Is a Guide needed for Annapurna Base Camp ?

Have you ever thought of undertaking the world’s scenic trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek without a guide? This is a demanding trip that trekkers want to do for a truly, rewarding experience. With stunning views the route of this trek is challenging yet easy to manoeuvre and quite straightforward. We’ve seen a few trekkers on the trail trekking independently to trek economically. But, not all trekkers prefer that. Hence, we see them hiring a guide for the trek – but why?

A guide can render safe trek

If you plan to undertake a trip to the mountains, even in case of Annapurna Base Camp, it is always prudent to have a support of a guide who knows the region like the back of his hand. Yes, there are those who do not think it’s not necessary to hire one to make it cost effective- of course we do respect their decision to do it frugally. But, here more than the cost is the value of life that should be the topmost priority. That’s our paramount concern.Read More

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What food can be eaten on Everest Base Camp?

Its every trekkers’ concern what kind of food they would be eating when trekking in to Everest Base Camp .  Most of the trekkers believe that almost every food you get in the mountains are either inedible or flat in taste since the resource has to be carried for days before reaching the villages on yaks or on backs of some strong Sherpa porter.

Anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp would be amazed to witness the variety of food available in the Everest region in spite of the absence of proper resources. You can find them delicious and healthy which have surprised the first time trekkers.  The approximate cost one has to pay for the meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea en route to Everest Base Camp ranges from US$20- US$ 30 in a day.Read More

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Sherpas: The People of the Mountains

Sherpas are some of the most well-trained and experienced climbers in the Himalayas. Their wisdom, strength and sharp instincts—in despite of their small figure—often leads outsiders to believe they have a ‘sixth sense’ or ‘magical powers’ in these isolated places. For this reason, companies wouldn’t think of going on an expedition or trekking tour without their guidance and assistance.

Yet, if you were to ask a Sherpa about these ‘heighten instincts’, they’d respond by saying (very humbly and modestly) that they don’t possess any special powers or characteristics; rather, they simply listen to the mountains and respect the custom that She (the mountain) always decides who goes up and who doesn’t, not man.Read More

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Clean drinking water on the Annapurna Base Camp trekking

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is a project under the NTNC (Natural Trust for Nature Conservation) which is meant to preserve and protect the Annapurna region. Annapurna is home to many species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, along with local Sherpa’s and villagers. By obtaining your trekking permit and paying the permit fee, you’re supporting ACAP’s mission to conserve the park, the wildlife and the Sherpa villages. On the NTNC website they provide a few suggestions of how you can do your part to conserve the park:

  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Return batteries to your home country for proper disposal.
  • Use toilets wherever possible or when in the woods, stay at least 50m away from water sources, and bury your waste.
  • Purify water yourself instead of buying bottled water.

The aim is to eventually be 100% plastic free in the Himalaya’s and while there is an NGO – Plastic Free Himalayas – dedicated to the preservation of the Nepal Himalayan environment, the campaign to ban all plastic bags and mineral water bottles is a gradual process.Read More

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Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

Heading to EBC?

Not sure what to pack?

There’s nothing worse than NOT being prepared; especially when dealing with the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains. Having the proper gear and equipment ensures you’ll be comfortable and warm, so you can relax and enjoy your trek, instead of focusing on your cold toes!

Here’s a detailed packing list of what you need to bring so you’re prepared for the Everest Base Camp trek. Keep in mind, this list also applies to those trekking other tea house treks in Nepal such as Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

1. What to bring vs. what to buy in Nepal

Should you forget any gear at home or require some additional equipment, you can easily purchase or rent all that you need for a trek in Thamel upon your arrival. Keep in mind, just because the product says, “The North Face” doesn’t mean it’s North Face certified. However, the quality of most products sold by local vendors are suitable for your EBC trek. But whoever you end up buying from, be sure to check the zippers and the stitching on all jackets, pants and bags; you want to make sure the make is strong and durable. Also, if you plan to do your Everest trek with Wind Horse Adventures, your down jacket and sleeping bag is included in your trekking package (click here to see what else is included). If you have your own equipment do bring it along, but if you’re on a budget and are looking to get suitable gear at a low cost, wait until you arrive in Kathmandu.

Personal Tip: I buy all of my trekking gear from V-Tex International on Mandala Street in Thamel. Their products are high quality, affordable, and durable.Read More

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