A pretty house in Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Tips

1. Start Early

You should start before 7:00 AM, each day. It will help you protect from the heat of the sun and will give you the flexibility of moving slowly as you will have more time in your hand. Make sure to end the day before the sunsets. And, the sun sets very quickly in the mountains, so keep that in mind.

2. Download Maps.me

Load the offline map of that region on your phone. It works without the internet and performs much better than the offline google map in that region.

3. Take a Power Bank with You

Although there will not be any network for most of the path, you can use maps.me to navigate. It’s better to have a power bank to charge your mobile and recharge it from the dining hall of a lodge each night.

4. Take a Good Refillable Bottle

Refill it from fountains, drink enough water. You might not be thirsty but it’s extremely important to remain hydrated.

5. Don’t Worry about the Accommodation

You will find lodges after a certain distance. You do not need to carry tents. Better, if you ask your current lodge to call the next lodge about your arrival

6. Order Thali at Dinner

A thali usually consists of Lentil, Rice, Vegetables, Pickle, Papadum, and Egg Curry. They will give unlimited rice and lentils for free. Eat as much as you can, don’t leave anything behind.

7. Bring a Kindle

You will surely be very tired after the whole day of the trek. However, the night starts very early. There will not be electricity to run your laptop after a certain point. So, forget about the cinemas, reading books is your only option for entertainment.

8. Prepare Physically

Before you come for the trek, make sure that you are fit than what you were two months ago. It’s better if you could run at-least 5 Kilometres in each run – four times a day for two months prior to the trek. You can take stairs instead of the elevators, too.

9. You won’t Loose your Path

It’s well marked. Just make sure to keep track of any special sign. It means you don’t need any travel guide. However, it will be a good thing to hire a travel guide if you can afford it because your payment will help a Nepalese family.

10. Forget about Credit Card or Dollar

Take enough Nepalese Rupees with you. The exchange rate in Pokhara is bad compared to Kathmandu. Make sure to exchange your dollar from Thamel.

11. Bring Dry Foods

Nuts, energy bars, raisins are some of the foods you can bring from town. Chances are, you will take a good breakfast and dinner skipping lunch.

12. Learn Local Words

Most common one is Namaste. It’s a greeting in Nepalese meaning Hello. You can say the word with a warm smile whenever you meet someone.

13. Be Cautious while Descending

Once you will be done with the trek, you might feel an urge to get back to Pokhara quickly. Descending is much easier than ascending. Unfortunately, descending is riskier, too. You can slip or twist your ankle while going down quickly. Be extra cautious, mindful, and don’t become complacent at this phase.

14. Don’t Haggle Much

The lodges up in the mountains are cheap. Lodge owners are not that rich and life is difficult there. Kindly don’t bargain with them, please to save 50 or 100 rupees, it’s merely $0.5 for you but a lot for them.

15. Buy an Insurance

Annapurna Trek is not particularly dangerous. However, there are so many things that can go wrong. The weather can turn bad, you can twist your ankles, you can suffer from altitude sickness, you can slip on those slippery stones you are gonna cross. So, if things go wrong, you can be in trouble.

Not every insurance company covers injury during trekking and helps in the evacuation process. World Nomads cover this type of insurance, you can get in touch with them.

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