Table of Content:
- Types of Trekking
- Treehouse trekking in Nepal
- Food items and their costs
- Home-Stay and their facilities
- Necessary Trekking gears
- Annapurna base Camp Trek
- Variour types of Rohodendron flowers (Nepal National flower)
- The magnificent view of sunrise from the Poonhill.
- Highest point of the trek Annapurna base camp 4,500 metres
- Mixed Culture
- Views of Annapurna I 8,091m, Machhapuchchhre 6,993m(Fishtail), Dhaulagiri 8,167m, Himalchuli 7,893m etc.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is the most frequented trekking package in Nepal. Nearly one third of the international trekkers visiting Nepal make this trek. There are many reasons behind their preference to Annapurna trekking region. Annapurna Base Camp trek is 4130m high form see level and its popularity is growing day over day because of its trails, natural and cultural rewards, cost and the duration. First of all, this region lies close to the Lake City Pokhara, which is the most popular tourist destination of Nepal.
The trails are comparatively well maintained and comfortable as well as on low elevation. The local communities and the concerned authorities have realized the importance of tourism for economic growth.
Moreover, the tourism agencies in collaboration with the local communities are actively involved in promoting Annapurna region trekking. Due to the low altitude and proper condition, this trek is suitable for the trekkers of all the ages.
You will enjoy the snowcapped peaks of the Gandaki Province during this trek. Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) are the eight-thousanders in this region. Mt. Annapurna was first ascended by a French expedition team led by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lechenal on June 3, 1950. It became the first eight-thousander in the world ever climbed successfully and created a history in the mountaineering.
Besides these, there are ten of other peaks in the Dhaulagiri Massif and the Annapurna Massif. Mt. Fishtail (6,993m) is the most beautiful mountain in the world. It is one of the highest virgin peak in the world as well. Its image on the turquoise water of the Phewa Lake is the most attractive thing to observe in Pokhara.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is another attraction of this trip. Also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, you find 1,233 species of flowering plants, 105 mammals and 518 bird species. Also, 40 species of reptiles and 23 amphibians are the assets of biodiversity of this conservation centre established in 1986.
The common animals, species found here are Himalayan Thar (Ghoral), Blue Sheep, white monkey (Langur) and some species of deer. The birds of diverse species like pheasants and Himalayan Monal (Danphe: the national bird of Nepal) are found here. Sudden encounter with these birds and animals makes your Annapurna Base Camp trek more meaningful and lifelong memory.
The cultural features of this region are equally magnetic to draw the attention of the foreign tourists. Although you can find all the ethnic communities living here, Gurung and Magar cultures are dominant.
The Gurung and Magar males are mostly involved in the military and police forces of many countries. During the World Wars, they fought bravely from the British side and earned a great respect for their fearlessness. This is why, they are known as the Brave Gurkhas who prefer death to disrespect.
Annapurna Base Camp trek lets you know their unique socio-cultural aspects preserved for centuries. You can also listen to their bravery and other stories they made or saw during those Great Wars.
Though the natural and cultural rewards are just incredible, the cost of Annapurna Base Camp trek is also reasonable. The cost of any trek or tour package is determined by duration, service qualities, routes as well as number of guides and porters. As it is one of the less challenging treks, you don’t need large number of them during this trek.
Last but not the least, as there are many trekking packages within Annapurna region, you can customize this trek. You can add up to the itinerary if you have enough vacation, budget and desire to walk more.
There are many short treks in Annapurna region including Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Ghandruk Trek, Royal Trek, etc. Annapurna Circuit trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, etc. are other popular treks. You can also connect this trek with Upper Mustang Trek, Guerrilla Trek and Upper Dolpo Trek as well.
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Types of Trekking:
Generally, trekking in Nepal can be broadly divided into three groups on the basis of food and accommodation facilities. They are Camping trekking, Teahouse Trekking and Hiking Trekking respectively.
Camping trekking is the oldest form of trekking long before the development of the teahouses on the trekking routes. It was not that easy to establish and run teahouses, hotels and lodges in the Himalayan regions due to the geographical complexities. Although the trekkers had to pay comparatively high amount of cost to manage the crew, the entertainment you find during the trek is beyond description!
Even though teahouses are established in most of the trekking regions, still trekkers prefer going camping trekking for a different experience in the Himalayas. The national and international climbers and trekkers still like to go to Everest Base Camp trek, Manaslu Circuit trek, Makalu Base Camp trek, Upper Mustang trek, Upper Dolpo trek by spending nights at the tented camps. While doing camping trekking, you need to arrange all the things regarding the journey. During the journey, you need the things from foodstuffs, camping gears to a large-sized crew. The crew contains a team leader, a professional cook, kitchen helper, guide and porters as well. As the load of foodstuffs and camping gears is heavy, you need to manage a large number of porters. To afford all these items, you need to pay a large sum of budget. Consequently, the cost of camping trek happens to be higher.
Next type of trekking is hiking in which you set off to a specific destination right from the place you are living. It is the shortest form of trekking, especially for a few hours of a day. You pack the dry food items or cooked food by yourselves. On the other hand, you buy the food items found around the destination as well. After relishing the natural and socio-cultural aspects of the specified places, you return to the hotel booked for the accommodation. Hiking trekking is done in a group of certain members that it is more memorable to experience once in lifetime!
Teahouse Trekking in Nepal
The most common type of trekking in Nepal is teahouse trekking. In the recent days, as the Nepalese people although in the remote areas have come to realize the importance of tourism industry. It not only helps in developing infrastructures but also economic progress of a family and the entire society. Teahouse is a small place serving tea and other light refreshments for the travelers or the locals. It is a type of junction where people from all around a particular village gather and share the news and views. It is more popular in the places where the development infrastructures are less developed. It is the best way to collect information about the natural and cultural circumstances of that place. Apart from this, they serve food and accommodation for the travelers who happen to pass by these places. Teahouse not only serves the travelers but also is a reliable medium for the local people to earn their livelihood. It can also bring about changes in the lives of the rural people and their living standard. Annapurna Base Camp Teahouse trek is the easiest way to explore the natural and cultural diversity of Annapurna region. Teahouse trekking is more comfortable and less expensive than camping trekking. Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the oldest and most comfortable teahouse trekking in Nepal. There are many reasons for Annapurna Base Camp trek being in the bucket list of thb trekkers visiting the Himalayas. The Himalayan panoramas, flora and fauna of Annapurna Sanctuary, ethnic cultural beauties, easy access and moderate type of trekking are some of the prime causes. Above all, the teahouse food and accommodation facilities are the most important driving force to the trekkers from all over the world. The teahouses of this region provide comparatively better services than the houses of other regions. Also, the cost of Annapurna Base Camp Teahouse Trek is also more reasonable than in other trekking regions of Nepal.
Food Items and their Cost
The teahouses en route Annapurna Base Camp provide you breakfast, meal, snacks and dinner. In the lower elevation, you might also find these items by choosing from the menu. However, in the higher altitude, you might have to compromise on the luxury. Most common food items you find are the typical Nepal Daal Bhaat Tarkari Achar, mo:mos, chowmein, noodles and tortilla/roti (bread). We highly recommend you to have the typical Nepali meals to keep you fit and fine so that you can accomplish the trekking. As they are hygienic and organic, you won’t have any health-related problems. Beside this, you also find some continental cuisines like: Pizza, Spaghetti and some chicken items including local food items. And, you should always have bottled water as the normal water may not fit for your health. To avoid any water-borne infections, you should always bring water-purifying medicines like Chlorine Dioxide and pills. Alternatively, you can carry portable water purifier or filter while walking in the Himalayas.
Teahouses during Annapurna Base Camp trek avail limited types of beverage items as well. For your kind information, we don’t suggest you to have non-veg items as they may not be fresh in the higher altitude. But, if you find them fresh and hygienic, you can also taste them. The cost of the food items including beverage is listed below in the table:
1. Daal Bhaat
5. Mineral Water
$ 6-8 time
$1.5 - $ 3,5 cup
$ 2- $ 3 Bottle
$ 5 - $ 8 Plate
$ 1- $ 2 bottle
$ 5 - $ 8 bottle
In some stopovers, the given cost
may differ as well!
Teahouses in Annapurna region provide you accommodation facilities to the visitors all times of the year. They provide basic to deluxe facilities of accommodation depending upon the availability and your desire to pay extra charge. In some teahouses, you can find attached restroom while in most of the others, you have to go out of the house for excretion. As going out of the house may not be familiar to you, you should always keep a torch light in your backpack. This helps you go out even in the areas where there is no electricity facility. If the teahouse is in remote areas closer to the dense forests, you had better go with your friends. In such places, going out alone at night may be dangerous as the nocturnal animals might attack you occasionally. The average amount you have to pay for a room per night equals to $ 10 - $ 12 depending upon the type of it. The room is cozy with clean and comfortable bed with bed sheet and blanket changed after every use. You can also find table or ceiling fans for cooling condition in the lower altitude. Most of the teahouses have electricity facility and you can find solar facility for lighting and charging different gadgets. In the past, it was not that easy to get hot water for shower. If you wanted to take hot shower, you had to pay extra charge. But nowadays, as the electricity and solar panels are installed, you can get hot water without any difficulty. Most of the teahouses have made bathrooms with hot water 24/7. The cost of the hot shower is included in the accommodation charge.
In some villages, you can also find homestay facilities as well. The local community people, especially the women are active in providing food and accommodation facilities to the trekkers in their vicinity. Actually, homestay was introduced to promote tourism in rural level so that it can benefit in the living standard of the local people. As the people are involved in providing food and accommodation services to the tourists, they can earn their livelihood in an easy way. Most of the ethnic villages located in Annapurna trekking region have been running homestay facilities since the 90s. Apart from contribution in economic side, it has encouraged the people to involve in conservation of their lifestyle, culture and tradition. Homestay services have taught the people how to keep their native socio-cultural aspects unaffected by the imported culture and tradition. In some villages, you find the small museums established to conserve their traditional customs and costumes. You can find traditional tools, important manuscripts or inscriptions of their language and historical relics that reflect their history. You can find the in-depth knowledge about their forefathers and their original cultural rites and rituals.
Doing Annapurna Base Camp Teahouse trek is the best way to meet the Brave Gurkhas who fought bravely in the World Wars. Most of the villages of this region are populated by the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities. The male members of these communities have been serving in the security forces of the Great Britain, India, Singapore, Hongkong and many more including Nepal. Spending nights with these friendly and fearless people gives you a lifelong memory while trekking in Nepal. You will hear many more interesting stories they have heard or made during their lifetime. In addition, homestay is a chance for cultural exchange as well. You can learn to cook their local cuisines while sharing the same kitchen with the host family.
Teahouse trekking is the most common type of trekking in Nepal. Among them, Annapurna Base Camp Teahouse trek is the most popular one. The teahouses opened and run on the routes provide food and accommodation facilities during this trek. What you have to do is just focus on getting the best of the beautiful scenery of the Himalayas, flora and fauna as well as the cultural richness of this region.
During this trip, you can relish the typical Nepali cuisines made up of organic grains and vegetables. Moreover, you will find the fast food items like soup, omelets and daal bhat in almost all the rest points. The continental food items like European, Italic, Chinese and Indian are also found as per your appetite.
Necessary Trekking Gears:
- Duffel or Rucksack bag (Provided)
- Down Sleeping bag (Provided)
- Down Jacket (Provided)
- Hiking pants
- Waterproof & Windproof jacket
- Rain coat or Umbrella
- Full-sleeves shirts
- Jumper or Fleece jacket
- Pair of T-shirts
- Trekking Boots (water proof is better)
- Sandal, Toilet paper
- Cotton thick socks (2 pair), Woollen socks to wear with boots
- Sun-hat & fleece hat
- Sun block for lips
- Sun lotion
- Goggles or Sunglasses
- Thermal long underwear sets
- Insulated pants
- Trekking poles
- Wind breaker pants
- Water bottle
- Flash light or Head light, Batteries
- Swiss army Knife
- Personal Dry Towel
- Personal toiletries and medication which should be labelled
- Snow leg Gaiters