28 Things Must Know Before Starting Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Nepal – Otherwise, You’ll Lose…

Also, depending on your budget, it is possible to start trekking basically from anywhere. If you do not have a lot of time, you can rent a jeep (the price varies from the bargain, the number of people and, of course, the distance) to take you to any accessible village on the road.

There is even an airport in Jomsom, from which it is possible to fly to/from Pokhara and explore the higher altitudes for a shorter time. Also, depending on your budget, it is possible to start trekking basically from anywhere.

If you do not have a lot of time, you can rent a jeep (the price varies from the bargain, the number of people and, of course, the distance) to take you to any accessible village on the road. There is even an airport in Jomsom, from which it is possible to fly to/from Pokhara and explore the higher altitudes for a shorter time.

2.    Cheapest trekking cost:

It’s fact. The easier the access, the cheaper the prices. As I said before, the road and the means of transportation made it very easy to transport food and other items of basic necessities. Of course, the higher you go, the more expensive the prices are. But according to the same logic, the fact that the Annapurna Circuit is generally cheaper than the Everest Base Camp is undeniable.

3.    Very popular among independent trilheiros and solos:

Aside from the fact that the tracks and roads are very obvious, and it is practically impossible to get lost, I believe that easy access is also another important reason why the Annapurna Circuit is so popular among independent trekkers.

The fact that only a bus is needed to get to the beginning of the trail makes it much easier, both logistically and financially. Also, I believe it is reasonable to say that, before trekkers, most of them are backpackers. So I would say that spending a budget of 2 days (at least) on 1 with an organized guide/group is not the most convenient thing to do when it comes to financial expenses.

4.    Cultural knowledge:

An itinerary for Nepal with great cost x benefit, where you will know a little of the culture and will do one of the most sought after trekkings in the world. Perfect trip for those who want to see small villages and contemplate the beautiful Himalayan mountains.

5.    View of mountains:

The chance to do trekking with a view of the biggest mountains in the world cannot be missed right? Walking through the mountains enjoying peaks such as Annapurna, Fishtail all covered in snow is one of those movie scenes.

6.    Country breathes of trekking:

As soon as you arrive in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu or Pokhara, you will see that almost everything revolves around the trekking. There are shops and more clothing and equipment stores for the activity. They are options for all pockets.

7.    The villages in the Himalayas:

Being after a bamboo day in a different little village in the mountains is an experience to be part of. It is beautiful to see the people who live in the mountains always with a smile on their face and ready to help everyone who passes by. Even having to face the difficulties of access by living on the mountain, such as bringing food from the city, for example.

8.    Staying in Tea Houses:

Already it begins that the price to stay in the Tea Houses (as they are known guesthouses in the mountains) are absurdly cheap. And the rooms are clean and hospitable. It had a very warm and heavy blanket, hot bath and some even had wifi.  But one of the high points was staying in the restaurant around the fireplace that warmed everyone up from the long walk.

9.    To the Himalayan forests:

On the way, there are forests that are worthy of movies and fairy tales. Do you know those forests with rocks and trees covered by the moss of nature? The light beat on that, leaving a tone difficult to explain. They were different types of plants and trees of different sizes. Some giants! On the way we still find waterfalls. Simply unique.

10.    It’s difficult. And that’s a little bit of a reason:

The course is not easy (although any healthy person can do it). Part of the mountain is of stone with steps to climb not to mention the long walk before. There is a time that lacks air, there is the time that it is cold and it has an hour that hurts, but the fact of being difficult leaves the conquest much more palatable.

11.    Disconnect from everything:

Nowadays this is harder than it seems. Even if you want, it is difficult to avoid technology, the internet, and television. But it’s not just this kind of connection I’m talking about. During the trekking, you are in a new world, which requires concentration on many occasions and offers you the landscapes that you have never seen before. This makes you forget about your problems, unresolved issues, accounts payable …

12.    When you’re done you’ll understand:

This is not a reason for you to do just curious. But the truth is that there are things that can not be explained. The sensation of feeling tiny when looking at the gigantic mountains for example, or the feeling of superhero, of feeling that now you can do everything are some experiences for yourself.

16. Points of interest

You will experience the most extreme landscapes of Nepal, from breathtaking mountains like Machapuchare considered one of the most beautiful on the planet, to incredible medieval temples like Bhaktapur and the tropical rainforest of Chitwan, where you will make a safari.

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Your main destination will be the base camp of Annapurna, one of the Himalayan mountains, but you will also know Pokhara and Kathmandu. In the Himalayas, the relief is hostile, which makes it impossible to circulate vehicles.

To trek the trail to Annapurna Base Camp, only mounted on donkey’s back, yak, aboard a helicopter or … walking! During the trekking, you will pass by small villages, where you will rest and sleep. Contact with the exotic culture and the observation of diverse ethnic groups are intriguing attractions, a true gift for the participants of this itinerary, that will be received with extreme hospitality by the natives.

1.    Very special 7-day trek to the base camp of Annapurna, one of the most famous in the world

2.    During the trekking, the tourists will sleep in comfortable mountain lodges and all the meals included

3.    Script with daily departures from 1 person and local guides speaking English

4.    A transformative journey through a country that has much to teach

5.    2 nights in Pokhara, one of the most astral cities in Nepal, surrounded by mountains and a huge lake

6.    2 days of cultural tours in Kathmandu to get to know the main temples and monasteries of the city

17. Details of the itinerary:

The feeling of being in the heart of the Himalayas will never be forgotten. Annapurna’s base camp is in the Annapurna Conservation Area and one of the most popular trails among many trekking trails in the region, Annapurna Base Camp runs through many villages of different ethnic communities with different culture and lifestyle with camps in terraces for rhododendron and bamboo forests with a wide range of flora and fauna and possibly the alpine heights.

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Provides natural non-stop fun with beautiful mountain and Himalayan landscape views. Subtropical forests come alive with an immense variety of bird life, waterfalls thundering on steep sides of the cliff, and tree-tree monkey conversations, terraced fields, and tropical fruit trees surround the well-ordered and white villages of the Gurung regions high, leading the eye to views dominated by some of the majestic peaks of the Himalayas.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345 meters) and transfer to the hotel (without meals). You will be met and greeted by the respective representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Your night is free and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full day tour of Kathmandu valley and orientation. After having breakfast at the hotel, they took you to the tour in the Kathmandu valley. You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will take you to visit the Kathmandu Durbar Slave, the Temple of the Apes, the Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa and return to the hotel. You will have some time to buy your trekking equipment and overnight in the hotel.

Day 03: Gives from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 kilometers west of Kathmandu) – 6 Hour. You will drive through the scenic Trisuli and the Marsyangdi River to get to Pokhara. It’s a pretty good tour as you walk along the beautiful river which is also good for rafting. You see Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peak also while driving.

Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise full of natural and cultural heritage sites, such as lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhists and Hindus, along with its beautiful mountains. After 6 hours of driving; you will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes … Welcome to this beautiful city of serene lakes that much meaning to your holiday, overnight at your hotel.

Day 04: Drive of Pokhara (915 m.) To Nayapul (1050 m.) E Trek to Tikhedunga (1577 m) – 4 Hours. After breakfast at the hotel, you will start driving to Nayapul, which takes about an hour and a half. After you started the first part of your trek to Tikhedunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.),

This part of the trekking is quite an easy Walk flat as you cross several small villages and lively settlements. After some time, you will gently ascend to the final destination of the day, overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 05: Trekking to Ghorepani (2675m) – 6 Hours. You start trekking after breakfast at the guest house and climb abruptly for the first 2 hours and then climb gently through Ulleri (2070 m.) And Banthanti. This path gives you breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) And the great Annapurna (7219m) south on the way.

Your trail is now quite easy going as you cross rhododendrons and gloomy forests amidst the cackling of birds which gives you good feelings until you gently climb up to the final camp at night in Guesthouse.

Day 06: Walk to Poonhill (3180m.) And trek to Tadapani (2675m.) – 6 hours. Today, you walk to Poonhill (3232 m.) To take in the views of the sunrise over Mountain Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Tukuche Peak (6920 m.), Nilgiri (6940 m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m.), Annapurna Sul (7855 m.), Machhapuchhare (6993 m.), Annapurna IV (7525 m.), Annapurna II (7937 m.), Lamjung Himal (6931 m.)

And multiple snow-capped mountains in the morning; Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region. Then walk to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at the inn and walk to Tadapani (2650 m.). Most of the trail you walkthrough is the flowering rhododendron forest. The beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in the spring, when they bloom, at night in the Pousada.

Day 07: Tadapani Trek (2675m) to Chomrong – 5 Hours. You begin trekking after breakfast at the lodge and enjoy your walk gently descending all the way through rhododendron, oak and other types of dense forests. You can hear the chirping of different types of birds on the way to Kimrung Khola.

Then you immediately climb abruptly and walk on a flat level for 45 minutes, with steep and steep paths between them and flat to Chomrong, which is the gateway to the base camp of Annapurna. Chomrong is a village that is situated at the base of the unbearable night of cold.

Day 08: Trek from Chomrong to the Himalayas – 7 Hours. Start your walk after having a hot breakfast at the lodge. The trail descends on a stone stairway for the first and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspended bridge, then leaves the side valley.

High above the Modi Khola on its western bank, the trail passes through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. Climbing yet another rocky path, you will reach Sinuwa at 2350 m and then walk gently through the forest and down a long, steep stone staircase in deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bambu and walk gently towards Dovan and Himalaya.

Day 09: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m) via Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820 m) – 6 hours. You start your walk after breakfast at the lodge, the valley widens and gets less steep and you can see the gates of the sanctuary here. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche trails on a narrow trail that plunges against the cliffs.

After a short walk, you will be in Bagar (3310 m.), A green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The normal trail takes you to the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820 m).

This is a place where you enjoy some of the best landscapes in the enterprise. You will enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441 m), Annapurna Sul (7229 m.), Annapurna I (8091 m.), Annapurna III (7555 m.), Gangapurna (7454 m.) And Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail m.).

The path goes through alpine meadows and after some distance, your trails go gently up. After a short walk, you began to approach the Annapurna base camp at (4170 m.), Congratulations on arriving at Annapurna Base Camp, the destination of your holidays, overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630 m.) – 6 hours. After having breakfast at the guest house, you will visit the base camp and the surrounding views, the Himalayan views from the base camp are amazing, so start your walk back to Dovan.

It takes about six hours, it’s a lot easier as you fall. You should have no problem getting to Sinuwa from Annapurna base camp in a single day, however; you chose this route because some trekkers may have a problem falling due to shaking or wobbling legs that may be tired at night in the Pousada.

Day 11. Trekking from Dovan to Jhinu Danda (1750m) – 6 Hours. After breakfast at the lodge, you begin trekking and the path is a descent to bamboo through forests with varieties of rhododendrons, oak and bamboo plants. After bamboo, the trail goes up to an hour and the trail is quite flat to Sinuwa.

You walk gradually down to Chhumrong Khola and you should follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steep as far as Jhinudanda. You can enter your rooms at the guest house so you could go to the Hot Springs to take a refreshing swim in the warm natural warm water at night in the guesthouse.

Day 12: Jhinu Danda Tire to Nayapul and Head to Pokhara – 6 Hours. After having breakfast at the hotel, you begin the trekking and the first part of the walk is the descent and then it appears by flat land to Birethati. You will stop in Birethati for lunch and after walking about 30 minutes to Nayapul. There will be your car which will take you back to civilization, Pokhara, the city of lakes and natural wonders, overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 hours). You take the tour bus at 7 am after b / fast to drive to Kathmandu and driving will be a fantastic experience as you drive many satellite towns along the way. And you can see rural settlements spouting rivers, terraces and green countryside landscapes. After a 6-hour drive, you will arrive in Kathmandu and overnight at your hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your departure to your home. You will be transported to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.

18. Trekking equipment

If you are taking a long trip you do not need to bring too many items from your house to do the trekking. In Kathmandu, you will find everything you need at a great price and if you forget something in Pokhara they also sell items, although more expensive.

The following information will give you an idea of what you need or bring for the walk, as the backpack and gear play a vital role in the successful journey. And we suggest that you have all the gear needed for the trip and that you do not have unnecessary equipment/things you will not be using for the trip and the list of gear you need for the hike are:

1.    Four seasons sleep bag (Optional /you will be provided one if you do not have it on your own and must be returned after hiking.

2.    Double tote bag or backpack to hold all equipment and this will be carried by the chargers. It does not have to be too big, it will come with a small one in which enter everything. Get yourself a good one that your back will thank you for. We recommend that you have enough hooks to hang flip flops, boots, etc. If you do not have a protective plastic so that the interior does not get wet with the rain you should buy it.

3.    Daypack for yourself: A down jacket, Shadow Hat, Warm wool hat to cover your ears. A pair of lightweight and warm gloves.T-shirts 2- 3 pieces. Lightweight thermal caps. Cardigan, Fleece Wind-Stopper Coating (optional). A pair of quick-drying nylon walking shorts.

4.    Underwear. Two pair of long and light underwear. Do not forget the rest of the underwear in sufficient quantity but keep in mind that it is what takes longer to get wet when you walk!

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5.    Trekking trousers of two pairs, preferably this zip on / off at the knees, then they last as short. It is highly recommended because when the sun hits it is quite hot. There are some very thin cloths that are ideal to put them under the rain pants. Ask where you buy the other pants. These cloths are very cheap and they are worth it.

6.    Four pairs of lining socks. Just like the shirts, it is recommended that you bring some for each day of trekking. Do not wear anklets because the leeches will try to get in there and they are quite unpleasant.

7.     A lightweight pair of waterproof hiking/trekking boots. A pair of light trekking shoes for camps and a pair sandal (optional).

8.    Waterproof long pants. It turns out When it starts to rain your maximum goal should be to stay dry. The moment you notice wet walking, it becomes unbearable. In Kathmandu, they sell counterfeits at a very good price.

9.    Oilskin. It is also essential. Here you have two options, a traditional raincoat or a poncho, or a layer of water that covers your backpack. The poncho goes better and another for your backpack you will not have any problem either. In Kathmandu, they are also sold.

10.    Freezer bags. Essential. If you want to keep your clothes and socks in your backpack completely dry it is best to organize them in airtight bags to freeze. If it rains or you fall you will appreciate it.

11.    Quick-dry shirts. Recommendable. Theirs is that you wear at least one shirt for each day of trekking. If they are quick drying better. Take at least one braces in case it is very hot. Try to keep long dry finish shirts with you.

12.    Salt. Highly recommended. Salt is the best thing to fight against leeches. It is best to look for cloth and tie it with a handful of salt on the end of a stick. If you see leeches from your shoes or feel them by your leg just by noticing the salt they will writhe in pain and leave you alone.

13.    Sweatshirt. The first days may not be necessary but when you go up a few meters you will see that it is getting colder. Think you’re going to go up to 4000 meters. If you do not get wet (take care of it) with one is more than enough. Long pants will also go luxurious.

14.    Flip flops. Your feet will greatly appreciate spending the last time of the day after stopping walking on flip flops.

15.    Towel. Imprecise. Find one that does not weigh much and that occupies little space. A good tip to make your towel last longer is to wait a minute after the shower and shake it by hand a little before drying. If it does not dry overnight, hang it from the backpack as long as it does not rain.

16.    Cash. Essential. You will not find any ATM in the entire trekking so you must carry cash to spare. Do not skimp and take it in several places in case you fly. If you go as a couple or in a group, share the money among everyone.

17.    Comfortable clothes for after walking. When you finish walking every day you will want to be comfortable. For this, we have recommended you to wear a pair of flip-flops, a pair of long pants and a fine sweatshirt. Try to use these clothes only after walking to keep them dry.

18.    Food and drink. No need to bring food and drink. As we have told you, the most curious thing about this trekking is that you go sleeping in small towns where you have everything you need.

What is not too much to buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara (you will pay more expensive than in Kathmandu) are some bars, nuts, chocolates, etc. They are products that do not weigh and that during the trekking is difficult to find. They also sell them quite expensive where they are.

19.    Store, sleeping bag. As with food and drink, it is not necessary to carry a sleeping bag, at least in July and August. The villages are quite empty and have space and extra blankets to sleep very hotly.

20.    Sets of medicines and first aid: Excedrin Extra Strength for altitude-related headaches. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains. Capsules of Imodium or Pepto Bismol for stomach pain or diarrhoea. Take Diamox 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness but take the advice of a doctor. 1 small personal size first aid kit with bubble treatments, such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tapes, anti-infection ointments, etc.

21.    Several, but important: Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies). Durable wallet/purse for travel documents, cash, and passport. Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks. Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended. Switchblade. Purification of water Iodine tablets. Personal hygiene kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes and hand liquid disinfectant, towel, soap, etc.

Author: Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of media house, designer of websites and editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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