Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp trek traverses through the Annapurna Sanctuary – the sacred home of the Gurung people. Our final destination is at a natural amphi-theatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks. Macchapucchre and Annapurna South dominate the horizon at the beginning of the trek. But later the imposing Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft.) mesmerizes trekkers. Despite the name, very few expeditions use Annapurna Base Camp for their attempt on Annapurna I. Instead, they choose to establish a base camp on the other side of the mountain near the Annapurna Circuit trail.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek passes through several Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal. And they are the predominant recruits in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. In the beginning, the trek is through terraced rice fields. Continue up and down the infamous, and seemingly endless, Gurung staircases. Thereafter, gradually ascend to old growth and bamboo forests to the Macchapucchre Base Camp. Finally, ascend gradually to the Annapurna Base Camp . Macchapucchre is a holy mountain for the Gurung people. Hence climbing the mountain is prohibited.
This is a great first time trek in Nepal. Come join us and experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people on this spectacular journey! If you have more time, do consider adding the Khopra Ridge Trek to your itinerary.
WHY TREK WITH US?
All our Annapurna Base Camp Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices. But they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.
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