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Pokahara, Nepal - 4 Days

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Preparing a trek from afar in a foreign country which we know nothing about is really not easy. We give you in this article tips to prepare your trek around Pokhara (also valid for other treks) and you can follow my adventures in this article. The prices indicated are those of this year.

Preparation for the trek

Shopping: no stress if you forget something when you leave, you will find what you are looking for in the tourist area of ​​Lakeside in Pokhara and Thamel in Kathmandu: sports, food, pharmacies, doctors, book stores.

Rent equipment: instead of buying equipment to use it very little, it is quite possible to rent equipment on site. This is what I did when renting a winter sleeping bag (~ 75 rupees).

The backpack: as light as possible, 50 liters is enough. Some Nepalese have even trekked with a 20 liter backpack, not taking a sleeping bag (see below).

Using the services of a porter: We saw on the way (young and old) porters carrying up to 40 kg. Faced with the arduousness of the service rendered, it is certainly those who have the most merit on this trek and whom I have most admired and prayed for.

Arrival in Nepal

You must buy an entry permit to enter the Annapurna conservation area (2000 rupees) and register for the TIM service (20 US dollars payable in rupees at the daily rate) in Pokhara or Kathmandu. 4 identity photos are required. Make yourself the cheapest photos possible (200 rupees for 4 photos in Pokhara, printed with inkjet on photo paper), with poor quality, that’s more than enough.

During the trek

Villages: every 2 to 7 kilometers there is a village offering accommodation and catering. Take only the minimum amount of food and water (2 liters maximum), the prices in the mountains being much higher than in town, I just took 1.5 kg of Snickers and Twix with me.

Water: to limit pollution and recycling of plastic bottles, take water from the tap or fountains and put a Micropur type tablet in your personal bottle. There is water in all the villages.

Walking: give your body time to adapt to changes in altitude. The higher you climb, the fewer kilometers you have to do during the day and above all walk (very) slowly (never run). The goal: avoid getting out of breath and not take the risk of catching acute mountain sickness. A day of acclimatization is strongly recommended in Brakha or Manang. During this day, climb as high as possible, then descend (if possible at least 300 meters).

The route of the circuit: overall, the circuit runs along rivers and a road (except around the pass) which serves all the villages of the circuit. If you are tired, walk on the road, the ascent or descent is more gradual. On the other hand, as the road is very busy, you will be entitled to a lot, a lot of dust. If you are very tired, take a jeep or a motorcycle to get around.

At the end of the Trek

To leave the circuit and go where you want in Nepal (generally Pokhara and Kathmandu), you have to catch the buses either in Beni, or if you continue the trek a little bit from Ghorepani to Nayapul or if you are still in good shape, walk to Pokhara!

Day 1
Kathmandu to Pokhara (By flight or Bus)

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the team and then you will be transferred to your hotel. This trail goes through Ghorepani Poon Hill. Normally, the trek starts like Phokhara to Nayapul and ends like Phedi to Pokhara.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate
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