Annapurna Trek is a majestic trek of Nepal, situated in northwestern Nepal, surrounded by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. To experience the Himalayan life with a beautiful destination, you need two permits as a legal right.

You set foot on the base of the World’s 10th-highest peak, Mount Annapurna, with an altitude of 8091 m. It is one of the most elegant trekking places, leading you to two base camps: Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

The route passes through typical Magar and Gurung villages with warm, welcoming people. You can enjoy lush green Rhododendron, Bamboo, and alpine forests on the way to the final destination: Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

The breathtaking towns with diverse cultures, traditions, elegant climates, and amazing scenery will surely melt your heart. This trek is also considered a trek to Annapurna Sanctuary. This trek lets you experience magnificent views of Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), Hiunchuli, Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilcho, Pisang, and Pungda Danda.

You also get a pit break at the astonishing Poon Hill viewpoint and relax by taking a natural hot spring bath in the famous Jhinu Danda. It starts in the tiny village of Nayapul, Pokhara. This trek is 10 days long and takes you to an altitude of 4130 m.

Before you start this journey, you will need two permits to clear the routes. First, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit, and then you need Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS). Let’s check the details of these permits.

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Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Annapurna Conservation Area is a protected area by the Government of Nepal. You must get an Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit to enter any part of the Annapurna Region.

Once you get this permit, you can stay in this region as long as you want. The budget is utilized for the welfare and conservation of this protected region.

This permit is available in the Nepal Tourism Board of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Permit depends on your nationality.

  • If you are from a SAARC country, then it costs NRP 2000.
  • If you are from other foreign countries, then it costs NRP 200.

Once you get this permit, you can visit any part of the Annapurna Region. You can stay there for as many days as you want. But once you depart to the starting point, the permit becomes invalid. This permit is acquired for each person, and only a single entry is granted.

Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit

This permit is mandatory for trekkers’ safety. It keeps records of trekkers to track their information during emergency cases. This helps in the timely rescue of trekkers during any natural disaster.

Your permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board of Kathmandu or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). If you apply for this permit through a registered Trekking Agency, then it will cost less.

  • It costs USD 20 for individual trekkers.
  • If you apply through the registered Trekking Agency, it costs only USD 10.
  • If you are a SAARC country resident, then it costs USD 6.

You must complete the form with the required documents in the NTB office. This permit is not available online. If you get a permit through an Agency, you only have to submit your documents, for the rest of the agencies are responsible.

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Documents Required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit

You need to provide the following documents to get the permits.

  • Passport details and a copy of the Passport
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • The details of the trekking itinerary and the area of the trek are needed. You can plan this with your Agency.
  • Travel Insurance
  • The cost of permits in Nepali Currency (NRP) is mandatory. So, exchange your cash before getting permits.

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Conclusion

Hence, you can complete Annapurna Base Camp in 10 days, reaching an altitude of 4130 m. You get the glory of stepping on the foot of the World’s 10th-highest peak with panoramic views of Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), Hiunchuli, Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilcho, Pisang, and Pungda Danda.

You need two permits to complete this journey. Permits are mandatory and will be checked at many checkpoints during your journey to Annapurna Base Camp. So get the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System Permit before you set off. All the best!

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