The primary choice of every adventure lover, Annapurna Base Camp Trek!
Moderate in nature, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trek surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges which includes the Annapurna range, and the undisputedly famous Fishtail (Machhapuchhre). The soaring peaks is between the fascinating range of 7000-8000 meters.
A complete worthwhile and happy journey, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is better if combined with Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.
The trek commences from Pokhara valley, a gorgeous touristic spot fully surrounded with serene Annapurnas. The trail takes you through forests and fascinating traditional villages of Ghandruk and Chhomrong Gurung village. Crossing the Modi Khola, the trek passes through the rhododendron trees, oaks, and bamboo.
Within the route, there is a large and hanging rock area, known as Hinku Cave. This can be a good exploration. There is thin settlement where you encounter the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide.
Moreover, the view of steep snow-clad ridges of Hiunchuli on the left and the gorgeous Machhapuchhre on the right will be surely amazing. Other snow capped mountains to witness are Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Singachuli, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.
The perpetual Gurung town and the passage to the ultimate vantage point warmed up by down territories with magnificent mountain views. The trail includes the country farms and fields, landscapes, and sometimes icy masses.
Heaven in earth, this is the famous and giant trekking trails in Nepal, located at 4320m. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is totally for trekking, expedition, hiking, and climbing. This can be easily done independently too.
Besides, you will enjoy the diverse flora and fauna along the amazing blend of culture and lifestyle. It is your chance to see wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Leopards, and different species of birds too. This will leave with natural and unidentifiable calm in the heart and soul!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Annapurna Base Camp at the altitude of 4130m
- Ghandruk and Chhomrong, popular Gurung villages
- Walking through typical and ethnic Gurung and Magar villages witness their unique culture and traditions.
- Soothe your weary muscle by hot bath in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda
- Spectacular glacier view at Annapurna Base Camp
- Sightseeing tour around the historical UNESCO world heritages in Kathmandu Valley
- Explore the beautiful ‘city of lakes’-Pokhara
- Witness mountains like Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Singachuli, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- Visit Ghandruk village, a scenic and beautiful village on the top of the ridge.
- Paths with vibrant rhododendron forests, and fine terraces goes on passing through the Chhomrong village trail.
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu||1338m||-|
|Day 02||Sightseeing In Kathmandu||1338m||-|
|Day 03||Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul, and trek to Tikhedhunga||1577m||6-7 hours of drive (Pokhara) and 2 hours of drive (Nayapul) and trek each|
|Day 04||Trek to Upper Ghorepani||2840m||5-6 hours|
|Day 05||Upper Ghorepani - Poon Hill- Tadapani||2610m||5-6 hours|
|Day 06||Trek to Chhomrong||2170m||5-6 hours|
|Day 07||Trek to Himalaya Hotel||2950m||6-7 hours|
|Day 08||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp||4130m||6-7 hours|
|Day 09||Trek to Bamboo||2340m||8-9 hours|
|Day 10||Trek to Jhinu Danda||1759m||6-7 hours|
|Day 11||Trek to Ghandruk||1950m||5-6 hours|
|Day 12||Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara||1100m||1-2 hours of travel duration, 2-3 hours of trek duration|
|Day 13||Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening||1338m||6-7 hours|
|Day 14||Final Departure||-||-|
At the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will welcome you right after your arrival. You will be then transferred to your hotel.
After taking some rest, you will get complete briefing about the each day schedule. You will also receive your Annapurna Conservation permits and TIMS this day. You will also meet your guide and other companions of the trek. Just remember to carry necessary documents like passport, copies of photos, travel insurance policy, etc.
The capital city, Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heartthrob of the country. Due to this significance, it is popular destination for tourists, trekkers, and adventure seekers. A marvelous unification of various religions, culture, and lifestyle at a single place. The temples, monuments, stupas, and artifacts signifies the unchanged ancient civilization.
You will visit the major places like Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, etc. along with your guide. After the whole visit, you will have refreshing harmony in your mind.
Travel Duration: 25-30 minutes of Flight-time, 2-3 hours of drive
Trek Duration: 2-3 hours
Max. Elevation: 1577m, Tikhedhunga
Trek Distance: 7 km
After having breakfast, we will take an early flight to Pokhara; the gateway to the Annapurna region. The scenic flight between the high mountains will take about 25-30 minutes. After reaching Kathmandu, we will take a jeep to Nayapul, which takes about 2-3 hours.
Then, we will start to walk from Nayapul to our first targeted destination: Tikhedhunga. The drive itself is an adventurous one as it takes you to high altitude. You will also have beautiful views of terraces fields, ridged forests, and beautifully scattered hamlets. The roadway upto Nayapul is good and well-pitched.
Whereas, the walk after Nayapul will give you another thrill. This is relatively short and easy one. You will cross the river bridges, and walk alongside the rivers. The highlands is full of greenery, cool breeze of air, and scare settlements. You will pass the valley through Birethanti and Hile before reaching Tikhedhunga. Tikhedhunga lies between high hills, so you will have the refreshing experience here.
Overnight at the local guest house or lodge.
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Max. Elevation: 2840m, Upper Ghorepani
Trek Distance: 12 km
Leaving Tikhedhunga behind, we start climbing the steep stone steps of Ulleri at the altitude of 2070m. Ulleri is a large Magar village where there are few teahouses. We will have our lunch at afternoon there. Afterwards, the trail ascends gently from this point through forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m.
The narrow paths include few waterfalls, wooden bridges, and some uncountable steps at the end. Then, you will reach lower Ghorepani. As to reach the Poon Hill next day with an ease, we will spend the night at Upper Ghorepani. You will have to pass more steps to reach the destination where you can find few shops of local products.
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Max. Elevation: 2610m, Tadapani
Trek Distance: 8 km
Early in the morning at about 4am, we start our tour to Poon Hill, the ultimate vantage point for the best sunrise view. Poon Hill offers the phenomenal panorama of the beautiful peaks of the Annapurna region. It is also the photographer's paradise due to the unobstructed views of snow-capped Himalayas.
Then we ascend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and continue the journey through ridges of pines and rhododendron. Along the way to Tadapani, there are about equal ascents and descents.
Firstly, you climb the high hill to reach Deurali, which is at the same altitude of Poon Hill (3210m). Then, the downhill begins which is full of stony and muddy steps. You may also spot wild langoor on the downhill trail. Then, we again climb steps for few hours to get at a guesthouse in Tadapani.
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Max. Elevation: 2170m/7120ft, Chhomrong
Trek Distance: 7.6 km
Good morning mountains! The view of mountain range is magnificient from Tadapani. Your heart will just melt. The sunrise view is also amazing. After breakfast here, we take our steep downhill walk through the ethnic communities of Gurung. Gurjung is the Gurung village through which we pass.
The way to Chhomrong has predominant sub-tropical forests full of multi-colored Rhododendron, fern, and bamboos. Whereas at the outlines of the village, you will see banana and paddy plantations.
You will cross streams and rivers like Kimrong Khola along the mountainside. The ascend trail might be muddy. On the other side, you see the snow capped mountains such as Machapuchare, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and the tip of Gangapurna. You will also have the picturesque of Chhomrong village, residing right below the mountains.
Chhomrong is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, you get a great view of the peaks along with the misty sunset view. Here, the place is full of tea houses along with several shops selling batteries, memory cards, and other stuffs. There is a checkpost where you need to register yourself again. You need to visit the office and show your TIMS card.
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
Max. Elevation: 2950m, Himalaya Hotel
Trek Distance: 6.2 km
This day of trek is full of steep stone stairs. You will get the closer views of Machapuchare and Annapurna III from the viewpoint. You will be walking through trails lined with fields and thin forests firstly. Also, you will be crossing dense sub-tropical forests and clustered tea houses afterwards.
You will also spot the mini hydroelectric power plants that runs the nearby tea houses. Though you may not see the Modi Khola flowing alongside but you will definitely hear it.
There is an abandoned ACAP check-post lying on the way. You gotta checkout through this office.
This stretch is the most beautiful walk of the trek where you will cross the wooden bridges. The path is a mix of short stretches of steep and gradual ascents. From Himalaya, you will get absolute picture of Machhapuchhre standing tall and undisputed.
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
Max. Elevation: 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
Trek Distance: 7 km
Climbing up steadily, you will see the overhanging cave known as Hinku cave on the way. After Himalaya, the terrain starts to shift from dense forest to alpine boulder. You will only see the vegetation of Bamboo, ferns, and grasses around you.
Climbing few slopes, the trail opens up to the valley with Modi Khola where you see Machhapuchhre and Gangapurna more closely.
Crossing the snow bridges you will enter to the grasslands full of Daphne trees and small colorful flowering plants. Along with rocky mountains and small waterfalls, you will also witness an avalanche prone area on the way.
The last stretch to ABC is a walk on moraines and ridges. If you are lucky, you may spot some Marmut on the way.
Then, within few hours you will reach ABC, where you will be surrounded by mountains all around. All the vegetation covered with glistening snow and mist. The scene is just breathtaking. Pick a spot at the edge of the Annapurna glacier and get lost into the views.
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours
Max. Elevation: 4130m (13,550ft) to 2340m (7675 ft) i.e. ABC to Bamboo
Trek Distance: 15.5 km
Perhaps, it is the longest day of the trek on the alpine terrain with rocky mountains. You will trace back the same route though i.e crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalayan, and Dovan. We will lunch at Himalaya.
Today, you will experience the long stretch of steep descends along with few ascends. Facing the varieties of rhododendron and old trees, you will have amazing glimpse of surrounding ranges. Keep an eye out for black-faced ‘Langur’ monkeys. We will reside in a guest house at night.
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
Max. Elevation: 2330m (7675 ft) to 1759m (5770 ft)
Trek Distance: 10 km approx
This is moderately difficult day of the trek followed with steep ascents for few time and steep descents for the remaining. You will again have to checkout from the ACAP office at Chhomrong before you leave. After descending about 2 hours from Chhomrong, you will reach Jhinu.
The view of the sub-tropical forests from Jhinu is the best one. Jhinu is along the side of Modi Khola and has the famous natural hot spring. Relief all your pain by dipping yourself in this heavenly depth!
Trek Duration: 5-5.5 hours
Max. Elevation: 1780m to 1950m
This day, we bid goodbye to Modi Khola upper valley and continue the trail to Kim-rung Khola. The first part of the trail includes rural mount village and directly downs you to Kim-rung hill. The hill is full of colorful rhododendrons, and other attractive floras. After a short break in Kim rung, the trail turns to beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk.
Decorated with Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags, the village truly represents their Gurung ethnicity and traditions. Here, the lodges also let you experience those by yourself through the availability of cultural dresses, ornaments, and accessories.
You can visit the Gurung museum here, an old traditional house of stone slab. Here you can learn a lot about the history and the local way of life. Just amply celebrate your trekking with amazing Gurung people and their tradition!
Travel Duration: 1-2 hours
Trek Duration: 2-3 hours
Max. Elevation: 1940m to 1100m
Trek Distance: 5.5 km
We will leave the beautiful Ghandruk after breakfast. The trails after Ghandruk is complete downhill along with multiple steps. The trails also has some small tea houses where you can rest or have some snacks. The downhill journey will take about three hours. You will pass modest yet beautiful villages like Birethanti on the way. You will also cross bouncy suspension bridges and small riverlets to reach Nayapul.
At Nayapul, our private transport will take you back to Pokhara. The rest of the time is free. You can enjoy ‘the city of lakes’ to its fullest. Afterall you have reached your dream destination!
In this last day of the trek, we will take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu after some breakfast. If you wish, we can even travel from other means like tourists bus or private cars. As every option is cool and fun in itself, the choice is all yours.
After we reach Kathmandu, we will have a small celebration. You can make other plans like shopping, clubbing, archery, rock climbing, etc on the same day. Just utilize this free day to its fullest!
While in the evening, you will join the farewell dinner organized by our team. If you like, you can share your trekking experiences with our team. After dinner, you will spend the night in the hotel in Thamel.
Here comes the final say of your whole journey. Our representatives will take you to the airport as per your flight timing. We will hope to see you soon and again!
This is our complete itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you wish, we can reschedule it as per your comfort and choice. We also have similar type of other treks on similar as well as other regions.
Do contact us for any kind of information you need. We will be more than happy to help!
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
- All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu half day sightseeing
- Tour-guides for sightseeing
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
- A professional English speaking guide
- All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
- First aid kit box
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Airfare
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal gear for trekking
- Extra baggage charges
- Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Gratitudes to the guide and porter
Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Annapurna region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgment to decide on what to take.
Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look:
- Valid Passport
- Airline Tickets
- Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
- Travel Insurance
- Enough Cash
- Sun Protection Hat
- Woolen Hat
- Beanie or Headband
- Balaclava or Buff
- Bandana Scarf
- Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Lightweight Thermal Tops
- Down Vest
- Sports Bra
- Insulated Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Wind Jacket
- Waterproof Jacket
- Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
- Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Fleece Pants
- Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
- Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)
- Hiking Boots (waterproof)
- Camp Sandals
- Hiking Socks
- Thermal Socks
- Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Duffel Bag
- Small Lock for Duffel Bag
- Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
- Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Air mattress
- Pillow (small)
- Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
- Flashlight/ Torch
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Medical and First-Aid Kit
- First-aid kit
- Wound and healing ointment
- Pain relief gel
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Insect repellent spray
- Water purification tablets
Personal Gear and Toiletries
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
- Small Locks
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Facial moisturizer
- Hand lotion
- Deodorant and Soap
- Dry shampoo
- Wet wipes
- Disinfectant tissues
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping mask
- Cotton buds
- Toiletries bag
- Notebook and Pen
- Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
- Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
- Plug Adapter
- Swim Suit
- Portable Solar Charger
Q1. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or do I need to apply online?
You have the option of both. You can get on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can obtain it at the airport. It is also available at the nearest Nepal Embassy.
You will need $25 for 15 days of tourist visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days. You might also need two photos.
You can apply online visa at http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ .
Q2. Do I need travel insurance for trekking in the Annapurna region?
Of course Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers trip cancellation, travel delay, loss/damage of baggage, medical emergencies, and medical evacuation as well. In case of any confusion, please contact us.
Q3. What are the extra documents I should carry?
Beside the visa, for trekking here in Nepal you can bring a copy of your insurance, your passport, and copies of photos (passport size) for the permits. Talking about the requirement of permits for trekking in Annapurna region, as this place has no as such restricted region, you will just need a TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We will be dealing with all the process regarding the permits and card. You don’t have to worry at all!
Q4. Is trekking in Annapurna Region safe?
After the devastating earthquake in 2015 April, many tourists and trekkers have this big question in their mind. Though the earthquake heavily affected the trails, now it is completely fine. Despite the news of accidents, freak weather events, and occasions hazards are common.
All in all, Nepal is safe for trekking and so is Annapurna Region.
Q5. Is it economic to trek in Annapurna region?
As Nepal is fully set up well for trekking, there are abundant of affordable lodges and tea houses providing good fooding and lodging. Trekking in Nepal is cheap as they charge lower amount compared to other countries.
Similarly, trekking in Annapurna region is economical. The rough estimation for the normal expenses are as follows:
- For the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 20
- For TIMS (Trekkers’ Informational Management System) card: USD 10-20
- For food and accommodation per day: USD 15-20
- Trekking Guide per day cost: USD 25-30
- Porter Charge per cost: USD 15-18
Q6. Do I need a guide to trek this region or can I go on my own?
Both of them are advantageous in their own ways. But hiring guide and porter is more enjoyable as you will have to bear less worries and heavy bags. With them you won’t have risk of getting lost and they will even help you in the case of any emergencies.
Q7. How long can trekking in Annapurna Region be?
This totally depends on the route you want to take, and the level of adventure you want to experience.
Some trek with the Annapurna region are as long as 20+ days whereas the short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Royal trek completes within 3-4 days. Both have their own gig and enjoyment. It will completely depend upon your choice regarding time, finances, fitness, and interests.
As the Annapurna Region is fully functioning, the possibilities are almost endless. Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two most popular routes with numerous trails around.
Q8. How difficult is it to trek in Annapurna Region?
This is quite difficult to answer exactly as trek in higher altitude can be hard even for physically fit people. But if you are fully prepared both mentally and physically then the journey will get easier.
Also, there are various level of trekking grade here in Annapurna. You have the option of easy treks like Royal trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to strenuous trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek. So depending on your stamina, confidence, and experience, you can make your choice. This will make your trip more fruitful and enjoyable.
Also to mention, the itinerary you follow will determine the easiness of your trek. Design your trek in such a way that you walk a comfortable distance each day and have enough power to endure next day.
Q9. When should I go trekking in Annapurna Region?
Among 14 highest peaks (> 8000m) in the world, Nepal homes eight of them. And, about half of them lies here in Annapurna region. So, the stunning views of high massifs are for sure.
As Annapurna Region itself have many trekking options, different region lie in various geographical conditions. But as Annapurna region belongs to rain shaded area, most of its trekking options like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be done all over the year.
But if you wish more lush views and want to avoid unnecessary obstacles, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best season to prefer.
Q10. What is the condition of temperature and weather in the region?
Weather in high mountains is always hard to predict. This totally depends on the location, altitude, and time of year. Generally, the days are warm and nights are a bit cool.
Moreover, due to the Annapurna’s location, weather here is significantly different than other regions. Thus, the trekking region has variable climatic changes.
As the large portion of Annapurna is rain-shadow area, trekking is possible throughout the year.
The region takes you through sub-tropical region to the alpine peak section. Thus, you experience the every level of geographical and climatic zones.
The temperature drops as the altitude increases.
Being the busiest trekking season, the weather is calm and cool. The average day temperature is 14-17 degree Celsius and that of night is above freezing. With the crystal clear view, the chances of rainfall is very low.
The coldest weather period in the region is comparatively less preferable season climatewise. The day temperature is very cold and the nights are totally freezing. In this winter period, the days are even cloudy, dull, and dry.
Rain is not frequent but snowfall or avalanches are highly possible.
As this lies in the spring season, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and nights are below 1 or 2 degrees.
It could be hot at lower sections and even arid in some regions.
This is the monsoon period characterized by heavy downpours, huge mudslides, and crawling leeches. Though the rain does not really affect the region as most of them are rain-protected. The lower regions may receive 800mm of rain whereas the rate is 50mm at Jomsom and Marpha region.
Q11. What are the possibilities of getting altitude sickness?
The chances of having altitude sickness doesn’t relates with how fit you are. Though the effects of altitude sickness are mostly likely to come on when you’re above 3000 meters. It would be wise if you don’t ascend 300-400 meters per day after that altitude. This means short walk within couple of hours.
Always remember not to ascend too high or too quick. Also, good health, proper care, and drinking plenty of water are the obvious prevention ideas.
Moreover to be familiar with the heights, we have prepared itinerary focusing proper acclimatization. If you get any symptoms on the trail, then we will immediately descend to lower altitude. In the case of emergency, our professionals also provide medical support. Helicopter rescue is also available.
Q12. Where will I stay?
At Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange a three-star hotel with breakfast included. Whilst on the trekking routes, for night stay, there are options of lodges, tea houses, or even camping. Amongst, the tea house is the most popular one. The accommodation will be simple, comfortable, and clean. They generally provide basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt/blanket. The rooms are either single or double bedded.
Here, in seasonal month, you may even have to share your room or sleep in the dining hall. Thus, it is better to carry a sleeping bar fulfilling your own sleeping requirement.
Talking about the latrine service in the teahouse, toilets are always outside the room with basic facilities. Most tea houses have western flushing toilet but in higher region the simple squat toilets are available.
Q13. What will I eat?
We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.
While there are many options and menus on fooding list too. From basic dal bhat to there are pasta, momo, curries, pizza, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and potatoes.
The foods are freshly cooked in the kitchen. There are different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The local, daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetables is the best choice. Also, the garlic soup will help you with acclimatization.
To go vegetarian in the mountains is an excellent idea in every aspect.
Talking about drinks, you will find all common types of drinks like coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, green tea, ginger tea, soft as well as hard drinks.
Good to veg all over the trek. Choose vegetarian dal bhat for lunch, a combination of rice, dal, and vegetables. They are real worth and healthy from all aspect.
Q14. What about drinking water on the trail of the Annapurna region?
You need to carry the means to purify water like iodine or a fine ceramic filters as the streams could be contaminated. You also have the option of bottled water but the disposal of plastic bottles is the problem.
We recommend the mineral water but boiled water is as always much preferable. That doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.
Q15. What is the mode of communication while we are trekking?
For communicating, there are telephone in some village along the routes. They can even make international calls. Moreover, our guildes will carry the local mobiles. As the Nepali communication lines like Nepal Telecom and Ncell has good network coverage, you can have national as well as international call directly and easily.
Q16. What is the condition of charging electronic device on the trail?
As Nepal is a developing country, electricity on several trekking cities can be scare. Even in the trekking areas with electricity resource, you may face load shedding. Due to which you may have to pay 100-800 Nrs per hour to charge your gadgets and others. Same is the case in Annapurna Base Camp.
So, it is better to carry extra necessary electronic gadgets like power bank, batteries, torches, solar panels etc with you.
Q17. What to wear while trekking in Annapurna region?
This depends on where and which season you trek as not all treks are of higher altitude. But independent of your location, always remember to carry warm clothes like down jackets, thermals, and warmers. This is the preparation for unseasonable cold and unpredictable weather on your route. The above list on clothing and equipments will surely help you.
Q18. What type of preparation should I do for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Trekking regions are of various range. Trek like Royal trek are short and easy, whereas Annapurna Base Camp is of moderate range and Annapurna Circuit trek is comparatively hard.
Thus, an average people with moderate fitness is able to trek this region. No previous experience is even necessary. Though short hikes and walks are highly recommended. Also, some physical fitness programs targeting cardiovascular and strength training will make your journey more sophisticated.
You can go from normal swimming to stair training, pull ups, sit-ups, crunches, and even light weightlifting. The thing to remember is always listen to your body and don’t train over the limit.
Similarly, for mental conditioning, keep yourself healthy by following healthy habits. Keep yourself properly hydrated, have healthy intake like food rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
Moreover, you can do some yogas and meditations to bring optimism and sooth your mind. It would be also useful to have conversations with trekkers who have already trekked the region. Also, keep on digging informations on your trekking region as much as you can.
Q19. What are the options and preparations regarding safety and security?
The foremost concern while trekking on higher altitude should always be safety and security. From the day of your arrival to the date of your departure, we are always there to help you by all means.
Regarding safety, we have remedial services like first aid kit, oxygen bag, etc. With trained staffs, you also can get remedy for in case physical loss or altitude sickness. Not to worry, we have full planned itinerary focusing on acclimatization to avoid unnecessary obstacles.
Helicopter service for emergency rescue is also available.
Q20. Are there tailor-made trips/program for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Yes, there is! Though we have pre-planned itineraries for all treks in the Annapurna Region, you are free to create your own. If you have any specific ideas on some regions or multiple treks or want to combine trips, we can surely arrange. So, send us your probable plans and we will work out on it.
Just contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way!