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Places to see during Annapurna Base Camp

If you have visited Nepal but haven’t got anywhere near the Himalayas, then your trip is still incomplete. The Himalayan peaks are the cream and sugar of Nepal. Tourism would not be as booming as it is now without the presence of the Himalayas in Nepal. Despite the fact that Nepal is a small country, it compensates for the size with its physical features. Home to 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks, Nepal has the hot spots for the best tourist destinations. Let us have a look at one of these trekking destinations famous as a tourist favourite. 

  • Nepal and Tourism
  • Pokhara: Introduction
  • Mt. Annapurna: Introduction
  • Places you come across on the trek
  • Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

 

Nepal and Tourism

Nepal is a landlocked country wedged between India, Bhutan and the Tibetan dominion of China. Though small in size, the physical features, and the cultural depth is what makes Nepal a wonderful nation. It is also very rich in biodiversity and is famous for its numerous temples and monasteries. Having 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks makes it a dream destination for tourists all over the world. Nepal has much to offer with its production and supply capabilities. But the dominant industry in Nepal is still Tourism. Each year, thousands of traveling parties visit Nepal for either the holy places or the snowy abode of the Himalayas. And tourism brings about much business to the other industries of Nepal simultaneously. 

Previously, the Himalayan region was not well maintained. There were many incidents of carelessness, especially by the trekkers and climbers after which natural calamities took place. This greatly affected the economy of Nepal and the government was forced to close the regions that were damaged. The animals and birds of the region, along with the people living there were greatly affected by this factor. Later along with the Nepal Tourism Board, the government established camps and made provisions to conserve these locations. Then these locations were re-opened for the public but under the strict supervision of the travel agencies. After much work, the trekking trail has become one of the best trekking trails in the world. 

Pokhara: Introduction

Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. It is also known as the Tourism capital of Nepal. It is called so as most of the treks to the Himalayas lie in its boundaries. The entire city is said to be built upon the Phewa Lake and at night you can hear the water flowing beneath the city roads. It gives us a nice panoramic view of Mt. Machhapuchhre right from the heart of the city. Phewa Lake is a major attraction within the city and serves a lively boating activity on its surface area. You can also go for paragliding from a hill near Pokhara. These flights can be seen while you’re on the boat at Phewa Lake too. Extreme sports like rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping are also prevalent in Pokhara. There are numerous caves you can explore while you are at Pokhara.

The city also has an active night-life. One can have a nice time at one of the pubs or bars open till late at night here. The city is lined with exquisite hotels and restaurants within the city limits. Pokhara is widely dominated by the Gurkha families of Nepal. They are considered as the most valiant and honest people in the world. Other major attractions in Pokhara is the Devi Falls, which is a magnificent sight. The crystal clear waterfalls forming foaming later at the bottom of about 20ft height. The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara is also a great place to learn more about the Himalayas and mountaineering. Likewise, the Gurkha Museum acts as a great place to understand more about the brave Gurkha soldiers. Apart from this, trekking to many destinations in the Himalayas starts from your arrival at Pokhara. 

 

Mt. Annapurna: Introduction

Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world located on the ridge east of the Gandaki River. It is considered one of the most dangerous peaks in the world. Gandaki has one of the deepest river gorges in the world that separates Annapurna from the Dhaulagiri range. The Annapurna peak was first scaled by the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950. The main peak is only attempted by ambitious and experienced climbers visiting Nepal. Annapurna in Nepali literally means “filled with food”. Normally it is translated as the “Goddess of the harvest” by the locals. 

As it stands, Annapurna has attracted many climbers from all over the world who have been struck by its beauty. But unfortunately, attempts to reach the summit have been futile and only a few climbers descend successfully. To date, more than 200 climbers have taken the initiative to climb Mt. Annapurna. There are various reasons why Mt. Annapurna is such a deadly mountain and is called “Killer Mountain” by a handful. But the main reason for the summit climb being so deadly is the challenging terrain and frequent avalanches. The climate of Annapurna is also quite unstable. The mountain range receives heavy snowfall almost throughout the year which brings eventual threats in a mountaineer’s life. But we will not be climbing the mountain and any of its peaks. We will only be reaching the Base Camp where we will not get a clear cut view of the summit. 

Places you come across on the trek

The trek begins a few kilometers from Pokhara City, but our journey will begin on your arrival at Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and I the cultural and traditional hub of the country. After a briefing and a day spent on sightseeing around Kathmandu, we head towards Pokhara next. From Pokhara, we take a vehicle to take us to the village of Besi Sahar. After BesiSahar we trek towards the village of Bahundanda. 

A day at Bahundanda then we trek towards the village of Chamje. Followed by a trek towards Thonje village. Then we make our way towards the village of Chame. The trek to Chame is followed by a trek to Pisang. Following morning, we trek towards Manang village. The next trek is towards Yak Kharka followed by a trek to Thorung Phedi. We also cross the Thorung La Pass after our stay at Thorung Phedi before reaching Muktinath. 

A trek to Muktinath is followed by a trek to Jomsom and then we head towards the village of Lete. Then we take the trekking trail to reach Ghorepani. After the morning session of sunrise at Poon Hill, we trek towards Tadapani. Tadapani trek is followed by a trek to Chomrong. Then we trek towards the village of Dovan. 

From Dovan, we take a short trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp, before heading towards Annapurna Base Camp. We will halt at both the Base Camps on this trip. From Annapurna Base Camp, we make our way towards the village of Bamboo. From Bamboo, we trek towards Jhinu danda passing the hot springs at Chomrong. Then trekking past Landruk, we trek towards Pothana. Then a short trek will take us to Kande via the Australian Camp. after which we take a vehicle to take us back to Pokhara. On spending a day at Pokhara we finally make our way back to Kathmandu. Which marks the end of your journey. 

Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

The trekking trail right up to the heart of the Himalayas in Nepal is in good condition. Currently, many people have settled around the region as well. So settlements for accommodation is not a big factor even during peak season. Just make sure you have done your pre-booking with your travel agency. You will only find standardized hotels during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As your trekking begins, stay will be booked in one of the tea houses or lodges found in the region. 

Tea houses are small cozy settlements with friendly hosts. These are tough structures able to withstand the cold wind and the temperature outside, made especially for the trekkers. The tea houses serve both food and lodging to trekkers and climbers alike. There are few amenities that may not be available in all the tea houses, like wi-fi or hot showers. Few tea houses do provide these services at an extra cost. Lodges are only a bigger version of tea houses. They become less profound as you reach higher altitudes. But recently, many lodges have also come up in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

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