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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
Arrival at Kathmandu, Sightseeing
You will be touching down at Tribhuvan Airport at Kathmandu and will be transferred to the Hotel therefater. Spend the day exploring this fascinating capital city of Nepal and take out some time for shopping; spend the night at the hotel.
Your guide picks you up at your hotel early in the morning and escorts you to the bus station to catch a comfortable standard tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head west of the Kathmandu Valley and continue towards Western Nepal, following the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River. On arrival at Pokhra, check in to the hotel and spend the day resting.
Stay at a Tea House
You will leave Pokhara around 8:30 AM by car. The road whirls through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hours to the start of the trek at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi River that comes down from Annapurna Base Camp and the Burungdi River. We follow Burungdi upstream climbing gradually for about 4-5 hours to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a charming little village full of lodges where you spend the night.
Poon Hill, Annapurna Ranges
Start the early morning trek to Poon Hill after which breakfast is served. Have your breakfast while surrounded by the majestic views of Machapuchare, Dhaulagiri, Nilagiri and other mountains of the Annapurna Range. From there you will be progressing towards Tadapani. through thick forests of Pine, Rhododendron before descending down towards Deorali. Crossing the village of Banthanti, you will arrive at Tadapni, where you will spend the night at a Tea house.
Short Trekking, Modi Khola, Kimrung Khola
One can breathe easy today as there is not much trekking today. We trek down a descent into Kimrung Khola, moving ahead to cross the bridge and head to the west bank of Modi Khoda in an upward ascent. Finally we reach Chhomrong village which is just below the ridge. Overnight stay at the Tea house.
Long Treks, Sunawa Forest
Today is a long day as you will be trekking from Chhonrong to follow a step side descent over a suspension bridge and enter a dense forest called Sunawa Forests. The landscape is covered with Bamboo and rhododendron and terraced fields. From there you will be progressing towards abandoned check post called Kuldi and then the village of Bamboo, famous for its Bamboo tress before reaching Dovan, which will be your destination for the day.
Machapuchre Base Camp, Hinku Caves, Annapurna I and II, Gangaapurna Machapurche
Begin your trek for the day passing hrough a lush green forest covered with pine and rhododendrons and reaching Hinku cave. Going further the path gets narrower, till Modi Khola and then becomes a steep ascent to reach the base camp of Machapuchre. Store the magnanimous views of the peaks of Annapurna I and II, Gangaapurna and also Machapurche in your mind, as you rest overnight at Tea house.
Trekking, Annapurna Base Camp
An easy day at work and a beautiful trek towards the Annapurna Base camp begins as you move uphill and walk past the river beside the glacial deposits. It is a pleasant walk and soon we reach the Annapurna base camp and stand surrounded by the mighty Himalayas that fill you with awe and wonder; overnight stay at Tea house.
Downhill trekking, Bamboo village
After getting amazed and humbled by the mighty Himalayas today you will commence on a sharp descent to the village of Bamboo. The descend will be swift and takes less time but be careful on your legs as they may get injured due to the sharp incline. Overnight stay at Tea house.
Downward Treks, Natural Water Springs
Commencing on the journey downwards, you will be retracing your steps to head towards the village of Chhomrong and reach Jhinu where the natural springs will act like a balm for sore spots. Let nature do its bit for you as you spend the night at a tea house.
Steep trekking, Stay at a Tea House
From Jhinu, you traverse 5 hours along the Modi River to Nayapul from where you started your trek. You will be picked up by car for a drive back to Pokhara.
Spend a leisure day and do some cherish-able sightseeing.
On the final leg of the trek, drive back to Kathmandu alongside Trishuli River.
Spend a leisure evening in Kathmandu.
Get a flight back to Delhi and thus your tour ends.
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What is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
September to October and April to May are the best months for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp since these months provide good climatic conditions and nice trekking trails without many hindrances made by snow or avalanche. There will be a lot of flowers bloomed during April-May and in October, the weather will be moderately colder but snow cover will be absent.
What is the difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
ABC trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek as different topographies are included in this trek. Moving from a lower elevation to the highest at 13550 feet will be a tough task and the routes are going through dense forest, steep climbs and unwinding, rustic pathways through villages. Each day, you will trek for an average of 6 hours and it can easily make you tired by the end of the day.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
You will need a better physical fitness, not which of athletes but still with proper cardio vascular power and flexibility to muscles. You need to have great strength to conquer the forest trails, steps, steep ascents and descents easily. The high altitudes will have a problem of low oxygen level too. Hence your lungs should be working very well. Strength to carry the backpack and climb the ascents is also needed. Jogging, stretching exercises, squats, swimming and skipping can help you build a physically fit body to ABC trek.
How is Annapurna Base Camp Trek weather?
Mostly, a colder weather can be experience at Annapurna Base Camp since the wide thickets and snow covered peaks are there everywhere. During the on-season for the trek, the temperature level will be higher than in winter and monsoon and it will give sunny days. In spring and autumn, the day temperature may vary from 10-20 degree Celsius and night temperature from 0-5 degree Celsius.
What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry from my end?
Trekking shoes, Backpack (40-60 litres), Three warm layers, Three trek pants, Three collared t-shirts, Thermals, Sunglasses, Synthetic hand gloves, Socks (2 pairs), Headlamp/LED torch, Trekking pole, Daypack (20 litres), Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, Two water bottles, Plastic covers and medicine kit with some of the following medicines: Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS), Dexamethasone – one strip, Nifedipine – 5 tablets, Crocin – 6 tablets (fever), Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness), Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies), Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea), Band aid – 10 strips, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 10 packets, Moov spray and betadine.
Which type of shoes should I carry for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
It is advised to carry only trekking shoes instead of sports shoes for ABC Trek. Shoes with good soles that have a greater grip on the rough terrains and a strong ankle support can be used. Avoid buying new shoes because it can cause blisters. Try walking wearing the trekking shoes before you come for the activity. Forclaz 100, 500 and 600 are some of the good trekking shoes that can be used for this trek.
When will there be snow on this trek?
If you are selecting the spring season, there will be snow near the base camp only and at Machapuchare base also. But in October, there will be likely no snow cover. In winter, there will be really thick snow sheets everywhere en route to the summit.
What will we do if it rains?
While on the trek, if it rains, you will be continuing as per the itinerary along the same trail. Use the poncho to protect your from the rain. The plastic covers with you can protect your backpack. If the rain is heavy and not able to proceed with the trek, the trek leader will ask you take a halt at a nearby place and in this case, you can take a buffer day to complete the trek.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol on Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Consuming alcohol while you trek to the high altitudes and in cold climatic conditions will be dangerous to your body. Also, consuming alcohol will make you dehydrate fast since it makes your pores in the body open and get the cold inside. It is always better to avoid drinking alcohol while trekking and most of the travel agencies prohibit the consumption of alcohol.
Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?
Yes. There are millions of chances for you to feel altitude sickness since all of a sudden you experience a change in altitude and climate. To escape from the uneasiness happened due to acute mountain sickness, you should have Diamox handy and drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated.
What are the clothing and equipment that need to be purchased from our end?
Carry jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the spine chilling cold weather at Kuari Pass. Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc can be the essential equipment you can carry from your side.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness, Diamox is a must medicine you should have handy. You will be reaching a height of about 13550 feet after staying at a lower elevation in the beginning of the trek and it will be great if you have 10-12 diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness. How do I get in shape?
How do I get in shape?
ABC trek considered to be a moderate to difficult trek and there is no other way except getting really prepared for the trek to avoid problems en route. Start with cardio vascular exercises and jogging is the best to increase your lungs capacity. Make sure you are jogging every day and increase the distance and speed combination each day. Also do some normal exercises like squats, skipping, swimming that would strengthen your muscles and make you flexible. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshner will also be provided.
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