Accomodations Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 12:45 PM Last Post By: Gipton_1
Mar 19, 2013 12:02 AM
Accomodations Annapurna Circuit Trek?Hallo travellers,
My boyfriend and I are planning to do the Annapurna Circuit Trekking next november. We want to do this without a porter and/or guide. I was just wondering if it's necessary to book accomodations in advance or if it's possible to just show up at a lodge along the route, so that we can be more flexible in our itinerary. I hope someone can give us some advise on this!
Thanks in advance!!
Mar 19, 2013 12:57 AM
1While November is the peak season there is always room in some lodge, if not in the most preferable one. The usual method to make a reservation is to send a runner (porter) ahead to reserve rooms, as in the past lodges had no phones. Now it might be possible to reserve ahead if you know the number for the lodge owners cell phone. On the other hand I have never heard that anybody would have been left outside on the AC, get up early and start walking at sunup, this way you are at your destination a bit earlier than most and have a wider choice of rooms. Like you said, not reserving ahead means you can go as little or much as you like each day. I would not worry about it too much (I have walked AC 4 times).
Mar 19, 2013 2:27 AM
2I agree with Petrus.
If you do not have a Nepali with you, then even if you have a phone, have the lodge phone numbers, and even if someone answers the phone, there could be all sorts of language/understanding problems, especially as some of the phone "lines" in Nepal are not at all clear and accents are more pronounced on the phone.
Even if you do manage to "book" a room, what usually happens is that a room is not secure until you actually turn up - so even if a room is "booked", if lots of other people get there first they will almost certainly be given rooms first. Lodge owners worry that if they keep a room and people do not turn up, they will lose vital income - trekkers can be unreliable, as they can for example underestimate how long it may take to get to a particular village.
Also the booking systems may be chaotic, and open to all sort of misunderstandings, so my advice would be to just turn up early in critical places and choose on the spot.
I did the full AC, including several side trips, for the 3rd time in Dec 2012, but the lodges were very quiet, as it was "low" season, even though the weather was good apart from 3 days. Nov will be a lot busier.
When we were at Thorung Phedi in Dec 2012, one of the largest lodges there had just burnt down - I don't know whether it will have been replaced in time for Oct/Nov 2013 - if not then TP will be very crowded...
Edited by: rdccomments
Mar 19, 2013 2:28 AM
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