The Annapurna Circuit trek! Let me start by saying that I don’t think either of us had any idea what we were getting ourselves into. 3 weeks is a long time to be trekking, especially for newbies like us. We initially were planning on trekking for 21 days, doing the Annapurna Circuit as well as the Base Camp trek. Maybe 3-4 days in, it sunk in…how many more days of this?? Ha! Our guide/porter, Min, also didn’t recommend the Base Camp trek as it’s not as scenic and not a circuit loop. So we decided to cut our trek down to 17 days and just do the circuit with some rest days built in.
So, here’s the recap: April 5 – April 21, 2012
- Total days on trek: 17
- Total days hiking: 15
- Distance hiked: 83 mi
- Distance we took a jeep/bus/taxi vs hike: 42 mi
- Highest altitude gained: 5417m, or 17,769 feet at Thorung La Pass
- Average lodging cost: $2-3/night
- Average spend on the trek: $40/day
- Times Chris got sick: 2
We didn’t anticipate how cold it was going to be and we also didn’t anticipate rain/snow every day. It was a little bit nuts! By the end, we were exhausted and couldn’t wait to unwind in Pokhara, a lakeside town north of Kathmandu.
The day of the actual Thorung La pass crossing was the highlight as well as the Upper Pisang trek. I’ll go over the sections of the trek in more detail in the following posts!