Coming to Nepal doesn’t only mean going to the Himalaya, nevertheless trek in Nepal is a must!
With friends I did the Annapurna Circuit and it definitely is one of the highlights of my trip so far. It took us 13 days from Besishahar (830m) to Pokhara.
|Starting point - Besishahar, at 830m|
On the fifth day we reached Manang (3500m), where we spent two nights to acclimatize, then on the 9th day we crossed the pass, Thorong-La, at 5416m, and started to descend. It’s amazing to see how much the landscape, culture, people changes along the way. As the temperature constantly drops during the ascent, the volume of the river also gradually reduces and parts of it are frozen as well as many waterfalls.
|After leaving Manang, at 3500m|
|One of the many bridges on the way and the tibetan flags|
The path is well signalized and it's not difficult; there are many checkpoints along the way to keep track of people and keep it safe. Thus no need of guide at all, unless you want to hire a porter to bring your backpack – this is cool since it is a important activity for the local economy. But bear in mind that porters are not machines, what means one of them should be enough to carry stuff for one person, not for the whole group in order to save money.
The water and the food are not a problem; we took water purifier drops and used tap water, no problems! For food, pretty much every guest house has its own restaurant and serve the classic Dal Baht and some other dishes, including few western option. They sort of overprice food a little bit and usually offer accommodation for free if you eat there, depends on the deal you agree with them – what doesn’t happen for all trekking routes in Nepal apparently. The rooms are very basic and it means very cold at night, so thermo clothes and a good sleeping bag can make your nights a bit more comfortable.
|Village at around 2000m and its few guest houses|
|The landscape keeps changing and the agriculture is the main activity|