Hiking has always been my concept of escaping the monotony of daily life since I feel so close to the hills. I believe in having incredible experiences that will leave memories that will last a lifetime, rather than just checking off destinations on my bucket list. Being a mountain enthusiast, the Annapurna Base Camp trek sounded like just the kind of adventure I was searching for.
- Pokhara valley, at 1,400 m and with a stunning Himalayan backdrop, serves as the starting and ending location for the Annapurna Base Camp hike.
- The lifestyle, culture, and hospitality of the Magar, Thakali, and Gurung people will captivate you as you travel through the hills.
- Along the journey, you may easily find guest homes and tea places to rest.
- Interacting with the locals will be easy because the people are nice and helpful to tourists.
- Don’t forget to view the beautiful sunrise and sunset each day, as the beauty of the various colors of the sky will take your breath away.
- Explore the unspoiled wildness of this region and marvel at the variety of flora and wildlife species.
Except for the late winter and monsoon season, Annapurna Base Camp is open all year. Monsoon routes are slippery and muddy, and winter trails are packed with heavy snowfall, making both seasons tough to walk. The finest times to visit this wonderland are in the spring (April and May) and fall (September to November). Around this time, the weather is mild, visibility is good, and the routes are straightforward and trouble-free.
This hike requires two permits: a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and an Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit. Both permits can be acquired at the tourism office in Pokhara, and visas for Nepal can be renewed here if necessary. Along the route, the permits are examined.
All walks in the Annapurna Sanctuary National Park require a TIMS, which costs NPR 3000. The permit is only good for one admission into the park, so keep that in mind if you plan on doing many treks in this national park. The permit for the local national park costs NPR 2000.
What to pack for the trek?
Bring only what you need, especially if you want to make the trek without a porter. You won’t need much if you stay and eat at a guesthouse every night; no need to bring camping or cooking equipment. Our LifeStraw bottles were the most useful thing we had. For starters, they save you a lot of money on drinking water. Second, it is beneficial to the environment! We packed the same things for hiking to Annapurna Base Camp as we did for Everest Base Camp.
There are two or three routes to ABC. This allows you to create a variety of itineraries. At Chomrong, all routes meet and follow the same way to the base camp. You can make your climbing and return stop in different villages. Of course, taking different routes adds or subtracts 3-4 days. A sample itinerary is provided below. Ghorepani Poon Hill is traversed via this trail. Typically, the trek begins in Pokhara and ends in Phedi and Pokhara.
Food, Accommodation, and their Cost
Lodges are about $2 per day. You have the option of renting a private room with twin beds or a dorm room with 4-6 beds. They are small, yet pleasant and well-kept. There are finer hotels that cost significantly more, but regular teahouses cost around $2. Staying in these opulent hotels is synonymous with luxury trekking. They are more expensive. In terms of ‘comfort against the elements,’ luxury hiking is not required for the ABC journey.
Locals anticipate that you will eat where you stay. Teahouses make money by selling meals rather than providing lodging. You’d agree that $2 is a lot less. You have a variety of meal alternatives to pick from.
lastly Eggs can be prepared in a variety of ways, as well as chapatti, porridge with milk, and sandwiches. Instead, potatoes are prepared in various ways, package noodles, chowmein, momo, macaroni, pudding, Dal Bhat Tarkari, and other dishes. Dal Bhat is the most affordable and filling alternative. Tea, coffee, flavored hot drinks, and other beverages are available. They also sell alcohol.
moreover On average, $25 a day will cover three meals and many cups of hot coffee, regardless of what you choose to consume. Alcohol is not included in this budget. If you drink, it is best to do so on the way back. Caffeine and alcohol will make you more susceptible to AMS.
futhermore in Nepal, known for its high peaks, unspoiled beauty, and tight slopes, has been on my mind since I began hiking, and I was finally able to visit this March. It is a very popular trek among trekkers because of its incredible beauty that takes your breath away. This is one of the most breathtaking treks you will ever take. It is essentially a moderate tea-house trek that showcases the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs as well as panoramic vistas of Machapuchare.