The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is situated at an altitude of 4130 m. Although you follow a clear hiking path to reach it which does not require any actual mountaineering skills, I will still call that ascent a “climb” rather than a hike due our exertion and in some parts the slope.
The previous days it had been snowing at that altitude, not granting any views of the peaks as well as worsening the condition of the tracks leading up to MBC (Machhapuchhre/Fishtail Base Camp, 3703 m) and ABC. However, on the morning we started the climb the sky was clear and startlingly blue. An hour into the ascent we arrived at a section where an avalanche had come down the previous night. Before crossing our guide, Saila, was inspecting the site to ensure it was safe to do so. After traversing that section it was a long, steady and slow climb up to MBC. Finally arriving there, we slumped on a bench while enjoying the warm sunshine hitting our faces and waited for our lunch, along with many other people having the same intention of going up to ABC on that beautiful day.
Well rested and fed we started the last climb of two hours up towards ABC. Halfway through the ascent the weather started to come in and very quickly caused a complete whiteout with no visibility, apart from the next ten metres of our path ahead. Fortunately, the clouds did not linger and shortly before we reached ABC they had partially subsided. Having made it we had a celebratory drink (just a hot cup of tea), checked out the base camp and headed back down to MBC before dark, in the hope of sleeping better at the lower altitude. During the descent the weather and clouds came in again and this time did not dissolve. However, the next morning we were once again greeted by glorious sunshine and marvelous views of our impressive surroundings.