The legendary Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Go along and trek through the Himalaya to the base camp of Annapurna 1, the legendary Nepalese mountain with a height of 8091m. Next to Annapurna, the entire Annapurna Massif consists of thirteen peaks above 7000 meters and no less than sixteen peaks above 6000 meters.
During our trip we pass beautiful waterfalls, villages, rice terraces, rhododendron forests and we have fantastic views before reaching Annapurna Base Camp. This is the other side of the Himalaya. The slightly different Nepal. It’s more local, rural, and you’ll quickly feel at ease in the Gurung community. Mountains? Certainly. Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri are looking forward to your arrival. Do the classic ABC trek. Compare our offers and book at Bookatrekking.com!
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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is another name for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the ABC-Trek is the abbreviated version of this famed trek. Don’t be confused with the alphabet. All three names are one of the same things and lead you straight to the base camp of Annapurna.
A typical trek on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek involves an out and back journey to the base camp of Annapurna.
Een typische trekking naar Annapurna Base Camp is een uit- en terugreis naar het basiskamp van Annapurna.
De tocht duurt meestal tussen de 7 en 12 dagen. Hoe langer je er over doet, hoe minder kans je last hebt van hoogteziekte (AMS). De meeste routes beginnen in Kathmandu met een vlucht of een busreis naar de stad Phokara. Op de route zul je waarschijnlijk een aantal rivieren oversteken via hangbruggen.
Day 01 – Travel to Pokhara – 7 hours
Day 02 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile (1430m)
Day 03 – Trek to Ghorepani (2.840m)
Day 04 – Hike up Poonhill for sunrise and trek to Tadapani (2.610m).
Day 05 – Trek to Sinuwa (2.340m) – 7 hours
Day 06 – Trek to the Himalayan hotel (2.900m) – 6 hours
Day 07 – Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m) – 6 hours
Day 08 – Trek to Bamboo (2.345m) – 6 hours
Day 09 – Trek to Jhinu Danda (1.760m)
Day 10 – Trek to Pothana (1990m) – 6 hours
Day 11 – Descent to Phedi (1.500m) and back to Pokhara.
Day 12 – Drive back to Kathmandu – 7 hours
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this Annapurna classic. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
Hiking or trekking to Annapurna Base Camp can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can deifnitely make it.
The average Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention. One great advantage of the Annapurna Circuit over the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that you are hiking in a circular direction. This means that you won’t be seeing things twice. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes, you’ve guessed it, Annapurna Base Camp. This is excluded on the Annapurna Circuit, or you must be adding an extension.
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking in regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Besisahar. This is where some of the costs sit.
Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need two kinds of permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
Prices for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are around USD 700 or EUR 600.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes on the way to Annapurna Base Camp.
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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