Annapurna Base Camp Trek
So why Annapurna today? Have I been to Annapurna? What’s so special about Annapurna?
Is this article gonna help you in any way or another? Should I read further or not?
I know this type of pop heads coming into your mind but I will reveal all the answers down below but for that, you have to surrender your 5 mins to this article and keep your mind straight to virtually travel the Annapurna base camp for now.
If I would be having a Doraemon’s anywhere door right now then I may have taken you right away from your screen and share insights with some brief discussion about this trek with you, just kidding! 😉
Let’s get into a little bit of introduction about what this trek really is:-
Mandatory Reminder About Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek starts from the enchanting Himalayas in Pokhara, North of Nepal. It stands at an elevation of 13,550 feet from the sea level.
The difficulty level of this trek is estimated as Moderate to difficult. The duration of the ABC trek somewhat takes 7-8 days.
The best time to visit here is in the month of April and October. The initial point where you have to reach to begin your journey will be Pokhra.
When to Trek Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna base camp trek is ideal to do in the month of April to May (Pre-monsoon) and October to November (Pre-Winters). Before planning for ABC make sure to gain some stamina and increase your fitness level by making some daily routine of running or cycling. If you are traveling solo then April to May is the best time as you can find the majority of other trekkers also.
Starting Point Of Annapurna Base Camp Trek(ABC)
ABC trek meeting point would be in Pokhara. Pokhara is approx 200 km from Kathmandu which usually takes 4-5 hrs by road.
There are 16 flights in total which fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara on daily basis and drop you within 25-30 mins of time.
Pokhara is such a cold and authentic place to start your trek. No crowd like in any other Himalayan cities, affordable to shop and stay, people are nice and welcoming, No crime or anything related.
Where to Stay In Pokhara
Although there are plenty of budget accommodation available in Pokhara, Booking.com, and Hostelworld are the best platform to book your stay with heavy discounts and better deals. As far as I know, Hotel Middle Path is best suited for you. You will get the best hospitality there and it has 9.5-star ratings online. The staff is too helpful and if you need help related to your trek then the help desk of this hotel will always available for you.
Hotels should be selected and booked on the basis of ratings only. It tells you the real experience of the visitors and makes you aware of what kind of hospitality it offers to its customers.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
A Big Yes, without any second thoughts. Nowadays travel insurance is a must thing you should have with you. If you don’t have clothes to wear, it’s okay, If you don’t have a traveling partner with you, then also it’s okay but don’t ever go without travel insurance on this type of long difficult treks.
According to me, WorldNomads.com is the best platform out there to help you with all the insurance-related work. They will track your location and activities you want to do and on the basis of that, you can choose your insurance, no sales pitch or any further questions asked.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Budget
So here comes the main part of the ABC trek where most people’s decision is based upon. The budget should be estimated before planning the trek so that it gives you a rough idea of what to spend, where to spend, and how much to spend. So below are some of the mandatory expenses which will be occurred on your journey, let’s find it out:-
Accommodation – Approx Rs 400/- per night in a decent hotel or sharing a dorm(depending on the season to season)
Food – Around Rs 350-400/- one-time meal (If you wanna go for some fancy or special dishes then budget may vary)
Water Expenses – Tap water will be free everywhere on the way but if you wanna go for purified water then you have to spend Rs 30/-
Permits – TIMS permit would cost you Rs 1500 INR and ACAP permit is in between 2500-3500 INR
Nepal Visa – INR 1125/- is the cost of a Nepal VISA for 15 days (Tourist Visa)
Flights From Kathmandu to Pokhra (Round Trip) – INR 12,000/- both sides estimate, Flight charges changes from time to time and depends when you are booking.
So the conclusion from the above is that you may end up spending 30-35 USD per day on an average basis. That means for decent accommodation and vegetarian meals it’s not that hard for your wallet to think twice before planning for this trek, right?
Summing up you should carry at least 35,000 – 40,000 NPR currency for this expedition because in case of cash shortage you will not gonna find an ATM after Pokhara and if you rely on any mobile wallets like GPay or Paytm then sorry to say no technology works where city height & light showing off.
Things to Carry on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Upper Layers: It’s good to plan and prepare for the necessary items prior to a trip other than asking from your friend every time. If you are an experienced trekker then you may feel this but if you are going for the first time then better learn from any blog or video or any experienced traveler that it’s good to spend some money for your comfort and benefit.
Upper layers are very much essential whether it’s a 2 days hike or 7 days hike. Decathalon is the best provider for the travel gears out there, It deals in every type of travel stuff and makes you feel as you are going on a real expedition. The feeling should be there before heading on a dream come true trek.
Down Jacket: Down jacket is for mealtime and for acclimatization walk in the evening when you want to feel light and covered at the same time. Most people think of a down jacket as some sort of heavy thing to put on your body but let me tell you without down jacket it’s difficult to sit in non-heater places. Whenever you are up for tea or a coffee then you definitely get covered with down jacket on your body.
Toiletries: Nowadays not everyone is habitual of open sanitation with a water bottle in hand, so make sure to bring wet wipes, tissue papers with you as nature calls can occur anytime in case. Other than that don’t forget to carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, sunscreen, comb, hair oil, sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from bright day sunlight.
Get Offline Maps On Your Phone: There is one fabulous app called ‘maps.me’ which is used in Nepal and has all the maps inside it. You can download it and use it offline whenever your network goes off.
Google offline map is also helpful but why have the same taste over and over again when you get a chance to have something local and unique.
Snacks: Most trekkers that I have seen so far is dependent on Maggi and coffee. They wait for the best Dhaba or Tea point to stop by to have something but here this habit will not work.
Prepare your light snacks in advance which is better for your mental endurance and physical stability. Snacks that I take every time on my way are low calories chocolate like Snickers, Dry fruits like Almonds, cashews, Soft drinks like limca, and some candy to keep my mouth tasteful and wet.
Large Backpack (60 L or more): Large backpack here doesn’t mean that it should be full till the head instead keep it light and spare some space in case you need to put some more items while coming back.
Put the heavy items on the backside of your bag and lighter items should be on the front side of the bag. When you ascend then all the heaviness of the bag will bear by the lower back and you step ahead with more ease and pace. Try it out and then see the difference.
Sleeping Bag: If you are going with a trekking company then a sleeping bag is not an issue because it will be provided by them only. If you are going solo then better start searching for good quality at a decent price in advance.
This type of thing is hard to shop and the individual gets stuck when it comes to shop products like this. You will need 8 hr of sleep after a kick-ass hike and your sleeping bag should be compatible with -10 degrees of temperature in case snowfall happens. I would recommend you going for this one
First Aid: Like Travel Insurance first aid box is also a necessity. Check out this article where I have mentioned essential medicines to carry while going for the expedition. It will help you along your way.
How To Reach Kathmandu To Pokhara
As I have mentioned above that there are almost 16 flights that fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara on daily basis. Their cost lies between 75-150 USD depending on which flight and on what time you are booking. If you want to reach in half an hour then fly would be best for you.
If you have some extra time and want to save some cost also then the bus would be the best option as it takes 6-7 hr of time to cover 200 km. The cost somewhere lies between 10-25 USD depending on the different levels of luxuries and type. You can get a bus early in the morning from Thamel which will leave you at Pokhara bus station before lunchtime.
After reaching Pokhara, get yourself a good affordable stay in a hotel and have quality rest and sleep for a big adventure tomorrow. Make a list of essentials that you want to buy for the trek or if you want to rent some heavy gears. Pokhara will save your bucks as items are very cheap and available at affordable prices.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu To Pokhara
On the first day, you will be heading to Pokhara from Kathmandu which is 200 km away. As I have mentioned above you can either go by road or by flight, whichever medium you find affordable or comfortable.
By road, it cost less money but more time and By flight, it will cost more but less time. After reaching there you simply have to rest there and wait for tomorrow’s sunrise to inaugurate your trek journey.
Pokhara is a very beautiful village. People are very cool and decent to be with. You can shop stuff for your trek at very approachable rates.
If you purchase travel gears or stuff from your hometown or any major city in Nepal then it’ll be much-much expensive. Better save some bucks.
Day 2: Reach Nayapul by Drive and then trek to Tikhedunga
The next morning have your Tea/Breakfast and grab a car/taxi for Nayapul.
By one and a half hours or two, you will reach there and start your trekking for Tikhedunga. It is 2-3 hr of a trek from Nayapul. You will come across Birethanti and Ramghai for some midway meal or rest.
After reaching Tikhedunga, book a lodge or hotel as there are limited options available so better reach on time and buckle up for tomorrow’s journey.
Day 3: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani
Fill up your stomach with some nutritious food and consider having a light breakfast because along the way you will be getting a steep stone staircase that may burst your legs for some time. It will be a 2 hr long staircase so better take some rest after short intervals.
After clearing the first step, stop for a breakfast at Banthanti and then head off to Ghorepani which will take 4-5 hrs more. You will be getting a magnificent view of oak forests on the way.
Prepare your camera for some splendid photographs for sharing it with your social media family.
Day 4: Ghorepani to Tadapani
Start an early morning hike from Ghorepani with a light breakfast. Why I am pitching on having light breakfast every time is because it will be easy for you to maintain your breathing level at gaining altitude which will resist your vomiting.
After 1 hr of time, you will reach Poon hill with a magnificent view of sunrise on Himalayan layers. Some feelings can’t be expressed in form of words but can be felt only. It stood at an elevation of 3200m.
Stay there for some time if you want and then head over to Tadapani for an overnight stay. Don’t try to hike after 4-5 PM as the weather gets bad after the sunset most of the time in that much altitude.
Day 5: Tadapani To Chhumrung
After leaving Tadapani, the way gets somewhat steeper and setting you lost in the cool breeze of the forest and the soft chirping of the birds. For about an hour and a half, you will descend and after crossing one suspension bridge, the ascend route will begin again.
After crossing the suspension bridge, you will reach Gurjung and then hike to Chhumrung after a 45 min uphill trek. In total, you will spend 5-6 hrs of time to reach Chhumrung.
Get yourself a decent lodge to stay in, have complete rest there, and sign off for today’s journey.
Day 6: Chhumrung To Dovan
On the way to Dovan, you will get a stoned staircase trail so you must be careful while descending. Do not accelerate in the Himalayas otherwise price you have to pay could be very very high.
The trek route is undoubtedly commendable with a silent walk in the jungle of bamboos and ferns. After passing through the jungle you will reach Dovan and get yourself a decent place to stay for a warm peaceful sleep.
Day 7: Dovan To Annapurna Base Camp To Dovan
This day will be your summit day and gather all your energy for today’s summit. You will be having a mixed feeling of fear and courage as it is difficult to maintain your excitement level at that time. It has a feeling of achievement which makes you go a little further even if you are struggling to move ahead.
So buckle up for Annapurna Base Camp, set your goals high, make your every moment count and you should know how you headed there and what you really capable of.
Day 8: Dovan To Chhomrong
Now it’s time to way back to your home. Absorb each and every moment you spent in the Himalayas because after going back to your town you have to live with your memories only. You will be able to differentiate between what is wrong and right for you. Mountains will not be going to leave your mind and body.
It will call you again so better work hard, earn some bucks, and come back for another splendid journey. Trek down to Chhomrong, get a lodge, have complete rest for tomorrow’s descending to Pokhara
Day 9: Chhomrong To Pokhara
Say a final goodbye to the Himalayas, bow down and pay gratitude to what it gave you without any discrimination and promise yourself to be kind and courteous whenever you come here, be a responsible traveler, and a sustainable traveler.
From Chhomrong to Kimche it will take 4-5hrs and then from Kimche hire a taxi for Pokhra which will take 3-4 hr. If you like to do rest in Pokhara for another day then it’s up to you otherwise leave for your home on the same day according to your schedule and time.
If you are reading this line then I believe you are either planning to Annapurna base camp or already been there. So I hope you get something from this article. If you have any suggestions or wanna share your experience then you are always welcome commenting below or drop me a mail for further talks.
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