Best time of the year to go on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You have to trek in the peak season to enjoy the trek without any issues. Weather in the Himalayas can get extremely unstable, especially in the off-season. Annapurna Base Camp trek best time is from March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn). In terms of weather and climate, it is the peak season to trek anywhere in the Himalayas.
With the best season also comes the crowd. You can see trekkers from all around the world on the trail. For some trekkers, this buzz can be fun and exciting, at the same time, nonsense for tranquility lovers. If you are trekking in the peak season, then we highly recommend you book accommodation in advance.
What we love about trekking in spring is the beautiful trail covered with rhododendrons and many other flowers. The climate is usually pleasant, and the views are fantastic. And same goes for autumn, instead of flowers, you may get to be part of the biggest Nepali festivals.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty
The route that Annapurna Base Camp Trek follows has lots of twists and turns. There are numerous ascents and descents along rocky tracks throughout the trek. The trail passes by dense forests and crosses several suspension and wooden bridges. Likewise, you will be walking on steep and rugged paths too in between the trek.
Besides the terrain, another major thing that makes the trek challenging for trekkers is the remoteness of the region. Adjusting to a simple lifestyle in the absence of modern comforts adds up to the difficulty level of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek for many trekkers.
The daily walk is around 5 to 7 hours. The difficulty level of the trek may differ from one per to another. The overall fitness, trekking experience, and determination of the trekker also determine the trek challenge.
A high altitude journey like this triggers acute mountain sickness or also known as altitude sickness. It happens if your body does not acclimatize with the elevation. So, it is essential to have adequate rest days in your itinerary.
With that being said, our Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary has a steady increase in the elevation that will allow you to adjust to the altitude as you ascend further.
Symptoms of altitude sickness
- Shortness of breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
Preventive Measures of Altitude Sickness
- Even if you are short on time, do not cut off the rest days
- Make sure your Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary has ample acclimatization days
- If you see any of the above symptoms, inform your guide immediately
- Drink at least 2 liters of every day
- Avoid alcoholic drinks and smoking
Mode of transportation during the trek
The starting and ending point of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nayapul, which is located an hour away from Pokhara. From Kathmandu, you will drive to Pokhara in a comfortable tourist bus. We will use a private vehicle for all other movements as per the itinerary.
Electricity and Charging Facilities
The electricity and charging facilities along the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route are decent. You can use charging booths to charge your device, paying a few bucks. Do carry a power bank or extra batteries. Most of the trekkers also choose to bring a solar charger during the trek.
Sim Card and WiFi
You can get free WiFi service in hotels and cafes in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While trekking, WiFi service is available in tea houses/lodges in the villages at the lower altitude. You can carry Nepali SIM with data to use the internet at a higher altitude. As the elevation increases, the network will get unstable. Also, you may have to pay a few bucks to use WiFi in the teahouse/lodges.
Our main luggage during the trek will be duffel bags. Each trekker can pack up to 10 kgs in the duffel bag, which is carried by a porter during the trek. Trekkers carry a day pack with their essentials and valuable things. The hotel offers locker rooms, where you can store your extra luggage free of cost during the trekking period.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a high-altitude trek and involves rugged, steep terrain. If you want to bring your child or any underage person with you on the trek, then you have to comply with our child policy.
The trekker's stamina and health matter a lot. Plus, they have to trek with an identified guardian. Please get in touch with us to know more in detail about our child policy.
Tipping to crew members
Feel free to tip whatever you like to our crew members. Tipping is not covered in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek package cost. Tipping is more like a tradition and a way to say thank you for your hard work. For instance, every member of the group can pay USD 100 to the trek guide that is shared with porters, USD 5 for the tour guide, and USD 2 for the driver.
You may want to buy additional beverages, snacks, or services like WiFi, hot shower, etc during the trek. These things are not included in our package price. Therefore, carry enough cash to buy things during the trek. There is no ATM along the trekking route, so withdraw cash in the city.
Similarly, shopping, souvenirs, travel insurance, tipping, etc are also not included in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost. Check out our cost includes and excludes section for more information.
Insurance, Rescue, Evacuation
We recommend you to get well-covered travel insurance with air evacuation up to 6,000 meters and medical bills for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking explores remote high altitudes. There is always the lingering risk of unseen events, which is out of anyone's control. Even if you are trekking with our professional guide, who will keep you safe in an emergency circumstance, we can only provide you with quick medical assistance with the help of travel insurance.