Annapurna I is the 10th highest peak in the world. The sheer height of the mountain and its remote setting makes it a delight among tourists to visit its base camp for fun or adventure.
Along with the Annapurna Circuit trail, it receives over 120,000 trekkers in a year; and most of them make a visit during Spring and Autumn seasons.
Kathmandu ⇒ Pokhara
You can either drive or fly to Pokhara. A 6-7 hours long drive to the west of Kathmandu will take you to Pokhara. A flight may last for an half hour. Lakeside city of Pokhara is a popular tourists getaway. A bustling city offers some of the best adventure sports and wanderlust opportunities.
Pokhara ⇒ Naya Pul
Naya Pul ⇒ Ghandruk
Ghandruk ⇒ MBC
A drive from Pokhara through Banglung highway will take you to Naya Pul at Lumle. Here you start trekking and ascend towards the Ghandruk village. You can also choose to cover Ghorepani-Poon Hill trail during the trek. It’s a steady ascent from Ghandruk to Chhomrong. The few other stops during the trip can be made at Jhinu Danda, Himalaya, Dovan and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
MBC ⇔ Annapurna
An early morning hike from MBC will take you to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). Trekkers basically reach there before sunrise, so to witness the first rays of sun falling at the southern face of Annapurna. You can choose to spend some time basking in the ambiance of the surrounding and start descending the usual route.
There are very few tea-houses at ABC. Most of the time, this place is covered with thick piles of snow. Only during Spring and Autumn, it clears all the snow for a brief period of time for the ease of access.
Annapurna ⇒ Naya Pul
It’s a usual route from Annapurna to Nayapul. The descent is fairly easy. You can choose to take an alternative route for the descent, via Landruk or Dhampus.
Naya Pul ⇒Pokhara
Pokhara ⇒ Kathmandu
- Annapurna is a fairly easy trail for trekking. Anyone above the age of 12 can choose to do the trek.
- It is located at 4,130 meters, therefore, it is suggested to acclimatize well before approaching the base camp.
- The trail is populated by the people of Gurung and Managi tribes.
- Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) is Nepal’s largest protected area covering 7,629 km2 in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung districts.
- Machhapuchhre, which lies within Annapurna trail is forbidden from climbing. You will get to spend a night at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
- Along with Annapurna II, III, IV and V; it makes a grand Annapurna Himalaya range.
- Most trekkers choose to spend time at Pokhara, a popular getaway in Nepal.