Annapurna Circuit Reviews
Annapurna Circuit March 2nd 2014 Jul 22, 2014
The Annapurna Circuit was a most amazing experience, due in no small part to the extensive snow cover at the higher altitudes. We were experienced independent travellers who, because of a through preparation, experienced few health or safety issues. We expected the best but were fully prepared for the worst. Most important we listened to our bodies and added 2 additional ascent days when my buddy started showing early signs of altitude sickness.
These early spring snowfalls tested our physical and mental toughness because it doubled documented travel times between tea houses. This snow was responsible for the passes closure after a death and several medic-vac helicopter rescues.
Crossing the Thorung Pass with thick fresh snow between Thorung Pheti and Muktinath was a protracted and exhausting 12 hour challenge. The downhill section was extremely slippery because the fresh snow covered the icy trail. The additional rest days at Manang and Thorung Pheti proved critical in maintaining our stamina reserves. We observed several trekkers experiencing difficulties because they lacked quality eye protection, sufficiently layered clothing or trekking poles. Even some young, fit travellers experienced dehydration due to frozen hoses on their camel water packs.
Provided you are sufficiently prepared, the lower sections of the Annapurna Circuit are quite achievable and immensely rewarding. Especially around winter and at the higher altitudes the unpredictable weather conditions can become critical to your health and safety.
Critical to your research, get fit, break in your boots long before you reach Nepal.
Some lock-step guided tours have rigid schedules. Some medic-evacuations were necessary because trekkers started coughing blood after pushing themselves to ‘keep up’.
Get a guide if you lack confidence.
Quality trekking gear is very cheap in Kathmandu as too are toiletries and medicines you need.
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