You will usually be accommodated in teahouses while trekking in Nepal. The entire teahouse is managed by locals. The tea rooms are simple and clean. Tea rooms at the lower part of the trek are equipped with two single beds. Yet the number of teahouses reduces when you reach your destination. And in the upper part of the trek, you will find 4-5 beds in one room.
There are toilets outside the lodging area. Some tea houses have squat down toilets and some have western-style flushing systems. However, most tea houses are squat down.
On the trek, you’ll find electricity to charge your electronic devices. You can discover power in your Gandruk room a while later, it’s just accessible in the teahouses’ eating territories. Correspondingly, if you have to charge your electrical gadgets, you must pay some expense at that point. It would be ideal to ensure the cost of charging the devices before you take the services. It usually costs NPR 100-150 every hour.
As regards the Internet, on the trek you will have WIFI access. Like electricity, you do have a certain amount charged for WIFI.
You can find a menu in teahouses and have a wide variety of dishes. Select your preference from the choice of dishes. Often contains vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. From traditional Nepalese cuisine to foreign dishes, dishes can be found to your taste.
And if you have dietary limitations like gluten-free meals or vegan meals, don’t worry. Tea houses prepare gluten-free and vegan meals as desired.
Water can be found anywhere on the trail. The path has several water taps, small streams and ponds from which you can get water. We wouldn’t recommend drinking water everywhere you find it.
There are 3 ways to drink clean water on the hike, and they are:
Sure, you can have a hot trekking shower. But expect to pay some extra fees for a hot shower. For the hot shower, it costs about NPR 500-600 based on location altitude.
No, the trail doesn’t accept foreign currency. So please make sure you have enough money for the whole trekking journey before you start. And make sure you’ve converted your currency into local currency. On the route, there are no cash withdrawal ATMs and no credit or debit cards are approved.
ABC trek isn’t a challenging trek. The trek starts at 900m altitude, a typical elevation. Then the trek slowly ascends with a 400-500 m daily elevation gain which is adaptable height. We don’t suggest hikers to rush the journey. Rushing the journey raises chances of mountain sickness. Besides, you don’t have to undertake earlier trekking, but you have to be able to walk for 4-5 hours with a light daypack without hesitation. You’ll reach the tea house around the late afternoon and enjoy nature with amazing mountain views. All in all, it’s not a difficult yet enjoyable trip.
However, previous trekking is not required for trekking. Yet one must fit enough to walk with a normal daypack for 4-5 hours. Therefore, we suggest having cardio exercise routine a few months before the trek and jogging or walking whenever appropriate. Getting healthy will help you accomplish the trek and enjoying the journey.
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox for AMS.
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate an adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk-up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury, while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies makes special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Mountain Hike Nepal does not arrange or sell insurance.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes 7-11 days, based on your route and hiking days. The route shown here takes 11 days from Nayapul (one an hour drive from Pokhara) to Ghorepani and the popular PoonHill viewpoint.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail includes about 115 km and you’ll walk 10-20 km a day. This route is famous and is regularly filled with worldwide trekkers. Trekking routes on this journey are easy.
Reaching Nayapul (starting point to ABC Trek) from Pokhara takes about 2 hours of drive. If you’re beginning the trip from Kathmandu, you can either drive or fly to Pokhara. Taking a tourist bus from Kathmandu takes about 7 hours to reach Pokhara and 25 minutes by flight.
Post-monsoon and pre-monsoon are the best time in Nepal, i.e. March to May in spring and September to November in the autumn before the harsh winter is the perfect time to walk to Annapurna Base Camp when the view of the 10th highest peak in the world and its neighboring mountain is at its finest.
Annapurna base camp trek is possible even in winter (December to February), but, in case of heavy snowfall due to the possibility of an avalanche, the normal trekking trails leading to ABC may change. Though winter provides great weather, chances of temperature falling below the freezing point are probable. To catch Annapurna’s stunning beauty in winter, one should be well-equipped with winter equipment and mentally well prepared to face the worst chill weather situation.
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