The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, is one of the go-to trails in Nepal. It’s accessible, exciting, not too difficult, and offers incredible mountain views. The Annapurna region is home to some of the highest mountains in the world – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their presence! Enjoy lush forests, charming Gurung, Magar, and other ethnic villages, all while admiring fantastic mountain vistas.
The first few days of the journey are actually the toughest, as you traverse the steep ascents and descents from valley to valley, sometimes along steep stone staircases. However, if you take time to rest and appreciate the scenery along the way, it is not too difficult. Plus, the lush rhododendron and bamboo forests and exciting suspension bridgesdistract you from the strenuous climb.
One highlight is reaching Poon Hill, a spectacular viewpoint from Ghorepani. If you’re up for an early morning wakeup call, the sunrise is one of the best you will ever see. About an hour’s climb up the hill plops you to a viewpoint with sunlit views of Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), Tukuche (6920 meters), and many more. The panoramic view is stunning and excites us even more for the mountain views that lie ahead.
Before you know it, you are walking at the same level as the clouds, closed in by the staggering Himalayan peaks. Continue hiking along the alpine meadows, scattered with massive boulders, up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 meters). From here to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), Annapurna South (7219 meters), Annapurna I (8091 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Hiunchuli (6441 meters), Gangapurna (7454 meters), and the unique pyramid-like peak of Machhapuchhre (6993 meters) can be seen. Arriving at ABC is a most magnificent feeling. The glacial basin is closed in by the sheer mountains.
Full of energy from the awesome mountain views, we begin our descent. Though we are on the same trail, the way down is no less exciting than the way up. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery you missed on the way up. At JhinuDanda, soak in the cleansing water and let your muscles heal up. Throughout the trek, enjoy the beautiful hospitality of Gurung, Magar, and other ethnic groups. Their kindness and generosity is hard to beat. From Nayapul, we head back to Pokhara for some exploration and relaxation. Chill out by lakeside, letting your body rest after the memorable adventure.
Best Time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is more stable and the skies are clear, providing stellar mountain views. The climate, which is not too cold or unbearably hot, makes for a pleasant trekking experience. Also, during the spring, flowers are in full bloom – adding another level of beauty to the trail. Monsoon season, though possible, is not recommended for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trails are slippery, it rains most days, and the leeches are out in full force. Winter is not super favorable either, as the extreme cold can take the joy out of trekking. However, both these seasons have their perks (i.e. less people on the trail), so if you are determined and can bear the conditions, the monsoon and winter seasons are suitable. There is never a bad time to visit the Himalayas.
Benefits of using Ashmita Trek & Tours for ABC trekking
At Ashmita Trek & Tours, we aim to provide the best trekking and tour experience to our guests. Our love for Nepal is immense, and we are passionate about showing visitors the authentic side of this beautiful country.
Since 2007, we have been working with one of the oldest and most reputable trekking companies in Nepal to run our Annapurna base camp trek. From one local trekking company to another local trekking company, we strive to grow together and support the local economy.