Annapurna is located in the north central part of Nepal and also includes the largest conservation area of the country. Annapurna Base Camp trek will allow you to witness gorgeous views of the world’s 10th largest mountain, Annapurna (8,091 m) along with its ranges. Located east of Poon Hill & Ghorepani, north of Pokhara, and west of Mardi Himal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is among the most popular and crowded treks of Nepal.
The trail is relatively easier than other high altitude treks of Nepal. The trail includes diverse terrain, small villages, dense forests of rhododendrons, high cascading waterfalls, and astonishing views of snow-capped mountains. You will get to see Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Check out our professionally designed Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Before we tell you more in detail about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, here are a few facts related to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
- This trek will take you to the base camp of the Annapurna South.
- The trek presents the panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), the 10th world largest mountain.
- The trek also presents breathtaking views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m), Singu Chuli (6,501 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m) and Hiunchuli (6,441 m).
- You can also extend your trip to Ghorepani- Poon Hill or Ghandrunk or both as these trails coincide at Chhomrong and further lead to the base camp.
- The entire region is rich in tradition and culture which gives you the opportunity to experience them.
- You can enjoy the teahouse trekking as the entire region is inhabited by the people.
- During the peak season, the trail gets immensely crowded which, is not a good fit for trekkers seeking solitude.
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp requires two permits. One is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card, which will cost;
- Nrs.200 (around USD 2) for SAARC nationals
- Nrs.2000 (around USD 20) for others
The second permit you need to take is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that will cost you NRS. 2000 (around USD 20)
Food & Water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking to this extreme region will surely limit the food menu. However, there is a chance of getting good varieties of foods on the way. The meals served during the trek will be according to the teahouse menu. You can expect to get pancakes, chapati, bread, oatmeal, french toasts, egg, tea, coffee, butter tea, milk in the breakfast. Whereas lunch and dinner will include items like dal-bhaat, curries (veg & non-veg), chapatis, momo, noodles, thupka, dhindo, extra.
You can always buy bottled water from the beginning of the trek until the end. However, you are requested to a carrying a reusable water bottle with yourself and SteriPen. This will help to preserve the region. SteriPen is a handheld UV water purifier. Remember, in Nepal, every bottled water is not mineral water and uses the same technology as SteriPEN. You can buy this easily at Amazon, outdoor shops, or online retailers.
Remember that as the altitude increases the price of the food and water also increase because of the no proper means of transportation. You can read this blog to have detail understanding of Food in Nepal, ‘Everything you need to know about Food while Traveling to Nepal‘.
Annapurna Base Camp Difficulty Level & Fitness
This is one of the easiest base camp treks in Nepal. The possibilities of altitude sickness are also very low in comparison with other trekking destinations. You will need to walk 6-7 hours a day, which does requires good health and strong willpower. If you have any prior trekking or hiking experience it will definitely help you a lot, however, it is not required. In case of bad weather, you might have to endure little difficulties during the trek.
Best Season to Plan the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to Mid-December) are the best seasons to go on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. These seasons are very supportive in terms of trail, visibility, and weather condition.
During the monsoon time, the trail becomes slippery, and the views are blocked by the clouds. Whereas, winter becomes harsher with extreme cold and snowfall.
What Policies Should my Travel Insurance Cover?
Your insurance must cover all the extra expenses that might come into account due to injuries, accidents or health issues. It should include helicopter rescue, cost of the ambulance, hospital charges, and medicines cost. Other than these, your travel insurance should also include property loss and any cancellation.