Annapurna Circuit & Annpurna Base Camp Overview: What to expect

What can you expect from this trek? When to go? How should you prepare? Do you need a guide?

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ABC: Annapurna Base Camp – Chomrong | Dec. 31, 2015

It’s the last day of the year and I am at this incredible place in the himalaya at the Annapurna Base Camp! I get up early to enjoy the mountains at night with all the stars you never get to see in towns. There is no better place to put things into perspective, reflecting on the…

ABC: Bamboo – Annapurna Basecamp | Dec. 30, 2015

At 6.30am breakfast is ready and served. First time that this happens on the trail! Usually I wait around 15-30minutes. I was in the bed for 12h, sleeping, reading, listening to music and got a good rest. It takes me quite some time to warm up and get a good pace again. The first 50min…

ABC: Tadapani – Bamboo | Dec. 29, 2015

A good night of sleep, a beautiful sunraise and a delicious breakfast with Gundruk bread, apple jam, omelett and I am ready me for another hiking day. Starting at 7h30, I follow the trail downhill in a beautiful rainforest. The birds are singing and I can again really enjoy the hike and the nature. Hiking…

AC: Ghorepani – Tadapani + Poon Hill | Dec. 28, 2015

Poon Hill Ghorepani is like the “base camp” for walks up to Poon Hill – which is famous for the beautiful lit mountains at sunrise. It’s as touristy as it sounds and even in off season it was very busy. Compared to the small amount of hikers on the Annapurna Circuit in winter, the area around Ghorepani…

AC: Dana – Ghorepani | Dec. 28, 2016

My knee still hurts in the morning from the many stairs we took the day before. Lacking alternatives (no jeep to Ghorepani), I decide to continue to hike. After the first 90 minutes a highlight awaits us anyway: the hot springs of Tatopani (which means Hot Water). We soak ourselves in the pool for 20-30minutes,…

AC: Tukuche – Dana | Dec. 26, 2015

I am free! Incredible that I feel so free without my guide… that was definitely a lesson learnt for me – I am not done for hiking with a guide (especially not this one) on my own. Mirke and I started early again but have to hike for a few hours at the “wrong” side…

AC: Kagbeni – Tukuche | Dec. 25, 2015

What a day! I hiked river beds, almost lost my guide, did some big apple shopping, hiked a lot, had a beautiful detour and big fight,  was very happy to have a friend with me, almost got lost with my guide, had to send my guide home. We start from Kagbeni (2810m) early at 7am to…

AC: Muktinath – Kagbeni | Dec. 24, 2015

It’s Christmas Eve but it doesn’t feel at all like Christmas season in the Himalaya. This is actually a good thing – otherwise I am sure I would have missed Christmas at home a lot. But here I am in a different world and don’t need to celebrate Christmas, I get to see the beauty…

AC: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath | Dec. 23, 2015

This is the long awaited – dreaded – looked forward to (?) day where I am going to cross Thorong La Pass at 5416m altitude. The night was horrible, I didn’t sleep much and once even had the feeling I cannot breath at all. I am getting up at 4am, taking a few shots of…

Gear review Annapurna Circuit

What should I take for the Annapurna Circuit? Especially given that I hiked it during wintertime, that question took me quite some time to tackle. I searched the web, forums, weather charts, asked friends, … and prepared myself as best as I could. But I couldn’t conceive what -25°C means – the worst case scenario for…

AC: Khangsar – Thorong Phedi Camp | Dec. 22, 2016

After a good night of sleep we’re up early again for the long hike to Thorong Phedi. The sun is there as every day and I enjoy the great view from the window of my room. Would it be like 20 degrees warmer I really could hang around longer everywhere and just enjoy the nature….