Annapurna Circuit Trek In October

  • Jun 4, 2024
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annpaurna circuit trek in ocotber difficultyAnnapurna Circuit Trek in October is an incredible journey that promises not only an awe-inspiring landscape of the magnificent Himalayan region but also a unique cultural experience. Nestled between the monsoon and winter seasons, the trekking experience in this peak month of autumn is something extraordinary.

Traversing across the foothills of the 10th highest peak in the 8,000-meter class, you will pass diverse terrains from alluring sub-tropical forests to alpine pastures and moraines. In this Himalayan exploration, you will also have the opportunity to explore the endangered species flora and fauna of the Annapurna Conservation Area and experience rewarding cultural trails across the popular settlements.

If you are considering your trip to this region, popular as a natural and cultural wonderland, October offers the peak moments to enjoy both the natural marvel of the region and the cultural experience in the country. The trekking trails in this peak point of the autumn season blend really well with the favorable weather conditions, stunning shades of the fall season, and vibrant cultural encounters to offer a lifetime memory.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek in October- General Trek Overview

How Should I Prepare for the Trek annapurna circuit trek

Depending on the starting point of your package, your adventure will start with an exciting drive from Kathmandu to either Ngadi (930 meters) or Chame (2,710 meters). In the package with Ngadi drive, you will move along the ascending route across Chamje (1,410 meters), Bagarchhap (2,160 meters), and finally to Chame.

From here, your trekking trail heads toward the high elevation points of this trekking adventure, like Lower Pisang (3,240 meters) and Manang (3,540 meters). After ascending to such high altitudes, you will get an acclimatization day at Manang. You can do some short hikes around the Manang, like Gangapurna Lake, Milerepa Cave, Kicho Lake, Chongkar View Point, etc, for an effective acclimatization process on this day.

Then, continuing with the inclining route, you will traverse across other high-altitude destinations in the Annapurna region, Yak Kharka (4,120 meters), and then to Thorung Phedi (4,560 meters). Moving further in your circuit route, you will then cross Thorong La Pass, the highest altitude point of this adventure which is situated at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).

After that, your trekking adventure will take you to the spiritual region of Muktinath (3,802 meters). This religious landmark has a huge significance in both Hindu and Buddhist religions. Then, your trail will follow a descending route from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,190 meters) to Pokhara (823 meters); from Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.

If your package includes some side detours in the circuit route, you will also explore Ghorepani (2,750 meters), Ulleri (2,050 meters), and Poonhill (3,210 meters).

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek in October?

How Should I Prepare for the Trek

Mild Weather Conditions

The month of October boasts mild and favorable weather conditions that are just right for outdoor trekking adventures. Usually averaging around 12°C to 27°C at the lower trekking trails, you can warm but not too hot temperatures at the lower regions. The temperatures are cool and breezy during the evening and night but not excessively cold.

This creates perfect weather conditions that are comfortable while trekking during the day as well as while resting in the evenings. However, temperatures at the alpine altitudes drop to minus degrees celsius during the nights, so you will need to pack appropriate layers as well.

Moderate Crowd

Although autumn is one of the peak seasons for Himalayan trekking and mountain expeditions, you will encounter a moderate crowd during your 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary. The autumn season doesn’t receive a lot of trekkers like in the spring season. So, during your exploration in this month, you will have more opportunities for closer interaction with the natives in the region and a more tranquil experience in less congestion at the trail and teahouses.

Astonishing Mountain Views

Due to the lower precipitation rate this month, there are lower chances of rainfall and snowfall. So, during October, you can expect clear and unobstructed views of the Himalayan vistas for a magical experience.

The panoramic views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Chulu Peaks, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Tukuche Peak, and Lamjjung Himal are some of the major highlight points of this incredible Himalayan adventure. October creates the perfect conditions to enjoy the panoramic views of these magnificent peaks in the Himalayas as far as your eye can reach.

Lush and Enchanting Trekking Trails

Thanks to the monsoon rain, the landscapes are lush in the autumn season. The rain also nourishes the waterfalls and rivers in the region, so they are cascading at full throttle. So, the exploration is a little more enthralling as you traverse across the prime natural settings.

Further, unique shades of grey that represent the fall season take over the trekking trails. Although the visuals might not be as bright as the colorful spring season, the delightful shades tell the tales of nature’s cycle. It also creates a photogenic landscape to capture the true essence of the captivating fall season.

Cultural Celebrations

One of the major highlights of doing the Himalayan trekking adventure during the autumn season is the cultural prospects. However, during the Annapurna Circuit Trek in October, the experience is heightened tenfold as October is the hub for some of the grandest festivals in the country.

This month boasts some of the major festivals in the country, like Dashain (celebrated for 15 days), Tihar (celebrated for 5 days), Chhath Puja ( celebrated for 4 days), Mani Rimdu, etc. So, you will have the opportunity to witness the traditional ceremonies, prayers, and rituals of the different cultural prospects during this month.

Challenges and Considerations of Annapurna Circuit Trek in October

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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a remarkable adventure in Nepal's second major trekking region. Compared to other high-altitude explorations that take you to the remote and isolated section of the Himalayas, you can consider this trek a moderate and exciting journey.

Although you will have to face some hurdles during this circuit trek, they are neither strenuous nor physically draining. Whether you are planning a peaceful gateway or planning to add Himalayan trekking adventures to your bucket list, this is a perfect startup trek.

You will trek about 160 km (100 miles) to 230 km (145 miles) in this adventure, depending on the itinerary plans. So, that comes down to about 6 to 7 hours of walking per day on average during the trekking part.

Similarly, starting your trek from Ngadi (930 meters) or Chame (2,710 meters), you will push for the highest elevation point of this trek, Thorong La Pass, at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). So, you will need to take the altitude gain and effective acclimatization process into consideration. You shouldn’t slack off either when making the preparation for the trek and train adequately to make the journey less vexing and comfortable.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek Right for Me?

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Annapurna Circuit Trek in October is a thrilling Himalayan trekking experience that promises a gratifying experience of both the natural and cultural prospects of the region. As this is still a high Himalayan adventure, it is important to assess whether this trekking adventure is right for you or not.

However, thanks to its milder hurdles, this circuit trekking adventure is suitable even for novice trekkers. Trekkers do not require any technical climbing skills to overcome trails and even the high along the route. But, if you have any prior trekking experience, it will certainly enhance the thrills in your adventure.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek has a success rate of about 98% to 100%, and there is no age-specific restriction for this adventure. That means that if you are physically capable and have a good health condition, this trek won’t be too hard for you. In its trekking history, even children under 13 and elderly trekkers above 60 have successfully conquered the route. Just be mindful of the precautionary steps for altitude sickness, and don’t forget that training is the key factor to add comfort to your experience.

How Should I Prepare for the Trek?

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If you are planning the Annapurna Circuit Trek in October to explore the charming trekking trails of the peak point of the autumn season, you should dedicate a few hours to the training part. Although this circuit trek has milder difficulty factors, you will still traverse across the remote-rugged trails of the isolated regions, slowly making your way to the high elevation points.

So, strength, endurance, and stamina are vital physical factors that determine the overall enjoyment and comfort of this exciting excursion. You can design around these factors to enhance them. The minimum recommended period for the training is about 3 to 6 weeks, depending on your fitness level.

You can also consult with a professional trainer or trek guide to create an effective training program for the limited hours that you can spare from your daily schedules.

Strength and Endurance Exercises: Squat, deadlift, bicep curl, calf raise, pull up, push up, side lateral raise, plank, upright row, glute bridge, leg press, lunges, etc

Cardiovascular/ Stamina Exercises: Running, swimming, mountain climbers, high knees, jumping jack, aerobics, burpee, stair climbing, jumping rope, etc

**Note: Doing practice hikes on steep landscapes close to you is also an effective way to prepare for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This way, you will be able to understand the physical demand of the trek and have the opportunity to test your gear**

Food and Accommodation

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October is the harvest month in Nepal, which means that the delightful delicacies in the country are multiplied tenfold. Doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek in October will also add a food exploration factor to your Himalayan adventure. You can have your pick from a diverse range of cuisines available at the teahouses that represent different regions and ethnic groups.

On top of the diversified options, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy Tibetan, Indian, and other Asian countries dishes as well as a few-star menus from the western part. If you are concerned about vegan and vegetarian meal options, don’t worry; they are also available throughout the trekking route.

Menus for Breakfast: Bread, butter, jam, toast, tea, coffee, milk, juice, Tibetan bread, muesli, oats, cornflakes, pancakes, pudding, paratha, chapati, eggs, etc

Menus for Lunch and Dinner: Traditional dal bhat tarkari, Thakali set, dhindo, gundruk, momo, chowmein, fries, thukpa, shyaphale, tingmo, pizza, sandwich, steak, pasta, spaghetti, etc

What About Drinking Water?

It is important to stay hydrated during the long hours of trek. You will lose a significant water level during the trekking part. If you don’t drink enough water, the experience can be uncomfortable, and it may also trigger the symptoms of altitude sickness.

So, make sure to drink the suggested limit of 3 to 4 liters in each day of the trek. We don’t recommend buying plastic bottled water along the trekking route as it is an environmental hazard. You can carry reusable water bottles, and our guides will fill up the bottles at the safe water stations.

These clean water resources nourished by the Himalayas are clean and pure in nature. However, we still recommend you use purification solutions to stay safe. You will also be able to buy boiled and filtered water at the teahouses en route. They cost around US$ 2 to US$ 4, depending on the altitude.

Cost of the Trek

Cost of the Annapurna circuit Trek

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek ranges from US$ 1,100 to US$ 4,500. Your package cost is determined by the number of itinerary days, quality of services and amenities, side detours, and extra perks. As this is a mainstream trekking region, you can also opt out of the standard package for a more luxurious experience.

Marvel Adventure offers the best value packages in the market for an enjoyable and quality experience. You can have a pick from our popular Annapurna Circuit Trek packages that fit your exploration palate:

Your Annapurna Circuit Trek cost will include the expenses head like all road transportation, accommodation during trek, standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), guide & porters, permits, government expenses and our official service cost.

As for the cost, personal nature expenses, international airfare, travel insurance, drinks & desserts, tips, etc., they are not included in your package. For queries and booking, you can contact us via our Contact Page; our representatives are available 24/7 for assistance.

Necessary Permits, and Documentation For Trek

Necessary Permits, and Documentation For Trek

You will generally require 2 permits to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in March: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card. Both of these cards are mandatory requirements for doing the trek in the protected area of the Annapurna region.

Cost of Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit Cost: approx. US$ 25
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card Cost: approx. US$ 18

You will be able to easily obtain these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu, the Tourism Board Service Center at Pokhara, or the ACAP entry permit counter in Besisahar.

Documents Required for the Permits

You will require the following valid documents to get permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • 2 passport-sized photographs
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopy of visa
  • Travel insurance policy number
  • Emergency contact number and address in Nepal (trekking company or person)
  • Emergency contact details in your home country

Recommended Gear and Clothing for October Trekking

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Even the climatic conditions are stable in October, the peak point of the autumn season, you will still need to pack appropriate gear and clothing to enhance comfort level in your adventure. You will traverse across the warmer region to the alpine terrains in the Himalayas, so it is important to pack right for the occasion.

Your trekking agency will provide a single porter for two trekkers, the weight distribution ratio is 15kg per trekker. If any excessive luggage is beyond the weight limit, you will have to carry it by yourself. Thus, packing the essentials and not exceeding the weight limit is the key factor here.

Recommend Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Head and Upper Body

  • Sun hat, cap
  • Woolen/knitted hat, beanie
  • Neck scarf or gaiter
  • T-shirt (half, full)
  • Thermal vest
  • Woolen/insulated sweater
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight fleece jacket
  • Down jacket for minus degrees

Lower Body and Feet

  • Light trousers woolen/fleece
  • Waterproof and windproof trousers
  • Heavy woolen trousers
  • Cotton pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Socks (thin, thick, insulated, woolen)
  • Trekking shoes (break-in first)
  • Ankle support
  • Waterproof gaiter
  • Trainer or sports shoes for short hikes
  • Sandals or slippers for teahouse

Personal Hygiene/Toiletries

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Bar soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Quick dry towel
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Lip protection, body lotion
  • Santizier, insect repellent
  • Foot powder
  • Mirror, nail clipper
  • Tissue paper, wet wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorants
  • Medications
  • Small first aid kit

Gear

  • Headlamp (don’t forget extra batteries)
  • Sleeping bag (four seasonal)
  • Duffle bag
  • Packing sack
  • Trekking poles
  • Binoculars, camera
  • Power bank
  • Universal charging adapter
  • Map, guidebook, gps
  • Journal and magazines
  • Notebook, pen
  • Board or card games
  • Your favorite snacks
  • Reusable water bottles and thermos flask

**Note: There are no reliable ATM services available in the trekking route. So, make sure to change enough cash to local currency for snacks or to shop for souvenirs**

Some Helpful Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek in October

Some Helpful Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek in October

  • Don’t rush your adventure, take it slow, the itinerary plans are designed considering daylight hours and resting points in your trek
  • Stay hydrated and eat healthy balanced diet to avoid altitude sickness
  • Pack electrolytes and your favorite energy bars
  • Always follow the guidelines and suggestions of your guides and porters
  • Carry a map, compass, and GPS
  • Prepare both mentally and physically
  • Communicate with your guide if you are facing any difficulties
  • Learn about the symptoms of altitude sickness and pay attention to your body language
  • Bring supporting trekking gear and break in your boots before trek
  • Don’t consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes during the trek, they are known to affect the effective acclimatization process
  • Gather information about the region, research guides, experience and tips about the region from a experience trekker

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