Annapurna 8,091 m (26,545 ft) Alpine PD+ is one of tallest mountains in the world. Annapurna region is known as the most popular trek destination in Nepal. Annapurna base camp, along with Annapurna Circuit, receives more than 70,000 trekkers a year. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Annapurna South combined forms the great Annapurna Massif.
The first ascent of Annapurna I was made by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950..
Annapurna region receives the most amount of trekkers (70,000 annually) compared to other trekking regions of Everest, Manang and Langtang.
Trekking to the rudimentary campsite of Annapurna is popular among Outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. Passing through the high hills and ethnic villages of Gurung and Managi inhabitants, the trek assimilates both natural and cultural wonders of the region. One can even opt. to explore Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) and observe the rare flora and faunas of the region.
The culturally and artistically rich villages of Ghandruk (HQ of ACAP) and Chhomrung are One-stop destinations. Fatigue can take its toll as the trail passes through varying altitudes, temperatures and terrains. The daily chores of climbing 600-800 m high hills up and down can prove to be tough. Altitude Sickness can occur above 3,000 m (9,845 ft), therefore, taking Diamox beforehand may prevent the sickness.
Annapurna base camp trek is a materialization of every traveler’s dream for exploring life in wilderness, tasting high Himalaya and measuring one’s physical and mental threshold.
You can trek Annapurna during Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November) seasons. Handful of trekkers attempt trekking the region during winter as well, however, a good weather, accessibility and accommodation isn’t guaranteed. Many trekkers choose post-monsoon season over any other because of good weather and ease of access.
Day 01: Drive/Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu, 5-6 hrs drive
Day 02: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hrs drive and 4 hrs walk
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walk
Day 04: Trek to Tadapani (2540m/8332ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,528 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft), 3 hrs walk
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 11: Complete rem. trek for the day and drive back to Pokhara, 6-7 hrs walk & 2 hrs drive
~Gears and Equipment~
- Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
- Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
- Lightweight knapsack – It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
- Lightweight sleeping bag – Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
- Fabric band-aids – Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.
~Costs & Permits~
The costs for lodging and dining are predetermined by the Association of lodge (Tea-house) owners. For a general idea, the costs here are directly proportional to the altitude. The higher the altitude, the greater the cost!
One must be registered in TIMS before starting the trek. Fee for entering Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is as follows;
- SAARC Nationals – Rs. 200 per person per entry (Approx. US $2 p.person)
- Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 2,000 per person per entry (Approx. US $20 p.person)
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek -15 Days