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Highlights of Annapurna base camp trek

  1. Scenic tour to Kathmandu heritage site and Pokhara
  2. sunrise through the top of Fishtail mountain
  3. Machhapuchre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp
  4. Witnessing the Gurung culture of the Annapurna Region
  5. Magnificent close-up view of Annapurna and Machhapuchre
  6. Reach Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), rich in flora and fauna
  7. Relaxing hot spring at Jhinu Danda

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular Trek in Nepal. The majestic views of the snow-covered White Mountains, lush green forests; high cascading waterfalls make this journey more beautiful and more relaxing.

The journey of Annapurna Base Camp begins with one of the beautiful city or we can say the city of Lake of Nepal, Pokhara, and end with enchanting villages of Magars and Gurung people. Since the journey is full of rough trails and ups and downs, it makes visitors more exciting because it’s challenging for most of the people of the city area to walk on those rough trails.  

Annapurna base camp at (4,130) m is a funnel-shaped valley with a panoramic view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Tent peak, Fishtail, and others. Annapurna I is the tenth highest peak in the world and is the first of the 8,000 m peak climbed as early as in 1950. And the most interesting thing is Annapurna Base Camp passes through Machapuchre Base Camp, visit two base camps in one trek is one of the blissful moments of life.

Best Time to Visit Annapurna Base Camp trek

It is very important to know about the weather while trekking in the Himalayas. The weather of the mountains is changeable, and lacking weather knowledge in the higher regions can result in many problems that you don’t want to face. The best season to trek Annapurna Base Camp is the autumn season and spring season. Since the sun-blocking thick cloud will fade away in those seasons; you can enjoy a stunning view of crystal clear skies. The Magic of clear purplish blue skies gives the most breathtaking vistas. But in another season it can be more challenging for tourists because of the cold weather of mountains and heavy snowfall.

Autumn Season (September-November)

The Autumn season is one of the best seasons to trek Annapurna Base Camp and the favourite season of most trekkers. The temperature in this season is neither too hot nor too cold. The clear skies, mild wind, and majestic mountains view will make you feel relaxed and less tired while trekking. The daytime temperature of the Annapurna region in the autumn season is 20c and the temperature at nighttime is 5c. Since in this season skies get clear in night time too so, you can see the mesmerizing view of many brighter stars above you. Trekkers experience lustrous greeneries, glorious grasslands, and topographies. The villages look colourful and decorated because of the festivals as Dashain and Tihar lie during this period. Since it’s a perfect season for most trekking it is a busy season in Nepal.

Spring Season (March-May)

Spring season is another best season to trek Annapurna Base Camp since in this season weather is moderate and the rainfall is quite low and the condition for trekking is best. The temperature remains 17-20 degrees Celsius in the daytime whereas it decreases getting 2-7 degrees Celsius at the night and morning during this season at Annapurna Base Camp. In the spring season, there is a fewer chance of snowfall and rain.

The Spring season is considered the best season to visit Annapurna Base Camp because at this time tourists can enjoy a spectacular view of full blossomed red and pink rhododendron which makes the forest colourful and more alluring. Since the sky is clearer in the spring season you can enjoy a pretty good view of the mountains. 

Summer season (June-August) 

The temperature of the summer season is not suitable to trek Annapurna Base Camp as another season because at this time temperature will be 15 – 20 degrees Celsius which is hot. More than that it usually rains in the summer season that’s why the trail will be wet and slippery. Due to rainfall, the road may be affected by floods and landslides. Besides that, because of rainfall various plants bloom and make valleys green you can see and enjoy a different view of the place in the summer season.

Winter Season (December-February)

Trekking in the winter Annapurna Region is as popular as another season. The Winter season is also can be considered the best season as autumn and spring season for experienced trekkers, but we do not recommend beginners to trek Annapurna Base Camp in the winter season since the temperature will be so cold. The temperature of Annapurna Base Camp in winter is about -5 degrees celsius and there is a chance of snowfall which makes trails full of snow. 

The coldness of winter attracts most of the tourists in this season and also the views of the mountains are usually very clear. 

Accommodation Food During Annapurna base camp trek

It takes 1o days to complete the Annapurna Base Camp journey and in these 10 days we will spend 2/2 nights in a star hotel of Kathmandu and Pokhara and for 6 days we will stay at best mountain lodges of Annapurna Region which provides you better facilities.

For meals, we will eat breakfast and dinner at the same place wherever we stay and for lunch, we will eat it in a teahouse which will be on the way of our journey. There are different food options you can choose from. Dal Bhat Tarkari is the best food and most filling option. Moreover, you can have eggs prepared in different ways, chapatti, cereals with milk, and sandwiches. Or, potatoes are prepared in different ways, packet noodles, Chowmein(noodles), momo, macaroni, and pudding. For drinks, you can have tea; coffee, flavoured hot drinks, etc. They sell branded local alcohol as well. 

Trekking Permits and Costs for Annapurna Base Camp trek

Most trekking trails in the Annapurna region, including the world-famous Annapurna Base Camp circuit, are inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. Foreigners are required to obtain an entry permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well as a TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System) card from TAAN(Trekking Agency Association of Nepal) to trek in the Annapurna region.

Permits and Fees in Annapurna Region:

To trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you need two permits.

1. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card.

For SAARC nationals: Nrs.200 (about US $2)

For Others: Nrs.3000 (about US $30)

2. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs NRS. 1000 (about the US $10)

But Where to get the permit for Annapurna Base camp trekking?

To save your money and valuable time Open trail treks offer you these services without any hidden cost. you can freely contact us for on-time service

Equipment Checklist for Annapurna base camp

  1. Sun hat and winter hat
  2. Headlight with extra batteries
  3. Sunscreen and sunglasses
  4. Gloves for hand
  5. Warm clothes 
  6. Thick wool socks and hiking boots
  7. Trekking pants
  8. Hiking shirts
  9. Down jackets
  10. Backpack 
  11. Thermal bottle
  12. Water purification tablets
  13. Toiletries
  14. Personal accessories (camera, cell phone, money watch)
  15. First aid kit

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Open Trail Trek

Everyone wants to have comfortable and safe travel, whenever you trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, Open Trail Treks will provide you best-trained guide and local trekkers so that you can enjoy your trek to the fullest. All of our guides are trained and government license holders and have many experiences in climbing and trekking. They are so friendly, you will not feel any discomfort and you will enjoy yourself a lot with them. Our entire team members are very professional in their job and can speak fluent English and other languages too. Guiding only is not our main job to do while you are trekking, we will also provide you much information about the places, culture, and also a history of the Himalayas. Our team members will bring you close to local culture and many more which will be more interesting. 

Open Trail Trek believes in responsible tourism in Nepal. Our team member is well known for sustainable development in the tourism industry and they all are well trained for ethical tourism on every trekking route. We will make our valuable contribution to conserving natural beauty as well as cultural heritage by not disturbing the real presence of nature and cultural heritage. We will also give rise to economic benefits for local people by using a local homestay, campsites, locally owned hotels, and lodges.

Your safety is our responsibility. Open Trail Treks will be responsible for your safety. You just don’t have to worry about anything, our team members will always help you to walk on a safe route and provide clean and hygienic accommodation for your safety. For your safety, our team members will have a first aid kit and for altitude sickness, we will arrange medicines helicopters(if needed), and oxygen cylinders at an additional cost as per the situation. And for the safety of your luggage, our porter will be there to carry it in secure baggage.

You can book your trip to Annapurna Base Camp with confidence because Open Trail Treks is fully authorized by the government of Nepal and recognized by the country's office of the company registrar. We are also credentialed with the Nepal Tourism Board, Department of Tourism Industry. There will not be any risk in your journey and you can be tension-free throughout the journey since your trekking fees and tour payments are protected. In any case, we suggest our customer buy their travel insurance; we specially designed our trips to maximize the value of every dollar you spend. 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)

How fit do I need to be to do Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Since the trekking trail of the Annapurna Region is considered a grade B or moderately difficult trail any fit person can do this trek. It is not necessary to have experience of trekking to do this trek but if you have in case it will be easier for you to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. For beginners, you should be mentally and physically prepared for the trek because it can be more challenging to walk through rough trails for beginners. 

How long did we walk while doing Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Generally, we will walk for 2 to 3 hours on an easy trail and we will walk for 3 to 4 hours on difficult trails.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is the highest we will climb in this trek which is 4130m. 

How hard is it to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an easier trek compared to other treks in higher regions. It is considered an easy trek because it takes only 8 days to complete the journey and since the Annapurna region is full of green lush forests so the oxygen level of this region is also high so there is less chance of having acute mountain sickness. So, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not harder but also you have to prepare physically and mentally for the trek.

Are porters and guides necessary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

It is always a trekker’s choice to make a decision whether they need a guide and porter or not. But as a responsible travel agency, we always recommend our visitors to hire a porter and guide. Since, the trails are full of dense forests, raging rivers, and rough trails, the help of a local guide will always support you to trek comfortably and without any fear. For porter if you have a bag pack less than 10kg you can carry your stuff if you are fit but if you have more than 10kg of load we recommend you to hire porters too.

Are there facilities for battery charging and a hot shower?

You can charge your battery on the route and in lodges or teahouse but you should have your own charger and sometimes you have to pay extra money for it. For hot shower facilities, you can get it for free in lower elevations but in higher elevations, they may take some charge.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

You found many ATMs in the city area like Pokhara and Kathmandu but whenever you leave Pokhara and going for Annapurna Base Camp you will not get any ATM on the path. That’s why; you have to carry enough Nepalese currency from Pokhara or Kathmandu. 

Is there any internet facilities?

Yes, there is facilities of the internet in most of the places but internet facilities in Nepal are not good as other countries you may face internet problem here. Losing connection is one of the most common problems during the trek.

Who will be my guide?

Your guide will be a local Nepalese guide who speaks fluent English and if you want a guide who can speak Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Italian and so on we can provide you with those guides as well. Our guides are so close to culture, nature, wildlife, and mountains. Trekking, climbing, places of Nepal, etc this closeness will help you to explore the Annapurna region more. They can show you many places most of the tourists missed when they travel alone. You will be guided by those guides who will have a Government Issue license that is fully equipped for tours, trekking, and mountain climbing.

Is my trip is guaranteed departure?

Unless there are uncontrollable situations like a pandemic, epidemic, political riot, natural disaster, and weather catastrophic, our trips are guaranteed to run. Even one of the members cancels their trip we will still run our trip to Annapurna Base Camp.

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