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Annapurna isn't just a grand massif on the Himalayan skyline - it also has a prominent place in climbing history, having been the first 8,000m peak to be scaled successfully. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal can claim that particular accolade, but even if you don't plan a climbing expedition to the top of Annapurna, it is still well worth doing the Annapurna base camp trek; also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary route. In this article, we tell you why.
There are few better ways to take in the stunning Annapurna panorama than trekking through the high glacial basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, on your way to the Annapurna base camp. Located 40km north of Pokhara in central Nepal, this an amazing opportunity to take in the might of the surrounding Annapurna range, including the Nilgiri and Machhapuchhre, which rise up around you.
You can actually encounter several different ecosystems in the Annapurna Sanctuary itself, from the jungle of the south slopes to the colder and drier climate of the north. You could see wildlife such as tigers and leopards on safaris in lower-lying sections, and yeti, wild goats and musk deer up higher. Nepal's native people have their own religious systems and gods which co-exist with major religions, and it is known as a land of religious harmony. You can encounter many of the friendly Nepalese people as you travel through villages along the trek route.
The trekking itself, and the socialising with people from all over the world you could meet along the way are two of the reasons why the Annapurna base camp trek is treasured. Along the route, there are a series of 'tea houses' which offer a chance to enjoy refreshments, rest and relaxation. Once you get to Annapurna base camp itself, you can bask in your achievement, and savour the amazing vistas of the surrounding mountains.
The Annapurna base camp trek is known as a relatively moderate trek which does not typically present problems such as high altitude sickness, which can be suffered on the higher peaks. Mountain sickness is considered unlikely, and there are many flat sections.
Annapurna is in an area known as a rain shadow, meaning it typically receives less rain than most other areas in Nepal. In the post-monsoon season of October to November, day time temperatures can reach 15°C, while at night time the temperature doesn't drop below freezing. From December to February, temperatures drop much colder in the day time, and well below freezing at night. From March to May, temperatures rise considerably, but at night time it is still around freezing. The monsoon season from June to September can pose the problem of torrential rain throughout the region and is not recommended as a wise time for trekking.
The best seasons for the Annapurna base camp trek are considered to be the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) in Nepal.
- the convenience of relatively close proximity to the capital of Nepal and its major transport hub, Kathmandu
- the chance to take in the wonderful Himalayas with a trek which isn't as demanding as more intense climbs
- access to a protected area, in the Annapurna Sanctuary, and the opportunity to see multiple ecosystems and rare species
- the possibility of meeting people from all over the world who can come to trek - you could make friends for life!
The Nepalese cannot easily be pigeonholed! They are ethnically diverse, due to migrations down the years from North Burma, Tibet, India and Yunnan. Pahari and Gurung people make up the main population of the region in which Annapurna lies. Typical professions in this rural region are based around agriculture and tourism. Nepalese people in rural areas live a simple lifestyle, and their local cuisine can be compared to Indian food, with a typical delicacy named dal bhat - a lentil soup served with rice and vegetables.
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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
While you are on Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring convertor or another convertor if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.
Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Annapurna Base Camp Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
You can bring any of the currencies to Nepal and for your ease, Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Annapurna Base Camp Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available as a short and easy trek to the Annapurna Region as well as adventurous and challenging version according to the ability and the requirement of the trekkers.
The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow leopard, red panda, two varieties of dazzling pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.
The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Annapurna Base Camp Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
Of course, since Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Annapurna Base Camp Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you if you are trekking for the first time with the purpose of exploring the best of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than 2 decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.
During Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.
The best time to go for Annapurna … Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.
The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available in both adventurous as well as moderate difficulty according to the requirement of the clients.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is available in both short as well as long versions and it offers trekkers to explore the very best of nature including the astonishing sceneries of mountain peaks all around, the lush green bushes, rivers, wildlife and vegetations along with the exploration of lifestyle and culture of locals with suspension bridges, prayer flags, and various artistic monuments to add more charm.
Generally, Annapurna Base Trek is 14 - 17 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
I had an adventure of a life time in Nepal with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. The company was very professional and their staff were amazing especially Suman Gurung our guide. Suman was outstanding. I highly recommend this company to you
Since my first email to NMTrekkers until the last day I am in Nepal, NMTrekkers has provided me and my friend a very good experience.
Ramesh helped me to sort out my trekking itinerary and answered my questions promptly, weeks before my arrival in Nepal through emails.
Our guide for ABC Trek is Pralad, a gentleman with good command of English. There is no problem in our communication and plus, he can speak Bahasa Malaysia quite well. Pralad is knowlegeable on the general history of Nepal, about the local cultures and the safety precautions that we have to be aware of during our trek. We are very satisfied and I highly recommend him for trekking activities.
Due to bad weather, we are unable to trek to Poon Hill and to finish the ABC trek but still, NMTrekkers managed to adjust our itinerary to fill the remaining days.
Kudos to NMTrekkers!
Generally speaking, this company has shown a very good enthusiasm in organising and making the best out for me and my friend..
It's been the first time for the two of us visited Nepal and do trekking through ABC, and all went smoothtly since day 1..
Yes, a little dissapointment hit us when we are not able to reach Poon Hill and ABC as per our itinerary.. Nature is unpredictable.. That is what I can say.. Heavy snow stops us from doing so.. Above all, we are happy and still enjoyed the breathtaking views along the trekking period..
Plus, we are accompanied by an excellent guide named Pralad.. He was the best for us as he can speaks in many languages (Nepal, English, as well as Malay), and also has good trekking knowledges and warmth approach.. We got a lot of information about trekking tips and also the culture of Nepal through him..
We wished we had another time with NMTrekker to complete the ABC trekking or Annapurna Circuit Trekking in the future.. Nepal is a wonderful country and make us feel relax while trekking..
Really hope we can come accross again in other time.. We are looking forward to your good services..
Je recommande chaleureusement cet agence de trek! De très bons conseils, très bonne organisation. J’ai passé deux excellentes semaines.
Je recommande mon guide BJ qui a été attentif, attentionné, très investi dans son rôle de guide Il parle très très bien anglais!
Thank you Ramesh for once again organising my group trek. You are extremely efficient and have a great personality, you are easy to communicate with both via email and face to face. Congratulations for having a great team especially TB Ghale who is your Operations Manager and top guide. TB is known for his easy going manner. Always happy polite and one step ahead of his clients requirements. We always feel safe when he is leading us on our mountain adventure. On the ground your staff in the office are very efficient, road vehicles well maintained and always punctual. All accommodation suggested is clean and comfortable. See you all again next season
Two friends and me did an 8 day trek to Annapurna Basecamp in June. The organization through "Nepal Mountain Trekkers" and its owner Ramesh was fast and easy. Our guide Suman was really nice with good English knowledge. He could answer all our questions about people, culture and landscape. I would definitely recommend Nepal mountain trekkers! Thanks to Ramesh and Suman for this great experience!
We had a really great trek to ABC with Nepal mountain Trekkers. Our guide Suman, wos excellent, we enjoyed the trek with him a lot. Everything wos fine! Thank you!
Ich hab hier mit meiner besten Freundin eine 10-tägige Tour zum Annapurna Base Camp gebucht, sowie einen anschließenden 3-tägigen Aufenthalt in einem Yoga Retreat Center. Die Beratung war ausgesprochen gut. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und stets darum bemüht für die Kunden alles perfekt zu machen. Man fühlt sich sehr willkommen und wohl. Schnell wird hier ein familiäres Verhältnis aufgebaut. Auch die Betreuung vor, während und nach unserer Trekking Tour war wirklich angenehm. Die Tour war gut geplant und es wurden immer wieder Pausen eingelegt, wenn unser Guide gemerkt hat, dass wir kurz verschnaufen müssen. Essen, Hostels und Fahrten wurden gleich mitgeplant, sodass meine Freundin und ich nichts mehr machen mussten und die Zeit dafür umso mehr genießen konnten. Ich kann diesen Ort nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen.
Zum Ende meines dreimonatigen Aufenthalts in Nepal wollte ich nach meiner Arbeit an zwei Schulen wenigstens noch eine kurze Trekkingtour machen. Ramesh, Leiter der Agentur Nepal Mountain Trekkers, hat zwar den Mardi Himal Trek vorgeschlagen aber aus Zeitgründen habe ich mich dann für den Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek entschieden. Auch mein „alter“ Guide Krishna war zur geplanten Zeit frei. Die Tour vom 4. bis 11. Mai war begleitet von hoher Bewölkung und gelegentlichen Schauern am Nachmittag. Krishna drängte aber jeden Tag auf einen frühen Aufbruch und so hatten wir vormittags noch Sonne und gute Sicht und blieben von den Schauern am Nachmittag verschont. Im Base Camp gab es nachts Schneefall und dann am Morgen blauen Himmel mit einem wunderbaren Panorama. „Danke“ an Ramesh und Krishna für die perfekte Organisation und Durchführung.
I have been coming to Nepal since 2012 and on each visit Nepal Mountain Trekkers have been extremely helpful. Devaraj and Ramesh have always made me feel welcome when I return and go out of their way to make every trip memorable. I would recommend the Annapurna trek - it's the most beautiful trek I have ever been on and, although parts are strenuous, is suitable for all abilities. Having a knowledgable helpful guide made it perfect. Hotel Horizon has become a home from home for me over the years and I look forward to returning there
ho visitato il nepal, affascinato da alcuni libri che avevo letto, per la partenza non avevo prenotato nulla, sono andato all avventura giunto sul posto mi sono affidato a questa agenzia per effetuare il famoso trekking ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) di 11 giorni! E' stato un viaggio fantastico e incredibile, con paesaggi mozzafiato, personale dell agenzia mi è stato sempre vicino, e mi ha anche consigliato cosa portarmi e come vestirmi, quale era il percorso piu adatto a me e alle mie capacità, mi hanno fatto sentire bene e protetto, grazie a tutto lo staff dell agenzia che è stato eccezionale, spero di tornarci quanto prima, per effettuare altri trekking!
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