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How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Introduction of ANNAPURNA base camp trek

 Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route is one of the most popular and famous for travelers, also one of the easiest in Nepal as it is one with the most beautiful views. Although it is situated along the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range. Annapurna is the 10th tallest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8091m above sea level. The journey to the base camp is 110 km to reach an altitude of 4130m in 7- 8 days. Many endangered flora and fauna such as the snow leopards, Himalayan thars and tigers can be found in the region.

The total distance of the trek is of 110KM

 Which is the Best time for Annapurna Base Time trekking?

There are to best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp, Pre, and Post monsoon.

Pre – Monson

February to May, the most advisable, weather should be stable and mostly dry, that is great for trekking, March could also be good as the landscapes and the view are spectacular, but trekking can be hard and it is cold at this moment. April gets quite busy.

Post – Mosson

late September to November, this is the period that will provide the best views and the best landscape compared to the rest of the year. It is most advisable to do it in September as October gets packed and some people get frustrated with the freezing water pipes. Although I arrived beginning of September and the rains were still quite bad.

But beware as it is high season flights to Nepal can get more expensive. So we suggest booking your flight earlier.

May to September MOSSON time not advisable there is a lot of rain, it’s impossible to trek and the views are not the best during this time of the year. December to February possible but not recommended, there is too much snow and cold temperatures can reach up to -30C at night

How long does it take to trek Annapurna Base Camp? Is it hard to trek?

Annapurna Base camp it’s of moderate difficulty it is achievable by even normal fit trekkers, the total distance of the trek is 110 km and should be done in  7- 8 days, the maximum elevation is 4,130 meters. It is considered effortless for even inexperienced hikers and does not demand any high-level physical fitness.

 How much does it cost to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Depending on the season you want to go (If it’s the high season) it will get more expensive, and also who do you buy the trekking experience from, if they are local it will get cheaper!

  • Travel / Tour Agency $1000- $1200 USD prices usually include all permits, accommodations, meals, guides, porters. Also, flights to start point Pokhara.

Although they won’t include insurance, visa fees, nor trekking equipment

In case flights to Pokhara are not included, they should be around $100 for one way, taking the bus will be a cheaper option around $10

 Which permits do I need to have in order to trek the ABC?

In order to enter the Annapurna area, you need to pay an entrance fee for foreigners available to taramite in Kathmandu

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project                                     $20 USD
  • TIMS – Trekkers information Management System Nepal    $20 USD

How much does it cost to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

What would be my daily expenses?       

*FIXED

TitleDaily CostTotal Cost
Permits$40
Food$25 (3*8)
Water$2-3
Accommodation$10-15 (Tourist standard)

$15-$50 for higher quality

Snacks$5-8
Extras$2-3
ABC Total daily cost$44 – 5544*12= USD 480
Guide cost:20 USD/ per day20*11 = 220 USD
Kathmandu Pokhara Flight100 USD100*2= 200 USD
Kathmandu Pokhara By Tourist Bus10 USD10*2 = 20 USD
Porter Cost10 USD / per day10*9= 90 USD

 

 What are Annapurna Base Camp Daily Expenses? / Showering and Charing?

Once on trek Food on Annapurna Base Camp trek, it’s about $20- $30 a day for 3 good meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Around $8 each (8*3) =$25 and those extras.

Remember the higher you go the more expensive it gets.

For the rest of the things like showers ($2), running water (2), electricity and wifi (5), you will have to pay extra. There are no plugs to charge batteries on any rooms usually the rate is per charging hour in communal areas.

 Will I need a porter/guide for my trek? How much do they Charge?

Can you trek Annapurna base camp without a guide?  / Can you trek Annapurna Base Camp on your own?

Guides are not necessary and yes you can trek it con your own, But we don’t suggest to travel alone. When traveling in the Himalaya so many lost their life and in the max case, they do no travel with guides.

Although here is a list why should you take one…

  • You’ll be safer!! the guides know the trails were you’ll be going, they are the experts on the field and will also take an eye on you concerning altitude sickness or in case something happens.
  • You will not face communication problems with local people
  • You should not have to worry about sleep place as he/ she will take care of it

You can get in contact with any local agency before arriving in Nepal to arrange it or upon your arrival, you can also plan everything. Price for a guide should be around $40 each way

Insurance for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

It is highly advisable to get travel insurance before traveling to Nepal, and whether you hire a guide or not to do the treks. Read close the small letters and make sure you are properly covered, as not every insurance cover extreme activity. It is very common to get altitude sickness or to get injured, in case of evacuation helicopters re very expensive.

Packing Tips / Things to bring/buy before trekking Annapurna Base Camp

  • Water is very expensive to take the most convenient option to sterilize water
  • Take a buff of headwear so your neck and face will be protected from sunburn, wind and any type of weather.
  • Warm Sleeping Bag and a liner
  • Hat, scarf, and mittens
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • To charge any electronic device you will have to pay, so quite recommendable to charge them all with a portable charger
  • Wet wipes are quite handy specially if it gets cold or if it’s quite expensive to shower many people would shower on them.
  • Hand sanitizer cleaner will very handy to clean your hands in case you get hungry
  • Microfiber towel so recommended as it dries so fast and doesn’t weight that much
  • Headlamps! Even most of the trek is during the daytime, electricity most of the time is not always on tea houses during the night
  • Waterproof / Windproof / Rain jacket one of the most important elements and wearing with a thermal layer underneath

**Many clothes and gear are for sale in Kathmandu and Pokhara so don’t worry to much in case you forget to pack something!

 How can I avoid getting altitude Sickness and ensure good acclimatization?

Although Annapurna Base Camp is not an extremely high trek, you should ensure good acclimatization by drinking lots of water and just in case you’re not feeling good start descending. Rest enough before you take the journey and acclimatize every day, guides can tell you how to do that

 What are the 3 main highlights of Annapurna Base Camp trek?

  1. Annapurna Base Camp the holy element of the hike
  2. Annapurna Apple Pie – Many home-cooked apple pies
  3. Jhinu Hot Springs a pool of 3 different temperatures, natural showers

Is it safe to drink Water in Annapurna?

How expensive is the water?

No, it is not safe to drink tap water, mineral water will be available for you to buy on the trail, be aware it is going to be quite expensive (probably like 10 times higher than in Kathmandu). One liter of water will cost you around $2 and the higher you go the higher the prices will be, it could get up to $4 once you reach the top. It is advisable to use purification pills as a cheaper and more comfortable option.

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Restricted Area Trekking Permit in Nepal – Cost To Reduce in Visit Nepal 2020

The government has started homework to reduce the permit cost on foreigners visiting the ‘prohibited trials’ in the Northern Territory by up to 50 percent, targeting the visit  Nepal 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation are reducing permit charge on the prohibited highway links with China. The government estimates it will increase tourism traffic.

The Department of Immigration has informed that there are now 100 locations in 4 villages in five districts of Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the far west and the area covered by it is ‘prohibited area of pedestrian traffic’. Nepalese who have taken the guide’s license should be taken along with the foreigner who has paid a fee to travel to these areas.

“To make the tour year a success, we have to adjust the pathway fee of the restricted area. The matter is under discussion, ‘Rudrasingh Tamang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Tourism, said, adding that it is ready to take the proposal of reducing the tariff to the Council of Ministers in consultation with the Immigration Department.

He further said that further decisions on tariff will be taken next year after reviewing the positive/negative impact of tourism promotion. The Department of Immigration is taking charge of the postal charges. Director-General of the Department, Ishwar Raj Poudel, said that the issue of adjustment of postage fees has reached the Ministry of Home Affairs. “There will be some modifications to the laws that do not interfere with strategic security,” he said.

The government had banned the movement of foreigners in some areas along the northern border since 1965. In the ’70s, the movement of foreigners into the restricted area was further strengthened after the Dalai Lama’s supporters with independent Tibet demanded armed activities against China from Nepali lands. According to the latest immigration data, Chinese Mustang border areas are prohibited in Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Lower Dolpa, Manaslu area of Gorkha, Humla, Taplejung, Chum valley of Gorkha, Ganesh Himal, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Rasuwa, Manang, Mazhang, Mugu and Darchula. Tourists must pay up to the US $ 500 for 10 days to the restricted areas of these districts. Tourists have been paying the US $ 1000 for two-person for  10days while traveling from 1 to 5 wards of the Lomanthang village of Mustang. Permit fees to other prohibited areas also vary.

Restricted Area Trekking Permit Fee In Nepal Before 2020

SNRegions/VDCsPermit Fee
1.Upper Mustang Lomanthang Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5) Lo-Ghekar Damodarkunda Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5) Baragung Muktichetra Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 3 and Satang Village of ward no.5)USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days) USD 50 per person /Day ( beyond 10 days)
2.Upper Dolpa Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 4 to 6) Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 7) Charka Tangsong Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days) USD 50 per person /Day ( beyond 10 days)
3.Gorkha Manaslu Area Chumnubri Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 1,2,3 and 4)September – November USD 100 per person/week USD 15 per person/day (beyond 1 week) December – August USD 75 per person/week USD 10 per person/day (beyond 1 week)
4.Humla Simikot Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 1,6 and 7) Namkha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6) Changkheli Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 3 to 5)USD 50 per person/week USD 10 per person/day (beyond 1 week)
5.Taplejung Phantanglung Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 6 and 7) Mikwakhola Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 5) Sirijunga Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 8)USD 20 per person/ week (for the first 4 weeks) USD 25 per person /week ( beyond 4 weeks)
6.Lower Dolpa Area Thulibheri municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 11) Tripurasundari municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 11) Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 3) Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 8 and 9) Jagdulla Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6) Mudkechula Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 9) Kaike Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)USD 20 per person/ week  USD 5 per person /week ( beyond 1 week)
7.Dolakha Gaurishankhar Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 9) Bighu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1)USD 20 per person/ week 
8.Gorkha Tsum Valley Area Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule Chumnubri Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 3,6 and 7)September – November USD 40 per person / week USD 7 per person / day (beyond 1 week) December – August USD 30 per person / week USD 7 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
9.Sankhuwasabha Bhotkhola Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5) Makalu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 4)USD 20 per person/ week (for the first 4 weeks) USD 25 per person /week ( beyond 4 weeks)
10.Solukhumbu Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 5)USD 20 per person/ week (for the first 4 weeks) USD 25 per person /week ( beyond 4 weeks)
11.Rasuwa Gosaikunda Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 and some area of ward no. 2)USD 20 per person /week
12.Manang Narpa Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5) Nasho Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 6 and 7)September – November USD 100 per person / week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week) December – August USD 75 per person / week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
13.Bajhang Saipal Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5)USD 90 per person / week for the first week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
14.Mugu Mugumakarmarong Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 9)USD 100 per person / week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
15.Darchula Vyas Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1)USD 90 per person / week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)