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Annapurna Base Camp trek FAQs

March 18, 2021

Annapurna Base Camp trek FAQs

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trek in Nepal that takes you to the base of the Annapurna massif, a range of peaks in the Himalayas. The trek begins in Pokhara, a city in central Nepal, and follows the Modi Khola river to Ghandruk, a village in the Annapurna region. From Ghandruk, the trek continues to Chomrong, Dovan, and Deurali, with a side trip to Poon Hill for views of the Annapurna peaks and the Dhaulagiri massif. The final destination of the trek is the Annapurna Base Camp, located at an elevation of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with some previous hiking experience. The trek involves hiking through diverse landscapes, including forests, terraced fields, and villages, and offers views of the Annapurna peaks and the surrounding mountain ranges.

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp depends on your personal preferences and the weather conditions. The trek can be done throughout the year, although the weather is generally most favorable in the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) seasons.

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the duration of the trek, the level of accommodation, and the mode of transportation. On average, you can expect to pay around $800 to $1,500 for the entire trek, including all meals, accommodation, and transportation.

It is not strictly necessary to hire a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, as the route is well-marked and relatively easy to follow. However, hiring a guide can be a good idea for several reasons. A guide can provide valuable information about the local culture, flora and fauna, and the history of the region. They can also help you plan your itinerary and make sure you are following a safe and appropriate route. A guide can also be helpful in case of emergencies, as they are trained in first aid and can help you get medical attention if necessary.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trek in Nepal and there are several lodges and guesthouses along the route that offer accommodation and meals. It is important to book in advance, especially during peak season, as the lodges can fill up quickly. It is also possible to camp on the trek, but this requires carrying additional gear and supplies and may not be suitable for everyone.

Trek Highlights:

  • Location: Central Himalaya region of Nepal,
  • Trek duration: 8 to 10 Days
  • Go and Back total Distance – 80 km/50 miles
  • Highest point – Annapurna Base Camp – 4160 m
  • Difficulty Level – Moderate
  • Trek Permits – Compulsory and 2 types of permit cost( TIMS-20USD), ACAP permit(20 USD), so total 40 USD for an entry permit,
  • Cost per day – US$50 per person including 3 meals a day, permits, transportation, and guide
  • Guide –Having a Guide is the best way because there are some risky areas,
  • Accommodation – Guesthouses & Lodges run by Locals
  • Total ascent – About 4,975 m
  • Total descent – About 5,040 m
  • Solo trekkers: Allow to go

On this trek when you cross Sinuwa then you can’t eat meat or even from the restaurants you can’t buy meat item foods because of their strict local religion.

Where is the Annapurna base camp trek?

Annapurna base camp trek is located in the central Himalayan range of Nepal and it is North-West of Kathmandu. This trek lies inside the massif Annapurna conservation area (ACAP).

How many kilometers (KM) is the Annapurna base camp trek?

There are some alternative trekking routes in the Annapurna base camp trek and those factors determine the distance of this trek however if you are doing 10 days (Average trekking days) trek you have to walk about 115 kilometers), which means you should walk at least 12-15 kilometers a day.

How to Book Annapurna base camp trek?

Well, to book the Annapurna base camp trek, there are several ways. You can search on google and find a local travel agency and book with them, or you search for a freelance guide in Nepal you will see a mountain guide profile and choose one of them and book the last option you may know some branded international travel agency from where you can book too. However, in these 3 different options, a local travel agency based in Nepal is the best option because the services are the same as an international agency and the price of your trek is about half so choose a local travel agency. Next, if you are a budget trekker then find a local freelance guide who can organize your entire trip here. If you want all the luxury ways of a trek from your home to the home package then the international agency might be suited for your travel.

How difficult is the Annapurna base camp trek (ABC) Trek?

The Annapurna base camp is a moderate level of the trek. It is not as difficult as the Everest region trek, the Manaslu region trek, and even the Annapurna circuit trek. If you have some trekking experience previously then the ABC trek will much easier. Next, it is a suitable trek for students, researchers, and families.

Of course, ABC trails are made with various stone-made steps and mostly ascending than descending but If you are having an Experience Local Guide and a proper itinerary given by your travel agent then, you will have a pleasant Holiday in the Himalayas.

When is the best time or season to visit the Annapurna base camp?

The Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate-level trek so you may go all months of the year but the best time to visit Annapurna base camp(ABC) is in Autumn(Sep. – Nov.), and the Spring season( March-May). The all different season offers all different experiences though but these two seasons are always best because you will have a clear view of Mountains, Blue Skies, Green Lush Sceneries, Mild Temperature, and perfect weather every day, Trekking to ABC during the spring season is even more pleasant because you get to see more than 12 different types of Rhododendron flowers blooming.

What is the price of ACAP permits?

Permits are compulsory for all trekkers wherever they trek in Nepal except for Nepali citizens. If you are trekking to Annapurna base camp, there are two different permits required- TIMs (Trekkers Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna conservation area permit). There are two different colors of TIMs card, the green TIMs card is for Individual tourists and costs 20 USD per person and the permit cost the same, similarly, group trekkers cost 10 USD per person and the permit cost 30 USD per person. Additionally, for SAARC Nationalities TIMS cost 20 USD) and the permit cost 2 USD.

While you are trekking inside the Annapurna conservation area, you should keep these documents with you and need to show them when there are check posts.

TIMS Cost for individual trekkers:

  • SAARC Countries: $6 US
  • Other Countries: $20 US

TIMS Cost for Group:

  • SAARC Countries: $3 US
  • Other Countries: $10 US

ACAP  entry permit per person :

  • SAARC Countries: $2 US
  • Other countries: $30 US

Where should I buy ACAP permits?

You can get Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP) permits from Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marga, Kathmandu.

Is travel insurance compulsory for the ABC Trek?

Travel insurance is not mandatory for the ABC trek. If you have insurance that is great because we never know what will happen in Mountain. You may get into accidents, Natural disasters, Animal attracts, etc. so traveling with insurance is always safe. You are recommended to have insurance for the ABC trek.

Can I trek Alone (solo)?

It is possible to trek to Annapurna Base Camp independently or solo, but it is important to consider the risks and challenges of doing so. Trekking solo can be more flexible and allow you to set your own pace, but it can also be more challenging as you are responsible for all of the planning and logistics.

There are several risks to consider when trekking solo, such as the risk of injury or illness, the risk of crime or theft, and the risk of getting lost or stranded. It is important to be prepared and to take precautions to minimize these risks. For example, you should bring a map, a compass, and a GPS device, and make sure you have a way to communicate with others in case of an emergency. You should also be prepared for the possibility of adverse weather conditions and bring appropriate gear and supplies.

What sort of food can we have on the ABC trek?

During the ABC trek, you can have a variety of foods, some western, continental, some Chinese, Indian, and Nepali foods. Every Lodge has a food menu and you can have food through the menu. In general, you can have-

  • Fried Noodles, Fry Rice, Pasta, Pizza, set breakfast, desserts, chocolates, sandwiches, Momo (Dumpling food), a variety of soups, salad, plain rice, egg curry, Korean soup, veg curry, fried Potatoes, pancakes, and many more….
  • Coke, Fanta, sprites, mineral water, energy drink, fruits, Local drinks

What kind of Lodges do we get during the Annapurna base camp trek?

Tea House Accommodation

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you can expect to stay in a variety of lodges or guesthouses. These are typically basic facilities that offer accommodation and meals to trekkers.

The lodges along the Annapurna Base Camp trek range from simple guesthouses with shared rooms and basic amenities to more comfortable lodges with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms. Most lodges have a dining area where you can enjoy meals and socialize with other trekkers. Some lodges also have common areas, such as a lounge or a balcony, where you can relax and take in the views.

It is important to note that the quality and availability of lodges can vary along the route, and the facilities may be more basic in remote areas. It is a good idea to be prepared for the possibility of fewer amenities and to bring any necessary gear or supplies.

Overall, the lodges on the Annapurna Base Camp trek offer a comfortable and convenient way to rest and recharge during the trek, while also providing an opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality of the region.

Can we have water from the river or Tap water?

It is generally not recommended to drink water directly from rivers or streams during a trek, as it may contain harmful bacteria or parasites that can cause illness. Instead, it is a good idea to bring a water filter or purification tablets to treat the water before drinking it. There are several types of water filters and purification methods available, such as gravity filters, UV purifiers, and chemical treatments, and it is a good idea to choose one that is suitable for your needs and the specific conditions of your trek.

In some cases, it may be possible to buy bottled water along the route or to refill your water bottles at lodges or guesthouses. However, it is important to be aware that the availability and quality of bottled water can vary, and it is not always a reliable source of clean drinking water.

It is also possible to drink tap water in some areas, but it is important to check with a local guide or the staff at your accommodation to confirm that the water is safe to drink. In general, it is a good idea to be cautious about the water you drink during a trek and to take steps to ensure that it is safe and clean.

How much salary do we have to pay to hire Guide?

The cost of hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the duration of the trek, the level of experience of the guide, and the location. On average, you can expect to pay around NPR 3,000 to NPR 5,000 (approximately $25 to $40) per day for a trekking guide in Nepal. This price may be higher or lower depending on the specific circumstances of your trek.

It is important to note that the cost of hiring a guide is typically separate from the cost of other expenses, such as accommodation, meals, and transportation. It is also important to consider the cost of hiring a porter if you plan to have someone carry your gear and supplies. When hiring a guide, it is a good idea to discuss the terms of the hire and to agree on a fair wage for the services provided.

Is there any chance to get Altitude Mountain sickness?

Yes, during this trip you have to cross quite a high elevation so you may suffer from altitude sickness, we never know. In general, when we cross above 3000 meters people react differently as per their Physical fitness. Hence, before you trek to the Annapurna base camp, you should train a few weeks before the trek. Plus, you have to have some knowledge about mountain sickness, its symptoms, and prevention.

Yes, there is as you will be trekking above the altitude of 3000 meters. Each person reacts differently to the altitude regardless of their physical fitness. ABC trek is not as risky as other trekking popular treks such as Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, and Everest region trek, but still better to be safe while trekking in the Himalayas.

How to prevent AMS?

  • Take rest and acclimatize as per the itinerary given by the travel agency,
  • After 1000m ascents, spent the night there to acclimatize,
  • Drink Enough water at least 3 to 4 liters a day,
  • Drink enough Hot tea and Boiled hot water,
  • Try to eat fresh vegetable food, not meat.
  • Sleep enough but don’t sleep during the Day,
  • Once you reach your guesthouse, you have to hike at least 100 plus meters and go back to the lodge,
  • Do not run up or down rapidly,
  • Avoid Alcoholic drinks and Smoke
  • If you have a light headache, don’t go further up and consult with your guide.
  • If you have proper symptoms, then decent immediately and take Diamox (Altitude medicine).

What to bring for the Annapurna base camp trek?

Here is a list of trekking gear that you might consider bringing for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

Backpack: A backpack with a capacity of around 50 liters is usually sufficient for the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Sleeping bag: A three-season sleeping bag is generally sufficient for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, although you may want to bring a four-season bag if you are trekking in colder weather.

Trekking poles: Trekking poles can be helpful for maintaining balance and relieving pressure on your knees on rough terrain.

Hiking boots: A good pair of hiking boots is essential for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Make sure to break in your boots before the trek to avoid blisters.

Water bottles: It is a good idea to bring at least two water bottles on the trek, to ensure that you have enough water to stay hydrated.

Headlamp: A headlamp is useful for navigating in the dark or in low light conditions.

Rain gear: Rain gear is essential for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, as the weather can be unpredictable and it is important to stay dry.

Warm clothing: It can get cold at high altitudes, so it is important to bring warm clothing, such as a down jacket, fleece

for more details about trekking gear, you can check this link: List of trekking Gear

What about Money exchanges or ATMs along the route?

During the Annapurna base camp trekking route, you won’t get such facilities, so you have to have enough cash or all essential things in Pokhara. There are no ATMs and money exchanges.

Are lodges take USD Euro or AUD, in case If I  finish local money?

It is generally possible to use foreign currency, such as US dollars, Euros, or Australian dollars, at lodges and guesthouses along the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek. However, it is important to note that the acceptance of foreign currency may vary from place to place and it is a good idea to check with the individual establishment to confirm their payment policies. In general, lodges and guesthouses in the tourist areas of Nepal, such as the ABC trek, are more likely to accept foreign currency than those in more remote areas.

It is also a good idea to be aware of the exchange rate and to consider whether it is more convenient to pay in foreign currency or in Nepalese Rupees. Some lodges and guesthouses may offer a better exchange rate for foreign currency, while others may prefer to receive payment in Rupees.

Are Local people speak English?

Well, in the Lodges yes they do speak and can communicate but whoever you meet along the trek, they speak just very basic English.

How to say Good morning and Good Night in the Nepali Language?

In Nepal Language, “SHUVA BIHARI” means Good morning, and “SHUVA RATRI” means Good Night.

Can I go to the Everest base camp trek from the Annapurna trekking region?

Nop, you can not go to Everest base camp and the entire Everest region trek straight right after Annapurna region, But for sure you can visit Everest base camp if you take a flight or Bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The fact is that the Annapurna trekking region and Everest region are located in two different locations,  not in the same region which is why you can’t trek to the Everest region through the Annapurna region.

How much is a plane ticket from Kathmandu To Pokhara?

The cost of a flight ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the time of year, the availability of seats, and the airline. On average, you can expect to pay around $70 to $90) for a one-way ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Round-trip tickets may be slightly cheaper.

It is a good idea to shop around and compare prices from different airlines and travel agencies to get the best deal on your flight ticket. You can also try to book in advance or be flexible with your travel dates to potentially find lower fares.

Note that the above prices are just estimates and the actual cost of a flight ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara may vary. It is always a good idea to check with the airline or travel agency for the most up-to-date prices and availability.

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