What is the best season to do the Annapurna Base Camp trekking?
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the considered to be the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. The weather during the Spring is sunny and warm with outstanding views. We can also view the hills covered with rhododendron with the magnificent mountain backdrops during the spring. Autumn gets little colder than the springs, but the sky is the clearest and offers the most magnificent views.
How difficult is the trek to Annapurna Base Camp? Can I do it?
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. The trek takes you to the altitude of 4200m and requires a 5-7 hour of walking on a day. The Annapurna Base Camp trekking itinerary from Himalaya discovery is designed for novice trekkers who are in good health with normal physical fitness. No previous experience trekking experience is necessary. So, if you are in good health with normal physical fitness, you can make it to our Annapurna Base Camp trek.
What is the maximum altitude of the trek and how is the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness?
The maximum altitude during the trek is at Annapurna base camp at the altitude of 4200m from the sea level. The Annapurna Base camp trek does carry significant risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and requires precautionary actions. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Advisor. Our treks are designed to lower the risk of Altitude sickness by enabling everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.
What type of food can I expect during the trek?
Most teahouses along the Annapurna Base Camp trail cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian food. The menu in the teahouses is varied, ranging from traditional Dal Bhat, Momo and noodles to Pasta, tuna bakes and pizza. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu which assists with acclimatization in the higher altitude. In the main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can find wide varieties of vegetarian, non-vegetarian, local and western food.
What are the clothing and equipment requirements during the Trek?
The Himalayas are rather unpredictable where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time, so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. The key to staying comfortable during the trek is by layering. Get versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on your registration. We are always available if you need advice.
What type of Accommodation do I expect during the trek?
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a teahouse styled trekking and does not include camping. Since the Annapurna region is one of the most popular regions for trekking, there are plenty of teahouses available along the trail. Except for one or two luxury hotels, most of the tea-house lodges are decent with basic facilities. You can expect a basic room with two beds, thin mattress, a pillow and a blanket for each. Bringing a sleeping bag is advisable as a blanket provided in the teahouse will not suffice. Most of the teahouse has squat toilet. The accommodation in the cities is at decent 3 star hotels with standard facilities.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Your safety and health is of paramount concerns to us. In case of emergency, we provide backup staff and helicopter rescue services requesting with your insurance company. All our guides and leaders are well trained in first aid and mountain rescues. Any safety concerns are speedily dealt with.
Himalayan Advisor is highly concerned about the environment it operates on. We believe in protecting our natural environment and take utmost care that our actions do not harm the environment. We actively participate in environmental protection and preservation campaign and encourage everyone to do so. Our crew members are trained by Kathmandu Environmental and Education Project (KEEP) for making our tours and trekking packages environment friendly for sustainable tourism in Nepal.