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Trek safe in winter Annapurna Circuit

Trekking in the Annapurna Circuit is always amazing. In the winter season, when the weather gets colder, most of the mountain will turn white covering by beautiful nice snow. Even it is not a peak season, the stunning view always attract certain adventurous tourist to visit. However, it also requires more awareness and mountaineering skills to handle more unexpected situations. A guide's profession is become more important.

Posted in Adventure, Trekking on Mar 29, 2023

Trek safe in winter Annapurna Circuit




Trekking in the Annapurna Circuit is always amazing. In the winter season, when the weather gets colder, most of the mountain will turn white covering by beautiful nice snow. Even it is not a peak season, the stunning view always attract certain adventurous tourist to visit. However, it also requires more awareness and mountaineering skills to handle more unexpected situations. A guide's profession is become more important. 

One time, I was guiding a group of Chinese guest in the Annpurna Circuit, including 2 gentlemen and a lady.

We took local Vehicles from Kathmandu to Nadi, Lamjung (1700m) and do rest there. From next day we started trekking after having breakfast and stop only for lunch and water break. Every day we keep on walking watching natural beauty like waterfall, beautiful lakes, green trees, tasting local food and apples of Manang. Only one day we did rest in Manang (3500m) main village to visit Gangapurna Pond.   

Very soon we were able to reach to Thorongla high camp (4900m) and rest one day for altitude adjustment and check for the weather. In the next morning 4a.m. I found the weather in a good condition, so we decided to start doing the Thoronla Pass (5416m) after breakfast.

During the process, I found my female guest feeling uncomfortable at the height of 5200m. I immediately put down the bag and check her condition. I thought it would be better to get her a horse to ride to the nearest safe area. But due to the off-season time, we were unable to find a horse. So I decided to carry both bag of hers and mine directly to the top first to seek help, then get back to her. When I get back I saw her leg was not walking properly, it was difficult for her to reach the top. I looked at her, she was about 65/70kg, but I knew it was my responsibility to keep her life safe in the first priority. So I made my decision to try my best to carry her. Slowly walk we finally reached to Thorongla Top (5416m) successfully. My guest all feel so happy to achieve the mission, and my female guest also felt better slowly.


Because we look a longer time in the Thorongla area, we had a tight schedule to get down to Muktinath (3800m) before sunset.

We tried out best to walk faster, but with all the snow and ice, we could only walk slowly. Soon, the light start turning dark in the evening.

On the way, we saw one foreigner alone laying down hills where there was a lot of ice. The place he slap was also difficult to get up or going down. We were so shocked. At the moment I could not bear to see people suffer in risk. Not only as we Nepalese people are always friendly and kind, as a guide, I also believed I should be responsible to help the needy people in the mountain. So I told the foreigner not to worry. I told my guest to stay and look after his safety, while I hurry run little bit down side to search network and call the rescue team to save him. Fortunately, the rescue team arrived quickly and soon bring him up.

At the end, we all arrived hotel at Muktinath safely in the dark night. I felt glad to see smile in the foreigner's face with a second life. I also feel how much important to be a professional guide to secure my guests to have a safe trek.