Annapurna Base Camp – A Trekking Gem in Nepal
Annapurna Base camp lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal at an altitude of 13,550 feet and it is also known as “Annapurna Sanctuary trek”. Therefore, it takes you close to the base of some towering Himalayan peaks exceeding 7000 to 8000 m and offers phenomenal close views of the highest peaks of the world.
Annapurna Base camp is famous all across the globe because of its majestic attractions on the trail, i.e. – dense forests of Rhododendrons and exotic landscapes with mind boggling sight of the Annapurna Range in front. Another great attraction of this trek is tea houses owned by locals for accommodation which can be easily found in some distance.
It should be tried by every mountain lover because Annapurna base camp trek rewards you with the stunning close views of Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, Annapurna south and other peaks of Annapurna massif.
“Annapurna Sanctuary trek”
The trail of Annapurna Base Camp trek is inside the protected boundaries of the area, this is the reason it is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
Diverse Vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area
You can find the diverse vegetation on this trek like Bamboos and Rhododendrons. Enter the Annapurna sanctuary and start trekking through the dense forests of high oaks.
Ahead come across tall grass en route and further find trees of Daphne. Move forward towards the base camp and witness the blooming wildflowers and lush grass between boulders.
The trail offers you a chance of trekking multiple times through the dense forests.
Why Choose Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara which can be reached from the capital of Nepal i.e. “Kathmandu” in 5-6 hours. It is easily accessible via road or plane which makes it comfortable for trekkers to easily reach there.
Grab the mountain views right from the first day, Machapuchare, hiunchuli and Annapuna South welcomes you when you reach Ghandruk and they are visible until you reach Sinuwa village.
Come across the diverse vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area.
Have a glance of Nepali Culture. On the way there are many lodges which are owned by the locals. Delicious Nepali food is served there. Go through some quaint villages and have a glance of the lifestyle of villagers.
Must Read about Annapurna Base Camp
Duration – 10 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Best Time – March, April
Level – Moderate to Difficult
Highest Point – 13,550 feet
Trekking Distance (total) – (70 km)
Temperature – (15°C to 20°C) (0°C to 5°C)
Key Points of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Level: Difficult (so first timers trekkers should avoid)
Proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures?
Shoes are the single most important equipment
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization
Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides
Phones don’t work on the trek
Beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)
Travel light (my backpack was heavy at about 10 kg to 12 Kg )
Keep an extra day in your itinerary for crossing the pass to account for bad weather
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Short Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp
Day1 – Reach Pokhara on your own Altitude – 4,600 feet
Day2 – Drive from Pokhara to Lower Ghandruk and trek to Komrong
Day3 – Trek from Komrong to Chomrung
Day4 – Trek from Chomrung to Dovan
Day 5 – Trek from Dovan to Machapuchare base camp
Day6 – Trek from Machapuchare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
Day7 – Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
Day8 – Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu
Day9 – Trek from Jhinu to Syauli Bazaar
Day10 – Reserve Day