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In May of 2014 I spent two weeks hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal and they were truly two of the best weeks of my life. I am embarrassed to admit that it has taken me 4 years to finally get around to write this post, however better late than never! The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular hikes in the world, and for an excellent reason! Read on to find out more!
Hiking to Annapurna Base Camp (Nepal)
- The hike to Annapurna Base Camp typically takes anywhere from 6 to 11 days, depending on starting points, fitness level, and length of time hiked each day.
- The maximum elevation of the hike is 4243 meters (13,917 ft)
- The best time to do the hike is from October-December and March-May
- While the hike is quite a challenging one, it can be done at any pace to accommodate many fitness levels and ages
Since I was traveling with my mom at the time, we decided to go the safe route and booked a guide for our journey. We booked out tour through a local tour operator, Adventure Mountain Explore, and couldn’t have been happier! Our guide, Ramesh, truly made our experience to be the wonderful one that it was, providing us with an incredible amount of helpful, insider knowledge throughout! I wouldn’t consider hiking to Annapurna Base Camp any other way!
The standard Annapurna Base Camp trek with the company is 15 days, however you can check out the shorter tour option here!
The route that we took included the following stops: Nayapool, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chuile, Chomrong, Dovan, Deurali, ABC, Bamboo, Ji
The accommodation along the way was WAY better than we were expected. We had read what was presumably an outdated guide, and were prepared to take only two bucket showers throughout the trek. Imagine our surprised when we arrived at our first guest house with comfy beds and a running shower! The accommodations along the route are basic, however they provide all of the necessary functions.
If you are trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Adventure Mountain Expeditions then all food with be included in your package. Most tea houses serve an assortment of rice and dahl, egg dishes, and soups.Due to the obvious fact that we were up in the mountains, many of the dishes aired on the side of being very greasy. While the food was by no means bad, it was a bit heavy and tough on the stomach. I recommend packing a few extra snacks to eat throughout!
What to Pack
What to pack when hiking to Annapurna Base Camp is probably one of the trickiest parts since the climate throughout the hike varies so much as you ascend and descend in altitude! There were days when I started the morning in a blizzard with a full on winter jacket and by the end of the day I was hiking in a tank top below the hot sun.
- A variety of tops (tank top, long sleeve, warm layer, rain jacket/winter jacket)
- Long pants (there are a ton of bugs so I don’t recommend hiking in shorts – I personally love my Columbia Women’s Convertible Pant)
- Proper hiking boots Columbia Women’s Waterproof Hiking Boot
- Hiking socks
- A flashlight
- A waterproof bag or Ziploc baggies for your valuables
- Extra snacks (nuts, protein bars, tuna)
- Face and body wipes
- First aid essentials (bandaids, antibacterial, antihistamine, anti-diarrhea, etc)
- Swim suit (we visited a hot spring!!)
- Flip flops (the bathroom floors aren’t always the cleanest)
- Evening activities: playing cards, Kindle Paperwhite
- A reusable water bottle (I recommend carrying two Vapur Foldable Water Bottles)
- A small backpack (a porter will assist in carrying your large pack)
- A walking stick
One of the absolute highlights of hiking to Annapurna Base Camp is getting to experience the local mountain life. Each of the tea houses along the trek are run by different families, families who are open to share their food, their home, and their incredible culture with you. You will get a feel for what life in the mountains is truly like, with a glimpse into the true lives of the locals living in these areas.
Why Annapurna Base Camp?
What makes hiking to Annapurna Base Camp so great? First starters it is an extremely diverse trek! Over the course of the hike you will find yourself in sunny fields, muggy jungles, and amidst the snow-capped mountains. There were so many moments through the trip when I was truly in awe of the incredible views around me!
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