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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the trek difficult?

The Annapurna circuit trek (ACT) is considered to be a moderate trekking route that doesn’t involve any technical climbing. However, it is a good idea to have some hiking experience beforehand and an understanding that the trail will offer various terrain such as jeep roads that get muddy after rainfall, slippery rock steps, steep ascents, descents with loose rocks, and suspension bridges over fast moving water.

How long will we walk each day?

On average, we will trek gradually uphill for 6-7 hours per day. On the last day, as we approach the Throng La Pass, the ascent and descent combined will total 9-11 hours (depending on the speed of the group).

Is there a risk of altitude sickness?

On average, we will trek gradually uphill for 6-7 hours per day. On the last day, as we approach the Throng La Pass, the ascent and descent combined will total 9-11 hours (depending on the speed of the group).

What is the lodging like?

The ACT is a teahouse trek, which means each night’s lodging will be a family-run guesthouse. Some are more comfortable than others, but generally rooms are basic with two twin beds, a private eastern-style toilet, and shared shower room. Blankets are provided, but it’s a good idea to bring along a sleeping bag as temperatures are cooler at higher elevations and there is not in-room heating systems. At higher altitudes, guesthouses will charge a small fee for hot showers, wifi, and device charging. 

What is the food like?

Mornings will begin with a hearty breakfast to provide energy for the day ahead without feeling overly sluggish on the mountain. Upon afternoon arrival to our destination, a large lunch will be served to refuel. Dinners are family-style with a mix of local vegetarian dishes. 

Is the water and food safe to drink on the trek?

The tap and mountain water in Nepal are generally not safe for tourists to drink. Bottled water, filtered water, boiled water, and chlorinated water purification tablets are the best option for staying healthy on the trek. You can also purchase a filter for your water bottle like Life Straw. Tea and coffee are safe to drink. To mitigate additional risks with food handling, we will offer a selection of vegetarian dishes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Do I need permits?

Yes. In order to enter the ACT, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and a Trekkers Information Management System Card are required. Both of these permits are included in the retreat fee and will be available to you upon arrival.

Is there wifi on the trek?

Most of the guesthouses offer either free or pay wifi on the trek, however, we strongly recommended disconnecting to obtain maximum benefit. Emergency contact information will be provided to your loved ones should you need to reach you whilst on the ACT.

How do I get my luggage to Pokhara?

Any extra luggage that is not required for the trek will be safely transported to Pokhara to meet you upon completion of the retreat.  

Can I buy hiking gear in Nepal?

Yes. Thamel area of Kathmandu has a plethora of shops and distributers that sell gear for trekking at a fraction of the price from home. Keep in mind that most are, in fact, knock-off, however brand name stores do exist at regular prices. 

Are there ATM’s on the circuit?

There are ATM’s in Besisahar (the first stop before our private jeep to Saygne) and not again until the end of the trek in Muktinah. Please bring about $15USD per day for additional expenses such as snacks, tea, laundry, beer, and WiFi. 

Do I need to purchase my own travel insurance before departure? 

YES! In the off chance that something unexpected occurs, it is necessary to hold a travel insurance policy that has coverage for “emergency air evacuation”. Please double check any current policies you’re insured by, or visit WORLD NOMADS for a customizable insurance package.

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