Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most favoured trekking trails in the world, which is located in Nepal. The whole trekking route is also called Annapurna Circuit. The entire circuit route is counted as the best long-distance trek in the world. The trekking trail is in the Central Nepal Himalayas. The maximum distance that can be covered is 230 kilometres where at some of the places you can hide with vehicles, and in some areas, your trekking skills can be tested. The highest point on this trekking route is Thorong La Pass, which is perched at the elevation of 5,416 meters. It is just the edge of Tibetan Plateau. The whole circuit can be covered by only experienced trekkers. The regular trekking route includes Pokhara, Nayapul, Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali, Annapurna Base Camp, Bamboo, Jhinu Hot Springs. This trek route commences from Pokhara and also concludes at Pokhara.
Advisory: This trek is not easy enough to normal trek. It is the toughest trekking route. If you want to do it in a group or solo take help from a travel bureau for Annapurna base camp trek.
Things You Must Know About Before Trekking
The Annapurna Peak
The Annapurna is not a single peak. It is the massif where one peak has an elevation of 26000 feet, Thirteen Peaks have elevation near around 23,000 feet, and Sixteen Peaks have the height of 20,000 feet above sea level. The location in geographical terms is Gandaki Zone, Nepal. There six significance Peaks of Annapurna Massif which are following
In the group of major six peaks of Annapurna Massif, Annapurna I is the main peak whose elevation is 26, 545 feet above sea level. The Annapurna I is first explored by the French mountaineer Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in the year of 1950. The exact date on which their team reached the peak is 3rd June 1950.
The Annapurna Conservation Area
The other exciting information about Annapurna Massif is that the 7,629 square kilometers area surrounds it as the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is known as the habitat of rare Himalayan and endangered wild species such as Snow Leopard, Closed Leopard, Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Nepal Black Langoor, Rhesus Macaque, Civet, Tibetan Gazelle and many more. According to the facts, this area is occupied by 100,000 people from different language and cultural backgrounds, 1326 species of trees/plants, 518 species of vertebrates, 128 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles in number.
Some Quick Facts about About Annapurna Base Camp
- The altitude of Annapurna Base Camp is 13,549 feet above sea level.
- The Annapurna top area is made up of limestones, which is the same as Everest and Dhaulagiri. It is also the oldest mountain range on earth.
- The Annapurna is the dangerous peak to climb. The success ratio for climbing is only 34% – 38%.
- It is the first-ever peak, which is scaled without any extra oxygen support.
- In the Annapurna region, the highest Lakes of Nepal situated, which are also tough to reach there.
- The difficulty level of Annapurna Base Camp treks is moderately difficult.
- The Annapurna trekking route is also a mountain sickness prone zone, so trekkers are advised to get acclimatized before trekking.
- During trekking, at some places, you will find hot spring pools, which are the best places to get over from the fatigue of trekking, for example – Jhinu Hot Springs, Chame Hot Springs.
- Every year around 20,000 trekkers trek to the Annapurna Base.
- While trekking stay will be at Tea Houses, which are operated by local tea farmers.
- The total Annapurna Circuit is 230 Km, which is not for the novice trekkers.
- Poonhill is the place from where you can see the panoramic views of the entire range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
- The best time to go for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is from March to May and then from October to early December.
- The world-famous Mustang Valley area is just nearby the Annapurna Base Camp area.
- Base camp for Mount Everest and base camp for Annapurna, both are nearby so you can visit both in a single day.
Common Itinerary to Follow
Day 1: Arrival at Pokhara
Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul followed by Ghandruk
Day 3: Ghandruk – Sinuwa
Day 4: Sinuwa – Deurali
Day 5: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp
Day 6: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo
Day 7: Bamboo – Jhinu Hot Spring
Day 8: Jhinu Hot Spring – Nayapul followed by the drive back to Pokhara
Day 9: Departure from Pokhara
It is all about some known facts of Annapurna Peaks and its base camp. The trek route is one of the most beautiful treks.