Team Asha – Annapurna Circuit

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Bahar, Chiran, Hemang, Mahesh & Pinnaak.

We are long distance runners who enjoy the challenge of trail ultras. While training for the 53km SRT Event (Sinhagad Rajgad Torna near Pune), we trekked up and down Kumara Parvatha, discussing the idea of a longer and harder trek. Thus  began the plans for Annapurna Circuit and the start of the AC Team.


First get together for planning and prep

It’s hard to articulate reasons that any of us take on voluntary challenges. However, we all enjoy the beauty of nature and the sense of “flow” that an endurance challenge induces for us. Being “with” the Himalayas for 12 days may be reason enough. But we have also added an important goal of raising funds for children’s education.

Each of us has a certain credibility, built through the challenges we have undertaken and our achievements and accolades in endurance sports. We want to bring this credibility to you to vouch for the cause of Asha and its impact.

We feel lucky in being able to take on this challenge, and financially support our own journeys. We are excited to share our adventure with you. Please contribute generously and boost our steps each day with your support. If we can change the lives of even one child through this journey, it would enrich us all.

Why Asha ?

Because we want you to feel fully confident in giving. You may have been unsure in the past of where to give and whether the impact is worthwhile. We can confidently connect you to Asha as a high-quality, high-impact organization to which you can confidently contribute.

Asha funds education for underprivileged children in India. Based in the U.S. with chapters in India (under the name Asha Trust), it is rated a “full confidence” 4 on 4 stars by an independent organization that reviews such NGOs, called Charity Navigator. Asha has been around since 1991 and is known for its deep involvement with grass roots partners and thinking holistically about education within the community context that the children belong to.

Asha is also known for being excellent stewards of money, with long term relationships with each of the schools / projects that they deal with. They insist on regular reviews (12-18 months interval) on how the project has implemented its programs and how it has spent the budgeted funds. Volunteers also play an advisory role as “Project stewards” (the person assigned to being the point of contact for each school), offering external perspective and oversight.

Asha is apolitical and secular. It is transparent in its dealings (public meeting minutes & finances), meticulous in its documentation (every project has its own website with historical details of every budget proposal, Site Visit report, QnA session etc), and an unusual non-hierarchical organization that has grown with the digital world to make decisions democratically over technology.

Nearly 100% of your contribution goes directly to the projects and the children. The organization is unusual in its low overheads (< 5% for both Admin + Fundraising costs = exemplary in its space).


DateNormal PlanAggressive Plan
Sat Mar 12Fly to Kathmandu
Sun Mar 13Sightseeing
Mon Mar 14Permit: Travel to Besishahar & Chama
Tue Mar 15Lower PisangUpper Pisang
Wed May 16ManangManang
Thu Mar 17RestIcelake Manang
Fri Mar 18Shree KharkaTrilocho Lake BC
Sat Mar 19Trilocho back to Shree KharkaShree Kharka
Sun Mar 20 (peak)Thorong PhediThorong Phedi
Mon Mar 21High Camp
Tue Mar 22Muktinath
Wed Mar 23Kag Bandhi
Thu Mar 24Jomsom
Fri Mar 25(Travel to) PokharaPokhara
Sat Mar 26Kathmandu
Sun Mar 27Fly back
We will be covering ~18 – 20 km (11-12.5 mi) / day for 12 days
The entire circuit will be ~220 kilometers (~138 miles)
Our total elevation gain will be ~4600m (~15,100 ft)
Highest point will be Thorong Phedi / pass @ 5416m (~ 17,770 ft) above sea level (~111km [~69 mi] into the journey)
There are tea-houses and guest-homes along the way where we plan to stay overnight.
Most of us ran between roughly 40-50 km a week, making sure to get in some good leg strength training, stair climbing (with weights to simulate the backpack) and already had a good level of conditioning from prior ultra race events.
We will carry food and water for the day, but also clothes and necessities for our entire 15 day trip. What we each consider “essential” varies from 6kg to 15kg of backpack weight.

Body wearHead wear
Inner Garments (2-3)Sun Hat
Inner Layer Thermals (1)Beanie
Middle Layer (Fleece) (1-2)Buff
Wind/waterproof Jacket (1)Sunglass
Down Jacket (1)Hand wear
sleeping wearInner Gloves
Trekking Trousers (1-2)Outer Windproof Gloves
Hiking Shirts (2)Footwear
Bags and BackpacksTrail runners / Hiking Boots
Backpack/Rucksack.Trekking Socks
Foldable DaypackFingers/Toe warmers
Rain Cover if backpack not water resistentGaiters
MedicationSleeping Gear
PrescriptionsSleeping liner
(For upper respiratory / abdominal infections)
Ear Plugs
(To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness
Foot Powder
(To keep your feet in better condition)
Anti-inflammatory TabletsFace and Body Moisturizer
Cotton roll (1)Lip Balm
Dressing-gauze (5-6 pieces)Toilet Paper
Band-Aids (10-15)Toothbrush and Toothpaste
(For treating mild headaches)
Hand Sanitizer
(To protect your body from cold)
Baby Wipes
Antiemetic (To prevent vomiting)Shampoo
(To get relief from the moderate pain)
Shower Gel
Loperamide (For treating diarrhoea)Towel
Omeprazole (Medicine for gastric)Plastic Bags
Insect RepellentAccessories
Water Purification TabletsHydration Bladder/ bottles
Skin Blister Repair Kit
(For treating the blister caused by boots)
Trekking poles
Necessary DocumentsWaist Belt
(For registration at the entrance)
(Easily attainable at Tribhuvan Intnl Airport)
Head Torch
Travel Insurance
(For your safety and security)
(Possibly no ATM on the high elevation)
Electronics and Gadgets
TicketsMobile phone and Charger
Credit CardPower Bank
 Dairy & Pen
 Portable games


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