Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the whole world is a beautiful blessing of nature. A trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is a lifelong dream for many adventure junkies around the world. Annapurna Base Camp trek has most beautiful mountain views, sunrises, varied landscape, settlements, and also some unique forest and fauna. It is suitable for solo and group trekkers, hikers and travelers. The Annapurna base camp at 4103m above the sea level is a beautiful campsite surrounded by majestic mountains like Annapurna I, II and III, Machapucharel, Hiuchuli, etc . Trekking at such an altitude requires some advance preparation. So, here are some tips to prepare for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Traning
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is categorized as moderate scale in trekking difficulty. This means you don’t need any technical mountain climbing experience. However, being a high altitude trek, some preparation is important. Physical fitness, endurance, stamina, and adjustment with high altitude is also important. Same applies for other trek in Annapurna region.
Visa for Nepal
You can get your visa on arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. You can also get the visa in advance from the embassy of Nepal, in your own country.
Annapurna Base Camp Permits
Two types of trekking permits should be issued for Annapurna Base Camp Trek- Transport Information Management System and Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit. You can get both the permits from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
You will have to prepare your mind to adjust in the remote mountain regions. During the trek, you will be walking through the steep for 5 to 8 hours daily. And that walk is accompanied by your backpack. Even the basic facility as wifi, electricity, telephones, etc are unavailable or hell expensive. So, be prepared for these.
Equipment, Gears, and Supplies
You will need good, trustworthy gears and equipment during the trek. The most basic things you will need during Annapurna Base Camp trek are:
• Waterproof hiking shoes
• A good insulating jacket
• A sleeping bag with liner
• A good, durable water bottle
• sun hat/glasses
• Water purifying solutions or tablets:
Travel Insurance to Annapurna
It is recommended to get travel insurance that covers everything associated with trekking in another country, including emergency evacuation packages. This is to ensure your safety as the weather in the mountains region is very unpredictable and trekking is also an adventurous event.
Travel insurance also saves you from the hassles due to loss of baggage, travel cancellation or interruptions and so on.
Choose an itinerary that you are comfortable with. The itinerary you decide should have the right number of days, enough time or assimilation and also include the major attraction of the places in the region.
You can pre-book the accommodation for Kathmandu and Pokhara. These places will have modern amenities like wifi, bathrooms, air-condition and so on. Though you don’t need to pre-book the accommodation along the trek trail on the normal season, during the peak season, you might have to consider this as well.
Food and Water
As for water, you are suggested to bring your own water purifying tablets or solutions. There are open taps and streams along the way where you can fill your bottle and then use the tablets.
You are also recommended to buy chocolate bars, energy drink, and instant food before the trek.
High Altitude Sickness:
Before you actually go for the trek, it’s wise to find if your body can adapt to the high altitude. If there are any such hills in your hometown, you can also climb to the top and see how your body reacts.
Preparation is key for any treks to a high altitude region and the Annapurna Base Camp trek is no exception. No doubt, with some preparation, the trek is doable and also suitable for everyone. Train your body to be able to climb uphill 4/6 hours on a daily basis and then your trek will be a lot easier. Remember to relax and enjoy the moment. Don’t stress over.
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