10 Things to Know Before Annapurna Region
Mount Annapurna, or Annapurna I (Main), is one of the main peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Annapurna I is the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The height of Mount Annapurna I is 8,091 meters (26,545 ft) and its topographic prominence is 2,984 meters (9,790 ft).On June 3, 1950, Herzog and Louis Lachenal became the first climbers in modern history to climb a peak over 8000m when, on the 1950 French Annapurna expedition, they summited the Himalayan mountain Annapurna I, the 10th-highest mountain in the world.
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Annapurna base camp, which lies at a height of 4130 m (13559 ft), is a very attractive tourist destination for people from all over the world. Being one of the most popular walks, its trekking route is a journey filled with fun and excitement. The ABC trek is considered the safest, most enjoyable, most thrilling, and easiest of all the treks for anyone planning their visit. You can travel as a solo enthusiast, in a pair, or even in groups.
If you’re planning a visit soon, here are 10 things you should know beforehand.
1. Always Carry Nepalese Rupees
It is highly recommended that you change your country's currency to Nepalese rupees. It is easy to buy and spend the money on anything along the trek. Having dollars or other currencies cannot be used effectively in local areas. So, change to the local currency in Kathmandu, the capital city, before you head to the trek.
2. Fill up on Snacks
Carry light snacks and dried fruits, drinks (water is the best choice), and many more. Having good stamina and energy will make you all set for the trek.
3. Never Forget your Gear
Having a good set of gear while on the journey is always important. Get some trekking poles, jackets, gloves, sleeping bags, woolen hats, etc. You can always bring your own gear, but if your luggage is already heavy enough, you always have the option to buy it in the capital. There are all these outfitters and authentic stores that will provide you with the best gear at cheap and negotiable prices.
4. Fill up on Water
Dehydration is always something you should consider when travelling. It is not always possible to get fresh water everywhere. You can use purification tablets or purifiers for this. Always carry water bottles so you can stay hydrated every time. Remember to fill up on mineral water bottles or water from local villages when you come across them.
5. Get a Map
Always carry a map of the place to know where you are at all times. Having a navigation item is always handy.
6. Respect Local Culture
As Nepal is a very diverse country in culture and religion, respect any culture and traditions you come across. Have your guide explain them to you whenever you come across one or study the culture of the place where you’re heading beforehand.
7. Hire Porters and Guides
If you have difficulty carrying your luggage, you can always hire porters when selecting a trekking package. A guide on a trip is always recommended, as the person will tell you everything from the ins and outs of the places you travel along the trek routes. Guides make traveling an easy, secure and very effective experience.
8. Morning Views are a Must
Mountains shine in the early morning. As the ABC trek is a route surrounded by mountains, the early morning is the best time to take the best panorama view of the surroundings. The view of the morning sunrise is a must-see. It will give you a never-before-seen experience that will last a lifetime.
9. Don’t Be Afraid of Suspension Bridges
Never fear a suspension bridge if you ever come across one. Many people walk through it day to day and it is always in great condition. If you ever have a scare, hold hands with a partner while crossing while having one hand on the edges. Never try to rush while crossing the bridge.
10. Try Local Cuisines
The local villages and cafes you encounter have different food to taste. Try the local foods and enjoy the delicacies the places have to offer. Ask the guide or the local people about the food they like to eat and try it. It will leave you with a tasty experience that you’ll surely remember for a long time. There's a famous saying: Dal Bhat Power 24 Hours.