The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking destination in Nepal that takes hikers to the base camp of the Annapurna mountain range. The trek typically takes 7-12 days to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the itinerary. The trek starts and ends in the town of Pokhara, and the route passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The trek takes hikers through a variety of landscapes, including subtropical forests, high-altitude deserts, and glacial valleys. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to experience the local Gurung and Magar culture and way of life. The trek passes through many small villages and stops at local teahouses for accommodation and meals.
As the trek progresses, the altitude increases, making it challenging due to lack of oxygen and the rugged terrain, but the views of the Annapurna mountain range becomes increasingly spectacular. The final destination is the base camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters and offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
It is important to have a proper physical and acclimatization preparation before the trek, also hiring a guide or a porter and checking the weather conditions are highly recommended to make the trek safe and enjoyable. Additionally, permits are required to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area and can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.