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About the Destination:
The host to not one, not two but six massive peaks of the Himalayas – The Annapurna Massif lies in the northern region of Nepal and Annapurna Base Camp trek is a stunning opportunity to relish the massif. Annapurna, a Sanskrit name, denotes to mean the Goddess of Fertility and indeed you will see the meaning manifest itself in full measure as you trudge through its terraced fields, gorges, and lush green forests.
While the peaks themselves stretch over 55km, the Annapurna base camp trek brings you within breath-taking distance of the 7,000m high ranges after a trek of 10-11 days. Few mountains can boast of the raw beauty that the base camp of Annapurna possesses! It brings you through oak, pine, rhododendron and merrily dancing rice fields to a silvery carpet of snow and capricious slopes of lush valleys. Annapurna range satiates your thirst for adventure with the unending peaks of the mountains right from Pokhara and before the start of the trek itself, you will be able to gain the picturesque beauty of all the mountain peaks. When you reach Ghandruk, the distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will be possibly seen.
Machapuchare, an important peak in the range is also known as the fish-tailed mountain and protected highly and tourists arrive here in plenty for its exquisite beauty. Natives believe that it is an abode of Lord Shiva. From the base camp of Machapuchare, one can capture the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Moreover, the Annapurna Base Camp is considered to hold a small cluster of lodges that offer the mystical sights of the Annapurna Glacier situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare.
On Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have a wide range of vegetation to be covered and the tricky, long trails that go through the variety of forests filled with rhododendron, fern and bamboo trees. After Sinuwa, while you enter Annapurna Sanctuary, nature becomes dense with seamless forests and greenery. There oak trees become dominant. The forests coming your way until you reach the Machapuchare Base Camp will have tall grass and tall trees along with some flowering ones as well to make your trails filled with happy smiles.
About the Trek:
The trail that progresses towards the Annapurna Base Camp is bedecked with scenery and sights of every kind imaginable. Steady and gradual climbs through its dense forests and fertile terrace fields bring us to be amazed by the majestic and upright peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Tadapani, Chomorong, Dowan, Jhinu, Nayapul and the main destinations like Machapuchare and the base camp are the spots you will stay overnight during the trek.
Traversing the scenic vistas, over the next six days you will be engaging yourselves trekking through carpeted ridges and ravines to arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) and finally towards the destination of this epic journey - Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is classified as a classic tea house trekking expedition since you will be staying in lodges that can accommodate around 25 people and they are run by locals.
- This trek is a great opportunity to interact with the local people and know the Buddhist culture prevailing in the villages and taste the local dishes.
- Since the trekking happens around a vast area of Annapurna Conservation Area, you will be able to spot many rare flora and fauna as it is home to 1226 species of plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 22 amphibians and so on.
- This is a trek attempted by hundreds of foreigners as well as natives and when it is October, the views become outstanding and the roads will be filled with so many people from all over the world. Experience diversities gets unified by this amazing trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather Conditions:
Most routes leading to the base camp have little danger by the snow cover but you must be cautious in the spring. At the lower elevations, spring brings joy with multiple flowers but at the top it will be filled with snow. It is a great time to do trekking during the months of spring season. Also, since it is located at a great height weather conditions are really fluctuating but autumn season experience quite a steady weather. Hence it is considered to be the most suitable time to do trekking.
At Pokhara, the day temperature will be between 15°C-20°C in October. Night temperatures will be 0 -5°C. It will fall to 0°C at Machapuchare Base camp and Annapurna Base camp. Snow cover will not be there to hinder you in October but if you choose April, then you will likely witness snow near to Machapuchare Base Camp and near ABC.
Temperature: Day: 15-20 °C and Night: 0-5°C
Maximum Altitude: 13,550 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun