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Hire a Guide for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

4,130 meters

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

12

Trip Grade:

Moderately difficulty

Accommodation:

Lodges / Teahouses

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Annapurna Region, Nepal

"To hire a professional trekking guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a great idea to ensure a safe and inspiring trekking experience. This makes your trek memorable and hassle-free because the guide allows you to focus on enjoying the trek."

Hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides a multitude of advantages and enhances the overall trekking experience, creating a journey free from stress and worries. Guides play an essential role in ensuring accurate route navigation, facilitating acclimatization, coordinating accommodations and meals, arranging transportation, securing necessary permits, any difficulties situations and enabling trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the joy of the journey

ABC Trek is known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and it is the most famous trekking journey in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp is located on the north side of Pokhara City. This trek takes you to the base of Massif Annapurna, situated at altitude of 4,130 meters from sea level. This trek provides the wonderful scenery of magnificent mountains, snow peaks, farmland, modern Himalayan life, village life, forest, waterfalls and wildlife because the route is composed of wonderful nature and good traditional culture. 

The responsibility of such an adventurous trek requires major attempt and preparation. Ensuring that your physical fitness and mental stamina are in better condition is a requirement for this trek. Even though it can be challenging for many people, that’s why you can always ask for the help of a local tour operator who is available to make your trekking experience better.  You can get in touch with a local trekking agency to hire a guide and a porter for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Hiring a guide is mandatory for Annapurna Base Camp Trek these days. The government made a rule to not allow trekking without a guide, even with a group. Safety will be an important matter when trekking to Annapurna Base camp because of the unfamiliarity of trails, high altitude sickness, natural disaster and accidents. The trekking trail is risky somewhere due to its narrow slope. So, hiring a guide and porter for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is recommended because you need immediate help and relief when injured in a narrow and slop area where there is no human settlement. That's why most of the trekkers hire the Nepalese Guide, Porter or Porter Cum Guide for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. 

Highlights of hiring guide for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Supporting Local Economy: For Hiring local guides and porters supports the local community economically and helps increase their income.
  • Expert Navigation: Guides are familiar with the terrain and the locations, ensuring you stay on the correct path.
  • Emergency Assistance: Guide will be trained in first aid; he can handle medical emergencies and altitude sickness.
  • Risk Management: Guides knows the assess weather conditions and advise on the safest trekking routes and schedules.
  • Increase Cultural and history knowledge: The guide explains the local culture, helping you learn about the customs, traditions, and lifestyle of the people in the Annapurna region. You also gain insights into the history and significance of the places you visit.
  • Permits and Documentation: Guides handle the acquisition of necessary permits like ACAP and TIMS along the route.
  • Accommodation and Meals: Guide help secure lodges and tea houses for accommodations, handle food and all logistics such as transport, and manage the acquisition of necessary permits like ACAP and TIMS along the route.
  • Itinerary Planning: Guides customize the trek according to your pace and interests, ensuring a smooth journey. They can adjust the itinerary based on your fitness level and preferences, providing a personalized experience.
  • Flora and Fauna: Guides point out unique plant species and wildlife, enhancing your understanding of the ecosystem.
  • Photography Spots: The guide shows you the best places to discover the ideal spots for photography, capturing stunning views and memorable moments.

Benefits of Hiring a Guide and a Porter for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

If you have a question about why hire a guide for Annapurna base Camp Trek, there are lots of benefits to trek with a guide because it makes a trip easy, safe and memorable as well as you can minimize your journey and easily explore lots of hidden places of the trek. Hiring a guide is also arranging transport, food, accommodation and other basic requirements for the trek. Also, the guide can provide you with more information about the nature and culture of the route as well as help to interact with local communities despite the communication problem. Hire a Guide and porter is a major income source for the local people and also grows the economy of the country. 

Important Note for the ABC Trek with Guide:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.

Hire a Guide for 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.

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. 

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 Birethanti, 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.

Accomodation
Teahouse
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.

Accomodation
Teahouse
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.


 

Accomodation
Teahouse
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.

Accomodation
Teahouse
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

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

Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4130

Today, we hiked 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

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

Accomodation
Teahouse
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

Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

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. 

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.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure trekking agency has the best and experienced guides and porters for working in the trekking field. We are providing excellent service to our customers during their stay in Nepal. All our costs are net and very clear with details of the cost include and exclude section. We have paid the best salary to Trekking, Climbing and Tour guide and porter, which is more than the government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied with our service. For the more details please feel free to Contact us.

Cost Details:-

  • Guide Cost:-  US$ 30 per day
  • Porter cum Guide Cost:-  $ 25 per day
  • Porter Cost:-  US$ 20 per day
     

What Is Excluded?

  • All Transports, Accommodations, Foods and Drinks
  • All requires trekking permits
  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
     

FAQs

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is a popular choice for many trekkers due to several compelling reasons such as scenic beauty, cultural experiences, accessibility, moderate difficulty, natural hot springs, flora and fauna, spiritual experiences, adventure, and achievement. These aspects make your trip memorable for a lifetime.

The best time for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the weather is generally mild and stable, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes and colder at higher elevations. You can expect clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and good visibility of the Annapurna range and surrounding peaks.

Hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not mandatory, but an experienced trekking guide is highly recommended for your safety. They provide expert navigation, emergency assistance, and weather and route advice, making your trek enjoyable and hassle-free.

The cost of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) can vary widely depending on the trekking agency's services and group size, your desired level of comfort, and the duration of the trek, as well as the route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Normally, we charge $700 to $1,200 per person for a standard package, which typically includes a guide, porters, permits, transportation, accommodation, and meals. However, extra services like helicopter rescues, additional equipment, or special permits may increase the total cost.

To trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), you'll need to obtain two main permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

Preparing for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek involves several key steps, such as choosing a reputable trekking agency with reasonable costs, hiring an experienced guide, packing the right gear, undergoing training, and securing travel insurance. By following these steps, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

To trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), you need a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The trek involves a variety of terrains, including steep ascents and descents, which can be challenging. To prepare, it is beneficial to engage in activities such as running or jogging, cycling, swimming, leg strength exercises, core strength training, and hiking with a pack.

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek and the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek are both iconic and challenging treks in Nepal, each offering unique experiences with its own features. EBC is typically seen as the more challenging of the two. ABC is more accessible and slightly less strenuous, making it a good option for trekkers seeking a rewarding experience without the extreme altitude of EBC.

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is considered a moderate trek, but it still requires a good level of fitness and strong determination due to the length, altitude, and terrain.

Hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not mandatory, but an experienced trekking guide is highly recommended for your safety. They provide expert navigation, emergency assistance, and weather and route advice, making your trek enjoyable and hassle-free.

The cost of hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek can vary depending on different trekking agencies. We charge daily wages for a guide at $25 to $30, depending on the group size. This daily wage includes the guide's accommodation, food, salary, and insurance.

Traveller Useful Information

Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best time for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek falls into two primary trekking seasons: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Even though the beginning of September to the end of May are very good times for the Annapurna Base Camp, proper preparation is needed during the months of December, January, and February. By choosing the best trekking season, you'll maximize your chances of enjoying clear views, pleasant weather, and a memorable trekking experience to Annapurna Base Camp.

Spring (March to May)

  • Weather: The weather is generally stable and warm during the day, with longer days and stable temperatures, making for comfortable trekking conditions. Nights can still be cold at higher elevations, but not as harsh as in winter.
  • Scenery:This season is known for its vibrant rhododendron blooms and lush greenery. The clear skies offer stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Autumn (September to November)

  • Weather:Post-monsoon, the weather is stable with clear skies and excellent visibility. Daytime temperatures are moderate, and nights are colder but manageable with proper gear.
  • Scenery:The landscapes are lush and green after the monsoon rains, and the clear skies provide some of the best views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Festivals:This period coincides with major Nepali festivals like Dashain and Tihar, offering a unique cultural experience.

Winter (December to February):

While possible, winter trekking to ABC can be challenging due to cold temperatures and the risk of snow blocking the trails. Only experienced trekkers with an experienced guide should consider this season for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Monsoon (June to August):

The monsoon season brings heavy rains, leeches, and slippery trails, making it the least favorable time for the trek. However, some trekkers have still trekked there, being prepared for rain and humidity.

Cost of Hire a Guide, Porter cum Guide and Porter:

The cost of hiring a guide, a porter-cum-guide, or a porter for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek varies depending on several factors, including the trekking agency, the season, and the experience of the staff. Booking through High Pass Adventure ensures that all arrangements are made properly, including permits, insurance, and necessary logistics.

We provide the best guide, porter, or porter-cum-guide for the ABC trek based on your request. All our working teams are experienced, well-trained, and certified by the Nepal Government. Trained guides have extensive knowledge of the area's culture, history, and nature due to their experience. Most guides are fluent in English, allowing them to explain everything in detail.

A porter-cum-guide is a good option if you need assistance with some of your luggage. They have Basic English skills for translation and explanation, and are familiar with the route. This option is more budget-friendly than hiring a professional guide.

If you have previous trekking experience and are doing a solo trek, hiring a porter is the best option. Porters are also experienced and familiar with the routes. They can provide basic English translation and explanation. The cost of a porter-cum-guide is lower than that of both a professional guide and a porter.

The cost of Guide, Porter and Porter cum Guide is given below: - 

Professional and experienced Guide

  • Daily Rate: $30 - $45 USD per day. Depends on language guide
  • Inclusions: The guide's daily wage, insurance,  food and accommodation.

Porter-Cum-Guide

  • Daily Rate: $25 - $35 USD per day.
  • Inclusions: The porter-cum-guide's daily wage, insurance, and food and accommodation. This option combines the roles of both a porter and a guide.

Porter

  • Daily Rate: $18- $25 USD per day.
  • Inclusions: The porter’s daily wage, insurance, and food and accommodation. A porter typically carries your gear, while you focus on trekking.

Required Permits and Permits Cost for ABC Trek

For the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, you need two primary permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is situated in the Annapurna Conservation Area, so it is necessary to buy the ACAP permits for entrance. The TIMS card is for tracking trekkers, ensuring their safety and security during trekking activities.

Both of these permits are compulsory for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. These permits are obtained through registered trekking agencies from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. It's recommended to obtain these permits in advance to avoid any hassles during your trek.

You must carry these permits with you throughout the entire trek and present them at every checkpoint along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you are found trekking without these permits, you will have to purchase them on the spot at double the cost (penalty), or you may be required to turn back.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits 

  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

Is Possible doing ABC Trek without a guide?

It was possible to trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) without a guide before April 1, 2023, but now it is mandatory to have a guide due to a new rule by the Nepal Government. This rule requires all foreign trekkers to hire a guide for safety reasons. Whether you are trekking solo or in a group, you must hire a guide through an authorized trekking agency.

The government has implemented this rule to ensure the safety of trekkers. There have been numerous accidents and fatalities in remote area treks, and this measure aims to minimize such risks and ensure a safer trekking experience.

Why hire a guide for Annapurna Base Camp Trek with us?

You will get numerous benefits by choosing High Pass Adventure for your trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. These advantages make you the best choice for a memorable and safe journey experience. High Pass Adventure employs seasoned guides with extensive knowledge of the terrain, culture, and safety protocols. Their genuine dedication ensures that your holiday is carefully organized to be the most breathtaking experience of a lifetime. They provide invaluable insights and support throughout the trek.

We always offer tailored itineraries based on client preferences and fitness levels with comprehensive package services. Our itinerary and cost details are always clear, with sections indicating what costs are included and excluded. High Pass Adventure prioritizes safety with well-trained guides, first aid kits, and emergency evacuation plans. Regular health checks and acclimatization schedules minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

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.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty 

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is considered to have a moderate difficulty level, requiring 5 to 8 hours of walking per day. The trail is well-maintained, with a mix of uphill and downhill terrain at progressively increasing altitudes.

This trek typically takes 9 to 12 days. Moderate fitness is required, but good health, physical fitness, and mental preparedness to ascend to 4,120 meters are highly recommended. Some experience in multi-day hiking or trekking is beneficial.

Starting at Hile or Thikhe Dhunga, where you'll spend your first night at an altitude of 1,500 meters, the trek ascends to 4,120 meters at Annapurna Base Camp. From Deurali to ABC, the trail poses more difficulty due to significant altitude gain and rugged terrain, but it is generally not extreme. Proper acclimatization days, such as staying at Machapuchare Base Camp, help trekkers adjust to the elevation and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

The trek to the base camp of the tenth-highest mountain in the world is definitely not simple. Some sections of the trail are relatively challenging, with steep slopes and rocky terrain within lush bamboo and rhododendron forests. Some parts of the trail can be prone to landslides and avalanches. Snowfall and rainfall can make the trek more challenging, so it is important to prepare with proper seasonal equipment.

Having a guide and porter is highly recommended for successfully completing the ABC Trek without difficulties. A guide will provide valuable information and assistance, while a porter will carry your luggage, making your trip to ABC more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Accommodation in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

There are many accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail to Annapurna Base Camp up to Chomrong, as new houses and rooms are added for trekkers every year. So, you can easily find comfortable accommodation until Chomrong. However, above Chomrong, there are limited teahouses, and each teahouse has limited accommodations controlled by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. During the peak season, it can be difficult to find a private room, so you may have to share with other trekkers. Almost all teahouses strive to provide the best service for all travelers.

Normally, lodges have one or two private rooms (2 beds per room) with shared indoor bathrooms. Other rooms often have five to six beds, similar to a dormitory. There are no luxury lodges like those found on the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp treks. Teahouses also offer hot showers for an additional fee. Charging electronic devices is usually available for a fee as well, but it's recommended to carry a power bank.

Food in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Food during the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is primarily provided by the teahouses along the trail. Every teahouse has a food menu, and the food items are almost the same at every teahouse in each location. You can choose food from the menu based on your requirements. Most of the teahouses grow fresh vegetables in their gardens and serve them to customers, especially at lower altitudes.

The cooks are generally trained, but the taste of the food might be a bit different from Western cuisine. Fresh meat is totally prohibited in the Annapurna Base Camp area, so it is advisable to be vegetarian during the ABC trekking routes.

Breakfast:

  • Porridge:Oatmeal or other grain-based porridge.
  • Bread:Tibetan bread, chapati, or toast with jam, honey, or peanut butter.
  • Eggs:Boiled, scrambled, fried, or in an omelet.
  • Pancakes:Often served with honey, Jam or chocolate spread.
  • Tea/Coffee:Local tea, black tea, green tea, or instant coffee.

Lunch and Dinner:

  • Dal Bhat:A traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentil soup (dal), vegetable curry, and sometimes meat. It is highly recommended due to its balanced nutrition and energy content.
  • Noodles:Fried noodles, noodle soup, or Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup).
  • Rice Dishes:Fried rice or rice with curry.
  • Momos:Nepali dumplings filled with vegetables or meat, served steamed or fried.
  • Pizza:Basic pizza, often with a thick crust and limited toppings.
  • Pasta:Simple pasta dishes like spaghetti or macaroni with sauce.
  • Soups:Various soups, including garlic soup (recommended for altitude sickness prevention), vegetable soup, and tomato soup.

Recommendations

  • Dal Bhat Power:As the saying goes, "Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!" It's a nutritious and filling option that provides sustained energy for trekking.
  • Hydration:Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, tea, and soup.
  • Energy Boosters:Carry high-energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, and dried fruits to maintain energy levels during the trek.

Drinking water in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Safe drinking water is an important factor during the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek. Staying hydrated is essential for successfully completing the trip, especially at high altitudes. Bottled water is available in teahouses and shops along the trek up to Chomrong, but prices increase as you ascend, typically ranging from NPR 100 to NPR 300 per liter.

Above Chomrong, bottled water is completely prohibited due to the high environmental impact of plastic waste in the mountains. However, teahouses provide boiled water for an extra fee, typically ranging from NPR 200 to NPR 400 per liter. Therefore, bringing a water bottle is highly recommended for all trekkers.

There are natural water sources available, such as streams, rivers, and tap water in many places along the trek, but this water should always be purified before drinking. For water purification, you can use water purification tablets, water filters, or UV purification. You can also ask your guide for information about safe drinking water during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 

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)
     

Client Reviews

Juani Martinez

Juani Martinez

Uruguay

Best Guide hired for ABC Trek

1st July, 2024

We booked our 7-day ABC trek with High Pass Adventure and found them to be really flexible with our plan, providing everything we needed. We just hired a guide and had an amazing time, guided by Gyan Bahadur, who was very helpful from start to finish. He went above and beyond to make our trek fun, enjoyable, and memorable. Highly recommended!

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