Annapurna Base Camp Trek Logistics – Cost, Best Time, Itinerary and Permits
Published On: March 28, 2019
Annapurna Base Camp Trek logistics bring you the best information you will ever need to trek in the western mountainous region of Nepal. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this detailed read to better prepare for your Annapurna adventure journey.
Himalayas are the home to 14 mountain peaks higher than 8000 meters (26246 feet) collectively called the 8 thousanders. Interestingly, Annapurna was the first among these to be scaled.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most frequented trekking destinations in Nepal. People from every corner of the world want to explore and discover the pleasant scenic view of high range Himalayas. The trekking expedition to Annapurna Base Camp gives you most appealing views of some gigantic peaks that include Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Macchapuchhre Himal, the Annapurna Fang known as Baraha Shikhar Peak and Annapurna South.
You will see the real Nepali culture in the villages that we reach amidst the trek route.
Planning the Annapurna Base Camp Trek logistics – when to go?
Basically, there are two high season for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Spring – from March to May, and
Autumn – from September to November
You will love spring for the greenery, flower blossom, clear skies and snow residue. On the other hand, Autumn attracts most of the trekkers. That’s again, clear skies, dry land, forgiving climate and a holiday feeling.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost Logistics
You can do Annapurna base camp trek solo also but it is not recommended for novice trekkers. Going with a certified agency is always a good idea.
Trekking guides are helpful in helping you understand the culture, arranging your food/accomodation & other logistics, and of course, keeping you safe.
We have a team of highly trained trainers and lots of useful equipment. We provide unique activities and experiences that eases your travel with the bonus. When you book with us, you get:
• Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
• Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
• Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
• Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea & coffee during the trek
• Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
• One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
• All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
• Down jacket and sleeping bag during Annapurna Base Camp Trek
• Annapurna conservation permit
• TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System
• Two nights accommodation in Pokhara at two-star category hotel
• Government taxes & office service charge
However, travel is a responsible act and hence we exclude the following services to save time and efforts.
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
• Travel insurance
• International airfare
• Items of personal nature & all bar bills ie. Soft/hard drinks, tips for Nepalese staff’s
• Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
• All cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
• Hot and cold showers during the trek
• Personal shopping and laundry
• Personal trekking equipment
• Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory).
Day to Day Itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek Logistics
An 11 day itinerary that we have developed for our clients is briefly described below:
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu. Pick up from the airport and drop to Hotel booked by us. Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive or fly to Pokhara(825m) from Kathmandu. It will take 6 hours in drive and 25 minutes of Flight. It’s all depends on availability.
Day 3: It’s the day when we start the trek. Firstly 2 hours drive to Nayapul and then 6-hour trekking to Gandruk (2000m).
Day 4: 5-6 hours of walking to Chhomarong (2100m) from Gandruk.
Day 5: 6-7 hours trekking to Himalayan Hotel (2850m) from Chhomarong.
Day 6: 6-7 hours trekking to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) from Himalayan Hotel.
Day 7: 8-9 hours trekking to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) from Machhapuchhre base camp and back to Sinuwa.
Day 8: 4-5 hours trekking to Jinudanda (1200m) from Sinuwa.
Day 9: 4 hours trekking to Nayapul from Jindanda and 2 hours drive to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It will take 6 hours in drive and 25 minutes of Flight. It’s all depends on availability.
Day 11: Checkout from Hotel and departure.
Permits required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
There are 2 kinds of permit you need for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking to make sure that their Annapurna Base Camp trek won’t be interrupted by government officials while going through various checkpoints which are located inside the Annapurna region. This is all for our safety and security.
What you need to get hold of the permits
– 2 passport photos
– 1 copy of your passport
– Insurance paper
If you are traveling with us, we got all these covered. Just bring some passport size photographs, a few copy of your passports and a copy of your insurance.
Trekking Gears for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You don’t need so much trekking gear because the company provides all. You just need to buy trekking stick, warm clothes (thermals), a pair of good hiking shoes etc. You can rent that all items from local shops of Thamel, Kathmandu. Trekking gears are not so expensive in Nepal. Sleeping bag and Down jackets are provided by us.
What to bring with you or in your backpack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
• Your TIMS card and national park permit
• Good backpack with hip straps
• Enough cash in Nepalese Rupees because there are not any ATM on the way to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
• GPS and/or map
• A pair of Good Hiking boots (Try to buy Waterproof).
• Water purification tablets/water filter – saves you a lot of money as purified water can be expensive.
• Water bladder or Nalgene bottle
• Trekking Stick
• Water bottle
• Warm clothes, rain jacket, and waterproof pants
• Sunscreen and sunglasses (must Need).
• Toilet paper (We provide you)
• Towel and toiletries
• Book or playing cards for the evening (if you want)
• Diamox or a similar medicine in case of altitude sickness (we bring emergency first aid kit also with us).
So, there, folks. That’s all the logistics you need for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Have more questions? Contact us with them.