Capturing the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (A.B.C. Trek) in words is tough. We never felt so overwhelmed by nature before, and were extremely lucky in terms of weather and visibility.
Day 1: Pokhara – Nayapul – Jhinu
Our trek started after a nice breakfast in our Pokhara Hotel (The North Face Inn, which we HIGHLY recommend). We met up with our guide at 8 AM. A taxi then took us on a winding road with very little asphalt. After about an hour, we started walking and would barely stop for the 7 hours to come. The white mountaintops still seemed many miles away, and the path took us through forests and villages. The place we stayed at lacked running water, a toilet, and comfort in general (and we expected things to get even worse the closer we got to the Base Camp). Later, this actually proved to be the worst of all guesthouses we would stay at, luckily.
Day 2: Jhinu – Doban
Another tough day with lots of walking. After only 2 hours, we lost our guide who was also carrying a backpack of ours. We tried to find him, but failed. After a couple of phone calls with the agency, we finally got him back. What an adventure. Day one had already had a lot of climbing and descending, but on day 2 we realized that the ascend to 4130m masked a lot of going up and down. The place in Doban was a lot nicer than the one in Jhinu. For 150 Rs each (about 1,5 USD) we both took a nice warm shower, and that concluded the day. In general, the guesthouses were really cheap (2 USD for a room), but the food was expensive (and got more expensive the higher up the mountain we got).
Day 3: Doban – Deurali
A short and relaxing day for a change. Only 4 hours of walking in very diverse scenery: from flowery forests to paths with snow and monkey habitats. We arrived in Deurali in time to do all our laundry , and rest a bit. The day after, we would go up all the way to A.B.C. This was our backdrop btw:
Day 4: Deurali – Base Camp – Himalaya
The day started early, at 5.45 AM. Our guide and the people at the hostel were a bit slower to wake up, so we ended up leaving at 7 AM only. The day was not without danger, as we entered avalanche risk areas, climbed a lot (altitude sickness) and had many slippery passages to cross. In the end we made it out completely unharmed, although we had to run a bit to dodge a potential avalanche (I say potential because it was so misty that we could only hear but not see the actual danger). This was by far the most beautiful day, and we prefer showing you some pictures instead of trying to describe the impossible-to-describe:
Day 5-8 (Yes, sorry I lied a bit about giving a true day-by-day report): Himalaya – Pokhara)
The descend was wonderful as well, and we ended up going back a somewhat different route (via Phedi). Some noticeable things were the hot springs on day 5, and the views on our last day. The descend was less physically demanding, so we could enjoy nature and culture a bit more even. Again, picture time:
These 8 days were A-MA-ZING. The only constant factor was our choice of breakfast (Porridge!). Everything else – the scenery, the people we met, etc. – was so diverse and so wonderful. The A.B.C. trek blew our minds.