Annapurna Short Base Camp Trek - 5 Days

Annapurna Short Base Camp Trek - 5 Days
  • Duration5 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Maximum Altitude 4170
  • Activity Trekking Base Camp
  • Group Size 1 to 12
  • Accommodation Hotel Lodge
  • Best Season January to June, September to December

The Annapurna Short Trekking - 5 Days package stands as a favored choice for individuals constrained by time yet longing to savor the splendor of mountain vistas, village life, landscapes, and cultural nuances within the Annapurna region. This trek serves as an ideal introduction to those seeking a brief yet fulfilling trekking or hiking experience, all while immersing in Nepal's hill culture and rustic lifestyle.

Embarking on this journey, you'll traverse through charming villages and picturesque paddy fields, each day offering a rich tapestry of diverse activities. Witness the rhythm of life as you observe locals tending to fields, herding cattle, attending schools – both government and private, encountering ponds, and encountering local shops.

Commencing with a scenic 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the Annapurna Short Trekking package commences its adventure. Ascending to the renowned hill station of Sarangkot at 1991 meters, you'll be greeted by awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Himalayas. The sunrise vistas over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges during the early hours are often deemed a life-defining experience. Sarangkot Hill, doubling as an adventure hub, is also the launchpad for exhilarating activities like paragliding.

Tailored for those who desire to relish Himalayan trekking within a compressed timeframe, the Annapurna Short Trek - 5 Days remains equally suitable for families, offering an enriching experience that both young and old can delight in without discrimination.

5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route Map and Altitude Profile

The Annapurna Base Camp trek follows a scenic route that offers a gradual ascent through picturesque villages and stunning Himalayan landscapes. Starting in Pokhara, situated at an elevation of 822 meters (2,697 feet), the journey begins with a drive to Jhinu, which stands at 1,780 meters (5,840 feet). Jhinu is renowned for its natural hot springs, a soothing respite for trekkers after their expedition.

Continuing on the trail, you'll come across the charming Gurung settlement of Chhomrong, nestled at 2,170 meters (7,119 feet). Your first overnight stop, Lower Sinuwa, is perched at an altitude of over 2,200 meters. Moving higher, Upper Sinuwa awaits at 2,360 meters, followed by Bamboo Village at 2,310 meters, and Dovan at 2,600 meters.

The trek takes you through the enchanting Himalayan scenery, with Himalaya village situated at 2,900 meters and Deurali, your second overnight halt, positioned at 3,230 meters above sea level. The next morning's journey involves a two-hour hike from Deurali to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) at 3,700 meters, where you're in the shadow of the iconic Machhapuchhre peak.

From MBC, it's another two-hour ascent to reach the ultimate destination of your trek, Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,130 meters. Here, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks, including the majestic Annapurna I, making it a fitting reward for your trekking efforts. The varied altitudes and breathtaking scenery along this route make the Annapurna Base Camp trek a memorable and awe-inspiring adventure.

Best Season for 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best season for a 5-day Annapurna Base Camp trek is typically either in the spring or autumn. Here's a breakdown of the advantages of trekking during these seasons:

  1. Spring (March to May):

    • Moderate Temperatures: Spring offers comfortable daytime temperatures, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower elevations.
    • Blooming Rhododendrons: The rhododendron forests along the trekking route are in full bloom during this time, creating vibrant and colorful landscapes.
    • Clear Skies: Generally, spring features clear skies and good visibility, allowing for breathtaking mountain views.
    • Stable Weather: The weather is generally stable, with lower chances of heavy rainfall or snowfall.
  2. Autumn (October to November):

    • Ideal Trekking Conditions: Autumn is considered the best overall season for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is stable and pleasant.
    • Clear Views: Clear skies provide excellent visibility, making it easier to enjoy panoramic mountain views.
    • Moderate Temperatures: Daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes, providing comfortable trekking conditions.
    • Festive Season: The autumn season often coincides with major Nepali festivals like Dashain and Tihar, allowing trekkers to experience local culture and festivities.

While spring and autumn are generally recommended for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, it's important to consider your personal preferences and priorities. Keep in mind that winter (December to February) can offer a unique trekking experience with snow-covered landscapes, but it comes with colder temperatures and potential trail closures due to heavy snowfall. Similarly, the monsoon season (June to August) is not advisable due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.

Meals and Accomodation During 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

During the 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you'll find meals and accommodations at teahouses or lodges along the trail. Teahouses offer basic but comfortable lodging with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Meals typically consist of a variety of options, including Nepali and international dishes, such as dal bhat, fried rice, noodles, and more. Breakfast menus usually include items like omelets and pancakes, while dinner options range from pasta to pizza. Snacks like chocolate bars and nuts are available for purchase. While teahouses provide essential amenities, expect simpler facilities as you ascend to higher altitudes. Hot showers and charging for electronic devices may be available for an extra fee. It's advisable to book accommodations in advance during peak trekking seasons.

Permit Required During 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

For a 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal, you will still need to obtain certain permits and documents to ensure that you are trekking legally and supporting conservation efforts in the area. Here are the key permits required:

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Regardless of the duration of your trek, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). This permit is essential for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The fees for ACAP permits vary for foreigners and depend on your nationality. Make sure to check the latest permit fees and regulations before your trek.

  2. Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, you may also be required to obtain a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Annapurna region. However, the requirement for TIMS cards was under review, and some treks no longer required them. It's important to check the most current regulations with the Nepal Tourism Board or your trekking agency.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek of 5 Days difficult?

If you're considering embarking on this extraordinary journey, feel free to get in touch with us anytime. Our team of tour experts is always available and reachable, and we're capable of tailoring the tour to match your preferences. Our itinerary is designed to be flexible to suit your needs. A 5-day Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is considerably more challenging compared to the standard 7- to 10-day itineraries that are more commonly recommended. While it's not impossible, it presents several significant challenges and considerations:

  1. Limited Acclimatization: The ABC trek involves substantial altitude gain, with the base camp sitting at 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). In a 5-day itinerary, you have less time for acclimatization compared to longer treks. This increases the risk of altitude sickness, which can be dangerous.

  2. Longer Daily Hikes: To complete the trek in just 5 days, you'll need to cover more ground each day. This means longer hours of hiking and potentially less time for rest and acclimatization breaks.

  3. Physical Fitness: A 5-day ABC trek demands a higher level of physical fitness due to the shorter duration and increased hiking intensity. You should be in good shape and prepared for the strenuous ascent and descent.

  4. Weather Considerations: Weather conditions can vary, and the trek might coincide with rain or snowfall, particularly in the shoulder seasons. This can add an extra layer of difficulty and potential hazards.

  5. Limited Enjoyment: Rushing through the trek in 5 days might limit your ability to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes, local culture, and the overall experience of the Annapurna region.

For these reasons, a 5-day ABC trek is generally not recommended for most trekkers, especially if you're not acclimated to high altitudes. The more standard 7- to 10-day itineraries allow for a safer and more enjoyable journey, with ample time for acclimatization, better physical preparation, and a chance to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas. If you're considering a shorter trek, it's crucial to consult with experienced trekking agencies and guides who can assess your fitness level and advise on the best options for your safety and enjoyment.

Essential Trekking Equipment for 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Having the right gear ensures a comfortable and secure trekking experience. Here's a selection of essential and practical gear to consider:

  • Adequate Hiking Thermals: Carrying multiple pairs of quick-drying thermals is essential.
  • Fleece Jacket: A versatile garment suitable for layering under a down jacket at higher altitudes or on its own at lower elevations.
  • Windcheater: A vital item for protection against wind during hikes.
  • Down Jacket: Particularly crucial for colder altitudes (Provided by the company if you don't have your own).
  • Comfortable Hiking Fleece and Wool Trousers: Prepare for varying temperatures.
  • Trekking or Hiking Pants: Waterproof pants are recommended.
  • Mittens and Woolen Gloves
  • Warm Hiking Socks: Essential for comfort and warmth.
  • Trekking Shoes with Spare Laces: Waterproof footwear is advisable.
  • Flip Flops
  • Underwear and Swimwear
  • Hiking Cotton Trousers and T-Shirts
  • Sun Hat and Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping Bag (Provided by the company if needed)
  • Day Backpack (35-45L)
  • Small Lock for Day Backpack
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2 liters)
  • Water Purification Tablets and Electric Light
  • Wash Towel
  • Toiletries (Wet Tissues, Quick-Drying Towel, Toilet Paper, Moisturizers, Lip Balms, Sunscreens, Sanitary Pads, Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clipper, Small Mirror, Toothpaste & Brush, etc.)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Basic Personal First Aid Kit

All the aforementioned gear can easily be procured in Kathmandu upon your arrival. The city has various gear shops offering a range of products at different price points, ensuring you'll find suitable options for your trekking needs.

Highlights
  • Experience a picturesque journey through Nepal's rural landscapes as you travel between the capital city, Kathmandu, and the adventure-centric Pokhara.
  • Absorb the captivating sights and sounds of Pokhara, where the towering Himalayas cast their reflection on the serene waters of Lake Phewa.
  • Indulge in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sun setting behind a breathtaking mountain panorama, featuring renowned peaks like Annapurna, Machapuchare, and Gangapurna.
  • Treat yourself to a rejuvenating dip in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a well-deserved relaxation following your adventures.
  • Delve into the captivating cultural customs of the hospitable Gurung and Magar communities, gaining insights into their rich traditions and way of life.
Itinerary

We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara early morning. It is about a 7-8 hour drive and we will drive along the Tribhuwan Highway which goes along several rivers on the way. We can see the various landscape and rural lifestyles and settlements of people on the riverside. Pokhara is the gateway to adventures in the Annapurna region. There are also various fun and adventure activities available at Pokhara, such as fishing, boating, paragliding, and many more. Pokhara is a city of waterfalls, lakes, and caves.

  • Max. Altitude:800m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast

Today after breakfast, We hike up on a trail that goes toward Dhamphus. We take our lunch at Dhamphus and continue trekking to the Australian Camp. The Australian Camp (1960 meters) is the best place to see Fishtail Mountain and other mountains including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and others. Walking through the villages gives you a chance to see local villagers, their lifestyle, language, dresses, and also local meals. Trekking through the beautiful rhododendron forests, we arrive at Pothana. If you trek in spring, colorful rhododendron blooms make you more energetic and fresh.

  • Max. Altitude:2060m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours walk
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Australian camp is like an island surrounded by forest. The forest is inhabited by many kinds of birds and also a few wild animals that can be seen in the evening and in the early morning. The morning view over the Himalayas is also very mesmerizing. After having breakfast, we walk down to Naudanda through the forest. From Naudanda, the trail becomes easier and almost flat. Sarangkot used to be a fort in the middle ages. Now it is a very famous village for Paragliding to the Fewa lake banks. There is also a view tower in Sarangkot. The view tower is popular among both the Nepalese as well as tourists, for the sunrise views. Along the way, we also see a few cottage industries, such as weaving and knitting which the tourists find interesting to take as a souvenir.

  • Max. Altitude:1600m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the early morning, we enjoy magnificent views from the Sarangkot view tower – the long range of Himalaya, Dhaulagiri, the 5 peaks of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, and many more. Similarly, we enjoy the awesome views of colorful mountains in the morning rays, Pokhara city, and amazing views of Green Hills. After breakfast we walk down to Pokhara - about 2 hrs walk. If interested, you can also make some sightseeing tours around Pokhara.

 

  • Max. Altitude:700m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast

As our 3 days trekking ends, we will drive back to Kathmandu and we will drop you to your Hotel from the bus stop. If you wish to do some sightseeing around Kathmandu or You want to do some Jungle safari in Chitwan, You can let us know.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast

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5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Heli Return

 

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Jhinu Danda 

Start your journey by driving from Pokhara to Nayapul, a 1.5 to 2-hour journey. From Nayapul, embark on a trek toward the charming village of Jhinu Danda (1,780m). Traverse through scenic villages, terraced fields, and lush forests along the trail. Rest for the night at a teahouse or lodge in Jhinu Danda.

Day 2: Jhinu Danda to Bamboo

After breakfast, set off on a trek to Bamboo, which takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach. Along the way, immerse yourself in the sights of majestic mountains such as Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail, while passing through traditional villages, green forests, and rivers. Take a break for lunch at Lower Sinuwa and continue trekking for around 3 hours to reach Bamboo, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Trek to Deurali 

Start your day early and trek to Deurali after breakfast, a journey of about 4-5 hours. Enjoy the scenic beauty of bamboo forests, rivers, and the charming village of Himalaya (2900m) where you will have lunch. From the Himalayas, it takes around 2 more hours to reach Deurali. Explore the area and visit a temple if you wish. Spend the night at Deurali.

Day 4: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

Embark on a 2-hour trek to Machapuchhre Base Camp, where you can take a tea break and admire the panoramic views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Himchuli, and Gangapurna. Continue trekking for another 2 hours to reach your ultimate destination, Annapurna Base Camp. Enjoy lunch and explore the base camp before spending the night there.

Day 5: Heli Return to Pokhara 

Rise early to witness the awe-inspiring sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range. After breakfast and taking in the scenic views, board a helicopter for a return flight to Pokhara. Once back in Pokhara, you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing, strolling around the lakeside area, or engaging in optional activities.

 

 

Cost Details
Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All accommodations and meals during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
Departure Dates
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Trip Date PriceStatus 
Start DateStartsJun 30, 2024End DateEndsJul 04, 2024PriceUS$391StatusAvailable
Useful Info

While Hiking in Nepal
A Checklist
Immunizations: Though, Nepal doesn’t have official vaccination requirements, it is nevertheless a good idea to consider some vaccines before coming here. See Immunization chapter under Safety for more details. It is also a good idea to read the chapter on Pre-existing Conditions before leaving home. Here is a list of the most relevant ones only:
Travel Insurance: Before you set out also make sure you have travel insurance that covers helicopter rescues. See Insurance under Safety for more details. Also, make sure to register with your embassy with your itinerary details before leaving. Go to our Embassy section for links.
Flight Tickets to Nepal
Book a Hotel in Nepal: There are a lot of review based web portals to book hotels in Kathmandu. However, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get a room even if you haven’t booked in advance.
Packing Tips: Indeed exciting times we live in. Just make sure you don’t pack off valuables in your luggage for the international airport at Kathmandu isn’t too well renowned for packing everything in after a security check. Valuables are better off in your hand carry.
Things to do at the Airport in Kathmandu
Get a Nepali Visa: Visa on Arrival for most countries. Need USD 25(15 days)/ USD 40 (30 days)/ USD 100 (90 days) in one of these currencies: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. You will need your passport and 1 passport size photo.
Get a Nepali SIM Card: There are NTC and Ncell. two of the most popular telecom companies in Nepal, provide SIM cards based on GSM technology. Tough luck if your phone is of the CDMA kind.
Comprehensive Packing List for Trekking in Nepal
Both branded items and local take on branded items are available in Kathmandu. It is totally possible to get everything and anything you will need for a trek here. A word of cautions about local products though: Being labeled North Face or Mountain Hardwar, as most local products are, doesn’t bless them with durability. However, there are good fakes and bad fakes and most are okay for the price. If you spend some time checking and rechecking the stuff specially the zippers and stitching, it will provide service for at least one trek. Or you could just stick to one of the branded outlets in Thamel.

However, bringing some stuff from home will save you time in Kathmandu and will also give you peace of mind. Also if you don’t know, the dress code for the mountains is layers. And avoid cotton inners at all costs.

Gear from your Home Country
Trekking Boots- Lightweight, waterproof, ankle support, some toe room and most importantly broken in.
Daypack/Rucksack with pack cover- If you plan on hiring porters, a 30-liter bag should be enough. Otherwise look for a 70 liter one.
Passport size photos- 5-7 should be good.
Sunglasses with straps- Straps are important as sunglasses happen to be the one thing that people misplace most often while taking pictures or resting.
Spare glasses/lenses- If you wear glasses or contact, having a spare is very important.
Inner Thermals- Both top and bottom will make your trek that much more enjoyable.
Fleece- Great for layering with wind/waterproof jacket for walking.
Wind/Water Jacket- Make sure it is breathable and is waterproof.
Down Jacket- Mornings and evenings can be pretty chilly. Will make your stay at camp and short excursions that much more comfortable.
Fleece pants- So you can remain warm and feel clean during the evenings.
Wind pants- Waterproof breathable is recommended.
Gloves- Make sure it is at least windproof.
Underwear- 4-6 should carry you through a two-three week trek.
Flashlight- Look for LED head torches.
Camera with extra battery- One extra battery should be good as charging can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. Also, you cannot charge, if you don’t have a charger. Do not forget that.
Socket Adapter- Many sockets in Nepal are of Type C that is they have circular pins. It will be handy to have an adapter just in case.
Water filters or Water purification tablets- To give you peace of mind and protection when you aren’t sure of the water. Water filters are amazingly small and efficient these days.
Optional Gear you should consider bringing from your Home Country
Vitamin supplements- One thing that you will be short on during a trek is Vitamin C. Supplements are always welcome.
Zip locks- Useful in oh so many different ways, for first aid kits to toiletries to documents.
Running shoes- Great to keep your feet comfortable in treks like ABC, Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu in which a sizeable portion of the trek goes through low country.
Swiss Army Knife- Pack it off in your luggage if you don’t want it confiscated at airports.
Binoculars- Consider small and light ones unless watching wildlife is your main purpose.
Books- A trek is a perfect time to catch up on reading. However, it would be tough to finish more than 2 books in a single two-three week trek.
Tablet computers- Entertainment at evenings.
Gaiters- Keeps your feet dry and warm if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Gear you can easily get in Nepal.
Trekking trousers- 2 pairs. Lightweight and loose.
Trekking shirts- 2 pairs. Collared ones are better. Avoid cotton.
Woolen cap
Trekking poles- You back and legs will love you for these, especially in downhill stretches.
Water bottle- Get 2 with a wide mouth and which can take in hot water.
Sandals- Great for giving your feet a breather during the evenings.
Buffs- 3. Can be used as a neck gaiter, headwear, to mask, hairband and a whole bunch of other ways. However our company All Nepal Hiking provides a buff for you, one of the best use however is to cover your nose and mouth at high altitudes to hydrate your breath and avoid the cold dry mountain air. Make sure to keep it rather loose around your nose though and your lungs will love you for it.
Sleeping Bag liner- A light silk liner is good enough rather than the heavy fleece ones. Its main purpose is to protect you from lodge blankets that are washed at most twice a year.
Socks- 5 pairs are more than good enough. Make sure they are thick woolen ones. For treks that go through low country like Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit, you might consider getting 2 more pairs of lightweight socks too.
Sunscreen- SPF 30-50 will be good enough. There is little point in going over that. However, make sure it is rated UVA in addition to UVB.
Lip Balm- Moisturizing and SPF 30 necessary.

Toilet paper- 2 rolls should be good enough.
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shower Gel- Travel size or sachets ideal as you won’t be showering as much during a trek.
Shampoo- Travel size of sachets are ideal.
Towel- A small one will be more than good enough.
Moisturizing cream- That cold dry mountain air will take its toll on your skin.
Hand sanitizer
Plastic Bags- 2 large ones 3 small ones. Comes in very handy to put in your dirty laundry
Snacks- Carry some chocolate bars and nuts for a quick munch before lunch. Don’t carry too much as you can find them in lodges all along the trails.
Optional Gear you can easily Get in Nepal
Sun Hat/Baseball Hat- Great for protection from the sun when it is still warm enough.
Neck gaiter- A buff can be used in place of this. But this one comes in handy
Deodorant- Your partner will love you for this.
Diary
Pen- Carry some spares.
Kit Bag and lock- If you plan to hire a porter, a kit bag comes in handy. Make sure you get a lock too. Combination ones are easier.
Medical Kit Checklist

If you are trekking on your own, you should carry the complete medical kit. However, if you are going through a trekking company, they will provide a medical kit. Chances of the kit containing moleskins, knee supports or anklets is almost zero though. Get these for yourself. You should also consider getting a list of the stuff they will provide and tallying it with the list we have provided.

 Due to lax prescription requirements, most of the items are easier to get in Kathmandu.

  • Povidone-Iodine cream- 1 tube
  • Cotton- 1 roll
  • Dressing Gauze- 5 pcs
  • Crepe Bandage- 2
  • Band-Aids- 10
  • Dressing tape- 1
  • Moleskin/ 2nd Skin- 1 packet
  • Calamine- To aid in skin healing due to sunburns or chaffing.
  • Paracetamol 300 mg- 20 tablets. For mild headaches.
  • Ibuprofen 400 mg- 10 tablets. To relieve moderate to severe pain.
  • Throat lozenges- 20. For cough and sore throat. Can be used preventively against the cold dry mountain air.
  • Decongestant- 10 tablets- For nasal congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudoephedrine recommended.
  • Antihistamine 10 tablets- For allergies.
  • Antiemetic 10 tablets- To control vomit and nausea.
  • Azithromycin 500 mg- 3 tablets. For bacterial diarrhea.
  • Omeprazole 20 mg- 10 tablets. For gastric problems.
  • Ciprofloxacin 500 mg- 10 tablets. For bacterial diarrhea.
  • Tinidazole 2 g- 3 tablets (500 mg- 12 tablets). For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
  •  Acetazolamide (Diamox) 250 mg - 20 tablets. To aid acclimatization and AMS treatment.
  • Dexamethasone 4 mg - 10 tablets. To be used under expert supervision to treat AMS.
  • Nifedipine 60 mg - 10 tablets. To be used under expert supervision to prevent and treat HAPE.
  • Loperamide 2 mg- 20 tablets. To control diarrhea. 

All treks inside the Annapurna Conservation Area will require these permits. These treks include the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Jomsom-Muktinath Trek, and Mohare Danda Trek.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (NPR 2,000 + 13% VAT). This permit can be purchased at the Nepal Tourism Board or at Besishahar. However, be warned that the cost of the permit is double at Besishahar. You will also need two passport size photos for this permit.
TIMS Permit (USD 20 independent trekkers; USD 20 for organized trekkers). This permit can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

FAQs
  • Out of the 252 climbers who have attempted to scale Annapurna, only 191 successfully made it back. Tragically, 61 people lost their lives in their attempts to ascend or descend the mountain, with avalanches being the primary cause of fatalities. These numbers highlight the challenging and dangerous nature of Annapurna and the risks involved in climbing it.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is generally suitable for individuals in good physical health, including children. However, it is not recommended for children under the age of 7 due to the altitude and potential challenges associated with the trek. The 14-day trekking journey to Annapurna Base Camp typically begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara before starting the trek.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered suitable for beginners who are venturing into the Himalayan region for the first time. This trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna and is a good choice for beginners looking to experience hiking in the Himalayas.

     

     

     

     

  • Acclimatization is crucial when climbing in high-altitude environments like Annapurna. It is recommended to spend ample time at around 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) to allow your body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels. This gradual process helps prepare your body for higher altitudes and reduces the risk of altitude sickness. While supplemental oxygen may be used in extreme cases, it is not typically required for climbers on Annapurna who acclimatize properly.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Massif, which is a mountain range in the Annapurna region of Nepal, consists of multiple peaks. There is one peak that surpasses the 8,000-meter mark, making it one of the world's eight-thousanders. Additionally, there are thirteen peaks within the massif that exceed 7,000 meters in elevation, and an additional sixteen peaks that rise above 6,000 meters. These peaks are spread across a stretch of approximately 55 kilometers, showcasing the impressive mountainous landscape of the Annapurna region.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek covers an approximate distance of 60 kilometers, although the exact distance may vary depending on the starting point and the specific route chosen. The trek is considered to be of moderate to difficult difficulty level, as it involves some steep sections and reaches high altitudes. However, for the majority of the trek, there are well-defined paths to follow.

  • A: The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna, which is the 10th-highest mountain in the world.

  •  The duration of the trek depends on various factors, including your fitness level and the specific itinerary you choose. On average, the trek takes around 7 to 12 days to complete.

  • The best time for the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking.

  • Yes, you need two permits for the trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

  • The trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves walking for several hours each day, with some steep ascents and descents. However, it doesn't require technical climbing skills or equipment. Regular exercise and a good level of fitness are recommended before attempting the trek.

  • Hiring a guide or porter is not mandatory, but it can enhance your trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the route, and culture, and help with navigation, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

  • Yes, the trek itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and time constraints. You can choose different routes, add rest days, or extend the trek to include other nearby destinations, such as Poon Hill.

  • Some essential items to pack include trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and trekking poles. It's important to pack light while ensuring you have all the necessary gear.

  • Annapurna Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level.

  • The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is about a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Pokhara. You can hire a private vehicle or take a public bus to reach Nayapul.

  • Yes, having travel insurance is highly recommended for the trek. It should cover medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation/interruption.

  • The weather can vary during different seasons. In general, the spring season (March to May) offers mild temperatures, while autumn (September to November) has clear skies and moderate temperatures. However, temperatures decrease as you ascend, and it can get very cold at night, especially at higher altitudes.

  • Yes, there are a few ATMs available in some villages along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, such as Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Sinuwa. However, it's advisable to carry enough Nepalese currency with you, as ATMs may not always be reliable due to technical issues or lack of availability.

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is generally considered safe, but it's important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety during the journey. It's important to note that while the trek is generally safe, unforeseen circumstances can arise. Being well-prepared, making informed decisions, and taking necessary precautions will enhance your safety and enjoyment during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

  • Yes, mobile networks can be found on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek's trekking pathways. The majority of the tiny settlements and trails have Ncell or NTC network connectivity.

  • NTC prepaid SIM cards for travelers are inexpensive and provide several benefits while your walk along the Annapurna Circuit. NTC SIM cards may be purchased at the TIA NTC desk or other retailers in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Attach a photocopy of your passport or ID card when applying for a SIM card.

  • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is categorized as a moderate trek, but it does present challenges such as steep and rugged trails, stone stairs, and daily walking for 5 to 6 hours. However, with adequate physical fitness, confidence, and patience, it is a feasible and rewarding trek to undertake.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp is renowned for being one of the most popular treks globally. It offers a unique opportunity to get remarkably close to an eight-thousander, which is quite remarkable for a trek of moderate to difficult level. The trek is particularly famous for its proximity to the magnificent Annapurna massif, which encompasses the world's tenth highest peak.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp experiences varying weather conditions, including rainfall. During certain times of the year, rainfalls are frequent, leading to muddy terrains. However, in the spring season, precipitation is generally low, resulting in clearer skies and a vibrant natural environment. The forest comes alive with blooming flowers, adding to the enchanting atmosphere of the trek. Overall, the autumn season is often preferred by trekkers as the best time to visit Annapurna Base Camp.

     

     

     

  • Annapurna Base Camp is popular due to several factors. Firstly, it is located within a national park that boasts the world's deepest gorge, stunning high mountain lakes, and remarkable biodiversity. Additionally, the trail to Annapurna Base Camp passes through the revered Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), which is highly admired by the Nepalese people for its immense beauty. These attractions contribute to the popularity of Annapurna Base Camp among trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

     

     

     

  • The Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires a moderate level of fitness from trekkers. The trek involves walking for a maximum of 7 hours per day, typically averaging around 4-6 hours, depending on the specific trek itinerary. The trail consists of mostly uphill and downhill sections, with stone pathways and occasional staircases in certain areas.

     

     

     

  • During the peak spring season, Annapurna Base Camp can be crowded with trekkers. However, in the early month of March, the number of visitors is relatively lower due to the still fragile weather conditions. As a result, the trails are less congested during that time.

     

     

     

  • The main difference between the Annapurna Circuit trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the altitude reached during each trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you to an elevation of approximately 13,780 feet, while the Annapurna Circuit trek goes beyond 17,770 feet. In terms of difficulty, the Annapurna Circuit trek is more challenging due to its higher altitude.

     

     

     

  • Yes, teahouses (lodges) are available along the trekking route. These teahouses provide basic accommodation and meals such as dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, soups, and tea. However, the quality of facilities may vary, especially at higher altitudes.

  • During winter in the Annapurna region, temperatures can plummet below freezing, reaching as low as -10°C. The coldest times are typically the nights, while daytime temperatures can range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the temperature drops even further. Snowfall and snowstorms are also possible during the winter months.

     

     

     

  • The shortest route for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is the alternative itinerary via Ghandruk. This route allows you to reach the Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 13,546 feet in just four days. The highest point where you will spend the night is at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 12,136 feet.