10 reasons why the Annapurna base camp has to be on your to-do list this 2019
"By Wanderers India"
10 reasons why Annapurna Base camp is a must do
1) Trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary
Annapurna Peak is the 10th highest mountain in the world and was the first of the 14 peaks above 8000 metres to be summited on 03rd June 1950. Getting to the base is an experience in its own. We go for a short trek excursion to Poon hill, thick dense Rhodo & bamboo forests, trek through an Avalanche prone area (short distance), cross glacial rivers, bathe in natural hot water sulphur springs and much more. The Annapurna sanctuary has over 1220 species of flowering plants and nearly 400 birds waiting to be spotted.
2)Panaromic views of the gigantic Himalayas
Enjoy the best views of these peaks – Machhepuchhre peak (also known as “Fishtail”), Annapurna south, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and many more gigantic mountains. The best views of the “Fishtail” are from Tadapani- Day5 & Day6 of the ABC trek.
3) Thick and dense Rhododendron and Bamboo forests in Spring (March-April-May)
In the spring season, this trail promises thick and dense Rododendron and Bamboo forests. These big flowers dominate the colour of the valley with that of their own pink shades. Spring season – March, April and May are the best time to visit to witness this spectacle. Flower lovers would love these and many more flowers like Sakura (cherry blossom) on this trek. Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal.
4) Experience lodging with authentic local food
The local food at home stays are simple and tasty. General servings – Daal-Bhaat (rice), with local sabzi are very common. Pickles, salads and pappad are generally served along with the meals. You may get to order fast food as Pizza’s in some home stays aswell. Nothing fancy yet simple and well made.
5) Day hike to Poon hill
We go for an excursion to Poonhill on our trek Ghorepani to Tadapani. On a clear day we get the best views of the Annapurna circuit and the sanctuary. Snow covered peaks as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail aka Machhapuchhre, SingaChulli are seen as golden with the sunrise. A cup of masala tea/ hot chocolate adds on to the feel of this moment.
6) Trek through the Machhapuchhre base camp at 12,200 feet
View of the fishtail from Tadapani
The Machhapuchhre peak a.k.a “the fishtail”, is a 6,993 metre tall peak. We cross the base camp of this peak while getting to the Annapurna base camp. Machhapuchhre is revered by the locals sacred to the Lord Shiva and is off limits to climb. The only one attempt to climb it was in 1957 by a British team. They returned 150metres shy of the peak as they had promised not to step foot on the sacred mountains. No one has climbed/ attempted it thereafter.
7) Witness rivers and waterfalls – Modi Khola
Drive though and trek over many waterfalls on this route. River crossings are always exciting and fun to negotiate. It adds on to the adventure and thrill of the journey. Some of these waterfalls are beautiful and scenic. These are found on the trek to the Annapurna base camp.
8) Relax & rejuvenate at the natural hot water spring – Jhinu Danda
Just after the longest day of the trek, we reach Jhinu Danda which is famous for it’s natural hot water springs. Spending time here is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. This is a very famous relaxation spot on the Annapurna base camp trek.
9) Get fit along this trek
Being a moderate levelled trek, we cover approx 100+ kms in 14 days. This increases stamina and helps get in shape improving our fitness. The various ascends and descends spread out in the Annapurna base camp trek provide a complete workout for our muscles overall.
10) Meet like minded trekkers from across the globe
The Annapurna base camp trek trail attracts trekkers and mountaineers every year. As this is one of the oldest treks, people come prepared. There will be many times when we would be sharing the home-stay with other trekkers. Spending the evening with people from different countries, sharing experiences, sharing trek info’s is a very common practice. It feels really good to make friends with people from other parts of the world.