The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a very popular trek in Nepal as it covers the royal peak Mt. Annapurna, the 10th tallest mountain in the world. The locals of the country also refer the mountain as the goddess of harvest since the mineral=rich glacial water that comes out of the mountain helps them in harvesting which is their only source of survival.
Details of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is often regarded as an ideal trek for a novice trekker as it is easier and shorter than the other treks that are popular in Nepal. It is not a high altitude trek. The trekkers get a chance to get up, close and upfront with Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna Range, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri besides enjoying the diverse culture, wildlife, and terrain that comes as part and parcel of the trek. During spring, the valley is covered with beautiful Orchids and Rhododendron that also happens to be the national flower of Nepal.
From cascading waterfalls to natural springs, Machhapuchhre Massif to Kali Gandaki, there is a lot that is covered in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. While trekking the region, people get a chance to closely enjoy the warm local culture and learn about the different ethnicity, especially the Gurung people residing in the region around the Ghandruk museum.
Some facts you must know about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a Grade B trek, i.e. the trekking route is moderately difficult.
- Any healthy and fit individual can do the trek, irrespective of their prior trekking experience.
- The highest altitude that one reaches in the trek is the elevation of the Annapurna Base Camp at 4190m.
- The average walking hours per day on this trek are about 4 to 6 hours. It can come down to 3 to 4 hours on difficult trails and can also go up to 6 to 7 hours when the trail is easy and pleasant.
- The hot shower and battery charging facilities are available en route but you might have to shell out $1 to $2 for same. However, hot shower facilities are available for free at lower elevations.
- Internet access is available in most of the places of the ABC trek but remember that the connection is not seamless and you might lose it often.
- The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be visited any time of the year except the monsoons when the trail can become extremely slippery and risky. Also, the dark monsoon clouds can obstruct the beautiful views of the peaks around.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – The smaller version
Do not get surprised! There is actually something easier than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as well. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days is a smaller version of the standard Annapurna Base Camp trek.
It is an ideal choice for individuals who do not have enough time to complete the regular trek yet it guarantees all the fun and pleasure that one deserves. It covers Annapurna I, Annapurna South, the Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, the unclimbed Fang, and the Machhapuchhare also popularly called the fishtail peak. Besides these popular peaks, one also gets a chance to closely explore the diverse culture, vegetation, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region in Nepal.
Even though the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an easy trek, it is important not to ignore AMS or Altitude Sickness on the trek since it can affect anyone irrespective of the age or the level of fitness.