Is Annapurna Base Camp trek safe?
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 26, 2021
You might be wondering whether the Annapurna Base Camp trek is safe or not. Indeed it is safe to trek ABC(in short) if you have some knowledge regarding the trekking trail. Throughout the trekking, you will trek through the area of the avalanche for only 2 days.
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.
Hinku Cave to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is the only avalanche risk zone of the entire ABC trek. So only this part is considered a risky trekking zone. But other parts of the entire trail are totally safe.
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 trekkers should passed risky zone very carefully.
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, Annapurna Base Camp Trek 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 the main trekking season? Is there a risk of frostbite?
If you choose winter time for the purposes of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, certainly you will trek over snow-covered trails. You should have proper trekking equipment in order to accomplish the ABC trek in wintertime.
You should have the best trekking shoes and socks 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.
- Make overnight at Deurali, so that you could pass the risky area early in the morning.
- Take the latest information from hotel owners of Deurali before trekking to MBC.
- Wake up early in the Deurali and trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp.
- Begins trek early from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan or Bamboo.
- Cross the Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp parts before 10 am.
- Go with a Guide or Local peoples who know the trail very well.
Are there any alternative treks of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
There are so many alternative trails of Annapurna Base Camp which feature the same level of attraction. If you wish to get an alternative of Annapurna Base Camp, Khopra Ridge Trekking, Mardi Himal Trek, and the Langtang Valley trek are the best.
All in All, Annapurna Base Camp TREKKING is safe. But you should go with an experienced guide who knows the ABC trail very well.
We can make Annapurna Base Camp trips safe, adventure, and wonderful. Because we have a local guide team which has enough knowledge of avalanche areas and ideas on how to pass that part safely.