Summary: Annapurna Base Camp trekking in Nepal may be a moderate level trekking route but you should never ignore to prepare yourself for the worst. The following article will tell you how to trek in Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Base Camp trekking in Nepal is unlike difficult trekking tours that welcome experienced as well as newbie trekkers. Since it is a conservation area of Nepal, during the trek you get to experience variety of different terrains, exotic flora, and fauna, waterfalls, lakes, etc. Moreover, you will get an opportunity to encounter magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri.
As this is a moderate level and short trek with a maximum elevation of 4130 meters as compared to other trekking tours in Nepal you need 10-12 days to complete the trek.
If you are an inexperienced trekker planning to trek to the base camp of Annapurna then, you have reached the right place. Here is some useful information to help you on the trek.
When to trek?
Pre-monsoon i.e. February to May and post-monsoon i.e. late September to December are the best time to visit in order to experience the exotic beauty of nature, its variety of flowers, waterfalls, the clearer sky, etc. Trekking in January is difficult as the weather remains well below the zero mark.
How to reach?
You must have a valid visa. Once you reach the international airport, Kathmandu; apply for a visa on arrival by paying the visa fee which may take some time. To save yourself from hassles you may also apply for the visa online. The next step is to reach Pokhara through a domestic flight. You may stay in Pokhara for a while to straighten up your back muscles. From Pokhara, you need to complete 2 hours journey via bus to Nayapul which is your final destination, to begin with, the Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
Any permits required?
For Annapurna Base Camp trekking in Nepal you must acquire the following two permits from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu:
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)*
- Trekker’s Information and Management System (TIMS)
*Fee for the ACAP permit may vary for foreigners and SAARC nationalists.
If you have hired a trekking agency, they will be arranging the same for you before your arrival.
What to pack?
Clothing: As you will be beginning your journey from a height of 1070 meters which will increase eventually; you must stick to the layering concept of clothing. The layering will include the base layer i.e. the fitting and the most comfortable layer of clothing, the second layer i.e. the insulation layer to keep you warm and the outermost layer i.e. the warmest layer to keep you warm even in the lowest of the temperature.
Some general clothing may include a pair of trekking shirts and trousers, at least 2-3 pairs of innerwear, 2 pairs of socks, a pair of gloves, balaclava, scarf, a woollen cap, and a normal hat. If you will be traveling during the rainy season; it is advisable to be prepared as things may get nasty at heights.
Don’t forget strong and reliable trekking shoes and another pair of sandals.
Accessories: If you are trekking in the Annapurna range for the first time you must get yourself a convertible trekking stick which will be helpful while you will be at height. Sunglasses and a camera to capture the scenic view of the mountains should also be part of your accessories.
Where to stay?
Annapurna Base Camp trekking in Nepal offers teahouse stay during the trek. In case you are worried about the hygiene, you may carry a good quality sleeping bag. Make sure that your sleeping bag has a hood which will keep you warmer when the nights will be chilly.
What to eat?
Though food will be provided during your stay in the teahouse you may still pack energy bars, protein and muesli bars, dry fruits, chocolates, ready-made packed food for the trek. Purchase a hydration bag to keep yourself hydrated during the trek.
Though these chases will be enough, you must read about the weather while planning. It will help you prepare accordingly.