ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK EXPERIENCE
Annapurna sanctuary trek is another well-known name of Annapurna Base Camp trek, which is surrounded by the ring of high mountains above 7000mtrs. This summer I made my dream come true with this Himalayan base camp trek. Mountain lovers always dream of the Himalayan trek, it’s our dream to explore the Himalayas.
Welcome to Nepal! The Annapurna base camp is as challenging as it is beautiful. It is arguably still one of the best treks in the world which sees tens of thousands of people undertake it each year. If you open yourself to this experience, you will not be disappointed.
An overview of the trek, it takes 7-8 days approximately to complete the whole trek from Nayapul. The distance of route is 110 k.m.
The best time to trek here is March to April and October to November. We will need to organize our Trekker’s Information Management System card (TIMS) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We’ll be using these to check-in at various checkpoints along the trek.
I can only speak about my journey from Kathmandu, where we started with 5 in our group, But the process is very straightforward.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Obtained a ticket and the required paperwork from a clerk. Each card costs $20 USD approx. Brought 4 passport photos (2 for each permit) attested for permits. The whole process took me less than 1 hour.
Deciding on a guide is a personal choice. The decision is largely dependent on our confidence and physical condition. The Annapurna is a well-traveled route so I found a guide/Sherpa was not necessary.
I traveled with a group and found whenever we lost our way, there were friendly locals to point us in the right direction. However, a quality guide can be very helpful. They know all the shortcuts, the best places to eat and can help out negotiate with lodging etc.
Itinerary of Annapurna base camp trip for 8 days:
1st Day: Nayapul – Ulleri
2nd Day: Ulleri – Ghorepani
3rd Day: Ghorepani -Poonhill -Tadapani
4th Day: Tadapani – Chomrong
5th Day: Chomrong – Doban
6th Day: Doban – MBC
7th Day: MBC – Annapurna Sanctuary – Chomrong
8th Day: Chomrong – Nayapul
Day 1: From Nayapul
The exciting trip starts. After leaving nayapul, the mountain trek begins with lots of stairs and uphills.The hiking through Annapurna base camp is one of the most popular treks in the world. So, the trails and sanctuary are well preserved. there are a lot of stairs, paving stones, some bridges and signs in many places to make your experience better.
In the evening when we reached ulleri the locals welcomed us with the bright celebration of dances, songs and excellent performances.
Day 2: From Ulleri to Ghorepani
The journey continued uphill, with a lot of stairs. The journey is full of beautiful greenery and rice paddies.
At Ghorepani made few friends, lot of interesting people and cultures. We slept in the village by finding some
Day 3: Ghorepani – Poon Hill –Tadapani
Th sunrise over the mountains of poon hill are the must watch, so we wake up early morning and started towards Tadapani, the sunrise was extreme from the viewpoint, which is very spectacular. the sky began to clear up so we could partially see the big mountains for the first time.
At Tadapani made some more friends that day.
Day 4: Tadapani to Chomrong
We kept our hike going up and down before getting to the village of Chomrong, situated in the valley that leads directly to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Chomrong is quite loved by hikers because of the really good bakery there. I remember how we enjoyed a cinnamon roll and a raspberry cake.
Day 5: Chomrong to Doban
Lush cliffs and rivers around us, a valley ahead constantly calling us. So we are near to our endpoint. The valley is so fascinatingly beautiful.
Day 6: Doban to Machapuchare base camp
As we walked through, the valley became very narrow or that’s our feeling all the mountains rise high, made us feel like it ’s terrible.
And last we arrived at MBC, at 3700 meters. It is the highest altitude I ever slept at, but no sickness problems. It was a great excitement being so close to Annapurna base camp.
Day 7: MBC – ABC – Chomrong
We woke up early in the morning to reach Annapurna camp. It is less than 2 hours.
Just before sunrise, there we were, enjoying the Annapurna Sanctuary, situated at 4,130 meters high, deep in the heart of the frozen mountains.
It is a high plateau surrounding by huge peaks in all directions.
Gently, the sun rose, coloring the crests of the mountains. The sky opened and the show began. Definitely, one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life.
After having a hot ginger tea and realizing what we had just seen, we were ready to return. We walked on and on until we got back to Chomrong.
Day 8: Chomrong – Nayapul
The last day was very tiring our bodies needed a break but it was a long day of walking before getting back to Nayapul and taking a bus to Pokhara. In the end, we left the mountains with our legs destroyed but big smiles on our faces.
It took us 10USD a day in our stays and different places of our journey. In most of the places, we were accommodation free.For hot showers and heaters, it was charged.There are some amazing hot springs in Jhinudanda. You can experience some spectacular views in your trek.
TIPS I CAN GIVE YOU:
- Get a travel insurance before you visit Nepal.
- Poon hill route will be very helpful in completing the trip easily so that you can visit beautiful landscapes.
- The trail is well marking that you don’t need a guide for it.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Altitude sickness is possible although it is not a high altitude.
- December to January and June to August are not preferable for trekking here.
Getting ready for the trek (backpacking):
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport sized photos are very necessary.
Hand sanitizer, lip balm, face and body moisturizer, lightweight towel, toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, sanitary pad.
- Money in cash.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, scarf.
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers.
- Comfortable walking shoes, running shoes.
- Socks thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination.
- Lightweight thermal gloves.
- Underwear and shorts.
- Long sleeved shirt.
- Heavyweight wool jacket.
- Trekking boots and laces.
- Lightweight long trousers.
- First Aid Kit and Regular medicines.
- Four season sleeping bag.
Along the trail, there are more eatery options like breakfast with toast with jam or honey, boiled eggs, pancakes, muesli, oatmeals and chapattis also available long the calendar And lunch will be provided with local Nepali food like soups, meat in Nepali style, rice, curries etc.Dinner can be both western and traditional food.You can buy water bottles along the trek, price increases with increase in height.
I recommend having your trip very easily done with myeveresttrip.com. ‘Puruthapaliya’ will help out in completing the trip successful. They are amazing, I had the best experience with them.
Highlander inn in Kathmandu and hotel mount view Pokhara are the most visited to have a good stay and better experience.