The Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal is one of the most top 10 best treks in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek brings you face to face with an eight-thousand for a moderate- beautiful trek, this is incredible! The wonderful Annapurna massif includes the world’s 1oth top peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) hold an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers. It has the highest fatality ratio among the eight-thousands. This formidable aura apart, the ABC Trek in Himalaya holds several treasures for the mountain lover.
The Annapurna Base Camp in Himalaya whets your appetite for mountain views right from Pokhara. This is even before you start the trek. At Ghandruk village, you get distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Views of different peaks of the Annapurna massif and Fishtail stay with you till Sinuwa. The tip of Machapuchare teases you at Dovan. As you burst out of the forest past Himalaya and Deurali, MBC appears before you in its full glory.
Fishtail, the ‘fish-tailed mountain’, is revered by the Nepalese for its exquisite lovely. It is believed to be one of the homes of Lord Shiva. It has never been officially submitted! At the MBC, in addition to fishtail, you will see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli up close.
The Annapurna Base Camp is a small cluster of lodges opposite the Annapurna glacier. As you look up from the edge of the glacier, you come face to face with the Annapurna massif. Annapurna I, III and South, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare are all there to meet your gaze when your eyes rest upon them.
The Annapurna Region Trekking in Nepal takes you through a variety of vegetation. While trekking from Ghandruk to Chomrung you are surrounded by rhododendron, fern, and bamboo. Once you cross Sinuwa to enter the North Annapurna Base Camp, the forest becomes dense. Tall oak trees become prominent here. As you move higher up towards Deurali, the thick forests give way to bushy grass. Around this area, you will find trees with thick bark called Lokta. This is used by locals to make paper. These trees are commonly found around. Closer to Machapuchare base camp, the terrain turns Alpine. You see patches of grass amidst boulders. There are also flowering plants lining the trail at this section.
The trail has 3 sections through the forest that is so dense that sunlight barely seeps through. The first one starts right after the villages around Chomrung and extends till New Bridge. On the trail from Sinuwa, you hear the Modi Khola roaring past right next to you. But the trees around are so dense that you can’t see the river. The third stretch is after Bamboo and goes all the way to Dovan. The beauty of this trek is that you walk through these forests not once, but twice!
The trek is nestled in the 7,629 sq km Annapurna Conservation Area. This is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 33 reptiles, and 22 amphibians. If you’re lucky, you might spot an exotic bird or even a marmot.