One of the most popular, relatively shorter, classic, and rewarding treks in Nepal is Annapurna Base Camp Trek also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is highly suitable for those travelers who are looking for a blend of natural tranquility and adventure but are constrained by time. The trek is naturally very enriching and provides adequate time within nature, as it takes us to the serene conserved environment through the Annapurna Conservation area.
The ABC Trek takes us on an exciting walk through diverse and rapidly changing landscapes. We start our journey at a very busy city Kathmandu, leading to the beautiful tourist destination Pokhara. As we approach the Annapurna Base Camp we traverse through picturesque villages with terraced farmlands of paddy and maize fields. As we move higher, we come across the dense forests of Rhododendron and Bamboos. Moving even higher lets us encounter the alpine ecosystem with almost no greenery. The glacial basins in the Annapurna Sanctuary offer a 360 degrees view of the snow-covered giants. The magic happens when the first rays of the Sunlight touch the sparkling snow to produce the golden light. Well, that is one breathtaking moment one can ever experience.
Likewise, the ABC Trek is a wonderful chance to get in touch with diverse cultures and traditions. While there is a majority of Brahmins and Chhetris in the lowlands like Pokhara, the upper regions are resided by large communities of Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis.
Best time for ABC Trek
While treks can be organized throughout the year with enough preparations, the best season to plan for the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is Spring (March, April, and May months) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December). Monsoon poses the threat of landslides and road blockage while the Winter season is too cold to travel. But if you seek wild adventure, we can organize the trek any time of the year as per your request. (Please contact the company for special requests).
Preparation for the ABC Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered to be moderate in terms of difficulty. With organized trails and adequate lodges and tea houses on the way, it is much easier for travelers to walk with ease unlike in remote trekking trails.
Anyone with proper physical fitness and little or no experience of high-altitude trekking can opt for this trek.