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How hard is it to climb to Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna base camp Trek 

Annapurna is one of the world’s most notorious mountains. In fact, it’s one of the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb. But while the mountain itself is incredibly difficult, it’s also one of the most beautiful. So how do you see this incredible mountain range without the treacherous climb? You trek to Annapurna Base Camp! Our expedition passes through some of the most incredible scenery in the world. But how hard is it to climb to Annapurna Base Camp? Let us fill you in…

How hard is it to climb to Annapurna Base Camp?

Unlike the trek to the summit of Annapurna itself, the climb to Base Camp is incredibly manageable. At Earth’s Edge, we give all of our expeditions a difficulty level rating. Annapurna Base Camp is rated a Level 3, which means you can expect…

“An average of 4 to 6 hours per day at altitudes not usually exceeding 4,500 metres. Some days may be up to 7 to 8 hours long but that is not typical. Typical elevation gain per day would be 300 – 700 metres. As a rough guide, you should be comfortable hillwalking for 5 to 6 hours per day for two days in a row.”

As a comparison, Everest Base Camp is a Level 4, and Kilimanjaro is a Level 5. So technically, Annapurna Base Camp is “easier” than both of those expeditions.

Is it worth it?

In a word? Yes! The trek to Annapurna Base Camp means you get to see some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Our trip passes through a stunning trail, alongside waterfalls and through lush alpine forests. We get a unique insight into traditional Nepalese life, and stay in beautiful little tea houses along the way.


What is Annapurna Base Camp like?

You might think that reaching a base camp rather than a summit means the views are less impressive. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When we get to Annapurna Base Camp, the views are awe-inspiring. As well as the views from the site itself, the majestic mountains rise from all sides, like an amphitheatre of giant peaks. We arrive into base camp early in the afternoon, so we can enjoy the spectacular setting as the sun sets. The next morning, we get up before sunrise to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If this sounds like a trip you definitely want to take, you can read more about our expedition to Annapurna Base Camp here.

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