trek is for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.
What is the accommodation like?
The Annapurna region trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.
How much luggage I can carry during my Annapurna region Trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide yourself behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I need Insurance before getting to Annapurna region trek?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.