Annapurna Base Camp trek, popularly known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the most popular trekking trips in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. ABC Trek is the golden opportunity for adventurous people who love to enjoy the beautiful Himalayas. Annapurna Base camp usually refers to the base camp of the Annapurna South.
Some Interesting facts about Annapurna Base Camp Trek…
- You can cherish the close views of the Annapurna I (8091 m), the tenth highest mountain in the world.
- The funnel-shaped Annapurna base camp valley offers you 360-degree panoramic views of skyscraping mountains including Fishtail (6993 m), Annapurna I(8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Gangapurna (7454 m), Hiunchuli(6464 m), Singuchuli(6501 m) and many more.
- Like the Poonhill trek, ABC is also called the ‘teahouse trek’ as the teahouses are the main accommodations of this trek.
- You can also add the short trek to Poonhill, the second most popular viewpoint after Kalapatthar.
- There are more than 30 mountain peaks in around 55 kilometers famously known as ‘Annapurna Massif’ is protected in the Annapurna Conservation Area which is the largest protected area in Nepal occupying 7629 square kilometers.
- Annapurna Conservation Area is the home of 474 species of birds, 39 species of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians, and 102 species of mammals. Plus, the rarest animals like blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, and red panda are found here.
- Tillich, one of the world’s highest elevation lakes also lies in this region.
- You can take bath in a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permits Details
ABC trek is one of the classic Himalayan treks offering a perfect blend of scenery, amazing landscapes, and stunning views of snow-capped mountains. This trek is classified as a moderate trek in terms of its difficulty. The availability of teahouses along the trail, the normal hours (5 to 6) walk each day, relatively lower altitude trip, etc. make ABC trek one of the easiest ones.
However, some of the precautions are essential to succeed in your trip. The knowledge about symptoms of altitude sickness, climate and the kinds of clothes you require is most important. The difficulties and challenges of the trek also depend on the route you follow.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek can also be annexed with other trekking routes like the Mardi Himal trek, the Poonhill trek, and many more. Himalayan Masters is always there to help, suggest and recommend you anything you require.
Permits for Annapurna Trek
Like the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek requires two basic permits. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
TIMS is for the safety of the trekkers and visitors. The entry of this card in every checkpoint along the trail gets each trekker to register in the system. TIMS is the basic permit implemented jointly by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) ensuring the safety and security of every trekker.
The trekkers wishing to trek through us (Himalayan Masters) do not need to worry about the ways to get an ACAP permit because we will get it for you if you send us two copies of your photograph.
The independent trekker(s) (without guide and porter) are supposed to present with two copies of their photograph physically at the Nepal Tourism Board office either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Why Was ACAP Issued?
Annapurna Conservation Area is the first and the largest protected area of Nepal covering 7629 square kilometers giving shelter to the thousands of flora and fauna. This conservation area is situated in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas that extends in elevation from 790 m to 8091 m. It was established in 1985 and gazetted in 1992 with the aim of creating sustainable economic and social development to raise the standard of the locals and conserve the natural beauty of the region.
Since this conservation area contains many Himalayan trekking routes, a large number of trekkers and visitors come to this region every year which has become a threat to wildlife, vegetation, the natural environment, and the traditional local cultures. Especially the management of the tons of garbage produced by the visitors is a challenging task.
Thus, it is essential to collect a particular amount from its visitors just to preserve the natural environment, local traditional cultures, to raise the socio-economic standard of the locals, and finally to keep this region pollution-free. It is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
How Much To Pay For Permits?
TIMS: Group trekker through any company NPR.1000/- per person
Free Individual Trekker NPR.2000/- per person
SAARC member countries: Group trekker through any company NPR.300/- per person
Free Individual Trekker NPR.600/- per person
ACAP: People out of SAARC NPR. 3000/- per person
SAARC Nationals NPR. 200/- per person
Terms And Conditions For The ACAP
- This permit is for single use and it is nonrefundable, nontransferable
- Only the designated areas can be visited within the conservation area
- Once you enter the Conservation Area, you must follow the rules and regulations of the National Park
- The permits must behold by the respective persons during the time of trek and must be presented to each checkpoint
- In a very few special cases, the entry permit may be issued from the check posts on the trail with a 100% additional charge
The Requirements to Apply for the Permits
- Nepali Currency to pay
- Recent passport size 4 copies of photograph (2 for each TIMS and ACAP)
- Application form for entry permit
- Two copies of the passport (1 each for TIMS and ACAP)
- Detailed itinerary of your trek
These are the Annapurna trekking permits requirements you need.
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