Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Map, Cost and other Essentials

Posted in Things to Know by Upscale Adventures
Published on Mar 02, 2021

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 to form the great Annapurna Massif.

The first ascent of Annapurna I was made by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950.

The Annapurna region receives the most number of trekkers (70,000 annually) compared to other trekking regions of Everest, Manang and Langtang.

Typical Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Package

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 the inhabitants of Gurung and Managi, the trek blends the region's natural and cultural wonders. One can also pick. to explore the Protected Area of Annapurna (ACA) and observe the region's unique flora and fauna.

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 up and down hills 600-800 m high will prove to be difficult. 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.

Annapurna Trekking : Best Seasons

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, good weather, accessibility and accommodation isn't guaranteed. Many trekkers choose the post-monsoon season over any other because of good weather and ease of access.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 15 Days : Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

Day 4: Pokhara-Ulleri

Day 5: Ulleri to Ghorepani

Day 6: Ghorepani to Tadapani trek

Day 7: Tadapani to Chomrong Trek

Day 8: Chomrong to Bamboo

Day 9: Bamboo to Deurali

Day 10: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa

Day 12: Sinuwa to Jhinu danda

Day 13: Jhinu Danda To Pokhara

Day 14: Pokhara To Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure

Annapurna Base Camp Trek : Gallery

Annapurna: Trek Map 

 

Annapurna Trekking : Gears and Equipment

  • Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) –Long-lasting boots are required to spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail. The boots can vary from medium, high or low to light. 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 a 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 vigorous walking. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.

Annapurna Trekking: Permits Fees & Tims Card

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 - 3,000 NPR (Approx. US $30)
  • ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR( US $20 P.person)
  • TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)
  • Non-SAARC Nationals - Rs. 2,000 per person per entry (Approx. US $20 p.person)