Annapurna Base Camp Trip Info

Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Your Essential Guide

Planning an ABC Trek? Here are the Top 10 key things to know for an awesome adventure:

  • Season's Greetings: Pick the perfect time to go! Spring (March-May) and autumn (Sept-Nov) offer clear skies and stunning views.
  • Pack Smart: Travel light! Choose a comfortable backpack and pack only essentials for the changing weather.
  • Go at Your Own Pace: Don't rush! Enjoy the scenery and listen to your body. Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Train Like a Champ: Get in shape! Hiking at altitude requires some physical preparation.
  • Mind Over Mountain: Be prepared for challenges! A positive attitude goes a long way.
  • Fuel Your Hike: Eat healthy! Choose nutritious food to keep you energized throughout the trek.
  • Gear Up for Success: Dress for the elements! Pack clothes and footwear suitable for mountain weather.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water! Dehydration can be a problem at high altitudes.
  • Plan Your Path: Find the right itinerary! Choose a route that matches your experience and desired duration.
  • Respect the Locals: Be a good guest! Learn some basic Nepali phrases and be mindful of local customs.

Bonus Tip: Capture the memories! Take photos and videos to document your incredible journey.

Additional Cost Planning

Apart from the major costs of your ABC trip package, you will need to budget for certain additional fees. Here's a simple plan to help you budget while still having a good time:

Trail Necessities:

  • Hot Showers: Tea houses may charge $3-5 for a warm shower, particularly at higher elevations.
  • Charging Electronics: Tea houses may allow you to charge your electronics for $1-3 per piece. Bringing a portable charger is convenient.

Food & Treats:

  • Extra Meals: Depending on where you are, you may want to purchase more snacks or lunches, which cost between $5 and $20.
  • Drinks: Expect to spend $1-3 per bottle of water. Other drinks may be more expensive, so use a reusable bottle and filter your water to save money and prevent waste.

Staying Connected:

  • Wi-Fi: While many guest houses offer Wi-Fi, it can be slow and expensive, typically costing US$3-5 per day. If you need internet access, consider downloading maps and entertainment ahead of time.

Remember that prices might vary, so use these estimates as a guideline.

Consider your spending patterns for drinks, snacks, and gifts.

Note: Carry Nepali Rupees for incidental expenses. While some tea shops accept US dollars, possessing the local currency eliminates conversion problems and ensures you have the correct amounts for smaller transactions.

By budgeting for these things, you'll be better prepared to deal with unexpected costs and enjoy your Annapurna Base Camp route!

Dining on the ABC Trek: From Classic Favorites to Local Delights

Lunch and dinner on the Annapurna Base Camp trek are a delicious adventure in themselves. Dal Bhat, a traditional Nepali cuisine, is a popular choice among trekkers due to its low cost and high-calorie content. But the variety does not end there. Tea houses cater to a wide range of tastes, with classic dishes such as fried rice, chicken curries, and even burgers and pizzas. Noodle enthusiasts can have stir-fried noodles or cheesy pasta meals.

After a day of hiking, dinner becomes a joyous occasion, with tea houses broadening their menus to include a broader selection of familiar favorites as well as local specialties.  So, whether you crave a hearty Dal Bhat or a soothing slice of pizza, the ABC journey delivers a great and satisfying refill after each adventure-filled day.

Annapurna Base Trek Fundamentals: Complete Equipment List

Prepare for the ABC Trek with our full package, carefully planned to keep you comfortable and prepared during the entire trip.

At Escape Himalaya, we provide a detailed checklist of essential trekking gear, ensuring that you're fully equipped for your Himalayan adventure. Additionally, we provide a 70-liter Duffel Bag for trek packing, a certified -20°C Down Jacket, and a four-season Sleeping Bag, ensuring warmth and coziness during chilly mountain nights.


  • Sun Hat or Scarf
  • Lightweight Balaclava or Warm Fleece Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV Protection
  • Headband or ear covers


  • Thin, Lightweight Inner Socks
  • Thick, Warm Wool Hiking Socks
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
  • Camp Shoes (Sneakers/Sandals)
  • Gaiters
  • Spare Laces
  • Microspikes


  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens
  • Hand Warmers


  • Undergarments
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Light & Expedition Weight Thermal Bottoms
  • Fleece Pants
  • Waterproof Shell Pants


  • Backpack (30-50 LTR)
  • Headlamp
  • First Aid Kit
  • Large Plastic Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Lip Balm
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Dry Bags/Ziploc Bags
  • Earplugs
  • Guide and Porter
  • Chargers
  • Bag Covers
  • Raincoat
  • Personal Care Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer

Personal Hygiene Items

  • Wet Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Handwash
  • Blister Plasters
  • Portable Hand Sanitizer


  • Maps and Guides
  • Snacks/Energy Bars
  • Camera
  • Notebook/Pen

Prepare for your ABC Trek with confidence, knowing that you have all the necessary gear and essentials to make your journey safe, comfortable, and memorable.