Passport, Visa and permits
You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (and get it on arrival as well.
You required to have Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Annapurna Base camp trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.
Best time and climate on Annapurna base camp trek
The best seasons (time) for Annapurna base camp trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C).
The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and ABC trek is possible during the monsoon (June to August) and winter (January to February) please contact us for weather condition and possibility of the trek on those months.
Accommodation on Annapurna base camp trek
You have good hotel accommodation for 5 night (3 night in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 8 nights on ABC trek, the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.
We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.
- Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort or similar- 3 nights
- Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view or similar – 2 nights
- Hotel on Trek- Simple Mountain lodge – 8 nights
Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also)
Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Extra nights in Kathmandu
If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities so, contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.
Transportation used on Annapurna base camp trek
We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing and tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara – Kathmandu.
You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara and return and take short flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara so, please do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.
Electricity and battery charge
There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Annapurna base camp trek where you are able to re- charges your camera/mobile batteries however, we suggest you to have spare batteries too.
Food and drink on Annapurna base camp trek
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and the meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.
You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Annapurna base camp trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.
Luggage on Annapurna base camp trek
Your main luggage on Annapurna base camp trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.
A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge.
Trekking guide and crew on Annapurna base camp trek
You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two ( the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek) and a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.
Child policy for Annapurna base camp trek
Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable and contact us if you are planning to do Annapurna base camp trek with children under 10 years before you book.
Gratuities/Tips for Annapurna base camp trek staff
Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 100 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).
Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
Personal expenses on Annapurna base camp trek
Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost, You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.