Introduction – Annapurna Base Camp
Time and again hearing a lot about ABC trek, one day I ask “Why not explore it?”
With the notion, a brilliant plan to conquer those mountains followed.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is often celebrated as stunningly beautiful by natural sites striking right through the eye to heart.
The deep gorges, drove of mules moving together, the sound of flowing river along the route, long suspension bridge bridging the gap between two hills with water flowing underneath, views of green lush lands, snow-capped mountains, serene natural forest and coming across with diverse ethnic communities will leave you speechless awakening your soul making the Annapurna base camp trek one of the most delightful treks among all destinations in Nepal.
On this 5 day short yet powerful journey of ABC trek, I personally crown it as “impressively beguiling” trek.
Rising and grabbing up the backpack, my journey starts on 21st September 2019 all set for ABC.
As told by Marlon Wayans, “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream”, my trek felt exactly the same.
The journey starting from a small village in Landruk and returning back to it is what I will truly appreciate in all my life. The up and down hilly trail trekking is somewhat hard and tiring. There is no doubt that to acquire some great thing you have to give a lot of yourself in it. It was the same while I was trekking to one of the eight-thousands mountains in the world.
Abc trek starts from Pokhara from where we reached Landruk village by hiring a Scorpio. From there onwards we moved further to Jhinu Dada after 2 and 1/2 hours of walk. Jhinu Dada is one of the popular gateways for reaching ABC. As we decided to stay at Jhinu, our evening was followed by a visit to a nearby famous natural hot spring known as Jhinu Hot Spring.
* Awesome point to take a warm relaxing bath encompassed in nature. Please check the link to access the map leading to Jhinu Hot Spring.
The next day, on the early morning all set for trekking we left Jhinu Dada at 6 am.
On The Way
(about 1-hour hike starting from Jhinu Dada)
A foreigner gagged about the journey,” I want to say that this ABC trek’s gonna be really easy from here but I am not going to lie.”
We both laughed but that jest made up by the lady gave me a kind of boost to keep moving. It felt like an indication that whatever the road is going to be, it will be traveled with fun and laughter.
This is the the first glimpse I saw, the most popular mountain known as Machchapuchhre (Fishtail) on the way inclining from Bamboo to Dovan. The clear picture of fishtail top snowy peak can be captured from here.
The best thing about this trek is that it is able to provide lodge accommodation and after every 2-3 hours of the hike you will find welcoming guest houses and restaurants. Rest for some hours while tasting unique Nepali drinks and watching spectacular views. During the course, you can have enough food and drinks available on the way. So it’s better to not occupy your backpack with much food items and make it light.
The excitement was increasing as we were getting closer to ABC. Then finally we reached Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Surrounding landscapes, beautiful natural views with a glimpse of mountains, changing weather like feeling a bit colder and amazing food we had at the Gurung (ethnic community) restaurant are the best moments to cherish. It felt like a small celebration before the victory of acquiring something.
“How many hours will it take from here?” I asked the owner lady of the restaurant. Just 1 and 1⁄2 hour, she replied. After resting for a while, with the moment of joy, we moved towards the Annapurna Base Camp. The lady gestured us with a smile and told us to return back tomorrow for a good breakfast.
I must say that the path from MBC to ABC will really fascinate every passionate traveler. The views with the mixture of yellow and green grass with beautiful rocky mountains are breathtaking. The water flowing from ABC felt like it was greeting and welcoming us to the base point.
Finally, I saw a board “Welcome to ABC”. Stepping right after that board grounding my trekking sticks and waving the flag of Nepal was an ecstatic moment.
Life Time Achievement
Due to whether the views were not clear and none of the ranges were visible. Leaving my friends behind, I walked towards a steep rock reaching the perfect center point to watch the surroundings. The base camp was surrounded by the tallest mountains such as Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Nilgiri. However, it was hard to locate those peaks in that cloudy weather.
In spite of it, it was amazing to be in the land where everything you see from your eyes looks splendid. I sat down on the huge rock watching the aura of ABC, I closed my eyes for a while. Breathing in and out, I was really living the moment I meditated for a while paying reverence to Goddess Annapurna.
I opened my eyes. Suddenly, all the fog covering the mountains started moving the other way followed by rays of the sun, the weather became clear. To catch the views people came out of the lodges and ran towards me.
The Best 15 Minutes
The weather was clear and all the peaks were so clear that I really touched them through my eyes. It lasted for 15 minutes. Mountains ranges so closer, shinnying by the rays of the sun and the peaks shimmering like gold is the best moments making the trek so satisfying.
In front of massive mountains and spectacular ambiance, I was proud of making my way so far.
Night during ABC trek
Almost no one staying in ABC could sleep that night. Due to the lower oxygen levels and freezing cold weather, it was really hard to get a good sleep. The lack of oxygen and slow blood circulation with the ongoing cold left me awake mostly at ABC. But we did have a large camp fire that was able to provide enough warmth to all of us there. We sang songs and have great meals and drinks to strength our tired body and our trekking spirit. It was a night to remember during our time at Annapurna base camp trek.
In the early morning, we acclimatized to MBC and had a wonderful breakfast with the stunning morning views of MBC. The hike ended with reaching to lower Sinuwa at 2000 m from 4130 m that day. The following day with 4-5 hours descending we reached the initial point where our trek started.
Mt. Annapurna Fact
Mt. Annapurna is regarded as the holy place dedicated to Goddess Annapurna known as Goddess of Food. In respect of this holy site, it is strictly prohibited to take or consume any packed or dried meats and any other non-veg items.
Things to include must in your Backpacks
Water and Juice to remain hydrated
Ginger and Garlic, the best natural remedy to prevent altitude sickness
Medicine and first aid kit required while trekking
Dry food items with high protein
Beware Of Altitude Sickness
It is very likely that you will get altitude sickness if you are not used to very cold environment. So you have to be very careful during ABC trek.
Nevertheless, taking precaution is always better so take a look at the following article,
Read the full article on How to Prevent Altitude sickness while trekking in Nepal?
Full 5 Day ABC Trek Outline
This outline is the best Annapurna base camp trek route that involves five days of awesome adventure.
Reading about it can feel good, however, ABC is not among the places which you should read, listen to or watch. It must be experienced fully with your mind, body, and soul. Being one of the most popular and well-facilitated, it is one of the best short treks in Nepal. A great place for any travel enthusiast, Annapurna Base Camp trek of 5 days was a blissful trek to cherish throughout my life.
I hope you have quite the understanding of ABC trekking and you are ready to go and experience it for yourself. Remember to embrace natural beauty and cherish every moment during your ABC trek. If you have any queries feel free to comment below, we are here to assist you to our full potential.
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