The Himalayas are for most of us known as the highest mountains in the world. Created through the clash of the Indian subcontinent and the Asian continent. Nepal alone has eight of the ten highest mountains in the world. One of them is the Annapurna mountain, which is the most frequently visited mountain in the north-western part of the country.
The specific trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, also known by hikers as the ABC, is a perfect seven day trip for anyone who likes to be in nature and doesn’t mind working out a bit. British people in flip-flops, pregnant dutch people or mountain farmers from Austria alike climb up and down to and from the base camp to enjoy the beautiful scenery on its way. The ABC is located in a valley at 4130 meter altitude, surrounded by mountains. From there, experienced hikers can make their way up the peaks of the mountains. For “tourist-hikers” it is the highest point of the trip and the turning point to go back down. Staying there is recommended because in the early morning the views into the mountains are the best because the sky is the clearest. However, at night it can get very cold up there. In May for example we experienced temperatures below zero degrees at night.
To the base camp you walk through Nepalese villages in the mountains. The villagers rely a lot on the rice harvest. Rice is grown in the mountains by creating stair-like fields:
Ochs’ help the villagers for the implementation. Other animals used by villagers in the mountain area are strong dogs for protection, donkeys for transportation of goods, as well as chicken and goats for alimentation purposes.
In the evening the kids of the villages gather together to play volleyball or basketball. Many of them jump incredibly high, being able to smash down the ball over the net despite their small size of around 1,70 meters on average.
Some people can afford to buy solar panels to heat up the water. It is mostly used for tourists though. Normally showers are taken from the water that is heated up in big tanks on top of the houses by the sun during the day.
The supply of goods for the villages can be conducted by truck up until around 2000 meter. The villages above that altitude rely on manpower or guided donkeys to be supplied by daily needs. Goods are carried by men using a special technique that requires a strong neck. Even chicken are transported using that method.