annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

January 9, 2019
Travel Guide

The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is every trekker’s ideal natural paradise. We trek via lush forest, picturesque settlements, cascading creeks, colorful prayer flags, green pastures, religious sites and awe-inspiring landscapes which as a whole make us feel like we are having heavenly pleasure. Most importantly, capturing alluring mountain summits will astonish us during our ABC trek.

The Annapurna Base Camp trekking is completely in Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest conservation area on the planet.  We have a chance to experience various species of flora and fauna in Annapurna conservation area during our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

Annapurna-I, Annapurna-IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu are the dominant mountain peaks in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

 About the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Annapurna Conservation Area is the largest protected area in the world covering 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq mi). It is located in Annapurna Himalayan range sheltering to a great variety of species of flora and faunas. Annapurna Conservation Area encompasses various trekking trails in the Annapurna region. Annapurna Conservation area extends to Kaski, Lamjung, Manang and Mustang districts of Nepal. This conservation area is abode to musk deer, wild buffalo, wild boar, monkeys and other various species of wildlife.

What to Expect from Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

–  Expect to walk 4-6 hours in a day.

-Expect to trek on the off the beaten trails via picturesque traditional settlements and meet friendly ethnic people.

– Expect to wait for food/meal for some time (longer during the peak season).

– Expect to capture mesmerizing mountain panorama.

– Expect to experience unique and endangered species of flora and faunas.

–  Expect to trek above 4000m.

 

What is the best Trekking Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Autumn (Sept-Nov) is the best Trekking season for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. This season is not only best for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking but for all treks in Nepal. We have pleasant weather, moderated temperature and very little snowfall during autumn in the mountains of Nepal. The visibility is perfect to capture mountain peaks. So, the majority of trekkers love to trek love to choose to Trek to ABC during autumn.

Winter is too cold. Mountain region receives heavy snowfall during winter in Nepal. So it is hard to trek in the mountain during winter.

Spring is the second best trekking season for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. The hills are entirely covered with flowering rhododendron during spring. So, some of the trekkers love to see a perfect combination of flowering rhododendron and alluring mountain peaks during spring in Nepal.

Summer is muddy and hard to move from one place to other. Village transportation is not easy during summer. The landslides, flood and heavy rainfall disturb our trip during summer.

How high to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking begins after your arrival in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is located at the elevation of 1400m. Then, we move to Pokhara. Pokhara is located at 900m. We begin our hiking from Nayapool to Annapurna Base Camp. ABC trek is located at the elevation of 4210m. So, the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Altitude ranges from 1400-900-4210m high.

How is like Annapurna Base Camp Food and Accommodation?

We will be using normal accommodation during our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Normally, we will have twin sharing accommodation. We will share the toilet and bathroom. It is hard to get attached bathroom during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

We will enjoy fresh and organic food items during our Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. We will choose the items of food according to the dishes mentioned in the menu prepared by guesthouse or teahouse. The common items of foods are Bread, Dal Bhat, Pancake, Noodles, Potato Items, Dumpling etc. One item of food will cost between 2-7 USD.

What is the difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is taken as a moderate and sometimes, as an easy trek in the Annapurna region. It takes us to Annapurna Base Camp which is located at 4210m. This is the highest point of this trekking.

No prior trekking experience and skill are needed for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. However, short hiking and trekking experiences will be an asset to it. These experiences will enhance your level of stamina.

Can I get any Communication during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna region has good coverage of Network for communication. Majority of Trekkers buy local SIM like NT and NCELL and access network in their cell phones. They also can buy a data pack for internet on the way. We can make the calls to our family and friends even from Annapurna Base Camp. On the way, the guesthouse owner provides us WI-FI facility. For this, we need to pay RS. 200-400  for one password.

Can I get Battery recharge and Electricity on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Lodges and guesthouses in Annapurna region use solar energy or locally generated hydroelectricity by Annapurna Conservation Area Project. They provide the trekkers’ electricity for lighting and charging battery either with solar power or hydroelectricity. Actually, we, sometimes, do not get charging facility in our private room but we can do it in the dining. There is a multi-plug dispenser in the dining and we can recharge our cell phone and camera battery.

We do not need to pay for this charging and lighting facility in the Annapurna region. It is free of cost. Rather, you have to pay for Wi-Fi and hot shower. One hot shower and Wi-Fi password cost between USD 2-4.

If in case there is a shortage of power for charging batteries and cell phones, we need to use our own power bank. So, we recommend bringing your own power bank during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.

Can we get safe drinking Water in the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

We can get purified and safe drinking water in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. The people in this region avoid bottled water and Annapurna Conservation Area Project provides completely safe drinking water to the trekkers. For this, you need to ask to fill your water bottle at the lodge or guesthouse. No bottled water can be bought in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. They charge you USD 1-2 for filling up one bottle containing 1 liter.

Do not try to fill your bottle with local tap or river water which is completely unsafe for you. If you really want to taste it, first make sure that it is sterilized. However, it is not recommended.