This trek requires a functional level of fitness and the ability to negotiate a trail of well defined steps in ascent and descent. Like most alpine experiences weather changes can be frequent. We trek continuously through villages, rhododendron forests and hamlets gradually gaining altitude and arriving at Machapuchare Base Camp. From this point we have on really long day which involves an early start to ABC early in the morning followed by a descent on the same day. The other days on the trek involve 5-7 hours of trekking time, based on individual prepation and fitness. Our stay is in teahouses along our route on a shared basis and there is a selection of foods beyond the local fare available given that ABC is an established trail. This is a busy trail given its popularity and that is visible during the trekking day and the stay at teahouses.
While we plan the logistics and help participants prepare, like any adventure, this one too is subject to the forces of nature and requires a keen sense of adventure and a mindset to embracing the uncertainties that come with travel in the Himalayas. The ability to integrate in a group and work as a team member towards a shared goal are of paramount importance . This means team members must be able to adapt to the dynamics of diversity and support each other. We are also mindful about the environment and do the best that we can to reduce our footprint ie avoid wasting food and water and reducing ‘our trash impact’ whereever possible. Our stay is in simple teahouses with very basic facilities and wi-fi and electricity are available but can also be down at times. Delays in travel possible on the Pokhara flight.
I was lucky to join the October 2019 Annapurna Base Camp trek. It was my first experience trekking and it proved one of my best travel adventures – the Himalayan scenery touches the soul with its beauty. I am grateful for photos and memories that will last many years. Sahil has put together an amazing team and experience. I always felt safe and supported – e.g., equipment checks before we started, help shopping for missing technical items in Kathmandu and by the watchful friendly guides/porters on the trail. Nepal is a beautiful country and I hope to return soon.
Trekking Annapurna Base Camp has been my dream for the last 10 years and signing up with First Light Adventure to do this trek turned out to be an amazing decision. The porters and guides at First Light Adventure made my trip epic. I found them to be really knowledgeable about the trails and the weather and they were able to guide me throughout the trip on how to layer up for the day, how much to eat and hydrate. Signing up with the right company can make or break your trip and with First Light Adventure you know you’re signing up with a team that is truly passionate about helping people explore the Himalayas with safety as their priority. I also loved that the company pays their guides and porters better than most outfitters in Nepal, which is important because for many locals, trekking offers them economic opportunity, thus empowering them to sustain a better livelihood.