Our lives have become monotonous with the daily 9-5, sitting at home with laptops, scraping through the boring day. Once in a while everybody needs a break. Nothing is better than going on a trip or a trek to take a much-needed break for a few days. When you go online or contact travel agents, there are a number of treks to explore and try once in your lifetime. If you are an avid trek lover you might even be familiar with many of them. But if you are a newbie, it is always essential to learn and understand how to plan, what essentials to take and from which one to start.
It is necessary to take one-step at a time. Starting with a difficult trek can give you a disappointing and tiring start at times. So taking on the easier ones will definitely make you want to try more. Once such comparatively easier trek is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is a basic trek in Nepal being in close perspective of Annapurna base camp trek Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna Himalayan range and others give astonishing views of untamed life.
As the trek proceeds, there are many small villages giving an insight to Himalayan life of different ethnic groups and cultures. These groups include Gurung, Magar, Thakali, linking well with the flora and fauna of the area. There is nothing better than spending your getaway in the laps of snow-capped mountains and dense forests, mesmerizing you at every step. With magical sights to capture, the bar is set high with wonders like Rhododendron, the famous Kali Gandaki along with orchids and many other beauties. There are hot springs, a museum and a plethora of scenic beauty to explore. The best time to plan this trek is between September to November.
Cost of the Trek
As the trek is not very difficult, it is not very costly either. For about 9 days, it will cost 27900 per person. To start the trek, you need to travel a few hours from Pokhara. As you proceed there are higher altitudes and lesser community settlements. With sub-tropical forests, mountain ranges, valleys, waterfalls and various ethnicities, the whole trek is a wonderful experience, totally worth the cost.
Itinerary of the Trek
When you plan a trek, the whole itinerary needs to be understood and planned well. There are many travel agencies who plan such treks from time to time and accordingly you can take part with them. If you are going on a trek for the first time it is a wise decision to go with a group. This will help you to learn and gain confidence before you start your solo treks.
As this trek is not a very difficult one and there are a number of villages throughout, you do not need to take a lot of food and utensils.
Day 1: You have to reach Pokhara which is at 1,400m/4,600ft and then you can check in at a hotel. The timings and check in hours of the hotel can vary. So according to the group you are traveling with you can check those and check in on time. You can take local transport or private ones as it is a few hours journey and it is always better to reach before late evening. There are few places for sightseeing too like Tal Barahi Temple, International Mountain Museum and Phewa Lake which may or may not be included in your costing.
Day 2: Next day you need to drive from Pokhara to Nayapul which takes about one and a half hours and then do a trek of 5kms to Ghandruk. The altitude is 2,000m/6,500ft with views of Machapuchare and Annapurna south. Water and essentials can be taken from tea houses.
Day 3: Next day you have to complete a trek of about 10kms from Ghandruk to Chomrong with an altitude of 2,200m/7,200ft. There are few battery and memory card shops along with tea houses. After a descend there is about 6 hours of uphill trek. The beautiful sunset on the Annapurna range can be viewed from here.
Day 4: Following the next day there is a trek of about 5-6 hours to Dovan. With the altitude of 2,500m/8,200ft, you can view Fishtail peaks from here. There are tea houses even on this route and after a steep ascend to Bamboo village there is steel descend to Dovan.
Day 5: Completing this much we reach the next base camp known as the Machhapuchhre Base Camp after about 7 hours of trek. At an altitude of 3,700m/12,150ft, there are snow bridges and patches, rocks along with views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Mt. Hiunchuli, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna and others.
Day 6: Then we go to the Annapurna base camp and then to Dovan about 4-5 hours each. Throughout, there are tea houses as well with glacial water and peaks giving spectacular views of Gandharvachuli , Machapuchare and the entire range of Annapurna with Gangapurna panoramic view.
Day 7: From 4,130m/13,500ft we come to 2,500m/8,200ft as we travel from Dovan to Chumrang, a 5-6 hours trek with gradual ascend and descend.
Day 8: Chumrung to Jhinu Hot Spring at 1,700m/5,600ft again takes about 5-6 hours with tea houses and experience of a hot spring bath.
Day 9: The last day from the hot spring we travel to Nayapul and then to the start point, Pokhara with a 6-7 hours of trek.