Annapurna Base camp trek is one of many doable trekking without guide. There are abundant tea house till the point chhomrong. But when you start hiking uphill from Chhomrong and onwards, number of tea houses is really limited and hence you need to be careful booking in advance if possible. If your booking is not easy task then start early and get to the destination. Trail is easy and if you are trekking in the peak season like
spring and autumn; crowd of trekkers will help you to track the trail. As you start trekking to Annapurna Base Camp from Nayapul there are two different routes to get to the base camp, one takes you from Ghorepani with magnificent view from a famous hill station called Poonhill and another gets you to the base camp via Jhinu hot spring. Wherever you go for this trekking you can ask to the villagers for the trail to go to the base camp till chhomrong (if you know okay Nepali). Once you start trekking above Chhomrong you will rarely see local peoples so asking where the trail is hard thing. But the great thing is that, above chhomrong there is one and only way to the base camp. Single Jungle trail to the base camp is also facilitated with some arrow and sign post.
Talking about the destinations in this trek lets discuss in short of each and every place from the updated statistics till 10/23/2017.
This is starting point of the trek till this place you will be dropped by taxi, car. If you want to go by bus there are lots of local buses till Nayapul. When you start walking from Nayapul you will get to TIMS and permit check point. Nayapul has lots of tea houses and restaurants for your lunch.
Your first night is supposed to be at Hile, but if you can walk more you can get to up above Ulleri in good fitness level. But I never suggest walking those steps in your first day. To get to Ulleri you need to climb like 900 meters and lots of them are walking on stairs. so you need to have good fitness as the uphill climbing to reach banthati from tikhedhunga invokes hardship of the trekking but in overall you can consider the annapurna base camp trek difficulty as moderate. Hile can be accessible by jeep so you can take jeep till Hile and hike to Ulleri instead. Ulleri has more than 10 tea houses and restaurants. Bhanthati and Nagethati is other two village after ulleri.
Your next day is supposed to be Ghorepani at altitude of 2880 meters. This is one of the awaited destinations for most of the trekkers since you can see the whole two range of the mountains even from your bedroom. If you are in the peak seasons and if you don’t find the perfect room then you never know how the view will be but you will get the perfect view from Ghorepani. This is the point from where you can go for the morning hike to Poonhill for sunrise. Poonhill is one of the great place or hill top found by local man of the region called Tek Bahadur Pun. By his cast Pun this hilltop is famous as Poonhill in the modified form. Here are lots of tea houses to stay overnight and many restaurants and even there are some mini marts. It is interesting that you might not get accommodation sometimes because of high season and this is the junction point of many trekking trail in Annapurna trail. Annapurna circuit ends here, Annapurna base camp trek starts through this; this is famous destination for Ghorepani Poonhill trek and Annapurna sanctuary trek too.
At the 2700m height on the Annapurna Himalaya range, Tadapani gives Magnificent view of three major mountains Annapurna south, Annapurna III and mighty fishtail. There are few guest houses. If you trekking in the peak season you might not get space for you. As this place is junction of numerous trekking trails this is basically busy place throughout the year. But government of Nepal is enhancing the infrastructure in tourism; in coming future this problem will be solved. This place needs pre booking of tea house. As this is on the hilltop, view of the mountain is perfect and people are welcoming. In case if you don’t get space you can walk one more hour down to place called Chuile. Chuile has two lodges where you can stay for the night.
Chhomrong is a a small town with couple of shops where you can buy souvenirs back home and some of the trekking requirements like Toiletries’ and sanitizers’. If you are travelling in budget it is better to buy some food from here because things are going to be expensive above this point. Chhomrong has plenty of tea houses. From the top to the bottom of the village tea houses will be welcoming you. View of the Mountains will be even closer than from Tadapani. Make sure you take shower here as you might not get good shower and the trail up from here will be really busy. Chhomrong is at the altitude of 2080m.
At the altitude of 3000 meters Himalaya is not that interesting place rather than its nearness to the river. If you are one who loves to see flow of river you would love this place. This place is like hidden inside jungle as there are just two tea houses. From here you need to share rooms with strangers for sure. But in coming future this problem of accommodation will be fulfilled as this is special management area and ACAP is looking forward to expand the capacity. You will see top of the Mt. Fishtail from this place and no more mountain view for this night.
Deurali at the height of 3190m is nice and cozy. Here are 5 guest houses with good accommodation. On the side of the river this place is cold and bit windy if you stay at the top where Deurali guest House is. Also Deurali is higher and near to Mountains so you might not feel comfortable with cold and sleep during the night could be bad. But the morning you start from here to ABC will be spectacular as you march towards the mountains you see from last weeks.
Machhapuchhre Base Camp
This place majorly famous as MBC at the altitude of 3700 meters has spectacular view numerous mountains. This is the place where you feel like you have been to the mountains for real. If you just count snow capped mountains as real mountains; then the real mountain trekking kicks off from this point. As this is base camp of Mt. Machhapuchhre you will have great view of Fishtail from top to bottom. And view of Annapurna, Hiuchuli, Gandarvachuli is mesmerizing as well. Here at this time of year at 2017 AD, there are 5 tea houses.
Annapurna base camp is the last destination of Annapurna trekking at the altitude of 4220 meters. Interesting thing of this trekking is you don’t need to walk on rocky glacier to go to base camp. As it is very difficult geology to walk down to glacier i don’t recommend it but there is edge on the destination where you can go and see the deep glacier. At Annapurna base camp you don’t need to hike further like in Everest Base camp trekking. Just 2 minutes from lodge you stay is tea house. So some people even walk all the way from MBC to ABC if the accommodation is not available. ABC is 3 hours away from MBC and ABC has 4 tea houses where you can stay.
These above are the destination introduction of Annapurna Base camp trek. If you are skipping trekking to poonhill then some of the illustrated destinations are skipped and you will pass by some of the places called Phedi. Pothana, Deurali, Landruk and Jhinu connecting to Chhomrong of the trail discussed above. I wish you have a great time and safe travel to this trekking region of Annapurna Himalaya range. Jungle, River valley, Mountains, Hills, People, culture and hot spring on the way are interesting thing of this trekking.
Have a great time adventure lovers!