Monday, 21 May 2018

Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

A country blessed with the snowy tapestry of mighty Himalayas- Nepal is truly a land of wonders. From the pale arid desert-like terrains of Dolpo and Mustang to the snowy vastness of majestic Himalayas up north, Nepal’s many virtues contribute elegantly to the country’s enigmatic environments. That is why Trekking in Nepal is considered as one of the most beautiful adventures in the world. As a matter of fact, thousands of trekkers from all parts of the planet visit Nepal to do treks and hikes. Not only that, but Nepal is also famous for its cultural resplendence. In fact, multiculturalism in Nepal is manifested in many forms like music, dances, costumes and festivals that are scattered all over the country. In point of fact, Nepal Treks- like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, are a perfect blend of all of the best aspects that the nation presents.

Likewise, there are many treks that one can do in the Land of the Himalayas. There are certainly no lacks of amazing trekking adventures when it comes to visiting Nepal. You can choose from a wide variety of treks that all present their own features and unique aspects in terms of terrains, the Himalayan beauty and the culture. Furthermore, among the many treks that you can choose from- the most famous and sought-after treks are the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek among many.

Correspondingly, if you are looking for an easy trek to experience the majesty of the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal, then the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the one for you! There are certainly many reasons why the ABC Trek has managed to capture the hearts and minds of many trekkers all across the globe, but here- we shall discuss the Top 7 Reasons Why You Should do Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal. Well-deserving of its popularity- the trek to the base camp of Mount Annapurna presents a journey filled with varied features of amazing natural beauty and hill culture distinct from the rest of the nation. In fact, about two-thirds of the total visitors of Nepal prefer trekking or visiting the Annapurna region, such is the region’s natural and cultural ethos!

#1 The Annapurna Base Camp

One of the main reasons to absolutely adore the famed Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the base camp itself. The journey to the base camp consists of steady trekking routes that pass through the region’s villages and naturally brimming terrains. The base camp is a beautiful snowy amphitheatre of grand mountain peaks and cerulean glaciers as far as the eye can see. The blackened rocks covered by thick onsets of snow at the base camp makes one feel like they are at an alien planet- such is the beauty and splendor of the final destination of the ABC Trek.  

#2 The Annapurna Panorama

Poon Hill
Sunrise from Poon Hill.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a journey that is ornamented every step of the way with the gorgeous views and sights of the mighty Annapurna massif and its many neighboring peaks. From the very beginning of the trek from Pokhara, prominent mountain peaks like the Machhapuchhre and the Nilgiri along with the massif of the Annapurna Himal grace the distant skyline in a spectacular fashion. The mountain range itself includes numerous peaks with colossal heights and impressive length that bound and border the region of Annapurna.  

Similarly, the vantage point of Poon Hill is one of the most famous vantage points of the region from where you can see the entire panorama of the Annapurna Himal laid out like a dramatic upholstery. Trekkers usually visit the vantage point in the early dusk to witness the amazing phenomenon of the sunrise over the peaks. The rays of the sun change the dazzling white of the Himalayas into a cascade of molten ember!   

#3 The Annapurna Base Camp Trek- a.k.a., the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek because you walk along the protected area’s trail. It is considered as one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the world- protecting not only the floral and faunal species of the land, but also its natural environment and the local ethnic culture. Sitting at an altitude of 4,000 meters, the Sanctuary is an oval-shaped plateau that is surrounded by a ring of the Annapurna Mountains. Due to its unique terrain, trekking through it presents you with a flourishing Himalayan ecosystem that consists of lush woodlands blended with drier terrains.

#4 The Prominent Ethnic Culture

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be considered as much of a spiritual journey as an adventurous one. Throughout the journey, you can enjoy and experience local ethnic Gurung and Magar cultures at small settlements and villages. As you walk along the verdant trails that are decorated with rhododendron canopies, you can also come across Thakali and Loba people who have dainty villages at the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas. Encountering small chortens and gumbas, the trekking trail is a tranquil journey of exotic traditions that transports you to another time. Gliding farmlands and terrace rice farms are also a common sight while trekking, and thick pine and bamboo forests make the adventure a relaxing escape away from the bustling cities.

#5 Easy Accessibility of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu  

The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the beautiful city of Pokhara, which lies just 5 to 6 hours away from the capital. You can reach Pokhara city from Kathmandu via road or via plane as well. The easy accessibility of the trek makes it an ideal choice for many trekkers as the chances of any flight cancellations or delays are greatly reduced. The trekking journey is also massively feasible with good communication services and safety.

#6 The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trip

Unlike other high-altitude trekking adventures that carry with them a chance of suffering from High Altitude Sickness, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a comparatively moderate trip. Although the trail does consist of uphill and down-hill trekking, the chance of suffering from Mountain Sickness is near to being unlikely. Besides, the trekking trails are relatively easier as well, with no rough terrains that adorn the region. On the contrary, the trekking trails to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are more-or-less flatlands that mainly consist of crossing silvery brooks and vast woodlands as you make your way to the base camp. 

#7 Dainty teahouses

ABC trek
At the Base Camp of Annapurna.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek presents a teahouse experience that some might say is even better than that of another popular trekking adventure of Nepal- the Everest Base Camp Trek. Going from one teahouse to the next as you continue along your journey to the base camp, you will find that the services along the trip cover a larger aspect of comfort comparatively. On routes with sufficient number of tea houses, you don’t need to worry about bringing a tent or carrying your own food along the journey. As the actual quality of the teahouse varies quite a bit depending on the amount of foot traffic in the region, numbers of foreigners and competition, the teahouses along the ABC Trek are very comfortable and great places to relax after a long day of trekking. Enveloped in a home-stay feeling- the teahouses are also places where you can meet other trekkers and enjoy a little warmth from the stove while you eat or enjoy a beer in the evening before sleeping.

In conclusion, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking adventures that presents the best of the region’s natural and cultural aspects in a comfortable and relatively easy form for people of all ages and experiences to enjoy and immerse themselves in the beauty and allure of the great Annapurna Himalayas. The trek is best done during the spring and autumn seasons of Nepal, which lasts from March to May and September to December respectively. Moreover, if you want to experience the mountains during the summer or winter, you can also opt for the low altitude trek in the region that captures the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas just as well as the high-altitude treks do. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek presents vast amounts of virtues and features that are just too good to miss out on!    

2 responses to “Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek”

  1. Dear Sir,

    We have a group of 5 Indian nationality .

    please suggest suitable package for seven days trekking until Annapurna base camp and which will be the best month to TREK.

    We currently live in DELHI.


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