Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty


Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Are you interested to set foot on the Annapurna Base Camp?

Is your mind curious about finding more about The ABC trek?

Interested to know how difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

If yes, this blog post all about the difficulty of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

The Annapurna Base Camp is one of the best treks in Nepal. It is the paradise for every visitors, trekkers and mountaineers. The Annapurna Base Camp leads you to the world famous Annapurna Sanctuary and a enthralled mountain views of many top mountains in the world. 

The ABC trek is a the ideal Nepalese trek. Many trekkers and mountaineers often quote the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as the “Trekkers Paradise”.

It is the dream of every trekkers and mountaineers to climb the base camp of the 10th highest peak of the world , Mt. Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft). The unique culture and tradition of the Gurung villages, diverse landscapes, the Himalayan flora and fauna and the views of the worlds top mountains are the highlights of the ABC Trek.

Similar to many other treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is a highly demanding trek.But sufficient preparation and proper physical and mental health makes this trek achievable and enjoyable.

After the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Trek is one of the most favourite choice of tourists and trekkers.Both novice and experienced; solo and group trekkers and mountaineers prefer the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The ABC trek may be challenging but not as difficult as many treks in Nepal.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficult?

Nepal is a trekking paradise. Every valley, every hill that you may visit in Nepal, you will encounter a certain trekking spots. Though, many spots are less famous, the combinations of all these spots in Nepal lead the nation to be a trekking paradise.

ABC is most popular and beautiful trekking trails in Nepal after Everest Base camp leading more than a million tourists every year. Years of experience in Himalayas Mountain has led us to believe that the ABC trek is not so difficult. While the terrain of the trails Annapurna Base Camp may be difficult, slow and steady walk, proper rest and the support of excellent equipment makes the Annapurna Base Camp Trek a not so difficult trek.If we were to choose The Annapurna Base Camp from the standerd of Himalayas, the Annapurna Base camp is not so difficult. Compared to many other treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp is shorter, lower and easier than the other treks.

Trekking Grade of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Most of the difficulties and ease of treks around the world are defined by the trekking grades. According to the standerd of the trekking grades the ABC Trek belongs to a moderate trekking grade.

This trek has the elevation of up to 4,130m/13,549ft. Although the routes of the Annapurna Base Camp are rugged and steep, continuous walking of 5 to 6 hours per day, high stone stairs and so on, the Annapurna Base Camp is not streneous.

If you are are physically and mentally fit and have the ability and will to bear long walks and unexpected emergencies, the Annapurna Base Camp is highly acchieveable.

Duration and Distance of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

In a normal Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the ABC trek can be completed within takes 11 to 20 days. You can also shorten the days to 8 to 9 days. In the ABC trail you should walk to 5 to 6 hours daily. Sometimes it is not uncommon to walk for 7 to 8 hours daily. 

In the ABC Camp the distance you aim to cover is 115km with walking 10 to 20 km each day. This is shorter than treks like Manaslu Circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek etc. An experienced trekkers and mountainners can cover the whole distance efficiently. For novices, you may prefer short Annapurna Base camp Trek.

If you are not used to walking or hiking, the long walks may cause anxiety and other various problems.

Weather/Temperature in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Weather is one of the major factor that determine the major difficulty while the ABC trek. Weather, climate, season, and altitude condition determine the ease and difficulty of many treks. 

The Autumn season is the peak season of ABC Trek. It is mostly due to calm weather conditions in the mountain in Autumn. After autumn, The spring season, post and pre monsoon are the best time for the ABC Trek.

 On the sunny day in Annapurna, at the months of autumn and spring, the average temperature is about 15 to 20-degree centigrade. In summer, the average temperature is from 20-25 degrees centigrade.In the winter, the average temperature is approx below 0° to to minus 17 degrees centigrade at night. 

Altitude Sickness in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Altitude Sickness is one of the major problems of the ABC Base Camp Trek. The higher altitude that you climb thinner level of oxygen you will encounter.  

The Altitude of the Annapurna Base Camp has the altitude of 1300m /4,265ft and ends up reaching up to 4130m /13,549ft.The high altitude may be adjustable and bearable for some trekkers and mountaineers while it may cause high health problems to others.

While you may cross the altitude of 3,000m/9,842ft, you may face the change in the environment and be prone to altitude sickness. Altitude Sickness may cause health problems like headache, diarrhoea, dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, shortness of breath etc. Such problems may caus high diffulties on your ABC Trek.

Health/Physical fitness/Training for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The ABC Trek is a less strenuous and classical treks in Nepal. However, the trek is also very difficult for novices. For novices the base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain is a challenging trail. 

A novice requires training for 6 weeks before making a step for the ABC trek. 

You should:

walk almost 5-6 hours a day,training on leg strength

Training on body flexibility and cardio, Training on stamina.

Also, you can choose simple exercises such as stretching, jogging, swimming, skipping etc.

Packing Essentials of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek


sweat-absorbent underwear and a shirt

warm clothes

Hiking shirt

Sweat absorbent/ hiker underwear

Hiking shocks

Hiking pants

Rain protector jacket and trouser

Lightweight Down Jacket

Hiking boots

Warm pairs of gloves

Hiking sandals


Sun Hat




Battery chargers

Extra Batteries

Alarm Clock




Chocolate or energy bars

First Aid box with essential medicine for altitude sickness, Diarrhea, cold, nausea, and many other

Hygiene and toiletries


Enough Cash

Important documents to be carry at all times during the walk to the Annapurna Base Camp.

Ensure all these documents will be all-time with you with safe and most secure during the travel in any part of Nepal.



Is A guide necessary for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The route of Annapurna Base Camp is not so difficult. Therefore, the guide may be unnecessary. However, climbing the high peak is physically and mentally strenous by themselves, weather changes, rest stops and health aspects of mountain walking is most well known to the guide. 

A good guide knows the local culture, interesting sights and the safe and unsafe parts of the trek. Therefore, though unnecessary, a guide is necessary for a fruitful  and successful Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

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