|On the way to Annapurna Basecamp (the background of Annapurna South 7219m)|
|The reflection of mountain at ABC (4130m)|
Why Annapurna Basecamp
ABC trail will be suitable for trekker with moderate fitness, while 1st timer who have done Mount Kinabalu trek or some small trekking trip in China or South East Asia can consider this trail.
The scenery from MBC to ABC was truly breathtaking and took only 2-3hours. You can spend the rest of the afternoon relax, walking to nearby viewpoint, enjoying the marvellous mother nature and with 360degree of snow mountain view.
The whole planning and preparation started almost 11months, It stated since January 2013. My last trekking trip was in 2008, therefore I need to train up gradually. Some started training on their own since March 2013. Early physical preparation is essential to build up some muscle and allow our body be ready for long trekking hours. Some started hill climbs, some started stairs climb, some train in gym room, some went to Mount Kinabalu. Somehow some started only 2 months before the trip. We can only train our physical fitness but not high altitude fitness.
1.Get yourself a good pair of trekking shoes
It is the most important gear in the trip. Not advisable to wear newly bought trekking shoes. Do wear it very frequent prior to the trip. And not forgetting to have a good soft trekking socks.
2.Get a good quality windbreaker and downjacket
Invest in good quality one, because a good one will makes alot more different when it come to extreme and unpredictable weather during the trip.
3.Get 2 walking stick
2 better than 1. It helps alot to balance your walk, to rest your leg when tired.
4.Essential layer of clothing
Different altitude require different layer of trekking outfit.
Example : Thermal Wear, Fleece, Goretex Waterproof pants
Brand : Uniqlo, Columbia, North face
|Boudnath Stupa, Kathmandu|
Flight delays are common in Nepal. Therefore you don’t see frustrated passenger show tantrum to airlines staffs. Everyone seems to adopt to the local culture and wait patiently. No wonder Nepal has this famous quote N.E.P.A.L (Nepal Everlasting Peace And Love).
I specially give due respect to Nepali Pilot. I think they are the best pilot, because flying with unpredictable weather condition really require very good skill. Whenever I fly domestically in Nepal, I will always thank the pilot when we landed safely.
1.No frequent power cut. In the past, power cut of 4-5hours a day is very common.
2.WIFI everywhere. This is a big improvement, where there is WIFI everywhere although not all Hi-Speed
3.less street beggars.
4.No cows lying around everywhere in the middle of the streets.
5.Living standard among the local has improved.
We chose a more relax trail ascending and descend via the steep and challenging trail.
The Trail - Killer Steps of Chomrong and Jihnudanda
|Thousand steps of Chomrong|
|Mid Altitude trail|
The most challenging trail among all is on the 4th day, where we have to ascent 1,100m from Dovan (2600m) to MBC (3700m).
|Annapurna Base Camp guesthouse|
It was snowing heavily 3 days before we arrived. The temperature was between 5-8degree during the day and dropped to -5C during the night. It was truly freezing cold and many can't sleep. Not advisable to take shower at this altitude and weather.
On our summit day, the snowing stopped and we were lucky to see an amazing blue sky.
Imagine being surrounded by peak of the Himalaya Range - Hunchuli Peak (6,434M), Annapurna 1 (8,091m), Machhaphuchere Peak (6,997m), Annapurna III (7,555m)
|Dhal Bat (Nepali famous dish)|
We were advised by our guide to use water purifier tablet (available at pharmacy in Phokara) in our drinking water. As from Chomrong until ABC there is no mineral water available, we will need to take tap water and purify with the tablet and furthermore he can't guarantee how clean is the boiling water at each guesthouse. At certain altitude, water can only boil 80 degree.
However not everyone used to such tablet. Sometimes it can upset our stomach and cause diarrhea. Just have to be careful.
At the height of 3000m, with the cold temperature of below 10C, how nice to dip ourselves into a hot bath tub. But this hot shower is not FREE, everytime we shower, we have to pay USD1.50 (Rp150)
Not yet....not to be too happy, because different guesthouse has different heater system and we all often got confuse how to operate it and end up some may get 21C, some lucky one get 46C… haha. That is the fun of shower on the trek. !!
|Is this what you look for?|
Good and bad to have latest technology in such a natural environment.
It's hard to determine who will be affected with altitude sickness. Even regular trekker may sometimes affect by altitude sickness, while the oldest and less fit may not be affected at all. It’s all depend on individual body adjustment to the altitude.
When one unable to get enough oxygen to reach the tissue of our body (brain, lung). To prevent it, we should be relaxed and reduce activeness in our activity. When sympton does not goes off, better to descend.
Marvel Travel @ Trek - Mr Dhruba, Mr Damaroo and team
All the porter who carried our heavy backpack throughout the 9 days
All my 10 friends from Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia who accompany me on my epic journey.