Annapurna base camp trek was soon opened after the Annapurna circuit trek in the 1980’s and since then it has been the first choice destination for trekking in Nepal. The entire Annapurna region is a beautiful mix of vibrant communities, indigenous tribes, rhododendron forests of different hue, variety of flora and fauna and the mountains of course. The most loved aspect of trekking in this region is that the trails slowly and gradually ascend to the zenith. This gradual process of reaching to high elevation barely requires acclimatizing or makes anyone sick because of the altitude.
The trek begins from Nayapul, a small roadside settlement, 2 hours west from Pokhara. Immediately after beginning your journey on the trails you start playing hide and sick with lush green tropical forest and walk along white water stream. As you begin climbing up you will notice unique houses made out of rocks and stone slates. These houses are seen in abundance in villages and larger settlements. Along the way, you will partly walk on the ancient silk route where convoys rested their horses and called it a night. Still, upon asked, owners of teahouses share stories of silk route time and again, that has been passed on to generations. Furthermore, along the trails of Annapurna base camp you will come across several viewpoints which is well renowned for 180 degree views of the mountains in Annapurna range, sunrise and sunset.
Surprisingly, the trail of Annapurna base camp is blessed with caves, some beautiful villages and not to forget one of the most soothing natural hot springs. These villages are famed as home of famous British Gurkha rifles and majority of households will have one member in the queen’s army. Not only that, if time permits and if you are in the right season you will as well get an opportunity to witness gurung cultural programme, wear traditional attire and ornaments. One of the villages namely Ghandruk, which is also the largest Gurung village on the trail of Annapurna base camp, houses a small yet beautiful Gurung cultural museum. The hot spring on the other hand, falls in Sinuwa and it is one of the few that exists in the region. After arduous journey to the base camp of Annapurna and walking on the rollercoaster trails, many rejoice this gift of nature to wear off the exhaustion.
The mountains you see from this trails include 2 of the highest mountains in the world, namely, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Other than these two dominators, you will witness beautiful Machhapuchhre, striking Nilgiri and several others. You will definitely get mesmerized by the beauty of Annapurna and the experience is unlike any other trekking in Nepal. Annapurna is always more greener, livelier and worth experiencing. Book this trek today!
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