The dynamic landscapes and thriving flora and fauna are major factors in defining the popularity of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The amazing views and challenging routes makes this trek perfect for adventure seekers. And ultimately, the most humbling part is the sense of accomplishment that you get after reaching the base camp.
Mount Annapurna (8,091 meters) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and it’s base camp is at 4,130 meters. The best time to trek the Annapurna Base Camp is during the shoulder seasons of either April – May (Spring) or October – November (Autumn). These are considered to be pre-monsoon and before winter respectively. The weather is mildly hot during the day while hiking and cold at night depending on the altitude. The chance of rain during this time is very less and you will like to get clear days consecutively which is perfect for hiking.
The total length of the trek varies between 160–230 km depending upon the use of motor transportation and where the trek will end. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif. The massif is 55 kilometers long and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south. At the western end, the massif encloses a high basin called the Annapurna Sanctuary. The unique combination of heights and depths of this trek give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.
There are a number of trails that traverse the Annapurna and lead to Chomrong from where there is only one path up to Annapurna Base Camp. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Practically all trekkers hike the route anticlockwise, as this way the daily altitude gain is slower, and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. The trek begins at Nayapul which is marked by a collection of road side shacks that function as bus/taxi stop backed by a slightly more substantial village that has a jeep track through the middle of it. From Nayapul you can either go straight to the Annapurna Base Camp or take a detour to Ghorepani Poon Hill or take a small detour to Ghandruk or both. Whichever route you take, either will coincide at Chomrong and follow the same path to the base camp.
The Annapurna Basecamp trek is a moderate trek of 9 till 14 days that follows the Modi Khola Valley
up to the north of the main Himalayan range. Trek through Gurung villages and climb the Modi Gorge
in to the Annapurna Sanctuary, an arena of huge mountain peaks. Surrounded by this circle of giant
snowy rocks, standing on the roof of the world is a defining moment, feeling puny and grand at the