Do you know why Annapurna Base Camp Trek is so popular among travel enthusiasts from all over the world? To find the correct answer you have to make a voyage to the lap of the world’s d 10th tallest peak Mt. Annapurna first.
A pedestrian has to scale a long trail via Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Bamboo, Himalayan, Deurali, Machhapuchhere Base Camp, and ultimately at ABC. Standing at 4130m above sea level this place has the best 360-degree angle panoramic vistas of the mountains.
This masterpiece trekking trail has all the features that the best trekking trails offer. Walking ups and downs in the well-paved stone steps, lush tropical forest, pristine river bank, and the icy glacier. Typical villages, tiny guesthouses, and authentic Nepali food with a fusion kitchen, these all things that can experience during this trek.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most trekked trekking trails inside the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). And this conservation area protects this trekking trail. This trek is also called Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 1 Drive from Pokhara to Birethanti and trek to Ghandruk.
Day 2 Ghandruk to Chhomrong
Day 3 Chhomrong to Himalayan
Day 4 Himalayan to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 5 ABC to Bamboo
Day 6 Bamboo to Ghinu Danda (Hot spring)
Day 7 Ghinu to Kyumi and drive to Pokhara.
This 6-night 7 days itinerary is the standard trekking itinerary to reach Annapurna Base Camp. However, days can enhance as your wish for Poon Hill, Mardi Himal Trek, and Dhampus Trek.
The second most popular route to trek to ABC via Poon Hill.
Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill is a longer version of Annapurna Trek. But adding this side to your itinerary will give a better experience of this trek. Because the best panoramic glance from the Poon Hill 3210m. Then follow those glimpses to a closer view by walking to ABC.
How to add Poon Hill with ABC Trek
Day 1 Drive from Pokhara to Birethanti and trek to Ulleri
Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani
Day 3 Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani
Day 4 Tadapani to Chhomrong
The next day follows the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route to the Himalayan. And end by taking a natural hot spring bath at Ghinu Danda.
When to Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek is also a whole-year accessible trek. Although, spring and autumn are the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Because these two seasons have the best mountain view, festival season, and different types of Rhododendron flowers.
On the other hand, summer and winter are not the best as spring and autumn. Summer is the rainy season and during the rainy season, others will be rain. And during the winter there will be a lot of snow and everything will be frozen.
What kind of permit need and from where and how to get those.
Well, permits are the vital things to get before you start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The permit can issue by The Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and ACAP office at Pokhara.
If you are doing Free Independent Traveler (FIT) need to go to these places with a photocopy of your passport and three pics of Passport size photos. And it will cost 3000 rupees for a Permit and $20 for a TIMS card.
And joining with the trekking companies they will manage your permit and TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System)
How to start this trek
At first, depending on where you want to start the trek. From Kathmandu need to drive or fly to Pokhara and spend an overnight and then drive to Birethanti. Again if you are in Pokhara take a bus, jeep, taxi, or private vehicle.