There are several jump-off points leading to the base camp of the Annapurna mountain ranges but there are two that are more popular to trekkers: Pedhi and Nayapul where our trek started. I’ve read that though Pedhi is the nearest from Pokhara, about 45-minute drive, it is the most challenging among other jump-off points because of its killer ascent that lasts for two hours or more. What a way to start your adventure, I say. Nayapul, on the other hand, is a 2-hour away drive from Pokhara but the easiest because of its gradual ascent.
“Because work requires me to be believable, I feign authority with all things long-sleeved and collared. But because I live by the beach, hubadera ang lola pag nasa bahay lang. Travel, as always, is another story. I become an entirely different person when on the road, depending on which end of bipolarity the moon’s gravitational pull favors at a given time: hippie one day, rockstar the next—and a whole lotta cray2x in between.“
When I first learned of Annapurna base camp trekking, I also encountered what they call tea houses. So, what can you think of when you hear the words tea house? I, being a shallow person, imagine people in pairs or groups sitting around a small table sipping a hot cup of tea. You know what I mean?
Don’t let your dreams of seeing the Eight-Thousanders stay as dreams. Trekking in Nepal is just within your reach! Now that you have obtained your visa, the next thing you need are permits for your trekking in the Himalayas: the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
Trekking in the Himalayas is a lot different compared to how we trek here in the Philippines. Unlike with our 4×4 type of trails, they have established and laid out pathways, mostly of bricks and slabs of stones. But what makes Himalayas trekking really unique are the tea houses or lodges (I’ll talk more about it in my future posts) where you can spend the night after a day of exhausting hiking. With that being said, tents, cook wares, stoves, and lanterns are no longer required. What does one need then to successfully trek in one of the mountains in the Himalayas?