How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp is moderate trekking in Nepal. It is the dream of many to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. But before you plan for it, you need to prepare yourself. In this article, I will be giving some advice and information on How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Before we jump to the Topic, let’s have a look at the highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  •  Rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) and oak forests.
  • The Gurung communities with a distinct culture and lifestyle.
  • View of peaks including Mt. Machhapuchre(Fishtail) and massif Annapurna.
  • Annapurna Base Camp (Destination of the trek).
  • Rural Nepal
  • Jhinu hot spring

What kind of fitness level is required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

It is not necessary to have long experience and techniques for Annapurna Base Camp Trek as it falls under moderate Trekking in Nepal. However, physical fitness is needed. As we go further to the higher elevations, the weather and temperature decreases. For this, some preparations are required.

Preparations needed

  • light exercises 2 or 3 months before coming for the trek
  • Cardio exercises
  • Drink plenty of water
  • stay away from alcoholic substances
  • go for small hikes around your areas

Gears required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Wherever you trek in the higher altitudes, suitable and maintained equipment are the must to carry. Here is the list of gears that you need to pack before going to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

  • Duffle bag
  • Water bottles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • hiking boots
  • pair of socks
  • warm cap
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • Silk liner
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Hiking Boots
  • Camp Shoes
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Heavyweight pants for high elevation
  • painkiller
  • blisters plaster
  • water purifier
  • oximeter

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Not to miss item while on Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Passport
  • Tims
  • ACAP permit
  • personal stuff
  • regularly using medicine

Can we trek to Annapurna Solo?

Yes, you can trek to Annapurna Solo. There is no restriction for trekking in the Annapurna region for individuals. However, we recommend you hire a guide for your safety. With the guide, you do not have to think twice before going to some unknown trails as guides are experts with the way. Also, guides know about the first aid treatment. If you get injured or if you are ni problem, then there will be a guide to help you out, or even they will call the company for fast rescue. Likewise, you won’t feel alone up.

What is the best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna trekking starts from easy to severe. If you are planning for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, then March to May and September to November are the best seasons month.

March to May in Nepal is spring. The flowers bloom everywhere, and the weather and temperature are moderate for trekking. Also, the views are visible clearly.

September to November is autumn, which is best for trekking to any place in Nepal. These months are the months when the visibility of nature and mountains are clear.

How to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek mentally?

The mental condition depends on you. You have to prepare yourself as it’s you who have to walk 6-7 hours daily in the cold, snowy place. If your living standard is high, then you have to prepare yourself to stay at a small tea house where the facilities are basic. Also, in some places, wifi, electricity, and others are not available. It all depends on your comfort level outdoors.

Do I need Travel Insurance for Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, of course. Travel insurance is the required thing that you need to do. If you become sick or injured during the trek, travel insurance will cover the cost. Also, the rescue helicopter will be sent as the coverage includes the rescue too. If you have cancellation of travel, postponed it, or if your baggage is lost, then travel insurance helps a lot.

What kind of accommodation is there in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

While you are in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, the accommodation facility is standard with all types of the facility. But, when you are on the trek you have to stay in ordinary tea houses or lodges on a sharing basis with limited facilities. Due to the growing flow of tourists yearly, nowadays, the tea houses and lodges have maintained some standard.

Food and Water during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

A wide range of food can be found when you are in the cities. However, on the trek, you have limited choice. Similarly, for water, it is recommended that you carry your water bottle with a water purifier because the price is too high per bottle in the Annapurna Region. You can fill your container on the way from open taps, streams, waterfalls. It is better not to drink those water directly, but with purifier, you are safe.

Altitude Sickness

It is essential to know about the causes, symptoms, and preventions of altitude sickness. As the elevation increases, the probability of altitude sickness increases. If you cannot go further than you can get back but do not ignore the symptoms.

Sample Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, airport (1,345m)

Day 02:  Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by tourist Bus (700m) 6/7 hrs drive.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 2 hours by private car and trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1300m) 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 05: Trek from Tekhadgunga to Ghorepani (2,750) 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 06: Early morning hike up to Poon hill (3200m) for seeing the sunrise and trek to Tadapani 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomorong (2,340m) 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 08: Trek from Chhomorong to Dovan (2,505m) 4/5 hrs walking.

Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Deurali (3/100m) 4/5 hours walking.

Day 10: Trek from Deurali to ABC (4,130m) explore around the ABC.

Day 11: Trek down from ABC to Bamboo (2,335m) 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 12: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinudada (1,610m) 5/6 hrs walking.

Day 13: Trek from Jhunudada to Nayapul (1,010m) and 2 hours drive to Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m)

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