Considered as one of the world’s most classic walk routes, Annapurna base camp trek (ABC) leads you right into the foothills of Annapurnas and up close to an amphitheatre of 7,000- 8,000m high mountains.
Beginning the journey from the peaceful town of Pokhara (827m), you steadily ascend up the valley through eternal waterfalls and lush forests. Gradually, you gain more height till you finally reach the southern base camp (4130m), just in time to catch the first rays of the sun gilding the tips of the Annapurnas.
Moreover, the pleasing sight of rhododendrons spilled over the hills, especially in spring season, gives an additional appeal to the trek. It’s worth adding a couple of days to your itinerary, for other side trips and excursions, in order to extract the best from the majestic beauties and dramatic sceneries scattered over the area.
Now, after having known what the trek is all about, you must be tempted already to walk the entire Annapurna region. But, before that, why don’t you allow me to help you get acknowledged to the necessary details that might just come in handy.
Basic Trip Info
- Duration: 13 days
- Maximum Elevation: 4130 m (Annapurna South Base Camp)
- Starting Spot: Kande
- Finishing Spot: Nayapul
- Mode of trek: Teahouse/ Camping
- Grade: Moderate to Fairly Hard
- Group Size: 2- 12 (size at times depends on trekkers’ say)
- Trekking hours: 5- 6 hours per day
- Height of Mount Annapurna: 8,091 m (26,545 ft)
- Height of Annapurna South Base Camp: (4130m)
- Himalaya Views: Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m)
- Best Season: Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May)
You need to pack up your gear and clothes as per the season and altitude, however, while packing for Annapurna Base Camp trek following equipments are essential:
- Backpack to carry gears/ trekking equipment, clothes etc.
- Daypack to carry your important personal stuffs/ equipments for the day
- A good pair of trekking shoes/ lightweight boots.
- Socks (3-4 pairs).
- Water and wind proof outer shell jacket and pants.
- Sleeping bag
- Basic first aid kit and personal medication.
- Sunscreen and sun hat.
- Water purifiers like iodine tablets, filters etc.
- Headlamps with spare batteries.
- Hand sanitizers.
- A travel guide book and map.
Difficulty Level and Fitness
ABC is a fairly challenging but highly rewarding trek, demanding physical fitness, positive attitude and strong determination.
- No technical climbing
- No vertical climbing
- No difficult high passes
- 5- 7 hours of walking
- Lots of ups and downs crossing side spurs to the main valley
- The risk of avalanches between Himalayan Hotel and Machapucchre Base Camp
- Base Camp is sometimes closed due to the level of snow in winter
- Chances of altitude sickness so devote enough time to acclimatization
The trip cost varies according to group size and services.
- Package cost (estimated): US$ 1,041.09
- Guide: US$22.00 per day or Euro 17.00 per day
- Guide/Porter: US$ 20.00 per day or Euro 16.00 per day
- Porter: US$ 15.00 per day or Euro 12.00 per day
- Average teahouse cost: US$3 to US$5 (depending on off season and peak season)
- Cost of Dal Bhat (Rice, pulse soup and curry): US$2- US$ 6
- Cost of one liter of bottled water: US$1- US$2
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card: US$ 20 per person
- Annapurna national park permit: US$ 20 per person
- Day 1 Land at TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport), escorted to a luxurious 3 star Hotel
- Day 2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
- Day 3 Fly to Pokhara (20min) and trek to Australian Base Camp (1990m) 2 hours walking
- Day 4 Trek to Landruk (1640m) 5 hours of walking
- Day 5 Trek To Chomrong (2020m) 6-7 hours of walking
- Day 6 Trek to Bamboo (2310 m) 3- 4 hours of walking
- Day 7 Rest and side walks
- Day 8 Trek To Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3900 m) 3- 4 hours of walking
- Day 9 Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4131 m) 3 hours of walking
- Day 10 Trek to Jhinu Dada
- Day 11 2 hours trek to Nayapul and one hour ride to Pokhara!
- Day 12 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Leisure
- Day 13 Farewell!
- Well equipped lodges and tea houses available
- Extensive menus, ranging from the typical Nepali Dal Bhat (rice with lentils) to Pizza’s and Spaghetti
- Hot showers are readily available in most of the places
- ATMs are available in some of the places but not in all trekking routes
- Travel and health insurance is indispensable.
Hope you got the general information on Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
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