Trekkingtripnepal 19 Sep, 2020

A Complete Guide to Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Preparation Tips

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in Nepal that you must know the Facts 

Mount Annapurna is the 10th tallest peak in the world. Annapurna massif is situated in the north-central part of Nepal. Annapurna province includes over 8,000 meters / 26,000ft, as well as thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters/ 23,000ft, and sixteen more above 6000 meters/20,000ft peaks like, Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Fishtail (6,993m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchli (6,441m), Gangapurna, etc.  The area is expanding by 55 kilometers long and inbounds by the Kaligandaki on the west, Marsyandi River in the east and north, and in the south by beautiful Pokhara valley. Annapurna I was the first to summit by Maurice Herzog summit through the north face in 1950.


Annapurna Conservation Area is expanding within the 7,629 square kilometers (2946 sq meters) is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal is the home of different endangered wild animals and several world-class treks. Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are the most visiting sites by the trekkers from all over the world.  Trek into the base camp of 8091 m high Annapurna or the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek offers the hikers and trekkers an outstanding part of the beautiful Annapurna Massif in the up-close view of Mt. Annapurna I 10th highest peak in the world surrounded by Poon Hill, Mardi Himal and adventure city Pokhara. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the highly recommended trekking site by most of the trekkers from the world as every year seventy percent of trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. 


Facts that you need to know about Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

• Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the trekking route to the base camp of Annapurna South.

• It is the up-close viewpoint of Annapurna I (worlds’ 10th tallest mountain).

• Trekkers can see the 360-degree stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayan panorama like Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Fishtail (6,993m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hinuchuli (6,441m), etc. 

• Base Camp to Annapurna following different alternative trails, some are using the trail from Ghandruk and some are using the route from Poon Hill Ghorepani but both trails meeting point at Chhomrong typical settlement of the Gurung ethnic group of Annapurna region. 

• We would like to recommend using the trail from Poon Hill as you can see the outstanding scenery of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail Himalayan range as it is the best vantage point to behold the awesome panorama of astounding mountains after Kalapthar on the way to Everest Base Camp

• This mountain base trek offers to experience unique and typical cultures and traditions of the ethnic group of Magar and Gurung at the campsite. 

• In the peak season the trail is full of crowded if you want a peaceful trekking trip then you can choose Manaslu Circuit Trek


Best Highlighting section of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

• The Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is embarking from the beautiful well developed lakeside city of Pokhara to a remote site. 

• Fantastic scenery of silver color snowcapped towering mountains and pretty landscapes from low land typical villages. 

• Experience the undiscovered lifestyle, cultures, traditions, hospitality from Magar, Gurung, and Thakali ethnic group of Nepal. 

• Wonderful view of sunrise and Sunset in the Annapurna Himalayas.

• Subtropical vegetation, wild animals, and birds, most of Rhododendron and alpine woodlands.

• Typical villages habitant from Magar and Gurung settlement likewise Ghorepani, Ulleri, Ghandruk, and Chhomrong.

• Typical homestay and historical museum of Gurung species.

• Natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda takes out your body pain from the trekking in Annapurna Base Camp. 

• Well combination of nature, culture, religion, and enjoyment with mountain scenery and landscape. 

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an unwritten book that you can’t judge by its cover, so you must do and explore it. 


Requirements of permits and its costs for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 

Annapurna Base Camp is under the control of the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP), all trekkers need to take a permit to enter the Annapurna region from the ACAP office. Trekkers need to apply with two passport size photographs for the Annapurna region entry permit. The entry fee is USD - 30 (NPR - 3000) for foreigners and for SAARC country nationality It is USD – 2 (NPR – 200). Moreover, for the under-aged children of 10 years do not need any entry fees. You need to keep your TIMS and Permit with you in your entire base camp trip as you need to show in the checkpoint to the related person of ACAP. This permit legal validation only for a single entry is not transferable and non – refundable and the permit just works in the targeted site of the conservation area. For your trekking, we will provide a reasonable price and lead you in the land of heavenly gorgeous Annapurna massif. 

On the other hand, trekkers also need to purchase the TIMS cards (Trekkers Information Management System) before processing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek by both governments authorized trekking agencies clients and Free Individual Trekkers (FITs). There are two colors TIMS card one is green for FIT and blue for trekkers using government authorized trekking agencies. You need to apply for a TIMS card by two passports seize photographs and the cost is USD 20, (NPR – 2000) per person. TIMS cards are available in the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu, and Pokhara and in the offices of TAAN at Maligaun Kathmandu and Pokhara. 


Standard Itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

For standard well – organized trekking itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins from Kathmandu either you can embark your journey taken flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or by private vehicle as per your choice. Please visit our Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking page for your choice of different routes trekking packages and the trip can optimize as per the trekkers' flexibility, following are the itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Day 01 - Landed at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, and Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 – Fly to Pokhara and drive to Nayapool then hike to Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4,905ft), Duration: 4 hours 

Day 03 – Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2,874m/9,348ft), overnight stay at the tea house, Duration: 7 6 hours 

Day 04 – Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2,570m/8,200ft) overnight stay at the tea house, Duration: 6 hours 

Day 05 – Tadapani – Sinuwa (2,340m/6,225ft), overnight stay at the tea house, Duration 6 hours 

Day 06 – Sinuwa – Deurali (3,230m/10,330ft), overnight stay at the tea house, Duration: 6 Hours 

Day 07 – Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), overnight stay at the tea house, Duration: 5 hours 

Day 08 – Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo, Duration: 8 hours 

Day 09 – Bamboo – Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring), overnight stay at the tea house, Duration: 4 hours 

Day 10 – Jhinu Danda – Modique take a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara, Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 11 – Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport and fly back to your home

For detail information please check our page Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Package


Meals and Drinking water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 

Purifying water and proper meals are the basic phenomena of all trekking. The Annapurna Base Camp area is full of the good settlement of the locals so the varieties of cuisines are available in the tea houses as per your choice. And, it is not allowed to take meat above the Sinuwa because of holy are of the base campsite, it is because you will not get the meat items in the camp area. Different types of food menus available in the tea houses and you can choose the meals at your convenience. All agencies offer special packages of trekking including accommodation and foods like breakfast, lunch, and dinner better to follow the guide. 

Availability of Breakfast: Gurung bread, French toasts, porridges, American breakfast set, pancakes, muesli, pancake and tea, coffee, etc.

Lunch Availability: You can get all types of foods like noodles, dumbling, Nepali traditional meal set (lentil soup, rice, pickle, meat, curry cooking in Nepali styles), and some western and Korean foods.  

Dinner Availability: There are varieties of food items written on the menu including western foods and you can order as per your choice.  

Water Supply:  It is better to take your own bottle for drinking water, in the down part of trekking you can get mineral water, and in the above, there is the availability of safe drinking water and you can pour in your bottle and drink. You need to pay NPR 200 to NPR 500 for a bottle of water. Using your own bottle for drinking water keeps the environment in the trekking area and will save your budget too. On the way to trekking, you may need additional energy for hiking so we recommend you keep chocolates, candy, and other energy drinks to get stamina. 

Where to Accommodate during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The questions about accommodations and foods during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek reminding in every trekker's mind. But the hospitality in the base camp of the Annapurna region is well facilitated so that no needs to worry about accommodations and the foods. However, there are the different types of accommodations available in the trekking trip like somewhere you will get attached bathroom, and in the other places, you need to use a shared room with other trekkers. There are limited numbers of tea houses in the base camp area, so sometimes you need to sleep in dining in the peak season of trekking. You will get a gas shower and somewhere need to use a bucket shower as well. There will not be enough blankets for all trekkers, so it is better to take your own sleeping bags. 


Transportation facilities during the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 

While you come to Kathmandu, you have two options to reach in Pokhara by flight or by vehicles as per your choice or dealing with the company before. From Pokhara you can take a jeep or taxi available for driving to Nayapool from where you will start trekking journey to base camp. . Then when you back from your trek you can take the jeep from Modique and drive back to Pokhara and by your choice you can use the 25 minutes flight to Kathmandu or 7 hours bus ride. On the way to trekking in case, if you need or want, you can use pony service too by your own payment. 


How difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is the moderate level of trekking in Nepal which can be summit by the untrained trekkers. It is the base camp trekking in the highest mountain Annapurna I with an up-close view. The probability of altitude sickness is very less but needs to care because it is a mountain nobody knows. Most of the trail up and downs, it is because you may get the joint problems so kneecap and the massage cream will help for your walking. If you have cardiovascular training like hiking, jogging and running will help you in trekking.  You need to drink enough water and meals for keeping stamina in your body. Sometimes there may unforeseen natural disasters or bad weather and snowfall at that time it may be difficult for trekking and need helicopter rescue. 


Is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek safe for solo trekkers or female solo trekkers?

The trekking site is very safe for all kinds of trekkers either solo trekkers, female trekkers.  It is definitely an awesome journey for all hikers and explorers they can take enjoy of peaceful nature. During the peak seasons, so many people doing this treks and meet the people and make new friends and enjoy making your fantastic journey to the base camp. However, we highly recommend group trekking for your caring and well services during the trek. Group trekking is suited for budget travelers and makes yourself caring and safe.


Annapurna Base Camp trekking preparation 

The trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is not easy and not that difficult. If you have a good preparation before setting off your adventure journey fits your body for trekking and hiking. When you make your plan for Annapurna Base Camp Trek at least you do hiking before a month to start trekking will help you adjust hiking in the rough trail to the Annapurna region. Your hiking training will make the fruitful Annapurna Base Camp Trek as you can easily walk through the uphill and downhill. 


How do make your body fit for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek? We suggest you do some hiking training, fitness, exercise and walk in the unpaved track, etc. Keep in mind that I need to walk for 6 to 7 hours in rocky trails up and down. The load is not your issue because you can hire a porter to carry your stuff but if you will not take a porter than you need to ready to carry 10-20 kilos per day. At least 1-hour walking or running around a month definitely makes it easy to complete your base camp trip. Hence, it is not sure you will summit the base camp because there are other facts as well as altitude sickness and unforeseen weather forecast and snowfall. In the mountain, the weather is frequently changing and we shouldn’t force ourselves further that is why we prioritize safety first. Enough preparation with your strong psychological mindset will empower you to summit the Annapurna Base Camp. 


Nepal Visa 

You will get on arrival visa at the airport; it may take a long time queuing to stamp at your passport. For your convenience, you can get an online visa for your good arrangements in advance. It will charge USD 30 = 15 Days 

USD 50 = 30 Days 

USD 125 = 90 Days 



Must have six months remaining validity or more time duration at the time of Nepal entry


At least your passport has a blank visa page (not an endorsement page) needs for visa entry




Not required 


USD 5000, no pure, unworked gold up to 50 grams of gold jewelry or 500 grams of silver 


USD 5000


Preparation upon arrival in Kathmandu and Annapurna Base Camp Trek Preparation 

It will more useful to take a day for preparing the trekking journey to Annapurna Base Camp. You can check your all essential trekking gears for your hiking then if you need you can buy some extra equipment that you need on your trip. If you want to buy some packing foods and energy supply during the trek you can go around the supermarket and buy. You can also get things in Pokhara but it may a bit hurry on that day so that you may not get the things by your right choice. We recommend you to bring your essential trekking gears from your home like hiking boots, rain jacket, backpack, sleeping bags, and down jackets. If you buy in Kathmandu your trekking stuffs it will cheap but it may not work for a long time as you may need to through away after your trip. If you are using a guide or porter can give them for reuse and for their other coming trip as per your kindness. 


Why do you hire a guide for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

We strongly recommend you go with a guide always! Why? The following are the important reason for the hiring guide:

• The guide is well known about the trail and the surroundings as guides are expertise all about the mountains so that they will care for yourself and concerning your altitude sickness. 

• You will contribute to the local economy as they can get employment. 

• You will feel safe and comfortable journey in the mountains with a guide and porter, solo hiking for females is not easy in the mountains or for the solo trekkers. 

• Guide will manage your all arrangements for foods and accommodations and the porter will carry your stuff so that you can be free for trekking. 

We Trekking Trip Nepal makes your journey unforgettable provides by reasonable price for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We respect the good value of money and your choice of trekking trip. 


What does the meaning of Tea House?

These tea houses are the small guest houses that usually have a small room including 2 or three beds and narrow space of the sleeping area. You also need to share your rooms with other fellow hikers; you will not get the running water in the tea house and even electric charge as well. You need to do a gas shower or bucket shower because in the high altitude it is too cold and has fewer facilities. You need extra pay for a shower, electric charge, and WI FI. Things are expensive in the tea houses in comparison with the urban places because everything needs to carry by human beings. 


Prevent Altitude Sickness and what things should you do for it?

Anyone can get altitude sickness in the higher elevation, if you got it then you can’t do many things and you immediately need to descend. For the prevention of altitude sickness following tips will be useful. 

1. Take enough rest in your trekking 

2. Drink plenty of tea and water, we recommend ginger tea. 

3. Follow the direction of the guide 

4. Acclimatize your body 

5. Use Diamox for the final treatment 

6. If the case is a serious take helicopter rescue 


There are so many trekkers who are in trouble with altitude we give a good suggestion for their good recovery. If use Diamox you need to keep continue till back from your trip as it will have side effects. 


Can do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Asthma?

It is 4,130m; Annapurna Base Camp is not much altitude comparing with other trekking trails. If you take acclimatization and smooth walking in your journey then it is not that difficult to summit Annapurna Base Camp. But it is in the higher altitude in the mountains so anyone needs to take care much because there is less oxygen in the above elevation. So, you can try your best consulting with the specialist while summiting Annapurna Base Camp with asthma. 


Best Time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

There are four seasons in a year spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The spring season, March to May, and Autumn Season September to November are the most prominent time for trekking at the Annapurna region. But, you can do by any season as per your time flexibility. 


How does the weather change on the Annapurna Base Camp?

As already described the weather in Nepal has 4 seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Weather like this in the different seasons:

In Spring 

Spring (March-May) is the season in which time the huge number of trekkers come to summit Annapurna Base Camp. In this season chances of rain is less and get quite a pleasant climate with adjustable temperature and the best time for trekking. The temperature in the Annapurna Base Camp is unstable 0 – 10 or sometimes gets a minus degree. 

In Summer 

Summer season (June – August) is the time for raining and mountains are covered by clouds most of the time, if you make your journey to Annapurna Base Camp in this time there will be a rare chance to catch a view of mountains. The trail gets slippery and wet you need to be very careful. It is the hottest month of the year so in case of temperature, it is a good time. 

In Autumn 

Autumn Season (September – November) is like quite a pleasant time. All the terrace fields covered with greenery and on the horizon can see the silver glistering beautiful snowcapped mountains. It is very adjustable and funny weather as it is the combination of the colorful environment in the surroundings. This is the perfect time to set the trekking into the Annapurna Base Camp with fantastic trekking conditions. 

In Winter 

Winter (December – January) is the coldest season in a year so that it will get heavy snowfall on the trail. In this time Annapurna Base Camp is extremely cold the temperature is almost – 10 to 20 degrees C. If you are a fund of skies this time will be fit for you playing in the snow. Trekkers in the Annapurna region are less at this time and the trail is no crowded, it will be a peaceful environment and the availability of the accommodation is good.  


Packing lists for essential  gears and documents 

• Travel Documents: passport, Annapurna Conservation area entry permit, travel insurance, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, passport-sized photographs, air tickets, visa.

• Camera, tripod, headlights/torch/flashlight sunglasses, earplugs.

• E-Books, reading books, poker, and other travel games, notebook, and pen.

• Suntan lotion, sun protection cream, moisturizers, hand sanitizer, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, nail cutter, and sanitary pads, tissue paper, and roll papers.

• Money bag

• Sun hat, scarf 

• Bag liner

• Down jackets and trousers 

• Trekking shoes 

• Thermal  clothes 

• Wind and waterproof jackets and trousers 

• Gloves 

• First aid kits 

• Lip Balm 

• Power Bank 

• Snacks 

• Thermal underwear 

• Sleeping bags 

• Trekking sticks 

• T-Shirts 

Above mentioned materials are the essential things to before you set the trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.


Your travel insurance policies must coverage 

Travel insurance must cover the expenditure for unforeseen incidents like injury, serious health issues, helicopter rescue, and cost of the ambulance, medication fees, doctor fees, and other serious health concerns. Your travel insurance also covers other extra activities or unpredictable things like lost your camera, crack your things, cost of theft and stolen things, cancelation, and misplaced your luggage. 


In case of your accident, sick and injured during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

In case you become sick or get an accident or injured in your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking our guide or team leader provides first aid treatment and takes the nearest health care center for your further treatment. Moreover, if the situation is not under control will organize the emergency rescue by helicopter. 

In conclusion, if you are planning your trekking trip in Nepal, the government authorized company will provide the all needed service for your seen and unforeseen situation that occurs under your trekking.  You will feel secure in your trekking as they will care for you much on your trip and every step of your trek they follow you and help for your comfortable. Finally, make sure that you are choosing the best company with us for your successful Annapurna Base Camp Trek. For your convenience to choose a trekking trip Blog Top 5 Best Trekking in Nepal will help you with further information.