How Difficult Is It Trekking To Annapurna Base Camp
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 18, 2023
Is your mind storming to figure out how difficult is trekking to Annapurna Base Camp? If yes, you’re in the right place. In this post, you’ll learn about Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Difficulty Level.
Whilst talking about Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty, mostly answer only its route structure where it will be easy to trek or hard. But in terms of ABC trek difficulties, there are some other factors that are also difficult components.
Trekking trail structure on the way to ABC, lack of sufficient room, temperature, and seasonal difficulties factor are the main things to play vital role to make ABC trek difficulty level up and down.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level
It is moderate grade adventure trekking because of the maximum elevation that you’ll stay overnight at 4130m(ABC). However, if you prefer to stay lower than this place, we can also make overnight at Machhhapuchhre Base Camp(3,700m). If you are worried about altitude, it can be good. But to get Sunrise view from Base Camp of Annapurna, we should hike ABC very early in the morning. It will be very hard due to the cold temperature in the early morning.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is not considered as a difficult(hard) trek. Here are some reasons.
- It is a short day trekking.
- The maximum elevation is only 4,130m.
- Only 1 day above 3500m height.
- Since trekking begins from 1000m, you’ll have enough time to acclimatize.
Annapurna base camp trek distance
Each day average walking of 10km to 18km, in total Annapurna Base Camp Covers 115km. Except for the winter seasons, it is easy to complete this whole Annapurna journey. The snow-capped trail( above Dovan) makes it quite challenging to complete the total distances.
In order to make a comfortable journey of ABC (115km), hire a guide and porter.
Annapurna base camp height
The exact height we will get on trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is 4130m from sea level. At this Altitude, we should stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Not all but someone who gets difficult sleep well at Base Camp. Moreover the height of Base Camp, it’s cold temperature makes it difficult to sleep there.
Is it difficult for beginner trekkers to hike Annapurna Base Camp?
For the newby(novice) trekkers, it might be difficult to walk over the steep trails. There are numerous steep up and steep down trails which makes it hard to trek for the beginner’s trekkers. So, we recommended for the novice trekkers to take up the habit of hiking/walking uphill for a few hours every day a month.
Is it hard to trek Annapurna base camp?
Indeed to hiking the Annapurna Base Camp, basic fitness level is required. It means you should be fit and fine physically. A level of fitness where trekkers require walking 5-6 hours each day is needed.
Annapurna base camp altitude sickness
There are very few cases to get altitude sickness whilst trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. If we give around a week’s time for trekking to ABC, it is less likely to get altitude sickness.
Can We minimize Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level?
Yes, we can minimize ABC trek difficulty by attempting the following things.
- Hike to Uphill 3-4 hours each day 1 month before starts ABC Trek.
- Start your trek from Nayapul and also add Poon Hill trek as side trips.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water from Doban(2600m)
- Stay overnight at Deurali(3200m) so that we can cross the avalanche areas( Deurali to Bagar) before noon.
- Stay at Annapurna Base Camp rather than Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Thus you can escape the early morning hike from MBC to ABC(it’s very hard if attended it early morning).
Final words regarding ABC trekking difficulty
Since maximum elevation of this trek is 4,130m and trekking begins from 1000m, it is achievable for any trekker. However some preparations and training is required for those who never hike before. Some preparations is needed to make ability to uphill and downhill walk.
If you have any questions regarding Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is safe or not, difficulty level or any questions regarding whether it is safe to do trekking or it’s difficult, please feel free to contact us.