Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Overview of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered the second most popular trek in Nepalese highlands after the Everest Base Camp Trek. Nestled amidst the gigantic Annapurna Massifs in western Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides an amazing opportunity to experience rural life of Kaski district and gaze at the enigmatic beauty of the Himalayan mountains of the west. This trek traverses through small settlements along the trails that are mainly inhabited by Gurung and Magar people of the region. As most of the Himalayan treks that follows rivers to its origin , Annapurna Base Camp trek follows through the river basin of Modi Khola river until it reaches the river’s glacial origin at Annapurna Base Camp. The trail pierces through Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) located in the northern vicinity of the city of Pokhara.
The term “Annapurna” is referred to powerful Hindu goddesses of food and rationing also known as incarnation of goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Nepalese regards mountains as form of god and goddesses as they worship all forms of natural elements: Rock, Soil, Heat and Air. Annapurna Sanctuary is an arcadia for nature lovers. This region is filled with natural wonders that is sure to suffice the need of any trekkers. From high mountain to deep gorges to lush forests to untamed animals, Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides for your adventure needs.
Your trek to the base of Mt. Annapurna begins from the submissive city of Pokhara. It heads westward through Pokhara-Muktinath highway for about 2 hrs until you reach Nayapul. Nayapul is crossroad which separates the path for Upper Mustang Trek, Poonhill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The road after Nayapul is gravelled and caliche topped with lots of bumps and potholes covering a distance of 8 kms before you reach Jhinu. Jhinu is village which sits atop small hill with tropical vegetation. This will the starting point of your trek. We take a steep ascend from Jhinu to reach Chomrong, a beautiful village that overlook Annapurna South(7219m / 23684 ft). Chomrong is a hotspot and bustling village with dense settlement of Magars and Gurungs. The trail then descends from Chomrong to cross Chomrong River and starts to ascend through Rhododendron and bamboo forests. You traverse through rocky trail via Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali to reach Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). As you elevate more, the mountains magnify closer to your gaze. MBC is stationed right at the northern base of the famous Mt.Fishtail. There are very few teahouses in this stop and your journey heads further towards Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The trail from MBC to ABC follows through glacial moraines and glacial rivers flowing down to conflux with Modi Khola.
The Annapurna massifs are outwards bordered mountains creating a bowl shaped valley in between. Mt.Annapurna South (7219m), Macchapuchre (6993m) , Mt.Himchuli (6441m), Mt. Gandarva Chuli (6248m), Annapurna I (8091m) and Flute Peak (6501m) borders a picturesque valley in between them. Annapurna Base Camp sits right on top of this valley on the lap of might Mt. Annapurna I. ABC is pervaded with trekkers from all across the world during Autumn(Sept- Nov) and Spring (March- May). ABC is one of the best vantage point to gaze at these massifs and bestows the trekkers with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp requires a you to have TIMS ( Trekkers Informations Management System) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits. You will need these two documents for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): 3000 Nepalese Rupees (About $30)
- Trekkers Informations Management System (TIMS): 2000 Nepalese Rupees ( About $20)
Nepal receives 4 types of major weather, namely: Spring (March-May), Autumn ( Sept- Nov), Summer/Monsoon ( June- August), Winter ( Dec-Feb). The best time for trekking Annapurna Base Camp would be during the Spring and Autumn for it is the time the temperature is mild and the weather window is fabulous. Winter and Summer times in Nepal are the harshest with extreme temperature and unfavourable travel conditions.
The accommodation during Annapurna Base Camp Trek is in a teahouse. A teahouse is wooden built structure in the mountains for accommodation facilities. Similar to the mountain lodges in the European Alps, teahouses provide with private room and meals for travellers in trekking regions. These teahouses provide a limited food and beverage options. In Annapurna Base Camp Trek, your food and beverage options are limited to mostly Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Dal Bhaat Set( Rice, Lentil Soup, Curry and other sides) is usually preferred by most trekkers as it great value for money. You have other western dishes options too.
Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Drive from pokhara to jhinu and starting to walk chhommrong(2178 m/7146ft) 4-5hrs3-4hrs
Day 2: Trek from Chomrong to Dovan ( 2620m/ 8595 ft) 5-6Hrs
Day 3: Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (3700m/ 12129 ft) 6 Hrs
Day 4: Trek from Macchapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp ( 4130m/ 13550 ft) 3 Hrs
Day 5: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2620m/ 8595ft) 6 Hrs
Day 6: Trek from Dovan to Chomrong (2170m/ 7119 ft) 6 Hrs
Day 7: Trek from Chomrong to Jhinu Dada, Drive to Pokhara 6 Hrs
- All ground transportation with private vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation 3-Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Best available Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter and their food.
- Annapurna conservation area trekking Permit and TIMS.
- All entrance fee.
- A comprehensive medical kit box (FIRST AID-KIT)
- All applicable government and local taxes.
- Airfare (Domestic and International) and Nepalese visa fee.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenses (like telephone calls, internet, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any alcoholic beverages.)
- Extra hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (tipping is expected).
- Emergency rescue.
- Sleeping bag
- Feather jacket
- Waterproof trekking shoes
- Trekking Pole
- Couple of trekking shocks
- Personal care box
- Camera/Mobile/Binocular (Depend on you)
- Trekking Pants
- Water Purification pills
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