Annapurna Base Camp Treks are always worthwhile and thrilling to do, particularly in Nepal. You trek down the base camps of the world's highest peaks here. This Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which happens in Nepal, is one of those treks. Do you want to know why it is so? Don't stop reading!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek or ABC Trek is a walk to the foothills of the world's tenth tallest peak. Mt Annapurna, with a sky-touching height of 8,091m/26,545ft, is the tenth supreme peak. This journey is more about reaching the beautiful landmark—thousands of local and overseas visitors go there yearly. We are glad that you and your nearest ones are the next ones.
On this exciting walk of Annapurna Base Camp Trek for ten days, you set to experience the true magic of the Annapurna Region. Maybe when Earth formed, the creator may have drawn this beautiful region with his very own hands. That is why Annapurna Region is so overwhelmingly blessed. It has the most fantastic mountains, such as Annapurna I, II, III, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, etc. On the trek from Annapurna Base Camp, you will most closely experience these majestic mountains (4,130m). Not to forget, the panoramic mountain and sunrise show from the base camp are out of this world.
Likewise, Annapurna Base Camp Trek happens via superabundant vegetation. You'll respire fresh air inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, the home of diverse flora and fauna. Along the route, you'll see varied landscapes, which will leave you awe-struck. For example, you'll witness the colorful clouds- red, pink, and white, of rhododendron flowers across the jungle if it's spring.
Once in a while, you'll cross iconic villages of the Gurungs, Magars, Chhetris, and Magars. The cultural diversity of the place and the welcoming display of the locals make this trek extra-special. Besides that, you will cross loads of streamlets, waterfalls, glacier-fueled rivers, and hanging bridges. The highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek can go on and on. So why don't you plan this trek and experience it yourself?
Wait, here is something you need to know about this expedition. As said earlier, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a 10 to 12 days journey. Anyone who can feel okay while trekking on the higher grounds and elevation is eligible for this trek. The trek is not the hardest one; neither you need to be super fit. But you should have a body for walk-ups and downs to reach and return from Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m). Having prior trekking experience and good training is an advantage.
If you meet the requirement, you can attend this route any month. However, you'll experience the best conditions during autumn and spring. Our expert team will guide you thoroughly and safely.
In short, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a celebrated trail for its mountain views, sceneries, and cultural and natural experiences. This ABC Trek by our team is a special one, Annapurna Base Camp cum Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. This will be the best fit if you are looking for a not-so-demanding path in Nepal. As we frequently mentioned, you will have the best trekking memories in Nepal's most picturesque region.
ABC Trek Difficulties
Let's put it straight, the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) Trek itinerary is not strenuous. Still, some find it easy, and some find it difficult. So it depends on you and your experience. This is not difficult if you have prior trekking memories in mountains or good preparation. Otherwise, it can be a challenging walk. It is like this.
Here are the significant difficulties that you may face during the trek. Understanding them, you can prepare for the tour nicely. Let's begin.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek or ABC Trek is a plan of 10 to 14 days. However, there are some shorter itineraries as well. Typically, the trek goes about ten days. So to do this trek, you'll spend 10 to 14 days in the Annapurna Region, trekking on average 5-7hrs. This trek can be a challenging job for someone not so used to walking for that long daily. Hence, this is the first challenge, which is not that hard.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is around 115km long in total. That means you have to cover about 10 to 20 km every day. Again, this is a complex task if you are not used to that. It becomes even more complicated when walking on a steep and rough trail. Remember, the distance of ABC Trek is shorter in the face of hikes such as Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. So you can cover the spread.
You surely are gaining some heights when taking a walk to the base camp of the world's tenth tallest peak. The Annapurna Base Camp, the highest point of the trek, is at an elevation of 4,130m. You will start the walk at around 800m. So there is considerable altitude gain. So that can be a worrying part, mainly for mountain sickness.
However, you have fewer odds of getting that as it barely touches the 4000m mark. That is low compared to Annapurna Circuit Trek(5,416m) and Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek(5,143m). Still, you cannot ignore the altitude.
Another hassle during Annapurna Base Camp Trek is its weather. The climate makes a trek easy or difficult. In the case of ABC Trek, the Winter and Monsoon seasons are two challenging seasons. Winter is freezing and snowy. The monsoon brings a lot of rainfall and slippery trails. The difficulty level is high if you do this hike during these two seasons. However, the trek is easy to complete if you prefer Autumn and Spring.
Many trekkers choose to do ABC Trek solo and later label it an arduous journey. When you trek on your own, it isn't easy. You need to arrange everything from guiding yourself to carrying your backpack. But your trek is easy if you have a licensed guide and a porter. They will look after everything from finding a room to showing you directions. Hence, solo trekking can increase the Annapurna Base Camp Trek difficulty level. It is, thus, good to take a companion who knows the area.
Trek for Beginners
All too often, many people ask if Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a trek for beginners. And our answer is always yes. Annapurna Base Camp Trek or ABC Trek is a trek for everyone who can walk 5-7 hours daily. So if you are a newbie who can hike for that many hours in the land of Mt Annapurna, you are good to go.
Regardless, there are certain things that you need to do as a beginner. We are going to list them down:
Train Yourself: You should make your body fit for the walk as you have to walk 5-6 hours daily on an uneven trail. Thus, train to get your bodywork and an endurance level to complete the hike. Cardio Vascular Exercises are suitable for day hiking, cycling, swimming, and running. Be regular and consistent at it.
Pick the Right Time: Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easy and pleasant in Autumn and Spring. And it's often hard during Monsoon and Winter. So you, as a newbie, should choose the easy seasons. In those seasons, you'll have fewer weather troubles.
Hire a Guide and Porter: You should hire a guide and porter if this is your first trek. They make your tour comfortable and lead you to the right path, places, and things. And the porter carries your heavyweight backpack and stuff. You will have no hassles other than walking by having them. So, make sure you hire a licensed guide and porter. Do not go solo. We'll employ the best people for the trek if you come to us.
Do Not Rush: Often, beginners like to rush during a trek. However, not running is the key to any high-altitude expedition. Suppose you try to trek quickly and rapidly. In that case, you have a good chance of getting mountain sickness as your body needs time to acclimatize. So make sure you are taking some time for that.
Water is Savior: Drinking water keeps you hydrated, and a hydrated body never gets altitude sickness. Thus, drink plenty of water to keep your body watered.
So these are several tips that can be magical for beginners opting for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you follow them, the trek is easy for newbies. So do take those tips seriously, and you shall be ready to complete one of the best treks in Nepal.
ABC Trekking Route
Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes place in the region of Annapurna, which lies in the western part of Nepal. First, you have to arrive in Pokhara to do this trek. After the arrival, you will have a one-hour drive to Nayapul, the walk's starting point.
On the first day of trekking, you will trek up to Ulleri through the banks of the Modi River. After that, you must cross places such as Birethanti, Hile, and Tikhedhunga. The first day ends in Ulleri.
The next day, you will hike towards Ghorepani by crossing a lush oak and rhododendron forest. This particular Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary goes via Poonhill, a famous landmark of the region. So on the second day, you'll reach Ghorepani.
In Ghorepani, you'll rise early to hike up to Poon Hill and watch the majestic sunrise and mountain panorama. After that, you'll return to Ghorepani to start the hike to Tadapani. Now you will be on the standard way to Annapurna Base Camp. You'll spend the fourth night in Tadapani.
Waking up in Tadapani, you'll aim to reach Chhomrong bypassing via forests and crossing several rivers and villages. The fifth night will be in Chhomrong. Chhomrong treks towards Dovan by walking via a bamboo forest trail. In this way, we'll cross Deurali the next day. While hiking from Dovan to Derurali, we'll also cross Himalaya, a popular stop on the trek.
And then, we will stretch towards Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. We'll catch bewitching angles of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and other peaks along the path. Then, we'll reach ABC through the heavenly landscapes to witness its glory.
We'll start the day with a pretty sunrise from the base camp and mountain panorama on the next day. After enough sightseeing, we'll prepare to leave the place for Sinuwa. After that, it will be a rapid downhill hike through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, and Bamboo. Finally, we will spend the night in Sinuwa.
After Sinuwa, we descend to Jhinu Danda, the famous place of a natural hot spring. Via Chomorong and other villages, we'll reach Jhinu Danda to relax our bodies in the hot spring. We'll stay for the night in Jhinu Danda. After that, we'll have Nayapul to go and finish the trek the next day. Then, trekking via Modi Khola once again, we'll come to Nayapul to join a drive back to Pokhara.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Best Time
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is enjoyable to the fullest during Spring and Autumn. However, October to November and March to April are the best months for the trek. During those months, the weather is just fine. As a result, you get undisturbed views of Annapurna region peaks with fewer chances of weather alteration. That is why the two time periods are the finest ones.
It is just the complete opposite of that during Monsoon and Winter. There are high chances of snowfall and rainfall. As a result, it is hard to see even mountains. However, it is possible to trek during these months as well. But for that, you have to expect the unexpected.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek's best time is in Autumn and Spring, the two high times for trekking in Nepal. So you are almost sure to get favorable conditions for a trek.
Food and Accommodation in ABC Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal's most well-developed trekking trails. Popularly called teahouses, essential to good lodges, make accommodations on the trek. The teahouses typically have twin-sharing rooms with two beds. Some of them have attached bathrooms, and some do not. You can get basic accommodations for this trek at a low price.
Due to the popularity of this trek, Mountain Rock Trek can book in advance for you if you want to trek.
Likewise, there is no problem with food as well during the trek. Numerous teahouses, cafes, and lodges serve food items on the walk. The most common food items are Dal Bhat, Momos, Pizza, Pudding, Noodles, Porridge, Tibetan Bread, Curries, Soup, etc. If you are a coffee lover, you can get that too. The teahouses serve a wide range of food and beverage items. Hence, no worries about food as well while during ABC Trek.