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Annapurna Circuit(AC) Trek – The Nitty-Gritty’s

Planning, Preparation, Tips, Cost and about Facing Adversities – for a self organised trek to AC

I trekked AC in Nov-Dec 2017, spending 30,000 NPR(18,800 INR) or 276 USD (Kathmandu to Pokhara) for 18 days. This blog is about easing out challenges in planning and executing a self organised, independent AC trek.

In a nutshell

Considered one of most beautiful and famous treks in the world, Annapurna circuit takes you through some breath taking (at times literally) views while encircling the Annapurna massif. So basically, you walk around this huge mountain called Annapurna via some beautiful Buddhist and Hindu villages from one valley to another by crossing over a pass called Thorong La. That is what it is all about 

What is so special about this trek?

The views, the mountains, the people, the villages, the bob marley songs, the dal bhat, the apple pies, the birds, the rivers, the glaciers, the lakes – the list is just too long. Starting with a surreal walk through many villages from Bhulbhule, to the intimidating Annapurna massif at Manang, the absolute spectacle of seeing Tilicho lake, the long tiring trek to the high pass and beyond, the mesmerizing blue Nilgiris, the zealous appearance of Dhaulagiri, and many more mountains above 6000-8000 meters which will never ever leave a chance to make you feel miniscule and unimportant throughout the trek. In short, it is an adventure-packed event for everyone who loves mountains.(Convinced? Well, go already people!)
But….having more doubts? Read on…

The views, the mountains, the people, the villages, the bob marley songs, the dal bhat, the apple pies, the birds, the rivers, the glaciers, the lakes – the list is just too long. Starting with a surreal walk through many villages from Bhulbhule, to the intimidating Annapurna

It is an adventure-packed event for everyone who loves mountains.(Convinced? Well, go already people!)
But….having more doubts? Read on…

Mental Preparation

To do or not to do? That’s the question that haunted me for days when I came to know that a friend, who had initially agreed to come along for Annapurna circuit trek with me, dropped out. I don’t have many friends who like doing long treks, so either I choose to drop the plan or go with it solo. Another friend who had already done this trek 2 years back said that the trails are well-marked and there are many villages on the way – doing it solo should not be a problem. But I wasn’t completely sure. So to clear my head and to wade away my doubts, I started my own set of research and readings about the trek.

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