What to Expect at Annapurna Base Camp?
Annapurna Base Camp is the main objective of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will have been trekking for multiple days before reaching the dizzying heights of over 4,000 meters. There may still be snow on the ground and you might not have any idea of what to expect at Annapurna Base Camp as it comes into view. Luckily we are here to ensure you that it isn’t a terrifying experience and is actually something which should be seen as a positive after all, it is the achievement of the trek!
The Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
The trek will start from Deurali which has an altitude of 3,230 meters. It follows an upward trajectory of a valley leading to Annapurna Base Camp (4,131 meters). There will be some streams and rocky paths to cross but these are fairly simple. The valley then starts to widen out as the altitude gets higher. Less plants and floral life grows at the altitude and before you know it you will be able to see a settlement in the distance. This is Macchapuchre Base Camp. The Fishtail as it is commonly known due to the distinctive shape of the peak is a religious mountain. It is forbidden to be climbed despite having a settlement as the base camp.
As you keep walking upwards from here, you will start to see a settlement, perhaps some snow on the ground and a towering mountain in the backdrop. This is Annapurna in all it’s glory. The buildings you see are the basecamp. There are no tents only solid structures.
From Macchapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp it is approximately a 2 hour walk. Upon arriving, you will be shown to the teahouse where you can spend the night and take a look around. It can be a great place to explore, take some photos and enjoy nature. If it is a clear night, you are in for a real treat. I would thoroughly recommend setting an alarm for the early hours to look at the mountains under the stars. If it is a full moon, even better!
Teahouse Lodges at Annapurna Base Camp
Enjoy, relax and rest! There really isn’t much more that you need to do once you reach the objective. Make sure you are continuing to keep hydrated and eating as you will have expended a lot of energy to get to Annapurna Base Camp. As night approaches, keep wrapped up and put on warm clothes. Make sure you have your sleeping equipment out and ready in your room and enjoy the common areas of the lodges.
It is usually a great ambience at Annapurna Base Camp as everyone is relishing the sense of achievement in reaching their objective and thinking it can’t get any harder than this. The full food menu that you can expect at other lodges is available at Annapurna Base Camp as is the treats such as chocolate. Prices are a little more inflated due to the remote nature. Everything that is at Annapurna Base Camp has been brought up on foot which is quite impressive!
Leaving Annapurna Base Camp
Waking up at the glory of Annapurna Base Camp is an awesome feeling and after spending a night at altitude you will feel refreshed and ready for the onward trek. You will probably be surprised at just how much energy you will have. As your body goes to a lower altitude, the increase in oxygen is an incredible feeling. Enjoy it and take some photos, this is a spectacular place after all!
The trek then continues downwards to Bamboo. Bamboo sits at 2,345 meters in altitude making it a great place to recharge. If you get there early, you may be lucky enough to enjoy a warm shower powered by solar. If that isn’t encouragement to trek fast I don’t know what it is! If you are looking to explore Annapurna Base Camp for yourself then you can check out more details here. It is a great trip and one we love doing!