Annapurna base camp trek is the most popular and vibrant trek in Nepal Himalayas. The trek starts from Pokhara in the foothills of the Annapurna and passes through charming villages of Magar and Gurung popular as Gurkha soldier recruits. The lush Rhododendron forest, happy villages and dramatic mountain view within just 8 days or fewer make the trek the most popular. The trek is moderately difficult with trials on a rugged trail. Annapurna base camp at 4,200m is a tunnel-shaped valley with a 360° view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Tent peak, Fishtail, and others. Melting snow of the gigantic rock faces form a glacier that drains into Modi River. Annapurna I is the tenth highest peak in the world and is the first of the 8,000m peak climbed as early as in 1950. Extension of dirt road further into the valley made it possible to do the trek comfortably in 8 days. Drive with 4WD to the new trailhead, avoiding the dusty road and trek only in the higher reaches, which are still pristine.
Destination: Annapurna, Nepal
Trip Routes: Pokhara - Ghorepani; Ulleri - Tadapani; Poon Hill - Sinuwa - Deurali - Annapurna Base Camp - Sinuwa - Jhinu Danda - Pokhara
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: February to May and September to December
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.