5 Things to Know before Annapurna Base Camp

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is second most popular trekking destination after Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. With 55 km long Himalayan massif, the region is also home to tenth highest peak in the world, Annapurna I (8,097m).

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5 Things to Know before Annapurna Base Camp Trek :

5 Things to Know before Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is second most popular trekking destination after Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. With 55 km long Himalayan massif, the region is also home to tenth highest peak in the world, Annapurna I (8,097m). Annapurna is one dangerous mountain to climb (but don’t misunderstand climb with trek); trekking is far more easy. There are very few treks in Nepal that combines so many landscapes and brings you so close to the base camp of 8,000m+ peak in such short time period like Annapurna Base Camp Trek . The trails are relatively and daily altitude gain is quite less. But don’t under estimate it – you might face extreme challenge if you are not well prepared . Here are the list of top 5 things to know before going for Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Altitude Sickness :

Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness is a physical condition that happen at high elevation due to change in air pressure. It is a kind of physical disorder when your body cannot adopt the thin air at higher elevation. You may face the problems like nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, loss of appetite and light headedness and if ignored, it may lead you to fatal health conditions or even death. Be aware of mountain threat and follow the rules of height cautiously. Don’t run; walk on a gradual pace and acclimate properly. Listen the call of your body and only start when your body is perfectly ready. Do hire a guide, if you plan to take a budgeted short Annapurna Base Camp Trek .

Best Season :

Best Season Although Annapurna Base Camp Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year, autumn (September – November) and spring (February – May) are the best time season to go for trek. Monsoon receives heavy rainfall and the terrains are prone to landslide and flood. Likewise, the trail become slippery and leeches on forest annoys you throughout the trek. Winter is extremely cold in Annapurna region which might not be perfect for every trekkers.

Permits:

Permits Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not restricted for travelers; meaning you can travel here independently. But there are some permits which you must purchase before entering the area. TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are mandatory for the trek. Make sure the permits are readily available whenever you are asked to show by a legal person.

Side Trips :

Side Trips Make sure you cover the best trail during the trek. We suggest you to go via Poon Hill Route and descend via Jhinu Danda route. Taking these route will allow you the experience of both Poon Hill Short Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Poon Hill at 3,210m offers dramatic sunrise over the Himalayan horizon and extended view of Himalayas – from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna. On the way, you will find many trekkers whose ultimate destination is just a Poon Hill. Likewise, the hot spring at Jhinu Danda is believed to be a natural medication of Skin diseases. Soothe in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles – really a relieving experience. Descending down via different route allows you to explore more and experience lot. You will find the change in geography and culture as you gain or lose significant altitude.

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