Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a fantastic opportunity to witness the gorgeous Annapurna Massif, located in the northern region of Nepal. There are very few mountains in the world that can compare to the unparalleled beauty the Annapurna possesses. During the trek, explorers will see six impressive Himalayan peaks. In Sanskrit, Annapurna means the “Goddess of Fertility,” which is shown in the verdant, vibrant forests, vast gorges, and spectacularly terraced fields along the trek.
During the 7-8-10 or 11 days that it takes to hike the entirety of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, adventurers will climb to altitudes of 4,000 meters above sea level and witness mountainous peaks stretching over 55 km. They will trek through oak, pine and rhododendron forests, sloping, green valleys, massive rice fields and snowy trails all in a single trip through Annapurna.
At the beginning of the trek in Pokhara, explorers will immediately find themselves immersed in the glorious views of mountain ranges. As they travel to Ghandruk, the picturesque views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South and other peaks will grow in the distance. Machapuchare, also known as the “fish-tailed mountain,” is fiercely protected by the local population as it is believed to have been home to Lord Shiva. Tourists have the rare opportunity to experience its exquisite beauty during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. From the base camp here, trekkers can see views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
The Annapurna Base Camp is home to a cluster of small lodges that offer mystical sights of the Annapurna glacier, which sits on the opposite side of the base camp along with the Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Machapuchare glaciers.
Throughout the trek, explorers will see a vast array of vegetation as they hike the long and difficult trails that weave through ancient forests full of rhododendron, fern and bamboo. As they pass through Sinuwa and into the Annapurna Sanctuary, the greenery and dense forests present themselves in the stunning display. Here, oak trees seamlessly become the dominant species and continue on until trekkers reach Machapuchare Base Camp. The tall grasses and trees make way for flowering varieties. Along the long but enjoyable journey, explorers are sure to be satisfied with the serene environment they are surrounded by.