Is Annapurna Base Camp trek safe?

You might be wondering whether the Annapurna Base Camp trek is safe or not. Indeed it is safe to trek ABC(short form) if you have some knowledge regarding the trekking trail. Just 2 days trek, you will trek through the area of the avalanche.

Hinku Cave to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is the only avalanche risk zone of the entire ABC trek.

First, you need to know what makes trekking to Annapurna Base Camp dangerous/risky.

The one and only thing which makes ABC trek dangerous(risky) is avalanches. Because since the beginning of ABC trekking to today, many trekkers were swiped by avalanches. All these happened due to a lack of precaution.

Which season is best to explore ABC in terms of safety?

October to December is the best time to explore Annapurna Base Camp than March to May in terms of safety. Though both seasons are the best seasons to explore.

Precaution during the ABC trek is very important for trekkers or hikers in all seasons but especially from January to May.

From March, the temperature starts to rise up. That’s why the snow starts melting in the Himalayas. As a result, an avalanche happens in the Himalayas. Whilst walking to base camp, we should be aware of avalanches.

Is the trek dangerous in general?

In general, trekking to ABC is not dangerous. Trekking to Annapurna is generally safe if certain precautions are taken and ABC is not particularly dangerous even though it has a risk of avalanche. Because at the time of the avalanche season, locals open another route which is totally safe from avalanches.

Is there snow in the path during this time? Is there risk of frostbite?

If you choose winter time for the purposes of Annapurna Base Camp trek, certainly you will trek over snow-covered trails. You should have proper trekking equipment in order to accomplish ABC trek in wintertime and when the weather bad happens for more than 2 days.

You should have the best trekking shoes and sock to save you from frostbite whilst trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.

Do you need to be extremely fit?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderately graded trek that passes through beautiful mountainous villages such as Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Chomrong.

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate difficult journey. Since the maximum altitude is 4130m, you don’t need to be extremely fit or even no need for a previous hiking experience.

How to do safely Annapurna Base Camp trek?

In brief, pass the Avalanche risky zones( Hinku Cave to Bagar ) early morning. But below are some tips that you help to safely trek.

  1. Make overnight at Deurali.
  2. Take the latest information from hotel owners of Deurali before trekking to MBC.
  3. Wake up early in the Deurali and trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp.
  4. Begins trek early from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan or Bamboo.
  5. Cross the Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp parts before 10 am.
  6. Go with a Guide or Local peoples who knowns trail very well.

Are there alternative treks that are still amazing?

There are so many alternative trails of Annapurna Base Camp which feature the same level of attraction. If you wish to get an alternative in Annapurna, Khopra Ridge Trekking and Mardi Himal Trek might be the best alternative for ABC trek. But you want to get an alternative from all trekking routes of Nepal, Langtang Valley trek might be the best alternative to ABC.

Conclusion

All in All trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is safe. But you should go with an experienced guide who knows the ABC trail very well.

We can make ABC trips safe, adventure, and wonderful only if we have enough knowledge of avalanche areas and ideas on how to escape that part carefully.

In order to handle all the risky parts of the trail, trekkers should have a local guide.

If you go to Base Camp of Annapurna with an experienced guide, your trip will be totally safe.

About Author

JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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