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Majestic mountains such as Macchapuchre (7000m), Mt. Hiuchuli (6441m), Annapurna South(7219m), Annapurna I(8,091m), and Annapurna III (7555M) looms before the eyes at Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. When out of the hustle and bustle of cities, one reaches somewhere with a panoramic 360 view of nothing but the virgin mountains. This particular experience remains in the tributaries of mind forever.

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ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

Annapurna Base camp trek has always been the most charming treks in the world. This Trek is a true introduction to the serene landscapes and topography of Nepal. The path passes through lush forests of Rhododendrons, Bamboos, and Alpines leading to the awe-inspiring Peaks and Glaciers. This Trek also gives a clear understanding of the lifestyle of Nepalese, specially Gurung and Magar Ethnic Groups and their scenic settlements.

Trek starts from the touristic city Pokhara. Pokhara is not just famous for its scenic beauty but also extremely popular for many adventurous activities. Similarly, the Trek ends at Nayapul. Nayapul is also the primary starting point for the Trek. The name means 'New Bridge.'

Similarly, there are other ways for Trek as well. Such as starting the Trek from Pokhara to Nayapul or from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then Nayapul.Also, you may include a lot of options in the Trek. The options range from Mardi Himal Trek to Poonhill Trek or Upper Mustang trek to Jomsom Muktinath trek.

Majestic mountains such as Macchapuchre (7000m), Mt. Hiuchuli (6441m), Annapurna South(7219m), Annapurna I(8,091m), and Annapurna III (7555M) looms before the eyes at Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. When out of the hustle and bustle of cities, one reaches somewhere with a panoramic 360 view of nothing but the virgin mountains. This particular experience remains in the tributaries of mind forever.

Trip facts:

Some of the facts about ABC Trek are mentioned below.

Trip Duration               7 Days

Trip Grade                    Moderate

Best Season                 Mar-May, Sept-Nov

Maximum Elevation     4,130m

Accomodation             Tea House,Lodges

Hiking Per Day             5-7 hours

Starting/Ending Point  Nayapul

Itinerary

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Trek Highlights:

  • To witness the highest and most beautiful mountains of the Annapurna range, above 7000m, have to be the major highlight.

  • Next, the famous Gurung village 'Ghandruk' is extremely scenic from the peaks of Mt.Machhapuchhre, Mt.Annapurna, Mt.Gangapurna, and Mt.Hiunchuli are visible.

  • Besides, the natural hot springs on the way ease away all the body tensions. 

  • The friendly locals are always there with their warm, hospitable gestures.

  • Most of the rare flora and fauna are found only in this region.

  • Scenic view from Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

  • Terrace farmlands and Lush Rhododendron forests

 

Trek Difficulty:

Annapurna Base Camp trek is appraise a moderate to demanding Trek since the route is very adventurous, having to climb several rocks, and the walking pace is slow and steady. From Kathmandu, which lies at an elevation of 1,400m, to Annapurna Base Camp, with 4,130m, the trekkers need to walk past several villages, Glacier rivers, waterfalls, and sheer cliffs and ridges.

Altitude Sickness is very common while trekking to mountains because the oxygen level decreases as the altitude rises. Therefore, acclimatization is necessary to make sure the minor symptoms may not result in severe ones. Similarly, there are chances of avalanches that may block the trekking routes. In that case, one must always be prepared and follow the instructions of the guide.

What are the Best Seasons to hike ABC?

Nepal is such a country where the climate is favorable throughout the year without very vast fluctuations. However, mountains are always unpredictable. Therefore, one should be well informed about suitable climatic conditions.

During April-May, there is the Spring season in Nepal. The weather is very favorable to hike, making afternoons comparatively hot than the mornings. Thus, April-May is considered the best season to Hike. Second comes October, November, and December. These seasons are taken as the best season for the clearest skies. Besides Pre-Monsoon and Post-Monsoon is the best month to view stunning snow-covered Mountains.
 

What are the types of Accommodation you could choose?

There are mainly three types of accommodations available: Camping Accommodation, TeaHouse Accommodation, and Hotel/Lodges Accommodation. Firstly, camping accommodation is usually for the trekkers or climbers who want to climb Mt.Annapurna. It's usually done in remote areas, and all the necessary cooking pieces of equipment are carried by themselves. However, such Accommodation is very less common because of the availability of many lodges and teahouses. Secondly, Teahouse accommodation lets you enjoy the beautiful picturesque villages alongside local culture and traditions.

These accommodations are located in the most beautiful settings, and they are integrated with hot solar panels that make the water warm in a cold climate. Lastly, Hotel/lodges range from basics to star rated, which exactly suits your budget. These hotels are well equipped with wifi, comfortable rooms, and pillows, including many other amenities.
 

What sort of Meals will you be offered during Trek?

Annapurna Conservation Area is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation(NTNC), which monitors meals' price ranges. During the Trek, you will be offered Breakfast which mostly includes:

  • Tea, Coffee, Juice

  • Eggs

  • Sausages

  • Toasts

  • HashBrown Potatoes

Similarly, Lunch and Dinner includes:

  • Traditional Nepali 'Daal-Bhat'

  • Momos

  • Pasta,Noodles,Spaghetti

  • Pizza, Sandwich

  • Desserts

What are the Festivals you could celebrate?

Annapurna Conservation area houses many groups. They speak different languages within the region. Tamu Lhosar is the major festival of people from the Gurung community, which falls on every poush 15th of the Nepali calendar, i.e., December/January. If you happen to Trek during this season, you will see Gurung people in their best attire. Moreover, Magar people celebrate Bhumi Puja on Ashad 1st, i.e., June/July, where adults and children sing and dance.

Also, they use various musical instruments and make merry all night. Out of all these ethnicities, such as Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Manage, and Loba, Gurung happens to be the major group. Gurungs are usually Buddhists, with only a certain percent of Hindus. Therefore, all the major festivals of Grurungs are celebrated by them.

Trek Permits:

The Government of Nepal has made it compulsory for every trekker to have permits before trekking.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is mandatory while trekking the Annapurna route; without the permits, one is not liable to Trek.

Gears and types of equipment:

Alongside Courage, Annapurna Trek also requires some solid gears. These gears include: 

  • Hiking Boots

  • Trekking Stick

  • Jackets

  • Sleeping Bags

  • Water Bottle

  • Socks

  • Trousers and so on.

Also, bring your equipment such as:

  • Power Banks

  • Batteries

  • Charger etc.

One should always remember that Mountainous areas may lack certain or many facilities from the city area, and thus, one should compromise in such situations. Moreover, one should obtain relevant and precise information from a trustable website like ContentFactoryNepal.

What type of Flora and Fauna can you witness?

Home to 22 different types of forests, the Annapurna Conservation area houses subtropical sal forests to perennial snow. Similarly,55 species of plants are endemic. Endemic is only found in Nepal.

Annapurna Conservation Area houses about 101 species of mammals that range from rare to endangered. The fauna consists of Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Tibetan Wolf, Tigers, Elephants, Buffaloes, and various deer species. Likewise, flora includes birch, silver fir, Larch, and Hemlock.

Conclusion:

ABC happens to be one of the most classic trekking routes of all time and plays a significant role in Nepal's Tourism Industry. If the trekking is done in favorable conditions and seasons, then one can reap its maximum benefits. In contrast, without proper planning and in case of unfavorable weather, there are chances of heavy avalanches.

Likewise, trekking alone is also allowed but alongside a guide is highly recommended. The trekking agency provides all the necessary documents alongside required kits. Besides, for anything extra, a trekker should purchase it himself.

Travelling is not only for relaxation, but it is a quest to find oneself and know oneself better. The hustle and bustle lifestyle of the city, Annapurna Mountain Ranges awaits you patiently. Mountains are calling. When will you respond?