Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

There would be immense tourist traffic in Annpurna Circuit Trek if it was an easy trek. Because of high elevation trekking and high pass, it is doable for those who have previous trekking experience in the Himalayas. In this post, we’re elaborating on Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty Level.

Since we should cross Thorong La 5416m on Annapurna Circuit Trekking, most people quickly answered it is very difficult. But it’s not a trekking trail that contents only difficult. It has a more flatter trail which makes it easy to walk.

In order to figure out Annapurna Circuit trek difficulty level, we should analyze it’s trail structures, teahouse availability, maximum altitude parts of total trekking days, and so forth. Let’s move on to the difficulty level of Annapurna Circuit on details.

Annapurna Circuit trek distance

The total length of the Annapurna Circuit route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depends on where the trek begins and ends.

Annapurna Circuit height

The maximum height we will touch whilst trekking to Annapurna Circuit is 5,416m. At this altitude, there is the widest pass, known as Thorang La. We will leave Thorang La in less than hours by taking photographs and taking a cup of tea in the teahouse of Thorong La.

Is it difficult for beginner trekkers to complete Annapurna Circuit Trek?

For the beginner’s trekkers, trekking to Annapurna Circuit might be very hard upon crossing YakKharka. Because Till Yak Kharka, the altitude is below than 4000m and afterward Yak Kharka 4000m above. But as we take acclimatization day on Manang, it reduces difficulty for the trekkers. The day of Thorong La pass might be hard for first-time trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trek required fitness level

Being Annapurna Circuit is an adventure trek, trekkers should have some practice before the trek begin. Those who attend 4-5 hour jogging each day before a 1-month trip starts, will be easy on Thorong Pass. So all in all, a healthy person with a 5-6 hours walking capacity level of fitness is required for the ACT.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days
Annpurna Circuit Trek

In which seasons difficulty level high and low ?

Choosing the best time we can reduce the difficulty of Around(Circuit) Annapurna Trek. During the wintertime, it is hardest to explore Annapurna Circuit Trek. Because at that time temperatures lie 0 to -25 degrees celsius at upperparts, especially Manang to Muktinath). So the difficulty level will be very high whilst winter trekking to Around Annapurna. 

Besides that, other seasons(Autumn, Spring, Summer) are significantly less difficult than winter seasons due to temperatures.

Can we minimize the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty level?

Sure, we can minimize the difficulty level somehow. The following tips help to minimize it.

  1. Attend jogging 4-5 hours each day prior to starting your Around Annapurna Trek.
  2. Start your trek from low altitudes such as Bulbule or Syange or Jagat or Even Chamche. It is the best way to start acclimatization.
  3. Start drink at least 2 liters of water from Syangey to Muktinath
  4. Avoid Alcoholic drinks upon Chame.
  5. Give at least 10 days time for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  6. Make 1 rest day at Manang before depart from Manang.

Final words on How hard is it?

The Annapurna Circuit Hiking is also known as Around Annapurna Trek as it circles the Annapurna massif anticlockwise. The Around Annapurna Trekking is for those who want to emerge on an adventure. If you consider to minimize the budget of the trip by shortening trips or you’ve limited time to trek, it makes it hard to do Circuit Annapurna.

Some preparation before trek departure, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is double and acquirable. If you have any questions regarding trekking to Annapurna Circuit, don’t hesitate to Contact Us (BASE CAMP HIKE). 

About Author

JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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