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.
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.
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.