Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is popularly known as the ABC trek. Given its international fame, the trek attracts many trekkers from all over the globe. Over a period of 6 trekking days, you gain the maximum altitude of 13,549 ft. The trail of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is breathtakingly beautiful. As you hike through the Annapurna Sanctuary, you come across the most striking flora and fauna. The grand view of the Annapurna Massif from the base camp almost takes your breath away. Views of the Hiunchuli, Machapuchare and, Annapurna South are a treat for the sore eyes. ABC is a moderate level trek. With the right experience, skill set and training you can attempt this trek and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal. The trek also gives you a chance to catch a glimpse of Nepali culture and hospitality. Scroll down for more information like Annapurna Base Camp trek blogs, weather details, route maps, itinerary and photos.
Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4650 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with ABC trek. Annapurna difficulty level on Bikat's scale is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters
One should be familiar with the following:
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Annapurna base camp trek best time:
Pre-monsoon - March to June
Post monsoon - September to December
The base for the trek is Kathmandu, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey. From Kathmandu, you can opt for transport to Pokhara with us, or take one of several shared cabs that ply on the route daily.
Over the last few years the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Nayapul on Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya.
Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.
Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleepings do come in handy. Rental options available in Kathmandu.
Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in snow, if required. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal.
There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.
Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges / guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.
You can rent following items from Kathmandu- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, micro spikes, sleeping bags.
Depending on the season, the Annapurna Base Camp temperature can drop to -10°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time. Refer to this temperature graph for more details.
There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.
You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu. There may be some items available at shops in Namche Bazaar, or other villages on the trail as well.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
In case you opt for transport, you will be picked and dropped at Kathmandu.
Pokhara, or Kathmandu - depending on whether you opt for transport to Kathmandu with us.
There are no specific documents required for this trek. However, please make sure you carry a government ID proof (Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card) for the permits required for the trek. The permits will be arranged by us, and the cost for all permits is included in the trek fee.
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