Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

6 Days

starting from $700

$ 490

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Grade:

Moderate

Group Size:

Min 1 person

Transport:

Jeep, Bus

Altitude:

4130 m.

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Our 6-day short Annapurna Base Camp trek starts and ends in Pokhara. It is a condensed yet captivating journey through the heart of the Annapurna region. The trek swiftly progresses through charming Gurung villages and landscapes adorned with terraced fields. The route weaves through dense rhododendrons and bamboo forests. We will reach the ethereal Annapurna Base Camp on our fourth day. With breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Machapuchare, and surrounding peaks, the base camp is a spectacular highlight.

The return journey includes a visit to Jhinu Danda. Natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda provide a rejuvenating respite before concluding the trek back to Pokhara. This shortened version itinerary ensures a mesmerizing Annapurna experience. And it is for those, showcasing the region’s diverse terrain and cultural richness within a short period.

Trip Highlights

Some highlights of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Panoramic Mountain Views: Revel in breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif, including iconic peaks like Annapurna I, Machapuchare, and Hiunchuli, creating a stunning backdrop throughout the trek.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through diverse landscapes, from enchanting rhododendron forests to charming Gurung villages like Chomrong and Sinuwa, offering a blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Sunrise: Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters/13,549 feet), where the first light of day bathes the snow-capped peaks in a warm glow, creating a surreal and unforgettable moment.
  • Therapeutic Hot Springs: Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a soothing and well-deserved respite for trekkers, nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings, providing a unique and refreshing experience.

Trip Overview

The first day kicks off with a scenic 4-hour drive from Pokhara to Samrung. Following the drive, excitement builds as we embark on a 2-hour trek, traversing the enchanting landscapes to reach the charming village of Chomrong. The next day features a 5-hour trek from Chomrong to the picturesque destination of Bamboo, surrounded by the Himalayan allure.

The third day unfolds with another 5-hour trek, leading us from Bamboo to the serene haven of Deurali, where stunning mountain views await. Anticipation peaks on our fourth day as we trek for 5 hours, reaching the iconic Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and immersing ourselves in the grandeur of the surrounding peaks.

On the fifth day, brings a descent, a long hike of about 7 hours leading us to the tranquil village of Sinuwa, offering captivating views along the way. Concluding our trek on the last day, we embark on a 4-hour trek from Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda, where a natural hot spring beckons, providing a soothing respite. The day concludes with a drive to Pokhara, wrapping up our adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region.

Explore more with our alternative packages for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. We have another 10 Days Annapurna Base Camp and 13 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill packages if you have some extra days. Choose from longer versions tailored to diverse preferences, offering extended adventures and deeper immersion into the Himalayan beauty. Whether seeking more challenging routes or additional cultural experiences, our varied packages cater to every trekker’s desire. Elevate your journey and discover the Annapurna conservation area in a way that suits your pace and interests.

Best time to go on Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best months to embark on a short Annapurna Base Camp hike are generally during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons in Nepal. Here are the recommended months:

  1. Spring (March to May): This is one of the most popular and favorable times for the trek. The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies. The rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
  2. Autumn (September to November): Another excellent time for the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. The weather is stable, and the skies are usually clear, providing stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for trekking, and the trails are dry after the monsoon season.

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

01 DAY

Drive from Pokhara to Samrung (4 hours drive) and trek to Chhomrong - 4 hrs trek

Early morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Pokhara and take you on a scenic 4-hour drive to the quaint village of Samrung. As the vehicle winds its way through the picturesque landscapes, we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan foothills. Upon reaching Samrung, the transition from drive to trek unfolds seamlessly, with a 4-hour trek leading to the charming village of Chhomrong.

The trek encompasses a diverse terrain, from terraced fields to lush forests, providing a taste of the natural beauty that accompanies this adventure. Chhomrong, nestled in the lap of the Annapurna range, welcomes tired trekkers with its warm hospitality, offering a glimpse into the unique culture of the region. This day not only marks the physical transition from vehicle to trail but also sets the stage for the immersive experiences that define the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

02 DAY

Trek to Bamboo - 5 hrs trek

On the second day, the journey unfolds with a captivating 5-hour trek from the charming village of Chhomrong to the serene enclave of Bamboo. The trail leads through enchanting rhododendrons and bamboo forests, offering a medley of fragrances and captivating sights. Trekking downhill, the landscape transitions, revealing stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

Bamboo, nestled along the Modi Khola River, serves as a tranquil resting point for trekkers. The day’s trek not only presents a physical challenge but also rewards it with the serene ambiance of the Himalayan wilderness. As we arrive in Bamboo, we find respite amidst nature, surrounded by the soothing sounds of the river, preparing for the next leg of the adventure.

03 DAY

Trek to Deurali - 5 hrs trek

Embarking on the third day of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, we continue our journey with a scenic 5-hour trek from Bamboo to Deurali. The trail weaves through lush bamboo forests and follows the Modi Khola, offering mesmerizing glimpses of the surrounding landscapes. As we ascend, the vegetation transforms, giving way to alpine meadows and captivating mountain views. Deurali, situated at an elevation of approximately 3,200 meters, serves as a picturesque stopover.

This segment of the trek combines the thrill of ascending through diverse terrains with the reward of reaching a higher altitude, providing a taste of the unique Himalayan ecosystems. As the day concludes in Deurali, we will be treated to a serene mountain atmosphere, preparing them for the awe-inspiring landscapes awaiting at higher elevations in the days to come.

04 DAY

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) via MBC - 5 hrs trek

Today, the journey ascends to greater heights with a 5-hour trek from Deurali to the iconic Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). The trail unveils stunning alpine landscapes as we trek through a rugged gorge surrounded by towering peaks. Machhapuchhre Base Camp, situated at the foot of the majestic “Fish Tail” peak, offers a mesmerizing panorama of the surrounding mountains. Continuing the ascent, the trail leads to the culmination point at Annapurna Base Camp, standing at an elevation of 4,130 meters.

This segment not only promises unparalleled mountain views but also a sense of accomplishment as trekkers reach the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, surrounded by the towering peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. The ethereal beauty of the Annapurna Massif is truly unveiled as we bask in the breathtaking scenery at Annapurna Base Camp.

05 DAY

Trek back to Sinuwa - 7 hrs trek

On our fifth day, the day begins with an early morning adventure as we explore the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp under the ethereal glow of sunrise. Gazing at the majestic peaks, including Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre, bathed in the warm hues of dawn creates a surreal and awe-inspiring moment. After this soul-stirring experience, the journey takes a descent as we make our way back to Sinuwa.

The trek, spanning around 6 to 7 hours, through the diverse landscapes of the Himalayan terrain, from the high-altitude sanctuary to the lush forests and charming villages. Sinuwa, nestled amidst the greenery, serves as a serene haven for the night, providing a contrasting yet equally enchanting atmosphere compared to the grandeur of Annapurna Base Camp. This day encapsulates the diverse experiences of the trek, from the sublime sunrise at the base camp to the tranquil retreat in the lower reaches of the mountains.

06 DAY

Trek to Jhinu Danda & drive back to Pokhara - 4 hrs trek

On our last day of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, we embark on a picturesque 4-hour trek from Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda. The trail meanders through charming villages and lush forests, offering a final opportunity to soak in the natural beauty of the Himalayas. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, we can indulge in a rejuvenating experience at the natural hot springs, providing a soothing respite for tired muscles.

After relishing the therapeutic waters, the journey concludes with a 3 to 4-hour drive back to Pokhara. The drive, surrounded by scenic landscapes, allows trekkers to reflect on the memorable experiences and breathtaking vistas encountered throughout the trek. This final leg of the journey encapsulates the diverse facets of the Annapurna region, blending the tranquility of Jhinu Danda with the anticipation of returning to the vibrant city of Pokhara.

After reaching Pokhara, your guide will drop off you at the hotel in Lakeside Pokhara and your ABC journey concludes here.

Price Includes

  • Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs by private vehicles in Pokhara.
  • 5 nights twin sharing best local lodges accommodations during the trek.
  • 3 meals everyday during the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
  • Serve available seasonal fruits every evening after dinner.
  • Government-certified and experienced guide for the trek.
  • Porters to carry your loads during the trek. (1 porter for 2 customer)
  • All the essential trekking permits for the trek.
  • Private jeep transport from Pokhara to Samrung.
  • Private jeep transport from Siwai to Pokhara.
  • Waterproof company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
  • First aid medicine with oximeter in an emergency case for the trek. (will be carried by our local guide)
  • Emergency helicopter evacuation if you have any health issues while on the trek. (You should have travel insurance in this case)
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal travel visa fees. (Please bring 4 passport size photos for the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport along with you.)
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel accommodations.
  • Your expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower, battery charging, etc in the mountain regions.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.

Trip FAQs

How difficult is this trek and do I need any hiking experience?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a moderate trek and relatively easier, as compared to other strenuous treks in EverestManaslu, and Kanchenjunga Region.

If you are an experienced trekker or someone who is used to walking a long distance with a backpack, this trek might be easy for you. While being a novice trekker, you might find the trek a sort of challenge.
But the good thing is that people from all walks of life with normal health and fitness can do this trek whether you are experienced or novice trekkers, with or without any prior trekking experiences.

However, the trek demands at least 5 to 6 hours of uphill daily on a combination of steep and rocky paths. You will be walking 7 to 10 km daily for 6 days. As well said, “The best views come after the hardest climb”. The tedious long walks might be challenging, but the efforts and energy you put in are well-worth and equally rewarding.

As you gain elevation gradually, the risk of altitude sickness is low. The trekking trails have also been well-managed to make the trekking easier. Despite all the challenges and risks, having the first-hand experience of Nepal and the glory of the Himalayas should be motivating enough!

Above and beyond the altitude, Durations, and prior trekking experiences, the difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also to be judged on other factors such as which trekking season you choose, and to a more extent how much weight you are carrying.

Do I need to get insured for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Yes, it is highly advisable to get travel insurance when embarking on treks like the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal. Travel insurance provides coverage for unexpected events and emergencies that may occur during your journey.

Before purchasing travel insurance, make sure to carefully read the policy terms and conditions to understand what is covered and what is not. Additionally, ensure that the policy includes coverage for helicopter evacuation and at the altitudes you’ll be trekking, as some insurance policies have specific exclusions related to high-altitude trekking.

It’s always a good idea to consult with your insurance provider to tailor the coverage according to the specific requirements of your trek.

What kinds of foods and accommodations are available on this trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek offers a variety of foods and accommodations along the trail. Keep in mind that the facilities may vary, and it’s always a good idea to check recent updates, especially if there have been changes or improvements.

Foods:

  1. Teahouses and Lodges: The trail to Annapurna Base Camp is dotted with teahouses and lodges, providing meals and accommodation for trekkers. These establishments usually offer a menu with a mix of Nepali, Tibetan, and international dishes.
  2. Local Cuisine: You’ll have the opportunity to try traditional Nepali dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), momo (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and various curries. These meals are often hearty and suitable for replenishing energy during the trek.
  3. International Options: Teahouses also serve a range of international dishes, including pasta, pizza, pancakes, and more. Keep in mind that the availability of items may vary depending on the altitude and remoteness of the location.
  4. Snacks: Along the trail, you can purchase snacks such as energy bars, chocolate, nuts, and locally made snacks to keep you fueled between meals.

Accommodations:

Teahouses and Lodges: The most common form of accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp trek is teahouses or lodges. These are basic, family-run guesthouses that provide a bed, blankets, and meals. They are a popular choice for trekkers and offer a communal dining area. Most rooms have twin beds or dormitory-style arrangements. Shared bathrooms with basic amenities like hot showers may be available, though facilities become more basic as you ascend to higher altitudes.

It’s advisable to be prepared for basic facilities, and it’s a good idea to bring a sleeping bag. Additionally, be flexible with your expectations, as the availability of certain foods and accommodations can be influenced by factors such as weather conditions and the time of year.

Can I get hot shower while on this trek?

Yes, hot shower facilities are available along the Annapurna Base Camp trek trail. However, it’s important to note that the availability and reliability of hot water can vary depending on the altitude, time of year, and specific teahouse or lodge you are staying in. You will get running hot water in the bathroom up to the Dovan at tea houses. Then after Dovan, you will be served a bucket of hot water for a shower at an extra cost.

What are the facilities for safe drinking water on this trek?

Ensuring access to safe drinking water is crucial during the Annapurna Base Camp trek to prevent waterborne illnesses. Here are the common options for obtaining safe drinking water along the trail:

  1. Bottled Water: You can purchase bottled water at teahouses and lodges along the trekking route. Keep in mind that as you ascend to higher altitudes, the cost of bottled water may increase due to the logistical challenges of transporting goods to those locations. Additionally, using bottled water generates plastic waste, which may have environmental implications.
  2. Boiled Water: Many teahouses and lodges offer the option to purchase boiled water. Boiling water is an effective method for purifying it and making it safe to drink. You can bring your own water purification tablets or drops to treat water on your own as well.
  3. Water Filtration and Purification Devices: Carrying a portable water filtration or purification device, such as a water filter or UV purifier, is a popular option for trekkers. These devices are lightweight and can be used to treat water from local sources, including streams and taps. They are effective in removing or killing bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.
  4. SteriPEN: Some trekkers use a SteriPEN, a handheld UV water purifier. This device uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, making water safe to drink. It’s a quick and efficient method for purifying water, but it relies on batteries, so it’s essential to carry extras.
  5. Iodine Tablets or Drops: Iodine tablets or drops are another portable and lightweight option for water purification. However, they may impart a taste to the water, and they are not suitable for people with iodine allergies or thyroid conditions.

It’s essential to plan ahead and carry enough water or purification methods, especially on long stretches between villages. Staying hydrated is crucial for acclimatization and overall well-being during the trek. Always verify the water purification methods available at your accommodation and consult with your trekking guide for the most current information on safe drinking water along the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Do I need crampon or climbing gear for this trek?

The standard Annapurna Base Camp trek typically does not require crampons and climbing gear. The trek follows well-established trails through diverse terrain, including forests, villages, and alpine meadows. While the final section may involve snow and ice, particularly if you trek during the winter or early spring, the ascent to Annapurna Base Camp does not typically demand technical climbing equipment. However, sturdy trekking boots with good traction are essential, and depending on the season, trekking poles and basic cold-weather gear may be recommended for comfort and safety. It’s advisable to check the current weather conditions and consult with experienced local guides before the trek for the most accurate and up-to-date information on the necessary equipment.

Do I stay overnight at Annapurna base camp?

Yes, you will stay overnight at Annapurna base camp. According to our scheduled itinerary, on the 4th day, you will trek from Deurali to Annapurna base camp and stay overnight at there.

Do I need to tip my guide and porter?

Tipping is not compulsory or even customary in Nepal, but it is a nice way to say thanks to your guides and porters. The wages of workers in Nepal are significantly less than the average income of other developed countries. Tourist guides and porters are employed only when tourist make their visit to Nepal. And the rest of the time, they won’t have a job. They need to make money during the tourist season to support their family till the next season. Therefore, all tourist guides and porters accept thanks or tips from visitors after their treks or tours. It’s also a great way to motivate them for their generous involvement in tourism in the years to come.

Even more, your gratitude will encourage them to work harder and serve better on their next trips.
In general, tip them at least 10% of your trip cost or USD 10 -12 per day for the guide and USD 10 for the porters. However, if you are satisfied and feel the staff did an excellent job, you can tip them more than the mentioned.

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6 Days starting from $700

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