Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is one of the iconic and all-time demanded treks in Nepal. The trek is a complete package of panoramic mountain views, Gurung culture, as well as the unique flora and fauna. It is one of the easiest and shortest treks in Nepal, yet you will be amazed by its beauty. ABC passes through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp which rewards you with a stunning view of the sacred Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. You will visit two base camps in a single trip, and you won't get an opportunity like this anywhere else in the world.
The grandeur of Himalaya, combined with the adventure and easy accessibility to the trail head, attracts more tourists every year. Between international and domestic tourists, this trek alone covers 70% of trekkers in Nepal, signifying how popular this is.
ABC is located 4130 meters above the sea level. This trek takes 7 to 12 days to complete, depending on the pace of the trekkers and the itinerary. You can go directly to the ABC or take detours to Ghorepani Poonhill, Ghandruk, or both. In this trek, you get the opportunity to see rare animals and plants. You also get to interact with the local people, know their lifestyle and culture, like trying their famous homemade apple pie. You can see spectacular views of the different mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Mardi and many more.
The trek is not difficult for skilled and experienced trekkers. However, any person who is physically fit can easily do this. You will hike 5 to 6 hours a day in the high-altitude areas. The base camp has large glaciers and is surrounded by massive snowcapped mountains. The panoramic views of glaciers and mountain peaks is what you will remember your whole life.
Best time for Annapurna base camp trek
You can trek to ABC any season of the year. However, trekking during the monsoon is not advisable because of the heavy rainfall which can make your trek difficult, and you won’t be able to see the mountains clearly due to the darker clouds. Plus, mosquitoes, leeches, and the possibility of landslides can make the trek dangerous. However, if you are a keen biologist, this is the best time for you, as this is the time most of the animals are active.
Autumn, which is from September to November, is the best time to do the ABC trek. During these months, this trek offers you a clear blue sky with moderate temperatures. You can experience the natural beauty with lush greenery and hear the birds chirping. Similarly, spring is another best time to trek because the trail will offer you with beautiful red and white rhododendrons and other exotic flowers at this time.
Permit and Fee
You will need a permit to trek the ABC. The TIMS card costs Rs 2000 and the permit is Rs 3000. You will need to provide 4 passport sized photos at the Pokhara center.
The breathtaking views of the mountain peaks, glaciers, exotic views of the red and white rhododendrons, birds chirping, a tasty homemade apple pie, and friendly people awaits you at the Annapurna Base Camp trek!
Thank you Ashok for your excellent service and support in organizing our recent hike to ABC. I would specially like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to your guide, Rai Badal as he was very attentive to our needs and always had our best interest in his planning and execution. He showed constant care, concern and I would not have been able to complete my hike without his support and encouragement. Thank you Badal! You are a gem and my guardian angel!
Destination Unlimited came through with flying colors again for us!!! Great job!!!! Helmed by Ashok Niroula, everything was well organized — good lodgings, a wonderful, amicable, responsible guide — in the person of a young man named Badal Rai, who made sure we were safe, comfortable & well fed all the way. It was a wonderful trek — despite rain, hail, snow & a near avalanche above us (Badal reacted very quickly & whisked us to safety to wait it out before continuing onward). Many Thanks Ashok & Badal!!!
I did ABC trekking via Destination Unlimited Treks in April this year. Ashok is extremely prompt with his responses, helpful and accommodating. He constantly checked to see if we have arrived at every location, even till the very last day (that I landed safely at my home country). I had a very attentive and experienced guide (Gangga) and porter (Om) to whom I've bonded and grown very fond of throughout my 8 days journey. I was really well taken care of and though I went solo, I felt safe with them. I hope to go again and will definitely do it through DUT. Thanks DUT for making this a memorable experience!
Our team have 7 members from Kuching, Malaysia, dated 26/4/2018-7/5/2018, with Destination Unlimited amazing services and guards, we all 7 members managed to trek to ABC within schedule, also with very good trekking guard and 4 porters take care of our daily living stuffs safely. We all have no worries but enjoy every steps and mountains view of Annapurna.
The three of us had an excellent trekking to ABC via Destination Unlimited. From the beginning until the end Ashok (the owner) provided excellent service, very clear and fast communication and perfectly managed the expectations. We would definitely recommend this agency and trip. Also due to the friendly, funny and helpful guide Hari and porters Ira and Raam.
Given that this was my second time here, I wanted to attempt the ABC trek alone, but a recent pneumonia scare and a knee injury a couple of months back made me rethink my initial decision. Meet Yaksha Kumar, my trekking guide from Destination Unlimited Treks, without whom- I couldn't have done it all. His concerns are careful, and even painstaking, but never pedantic. He is silly, honest and kind - a combination of forgotten virtues in today's dog-eat-dog world. He surprises me with local fruits from his bag-pack every now and then, and I try to return the favour with snickers and yogurt bars, which are lame processed rubbish compared to what he offers. He says I exude a melancholic disposition, and I suppose that's why his sunny disposition can be very welcoming when the trek gets challenging. Ashok, the owner, has been very kind and patient in dealing with my questions and requests before and during the trek. He is not a 'business-man', he is a friend, and for this - I will call him again when I return to Nepal to attempt the EBC in 2019.
Q.1. How difficult is Annapurna Base camp trek?
Ans: Annapurna Base camp trek is not as difficult then Everest base camp it even not necessary rope and ice axe, its complete trek by foot. But we needed regular exercise. If reguler excerciser people anyone can make it.
Q.2. What are the best trekking seasons in Nepal?
Ans: Nepal welcomes most of the trekkers during spring [March - May] and autumn [September - November]. In these seasons, the panorama of the Himalayas is pleasing, the weather is very lovely, and the views typically are transparently clear. Rhododendron flowers blossom in high altitude forests. The scenic view of nature is awe-inspiring which will definitely make you feel cheerful. During winter [December - February], it's very cold in the high altitude. Regardless the panoramic view of the Himalayas, it’s not suitable to trek during winter. However, trekking at lower altitudes is not affected in winter.
Q.3. What’s the weather like in Nepal?
Ans: Weather is a crucial factor for the trip to Nepal. There are four weather seasons in Nepal. It’d be easier for you to plan your journey to Nepal if you know about the weather pattern in Nepal.
Spring: March-May: Spring is the best season to travel Nepal. This season is considered as the favorite season for trekking in Nepal. During March to April, the weather is clear and the temperature is moderate. The forests are full of blossom, the views of Himalayas are mostly crystal clear, and the atmosphere is joyful.
Summer: June - August: Summer season, also known as monsoon season, is the most difficult season for trekking. In fact, it’s is not a season for trekking as trekking routes are highly affected by the rain. However, city sightseeing tours are possible. Rafting it's also possible which will be fun and adventurous. But there is no chance for peak climbing and expeditions.
Autumn: September - November: Autumn is a favorite trekking season for trekkers all around the world. Every trekking routes in Nepal are full of trekkers. Cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan also welcomes hundreds and thousands of travelers all around the world. The weather is enjoyable and pleasing. The panorama of the Himalayas is transparently clear and spectacular. Also, this season is the season of festivals in Nepal. The tourists join Nepalese in celebrating two biggest festivals in Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar.
Winter: December - February: Winter is not the famous season for the trek. The trekking route in high altitudes will be full of snow. However, you can always take a tour of the city. Pack some winter clothes and you will be good to go.
Q.4. Children's can join this trek?
Ans: Off course can join this trek, children should above 8 years old would be ideal and safe.
Q.5. I am only one person interested for this trek, can i trek solo?
Ans: Surely can trek solo, there is little bit extra cost for single solo trekkers but you will have private guide. There is group joinig system as well. Contact us for further details.
Q.6. Do i need trekking or travel insurance for this trek?
Ans: Yes better to have own insurance policy in case something happends during the trekking. But annapuna Base camp very less chance to use insurance policy.
Q.7. Any chances to get High Altitude Sickness?
Ans: ABC maximum height is 4130m high so, very less chance get serious high altitude sickness but some tourist from low land or who never been to trekking before can get little be of headache or can feel something but no need to worry its normal.
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