Annapurna, one of the finest jewels of Nepal, is located in the central-north region of the country. On the foot of this great mountain, is the Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is short and easy yet one of the most rewarding treks any traveler can sign up for. This trek will take you through the heavenly beauty and culturally enriched villages of Nepal and give you a life lasting experience.
What is the ideal itinerary for Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (25 mins /820 m)/Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m/2hrs) and trek from Nayapul to Ghandruk (6 hrs / 1940m)
Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m / 5 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m / 5 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3230m / 5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/3 - 4 hours)
Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base camp (4130m / 2 -3 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m / 6hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m / 6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Pothana (1990m / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Pothana to Phedi (1130m/3 hrs) and drive from Phedi to Pokhara (820m/1 hr)
Day 13: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1300m/25min)
Day 14: Departure to your homeland
What does the journey look like?
Your journey starts from Pokhara; a lively city in central Nepal. From here, you drive to Nayapul and start your trek there. Your destination for the first day will be Tikhedhunga. The next day, you will head out to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is at an altitude of 2860 meters. You will be walking a slight uphill. On the way, you will be blessed with the astonishing views of the Himalayan massifs and the beautiful landscapes. The following day, you will trek towards Tadapani. Your next destination is Chhomrong. Enroute you will be passing by Rhododendron forests and Gurung villages. From here you get a close-up view of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Himchuli (6441m), and numerous others in the Annapurna region. The next day, you move out to Dovan followed by the trek to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. A beautiful trail with pleasant scenes of the landscapes and snow-capped mountains. Finally, the next morning you will be heading out to Annapurna Base Camp. You will be passing through alpine forests and soon reach the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). You get an astonishing panoramic view of Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna South (7,229m), Himchuli (6,441m), Gangapurna (7,454m) and Machhapuchhare (6,997m). You will be returning to Bamboo, and explore the villages and the people on the way. On the last day of your trek, you will trek to Jhinu Danda. You can relax in the hot springs at this town and drive back to Pokhara.
When to get there?
The best time to go for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be within the seasons of spring and autumn. These seasons usually occur during the dates of February to April and mid-October to November. It is the not just the ideal time for Annapurna Base Camp, but for various other tourism activities in Nepal. During this time, the climate and the weather will be fine for trekking. The trails will be dry and easier to walk on and there will be a very low chance of rain. Also since the skies will be clear, you will be able to witness the best views of the scenery.
How fit you need to be?
You have to be well-prepared to take on a trek like the Annapurna Base Camp program. Proper packing, travel insurance, medical supplies and not to forget physical fitness. Though the Annapurna Base Camp trek is a fairly easy trek, it is best to have your cardiovascular abilities intact. This can help you walk the long distance and reduce the stress on your body. You can start preparing by doing cardio exercises a few weeks before coming to Nepal.
What to carry during Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
For your packing, carry the essentials while you go on treks. Proper clothing and accessories and a few essential gadgets are enough for your trek. The trek takes you to places with very low temperature so, make sure that you are warm and comfortable enough. It is highly recommended that you carry a first aid kit with you and some common medicines for headaches and minor sickness.
What precautions do you need to take?
Prior to your arrival in Nepal, be sure to be vaccinized properly and inform the trekking agency about any medical conditions that you might have. Travel insurance is an important aspect of traveling. This helps you cover costs that you will not have predicted of. In emergency cases when you need medical attention or rescue services, your insurance can cover these charges. These charges can be very expensive. Make sure your travel insurance policy covers high altitude traveling. Also, be wary about the drinking water on the route and carry portable water purifiers with you at all times.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most prestigious programs for trekkers. It gives you a taste of the Nepalese geographic and cultural diversity. Trekking through the trails of Rhododendron forests and glacial rivers; gives you the greatest feeling on earth. Once you take on this trek, you will want to come back for more.