Ever since we finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek, I’ve been asked SEVERAL TIMES how much it costed us to reach the foot of the world’s tenth highest mountain. I think it’s about time I share this information with you guys. Sorry you had to wait this long. *wink* Nepali Visa – $25.00 You can apply for your visa either before leaving the country or upon your arrival in Nepal. They issue tourist visa for 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days. We paid for a 15-day visa for $25.00 since we’re staying in Nepal for 10 days only.
Realizations and life lessons learned while trekking for eight days in Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world located in Nepal.
Have you spent a night with a bunch of trekkers? Not the rated-R type, okay. If not, well then let me tell you how our day ends and starts—constant packing and unpacking. We wrapped-up our day in Pokhara a little late than expected because of the delays during our land travel from Kathmandu. Add up our crazy packing, unpacking, packing, unpacking (repeat 10x). We were moving everywhere. Our stuff must be perfectly organized so we won’t have any problems during our trek. It’s a technique that all trekkers should master. So say 1AM late, yes, 1 AM late.
The Tribhuvan airport is a complete chaos. From the arriving or departing passengers to the airport staff and even the airport itself. No computers, scanners, or anything digital. Everything is done manually. Being out of the airport is a satisfactory feeling.
There are several jump-off points leading to the base camp of the Annapurna mountain ranges but there are two that are more popular to trekkers: Pedhi and Nayapul where our trek started. I’ve read that though Pedhi is the nearest from Pokhara, about 45-minute drive, it is the most challenging among other jump-off points because of its killer ascent that lasts for two hours or more. What a way to start your adventure, I say. Nayapul, on the other hand, is a 2-hour away drive from Pokhara but the easiest because of its gradual ascent.
When I first learned of Annapurna base camp trekking, I also encountered what they call tea houses. So, what can you think of when you hear the words tea house? I, being a shallow person, imagine people in pairs or groups sitting around a small table sipping a hot cup of tea. You know what I mean?
Don’t let your dreams of seeing the Eight-Thousanders stay as dreams. Trekking in Nepal is just within your reach! Now that you have obtained your visa, the next thing you need are permits for your trekking in the Himalayas. For those who are trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), you need the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
Trekking in the Himalayas is a lot different compared to how we trek here in the Philippines. Unlike with our 4×4 type of trails, they have established and laid out pathways, mostly of bricks and slabs of stones. But what makes Himalayas trekking really unique are the tea houses or lodges (I’ll talk more about it in my future posts) where you can spend the night after a day of exhausting hiking. With that being said, tents, cook wares, stoves, and lanterns are no longer required. What does one need then to successfully trek in one of the mountains in the Himalayas?