Trekking In The Annapurna, A Nepal Adventure
Trekking in the Himalayas was one of those things I had in the back of my mind for a while. A thought always turns quickly into a plan then into reality. After all, it’s a world full of adventure and it needs to be explored. After a bit of research it seemed only natural to choose Nepal as the destination.
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The question was now, which tour to choose from. Being a novice hill walker I was unsure of what to expect in the world’s highest mountain range. I decided on a 10 day tour which included three days of trekking in Annapurna (which I will share with you today). This part of the Himalayas offers both treks for the novice and more ambitious hikers. The name of the tour that I took was called Nepal Adventure and provided by G Adventures Click Here to have a look at the trip.
On the Nepal Adventure we also spent two days in the Chitwan National Park, visited temples around Kathmandu and relaxed in Pokhara.
A Glimpse At My Nepal Adventures
Annapurna Trek - Day One
The Start point was the Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. A city of 2.5 million people that sits at an elevation of 1,400 meters from sea level. This vibrant city is also known for its many ancient temples and was made an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The city itself sits in a low long valley surrounded by the Himalayas, so its hard not feel inspired.
The trekking experience was well organised and a lot easier than I expected. To start trekking, our group made the long journey to Pokhara, the second biggest tourist town and the starting point for many trails. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, this town is very relaxed and not as chaotic as Kathmandu. The first day saw our group slowly wind our way into this beautiful long valley where the huge peaks of the Himalayas greeted us. Our ascent saw us wind through both forest and farmland and past through many tiny little villages. The weather was clear and warm, just the ideal conditions for a long 8 hour walk to reach the village of Gandruk, which gave a rather magnificent view over the Annapurna Mountain Range. Since the dry season was in full force, it was rather hazy at times but as the day went on the air did clear.
Annapurna Trek - Day Two
Day two was a long day of trekking. We wound our way up and down hill and across a few hair-raising bridges that literally took you from one side of the valley to the other. On the other side of the valley, we had stopped for lunch and a dip in a local hot spring which was much needed before continuing on to our next village. This time a more traditional teahouse was our place of rest for that night. The sherpa’s who accompanied us sung traditional songs around the campfire making the whole experience that bit more special.
Annapurna Trek - Day Three
By the third day, the trek became a lot easier. The trail was more flat as we made it out of the valley. Looking behind you to see the mountains, shrouded in cloud, just put it into perspective how he these mountains really are. This trek was the perfect way to get a taster of the Himalayas and what it has to offer.
My Top Tips For Trekking In Nepal
What To Take With You
Clothing - Make sure to buy good equipment or clothing before you arrive in Nepal. The quality of trekking gear in Nepal is not of our standard and may only be of good use for a short time.
Dress Well and Appropriately - When trekking, make sure to carry light layers with you as the weather can change very rapidly, even when it’s the dry season.
Daypacks - These will be carried by you during any trek so don’t over pack. Really think about what you need.
The Sherpa’s - They accompany your group will carry any excess that you don’t want to carry. Do think of them too!
The water has to be paid for when trekking. Take a large bottle with you and keep hydrated as much as possible. Also, hot water in this country is a luxury. Cold showers are the norm!
Research your trek and whether its suitable for your ability. What I like about all G Adventures tours (including this one) is that they all have an intensity rating and they give in depth details about the trek experience to their best of their ability, allowing you to easily select the right one.
Leave footprints and take only memories with you.
When To Visit Nepal?
I travelled to Nepal in late November during the dry season.
October to November are great months to trek due to low levels of rain in the Annapurna region.
April to May are best for trekking on the Everest Range when conditions are warmer and perfect for trekking, plus you have the benefit of the Rhododendrons being in full bloom.
Thinking Of Booking A Nepal Adventure Of Your Own?
The Nepal Adventure lasted 10 days and cost approximately £807. This was right for me. I've always been a fan of G adventures and trust them as my first go to. They also offer some other Nepal trips (Click Here) from a Class Kathmandu Mini Adventure at just £189 for 3 days (Click Here) through to a Everest Base Camp at £1049 (Click Here).
You may also want to consider other providers such as Get Your Guide which also has a helicopter trip available for those of you who would love to see and explore the area but Trekking may not be feasible due to time or fitness levels. See below for some more options.
Note From Nicole
I have known Linsay for 10 years now and we met whilst working on Vineyards in New Zealand and living in the same backpackers. We then worked together in the English Lake District following our return to the U.K.
Linsay loves to travel and is no stranger to adventure. Check out her instagram for some amazing pictures from her travels and some stunning captures of flora found on her exploring.