The moment to visit Nepal is right. Nepal was devastated by the earthquake in April 2015. A tour of Nepal is one way you can support the country. Tourism is Nepal’s major sector. Most people come to nature and to the tourism of adventure.
Since forever Trekking Annapurna Base Camp has been on my ‘must do’ list (I’m going to tell you the tale in my future article). We were happy to visit Nepal for the first time and intrigued about what the huge earthquake would look like. We spent 3 weeks in Nepal and explored Pokhara, Kathmandu, Lumbini and Chitwan in addition to the ABC trip.
In September 2016, I performed the trekking so I do all I can to remember and write what you have to know to plan ABC trekking alone. I made the journey with Nico, so two of us, without a guide and a porter, please remember. It was wonderful weather (I am so bad at dealing with cold weather, so yes, I chose to trek when it was not too cold). Well, during the journey, it rained a little.
I will cover the paperwork, fitness, money, route, packing goods and some recommendations in this guide. Let’s begin! Let’s begin!
Note that for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need two permits.
1. ACAP (1) (Annapurna Conservation Area). Expenditure: 2,000 Rupees
(2) TIMS (Trekkers’ Management Information System). Expenditure: 2,000 Rupees
Since our personal walk (without a guide and a porter) was organised, we had a green TIMS. The green TIMS is a free Trekker (FIT). You will obtain a blue TIMS when you organise your hike with a guide and / or porter. For Trekker Group/s (FT).
The Tourist Board of the Tourist Service Center at Pardi Damside in Nepal can apply to receive these licences (for Annapurna only). Saturday’s office is closed. With the exception of publisher, you can apply Sunday-Friday
You have to prepare things:
1 copy of your passport 2 passport photographs
Please complete the form
Insurance Insurance (though it is not mandatory)
These two hiking permits must be brought in. Things’s a good idea to pack it in a spot you can easily reach. You must furnish your permits with two checkpoints (one in Birethanti and the other one in Chomrong).
To take the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need not be a fitness freak. I was fit to the proper level for the hike. I’m sure I may have been a little healthier (but who can’t?). How fit is I, then?
I enjoy trekking, but not fit. I adore trekking. I walk up a volcano once in a while or hike through the land. But I enjoy walking, but I’m not doing aerobic regular workouts. I went, for example, 6-7 kilometres a day to cafes in Sri Lanka or around 3-4 kilometres on the beach.
I propose routine workout before you do the ABC trip if you never practise any activity or don’t want to walk. I think the Annapurna Base Camp hike is not very difficult, but takes perseverance. You should be alright if you’re decently fit.
Hiring Guides and Porters
Sorry! I have not hired a guide or a porter thus it’s second hand knowledge. On the basis of my study, guide / porter costs range from $15-$25 a day. There is some space for the pricing negotiation (it is obviously cheaper if you buy the guide directly and reduce the agency’s costs).
I have heard you pay them half before the journey and half before ending if you hire a porter or a guide. It seems to be good advices, however if you hire your guide through a trustworthy travel agency, I am confident it is safe to pay 100 percent in advance.
You may stay in lodges along the trails of the base camp in Annapurna. The higher you walk along the way, the lodgings are the simplest. But the rooms were clean and the atmosphere was pleasant everywhere I stayed nice beds. And lodging is affordable…
When I inquired how much our first night in Gangtok cost lodging, I was so startled. There were 300 Rupees per night each room for two persons and 180 Rupees for one passenger per room every night (in a dorm). That’s so inexpensive! Well, perhaps it’s also because of the low season. In the hot season the rate is more costly (but not much).
Food and Drinks
Although the lodging is inexpensive, it’s very costly. The higher the height, the more costly it becomes. For instance, 350 rupees are used in veggie fried noodle. And the price rose by 50-100 rupees every thousand metres of height.
We wore a water bottle for drinking. The cost to fill up 1 litre of water was approximately 80-150 rupees. You may obtain some water at Pokhara easy if you would. We did not carry any water filter.
We had a cab to Naya Pul from Pokhara (to start the trek). Every route cost us 1.500 rupees. You can get a bus if you don’t want to get a taxi. We get a bus back, it has been 250 rupees each person, from Siwaii back to Pokhara. We shared a cab with a korean trekker from Pokhara bus station, costing us about 400 to 500 rupees.
Summary of Costs
In total, over six days, we had done the Annapurna Base Trek. We spend an average of 2,788 rupees a day including meals and lodging (breakdown is here). The entire expenditures (including travel and authorisation) were 28,080 Rupees for two persons.
Budget total NPR 28,080 = US$ 257 = IDR 3,430 000
Budget for daily hiking: NPR 2,788 = IDR 340,500 = USD 25.5
The budget consists of two individuals in the low season.