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Annapurna Base Camp trek FAQs

March 18, 2021

Annapurna Base Camp trek FAQs

Annapurna base camp trek is an unbelievable outing in the central Himalayan range of Nepal. It is 10 days back high elevation walking trail that goes through the various verdant forest, striking landscapes, and Cultural Gurung Village. The scenery changes quickly as you gain elevation from the Tropical to Semi-Alpine Zone. Annapurna base camp trek offers magnificent views of the High Mountains for instance: The view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Baraha Shikhar, Hiuchuli, and many other neighboring peaks covered by thick snow. Further, are you planning your Annapurna base camp trek? Can we help you? Do you have any confusion regarding the trails and localities? If so, Annapurna base camp trek FAQs definitely help your ABC trek. Annapurna base camp trek FAQs give you all particular information from which you never confused about the trek and you can make this trek without facing any problems.

Annapurna Base Camp trek (ABC) 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 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 day (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)?

Very Big yes, you can trek to Annapurna base camp independently. If you have a guide that is better but you can trek by yourself if you want. ABC is not a restricted area so, you can trek lonely too.

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

In this trek, Accommodation is wisely developed compared to the past 10 years. Now there are many choices of lodge below Sinuwa. That means, below Sinuwa, you can have a room with an inside bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi, charging facility, etc.

Likewise, further up from Sinuwa, there are also nice, clean, and colorful Guest Houses. In the upper region, you can’t get a private hot shower in the room but still, you can have a shower at a specific place, they give.

However, You can have a private room with a twin-sharing bed, tea table, private locker, and a clean bed with a thick enough mattress.

 

Can we have water from the river or Tap water?

There are many sources of water to drink but you do not get used to it, so you are recommended to have mineral water or Boiled filter water. On this trek, don’t miss to carry an Extra Bottle because most of the places do not sell mineral water, where they sell only boiled filter water. Next, if you are a student or very tight on the budget then, you can drink normal water from the river or tap but drink with a purification tablet.

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

If you trek through the agency you have already paid the guide’s salary in total, But if you just want to hire Guide, you have to pay him 30 USD a day on average. There are grades of Guide, and this way they demand their salary but 30 USD a day is the common salary of Mountain Guide in Nepal. likewise, for a porter hiring cost 20- 25 USD a day.

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 is the major trekking equipment for the Annapurna base camp trek?

There is quite some trekking gear; you should take with you but the most important trekking equipment’s are-

  1. Trekking pants, sun hat, down jackets, Sun Glass
  2. Quick drier T-shirts, Sleeping bag, liner, walking pools,
  3. Sunblock cream, trekking shoes, pair of sucks, inner track,
  4. Sandals, Gloves, lip balm, water bottles, crampons, and medical kits.
  5. Heat light, route map, toiletries, towels, etc.

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, in case I finish local money?

Yes, they do but you don’t get the same rate as a city. In the mountain they take USD, of course, they do in most of the Lodges but the rate is low.

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 does a cheap plane ticket cost from Kathmandu To Pokhara?

The cheap plane ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 70 USD for Foreigners and 4000 NPR for local guides and Porters.

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