Annapurna Region

For those who want it all – from subtropical valleys to snow-bound passes to high desert landscape to some of the most fabulous mountain views – then the Annapurna region is the place to head for.

The ecological diversity of the central western Himalaya, which this region occupies, consists of a wide variety of wildlife – from the rhesus and langur monkeys and wild boar to the musk deer, black bear and blue sheep. Some 440 bird species have been recorded in this beautiful region. Mixed ethnic and religious communities, each with different lifestyles, can be encountered with variation in altitudinal gradients. While Hindus of Aryan descent occupy the southern lowland valleys; the Gurungs and Magars, with Mongoloid features populate the middle hills; and the Thakalis, Manangeys and Lopa, the latter two evidently from Tibet as their physical appearance and culture are similar to that of the Tibetans, eke out a living in the windswept valleys to the north.

Deep in the gorges, ammonite fossils abound and holy waters gush forth with the snow capped peaks creating a natural and spectacular amphitheater. Most treks begin and/or end near Pokhara, a peaceful and beautiful lake retreat, which is easily accessible both by road and air from Kathmandu. The hills in this part of the Himalaya abound in lodges and the treks here are marked by great scenery of both the lowland villages and high mountains. Aap Ka Safar trekking offers a number of popular as well as off-the-beaten-track treks in this region. These include the Nar Phu Trek; Ghorepani (Poon Hill) Trek; Annapurna Circuit Trek; Annapurna Circuit Trek (fly back from Jomsom); and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

Nar Phu Trek
 
Ghorepani (Poon Hill) Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek
 
Annapurna Circuit (Jomsom) Trek

Trip Details

 

Gear List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items to be brought by you to trek in the Annapurna circuit trek. The personal items, are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact he/she must consider is the time of the year, trekking days, region and altitude. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters during the trek and personal belongings of the trekkers that they may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

General

• Duffel or Rucksack bag (Ace the Himalaya will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel/kit bag but one extra big duffel bag is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
• Daypack
• Down Jacket (Your own Down Jacket is recommended but Ace the Himalaya also supply complimentary down which need to be return at the completion of the trek)
• 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Your own sleeping bag is recommended but Ace the Himalaya also supply complimentary sleeping bags which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

• Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
• Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
• Balaclava - The lightweight, thinner variety
• Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses
• Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc., so don't go cheap here
• Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional, a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (Optional)
• A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (Optional)

Hand

• 1 pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
• 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool ).
• 1 Pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
• Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (Optional)

Core Body

• 2 cotton t-shirts.
• 1 synthetic t-shirt.
• 2 long sleeve polyester, or other synthetic lightweight, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
• 1 soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
• 1 hard shell with hood, waterproof, pay particular attention to venting options under / on the arms and inner chest pockets provide convenient access without taking off your pack, truly a great design option.
• 1 medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
• 2 women sports bras Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

• 2-3 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
• Underwear, stay away from cotton
• 2 pair lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic
• 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable
• 2 pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
• 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day
• 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)
• 1 full length loose skirt. Women should plan to wear skirts or pants when walking around Kathmandu.
• All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags

Feet

• 4 pair of liner socks, synthetic or capilene
• 3 pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
• 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail
• 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have wore then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister)
• 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu
• 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional)
• 1 pair sandals (Optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

• Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
• Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
• Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
• Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine
• 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use

Miscellaneous, But Important

• Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
• Airline ticket(s)
• VISA (If required and aquired in advance)
• Immunization Record
• Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport
• 2 Water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 insulator
• Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoid you having to stop and look for it
• Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time
• Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type
• Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
• Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc
• 3-4 Large durable plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry inside you pack. Also nice for separating clean from dirty laundry
• Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
• Large ziplocs are also useful for separating things and keeping them dry
• 2 bandanas
• Ear plugs

Optional

• 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc., especially when going downhill (Optional)
• Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional)
• Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function, remember, keep these items light weight (Optional)
• Binoculars (Optional)
• 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional)
• Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional)
• A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional)
• 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
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