Map of the trek, big backpack and a rain cover for it, small backpack, sleeping bag, water purification tablets, toilet paper, toiletries, sandals for the shower, towel, flashlight, spare batteries, reading book,
Toilets and showers
In the beginning of the trek you may find running water, but as you climb, they will become more and more scarce. If you want to take a shower further on the trek, you will have to take a bucket showers (sometimes with hot water).
It is highly recommended to hire a porter (carrier and guide) that will carry your heavy big bag with the equipment, and leave you with the small bag. The porter will also be your guide (no need for an additional guide). It is recommended to hire a porter through an agency to reduce the chance that the porter will disappear with you bag. You can use one porter for two persons, but avoid overloading him. Try to meet with your porter before leaving for the trek to get to know him.
Every walking day starts around 07:00 (your porter will wake you up), stops for lunch around noon and ends at around 14:00 with the arrival to the guest house. An average walking day is about 7 hours.
Going up: 5 days, coming down - 3 days. All together - 8 days.
Costs and Technical Issues
As mentioned before, there is no need for any special trekking permit to travel in the Annapurna region, as it used to be in the past.
Entrance fee to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ACAP is 2000 Rupee (about $28). Be aware that if you pay the entrance fee at the entrance to the conservation area it will be double - 4000 Rupees (about $56). Therefore it is advisable to pay it at the offices in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
ACAP / National Park Office
In the basement of the Sanchaya Kosh shopping center
Tel: 223088, ext. 363
opposite Grindlays Bank
Tel: 061 32275
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00-16:00
Saturday and holidays: closed
When paying the entrance fee, bring along 2 passport photos and a photocopy of your passport.
The cost of a porter is about 400 Rupee (almost $6) per day. about 8 years ago