Annapurna Base Camp Trek probably the best legendary and classical treks in the world offers breathe stopping Mountain View, give opportunity to experience the typical Nepali village, local people and their way of living traditional life in Himalaya of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp route goes passing through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, lush green Rhododendron, bamboo and alpine forests to the trip’s last and final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m ( 13546ft.)
The trail is equally a delight for natural experiences. On the third day of our trekking, we leave our luggage in hotel at Ghorepani for Poon Hill excursion before dawn to catch the spectacular sun rise. Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints in this trek for a sun-rise view and mountain vista. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Range and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) to the northern part and the Butterfly Peaks in the far western part are all visible from atop Poon Hill. (SHOULD YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU REACH ABC, in this part?). Finding yourself in the base giant Annapurna I (8091m) with 360 degree Mountain View is terrifically beautiful that is beyond your imagination that is an unforgettable lifetime mountain holiday experience in Nepal.
There is a natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda, you can cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that ease away your aches and pains.
People and Culture
The locals we will encounter in Annapurna Base Camp Route are mix ethnic groups; there are Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevations and Mongoloid Himalayan people in Himalaya. Mostly there are Gurung and Magar people in the area, famous for Gurkha regiment. If you would like to explore more cultural and traditional heritages in Himalaya then Wilderness Excursion suggest you to trek to Langtang, Manaslu, and Everest region. But no doubt that Annapurna is the best for scenery as some 55000 people trek there every year.
Getting there and away
Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara – second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hike in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several fligts daily from Kathmandu to Pokhara which cost USD 122.00 per person. About 7-8 hours drive by tourist bus. Local buses and micro buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3pm. Green Line Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and other tourist buses lives every morning. Wilderness Excursion arrange and handle everything on your request.
How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Regarding the difficulty of this trek, it is very moderate and doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness levels so anyone can enjoy and take pleasure in nature walking during this trek. Also, those who are traveling with children can also get pleasure from this trek. Trekking Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani allows your body to get adapted and acclimatized with high altitude. Also it helps you to keep your body in better shape and you can tackle physically depending aerobic walk in thin air area. Visitor having previous trekking experience with fit body can trek it in within short period of time. The highest elevation we will reach is 4130 meter from sea level.
When to trek?
From mid-September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. June to August (monsoon) is the rainy months but this time is best for keen botanists and has clear sky sometimes. During the hike, it offers grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers during month of March, April and May. The view of Mt. Dhaulagiri with the rising sun shining on it.
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