Nepal is a small and landlocked country. Nepal is an underdeveloped country rich in natural resources situated between the two most powerful and developed nations- India and China. As Nepal is a landlocked country and you cannot dream to sleep at the beach and flaunt your summer body. Despite that Nepal is still able to position itself as the second richest country in the world in terms of water resources.
But more than water resources, Nepal is famous for the wide Himalaya range found here. Nepal has been known for its massive mountain peaks in the world. Eight mountain peaks of Nepal are listed as among the top ten highest peaks in the world. In fact, it is the identity of Nepalese whenever they go to other countries.
Out of the ten Himalayan range which consists of uncountable numbers of mountain peaks- highest and lowest, the Annapurna Himalayan region is one of them. Most of the people that intend to come to Nepal, usually plan to trek in this region. Along with the Everest base camp trek, the Annapurna base camp Trek is equally famous among tourists. The massive Himalayan view this region provides is irreplaceable and unexplainable. Whenever I try explaining the beauty and the view or the fee of being in this region, I always run out of enough adjectives.
Geography of Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna base camp is 40 kilometers far from this region as it is situated in the northern part of the very famous tourist site of Nepal. Located 4,000 meters above sea level, this oval-shaped plateau is surrounded by a panoramic view of the ring of mountains, most of which exceed 7,000 meters in height.
The Annapurna sanctuary has so many ecosystems living there because of the fluctuating landscape where you can encounter heights and depths. Besides, the duration of the sun-rays, touching its surface is only 7 hours as the base camp is surrounded by massive mountains from all sides. The north-facing slopes of this area are dry while the south-facing is a treat to watch with a rich sub-tropical forest of bamboo and rhododendron.
Along with being such a beautiful sight, the Annapurna sanctuary is believed to be a place of gods and goddesses. People believe that there is Lords Shiva’s home at the entrance to the Machhapuchhre Himal. Further, according to a popular mythological story, Sherpa and Tamang people believe that there are lots of gold and treasures in this rage and it is their responsibility to secure it. It is as mentioned above a sacred place but as it is the entrance or doorway to the famous Annapurna base camp, the number of people exploring this sanctuary has increased gradually. Alongside foreigners, local people are also now into trekking and they explore this base camp too.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary
1st Day: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu
2nd Day: Kathmandu Drive to Pokhara (6-7 hours)
3rd Day: Pokhara Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (2,050 m), 5-6 hours
4th Day: Tikhedhunga Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m), 6-7 hours
5th Day: Ghorepani Trek to Tadapani(2,600 m), 5-6 hours
6th Day: Tadapani Trek to Chhomrong (2,100 m), 4-5 hours.
7th Day: Chhomrong Trek to Bamboo (2,310 m), 5-6 hours.
8th Day: Bamboo Trek to Deurali (3,230 m), 5-6 hours.
9th Day: Deurali Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m), 5-6 hours.
10th Day: Annapurna Base Camp Trek to Bamboo (2,310 m), 6-7 hours.
11th Day: Bamboo Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m), 4-5 hours.
12th Day: Jhinu Danda Trek to Nayapul (5-6 hours) and Drive to Pokhara (1:30 hours)
13th Day: Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu. (6-7 hours)
14th Day: Departure from Tribhuvan International Airport
Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
While reading the above paragraphs you must have wondered about the best season to get to Annapurna base camp. I would strongly recommend you to visit this base camp during the season of pre-monsoon and post-monsoon.
The pre-monsoon occurs during the month of Late February to May and while the post-monsoon occurs from late September to early December. Make sure you do not visit this place during monsoon because it receives more rainfall and it will act as a barrier to your successful trek.
Special Features of ABC Trek
As I already have said, whenever people plan to come to Nepal and plan for a trek, their two most common priorities are Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp. You also must be wondering about which base camp would be better for you to trek. Well, there must be some personal reasons as well but let me tell you some of the reasons why Annapurna base camp makes it a better place than Everest Base Camp Trek.
Why Choose ABC?
If you are a person who loves to enjoy not only the views of snow-capped mountain ranges but also loves to enjoy the landscape, forest, diversified flora, and fauna, then Annapurna base camp is for you. As you have to extend from the Annapurna Sanctuary, you won’t really get the chance to know more about the lifestyle of people living near the mountains.
But the fact that the sanctuary is a rich diversified place with some of the rare species in the world it, is bamboo and the rhododendron forest. So visiting this base camp during the month of March and April will be more sensible as you will get to see the very beautiful rhododendrons adding color to not only the whole vistas but also to your trek. You will widely get to see the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron anywhere in the Annapurna sanctuary.
Other than that, the Annapurna base camp is also a place of preference for people who do not really want to trek for longer days. The Everest base camp trek can take about 15 – 20 days while the Annapurna base camp trek will only last for 10 – 15 days. It might be very tiring for you as the landscape of the Annapurna base camp is quite strenuous. You will need some physical strength for the journey to Everest base camp, but no specific physical strength is required for the Annapurna expedition. Your willingness to reach the top is what drives you on this trek.
Annapurna Trekking with Family
Annapurna base camp is suggested to a wide age group. A Kid of 7 years can also climb this mountain and an old person of the age below 80 years can also do this trek. Please do not start to think about the uric acid or cholesterol and think that I am lying. The age limitations are listed for a general case. Had you ever thought of going on a trek with all your family members..?? Definitely not, this is the magic of Annapurna base camp, in fact, the magic of Nepal. Our trips not only make you fall in love with natural beauty but brings your family and relations together.
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