What you need to know before you go!
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is one of my favourite places to trek in Nepal and is totally worth visiting if you love all things beautiful and majestic! The picturesque peaks, the hospitable people, the diverse scenery, the very hairy yaks; all of it is breathtaking!
However, since the devastating earthquake last April (2015), many travellers have had concerns about visiting Nepal for trekking. As a Canadian born adventurer currently living in Nepal, I completely get your concerns and hesitation. But I can assure you, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is safe, clear and waiting for you!
Some things in life are beyond our control and earthquakes are some of them. For this reason, if you plan to visit Nepal and are considering trekking ABC, I would advise you to go with a company, and here’s why:
1. DIY doesn’t fly!
There are many things in life you can do yourself (Do It Yourself), but consider having the expertise from someone in the field (like trekking) makes a world of a difference! When your car breaks down you don’t fix it yourself, you take it to a mechanic. Sure, you can try and fix it, but that may lead to time and money lost, doing more damage than good or personal injury. So, consider when trudging to a new country for a limited time to explore vast, wide landscapes you’re not familiar with (i.e. The Himalayas), the last thing you want to do is waste time and money, or be stuck in an international hospital. Mountains are beautiful, yet extremely volatile. And if the unexpected were to happen, it’s better to have experts with you who know the territory. Remember, it’s a vacation; you’re here to relax, enjoy and make life-long memories; leave the worry and concern at home! Here’s more about Wind Horse Adventures’ expert team, and be sure to click on their profile for additional details.
2. Your health is your wealth!
We often fail to recognize what a ‘good’ investment is. Consider your health and well-being is extremely valuable and worth an investment. I can’t speak on behalf of other trekking companies, but I can assure you every cent you invest with Wind Horse Adventures is spent with your health and well-being as TOP priority! Some of our guides and sherpa’s have decades of experience and can easily point out early signs of AMS—altitude sickness—and how to treat it on a trek. They also know what foods to stay away from, which accommodations are well kept (that includes strong foundations) and where all the routes in the Annapurna valley lead (in case a detour is required). For more about what we provide to keep you focusing on YOUR priority—having fun—check out our services.
3. Having a team improves self-esteem!
As an active individual who has run numerous marathons, Ultras and has certifications in mountaineering, I can speak from experience when I say it’s better and safer to do things in a group rather than by yourself. Mountaineering is a team sport, and if you have an ego in the mountains you won’t get very far. Whether you’re an avid trekker travelling alone, a newly married couple challenging their limits for the first time, or you’re looking to shed a few pounds in an inspiring environment—and trust me, you will—trekking with a group in Annapurna has a huge impact on your experience and also contributes to your self-esteem in a positive way. The camaraderie and support is so appreciated, especially when away from all things ‘normal’ and you’re feeling the lull of no Starbucks (he he).
This was a quick introduction to what you need to know before you go trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. If you’re looking for more details or have questions about trekking ABC, we at Wind Horse Adventures would LOVE to hear from you! You can make an inquiry through email or through anyone of our Social Media networks below. For more about our ABC trek specifically, check out our itinerary.
Stayed turned for next blog! I’ll give you the 411 on Everest Base Camp (EBC).
See you in the mountains!