Is a Guide needed for Annapurna Base Camp ?

Have you ever thought of undertaking the world’s scenic trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek without a guide? This is a demanding trip that trekkers want to do for a truly, rewarding experience. With stunning views the route of this trek is challenging yet easy to manoeuvre and quite straightforward. We’ve seen a few trekkers on the trail trekking independently to trek economically. But, not all trekkers prefer that. Hence, we see them hiring a guide for the trek – but why?

A guide can render safe trek

If you plan to undertake a trip to the mountains, even in case of Annapurna Base Camp, it is always prudent to have a support of a guide who knows the region like the back of his hand. Yes, there are those who do not think it’s not necessary to hire one to make it cost effective- of course we do respect their decision to do it frugally. But, here more than the cost is the value of life that should be the topmost priority. That’s our paramount concern.Read More

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Sherpas: The People of the Mountains

Sherpas are some of the most well-trained and experienced climbers in the Himalayas. Their wisdom, strength and sharp instincts—in despite of their small figure—often leads outsiders to believe they have a ‘sixth sense’ or ‘magical powers’ in these isolated places. For this reason, companies wouldn’t think of going on an expedition or trekking tour without their guidance and assistance.

Yet, if you were to ask a Sherpa about these ‘heighten instincts’, they’d respond by saying (very humbly and modestly) that they don’t possess any special powers or characteristics; rather, they simply listen to the mountains and respect the custom that She (the mountain) always decides who goes up and who doesn’t, not man.Read More

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Sleeping and Eating on ABC Trek

You’ve booked your flight, arranged your trek with a local company and are now counting down the days till you begin your adventure in the Himalayas. As you snuggle into your warm queen size bed and pull your soft duvet cover up to your nose, you begin to wonder what conditions will be like once you’re in the wilderness.

What sort of beds and accommodations are available at tea houses? Do they even have beds???

As you prepare your breakfast the next morning and replenish your rumbling belly, you begin to wonder what food will be like in the mountains.

Do they have toast and coffee? I need my morning coffee! How will I cope without my morning green smoothie?

It’s not uncommon for trekkers flying in from overseas to have concerns, or are curious to know what daily amenities are like in the mountains.Read More

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Clean drinking water on the Annapurna Base Camp trekking

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is a project under the NTNC (Natural Trust for Nature Conservation) which is meant to preserve and protect the Annapurna region. Annapurna is home to many species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, along with local Sherpa’s and villagers. By obtaining your trekking permit and paying the permit fee, you’re supporting ACAP’s mission to conserve the park, the wildlife and the Sherpa villages. On the NTNC website they provide a few suggestions of how you can do your part to conserve the park:

  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Return batteries to your home country for proper disposal.
  • Use toilets wherever possible or when in the woods, stay at least 50m away from water sources, and bury your waste.
  • Purify water yourself instead of buying bottled water.

The aim is to eventually be 100% plastic free in the Himalaya’s and while there is an NGO – Plastic Free Himalayas – dedicated to the preservation of the Nepal Himalayan environment, the campaign to ban all plastic bags and mineral water bottles is a gradual process.Read More

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Annapurna Base Camp: Your next family adventure!

Trekking is the perfect way to learn, discover, and bond as a family. Maybe an adventure in the Himalayas is exactly the educational and eye-opening experience your children’s developing minds need.

Family trekking trips are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Nepal. And a great option you may want to consider is the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Why?

Annapurna Base Camp sits at an elevation of 4,310m or 13,549 ft. This means your family will have the opportunity to not just SEE the mountains from a distance, but be surrounded by the Himalaya’s without having to deal with severely cold temperatures.Read More

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