The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the popular trek among mountaineers and is extreme sports enthusiasts. It takes 6-7 days to reach Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), which is at 4147 m above sea level. A total ascent of 16,322 ft makes this trek one of the most challenging treks in the world. It offers panoramic views of Mount Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and other peaks. The total distance covered by this trek is 80 km/50 mi, which includes a short stay at Annapurna Sanctuary.
The best time to visit this region is between April and October when temperatures are relatively cool but not cold. If you want to avoid crowds, we suggest visiting during May or September when there are fewer tourists on the trails.
There are three ways to begin trek:
1) By walking from Jomsom bazaar to ABC along a trail that passes through villages, tea plantations and scenic valleys;
2) By flying from Kathmandu to Jomsom via helicopter;
3) By chartering private vehicles from Kathmandu to Jomsom (the trip takes about 5 hours).
The Himalayas are home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and they offer plenty of options for trekkers looking to get away from it all. Here is the alternative to Annapurna basecamp trek:
The Langtang Trek is approximately 77km or 48 miles long (including the Kyanjin Ri peak). It takes around 5 to 7 days to complete the trek with an additional 2 days for travelling there and back. There is a total elevation gain of 3925m or 12 877ft going up, and 3925m or 12 877ft coming down as well. The highest point reached during the trek itself is 3800m/12 467ft while it’s 4600m/15 000ft if you decide to summit Kynajin Ri peak. While comparing Langtang trek with Everest base camp trek then Langtang is easier in difficulty. This trek can be classified under moderate-difficulty and requires a TIMS card and Park entrance permit. The cost per day on average is US$23 per person which includes transportation, permits, etc. Not having a guide is possible but it could also be done in a group, with a guide and/or a porter if desired. Accommodation can typically be found at guesthouses along the way.