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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Best Month:

Sep to Dec & March to May

Max Elevation:

4,130 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Starts/Ends:

Nayapul/Birethathi

Trip Grade:

Moderate

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Annapurna Region, Nepal

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Annapurna Region and is known for its stunning scenery, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. The Annapurna Base Camp is lying at altitude of 4130 meters, located in the Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal which is part of the larger Annapurna Himalayan range in the central part of the country. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a must-do trek in Nepal, if you're seeking for a traditional trek in the Annapurna Region of the Nepalese Himalayas. It is the top trekking destination. There aren't many treks in Nepal that offer such a wide diversity of scenery and that take you so quickly to the base camps of 8,000+ peaks. The tallest peak in the area and tenth-highest mountain in the world is Annapurna (8,091). This beautiful hike includes an amazing walk through a variety of landscapes, lush forest, cascading waterfalls, and charming settlements. Also fascinating the trip is Mt.Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which is renowned for its remarkable beauty.

Additionally, the breathtaking view from Annapurna Base Camp, which is located at 4,130 meters above sea level, includes the outstanding panoramic view of Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m).

To reach Annapurna Base Camp, there are numerous possible trekking routes. 10 days in Annapurna Base Camp is our first choice. Trek begins with a beautiful drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and then hiking along a path that follows a river to Birethanti. We continue to ascend to Ghorepani Poonhill circuit, which offers a panoramic view of numerous mountains, including Huinchuli (6441 m), Annapurna South (7215 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993 m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m).

For those who have prior trekking expertise and are physically able to go to 4120 meters quickly, our second choice, the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek program, is recommended. The Annapurna Base Camp ascent continues through Jhinu Dada, Chomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo forest, Himalayan Hotel, Deurali, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp on this hiking route, which travels northeast from Birethanti. You can trek for 6–7 hours a day on this simple route to Annapurna Base Camp.

Our third choice is a 12-day route that departs at Dhampus Phedi after a 30-minute drive from Pokhara and follows a trekking trail that passes through Dhampus, Pothana, Tolka, Landruk, Jhinu Dada, and Chomrong on its way to Annapurna Base Camp. At Chomrong village, all trekking paths converge.

This thrilling route to the base camp of the tenth-highest mountain in the world is intended for adventure seekers who are time-constrained but still want to visit. It is possible to stay entirely in tea houses while on the hike. Autumn (Sept.-Nov.) and spring are The Best Times to trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Mar-May). Choose winter (Dec-Jan-Feb) as your trekking season if you want to avoid traffic and have a lovely time in nature.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • Poonihill offers a breathtaking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains up close. 
  • Natural Hot Springs (Jhinu Dada) 
  • Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Chomrung, and Landruk with their respective cultures, religions, and ways of life may be found in the Gurung and Magar Settlement. 
  • Exotic plants and animals—Annapurna Conservation Area Project 
  • The highest point of the climb with a stunning view of Annapurna Mountain is Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Location:

28° 31' 50" North, 83° 52' 42" East are the latitude and longitude (WGS84). 

Latitude & Longitude (Decimal Degrees) : 28.530555555556, 83.878333333333 

Latitude & Longitude (Degrees plus Decimal Minutes): 28° 31.833333333333' and 83° 52.7'

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), in the Kaski District of central Nepal, is home to the magnificent  Mount Annapurna (8091 m). This project is the   largest conservation area of Nepal. At 8091 meters above sea level, it is the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The base camp is located on the mountain's foot, some 45 kilometers from Pokhara. As  there are numerous other peaks with elevations exceeding six and seven thousand meters, Annapurna Base Camp is ringed by Ring Mountains and is located at a height of 4130 meters above sea level. The beginning of the hiking trek is in a little valley between the two peaks of Hiunculi (6440 m) and Machhapuchre (6993 m), where the Annapurna Glacier's Modi Khola overflows. During the journey, it takes a week to get from Pokhara to the mountain's base camp.

How challenging is the trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

The Classic Annapurna Base Camp Journey is a moderately difficult trek that requires 6–7 hours of walking per day at a progressively increasing altitude with lots of ups and downs. This walk is ideal if this will be your first trek in Nepal; nonetheless, you should be physically and mentally prepared to ascend to 4120 meters. At Hile or Thikhe Dhunga, where you'll spend your first night of the walk, the height is 1500 meters, and it rises to 4120 meters at Annapurna Base Camp.The trek to the base camp of the tenth-highest mountain in the world is definitely not simple, although some sections of the track are relatively challenging with steep slopes and rocky terrain inside a lush bamboo and rhododendron forest. However, after you reach base camp, you will feel at ease despite the Annapurna Base Camp Trek's difficulty. In any case, hikers of all skill levels can successfully complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek; all you need is tremendous guts and willpower.

What makes us your best choice?

It means a lot to trek to Annapurna Base Camp with High Pass Adventure. It denotes companionship, amusement, practicality, adventure, and most importantly, the security and safety we provide. Our extensive knowledge of Nepal and genuine dedication ensure that your holiday is carefully organized to be the most breathtaking experience of a lifetime. We are willing to work with you to develop an appropriate itinerary and provide a wonderful mix of high-quality accommodations, intimate small-group excursions, family tours, solitary treks, honeymoon treks, and group treks. Additionally, our guides hire strong porters to assist with carrying the luggage and have a general understanding of first aid equipment in addition to having years of expertise in the trekking industry.

Explore Pokhara: The City of Lakes.

Pokhara is a well-known location for tourists seeking adventure and fun, as well as the starting point for treks in the Annapurna region. If the weather is fine, we may see the entire range of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m). Travelers can take part in exciting activities like boating, paragliding, bungee jumping, zip lining, day hikes, horseback riding, and day excursions, among others, or they can choose to rest by Fewa Lake in the valley. Other attractions include the Peace Pagoda, the International Mountain Museum, the Devils Fall, the Chamere (Bat) Cave, the Gupteshwor Cave, the Mahendra Cave, and the Bindabasini Temple. Due to the abundance of hotels and restaurants, Pokhara city is also the finest location for lodging and dining.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Welcome to Nepal! A member of the High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. crew will be waiting outside the baggage claim area of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. A4-sized paper with your and our company's names on it, is carried by the individual you need to find. From the airport, this person will transport you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. Check into the hotel, have a nap, freshen up, and be ready for the appointment with our trekking office to discuss your programs.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before getting ready for the trip of the Kathmandu Valley with an experienced tour guide. We are on a tour of the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be taken to four of the top and most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. For the  tour of these places, you will be traveling  in a luxurious, personal vehicle. There are intriguing tours available that offer unique insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art, historical architecture, Kathmandu Valley people's way of life, and culture. Following this tour, you will return to the office to confirm your hiking attire and equipment.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After breakfast, we must depart from the hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara through river valleys, little towns, terraced fields, and lush mountain views. For the following trekking day, you will rest overnight in a hotel in Pokhara. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

After breakfast, the excursion departs from Pokhara and is transported to Nayapul by private car, jeep, or bus. Driving through the scenic hillsides takes roughly two hours. The journey's beginning point is Nayapul, and the trekking trail to Birethanti follows the valley of the Modi River. The entrance to the Annapurna Conservation Area is at Birethati, where you must check your hiking permits. Following that, a hiking track ascends to Hile on the left, passing by beautiful terraced rice fields and local homes. Along the trekking track, there are many local restaurants where you can stop for tea or coffee, lunch, or snacks.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1500

Due to the fact that it takes 6 hours to go to Ghorepani, this day is more challenging as compared to the first day of the trek. For inexperienced hikers, the climb to Ghorepani from Hile can be rather difficult, however hikers can enjoy the hill and mountain views as well as trekking through Magar Village and Green Forest. Along the trekking track, there are numerous local restaurants where one can stop for tea or coffee, lunch, or snacks. However, we advise you to bring at least 2 liters of water as this trek will result in a lot of sweat.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel/ Lodge/ Tea house
Elevation
2820

All trekkers will rise early to travel to Poon Hill (3210 m) for a sunrise view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges because today is the somewhat more difficult day of the journey. A 2 kilometer long, approximately 1.30 hour long hiking track is available. After spending an amazing amount of time at Poon Hill, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue our journey through the rhododendron forests that lead to Tadapani. There are times when a glimpse of certain wild creatures, like deer and langurs (White monkeys) can be observed. Tadapani offers stunning views of Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. Overnight in a tea house.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel/ Lodge/ Tea house
Elevation
2630

Your breakfast this morning will feature views of the south Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, and other lush slopes. The trekking route descends to Kimrung Khola after breakfast before re-climbing to Chomrong village. Once more, Chomrong offers amazing views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. Overnight at the tea house.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel/ Lodge/ Tea house
Elevation
2170

The walking route descends to the Chomrong River on stone-paved steps and crosses it on a suspension hanging bridge. From there, the trail ascends to Sinuwa and continues via Kuldi Ghar in a lush forest on its way to Bamboo. Through bamboo and a lush jungle, the trail ascends to the Himalayas. Overnight at a teahouse

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2920

Today, we are departing  for Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The scenic views of the surrounding area and snow-capped mountains, including Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Glacier Dom, Annapurna South, and massif Annapurna I, make the path delightful. It takes approximately 7/8 hours. Overnight at a teahouse

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4120

Today, we hike the same route back to Bamboo after taking in the breathtaking view of Mount Annapurna and other snow-capped mountains. Although Annapurna base camp appears to be heaven, we have to return to Bamboo, which can be quite upsetting. There is a probability that you will see a langur (a white monkey) along the walk. Overnight at a teahouse

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2300

The walk to Jhinu Dada that day will involve two ascents and two descents with high temperatures. As you go down Chomrong to Jhinu Dada and take in the beautiful green views, you will be relaxing and enjoying yourself. One can take a bath before dinner in Jhinu Dada, which is known for its natural hot springs. Overnight at a tea-house

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
1780

On that day, which is the last day of the walk, one can relax and rest in Pokhara. The trekking trails return to the lower Modi Khola Valley to reach Nayapul, from where one can catch a vehicle to Pokhara. You can explore Pokhara City and Fewa Lake if you have time while you're there. Hotel stay overnight

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
820

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Your trip to Nepal is coming to an end today. When it's time for your flight to depart, a member of our High Pass Adventure crew will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport. High Pass Adventure can assist you with your next vacation and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India if you're seeking to take an additional trip in Nepal.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops 2 times domestic / International
  • All Ground-transportation above program
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private vehicles Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Twin sharing  accommodation in tea house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong  Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot  shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above
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FAQs

It means a lot to choose High Pass Adventure because of our many years of experience operating the trekking in Nepal with best service to clients. Our guides also provide the best service and they bring friendship, fun, convenience, adventure, and most importantly safety. We have clear transparency for the cost with service.We have a 99% success rate from all trips in Nepal, and many repeat clients. 

Booking and payment process for the trek is a very easy system with us. After choosing the trip, please click the booking form for the final trip booking and reserve the trip date.  The payment process requires you to deposit 15% of the full trip cost in advance by bank transfer or western union  and the remaining cost you can pay after arriving in Kathmandu. 

If you want to cancel the trip and refund the advanced fund, these policies are very clear and simple. First, you have to send us an email about trip cancellation and then we process the cancellation of your hotel, transport and guide. About the refunds, 15% of the advance deposit that was your booking confirms the trip, it will be considered a cancellation fee. This fund will be difficult to resend back. That's why, you can postpone the trip to a later date or recommend to others friends or family to use this fund. 

Yes, you can pay by either credit card, bank transfer,  or cash.  We recommend you to pay in cash for the remaining trip balance because the payment by credit card charges you 4 % extra service charge by bank. 


 

Yes, you can easily get an arrival visa at the airport but you have to fill up the online visa form before arriving at the entry point with all your information. You have to have a valid passport for six months and need 3 / 4 PP size pictures and they accept  the following currency such as Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen to pay the visa charge. The visa charge is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $125 for 90 days.  For all information click this our website. 
 

After issuing the Nepal visa, you will exit the airport terminal building. There will be our staff holding your name and our company name (High Pass Adventure) on the display board. You can easily find him and he will welcome you. Then, he will be guiding you to bring the hotel by private vehicle and help you check in. 
If incase you don’t find him or get any difficult, you can make a call in these numbers, +9779-841142217 (Purna), +977-9841044533 (Sundar) or +977- 9851132128 (Ganesh). We can immediately help you as soon as possible. 
Please be aware of unknown people because they may offer to help you with your luggage or transportation and charge high costs. So, be careful with them and wait for our staff to pick you up. 


 

There are many types of hotels around Thamel in Kathmandu. We will arrange the best accommodation as per your requirements.  Or, we can suggest you with a selection of luxurious hotel options to choose from you and assist to reserve the accommodation. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather during the ABC Trek. 

Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We have also fixed the departure date to Annapurna Base Camp Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  So that,  we can help to create the best private itinerary on your own time frame.

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 11 nights 12 days trip from arrival and departure date to Annapurna Base Camp trekking package cost can range from USD 700 to 1200 per person. 

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, bottled water, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places. 

The difficulty level of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easy, moderate and challenging because the starting and ending point is1100 meters high from sea level and  you have to walk uphill to Annapurna Base Camp (4120 meters. The trekking trails are rocky in the forest which makes it tough to walk in a few places.  Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage, high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trekking.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and preparation to easily complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, swimming practices are beneficial in preparing for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Annapurna Base Camp trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. Annapurna Base Camp route is not safe during the summer and winter season due to rainfall and snowfall that makes risk of landslides and avalanches. At the summertime the trekking trail will be slippery and humid due to rainfall and the trail will be closed due to heavy snow and avalanches in the winter.  High Pass Adventure will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Yes, you need travel insurance for Nepal trekking because it is compulsory. You have to make sure that it should cover the highest elevation of your trek for the emergency evacuation. If you need to recommend travel insurance companies, please check out the recommended list of the travel insurance companies. 

Yes, the trekking insurance of the guides and porters are necessary during the trekking in Nepal. So all staff of High Pass Adventure have life insurance for trekking in Nepal.  Furthermore, the daily wage, Meals, accommodation, insurance and required equipment cost are also included in your total cost. 

The duration of the Annapurna Base Camp trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 10 days to 15 days to complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 8 hours a day during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. 
 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. At that period, there will be many trekkers and porters in the higher elevation and some donkeys and some vehicles in the lower elevation along the route.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for trekking. 

4120 meters high is the highest point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It's called Annapurna Base Camp. Which is the foot of the mount Annapurna “I” as well as the wonderful and  best view point of surrounding mountains in the ABC valley Annapurna region.

The weather condition of Annapurna region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not recommended for Annapurna Base Camp trekking due to the rainfall and snowfall. The rain and snow makes it difficult to walk and you have to face some potential hazards to complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.  


 

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gears in Kathmandu. There are many shops and offers the best price for trekking gear to sell or rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy or rent the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, blanket and pillow. We recommend trekkers bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa etc during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way of Annapurna Base Camp Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the Annapurna Base Camp trek but no strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 


 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Annapurna Base Camp trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not enough medical facilities.
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 


 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention.
-Drink plenty of water
-Climb slowly
-Take it easy
-Do not drink alcohol
-Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
-Sleep lower elevation 
-Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 

The weight of luggage to the porter is limited and it is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but the maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Yes, all trekkers need permits to enter the Annapurna Region because the route is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). So you have to need those permits such as Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) and ACAP entrance permits.

Yes, you need to carry your own bottle for drinking water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek because above Chomrong there is not allowed to sell the bottle water. So you have to refill your bottle from a natural spring or water tap. We recommend you bring your own bottle to refill and use the water purification tablets or drops for drinking water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Guide and porter will expect the tipping and they appreciate it after receiving it.  Porter and guides are part of the hero to successfully complete the trek and your tipping is a compulsory to appreciate their service to you during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

Traveller Useful Information

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) is largest conservation area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal.  It has 7629 square Km and established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). It is bounded by the mustang in the north, Kali Gandaki River in the west, Marsyandi valley in the east and Pokhara valley is the south border. 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. The head quarter of this ACAP is Ghandruk. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek situated in Annapurna Conversation Area, so you need to buy entrance fee of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Annapurna Region except Nar Phu Valley Trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Those two permits can buy ether from registered trekking company or Tourism Board (Bhrikuti Mandap). Those two permits, you have to take yourself during the whole trek and have to show on the every check post along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. If you are going there without these trekking permits, you have to buy from there with double charge (penalty) or you may have turn back.

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is compulsory for everyone to trek in Annapurna Circuit.
  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits 
  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

Our government has instilling these two permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is second popular trekking destination in Nepal next to Everest Region Trek. There are many trekking routes and Annapurna Circuit Trek is best one of them for nature and culture with different landscaped. Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area project and local community. 

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the Annapurna region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges, so you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Annapurna Circuit trek and all trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are two main trekking season for Trekking in Nepal. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your Vacations time.

Communication in the Annapurna Region 

Annapurna region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services and internet services in the whole Annapurna region trekking area but not few places such as Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Saribung Pass trekking.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 

Acclimatization:

High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting trip in Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain an on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

Benjamin Haydock

Benjamin Haydock

Japan

Best Trekking Company 10 out of 10

18th June, 2023

My friend and I did a Trek on the ABC circuit with Purna  in August 2013 and had an incredible experience. Purna is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional and having him as our guide totally made our trip! I would give Purna and HighPassAdventure my highest recommendation for anyone interested in trekking in Nepal, you really cannot go wrong choosing them.


Tokyo

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Jacob and Friends

United Kingdom

Amazing Annapurna Base Camp trekking

18th June, 2023

It was my first time in Nepal for the trek to ABC.  I decided to have guide. I got to know our guide Sundar of High Pass Adventure trekking Company, there are many trekking company in Kathmandu, but this is the best company and trekking team. so i can say, this is one of the best excellent guides.


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