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)