Annapurna base camp trek facts and details you need to know

10 Aug, 2021 Himalaya Land Treks

Annapurna reflects a deep meaning upon itself. A mother, who feeds the whole universe, defines it. Annapurna shows up with its Sanskrit meaning, ‘The giver of food’, where “Anna” means food and “Purna” meaning complete. The majestically beautiful Annapurna Mountain and Annapurna region are named after the ‘mother of feeder’.

Annapurna spread its crown range of the Himalayas as the butterfly does with its wings. Located in the North-central part of Nepal, the Annapurna range comprises sixteen peaks above 6,000 m, thirteen peaks above 7,000 m and one peak above 8,000 m. Annapurna I is the tenth highest peak of the world with an elevation of 8091 m. It is also known as one of the deadliest mountains to conquer.

What Annapurna Region Offers?

Annapurna region involves various majestic trek destination which offers a miraculous view of nature. From Annapurna Scantury trek to Annapurna Circuit trek, the Annapurna region is blessed with a lot of wonderful places to make a trek adventurous and memorable. Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), Macchapuchre Base Camp (4000m), Annapurna Circuit, Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Poon Hill, Annapurna Conservation Area, Thorong La Pass, Mardi Himal etc. are the major destination to visit.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations for trekkers. The majestic panoramic views, biodiversity-rich Annapurna National Park, ethnic villages, unique culture, marvellous routeway, stunning sunrise/sunset views, alluring full lakes, busy city lights of the most beautiful Pokhara city and a lot more to explain sums up the Base camp trekking to Annapurna.

Along with this, the Annapurna Sanctuary is also a major trekking destination to trek. Annapurna Sanctuary is an oval-shaped high glacial basin that is found sitting at an altitude of 4000m. This plateau is decorated by the Annapurna massif at its all around. This place is soo famous for its mysterious location and its features. Hereby this blog presents details on trekking to the Annapurna region. Please go till the end to get complete information on the Annapurna base camp trek.

Why Trek To Annapurna Sanctuary?

The Annapurna Base Camp lies remarkable at an altitude of 4130 m. Annapurna Base Camp trekking is one of the best ways to experience the engrossing mountain range of Annapurna. The base camp of Annapurna trails through the Macchapuchre Base Camp. Exploring the adventurous two base camps in a single trek is the major attraction of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek.

The trek passes through many beautiful Gurung villages like Siwai, Chhomrong, Ghandruk, Bamboo village etc which uniquely reflect the ancient culture and tradition. One can experience the distinctive way of lifestyle, grace and way of showing greetings. They welcome visitors with huge love and respect. A warm welcome and a homely feeling in a different land are what trekkers add to their memory for the rest of their life. The mesmerizing views of peaks like the Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (7454m) and many others can be viewed through the trek route of Annapurna. Trekking to the Annapurna region extends from easy to moderate to difficult one. Trekkers can proceed towards any destination as per their choice. This factor makes the Annapurna region the trekker’s choice.

How hard is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek. The journey takes you to the destination crossing thousands of stairs. Anyone who can push themselves through the stairway for 4-5 hours per day, can easily access the trek. The Base Camp trail route has a frequent change in climatic conditions. This might create some disturbance on the trial if you are unaware of the climate there. Otherwise, it is a moderate trek but can’t be called fully safe.

Is it dangerous to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

If you are following the routeway from bamboo, a regular avalanche is seen on the way from Bamboo to fishtail, which is very dangerous, in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Many trekkers have lost their lives on this route. Lack of information about the climate there makes the route dangerous. Otherwise, the ABC trek is moderately difficult and is not much dangerous if travelled with proper information on climate status.

Route way to Annapurna Base Camp trek

There is various route way to conquer the path towards Base Camp. You can check into trekking in Nepal for other trekking routes. If you want to follow a different route, Himalaya land Trek can design the trek route according to your choice. Here is the shortest route way to reach Annapurna Base Camp with Himalaya Land Treks.

Camp on Annapurna massif
Camp on foot of Annapurna massif

In this short trek, you will cover approximately 69km distance to reach the Base Camp, otherwise, normally ABC trek covers a total distance of 110km.

On the very first day, after arriving in Kathmandu you will prepare for the destined trek. The next day you will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The journey to the Annapurna region starts here from Pokhara. On the third day, the trial takes from Pokhara to Kilyu and Trek to Chhomrong. Then you will further trek from Chhomrong to the Himalayas.

The trek is filled with mesmerizing views of peaks and other natural resources. On the fifth day the trek routes from Himalaya to MBC (3700m/12139ft). It takes 5-6hrs to reach Macchapuchre base Camp from the Himalayas. The route from Himalaya takes trekkers with changing terrain that goes from verdant greens to rock obliques and snowy vast lands. Here the routeway becomes quite strenuous than the previous trek. 

And on the sixth day, you will trek to the final destination ‘Annapurna Base Camp’ (4130m/13550ft). After enjoying the majestic views of nature the trek descends to Sinuwa. It is just a 4-5 hours long trek, but the route is quite difficult. The vast snow terrain makes the path strenuous. The next day the trek returns to Kilyu from Sinuwa. It is a 2-3hr long downhill trek. Then the journey drives back to Pokhara. 

The next day you will bid goodbye to the panorama of the Annapurna region and the journey ends after returning to Kathmandu. All the trekkers will be given a beautiful farewell by the team of Himalaya Land Treks. A final moment is celebrated with a farewell dinner, summing up all the collected memories the trek ends here.

Trekking Cost

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek for 9 days by Himalaya Land Trek costs $940. For more details please visit the official site of Himalaya Land Treks. The trekking cost varies with the route and time taken to reach and then to return, to and from the destination. Please check into trekking in Annapurna Region for further details. 

Everest Base camp trek vs Annapurna Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek is more challenging than Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The major factor is altitude. Trekking to Everest base camp has a rapid rise in altitude within the next day, whereas Annapurna Base Camp trek goes with a steady rise in altitude. During the EBC trek, you will reach 3,420 m above sea level on the 2 days whereas the change in altitude goes on very slowly in the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. In the context of views, both ABC and EBC offers magnificent views of nature along with nature full of routeway. Both base camps are worthy destinations to visit and make adventurous memories.

Annapurna region is the best trekking destination among trekkers. There is various trekking route to reach the base camp. Trekkers can choose their choice of the route extending from easy to moderate to difficult one. A frequently unpredictable change in climate might make some disturbance in the routeway unless it is a moderate trek. Anyone who can push themselves through the stairway for 4-5 hours per day, can easily access the trek.


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