10 Reasons To Do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Introduction:

Waking up every day and repeating the same schedule makes our lives monotonous. We human beings are here in this world not merely to exist but to live. Living our life as best we can is our main motto.10 Reasons To Do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is the best guide for all beginners.

In this limited time that we’ve got, instead of exploring something new and going out on adventures, we waste our precious time being too caught up in gadgets and the technologies this modern era has to offer.

Of course, I’m not implying that the innovation and technology of the current world are not important or harmful. But, with too much involvement in these gadgets, online entertainment can be harmful to us in more than one aspect. We must not get so involved in the virtual world that we forget there is a god-made heavenly world we have in reality.

We, humans, need actual peace and soul nourishment which can only be achieved by getting more connected to our roots, to our origin (i.e. Nature). What can be a more beautiful and pleasing experience for our eyes and soul than a thrilling and adventurous trek to the lap of the beautiful Himalayas one of the most magical places in this beautiful world?

Yes, this blog is meant for those who seek such magical experiences, through a base camp trip to one of the most traveled and most popular trekking routes of Nepal, The Annapurna base camp trek.

The craze of the Annapurna base camp trek is skyrocketing every day. Are there any specific reasons behind it?

Indeed, there are plenty. “’ Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real’’. This quote is true. Nepal has everything worth visiting for. I would say your life is incomplete until you come to Nepal at least once and see this mystical heaven for yourself.

Nepal has mountains, lakes, waterfalls, enormous and ever-flowing rivers, medieval cities and temples, a large variety of flora and fauna, a vibrant culture, and much more to offer. This small Himalayan country is the holy grail for adventure lovers. Surprisingly, you can find the most iconic mountain hiking trails in this country.

Even among the plenty of mountains and hiking trails, the famous mountain Annapurna(the 10th highest peak in the world) also has something stunning in store for adventurous visitors. Of course, that is, a trekking trail to its beautiful base camp.

There is an interesting story behind the naming of Annapurna. People have different perceptions about this name. The major belief is that the name “Annapurna” implies “goddess of food”, and this title has been given to this mountain because many ever-flowing rivers originate from this mountain which allows irrigation all over the country and enables the production of tremendous amounts of crops in the country.

Here are some further reasons to make you wanna try the most endeared and amazing mountain base camp trek:

1. Extraordinary view of Annapurna Massif:

Getting to look at the view of a magnificent compact group of mountains of Annapurna, with one peak being 8,091 meters and 13 other peaks with heights over 7000 meters is indeed the primary and most awesome reason why you should visit the Annapurna base camp. One cannot help getting engrossed in the magnificent view of sunrise which turns the top of the peak into shiny golden colour. The sunrise seen from Annapurna base camp will be unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Guide
Snowy Annapurna base camp trek

Despite being one of the deadliest mountain expeditions in the world, the Annapurna has a completely different case with its base camp. The base camp is unlike the mountain expeditions, it is a completely safe and peaceful journey. One will surely be freed of their stress, problems, and anxiety after completing this trek.

2. Ghandruk Village:

Gandhruk village is an awesome and must-visit place of attraction at Annapurna Base Camp. The majority of the locals here are Gurung. Here, the cultural festivities of these people will surely leave you in awe. Majestic views of mountains like Annapurna, Macchapucchre, Gangapurna, and Mt Hiunchuli will take your breath away for a moment. Gandhruk village comprises around traditional 300 houses that support homestay as an accommodation for visitors. You will instantly warm up to the welcoming behavior of the locals.

Ghandruk a Traditional Gurung village
Ghandruk a Traditional Gurung village

The path for trekking to Ghandruk village is a very simple yet majestic one. One can even go on a family vacation to Ghandruk village by taking a taxi or bus from Nayapul, Kaski in around 1 to 2 hours, also one can reach Ghandruk village with a simple and interesting 6 to 7 hours trek from Nayapul, Kaski. And, the journey is for every possible reason, totally worth it.

The journey itself is so beautiful that you might forget that you have a destination and just stop on the journey and observe the view around the road. Talking about the village, merely words are never enough to explain its beauty. You should check it out at least once in your life. The village properly uses the local resources, it’s also famous for its delicious cuisine. The village is clean, well-kept, and free of all pollution.

3. Local Culture:

Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar are the major castes among the locals in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The existence of a variety of castes is one of the major attractions of ABC Trek. All these castes have their respective language, cultural traits, social status, and traditions.

There is also a variation in art, architecture, dance forms, plays and dramas, and festivities that enchant whoever visits this place. The major festival of Gurung is Tamu Lhosar. People of other castes also show their participation in Gurung’s festivals.

Other castes also have their festivals which are celebrated by all the people joining, this shows social harmony and depicts our beautiful Nepali culture. Each person of a different caste has their dressing style.

By the way, they look totally stunning in their cultural dress, and just don’t forget to join in the Gurung Ghatu Dance. The most amazing dance I have ever seen. I would recommend ABC trek also for this special reason, don’t miss this opportunity, and go take a dip in the culture-rich pond
(i.e. Nepal).

4. Panoramic Mountain View:

Alluring mountains like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, and Gangapurna, are visible from Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna South from ABC-Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna South from ABC

As we know Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world. As you are going about 3,500- 5,000 meters in height, you get an astonishing panoramic view of gigantic mountains as far as you can see in an extremely wide range at the horizon. For many people, this reason alone is enough to make this trip worthwhile.

5. Easy accessibility in comparison to other base camp:

Everyone likes to go on adventures, even more, so when it’s in the lap of such a beautiful mountain. To head onto this journey, trekkers determine their physical fitness before beginning this quest. Fortunately for those of you who want to try this trek but are a little hesitant due to their age or inability to go on long treks of 10 or more days, there are plenty of trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

The major Annapurna circuit trek isn’t the only one you can tread on. There are many more treks for the short duration that one with even altitude sickness can counter with enough caution. There are simple trekking routes to this region as well which cover particular places of this broad region. While the trek to Tilicho can be quite difficult and may be unfit for those who are faint-hearted or are prone to altitude sickness, there are other places in this region that you can easily reach and take full pleasure in. In comparison to the trek to the world’s highest mountain Everest, the ABC trek is quite easier.

6. Magical Snowfall:

Snow can be magical and it can change your mood. The fresh snowfall has added a unique touch to Annapurna base camp where it produces enchanting scenes. Here you can enjoy building a snowman, making snowballs, and playing with your friends. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to experience snowfall.

During the Winter, heavy snowfall occurs which causes difficulties in trekking and disturbs vehicle transports as well. Considering the snowfall, the Poonhill trek is a much more popular and convenient trek route. The months of March to May are the most appropriate time for trekking.

Undoubtedly, the most perplexing view you will get to observe in this trek will be the snowfall. Here, the snow covers the lovely Rhododendron forests at the time of snowfall. Some may find this pleasing while some may find it a little displeasing as well because it obstructs the view of a red-blooming forest which is another peculiar sight. You can freely choose the time you want to go on this trek according to your preferences.

7. Tilicho Lake (The highest lake in the world):

Now we will highlight Tilicho Lake(the highest lake in the world). This beautiful lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters and is 4 km long 1.2km wide and about 200 meters deep. For those who are crazy about adventure, one of the most important reasons behind trekking to Tilicho Lake is the level of elevation. Nowadays it is the first name that comes to every trekker’s mind when they’re looking for adventure along with a beautiful and soul-nourishing view.

Tilicho lake and Tilicho peak
Tilicho lake and Tilicho peak

Of course, the scenery is extremely beautiful for taking photographs as well. A huge number of people go there to take a holy bath. According to Hindu people, this lake is also known as the Kak Bhusundi Sarovar. This lake is the place where the great sage Kak Bhusundi recited Ramayana to Garuda in the form of a crow. This is also the place where Shiva found solace after the death of Sati.

8. Jhinu Danda Hot Springs:

Jhinu Hot Spring-Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Jhinu Hot Spring-Short Annapurna Base Camp TrekThe natural hot springs found in Jhinu Danda are another piece of nature that adds beauty to this trek. To let you know, this activity has a lot of therapeutic benefits. So for that reason, health seekers from around the world come to take this nature-gifted medicinal bath.

9. The first conservation area of Nepal:

Did you know?

Annapurna is the first conservation area and the largest protected area in Nepal. It covers an area of 7,629 sq. km. This conservation area has some peculiar reason to become the most trendy among all.

The world’s largest rhododendron forest is present here. Furthermore, Kashmir musk deer and Himalayan musk deer belong here as the which are extinct species of the region.

We can also find other rare species like the Clouded leopard, Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and Red panda. If you are into animal photography or like observing animals this trek will be special for you.

With enough luck and patience, you might be able to catch a glimpse of these rare and beautiful creatures.

10. Inclusive facility:

The Annapurna Base Camp is not backward in development. As you can find here a pretty well-established transportation facility, the goods are mainly available. You will get enough accommodation facilities and can exchange currency at the beginning of the trek.

Also here, trustworthy guides will help you to escort you on the journey. The trekking packages are rather inclusive and cover all of your needs, so you don’t need to worry about anything. Just go give a shot to this beautiful adventure and have the time of your life.

You can contact tourism agencies to gain more knowledge about a suitable trek route. According to the details, you can subscribe to a suitable package according to your interests.

Reasons To Do Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Conclusion:

I hope this detailed blog has answered all of your queries and erased your hesitations about whether to go on this trek or not. I recommend this place as it is one of the most magnificent adventures that I have ever been to. All the walk, all of the journey, and every second of this trek is worth it.

Don’t give it a second thought. Just come and see this heaven for yourself and trust me, you won’t get disappointed even a bit. You’ll only be amazed as to how this place is so much more beautiful than it appears in the pictures.

Hope that this blog has helped you!