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The trekking was very good. Also as we had a small group all the arrangements were good. As we did not expected more snow it was fun walking in snow fo...
The trek was exhilarating! Since we went during off-season/ monsoon season, it was not as crowded as every one told it generally is. We were just two w...
About the Annapurna:
The host to not one, not two but six massive peaks of the Himalayas – The Annapurna Massif lies in the northern region of Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp trek is a stunning opportunity to relish the giant. While the peaks themselves stretch over 55km, the Annapurna base camp trek brings you within breath-taking distance of the 7,000m high ranges after a trek of few days from Pokhara. Few mountains can boast of the raw beauty that the base camp of Annapurna possesses! It brings you through oak, pine, rhododendron and merrily dancing rice fields to a silvery carpet of snow and capricious slopes of lush valleys. Annapurna range satiates your thirst for adventure with the unending peaks of the mountains right from Pokhara and before the start of the trek itself, you will be able to gain the picturesque beauty of all the mountain peaks. When you reach Ghandruk, the distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will be possibly seen.
Machapuchare, an important peak in the range is also known as the fish-tailed mountain and protected highly and tourists arrive here in plenty for its exquisite beauty. Natives believe that it is an abode of Lord Shiva. From the base camp of Machapuchare, one can capture the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Moreover, the Annapurna Base Camp is considered to hold a small cluster of lodges that offer the mystical sights of the Annapurna Glacier situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare.
On Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have a wide range of landscapes to be covered and the tricky, long trails that go through the variety of forests filled with rhododendron, fern and bamboo trees. After Sinuwa, while you enter Annapurna Sanctuary, nature becomes dense with seamless forests and greenery. There, oak trees become dominant. The forests coming your way until you reach the Machapuchare Base Camp will have tall grass and tall trees along with some flowering ones as well to make your trails filled with happy smiles.
About the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The trail that progresses towards the Annapurna Base Camp is bedecked with scenery and sights of every kind imaginable. Steady and gradual climbs through its dense forests and fertile terrace fields bring us to be amazed by the majestic and upright peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Nayapul, Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali and the base camp are the spots you will stay overnight during the trek.
Traversing the scenic vistas, over course of nine days you will be engaging yourselves trekking through carpeted ridges and ravines to arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) and finally towards the destination of this epic journey, Annapurna Base Camp, and then back to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is classified as a classic tea house trekking expedition since you will be staying in lodges that can accommodate around 25 people and are run by locals.
- This trek is a great opportunity to interact with the local people and know the Buddhist culture prevailing in the villages and taste the local dishes.
- Since the trekking happens around a vast area of Annapurna Conservation Area, you will be able to spot much rare flora and fauna as it is home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians and so on.
- This is a trek attempted by hundreds of foreigners as well as natives and when it is October, the views become outstanding and the roads will be filled with so many people from all over the world. Experience diversities gets unified by this amazing trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather Conditions:
Most routes leading to the base camp have little danger by the snow cover but you must be cautious in the spring. At the lower elevations, spring brings joy with multiple flowers but at the top, it will be filled with snow. It is a great time to do trekking during the months of the spring season. Also, since it is located at a great height, weather conditions are really fluctuating but autumn season experience quite a steady weather. Hence it is considered to be the most suitable time to do trekking.
At Pokhara, the day temperature will be between 15°C to20°C in October. Night temperatures will be 0 to 5°C. It will fall to 0°C at Machapuchare Basecamp and Annapurna Base camp. Snow cover will not be there to hinder you in October but if you choose April, then you will likely witness snow near to Machapuchare Base Camp and near ABC.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty:
Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a moderate difficulty as it is located at an elevation of 4,130m above sea level with a total trek distance of 115 KM. Which makes up to 10-20 KM per day but it is still very much attainable. If you have never done a high altitude trek then you must prepare beforehand by watching your diet, exercise. If you have done trekking but not as high as this one then you should work on your determination because it would be more difficult than other treks. And if you are a regular trekker then this should not be as challenging for you as it could be.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather:
Spring: Starting from March to May, spring season has a slightly warmer temperature ranging from 17 °C to 20 °C. But it is still the best time to trek after Autumn as the forests come to life with blooming flowers and green trees. The air is filled with the fragrance of the flowers and the clear sky gives an uninterrupted view of mountains.
Summer: Starting from June to August, the summer season is also known as the rainy season with daily temperature from 18 °C to 25 °C. It is also known as ‘off-season’ as the rain leads to landslides in the lower region and avalanches in the higher reason making it very less preferable season. Though you can still trek in the season if you would have prepared accordingly. Having muddy and slippery routes with unclear sky you will find lesser crowd.
Autumn: September to November is the best season to plan a trek. The temperature starts from 15 °C to 17 °C with rain or snowfall. As the sky will be clear, sunrise and sunsets could be seen perfectly. Though you will find the trail very crowded but the trek is worth doing.
Winter: Starting from December and lasting till February, winter days have temperature from 9 °C to 12 °C, whereas the temperature at night could fall down till -15 °C to -20 °C with foggy morning and unclear sky. Although lower regions are dry but upper regions are covered with a thick layer of snow which requires crampons to hike upon and winter clothes are a must.
Quick Facts About Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Duration: 9D/8N
Annapurna Base Camp Temperature: Day: 15°C to 20 °C and Night: 0°C to 5°C
Annapurna Base Camp Altitude: 13,550 ft
Meal Types: Veg Meals
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Pokhara.
On the first day, you will have to arrive in Pokhara, where our representative will meet you and take you to the accommodation.
Overnight at Pokhara for acclimatization.
Meals included- None
Marking the first day of the trek, you will start with a short bus to Nayapul where the trekking begins.
You will first trek downhill to Birethanti by crossing the suspension bridge built over the Bhurungdi River. This small village is where you will be signing formalities with the authorities.
Following this, the trek starts to climb upwards towards Ghandruk via Chane. The trek to Ghandruk is initially flat along the Modi River, before winding till Kimche and rising till Ghandruk.
Spend the evening at leisure in the village and sleep overnight at a lodge in Ghandruk.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, we will leave the village of Ghandruk behind as we begin the trek towards Sinuwa.
The 6 to 7 hours long trek first goes along the Modi River, before diverting away and climbing towards the destination. You will be crossing several boulders before coming across a bridge on the Kimrong River.
The trail then becomes steep till you reach Gurung Village, in Chhomrong by crossing Jhinu Danda. At Chhomrong, we will cross a bridge over the Chhomrong River.
As we hike to Sinuwa from here, the views of forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests will be really mesmerizing.
Overnight at a lodge in Sinuwa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The trek today starts from Sinuwa on a very easy note till we reach Kuldhigar.
At this point, a steep stone staircase will lead you Dobhan through a suspension bridge crossing. The trek for the day is lined by bamboo, rhododendron and Oak forest.
After hiking through the valley to Himalaya and Hinku Cave, you will be reaching at Deurali, which is the destination for the day.
Overnight at a lodge in Deurali.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This day is going to be the most winderful as we begin on the final stretch towards the Annapurna Base Camp.
A simple walk along the River Modi will bring us to Bagar. Bagar is the starting point of the trek to Machhapuchare base camp (3,700m).
After an hour of rest at Machhapuchare and spending some time looking at some of the most majestic peaks towering above 7000-8000m, we will begin the trek that leads us to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
After hiking a little more, we will arrive at the base camp of the South Annapurna. Spend some time looking at the 360 degree veiws of some of the highest mountains in the world around you.
Overnight at a lodge in the Annapurna Base Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After spending some more time in the sanctuary, you will be retracing your steps to reach Bamboo via Bagar, Deurali and Dobhan.
You will pass many waterfalls, caves, temples, and forests of rhodendron, oak, and bamboo.
Overnight at a lodge in Bamboo
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The morning begins with a hike from Bamboo to Kuldhigar to visit the office of ACAP.
From here, you will hike down to a bridge over the Chhomrong River after passing Sinuwa. Crossing the bridge brings you in Gurung Village.
A steep hike downhill will bring you in Jhinu Danda, where you can relax and unwind in the hot springs after a long day of trekking
Overnight at a lodge in Jhinu Danda.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will begin the day's trek by crossing the bridge on Modi River. You will pass many forests and village settlements before arriving at Syauli Bazaar.
Syauli Bazaar marks that point of the trek where the terrain becomes flat till Nayapul. A small hike from here will take you to the offices where you can perform the check-out formalities with the authorities.
After this, you will be crossing the suspension bridge on Bhurungdi River to arrive at Nayapul, from where the bus will take you back to Pokhara.
Spend the evening at leisure, exploring Pokhara.
Overnight at Pokhara accommodation
This morning, you will check out of the accommodation and bring the experience to an end.
You can then move onto you onward journey
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Rated : 5.0
The trekking was very good. Also as we had a small group all the arrangements were good. As we did not expected more snow it was fun walking in snow for full day to reach the ABC. The view was spectacular at the base camp and got quiet good photos. Guide/Porter was very co-operating and helped us a lot while walking in the snow (as we did not had proper shoes to trek in snow :) )
Rated : 5.0
The trek was exhilarating! Since we went during off-season/ monsoon season, it was not as crowded as every one told it generally is. We were just two women in our group, and the guide and porter were very helpful and friendly. However, we felt the communication could have been more proactive from the vendor agency. But the arrangements came together in the end, so no issues. Thrillophilia's rating for difficulty level is apt. This trek is not for anyone who doesn't work out on a daily basis. But as the trek gets difficult, so do the rewards, in terms of the views. Overall, it was everything I wanted and more, I loved the experience of the trek and had no difficulties along the way. I wanted a thrilling and difficult trek, full of breathtaking moments, filled with peace and quiet, so I got that and a sense of being close to heaven and the gods!
Rated : 5.0
The trek was really good, there’s lodges in the whole route , you can carry less for the trek, the view of trek is awesome , the guide and porter are helpful
Rated : 5.0
If you wanna go for this one, do your homework properly. A pretty long one and also the temperature might be serious at times. Most importantly, you must have prior trekking experience. the team was great. they took care of us so well!! it was really a worth the trek. i wll suggest if you have a prior experience then go for the trek you will just have a better time
Rated : 5.0
It is difficult Trek but the experience that you will get at Annapurna you can’t just have it anywhere else.
Rated : 5.0
Guys get ready to walk as it is a difficult journey…but other than that don’t worry about anything as Thrillophillia manages everything for you.
Rated : 4.0
Amazing valleys, beautiful forests, enthralling peaks and plenty of adventure is the key point of this dreamy treka, and trust me, I was all overjoyed right from the starting to the end of the trek. Nice experience, nice trek, nice people.
Rated : 4.0
Annapurna Base Camp Trek was definitely an experience of lifetime. Wow! I had never imagined how beautiful snow actually looks. It was like walking on the Twilight movie set but for real. I still have the sound of chilling wind running in my ears. Never have I walked that much ever in my life, but to get such a view the walk is worth giving a try.
Rated : 5.0
For a moment I believed when my friends told me that if you jump you can actually touch the sky… I was like so damn close to the clouds. Wish I could rewind my trip.
After spending some time at Annapurna base camp, start climbing down to reach Bamboo via Bagar, Deurali, and Dobhan. Spend overnight at Bamboo and head to Kuldhigar in the morning.
During this hike, you will pass by Sinuwa proceeded by the bridge over the Chhomrong river. After crossing the bridge, it will lead to Gurung village and a steep hike downhill will take you to Jhinu Danda.
On the third day of this trip, start your day by crossing the bridge on Modi river. After crossing several forests and village settlements, you will reach Syauli Bazaar. The terrain over this area becomes flat and it will accompany you till Nayapul. After leaving Syauli, cross the suspension bridge on Burundi river to reach Nayapul. From there, take a bus to Pokhara. The trek from Annapurna base camp to Pokhara will nearly take 3-4 days.
September to October and April to June are the best months for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp since these months provide good climatic conditions and nice trekking trails without many hindrances made by snow or avalanche. There will be a lot of flowers bloomed during April-May and in October, the weather will be moderately colder but snow cover will be absent.
No, gumboots are not mandatory for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, proper footwear must be donned while on the trek. Covered shoes, preferably spiked, or even hiking boots may be worn on the trek. Open shoes, sandals and heels must be avoided at all costs.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate to difficult trek, and requires a guide to be navigated. The guide, well-versed in English, will help you make your way through the trail in a hassle-free manner.
As the temperature can fall to extremely low levels in the Base Camp region, it is best to equip oneself with winter wear for the trek. Multiple woolen layers, socks, gloves, hats and mufflers should be carried to the trek.
This will make sure you’re warm throughout the journey to avoid any major health problems. If you’re prone to mountain sickness, it is best to carry proper medication such as Diamox for the problem. Medication for pain, motion sickness, fever, allergies, and other health issues should also be carried and taken if necessary.
Drink plenty of water on the trek to keep yourself hydrated and healthy. Avoid drinking, smoking or any other form of intoxication while on the trek, as this might reduce body temperature and also affect mental stability.
ABC trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek as different topographies are included in this trek. Moving from a lower elevation to the highest at 13550 feet will be a tough task and the routes are going through dense forest, steep climbs and unwinding, rustic pathways through villages. Each day, you will trek for an average of 6 hours and it can easily make you tired by the end of the day.
If Annapurna Base Camp is participants’ first trek then they should start focusing on their diet and work out a couple of months ago. It is 4130 m high above the sea and the entire trek distance is calculated up to 115 km. You’ll have to hike for 10-12 km per day. This marks the difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp trek as moderate. Also, if participants are familiar with trekking and heights then it won’t be challenging.
The cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from INR 27400 per adult.
Mostly, a colder weather can be experience at Annapurna Base Camp since the wide thickets and snow covered peaks are there everywhere. During the on-season for the trek, the temperature level will be higher than in winter and monsoon and it will give sunny days. In spring and autumn, the day temperature may vary from 10-20 degree Celsius and night temperature from 0-5 degree Celsius.
The total length of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is 115 kilometers. The average trekking duration is 10 - 11 days, which implies that you will be covering a distance of 10 to 20 kilometers each day during your trekking tour.
- Trekking shoes
- Backpack (40-60 litres)
- Three warm layers
- Three trek pants
- Three collared t-shirts
- Synthetic hand gloves
- Socks (2 pairs)
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking pole
- Daypack (20 litres)
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, Two water bottles
- Plastic covers and medicine kit with some of the following medicines: Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS), Dexamethasone – one strip, Nifedipine – 5 tablets, Crocin – 6 tablets (fever), Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness), Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies), Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea), Band aid – 10 strips, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 10 packets, Moov spray and betadine.
It is advised to carry only trekking shoes instead of sports shoes for ABC Trek. Shoes with good soles that have a greater grip on the rough terrains and a strong ankle support can be used. Avoid buying new shoes because it can cause blisters.
Try walking wearing the trekking shoes before you come for the activity. Forclaz 100, 500 and 600 are some of the good trekking shoes that can be used for this trek.
If you are selecting the spring season, there will be snow near the base camp only and at Machapuchare base also. But in October, there will be likely no snow cover. In winter, there will be really thick snow sheets everywhere en route to the summit.
While on the trek, if it rains, you will be continuing as per the itinerary along the same trail. Use the poncho to protect your from the rain. The plastic covers with you can protect your backpack. If the rain is heavy and not able to proceed with the trek, the trek leader will ask you take a halt at a nearby place and in this case, you can take a buffer day to complete the trek.
No, Alcohol is not allowed on any trek. It is highly advisable to avoid alcoholic drinks during high elevation treks like Annapurna Base Camp. The consumption of unhealthy things will act as a hindrance while hiking amidst the snowy environment.
Altitude sickness is quite prominent among trekkers while heading to Annapurna Base Camp. It starts to affect after reaching 1500 m to 2000m height. There are several ways to avoid this issue -
- To tackle the altitude sickness over Annapurna Base Camp, get a full medical check-up 6 months prior to the trek.
- Get acclimatized overnight at Pokhara to avoid altitude sickness.
- Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol while trekking.
- Drink plenty of water as it will help in releasing the toxins.
- If you aren’t feeling well then get a porter for carrying your load.
Carry jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the spine chilling cold weather at Kuari Pass. Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc can be the essential equipment you can carry from your side.
As an effective preventative measure for altitude sickness, Diamox is advisable with the consultation of a doctor. Usually, trekkers consume the medicine before starting the trek but its intake should depend on the prescriptions.
ABC trek considered to be a moderate to difficult trek and there is no other way except getting really prepared for the trek to avoid problems en route. Start with cardio vascular exercises and jogging is the best to increase your lungs capacity. Make sure you are jogging every day and increase the distance and speed combination each day. Also do some normal exercises like squats, skipping, swimming that would strengthen your muscles and make you flexible. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshner will also be provided.
The days have an average temperature of 15 °C whereas nights are colder with a temperature of 7 °C to 8 ° C. Temperature in the areas above 4000m can drop down to negative also.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is safe as long as you pre-plan your trek and are equipped with everything you need according to the season you are trekking in. Moreover, make sure you watch your physical fitness along with your diet to complete the trek perfectly.
It would take 09 days and 8 nights to complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek if starting from Kathmandu.
Annapurna Circuit is potentially dangerous if you are not planned properly. Before beginning the trek you should be aware of and prepared for Acute Mountain Sickness, exposure, cold and avalanches. And an experienced guide would be a fine decision who can tell you safety measures for dangerous situations on the spot.
The main difference between Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek is the elevation. Annapurna Base Camp trek will take to an elevation of 13,780 feet whereas Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you as high as 17,770 feet. So, you can choose between these two treks on the basis of how high you wish to go. Keep in mind that with height, the geography of the terrain will also change.
Moreover, the route and time duration for both the treks is different. ABC trek takes half as the time you will take to complete the Annapurna Circuit. ABC trek will lead you to the middle of the circuit starting from Pokhara while covering Sherpa, Gurung, Ghorepani, Dovan and Deurali whereas Annapurna Circuit trek covers the cliffs of the mountain through Manang to Thorong Phedi.
Unfortunately, you cannot see Mt. Everest from the Annapurna base camp. This is for the reason that both the places are situated at a huge distance of about 180 miles from each other. Furthermore, while the Annapurna base camp is located in the western part of the country, Mt. Everest is located in the eastern part.
The trekkers can, however, catch a glimpse of many other popular and important mountains from the Annapurna base camp including the Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and Mt. Hiunchuli.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is not advisable for children under the age of 7. However, older ones with good physical health can surely trek through this trail with their parents.
The only ATM you will find during your Annapurna Base Camp trek is in Pokhara, the starting and ending spot of your trek. You would not find any other ATM facility on the trail, during your hike.
The upper regions of the Annapurna base camp gets covered with thick snow during the winter season, which starts from the month of December and lasts till February. The place remains devoid of snowfall during the remaining seasons of the year.
As you probably already know, the total trekking cost of almost any place generally depends on the number of people as well as the season, when they are traveling. However, the price usually tends to revolve around 27,000 INR to 31,000 INR per adult, at the very least.
Yes, if you are a dedicated nature aficionado, then trekking solo at the Annapurna Base Camp would definitely be ideal for you. As you go higher, the beauty of your surroundings will increase massively, hence, if you are traveling solo, then it would be easier for you to capture everything that is beautiful.
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