Useful InformationGood to know before you travel
Our 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek takes us through the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is located at a height between 790 meters and 8091 meters at the peak of Annapurna I. The highest point we reach during the hike, though, is 4130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp itself.
The Annapurna Base Camp observes seasonal variations in its weather. The snow-capped Himalayan region doesn't become too hot, even in the summer. Even though it can get up to 25°C (77°F) during the day, the temperature drops as low as -20°C (-4°F) at night. Considering the entire trekking expedition, the lower hiking spots are significantly warmer than the base camp. With no clouds or snowfall throughout the day, spring is a warm season for 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek.
The 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is categorized as moderately difficult. The hiking route comprises a fair share of tough and moderate paths. Therefore, everyone who is physically fit can participate in this excursion even without any prior experience. Additionally, if you're going for more than a week-long trek, we advise doing some physical preparation exercises like running, swimming, and hiking. You should also be mentally prepared for the chances of altitude sickness as you're hiking in the Himalayas, which take you above 4000 meters.
You will travel by both air and roadways during this 10-day ABC trek. First, you take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and travel by road to Nayapul, which is the starting point of the trek. On your way back, you take the same road trip from Nayapul to Pokhara airport and fly to Kathmandu.
Accommodations on the trail will be at a mountain lodge or tea house, like most Nepalese trekking routes. These modest hotel-like establishments are maintained by locals and offer basic meals and rooms with two to five beds, depending on the size of the room. Therefore, you might have to share a room with other hikers during the busiest seasons. The beds, sheets, pillows, and blankets are all comfortable, and the rooms are warm.
You should feel at ease using the shared restrooms with an Asian squat-style toilet as it is the only option in the remote location of Annapurna Base Camp. Although the restroom will have water, we advise bringing your own toiletries.
However, lodging will be provided in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast included.
As lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not part of our package, you are free to eat whatever you wish while staying in Kathmandu. Thamel is known for its cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs. You'll get food from multiple cuisines here. Feel free to try out some.
However, there won't be a wide selection on the menu at the tea houses along the journey. Daal Bhat, a typical Nepali dish composed of white rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pickles, will be served to you for dinner and, maybe, lunch. It is high in protein and carbohydrates and will give you enough energy for the hike. Breakfast typically consists of tea, coffee, boiled eggs, curries, and Tibetan bread. You can also sample different regional cuisines, including noodles and momo.
To prevent altitude sickness, ensure you stay hydrated by sipping hot water and ginger lemon tea.
The rising amount of plastic litter on the path discourages the use of plastic-bottled water. So, take a thermos flask with you and fill it up with hot water in the tea house you stay. You can purify your water with water purification tablets if you feel the need to. For further safety, get a bottle with a built-in filtration system and fill it with fresh water on the way.
Let's not expect excellent phone network coverage and high-speed WiFi in the remote Annapurna region. If you need to communicate with the outer world, you might get WiFi with spotty coverage at the tea houses along the way by paying some extra charge. Or you can get a 4G SIM card of either NTC or NCell phone networks to use mobile data wherever the connection allows.
Guides and Potters
A guide and potters are included in our 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek package. Two hikers are paired with one potter, who carries a combined 20–24 kg from the two hikers. You can avoid paying the potter's salary by carrying the luggage yourself if you are an experienced hiker and are comfortable carrying your own rucksack in the rugged terrain of the Annapurna region for more than a week.
Because things can quickly get out of hand in the Himalayas, we highly advise that you hike with a knowledgeable trekking guide. Hiring a guide can be helpful in an emergency as well as for navigating the journey and interacting with the local people. We provide skilled registered trekking guides who're good at speaking English.
You need two permits for the 10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Those are:
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
We will arrange these permits for you before you start your walk. The price of our package also includes the purchase of both permits.