Planning for a couple of week moderate adventures across foothills of Himalayas with family, individual or school group? Then the Annapurna Base Camp is the one for you! Annapurna base camp or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the most amazing destination trip presenting an awesome display of sheer raw power of Nature.
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp incorporates the diverse terrain, wildlife, spectacular blend of milky white snow peaks scenery to primitive Himalayan culture. The natural landscape, the pristine culture and the series episode of distinctive flora and fauna along the trail affirms that the world famous Annapurna Base Camp trek is once in a lifetime quest and should be on the top of your bucket list.
There are several reasons why the ABC Trek has been glorious to draw the heart and interest of myriad trekkers every year. Here are top ten reasons why you should do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
The Annapurna Massif
The ABC Trek is a journey is adorned every step of the way with the majestic views and wonders of the immense Annapurna massif and its several adjacent peaks. ABC trek let in you to appreciate the magnificence of Annapurna massif.
When the trekker’s summit at ABC, you will literally feel overwhelmed when you stand beneath the shadow of the world’s 10th highest mountain, encircled by snow and immense openness under the flawless sky. The trekkers would definitely forget that it took 4-5 days to get at the base camp.
Ghorepani Poonhill: The vantage point for sunrise and rich culture
During the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, we trek to the charming and the culturally rich Ghorepani. This valley offers the awe-inspiring views of the world highest peak with an unforgettable experience of the Gurung and Magar community’s warm hospitality, culture, and tradition programs which make your adventure trek more interesting and unforgettable.
Another prominent part of Annapurna Base Camp trek is the Poon Hill. It is the famous vantage point where you can witness stunning sunrise and sunset.
Trekkers usually visit the view-point in the early morning to witness the amazing wonder of the sunrise over the peaks. Poonhill provides the 360-degree views of the globe highest Mt Annapurna. Apart from this, the trekkers can take relish of magnificent closer views of Mt Manaslu, Mt Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and other neighboring peaks.
The trail of Annapurna Base Camp mingles with diverse and beautiful landscape. The initial days of the trek are spent on well-defined trails walking through a blanketed forest of bamboo, oak and fern. In spring, the entire ridge is filled with beautiful flowers including the Rhododendron, Orchids and many more vibrant flowers.
Trekking through forests which occasionally open up to sections of terraced farmlands.
The sound of cascading waterfalls and river on the way takes away all of your tiredness and revitalize with positive energy.
Machhapuchhre is considered as a sacred mountain associated with Hindus main god Lord Shiva and the dwelling place of Shiva. The name Machhapuchhre literally translates to ‘fishtail’ in English. The peak of the mountain is formed like a tail of a fish which is most clearly noticeable from the southwest of the mountain. Macchapucchre Mountain is the most appealing and regarded as ‘virgin peak’ since climbing is prohibited on this mountain.
For completing Annapurna Base Camp Trek we should traverse the Machhapuchhre base Camp Trek which presents the close view of this distinct and beautiful peaks.
Nothing gets better than treating yourself at hot spring water in Jhinu Danda bounded by the natural sights. This natural hot spring nestled at the bank of river Modi Khola below the village Jhinu Danda. It is likely to assume that one who dip their body into this medicinal hot pool rejuvenate weary muscles and heal from aches. Hot water originates from the heart of the mountain that is connected to the pool. The trekkers can relax and enjoy the hot water observing the natural marvels around.
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4,130m) is the stunning adventure journey to the Annapurna region of Nepal where you can enjoy the full- view of Annapurna range with its close of view of nearby peaks like Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easily accessible via land and air surface. The trekkers have opted to have both short and the long trek to the Annapurna. If you have limited time and would like to witness the closer view of Annapurna mountain flight is an option that offers the stunning views Mount Annapurna and neighboring peaks like Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Machhapuchhre and Manaslu.
The beautiful ethnic Culture & tradition of the Villages
Not just the adventurous journey, however, the ABC trek also reflected the cultural journey as, throughout the trek, one gets to experience the special culture and tradition of picturesque ethnic villages. The Gurung and Magar ethnic groups mostly inhabited in this region.
However as you trek along you meet with different other groups as well. Exploring the diverse culture of the Himalayas is an amazing experience one can ever obtain in their life.
Stone paved staircases are specialties of any Gurung community or village. Indeed, you will feel great with the warm hospitality, generosity and friendly behavior of Magar and Gurung people during your trek.
Moderate Trek, Suitable for all kinds of Trekkers
Unlike many of the high altitude adventures available in Nepal, ABC trek is a comparatively moderate trek with equal or more incredible adventure experience. The trekking path is moderately easier which makes the trek fit for all kinds of trekker from individual to family or solo group.
Dainty Tea Houses and social interaction
ABC trek is equally admired as the best way to experience the feeling of staying and eating at the teahouse. After a long day hike, trekkers get to rest comfortably in the lodge which provides a distinct experience.
The tea houses along the trails are family-owned and generally of good quality. More comfort hotels are also available in the trek. Staying in these hotels during your trek to Annapurna is referred to as “Annapurna Trek with comfort. The tea houses offer scrumptious fast food, snacks, and local dishes. It will leave with an appetizing experience that you’ll certainly remember for a long time.
Apart from meals and accommodation, you get to interact with diverse trekkers coming from different corners of the globe. And feel a little warmth from the stove while you eat or enjoy at the evening before sleeping.
Surround with many floras and faunas
You get an opportunity to make your way through diversified vegetation, blanketed forest of varied trees, cascading waterfalls and streams. Most importantly blossoming rhododendron trees during spring will definitely blow the mind of trekkers. During a couple of days at base camp, you will witness snow else the greenery atmosphere will enthrall you from every corner.
The region is a habitat of exotic wildlife like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, langur monkey, spotted deer, red panda, and pheasants. Along the way, you can witness the group of mules carrying heaps of goods, on steep flagstone road.