Annapurna Base Camp /12 Days – Ultimate Independent Travelers Guide

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is simply the most desired trekking routes in Annapurna Area. This twelve Days plan is specifically made for the trekkers who hoped to accomplish 4130 m from the ocean level on their own. This trek is truly among the world’s well-known Himalayas adventure. The walk-in to the Preservation region gives the life familiarity of the incredible varied natural environment which provide to make Nepal this kind of a special trekking region. Trekking Trail more midway journey lasts for everyone to a venture to admire more and keep an eye on the scenery of the completely different mountain tops with their varied structure of Terrain.

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Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna base camp Trek is a memorable hike throughout exclusive landscape and local tradition along with unique mountain sights, linked areas, pictorial Gurung villages along with a large variety of plants and wildlife. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest peak on the planet. The trek to its base camp, that is at 4130m is truly one of the most favored walking trips in the world. Additionally, we make it to our must-see place through Mt. Machhapuchre (Fishtail) which is often honored by the Nepalese for its actual special attraction. Another, the trail again is going combined with terraced rice paddies, green rhododendron jungles and also higher altitude views with the Annapurna Range in perspective view.

Altitude info graph ABC trek

The setup of Annapurna Base Camp Trek at 4130 m is completely unique and even surprisingly stunning place between the magnificent peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Machhapuchre (6993 m). The Base Camp Adventure will take 8 to 12 days, determined by your own travel plan together with duration of your strolling days. The program in this article uses twelve days, beginning from Nayapul after driven one and half hours from Pokhara and heading north to Ghorepani and reach to the popular vantage point at Poon Hill. Then, you are going eastward to Chomrong after which north once again stepping into the Modi Kola Valley which takes you close to the Base Camp. Afterward, you will back again follow your trekking along the Rhododendron forested acres of the Hinku Cave navigate from the Gurung Community of Chumrong and Landruk, following by Modi Khola (Stream) and we will trek down to till Phedi and take bus to Pokhara. This all will make you the best memorial trip in your life.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal

Days / FromToAltitudeTime
Trekking Destination
1. Drive from Kathmandu (1400 m)Pokhara830 m6 to 7 hrs.
2. Drive one and half hrs. 45km NayapulTrek to Tikhedhunga1540 m4 to 5 hrs.
3. TikhedhungaHike to Ghorepani2900 m5 to 6 hrs.
4. GhorepaniMove to Tadapani2640 m4 to 5 hrs.
5. TadapaniTramp to Chomrong2170 m5 to 6 hrs.
6. ChomrongFootslog to Himalaya2920 m5 to 6 hrs.
7. HimalayaWalk to ABC via MBC4130 m4 to 5 hrs.
*ABC (Mt. Annapurna Base Camp – 4130 m) via *MBC (Mt. Machhapuchhre Base Camp – 3700m)
8. Annapurna Base CampTrek to Bamboo2300 m5 to 6 hrs.
9. BambooMarch to Jhinu1780 m5 to 6 hrs.
10. JhinuHike to Pothana1900 m5 to 6 hrs.
11. PothanaTrek to Phedi and Drive to PKR1130 m2 to 3 hrs.
12. Final Drive from Pokhara (PKR)To Kathmandu1400 m6 to 7 hrs.

Day First: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m) or in Pokhara (830m)

Actually, to go Annapurna Base Camp, everybody should be in Pokhara. Because, this beautiful lake city is the gateway for trekking and expedition to the Annapurna Region. But, question comes where are you? If you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to book a tourist bus ticket for Pokhara. The bus service provided by the agency is very luxury and flexible to travel then the crazy local buses.

Kathmandu International Airport


Another, if you are a new comers & first time travelling in Nepal. Then you will first land in only international airport TIA in Kathmandu. At that time, complete the formalities of inside airport about the VISA processing and come outside the terminal. There you see the lots of taxi parking outside of it. They charge little like US 10 Dollar means (Nrs.1000) to drop you at hotel or Lodges. If you have not booked any guest house or motel or tourist standard lodge, then directly drive to the fascinating center of Kathmandu called Thamel. There are hundreds of hotel, guest house and lodges, restaurant, pubs, disco and bar are run with the mix of traditional and western music.

Day Second: Annapurna Base Camp Trekking – Drive 200km from Kathmandu to Pokhara for six to seven hours or you can choose to fly which is 25 to 30 min.

Wake up early morning and go to the Kantipath nearby Thamel. Which is just fifteen minutes of walk. If you take a taxi even not more than five minutes of drive to the tourist bus station. Number of buses are standing from six to seven’ O Clock in the morning. Most of the them leave at 7 am. So, be sure that what time has it written in the Ticket. Try to be there half an hour early.

Pokhara and Annapurna view

Pokhara Valley View

Now, you begin your travel journey from KTM Kantipath. As you drive for half and hours, you cross the entry point of Katmandu valley. Afterward, the green scenery of hilly landscape will begin with fresh and charm air. When you are in the bus, try to fixed your sit on the right side window. As you driven after crossing the check-out point of the valley for 15 to 20 min from Nagdhunga, you will start to see the mountains from the right side of the hole. As well as, it would be very funny to say for the European and American people that you are driving on our busiest highway of Nepal. Which is called Prithivi Highway named after the former king who united country Nepal from the small confederations state in 18th century. In fact, this highway was constructed by the help of china government in 1967 AD. And construction was completed in 1974 AD. After driving like two and half hours from Catmandu, the buses will stop for the breakfast on the way between. Which is nearby and among the Trisuli river’s restaurants, the river is very famous for the white water river rafting. The view from the restaurant will be amazingly very wonderful that make an excitement to everyone. Even you will have willingness to do rafting one time.

World peace Stupa

World Peace Stupa Pokhara

So again, you will drive 2 and half hours with changing scene of the road and stop for lunch. Afterward, you drive last 1 and half hr. to the Pokhara for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As you reach this wonderful city, you feel like you are entering into next world. You know, how? The place is very noiseless and the Annapurna mountain ranges that reflect on your eyes make you beyond the expectation. The tourist bus will stop at station which is just 15 min walk distance between popular enchanting city of Pokhara. Hire one taxi from the nearby and directly drive to Lakeside. The place is famous for every touristic address part of the city. Where many hotel and restaurants are with western music.
Day Third: Annapurna Base Camp – Drive one and half hours for forty-five kilometers to Nayapul (1070m) and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m) around four hours.

Today, try to move from the Pokhara in the morning time after having breakfast. Whereas, you will have a time to explore a lot on the way between. Hire a taxi from lakeside or from hotel. Firstly, you have to drive Nayapol. Where you begin your trek. After that, you have to walk through wide graveled road and pass to the small town of the area. As you reach to the corner shop of the market, move downward over the stone stairs which might be little bit wet and slippery. Cross the swing bridge and head little forwards through narrow path concerning the village. You will junction with muddy wide trail. Follow the Modi River progressively by viewing the Machhapuchre on the way to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Which is also called Fish tail mountain. Because, the shape is look like tail of fish. Continue your way up to the iron bridge where the prayer flags give good sign on it.

Tikhe Dhunga Image

Tikhedhunga (1540 m)

As you cross the channel, take a left direction over the way to Tikhedhunga. There you see little tea houses at around. Come to an end of the lodges and descend through the cluster bamboo forest. You meet the another way that even the part of wide murky trail. Keep an eye on the beautiful waterfall that originated from the Brungdi Khola or river. Look at the blue sky and at around. You will see the rocky cliff of the mountain. On the way to Annapurna Base Camp trek in the middle there are lots of tea houses. Whenever, you are hungry, grab the food from any of tea houses. By viewing the children clutching their books on the way to school, the local women carrying the mountain grass on the bamboo basket, farmer using the traditional form of farming by ploughing the field, the lovely landscape and terrace field brings you at Tikhedhunga. In late afternoon, you can go for a short walking around the place. There are many things to see like; Beautiful waterfalls, you can go above to see the school, if you go little down then 40KW micro hydropower and natural scenery.

Day Forth: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Tikhedhunga (1540m) to Ghorepani (2900m) for six hours.
On the fourth day, try to move early morning and pack up your belongings before the breakfast. Because, when the sun strike on the mountain, it will be much difficulty to step the toughest part of the trek. Actually, you have to hike 3700 stepping-stones today in the beginning. After crossing the two suspension bridge, stone stepladders will start. As you walk for one and half hours, you will reach to the top of Ulleri. There you can take a stop to have a tea or coffee. Most of the ethnic groups in this part are Magar and Gurung people settlements. One things, I would like to remind that most parts in your day have a stone step. But, the toughest part is only up to the Ulleri height.

perfect image of Ulleri

Mountain View From Ulleri

As you climb up 2210 m Bhanthanti, then you gradually phase forwards and enter into the jungle area. Most of the trees are rhododendron. The national flower of Nepal. Inside the Annapurna Base Camp trail path, you will see the beautiful waterfalls and stream, birds, and animals Langur Monkey etc. And you will reach Nangethanti (2600 m). There you can stop for lunch. This is a good place to have day meal. From here only one and half hours to the Ghorepani. So again, you have to hike inside the forest and must part shade and shadow. As you see the blue zinc roof houses in the beginning then that is lower Ghorepani. Try to give your little more energy for to go upwards to the deurali. There is well managed hotel on the top. As well as the place is good spot for viewing the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Annapurna (8091m) range of the Himalayas.

Day Fifth: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Ghorepani (2900m) to Tadapani (2640m) for five hours after one and half hr Poon Hill (3210m) Excursion.
Today the day is like very enthusiastic. Because the day provide the excellent view of stunning Himalayas. From the 7th top to the 10th highest peak in the world. Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna. As you accomplish to the view point, even you will have a chance to see the world’s largest rhododendron forest.

Poonhill trek final destination

Poonhill (3210 m)

In the fact that, in the morning one hour early you have to do the excursion hike up to Poon hill before the sun rise. The first light from the Poonhill is best of the world. If you don’t believe, try once. Then one time will be not enough. The excellent view from the top is awe-inspiring. Because, we can see the more than 10 mountains very impressive. After sunrise, you can descend and follow the same path to the Lodge. Order for breakfast and go to pack up your things before the breakfast. Until that time your food is being prepared. Afterward, move down little for a while and head up through the rhododendron forest for one and half hours to the top at the same height of Poon hill.

Trekking trail and tourist

ABC Trekking Route

Subsequently, the Annapurna Base Camp trail lead like up and down slater inside the jungle. Continue you pace up to the tea break place. After that, all the way descending over the ridge path by viewing the natural scenery and by enjoying nature walk. You will reach another Bhanthanti, where you can stop for lunch. After having your day meal go ahead and move downwards from side to side the forest and descend. Before reaching Tadapani, so again climb up for around 1 hr. Tada Pani is situated at an altitude of 2640 m from the sea level. The place lies in the junction. Because, every trekker on the way to Annapurna Base Camp and for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek anti clock wise trekkers stay on this place. The area provides the close up view of Annapurna south range and Machhapuchre range. You feel like touching on it.

View from Tadapani Village

Mountain View From Tadapani

Day Sixth: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Tadapani (2640m) to Chomrong (2170m) for five hours.
I think, you will have a good time to had a sleep today. Due to the reason that, you didn’t get moral interval to have a sleep last night in Ghorepani. Coz, you wake up very early and hiked to the Poonhill and got tired. So, when you awaken, you can spend time to enjoy the eye catching view from the lodge. As we go further, the natural view looks very beautiful and amazing experience as well. In the present day, we don’t have much to walk and ‘Annapurna Base Camp’ trial is little bit easy in the beginning and comparatively tranquil head up to the Chomrong.

View from chommrong village

Chomrong Village View Image Courtesy:

After having your breakfast, leave the Tadapani and descend through the rhododendron forest by hearing the sound of birds singing up to the Chuile. After that, the forestry path ends and your trail opens up to attractively terraced fields. Another, from chuile you can see the awesome view of landscape as well as the beautiful mountain view. Now again, so continue your way walking down about 40 minutes and the trace goes steep downhill through the mountain terrace field to Kim rung stream. Cross the suspension bridge (Swing bridges are very communal in the mountainous and hilly regions of Nepal) and walk to Gurjung village. A small settlement of Gurung people. Then, the trail ascends up for the duration of 30 to 40 minutes, then a few more miles of up and down hill trek takes you to Chomrong at the height of 2170m. It is a beautiful village right below the hulk Annapurna massive Himalayas.

Day Seventh: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Chomrung (2170m) to Himalaya (2920m) for five hours.
Wake up early morning around at sunrise time. Come outside from the lodge and feel the nature of great view Annapurna south and Machhapuchre (Fish tail) and Hiunchuli. Have your breakfast in front of massive Annapurna that striking 60 degrees above the Chomrong. After having your morning meal, start your walk to steeply down stairs. One thing, the Chomrung village is hiding place that surrounded by hill side. And all lodges and houses are junction through a perpendicular stone stairway. As you walk, on the middle you can see the shop. There you can buy what you need for the basic travel things like; chocolate or sunscreen cream etc. Afterward, again keep your pace down the set of steps to the Chomrung stream. After crossing the suspension bridge over the river, climb up hill through the 700 stone steps up to the Lower Sinuwa.

Hotel Himalaya during Annapurna trek

Himalaya (2920 m)

So again, have more stepladders till Upper Sinua. Anyway, take a rest there to have a short break like for tea or coffee or cold drinks and enjoy the views. After small halt, Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail lead from side to side in the beautiful jungle that go up for a while to Kuldihar and descend steadily in to Bamboo. Which is best place to stop for the Lunch. You can have your day meal over there. After that, carry on for one hour to reach Dovan (2500 m). Subsequently, pass from end to end a bamboo forest which is moist and emotionless. Then mostly go uphill through the forest which is really enchanted and spectacular. Finally, you get Himalaya Hotel (2930 m). The area is quiet and peaceful to stay.

Day Eighth: Trek from Himalaya (2920m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) for five to six hours.
Today is the final day for you to accomplish at the height of 4130 meter from the sea level. Firstly, you will walk through the forest for a few minutes. After that, open wide on the sun rays with astonishing sights of the river below; following from the glacier. Before reaching hinku cave the walking path will be abrupt day’s climb from end to end drier forest. Next, the way down to the river and come up to Deurali. This is a good vantage point to enjoy the stunning view of Rocky Mountains and hills and seven highest peak Mt. Dhaulagiri. Notice that the plants has converted thin that letting enchanted outlooks of the gorge. The river which is following below and rocky mountain cliff decorated with waterfalls. Then, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail passes through the widen valley and easy to walk. As you walk for a while on some stone set of steps, you will come to trail beats to the rocky cliff and is from time to time steep. As you walk further, to some extend level pathway before heading or climbing to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m).

Annapurna base camp Image

Here, you can take a lunch break and enjoy the perfect view of Mt. Annapurna I, II, III and south as well as Mt. Hiunchuli Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli and of course Fish Tail mountains. After finished your meal, turn left from the MBC and ascend slowly but surely by admiring the splendid view of Himalayas. One thing makes sure that you are in the height and that elevation might affect you due to the thinner air. It is suggested that do not move fast and walk slowly. Definitely, you will have time to reach Annapurna Base Camp after walking little further and feel it is magnificent and amazing. There are limited lodges, so adjust your night comfortably.

Important to notice: In the fact that mountain ranges are holy for the mountainous people and also mysterious to everyone those who visit that part. So, nowadays it is considered that Annapurna signifies as a fulfillment of food which is commonly related with female mode or god. However, without question at this time translated as a goddess of crops. According to the Hindu mythology, Annapurna is for the all-purpose and eternal kitchen-goddess. The mummy who nourishes. Without her there can be not enough food to eat along with will be a wide-ranging anxiety. Her most favored shrine is situated in Kashi, on the shores of the stream Ganga. Her connection with the providing of foods and nutrients and prosperity.

Day Ninth: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) to Bamboo (2310m) for six hours.
Wake up early morning before the sunrise and enjoy the 360-degree mountain views of the Himalayas vistas. Spend your time to take a photos and videos. Actually, the trail today is all the way downward and not very difficult then going upward. As well as, the pace of walking will be much better then heading up. After your breakfast, fallow the same trail through to MBC, deurali, Himalaya, Dovan and lastly you reach to bamboo. Where you can spend your night. If possible you can descend further as well. But, try to save body energy for next day. So, better staying in bomboo.

Great Annapurna Mountain

View of Annapurna Range

Day Tenth: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Bamboo (2310m) to Jhinu Danda (1780m) for five to six hours.
So again, back track to the same trail followed by bomboo forest. In the beginning, you have to hike as usual part up to Kuldi ghar which you had descended before stop lunch break at Bamboo village. After again, follow the stone stairs from the Sinuwa and cross the bridge, track goes on stone steps as you reach Lower Chomrong. Climb up on the thousand stepping-stone that takes to Upper Chomrung. Take your lunch somewhere tea houses. Afterward, steep down towards Jhinu Danda that is famous for natural hot spring. As you reach, book a lodge where you are going to stay. After that, take a swimming suit and towel and shampoo and move downwards through the forest to the bank of Modi river for half and hours. At the corner side, there is small pond where you can enjoy taking natural hot bath. Spend some minutes and come up to lodge and relax with reading or writing diary with dinner.

Modi river enroute

Modi River Along the Trail

Day Eleventh: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Jhinu Danda (1780m) to Pothana (1890m) for five to six hours.
Take a good time to have your morning meal. Then, descend smoothly from the stone stairs up to stream. There is wooden bridge. Be careful while crossing. As you cross, head up little and see the landslide part. Be quick on that section for few second. Because, stone might fall from the up. Continue your way by passing the small tea shops that lies around. As you walk over bamboo and rhododendron forest after one hours you come to New bridge. Take a short break for water or drinks. There are nice tea houses as well. Remain walking over the narrow trail, you see two ways. Prefer the upper part. Because, downward bridge is old and little bit risky to cross. On the next, after few minutes of walk you will see new suspension bridge that is much better to cross and luxury as well. As you pass, follow the right direction straight forwardly.

Landruk village view

Landruk Village

Be alert, some where the trail is creepy. See here and there, you can perceive the stream, waterfall and river with beautiful forest and stunning landscape. Gradually, the back tracking of Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail goes upwards but not heavily and finally you reach Landruk. A small Gurung village. Stop to have a lunch break. After that, climb the stone stairs for little time and move straightly through the wide trail. Sometimes, even you can see the four-wheel jeep running. Give your own pace by passing the forest and villages in between. Till three hours you will reach Pothana. A lovely place, from where you can see magnificent view of stunning mountains very close up. Overnight stay in any of the lodges. Foods are very tasty and delicious.

Day Twelfth: Annapurna Base Camp – Trek from Pothana (1890m) to Phedi (1130m) for two and half hours and drive back to Pokhara around half an hour.
Your trek is very momentarily close to end. After your breakfast, all the way descends by viewing the nature and Pokhara valley. In between, the trail in the beginning is inside the forest and you will come to the open widen path. At last, descend from the stone stairs cases. And you will complete your dream of Base Camp Trek as you reach Phedi. From Pheddi, you can hire a taxi and another option is local buses as well for 30 min to Pokhara.

Pokhara during day time

Pokhara Nepal

Must Remember Before You Trek Annapurna Base Camp

Permission Cards
Especially for the foreigner, those who are interested to trek Annapurna Region should obtain the TIMS Card and Conservation Area Trekking Permit from the department of Immigration. Why…?

TIMS Card Permit: Actually, TIMS is the abbreviation of Trekkers Information Management System. Firstly, Nepal is a trekkers heaven due to the great Himalaya trails and its emergent attraction. A setting up of TIMS has been applied to guarantee the security and safety of the Himalayan trekkers and to prevent from illicit trekking procedures. In the area where the trekking permit is necessarily not important, there even you need to acquire a TIMS card. For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek – This is essential because to keep the appropriate record of the trekkers that can help for your protection and safety.

Trekking Permit Card

For an example; if you are in trouble by natural catastrophes or from any other unforeseen accidents, then the info collected by TIMS can help you for search and rescue or evacuation operations purpose. There are two different color of TIMS cards; Blue for the organized group trekkers, which cost US $10 and Green is essential of independent trekker, charge US $20 per person. This passes have to be achieved prior of your trek. For the Independents trekkers, in order to obtain this permit need to attain at the office of Nepal Tourism Board or TAAN Secretariat in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Do not forget to take a passport copy and two passport size photographs and you need to fill up the TIMS application form.

Conservation Area Permit: In Nepal, 28000 Sq. km. land has been covered as a protected area which include Ten National Parks, Three conservations area, 3 wildlife reserves and one hunting reserve. Among them, Annapurna Base Camp lies in Annapurnna conservation area and managed by the National Trust of Nature Conservation, which you need to acquire an entry permit prior of the trek from the office of National trust that is inside the Nepal tourism board office of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Even for this permit you need a copy of your passport and 1 passport size photo. Entry permit fee is NRs 2000 (About $20 US Dollar) per person.

Accommodations on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You will find yourself visiting one among the highest possible region on the planet. A couple of weeks you will be far from any specific roadways. All things are delivered with donkey or even on a simple human backside spine. Some may be quite fortunate enough to have tea houses/lodges along the route as far as base camp. Just about all have roof line on the top. A major commonplace they do have dining room space that serves hot dishes. Number of them have modern western toilets, electric power, warm shower bathroom. Room designs are available in twin occupancy. As they are very simple that made of wood bed along with “durable” mattress model. You should carry your own personal sleeping bag to help you stay warm and comfy though.

Accomodation In Annpurna Region

Certain rooms are ordinary in which you might have to share with 6 to 8 persons. It is even a related comfort at that elevation. However, don’t expect to get actually an accommodation two to five stars in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. October is actually busy. Nevertheless, there’s not at all pre-booking in most cases. Basically, all bedrooms are on firstly come first facilitate basis. Wake up earlier and then head to the next holiday lodges well ahead of time. Get start with your days walking rather sooner than later and thus accomplish early. So that you can possess the ideal probability of fixing a very good room. Whereas in busy time, your days might be different to Group People Itineraries. And at that time make a final decision to sleep at night in general be regarded as while lunch stops. The accommodations are simple not as complex. But the truth is you will certainly have a great welcome by the lodge proprietors. Think about using a guide and porter. Due to the fact, they can direct forward to booking your rooms in particularly busy times.

In the city area like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you can find the different variety of foods available in the hotel and restaurants like; Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Continental, American, Italian, Indian, Spanish etc. But, on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek along the trail in tea houses or lodges. Foods are in static choice that they will provide you a quite all-inclusive menu, from where you have to choose. Like: Dal vat classic food while Trekking in Nepal which include lentil, rice and vegetable curry that are grown locally. Other meals include Roti, flat bread which is also called chapatti with curry, fried rice, momos that are steamed, everything from pancake to macaroni with cheese, muesli, egg any style, toast, Tibetan or Gurung bread etc. and even apple pie and pizza are available. Another, Food is cooked by local people who are well trained that can satisfy the guest requirements those are visiting and staying to their lodges or tea houses.

Food In Annapurna Region
Do not Forget: Carry some finger food with you like Snickers, Chocolate bar and others dry food which can give an energy. Coz, there might not be fixed to have your lunch due to gap of lodges on the way trekking and even for long drive.

Suggest you to drink treated water, boiled or well filtered waters. Actually, tap water of the villages are not very safe to drink unless you put purification tablet or drops for till 30min. If you have quality filter bottle, then can be to some extend safe and friendly with the environment. Nowadays, many tea houses on the Annapurna base camp are sincere about environment and they do not prefer to sell sealed bottle of mineral water which is available in one liter. Even if you want to buy, it would be very expensive (Nrs.100 to 150 per liter). Because, plastic bottles caused an environs problem and they do not want to sell it. Even as you go trek to this part, you see the huge piles of plastic bottle behind the lodges. They didn’t find any alternative to do with that substances. No transportation services to deliver and not recycle.

Water tape in Annapurna Region

So, now most of the villages have purified water stations and they buy twenty liters of single bottle water from where you can refill in your own water bottle with the cost Nrs. 50 to 70 per liter. If possible, it is also suggesting you to bring two liter of water bottles or large hydration bladder to fill up at the lodge. Hot water bottles are also great for keeping warm at night for drinking in higher altitude.

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness is one of the major things to know when heading towards high elevation. In this Annapurna base camp trek, you will start your trekking from 1070 m and goes to 4130 m from the sea level. As you move rapidly at the height of 3000 m, acute mountain sickness will arise. It will manifest itself a many major symptoms like; Severe headache, sleeplessness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lots of coughing etc. Do not disregard these warning sign. Otherwise, more thoughtful indication can happen which can even cause death within a few hours. The care for height illness is to descent directly to the lower elevation. There is no substitute for medicine to going down. In point of fact, how your body face and manage? Do you get sick? This is an ideal question for everybody but nobody attentive on. The major keys to give for safe, comfortable and successful trip are as follows:

Info-graph of Altitude Prevention

Stay in warm and comfy: Bring particularly warm clothes along with you throughout the day for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Pack and carry sufficient heat clothes in your trekking bag. Like; Hat which covers face and neck, hand protection gloves, socks, thermal and down jacket that should be waterproofs.
Keep properly hydrated: Sip water at least four to five liter every day that count in liquid like tea or soup.
Keep your own walking Pace: this really is considered as an exciting holiday rather than a sports function. Halt for drinking tea-like drink at a camp, take snap shots, be seated and then look out up at the nature and mountains. Enjoy yourself!
Intake balanced and healthy diet: the holiday lodges offer you a wide selection of warm and nutritious meals. Pump up your entire body appropriately in addition to it will certainly heal you proper.
In spite of how sound of condition you find yourself in (or even feel that you are in), all people are vulnerable to AMS. When you feel headache in Annapurna Base Camp Trek – that make you discomfort, simply just drink up plenty of water. If this doesn’t decrease have a Tylenol or even identical pain-relieving. Don’t attempt to scale too hurriedly. You will have the whole day to reach the upcoming camp or lodge. Diamox can then be used for prolonged and mild signs or symptoms. But, the proper remedy for AMS is always to descend. Annapurna regions offer you really good two-way communication along the trails which makes them very simple paths while wanting to descend to lower elevations. That is why these particular parts make the perfect selection for the first time trekker.

Laundry in the Part of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
In the major urban area like Kathmandu and Pokhara, laundry shop or the hotel give you a same day service. But in the trekking, you have to use your hand to wash your clothes. Use bio- degradable washing powder or soap which you can buy in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Especially, to cleansing the sucks and wet soft t-shirts you need detergent or soap. At last, you need to depend on sunlight or heater for dry. In most of the tea houses, they have a fire wood heating system and above they do have managed rope binding system. Any of your wet clothes, you can hang it over there. When you go to bed, you can take all your dresses. Moreover, you are going trekking for couple of weeks at the remote part of the region. And you may carry two-three cotton or nylon T-shirt and 2-3 pair of sucks except other stuffs. At that time, you need to wash these items anyhow. Otherwise, bad smell makes you discomfort and stinky.

In the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, most of the tea houses have offered some internet Wi-Fi facilities. But, they charge per person at the cost of Nrs. 100 to 200 (depending on the places) with unlimited service. That is very unique in such a remote part of the region. For mobile or cell phone, in some area it may not be possible to get a signal. But, most places along the trekking route are available.

Internet Facilities in Annapurna Trek

Internet Facilities

If you have dual SIM mobile, then you can buy a Ncell and NTC Sims card from any internet café in Kathmandu or Pokhara, whereas you can buy a 3G data pack and when the signal comes, you can even run the internet along the trekking. Lastly, in some tea houses/lodges along the trail, if the Wi-Fi does not work very well then you would have an option to use mobile data pack.

Safety is the major concern while you go Annapurna Base Camp trekking to any part of the region in Nepal. We suggest you to carry your own safety bag for your valuables. Like; camera, passport, money etc. See carefully before leaving the place. Use money belt to keep the cash. Without your attendance, do not keep any cash inside the room in the tea houses/lodge. Nobody will responsible for your values things. Especially, cash amount is very important to keep with you all the time. Do not leave cash and other essential stuffs lying around in the room. Alert with pick pocket all the time or in crowd places. When you are travelling from authorized agency and you get guide/porter, do believe them that they do not harm your any items.

Health Issue
While you go for trekking in Nepal, there is no risk as far as your health condition must be ok. One thing, there is no any precise health requirement to entry into Nepal. Visit to your doctor at your home country for your required vaccination or inoculation and high height medication. Prescription for any sensibly predictable sickness necessity drugs need to be brought with you all the time while you go Annapurna base camp trek.

First Aid Kit requirements

Because, as you go outside remote region from Kathmandu and Pokhara, the pharmacy and hospital will far way and also far between. Even if we find some medical small health post on some specific places in the trail, there is no fix what supplement medication might they do have. Due to the limited supply of sufficient medicine, you have to carry with you the adequate requirements in your small first aid kit. Common problem that might be occurs in the trekking are de-hydration, diarrhea, fever, headache, tonsil, blister etc. So, make your plan accordingly.

Travel Insurance
It is required when you get serious trouble in the Annapurna Base Camp trekking. So, take out a comprehensive travel insurance from your home country. It can be a common condition you need to covered with insurance against medical-related as well as self-accidents issues. This insurance coverage should include things like unexpected emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue facilities and even medical-related charges. Additionally, recommended that you must obtain holiday trip cancellation insurance coverage as well. You should be informed that certain regulations will not include, or maybe limit, deal with for this form of tour. You have to make sure that the insurance policy that you undertake must guarantee an acceptable standard of security and insures for the fun-based activities concern. Make sure you should have evidence of insurance like your own protection certificates along with you on the trip. Otherwise, it will be problem for your rescue and evacuation when you get serious in the entire trip.

Best time to trek Annapurna base camp

Mid-December to Mid-February is rather chilly and Mid-June to august is monsoon period of time and its actual wet. So that you might choose to stay away from that as well. This leaves to pick up you with September to November and also Mid-February to Mid-June. Throughout September, the monsoon would have just ended which in turn offers the incredible scene of mountain ranges. It can be neither too hot nor too cold, so the climate is simply suitable. Trekking in Beginning of Springtime (Mar-May) before the monsoon can also be highly recommended because the rhododendron jungle et cetera blossom at a lot along with the scene is beautiful. Finally, it is pretty hard to predict about the weather of mountain due to recent global warming has directly affected on Himalayan region. Most of the time even in winter and rainy season the weather is very clear. Therefore, decide which can be perfect season to suit your plan.

Money Matter for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

It is the fact that, when you are trekking to remote part of Nepal’s mountain. Definitely, there is no chances of changing the foreign currency or travel cheque except in the bigger city like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Even if you have lesser known currency, it’s better to change in Katmandu. Nepal authorized currency is Nepali Rupee or Nrs. Make sure for small money when you exchange outside foreign currencies into Nepali rupees. Small denomination that in Nepali rupees are one, two, five, ten, twenty, fifty, hundred, five hundred and 1 thousand. Because, you need a cash money for your local payment like budget for drinks, lunch, breakfast, dinner, entrance fee for sightseeing, tipping or tips, emergency fund, extra expenses etc. This is to inform you that on this Annapurna Base camp trek you have to estimate at least minimum 2500 to 3000 Nrs (US$ 25 to 30 Dollar) Per day per person.

Money matter in ABC trek

Another, when you are travelling to Nepal, as much as possible try to bring the major convertible currency which is exchangeable easily; USD, GBP, AUD, EUR, HKD, Swiss franc, UK Pound Sterling, CAD, JPY, AED, CNY etc. to see more Foreign Exchange Rate.

Do I need to hire a guide or Porter for this Annapurna base camp trek?

If you are physically fit and had already been to higher altitude independently then you don’t need any guide or porter. It is depending on you. Another, if you are first time trekking in Nepal and have never been to high height then better taking both of them. Because, they can help as you are in trouble condition. Actually, they are for your safety and security.
Guides are an educated people who help you in translating the language and he/she give you lots of information about the place, culture, history of the area. When you get serious problem they can help you at any time. Their role in your Annapurna Base Camp trekking or trip will be informing, directing, advising you before and during the journey. Their responsibility is to make you informative, interesting, ensuring safety and giving the relevant information about the places where you land up the next. If you have any question, issue and concern, you can let him know. He will be very happy to explain you. Main thing is that, he is certified by Government of Nepal and he pass the training organize by Ministry of culture, tourism and civil Aviation. Most of the guides are proficient in English. And they are expert in trekking related subject only.
Porters are the low income people who help you in carrying your belongings except your day pack which you carry. They have very low salary and major sources of income will be your tip. They struggle very hard to carry your belongings up to high altitude. He/she will have major contribution to complete your trek comfortably. Nowadays, young boys are influenced with trekking and ready to carry your belongings. In fact, without a porter very rarely can be a high altitude guide. Many of the guides struggled from as porter. Come to the point now, some of the tourist even take only a porter for the Annapurna base camp trek. Only the fact is that some of the porter they know very well English. But, most of them cannot speak English dialect. When you are in problem then they cannot help well as far as guide can do.
In conclusion, trekking solely can be enjoyable, but it is certainly not for everybody. Don’t hesitate to hire a guide or porter (or both) as those people major sources of income is trekking with you. And also help to remove many risks in the trekking and will make your trip more extraordinary and lifetime experience.

Physical fitness
Fitness is most important when you are planning to trek in higher elevation. All people with a proper health and fitness are capable of doing this adventure trip and also can accomplish well-known Annapurna base camp. When you find yourself strong and healthy, really like to trek, have an open and clear thought to diverse ethnicity and feeling of grand adventure, it is possible to make this goal true. You have to have balanced and healthy diet where the holiday tea lodges provide you with so many different warm and balanced recipes. Another, to keep fit it is also recommended that you can go swimming, jugging, strolling on steps with trekking boot at any places or at home town.

Respect People and Culture

Social Tradition in Annapurna Region
• Accept local specialty: Talk in Nepali or Community dialect to the best of your talent. Don’t dress in exposing clothes. Keep hugs for personal moments.
• Appreciate Personal privacy: Request before take pictures of people or non-secular sites. Don’t enter into houses without invitation.
• Leave behind antiques exactly where they belong.
• Discourage begging and motivate fair to deal.
• Always keep up your eyes, ear and your mind open, not just to learn from your hosts, but even to influence correct behaviour. Be yourself as a good example for some individuals; spread the words in relation to ecotourism in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
• Do not raise your voice, embrace anyone or show your anger. A traveler who wish to have a successful trip should always remain cheerful, happy and calm.
• Try to buy the things which are local that can make your trek unique and directly benefit to the indigenous.
• Be aware of outs who claim to be a representative of company.

Necessary equipment for Annapurna Base Camp trekking

Necessary equipment for trekking
• Buy the waist strap bag that is comfortable to carry.
• Light shoes to wear in the lodges in the morning and late afternoon
• Trekking Boot
• Two three nylon or cotton T-shirt
• Sleeping bag
• Swimming suit
• First-aid kit
• wind and water proof trousers
• Light weight cotton trouser
• Light weight thermal globes
• Suntan lotion or cream
• Warm sweater that protect chest
• Down or fleece jacket
• Woolen hat
• Rain coat
• Torch light / head lamp
• Sun glasses with UV protection
• Sun hat, ensure it has a wide bream to cover the face and neck
• Small wash towel
• Two three pair of socks
Above check lists are basic requirement. But, use your own practice and judgement to make your decision.

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