Travel Journal: Annapurna Base Camp


Why Anna­pur­na Base Camp?
It’s no secret that the Himalayas are the most icon­ic moun­tains in the world. The rich his­to­ry of these moun­tains has always been a huge pull for me and final­ly see­ing them was like com­plet­ing a life­long dream. We chose Anna­pur­na Base Camp as an alter­na­tive to Ever­est because we want­ed some­thing a lit­tle more off the beat­en path. In the end it did not dis­ap­point.

Pack­ing Essen­tials
Obvi­ous­ly, you’re going to want a real­ly sol­id pair of hik­ing boots or shoes. These will be your go-to footwear for essen­tial­ly the entire trek so they should be com­fort­able and durable. Beyond that, the usu­al hik­ing neces­si­ties and a healthy amount of snacks should get the job done.

Tell us about Ace the Himalaya
I’m kind of a skep­tic when it comes to guid­ed trips, but Ace the Himalaya is no joke. Our guide San­tosh was one of a kind, a true man of the moun­tains who was born and bred in the Himalayas. His com­mand of the region and the his­to­ry made our expe­ri­ence all the bet­ter.

Some High­lights?
The sim­ple act of wak­ing up know­ing that all I had to do that day was hike to the next place I was going to sleep, that was some­thing I could get used to. The small inter­ac­tions we had with locals–how friend­ly they were, and how excit­ed they were to share this place with us–were real­ly some­thing spe­cial.

What made the trip so spe­cial?
I went into this trip think­ing it would be an amaz­ing way to expe­ri­ence nature like I nev­er had, walk­ing amongst the largest moun­tains in the world. Stand­ing in the basin of the Anna­pur­na Sanctuary–which sits at almost the same ele­va­tion as the high­est point in the con­ti­nen­tal US–only to have moun­tains ris­ing up all around you, was absolute­ly aston­ish­ing. But, what I did­n’t real­ize was how much of a cul­tur­al oppor­tu­ni­ty this trip would be; the Nepalese peo­ple were so friend­ly and wel­com­ing, it made our expe­ri­ence all the more worth­while.

Where do you want to go next?
Japan, I can’t wait to get a taste of some of that amaz­ing pow­der. Plus the sushi sounds pret­ty good.


For more infor­ma­tion on book­ing a trek to Anna­pur­na Base Camp, check out our Clymb Adven­tures page here.