Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Mount Everest as the highest peak in the world might have made Nepal famous all over the world, but it is Annapurna range and its treks that are marking Nepal as the best adventure destination. Annapurna with an elevation of 8,091 meters (26,545 feet) is the 10th highest peak in the world. The majestic Annapurna massif comprises of the peaks – Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV.
While the weather and climate of Annapurna is mostly clear allowing crystal clear views of the sky and the glistening mountains, the best seasons to trek are spring ( March – May) and Autumn ( September – November). The maximum height of the trek is at Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). There are a number of treks that include the circuit trek, panorama trek and base camp trek that differ both in duration and difficulty according to their destination.
For adventure seekers, the 10th highest mountain poses challenges with its altitude, glaciers, high passes and tricky landscape. While the dangers are exciting they also require caution and considerations about altitude sickness and other accidents. The panorama trek and base camp treks are for nature lovers who want a bit of excitement while enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
The circuit trek is the longest as well as the most exciting of all the Annapurna treks. It takes about 18 – 23 days to complete the entire trek as one starts from subtropical lowlands to hilly areas and finally reaches alpine meadows and desert plateaus. Annapurna conservation area boasts 100 species of orchids and 450 species of birds. One also gets to witness different flora and fauna that include leopards, deer and monkeys. The trails adorned with rhododendrons with the views of the mountain giants make one of the best trekking experiences in the world.
Staying in the guesthouses, lodges or camps gives you a chance to get acquainted with your fellow trekkers, the locals of the area and their lifestyles. The small mountain villages with their friendly people and warm hospitality provide a rich cultural experience. In the entire trip, you will meet people of different ethnicities like Brahmins, Chhetris, Gurungs, Magars, Manangi and Tibetans who follow Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.
The circuit trek encircles the Annapurna range with its massive peaks while passing through high passes, glaciers, deepest gorges to pine forests, mountain villages and ancient monasteries. The most exciting is crossing Thorung La Pass after which you descend to Muktinath, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim site.
In this way, one of the best mountain treks in the world is a combination of challenging walks, rich biodiversity, cultural uniqueness and beauty and majesty of the Himalayas. Trekkers can choose the trek according to the duration and difficulty of their liking. Circuit trek mostly pushes you to the limit while others are more easy and carefree tours around the beautiful Annapurna region.
Highlights of Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
- Annapurna range with the 10th highest peak in the world
- World famous Thorung-la pass at an elevation of 5416 meters
- Deepest gorge and valley of Kali Gandaki
- Rhododendron and pine forests with other diverse flora and fauna
- Vantage points like Ghorepani, poonhill and splendid mountain views of world’s largest peaks
- Visit to mountain villages and ancient monasteries
- Pilgrimage site of Muktinath
- Natural hot spring in Tatopani