The trek takes about 8 days and you need at least 10-12 days to do it right. You can hike during daytime without problem by keeping off the sun during midday hours to avoid potential altitude illness or heat stroke.
Annapurna base camp is a popular trekking destination in Nepal. It is among the best treks in the Himalayas, with excellent views of four 8000 meters peaks – Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV & Annapurna II. The entire journey is around 100 kms and can take up to 10 days depending on how fast you’re traveling and how much time you want to spend at each place. The trail covers a distance of 150 kilometers- it’s believed that this is the most popular trek in Nepal.
Like all treks, the difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp differs from person to person. And, with proper preparation and determination, this can be an easy trek for anyone to do.
The many factors that determine the difficulty of the Annapurna Base Camp trek are as follows:
- Duration of the Trek
- Weather and Temperature
- Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Grade
- Type of trekker
- Physical Fitness and Training
- Altitude Sickness
- Trekking Gears, Clothing and Supplies
ABC is a moderately graded trek that passes through beautiful mountainous villages such as Ghandruk, Ghorepani and chomrong. The Maximum altitude is 4130m and you don’t need to be extremely fit or even any previous hiking experience.
Annapurna Base Camp has always been a popular destination because it is easily accessible located near Pokhara and offers grand views of Annapurna range mountain peaks which are considered to be one of the world’s most challenging treks. It became a popular tourist destination particularly after Sir Edmund Hillary conquered it in 1960 along with Tenzing Norgay and they were rewarded with views of Mount McKinley in Alaska from its summit.
Mount Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, 8,091 meters above sea level. From different angles, it dominates the landscape of Nepal because it is only marginally lower than the other Himalaya peaks. It is a pyramidal peak with five summits of which four are over 7,000 meters in height and one that reaches 8,091 meters; also known as Annapurna I.
There is a lot of time spent on this trek, so coming prepared and well rested helps a lot. Trekkers shouldn’t be afraid or feel intimidated by the difficulty rating.