Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Most Challenging Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular adventurous treks based in Nepal. This is a trek to 4200 meters above sea level towards Annapurna Base. The trek gives you an experience as to how life can become happier and challenging at the same time. This trekking trip is available at banbanjara at an affordable price.

Overview of the trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a long journey that usually takes about 8 to 10 days. You must be prepared to face some of the difficult paths to reach the starting point of the trek. Initially you can choose to take up a flight to Kathmandu from Delhi to make your journey a bit faster as the train journey is far more difficult to travel. Then from the capital city, Kathmandu, to Pokhara you can take up another flight. From Phokara you can either choose a bus or a cab to Ghandruk. And then the time comes for you to start your trek. There are certain permits you need to take from the Nepal government in order to start your trek. And the best time to trek to Annapurna Base is during the months of September to November.

Some essentials before you trek

 There are some essentials to carry things on this trek and it depends on which season you are trekking. In the winters you must need trekking shoes along with microspikes because there would be so much snow all around and that would help in slippery slopes. You do not need to buy water bottles but you can bring a bottle and fill them up in regular intervals from the streams, which are usually found now and then.

From Delhi to Kathmandu to Pokhara 

You can either book a flight or a train to Kathmandu to Delhi. But you must acknowledge that traveling to Kathmandu via train takes a lot of time. So do make some rational choice in opting the traveling mode to reach Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, Pokhara is approximately 250 away. So you can choose a flight to reach as the path is undulating and the flight mode is relatively safe and convenient. Pokhara is a cozy place and you can get everything here.

From Pokhara to Nayapul to Tikhedhunga 

It is a half an hour drive to reach Nayapul from Pokhara. After you reach Nayapul you can take a halt and rest there for that day to start your trek the next day to Tikedhunga. On the next day, just after a few minutes of trek from Nayapul you will encounter a beautiful bridge called Komorong Danda, which is the first check point where you have to show your permits. After checking permits you will encounter two routes from the bridge. One of them goes to Ghandruk and the other heads towards Ghorepani. If you want to cover Poon Hill you can take the Ghorepani trekking route. There are some well laid sign boards on the path so that it becomes easy even if you are not hiring a guide. You can reach Poon Hill after a 45 minutes of trek from the bridge. Now the trek to Tikhedhunga is a bit ascending going from Tadamani and Chhomrong. So in order to get the relief from the steepness you can take small halts in the midst of your journey.

From Chhomrong to Sinuwa

The trail from Chhomrong is both ascending and descending but the picturesque scenery makes this journey more tolerable. The villages like Bamboo village and Dovan village are some of the major halting points on the way to Sinuwa. You can stop and enjoy tea houses for a small tea break and continue your trek. You will feel this today’s trek as one of your longest hikes in total at Annapurna Base Camp. And this becomes evident as it takes around 7 hours to complete the trek to Sinuwa.

From Himalaya to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC)

       There is a village right before Machapuchare Base Camp and in this village you will get to view some of the natural portraits of Lord Bhudda on the mountain tops. This you can note as a sign point that you are very close to your destination. MBC is at 3700 meters above sea level and there is a halting site for your stay.

From MBC to Annapurna Base Camp 

Though the ascend is relatively plain, you will feel cold because the altitude would be very high. Now within 3 to 4 hours of your trek from MBC you will finally reach Annapurna Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 4130 meters. As soon as you reach the destination you will find the flags tied all over and behind them is the mighty Annapurna, that welcomes you with huge glory.

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