Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Asmita Pulami December 4, 2018
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular and fascinating trekking regions and traveler’s number here are second only to Everest Region. Easy walking through diverse landscapes with majestic and breathtaking scenery makes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4200m), commonly known as Annapurna Sanctuary. Enjoy mountain views, thick bamboo and rhododendron forests and a mix of cultures unparalleled by other treks as you venture deep into the Annapurna Himal.
Annapurna Base Camp trek route offers outstanding views of Annapurna South, Himchhuli, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, Poon hill and many other gorgeous mountains. It is a unique trek that passes through lush dense forests, quaint Gurung and Magar villages and terraced farmland along with enormous glaciers. This trekking region is a wonderful combination of mountain scenery & the rich cultural diversity bisects wide spectrum of lush rural farmlands and pretty villages which includes the indigenous tribes of Nepal carrying the captivating cultures and traditions.
Also it is rich in natural vegetation and wildlife with different species of rhododendron, various species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and more than 450 species of different birds. The visit to Natural hot spring of Jhinu will certainly attract you for refreshment. Annapurna region has many other fascinating trekking area and route like Ghorepani poon hill, Annapurna round, Jomsom trekking, upper mustang trekking, Dhampus trekking, Nar Phu valley trekking and Ghandurk village trekking.
The Itinerary in this website is Outline for this trekking. But it can be modified as per your requirement.
Best Time to Trek Annapurna Base Camp
The best season for the trek Annapurna Base Camp are; first the late September-November when the weather is dry and warm, the sky is clear which means that you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape complete with the Himalayan vise and during this time, the weather is pleasant with efficient sunlight and warmth.
The second is the start of spring from March-May when the trek can be affected by the rain but the flowers are in bloom. This would be the appropriate season for the keen botanist travelers.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost
The Annapurna Base Camp trek can be done on a very low budget. Around Rs.2500 is the common and sufficient daily expenditure on a trek to Annapurna Base Camp trek.
What to pack for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek so there are no any special things to be carried by the trekker’s. However, the weather of the mountainous region is not predictable so you need to carry some common equipment like down jackets, thermal shoot, torch lights, sunscreen, sun-glass, sleeping bag, water bottle, woolen cap, trainer’s shoes, warm socks, rain jacket and most importantly walking stick. These stuffs are almost sufficient for this trek.
Food on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You can get any types of food you wish to have, most commonly Nepali, Indian and Continental. A lot of the tea houses are available there which are very hygienic and cheaper. Hot and cold beverage is also available there at very reasonable price.
While trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, trekkers can get enough amount of running water which is not appropriate to consume directly. So, trekkers must carry a purifying stuff or carry treated water from the tea house. Cold water can also be bought from the local shops.
Accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Accommodation facilities are basically available in the tea houses which are clean, facilitated and warmer. The rooms will have a comfortable bed covered by a white sheet with a pillow. Most importantly trekkers should eat the food at the same place in order to get a room as the tea houses expect the business.
Transportation during Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from the Nayapul which just an hour and half drive from Pokhara where you can go from a public buses, taxi or a private vehicle. In some emergency cases one can also use horses for the transportation to the nearest motorway.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Guide and Porter
A trekker can trek to Annapurna Base Camp without guide and a porter as a single trekker. However, taking guide and porter along makes a trek easy and comfortable. It will be easy for a trekker to overcome any challenges during the trek and they can easily be aware about the climatic condition, rules, regulations, cultures and many more other things if they have a guide with them.
Permits for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Since the Annapurna Base Camp is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, both solo and group trekkers are required to obtain an individual ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit. Next, trekkers are also required to obtain TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card in order to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. This permit is valid for single entry only and must be carried during the entire trip and shown to the concerned person at check posts, upon request. TIMS card can be obtained at the offices of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara and TAAN Secretariat at Maligaon and TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara .This permit is non-transferable and non refundable. Also, this permit only allows trekkers to enter the designated places within the conservation area.
ACAP Permit for SAARC Nationals: Nepali Rupees 200
For other Nationals (other than SAARC countries): Nepali Rupees 2,000 (Approx. US $20).
TIMS permit: Nepali Rupees 1,000 (Approx. US $10).
- Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age.
- Two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry Permit.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Exhaustion & Altitude sickness:
As Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trek it does not have much difficulty. But still the common problems like exhaustion can be felt by most of the travelers while on a long trek. Altitude sickness is one of the problems some of the trekkers face in mountainous region.
Weather is also the most important factor to look upon when planning for a long trek or travel. Annapurna Base Camp Trek also has some specific seasons that are best and some are not at all recommended. Regarding the difficulty of this trek, it is very moderate and doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness levels so anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature walking during this trek.
They must drink plenty amount of water and take good nap to eradicate all these problems. However, if you have well trained guide, they help you to overcome all the difficulties that come during the time of trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Annapurna Base Camp trek start up to you. Trek itinerary will be 7 to 12 days from/to Pokhara and 2 to 4 days transportation day from/to Kathmandu depending on your time and level of your physical fitness.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (Fly/Drive by tourist bus)
Day 03: Pokhara to Tikhe Dhungha (1525m)
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)
Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m)
Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 07: Chhomrong to Doban (2540m)
Day 08: Doban to Deurali (3170)
Day 9: Deurali to Annapurna Base camp
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp descend to Sinuwa
Day 11: Sinuwa to Ghandrung (1940m)
Day 12: Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara (910m)