The most spectacular trekking trail of the world
One of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, caters the incredible taste of Trekking in the Himalayas.
This high glacial basin, Annapurna Base Camp is located directly north to Pokhara. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, Machapuchhare, Annapurna I and Hiunchuli respectively, this oval shaped plateau seats at an altitude of over 4,130 m (13,549 ft).
The magical landscape in and around the Annapurna Base Camp is also called “sanctuary” because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna (8,091m) and Gangapurna (7,455m).
The trekking adventure to Annapurna Base Camp starts from Nayapul which is two hour’s drive from Pokhara. Then lead to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp through Ghandruk and Chhomrong. From there it head towards the Annapurna Base Camp and the ideal trek to the foothill of majestic Annapurna concludes by arriving to Jhinu Danda through Dovan.
Day 1 : Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga
Day 2 : Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
Day 3 : Early morning hike to Poon Hill & trek to Tadapani
Day 4 : Trek from Tadapani to Chomrong
Day 5 : Trek from Chomrong to Himalaya Hotel
Day 6 : Trek from Himalayan Hotel to ABC via MBC
Day 7 : Trek to Bamboo
Day 8 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
Day 9 : Trek from Jhinu Danda to Tolka
Day 10 : Trek from Tolka to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
Most of the trail you walk (or any trekking trail of Annapurna Region) is through the protected region of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
[Note: ABC & MBC stands for Annapurna Base Camp & Machapuchare Base Camp]
The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq mi) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas.
When To Go
March to May (spring) and September to December (autumn) are the best months to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The days will be warm and nights will be usually cold with cool breezes. Those of you who are willing to fight the cold can also do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in the months of January and February.
Cost and Permits
One must be registered in TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) before starting the trek. As mentioned, most of the trekking trail to ABC is inside the protected area of Annapurna Conservation Area. Fees for entering the conservation areas are as follows:
- For SAARC Nationals Nepali Rupees 200. (Approx. US $2 per person)
- For other Nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepal Rupees 2,000.(Approx. US $200 per person)
Entry Permits available at the following locations:
- Kathmandu: Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh Building, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu.
- Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Centre, Pardi Damside.
Mostly, TIMS will be registered by your trek company after you arrive in Nepal.
Note: Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age and two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry Permit.
The highlight of the trek is not only the majestic beauty of the Himalayan scenery but also the rich cultural experience of the Gurung villages and their inhabitants that you meet along the way.
Majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal.
Not an entirely difficult trek, Annapurna Base Camp trekking is an unique experience for adventurers, beginners and experts alike.
Planning to trek Annapurna Base Camp! Remember the maximum altitude you will ascend during trek will be 4,130m. So, you need to be fully prepared for the harsh conditions.
Have an idea of AMS (Acute Motion Sickness) or also referred as Altitude Sickness. Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, difficulty in sleeping and lack of energy are the symptoms of AMS.
The altitude sickness mostly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet) and most people can ascend to 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) without difficulty.
It is advice to not to continue (ascend) if you have any symptoms of AMS. It is better you move to lower altitude as soon as possible.
As you are constantly walking/trekking (4 to 5 hrs a day) the secret is to pack lightly as possible. Here is some gears and equipment you need to pack during your trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
Gears & Equipment
- Hiking boots (long lasting boots) make sure you break them well before arriving in Nepal. One could spend up to 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail.
- Soft and light shoes (Rubber shoes/sandals/sneakers) carry a lightweight shoes for after the day hike.
- Sunglasses (geniuses UV protected) the sun rays are particularly strong the higher you go.
- Lightweight sleeping bag, essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
- First aid kit containing paracetamol, burn cream, bandaids , antiseptic cream, water purification.
- Other/Optional Extras : Trekking poles (for rough terrain), Wallet (bring lots of small changes), Trekking bars (energy bars), Gloves (windproof).
This Annapurna Base Camp enables you to enjoy the best of what the Annapurna Region has to offer making it the perfect go to adventurous holiday in Nepal for those with limited time to spend.
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