Annapurna Base Camp Trek is among the most thrilling treks in the world. Upholding Nepal’s status as one of the most exciting and geographically extreme countries in the world, Annapurna region is in the bucket list for many travelers and trekkers. The region is a home to various eight thousand meters mountains including Mount Annapurna (8091m), which is the 10th highest mountain in the world.
In comparison to Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp is considered much easier one. However, the trek has several hindrances of its own. Getting to the base camp at an elevation of 4130m and relishing the majestic beauty and serenity of the area is an experience everyone would cherish all their lives. But, getting there is not that really easy. You must be well-prepared with proper packing and be physically fit.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best adventures that will provide a truly natural, cultural and spiritual experience. You pass through the different vantage points, settlements, and peaceful monasteries.
A few considerations have to be taken into account in this exciting journey, which is described below.
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1. Altitude Sickness
It is a physical condition that occurs at higher elevations (higher than 2000 meters) due to the change in air pressures. You may face problems such as nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and loss of appetite to fatal conditions like coma or even death.
As Annapurna Base Camp lies at a higher altitude, AMS is one of the most common problems faced by the trekkers. It is very important to be aware of the symptoms and ways to prevent them. One simple but efficient way to prevent altitude sickness is by ascending slowly. Allowing your body enough acclimatization.
2. Best seasons
Best season to trek in Nepal is during Autumn (late September- to early December) or Spring (March-mid June) when the climate is moderate with less or no chances of storms and avalanches.
The view of the surrounding mountains and lush green valleys is also the best during these seasons when seen from the vantage points like Tadapani and on Poon Hil Trek.
But in the monsoon or in the winter you may get stuck in the storms and hailstones.
3. What to Bring:
This is an extremely Photogenic region of the world, so you will be taking more pictures of your experiences, spectacular terrain and the most magnificent mountain views. Carry a nice camera with an extra battery and Memory card, so that you don’t miss clicking any beautiful moment during the trek.
Electricity is very rare in the mountain, so carrying an extra battery for your important electronics will be a great idea.
Along with this, do carry a first aid box, all the necessary medications, sunscreen, head torch, refillable water bottles and your positive attitude.
While a trek for a day or two might be a good time out for everyone, Annapurna Base Camp is no picnic. People with no previous experience as well as a low level of fitness and health issues could face a number of problems.
So, it is better to have a good preparation for any kind of problem that might occur and to know one’s one capability and weaknesses.
It is very important to be mentally and physically prepared to tackle the challenge that the trek really is.
5. Considerations for the Environment
Nepal is house to a number of assets that are treasures of the entire world. The country preserves the diverse and exotic flora and fauna or the local settlements and monasteries of the original inhabitants of the area.
The natural resources are of great importance and are being protected by different organizations at the local and national level. So, when one treks to the region, one should take proper care about not harming the resource in any way and abide by the rules and customs of the local people.
If you keep in mind these simple tips for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, then you will get amazing experiences on the trail. The more you explore the more you will wish to navigate. The Annapurna region will entice you with its numerous features.
Mosaic Adventure team looks forward guiding you to the Annapurna Base Camp trail, please feel free to contact us for more details.