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Annapurna Base Camp: Everything You Should Know

Annapurna Base Camp

Located in the Himalayas, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is home to Annapurna I and other peaks. The trekking route to ABC includes the most popular hiking trails in Nepal, and it’s one of the most beautiful treks you can take in the world! While many people have heard of this trekking route, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you set off on your trip. Here are some basic facts about Annapurna Base Camp that will help you prepare for your adventure!

How do I get to the start of Annapurna Base Camp?

To get to the start of Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll need to fly or drive into Pokhara and then take a bus or taxi up to Phedi or Nayapul according to your Itinerary. The road is in excellent condition and it takes about 40 minutes to Phedi and 1 hour to Nayapul (the best place to start the trek).

Nepal Visa

Travel to Nepal is quite different than traveling in Europe or the United States. Flight times are long, and there is no longer jet lag after a long flight. Prepare for a culture shock when arriving in Kathmandu! Once you reach Kathmandu you will be required to get a tourist visa from the Immigration office at Tribhuwan International Airport, which costs:
30 USD for 15 Days
50 USD for 30 Days
125 USD for 90 Days

The office is open 24/7. However, if you are entering Nepal by land you are required to get a visa in any of the border immigration. Please visit the official website for actual information. The current price and information regarding visa can be found here.

What should I pack?

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot to consider when you’re heading to the mountains. Start by packing your essential hiking gear, like a map and compass, an extra jacket and gloves, water bottles and snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray. Consider bringing along a first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, anti-inflammatory medication, and pain relievers. And don’t forget your contact lens solution! Check our Complete gear checklist for trekking in the Himalayas.

Safety Considerations

It is essential that you have the right hiking gear and clothing for your Annapurna Base Camp trek. One of the most important things to consider is safety. This region has a history of avalanches and landslides, so it’s important to know what to do if one occurs. The last thing you want is to be stuck at an elevation too high for you to handle! Be sure to pack sturdy shoes and bring a headlamp (just in case), as well as a first aid kit with supplies for blisters and altitude sickness.

What vaccinations do I need?

You should consult your doctor or a health care provider to see if you need any vaccinations before traveling to Nepal. The following vaccinations are recommended for Nepal by the World Health Organization:
1. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
2. Polio vaccine
3. Hepatitis A vaccine
4. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine
5. Typhoid vaccination
6. A vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least 14 days prior to entering Nepal.
 or
If you are not being fully vaccinated, or have not completed a full dose of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal, a COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT, or WHO accredited test) showing negative result done within the last 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if you are entering through the land border, done within 72 hours of entry.

Do I need trekking poles or walking sticks?

Walking sticks are not necessary on the Annapurna Base Camp trek but they can be helpful. Trekking poles are also not necessary but they can help in steep areas and steep descents.
If you do decide to use poles, make sure you don’t carry them over your shoulder as this will cause injury to your neck and back. Poles should instead be carried under both arms with the handle sticking out in front of you.
Trekking poles come in different types but I want to Talk about two different poles which are my favorites. Leki (aluminum) or Black Diamond (carbon fiber). Both are strong, light, and sturdy so it comes down to personal preference. Carbon fiber is less likely to break than aluminum, but aluminum is the lighter weight which makes it better for extended periods of time carrying a heavy load.

Annapurna base camp trek itinerary

Annapurna base camp trek itinerary 8 days

Day 1 – Drive to Phedi and Trek to Landruk
Day 2 – Treking to Chhomrong
Day 3 – Trekking to Dovan
Day 4 – Trekking to Machachhapuchchhre Base Camp
Day 5 – Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and explore the glaciers around
Day 6 – Trek down to Himalaya
Day 7 – Trek to Jhinudanda and enjoy the hot spring.
Day 8 – Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

If you are visiting from America and want to do an Annapurna Base Camp trip with children or teenagers, be sure to take into account the difficulties of the terrain and high altitude changes. Remember too that some parts of the region may be closed due to local unrest – ask your guide before booking!

Annapurna base camp trek 10 days

Day 1 – Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga
Day 2 – Trek to Ghorepani
Day 3 – Trek to Tadapani
Day 4 – Trekking to Chhomrong
Day 5 – Trek to Himalaya
Day 6 – Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 7 – Explore ABC and rest
Day 8 – Trek down to Dovan
Day 9 – Trek to Jhinudanda and enjoy the hot spring.
Day 10 – Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Annapurna base camp trek 7 days

Day 1 – Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk
Day 2 – Trek to Sinuwa
Day 3 – Trek to Deurali
Day 4 – Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary (ABC)
Day 5 – Trek to Dovan
Day 6 – Trek to New Bridge.
Day 7 – Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Different travel agencies have different itineraries for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you can choose one which is suitable for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about ABC

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp?

 ABC Trek is moderately difficult. Most people will complete a trek to Annapurna base camp in about 7-10 days. The itinerary for your trek will largely depend on how much time you have available and how fit you are. A good guide can help you tailor your Annapurna base camp trip so that it is both fun and safe, no matter your age or fitness level. For example, if you’re visiting from America and want to do an Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with children or teenagers, be sure to take into account the difficulties of the terrain and high altitude changes. Remember too that some parts of the region may be closed due to local unrest – ask your guide before booking!

Which is harder Everest base camp or Annapurna?

Walking distance has approximately similar length but due to altitude, Everest Base Camp is quite harder than Annapurna Sanctuary.

How long does it take to reach Annapurna Base Camp?

It always depends on your fitness level and travel itineraries, I have provided 3 different Annapurna Base Camp itineraries above in which you reach Annapurna Sanctuary in between 4-6 days.

How much does it cost for Annapurna Base Camp?

When we talk about the price for any trek in Nepal, It always depends on your luxury level. For 10 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek costs a minimum of $1200 including Guides and Porters (Trekking Parts Only) according to 2nd itinerary.

Is the Annapurna Base Camp trek safe?

This is the most common question asked by those who have never attempted the hike before. The truth is that there is no one answer to this question, as it varies from person to person and trip to trip. There are many factors that could make the hike unsafe for you, including your level of fitness, how well you acclimate to higher altitudes, and if you are prone to altitude sickness or not. Compared to Manaslu and Everest, Annapurna is Safest for hiking.

Is there WIFI at Annapurna Base Camp?

Yes, there is wifi at Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and some lodges even provide free wifi access to their guests. There are power outlets, but they are not always reliable. We recommend bringing an external battery or a solar charger so you can recharge your devices. 

If you still have more questions regarding the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, comment below or join our forum and place your questions, we will respond as soon possible. The writer of this article is Mountain Trekking Guide from Nepal, So you can even send him email directly

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