Annapurna is the massive range of mountains with the highest peak of 8,000m. Annapurna is the tenth highest peak in the world. Annapurna mountain range is protected within Annapurna Conservation area which is the first and the largest conservative area in Nepal. Though Annapurna was the first ever 8,000m mountain to be climbed, the peak is considered as one of the most dangerous peaks in the world.
Annapurna Base Camp or ABC trek is one of the most adventurous and exciting treks you can experience. This trek is suitable for experienced trekkers and first-timers too. ABC trek should be on your bucket list because of several reasons which are mentioned below.
Most of the treks in Nepal are long, difficult and expensive. Even if you want to go for an adventurous trek, you might not be able to take a leave of about 16-17 days. But ABC trek is such a trek which can be completed in 6-7 days and this trek is equally adventurous and thrilling as other treks.
In Nepal, the treks are mostly in barren landscapes but ABC trek is the only trek which is forested. Trekkers will walk through a dense forest full of beautiful rhododendrons, bamboos, Modi river, gorges. Sometimes you only hear the sound of the river flowing, you see some vegetations you’ve never seen. The sights are astounding. So, ABC trek is more than just mountain view.
People with average fitness level can also complete this trek with ease. The trek can be categorized as moderately difficult. There’s lots of up and downs during the treks but if you choose the route wisely and didn’t rush, you won’t have any problem. But do prepare yourself before going for trekking because you have to walk a lot. After all, it’s trekking to the mountain base.
It is not a high altitude trek so, it’s accessible even in winter. The suitable time to go for ABC trek is March-May and October-December. At these time, the weather is suitable for trekking and the mountain view is spectacular. Not only Annapurna massif but Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain is also visible from ABC. The peak has a fishtail shape and is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Many other mountains are also visible so it’s a worthy trek.
There’s a thick settlement of Gurung people in the Annapurna region. You will get to experience typical Nepali ethnic culture, traditional lifestyle, food, and hospitality of Gurung people. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the sources of income for most of the locals. You will love the green and tranquil village, far from the busy cities.
If you take a route from Jhinu Danda, then you’ll get an exotic experience there. You can have the privilege of bathing in the natural hot springs which is one of the trekkers attracting feature of this place. Give your body muscles some rest, relax and soak out all the exhaustion into the hot spring. You will surely celebrate that wonderful feeling for a long time.
Now, you know why you should have ABC trek on your bucket list and you might already be making plans at the back of your head. But, don’t hasten, it’s clever to acquire as much information as you can before you head to the ABC trek.