10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Of many excuses to come to Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp Trek(ABC) is the main reason why thousands of people pick Nepal over others. People of the world are known for the beauty of the Annapurna region. And they also know that one of the best ways to inhale all of the Annapurna region’s beauty at once is the ABC Trek.
It is a short way to enjoy the entire scenic madness of the Annapurna region for just 10 days, not 13 or 15 days. Only duration is shortened to include trekkers who don’t have more travel time, the highlights are the same as the standard ABC Trek. This 10 days journey to the base camp of the 10th world highest mountain is totally worth it.
Along with Annapurna Base Camp, this trek makes you reach the base camp of the most popular Mt Machhapuchhre(Fishtail). Not only that, but you’ll also traverse through scenic trails of the Annapurna region enjoying the mountains and captivative terrains all day.
The trails of Annapurna Base Camp Trek are most popular for its forested trails. While walking on such trails, it feels like it is just you and nature and no one else. In those woods live the various nice-whistling birds to make a trekker’s heart happy. Moreover, en-route to the base camp, you’ll get to interact or come across Gurung’s. Gurung is the main tribe of the Annapurna region and they have lived there since long showing their unique culture and lifestyle.
If you are mad about dusk and dawn views, then this trek should be your next voyage. That is, this trek makes you reach two favorite destinations to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view: Poonhill for astonishing sunrise view and the base camp itself for both sunrise and sunset views. It is almost impossible to express “how these views look like” in words, you just need to do this trek and find it yourself.
Read the full article to find more about 10 Days ABC Trek. The information regarding best time, food & accommodation, difficulties, itineraries along with frequently asked questions of this wonderful trekking are as below:
Highlights of 10 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Experience the trekking trials of one of the world most admired trek
- Trek amid the lush vegetation and forests of Annapurna region
- Explore and learn more about unique Gurung’s lifestyle and culture
- Enjoy the heartwarming sunrise and mountain panorama from Poonhill
- Reach two base camps in one trek: Machhapuchhre Base Camp and ABC
- One overnight at ABC to watch chilly sunset and sunrise
- Get your eyes washed white by the massive Mt Annapurna and its siblings
Best time for 10 Days ABC Trek
Mild trekking temperature, stable weather, bright and clear visibility, no clouds around skies and mountains, and very low precipitation rate will be defining the best time for this trek. Such time has to be just perfect for an outing with no disappointments.
Well, there are two times that meet all of the above conditions and they are Autumn and Spring. Better known as the peak seasons, trekkers do come to Nepal during these seasons, and trails of Nepal get busy. However, Autumn has a different class than the Spring and because of that Autumn is the busiest time of year. September, October, and November are the months of the busy Autumn. Trekkers doing Annapurna Circuit Trek during Autumn can enjoy the clear skies, the mild daytime temperature of around 15 to 17°C, unobstructed mountain views, stable sunny weather.
Likewise, Spring is the second-best time for ABC Trekking. March, April, and May are the months of Spring days and these months also act good for trekkers. They will get to trek on the sunny and warm day under no clouds above, only clear mountain views in front. Plus, you will get a grand welcome from the already bloomed Rhododendrons while into the woods. It is a dreamable trekking experience on the days of Spring when the Annapurna region upgrades its beauty.
Yet, the two remaining seasons like Winter and Monsoon season are off-seasons for trekking in Nepal. Monsoon brings a lot of rainfall and Winter has the coldest days of the year. These two times are hassle prone times where most of the trekkers don’t prefer to go out for trekking in Nepal. Still, there are some adventurers who like to see Annapurna region’s beauty in the not so good times. If you are one of those then have every kind of preparation and then go for it.
Food and Accommodation on 10 Days ABC Trek
Let’s start with accommodation first, ABC Trek is one of the most popular tea-house trekkings in Nepal. And being a teahouse trekking, you should expect the basic teahouses as the accommodation in the 10 days trek. The tea houses with basic rooms are scattered all over the major stops of ABC Trek. Most of the Rooms are on a twin-sharing basis where two people at maximum can fit. And toilets are not attached to rooms rather there is one toilet for one story. However, these teahouse’s rooms are economic, clean, and suitable enough to spend overnights.
Talking about food on the trek, teahouses provide meals and drinks on the trail. Dal Bhat, Pasta, Potatoes, Eggs, Soup, Pizza, Sandwich, Spaghetti are the commonly available food items in most of the teahouses. However, Dal Bhat is the most popular trekking food in the entire trails of ABC Trek. That is you may not get other items but Dal Bhat is forever there in the menu of every teahouse. Similarly, tea, coffee, energy drinks are also available quite easily.
Difficulties on 10 Days ABC Trek
10 Days ABC Trek is a high altitude trek and does have some difficulties which may not be for all of you. I mean to say that the regular high altitude trekkers are pretty comfortable with any sort of itineraries. But starters can face some problems on the trek. The main troubles of ABC Trek 10 Days are total distance and altitude sickness.
The total distance of the trek is 115km in a round trip. As you have to start the trek to complete the entire distance in just 10 days. Here, to meet the daily trek requirement, you have to walk around 5 to 7 hours each day on the uneven trails. So this can be a problem for those who are doing the first trek of their life.
Also, this trek is a high altitude trek which reaches Base Camp(4,130m) of Mt Annapurna. So, someone who has no prior memories of trekking in the high altitude treks can face difficulty in front of the Altitude sickness. And, altitude sickness is real and fatal if no precautions and immediate treatments take place.
So, yes, overall distance and altitude sickness are the two problems, especially for beginners. For example, bad weather and temperature during off-seasons, overcrowded trails, and teahouses during on-seasons. For such problems, you can either change the trekking date or else have to adjust to it all.