Annapurna Base Camp Trek!!
The Annapurna Base camp trek, also called Annapurna Sanctuary, is the most popular trek in the Annapurna region. The major high of the trekking is the visit to Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4130m.
The entire journey revolves around getting into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by 360 degree views of high mountains including tenth highest mountain Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), Machapuchare(6997m), Gangapurna (7454m), Hiunchuli,(6444m), Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal etc.
The trail passes through the forests of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron and beautiful Gurung villages of Ghandrunk, Chhomrong and Dhampus. Bhujung, Ghandruk, Sikles are some of the other most beautiful villages lying on the trail. In the higher altitude the vegetation turns to junipers, birches, scrublands, grasslands and meadows.
The landscape is dotted with farm terraces, monasteries, streams, lakes and rivers. You will also make a side trip to Poon Hill (3210m), a perfect vantage point to catch Himalayan sunrise and sunset and a panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna ranges and many more. You will also be able to enjoy hotspring at Jhinu Danda on your way back.
The trekking starts from the beautiful town of Pokhara where you will have plenty of time to relax before and after the trip. The best seasons to do Annapurna Base Camp trek is during Spring or Autumn when there is better visibility with sunny blue skies. The main ethnic groups of this region are Gurung and Magar, who are renowned for their bravery and contribution to the unification of Nepal. Similarly Thakali, Manange and Loba are dominant in the north part of the Annapurna region.
Part of the trail falls within Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP), the first conservation and one of the largest protected areas in Nepal. The conservation is rich in Himalayan biodiversity with 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians. Snow Leopard, Barking Deer, Himalayan Thar, Goral, Himalayan Bear, Musk Deer, are among the rare species found in the Annapurna region. The project is modeled on eco tourism with strong community participation for ecological conservation and development of tourism with minimum negative environmental impact.
Special permits are required to enter ACAP area along with Trekking Information Management System (TIMS). Nepal Trekking Routes has been organizing treks in the Annapurna Base Camp for both solo and group travelers.