Annapurna Base Camp Trek Ultimate Guide

  October 23rd, 2019


Annapurna Base Camp trek explore the beautiful Annapurna sanctuary area. The setting of Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m is unique and incredibly spectacular, set amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchre (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). The legendary trek of Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal offers us one of the fantastic and very memorable trekking experience, beautiful snowcapped mountains and crystal-clear blue sky created a mesmerizing atmosphere.

Annapurna Base Camp trek begins with amazing day ride from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal to heavenly city Pokhara. We officially start our trek from the Landruk at 1620 m altitude and follow the upward trek to Chomrong (2210m), gradually Dovan(2600m), Deurali (3230m), and Machhapuchre Base Camp(3700m) until we arrive at the striking Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m altitude. During our trek to Annapurna, we will find several other treks that are combined so many different landscapes and brings us so close to the Annapurna Base Camp.

ABC Treks Highlights

  • Encounter with the ethnic Gurung Village and explore their unique cultures and traditions.
  • Trek through the rhododendron, oaks, and bamboo forests
  • Explore numerous perennial rivers and suspension bridges
  • Glimpses of the rural Nepalese lifestyle
  • Organic Nepalese meal (Dal, Bhat, Tarkari)
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna Massif  
  • Overnight in the shadow of Annapurna at Base Camp
  • Bathing in the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda
  • Explore the World UNESCO heritage sites at Kathmandu

Earthquake Update for Annapurna Base Camp

After the earthquake, Nepal has returned back to normal. Affected areas buildings are modified and rebuild, old harmed structures are replaced with the new construction.  The Government of Nepal, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has declared and guaranteed that every destination of Nepal is safe and secure to visit and explore. Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal is also a conservation area which is considered as one of the safest regions for trekking and hiking in Nepal. It is the region where the earthquake had not touched anymore.   


When is the best time to do Annapurna Bas Camp trekking?

Although the Annapurna region is extremely cold and adverse weather condition, throughout the year in Nepal there is a certain time, which fit best to trek Annapurna Base Camp.  

Spring Season

Spring Season consists of March, April, and May months of Nepal. As regarding spring season at Annapurna region is quite similar to Autumn season, where the temperature is mild, precipitation is usually low and the splendid views of the Mountains are not interrupted with the cloud. In this season the temperature of the region only goes down up to 15 degree Celsius, that is why most of the trekkers consider this is the ideal time to visit.

Autumn season

Autumn season falls in the month of September, October, and November in Nepal. This season is one of the best and warmest seasons in Annapurna region of Nepal. The very low temperature in this season is 10 degree Celsius, so people preferred this season as their one of the best seasons to trek in Nepal. In this season, the weather and temperature are clear and fine to make pleasing trek onwards and have close views of the mountains. 

Summer Season

While talking about the Summer season in Nepal. The summer season in Nepal is monsoon seasons, where the temperature is high and receive torrential downpours. In this season, the Annapurna region is evolved in the clouds and the trekking route is being muddy.

Winter season

Winter season consists of December, January, and February months in Nepal. In Nepal, this season is a cold season, whereas you trek as higher altitude the winter will get a lot more chilling. The temperature in this season at Annapurna region can be as low as – 19 degree Celsius and the warmest temperature is merely 7 degree Celsius. In this season, the precipitation range from 5mm to 14mm, even though the cloud in this region will be very low which will allow you to have splendid views of the Himalayas.   

Annapurna Base Camp trek route/ itinerary

After exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square) of Kathmandu, we will begin our journey to Annapurna Base Camp. With the splendid views of Mountain including Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri, we will enjoy the amazing flight to Pokhara. As you reach the paradise city Pokhara and you can enjoy boating in the famous Fewa Lake with amazing views of the Himalayas. From Pokhara, we will also begin our drive journey to Nayapul, from where we will begin our official trek by following several villages such as; Ghandruk, Chhomrung, Bamboo, Deurali, and finally, reach to Annapurna Base Camp.

Bathing in the natural hot spring and enjoying stunning mountain views during the trek is really amazing. As we are close to Annapurna Base Camp, we will also enjoy majestic views of Himalayas; Annapurna Himal, including Annapurna South (7279m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna III (7855m) Ganagapurna (7485m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchre (6993m), and many other stunning peaks. After reaching over there you will explore Annapurna Base Camp and its spectacular surrounding.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu - (1360m) 
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara - (910m.) 6 Hrs Drive
Day 4: Pokhara to Ghandruk - (1990m) 5 hrs walk 
Day 5: Trek to Chhomrung - (2210m) 5 hrs walk
Day 6: Trek to Bamboo - (2350m) 5 hrs walk
Day 7: Trek to Deurali - (3140m) 5 hrs walk
Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp - (4130m) 5 hrs walk
Day9: Trek to Bamboo - (2335m) 6 hrs walk 
Day10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (Hot water springs) - (1780m) 4/5 hrs walk 
Day11: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara city. - 7 hrs walk
Day12: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 13: Rest Day at Kathmandu
Day14: Final Departure

Trekking Permits and Costs for Annapurna Base Camp

The cost of Annapurna Base camp trek depends on the various factors that include the size of the group, season, Itinerary, destination, food, accommodation, and other essential things that you prefer to do and take with you during your trek.

Annapurna Base Camp is also a conservation area, where trekkers required to obtain an entry permit. They should have trekking permits such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS card. Trekkers can take trek permits and TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board Office at Kathmandu and Pokhara.  If you are travelling through the travel agency, then there is no point to worry because the agency will arrange everything’s for you. Generally, the cost of Annapurna trek permits and fees include as follows:
  • ACAP try permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR (Approx. the US $30)
  • ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
  • TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)


Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment Required

Before heading to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, trekkers have to know what are the essential and necessary gears and equipment’s needed during trekking. Generally, the following items are recommended for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. To put all your equipment’s, you have to buy a perfect backpack. There will be Porter to carry your daypack with water, snacks, a camera, and rain gear. Here are some other gears and trekking equipment.
  • Sleeping gears include a tent (necessary for treks with camping), Sleeping pad, sleeping bag (–15° bag will suffice on most treks) and Silk liner.
  • Hiking Gears include Backpack (size depends on whether or not you have porters), Camp shoes (your reward after a long day), Hiking boots* (break them in beforehand), Wool socks (bring a few pairs of varying thickness), Trekking shorts, Lightweight trekking pants, T-Shirts (lightweight wool is great), and Underwear
  • Cold Weather Gears include Long underwear/Wool thermals, Fleece, Sweater, Waterproof jacket and pants, Heavyweight pants for high elevations (also good for camp), Heavy down jacket (can be rented in Kathmandu), Winter gloves, Winter hat, and many more.
  • Other Accessories includes water purification (pump, tablets, or SteriPen; bring from home), Baseball cap (the sun is strong at all elevations), Water bottles (at least 3 liters total capacity), Hiking poles (lessen the impact on your joints), Headlamp with extra batteries, Sunglasses (essential when you cross snow line), Reading materials (Kindle may be best), Journal and pens, Camera with extra batteries, Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, camera, etc.), Heavy-duty duffle bag (preferred by porters), Gators (many people wear them but they are not mandatory), and many more.
  • Personal Supplies includes Sunscreen, Face/body wipes, Hand sanitizer, Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.), Biodegradable bar soap, Biodegradable washing liquid, Throat lozenges, lip balm, Medications (Ibuprofen, others if necessary), and many more.
  • Extras Gears include Duct tape (fixes just about everything, at least temporarily. To avoid carrying an entire roll wrap the desired amount around a pencil), Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport, First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters), and many more.


Some Frequently asked questions

Before making Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal, most of the trekkers are more curious about the destination and some other related question. Frequently asked questions are mention below with the exact solution.
What are the difficulties of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered as a moderate trek in Nepal, which do not require technical climbing. But the trekking trail of Annapurna Base Camp trek goes through the different terrain, rock steps, several ups and downs trail, and another unexpected trail as well. So, it will be better to take a short training program and practice some trekking practices. It will require some technical skills and techniques. Proper accommodations and rest will surely accomplish the summit. 
What type of physical fitness is required for Annapurna Base camp trek?
Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal is moderate trek which demands average physical fitness with general technical skills. It doesn’t require experience but should have knowledge of technical skills.  

What types of food, accommodation available during ABC trek?
During your trek to Annapurna Base Camp trek, trekkers will provide three times a meal that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Trekkers will get wide options of European, Chinese, Indian, Italic, and Nepalese food to choose from in the major city of Nepal, but if they trek in the remote area of Annapurna region then they will only find organic Nepali food. Usually, Nepali meal includes Dal, Bhat (Rice), Vegetable, milk, and many more. In breakfast, trekkers will be provided with eggs, bread, tea, and coffee.     
Do I need Guide or Porter to trek ABC?
For Annapurna Base camp trek in Nepal, Guide and Porter are necessary. To enjoy fully organized package, there must be guide or porter. High Venture Plus will provide you with a professional, well-experienced and licensed Guide or porter for your Annapurna Base Camp trek. Experienced guide or porter have well knowledge about the place, community, and their unique cultures and traditions.  Porter will carry your baggage and guide will guide you and provide your one of the best trek experiences that you ever experienced.   
Is there ATM facilities available during trekking?
Trekkers will get ATM service only in the major city like Kathmandu, and Pokhara, but as they trek in the remote and higher altitude, there will not be any kind of ATM facilities. So, it will be better to carry Nepalese rupees with them.
What about altitude sickness of ABC trek?
Normally, trekkers will face altitude sickness when they get started to trek above 3000m. Annapurna Base Camp trek is at the 4130m altitude so, you have to be careful about the sickness problem. If you feel uncomfortable with the altitude, then do please inform to your guide or porter. Trekkers may face a different kind of altitude sickness such as; Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema.  AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a common sickness, which can be seen especially for novice trekkers and seems hangover, dizziness, headache, vomiting muscle ache, nausea, and many more symptoms. HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High-Altitude Cerebral Edema) are quite dangerous and life-threating sickness, which may impact on the direct trekker’s lungs and brain. In such case of emergency, there will be a treatment so as not to be a worry for it.   
Do I need travel insurance for ABC trek?
Travel Insurance is compulsory for every trekker in Nepal because it will cover both medical and emergency evacuation cost. It will be always better to have travel insurance. Trekking in the high altitude may occur unpredict accidents, injuries, altitude sickness, or other health issues so, if you have travel insurance it will be helpful.    
What kind of accommodation do I expect during the trek?
 Trekkers will get luxurious accommodation facilities in the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara, but they will be provided very basic accommodation during their trek. Although beds are quite small, no need to doubt about neat and clean beds with comfortable mattress. In the remote area, the bathroom should be shared.
How do I get safe drinking water?
Along the way, you can get mineral water but it will be almost impossible to get mineral water in the higher altitude. In the tea house or guesthouse, you can get boiled and filtered water but during trekking, you have to drink water by adding Iodine drops or tables. Everywhere you can get water but it should be purified to ensure that it is safe and secure to drink. Trekking guide or porter will provide you iodine drops or tablets along the way.

Some Tips for Annapurna Base Camp trekking

We will provide you with some tips about the Annapurna Base camp trekking. We mention as below:
  • Nepali meal set (Dal, Bhat, Tarkari,) will provide as enough as you need except meat while having dinner or lunch. 
  • Need to carry enough Nepali cash because there may not be ATMs services.
  • You may have to pay for transport and entry fee for ancient monasteries and museum, so carry around $150.
  • Add some contingency days as you might need one more day for acclimatizing or exploring the place.
  • Do not trust every people that you encounter during the trail.
  • Expensive gears can be rent if it is not used in the future.
  • Public display of affection is not welcomed and wearing revealing dresses will earn you unwanted criticism.
  • Take a photo after permission.
  • For any kind of meal, you have to order otherwise it may take a long time.
  • Before heading take proper precautions about AMS/altitude sickness.


Conclusion

If you are wondering to experience an adventurous hike in the classic trail of Annapurna Base Camp in Annapurna region of Nepal with amazing views of the Himalayas, do please inform us, High Venture Plus, who is always ready to make it feel.  Vast snow-covered summits, 17,000-foot passes, white alluring glaciers, stunning world’s deepest valley, pine forests, remote villages, ancient monasteries and many more will always welcome you during your trek. Learning different cultures from the villagers is really amazing this trek offer you too.  

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