Api base camp is a gem hidden in far-western region of Nepal. The real adventure, amazing landscapes, cultural diversity, furiously galloping snow fed rivers, stunning mountains and pristine forest are most eye catching factors of this trek.
Api base camp trekking of 15 days begins with scenic flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi and forward scenic drive to Latinath passing Gokuleshwar behind. Ahead, developing steady walk by passing numerous of traditional villages holding stone houses, alpine forest, open grassland, pastures by enjoying magnificent surrounding views with stunning mountains leads towards open plateau surrounded by mountains (Api base camp). Surely, after steeping on high elevation rewarded views makes you feel the sense of real achievement. Countless additional attractions ahead and opportunity to inspect the way of surviving by western Nepalese peoples are encountered en route. Multiple experiences of camp stay, home stay and normal lodge stay make this trekking trip more unique and rewarding.
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.