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Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp

Nepal is very well known for adventures and trekking. So, for the first time trekkers who are heading to Nepal, the first question that will strike their mind is Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp? Well, the latter is considered to be the best choice for those who want to avoid the chilling temperatures.

At 4130 meters, the Annapurna Base Camp stands out to be the highest point of the trek. The base camp is set amidst the beautiful and domineering peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Machapuchhre (6933 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), and Hiunchuli (6411m). In order to trek to the base camp of Annapurna, it usually takes 7 to 14 days based on the itinerary and the time and length of walking days.

Guide to the Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna base camp, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, is one of the most popular destinations for Trekking in Nepal. In fact, no other trek offers the complete perfect flux of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenes as the trek offers.

The journey starts from Nayapul, 90-minute drive from Pokhara and then going north up to Gorepani and the famous viewpoint Poon Hill. From Gorepani, trekkers need to go eastward to Chomrong and then again to the north by entering the Modi Kola Valley that finally leads to the base camp.

Facts about the Trek

The base camp is located to the west of the Mardi Himal Trek route. This trek requires the mountaineers and trekkers to pass through the quiet villages, mountain farms, dense lush forests, and blooming rows of flowers. To trek to this base camp requires one to go uphill during the first part of the trek, then through flat terrains, and after that downhill.

Things to Know About the Trek

The trek is relatively short which can be easily completed within 12 days by the regular trekkers and for those who want to make small halts in between for them the trek will take 14 days. In fact this trek offers a completely new experience to the trekkers and mountaineers alike. One gets the chance to behold the magnificent high-raising Himalayan peaks from close quarters. This trekking offers the trekkers with a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains.

The trekking route usually takes one through the villages of Gurung and Magar. Stopping by these villages provides an opportunity to have a glimpse of the various cultural groups. In fact, the trekking trail passes along the terraced rice paddy fields, lush forests of Rhododendron, scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes along with the mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Range. The treks main attraction includes Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.

Tips for Trekking To the Annapurna Base Camp

The best season for the trek is autumn and spring. Huge number of trekkers visits the Annapurna region during the months of September to November and March to May. During the monsoons, the trek gets highly affected, so it’s best avoiding the trek during this season.