Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking of Annapurna Region. Annapurna Base Camp trek has rich natural as well as cultural heritage. Every year thousands of traveller trek to Annapurna Base Camp in order to be in the base of the world 10th highest Mountain “Mt. Annapurna” and enjoy the tranquillity of Nepal Himalayas. The routes are well marked and because of its popularity, these areas have plenty of good and tourist-friendly teahouses and lodges for accommodation.

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Here are some of the Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek which makes its one of the most famous trekking destination of Nepal.

Witness numerous culturally and naturally opulent villages

During the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you will come across may culturally and naturally opulent villages such as Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, Sinuwa, Deurali, Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, Landruk, Chommrong and many more. These villages are spread over a hillside and provide stunning views of Annapurna mountain range and Mt. Fishtail. Along with diverse topography, you can witness diversified culture along the trails. Gurung and Magar are the dominant ethnic groups in the south, whereas Thakali and Manange are dominant in the north and you can also find few Brahmin and Chhetri groups along with the trail. These groups have their own dialect and have unique cultures and traditions which can be quite impressive.

Poon hill is a popular viewpoint of Annapurna trek, popular for sunrise and sunset view over the Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range. Ghandruk is another popular village of Annapurna. It has closely clustered slate-roofed houses surrounded by neatly terraced fields which are point of attraction. The people of Ghandurk entertain the tourist with Gurung dances and you also get the opportunity to wear the traditional Gurung dresses and ornament and enjoy the local food.

Best Rhododendron forest view

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best trekking destination to witness varieties of rhododendron forest. As you start to ascend higher the forest gets thicker and you can find varieties of flora and fauna along the route. This trek takes you to the largest Rhododendron forest at Ghorepani Poon hill area. The trek is very pleasant during the spring season as the rhododendron flowers blossom during the spring season (Feb-May) and you get to fully enjoy colourful rhododendron forests of different colours together with breathtaking Himalayan panoramic view.

Two Base Camps in one trip

Annapurna Base Camp passes through Machhapuchhre Base Camp. In the bliss of the moment, you get an opportunity to visit two base camps. Machhapuchhre is a beautiful mountain is also known as Mt. Fishtail due to its unique fishtail shaped silhouette. It is believed that Machhapuchhre has never been climbed to its summit and Nepal Government gives no permits to climb the mountain considering it to be sacred. Machhapuchhre Base camp at an elevation of 4040m and Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m are the holy grails of this trek. As you reach to the base you will find yourself surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks like Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, and Annapurna III on all sides. You also get a picturesque view of Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tent Peak, and the iconic Fishtail Mountain.

Jhinu Danda Hot Springs

Many trekkers who plan to trek to Annapurna region normally make sure to have Jhinu Danda on their trekking route. Jhinu Danda is a beautiful tiny village popular for its hot springs. It is located in a very exotic geographical location. There are three main Hot Springs in Jhinu, each with different temperatures. The most preferred is the highest pool right at the edge of the thundering Modi Khola River. Trekkers can lay down here and can relax and soothe their tired muscles in this soothing natural hot springs. The local hospitality and culture of ethnic people living here are very friendly. Those travellers and explorers who wish to observe local ethnic communities and families can come here and stay.

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best way to explore the culture and natural beauty of Nepal. It is one of the adventurous and fascinating trekking of Nepal. Contact Lapha Holidays at laphaholidays@gmail.com for your dream trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

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