Annapurna Circuit Sep-Oct - Sleeping Bag Necessary?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2012 11:45 PM Last Post By: pelke
Sep 8, 2012 9:01 AM
Annapurna Circuit Sep-Oct - Sleeping Bag Necessary?We are going to do the AC from mid Sep to mid Oct.
As we would like to pack light, I wonder whether sleeping bags are a must. I heard a couple of different opinions, one suggesting they're necessary due to extreme cold and lack of blankets in some of the tea houses, while the other claims they're only important for hygiene reasons (in that case, a liner or a couple of sheets will also do the work, I assume).
Would you please help us solve this puzzle? We would be happy to get rid of the extra weight and space, but not if it means we will freeze :)
Sep 8, 2012 11:19 AM
1Personally I would Always take a sleeping bag – However IF you really want to travel light then no doubt you would be able to get away without one – But by doing so you would then be restricting yourself to the higher end lodges or possibly depriving a local of their blanket if you stayed in the smaller lodges – If you are thinking of the latter then Definitely take a liner as the blankets are rarely (If Ever) washed.
Good Luck and Happy Warm Trekking
Sep 8, 2012 11:46 AM
Sep 8, 2012 12:23 PM
3I did the Annapurna Circuit in the beginning of this year. In all the tea-houses we stayed there where blankets. One blanket pr person - and you have to pay to get one more! They are a little bit smelly – so if you don’t bring a sleeping bag bring a silk/cotton sheet! I used my sleeping bag a lot - and was really glad I brought it.. It was really cold at night and some of the tea-houses are really basic (some places with wind trough the room!) But if you don’t want to bring one from back home you can just rent one in Kathmandu or Pokhara.. Or if you go trough a trekking company maybe they have someone you can rent or borrow
Sep 8, 2012 2:44 PM
I suggest taking a bag.
It's a busy time so there might not be enough blankets to go round and at high points of the trek, e.g. Thorung Phedi at over 5,000m. one blanket will not be warm enough, two might not be.
Having a sleeping bag gives you ertainty. Maybe therest of your kit list could be trimmed to save weight?
Sep 8, 2012 2:51 PM
I really recommend that you bring a sleeping bag. I have seen porters sleep in their trekking clothes because all the blankets are taken. I've also seen them very cold, trying to sleep because they didn't have access to a blanket. They really depend on the blankets. Personally, I think it is responsible to bring your own sleeping bag. They just don't weigh that much. A good -10C bag weighs a kilo or less and really doesn't take that much room. If you don't own a quality sleeping bag, rent one in Kathmandu. Please don't set the opportunity for a porter to get cold at night!
I have seen porters get cold in both big and small lodges. If it's a cold night, too many trekkers ask for the blankets, and even a large lodge can run out.
If carrying a sleeping bag is just too heavy or bulky for you, I suggest you hire a porter. Porters cost around $15 USD/day in the Annapurna region and one can usually carry the gear of two trekkers. That really doesn't cost very much compared to how much you spent to travel to Nepal. If you hire a porter, you may make a friend for life.
Sep 8, 2012 3:04 PM
6Thanks for the info, guys.
If we're gonna take sleeping bags we'd rather buy than rent, and possibly leave them to other tourists/locals at the end of our trip.
Any recommendations about the type of bag we should get and where to get in Kathmandu?
Sep 8, 2012 3:14 PM
I bought a sleeping bag in KTM this year and it was good value and decent quality particularly when compared with much of what is on offer in Thamel. Shona's bags are made in the shop owners own factory in KTM and the goose down is ethically sourced from Australia. The 4 season bag should keep you warm.
Shona's is on Jayatha in Thamel near Kilroy's.
Bags can be rented too and they are clean and in good condition - you can check them. Doing this means you could give the money saved to an NGO such as Porters Progress or, if you buy, give them the bags.
Sep 8, 2012 8:36 PM
8A trekking mate purchased a sleeping bag at Shona's last fall. She also purchased their 4 season bag. It's a great bag for the price. She's been very happy with it. As scoodly mentioned above, they also rent bags too. You can buy lighter and higher quality bags in the States, but you'll pay 3 to 5 times as much.
You want to get a mummy type, goose down bag, rated to a comfort rating of - 10 C. Before you rent or buy one, climb inside it, zip it up, and make sure it fits you. Each manufacturer cuts bags slightly different. Some are tight fitting more suited for skinny people, while others have more girth. You want enough room so you don't feel confined, but you don't want so much room inside that you have a lot of extra space to heat up.
Sep 9, 2012 11:45 PM
9I recommend bringing a sleeping bag, but just don't over do it on the temperature rating. I had a -10C bag and could not sleep in the zipped up bag anywhere along the trail. I unzipped it and used it as a blanket and was still too hot at most locations. If you go with a 0C bag, you should be warm enough even at higher elevations (wear a base layer at highest elevations and you should be fine).
The 0C bags (down) tend to be very light and compress to a very small size, so won't take up too much room in your pack. You'll be glad you have your own sleep set-up as the bedding is not always the cleanest (although, I must say, I was surprised just how clean it was at several of the lodges).
I sold my bag when I got back to Pokhara as I wasn't going to needed it for the rest of my trip. The shop paid me about 1/3 of what I paid back home (new). Your milage may vary :-)
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