Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 10 Days

  • Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
  • ABC trek

Highlights

  • Enjoy the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri vistas
  • Experience the charming Gurung culture
  • Trek through the glorious Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Visit the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre base camps
  • Duration10 Days
  • Max. Altitude4130m
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Group Size1 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek
  • Accommodation3- Star hotel in Kathmandu/ Pokhara, Best available Teahouse During the Trek

Overview

The Annapurna region of Nepal is one of the most naturally enticing and beautiful regions in the country. Home to the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, the region is the most-visited destination among the visitors of Nepal, and for good reason. Flanked by the gorgeous Himalayas and embedded with beguiling natural pulchritude, the region is home to the ethnic Gurung and Magar communities. As such, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek lets you enjoy the many features and beauty of the region comfortably.

If you are fitness, have trekking experience, and looking for a high-altitude walk for just finishing 7 days, the Annapurna base camp trek is suitable for you. You can able to reach the Annapurna base camp within 4 days and back to Pokhara in just 3 days, you can gain an altitude of 4130m, and cross through the two base camps (ABC & MBC), and near to world’s highest Peak.

Trip Outline

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek begins with a flight to Pokhara- the tourist hub of Nepal and the second-largest city in the country. Situated beside the awesome Phewa Lake, the city is a picturesque respite and is also the beginning point of most of the region’s trekking adventures. Likewise, the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre gleams magnificently on the surface of the Phewa Lake.

Furthermore, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek takes you to various ethnic Gurung and Magar villages and settlements through the Annapurna Valley. Renowned overnight stays along the trek include the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk from where the view of mountain peaks like the Gangapurna (7454m) and the Annapurna range is breathtaking.  The trek also includes a stay at Jhinu Danda, a natural hot spring that is said to have natural healing properties. After enjoying the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, you can relax at the hot spring and take in its holistic healing chattels, letting go of all your weariness and rewarding your body for undergoing the journey.

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek captures all of the best features of the region in a short amount of time for you to enjoy. At every step of the trekking trail, you will be blessed with marvelous views of the Himalayas. It is also naturally uplifting and a great way to enjoy a Himalayan acreage incorporated with ethnic Gurung culture.

Annapurna Himalayas

To book, this trip package High Route Adventure provides this trip package is crafted with the satisfaction of our customers in mind and keeping your entertainment value as a priority. You are guaranteed to get the best services along the way as well, in terms of accommodation and guidance with meals and transportation. It is one of the best short holiday packages in Nepal. Thus, do join us for an unforgettable adventure in the Annapurna Himalayas!

Is this trip the right fit for you?

  • This trek is 10 days in duration with moderate-level hikes of 4-6 hours daily. Elevations up to 4,130 meters are reached.
  • Good fitness is advisable. Prior regular hiking helps with endurance on uphill stone step sections.
  • Lodges have simple rooms and limited amenities like electricity, hot showers, and WiFi access. Be prepared.
  • Pack proper gear for variable weather. Temperatures fluctuate from sunny days to below-freezing nights.
  • Local guides add great cultural insight into the region’s nature, villages, shrines, and diverse ethnic groups.
  • Itineraries may shift due to potential landslides, storms, or other impacts. Flexibility is key in the mountains.

What makes this trip enjoyable for you?

  • Be awestruck by epic Himalayan views of Machhapuchchhre, Annapurna South, and Glacier Dome.
  • Traverse spring-blooming rhododendron forests with fluttering songbirds and orchid trails.
  • Complete an exciting ascend at the Annapurna sanctuary framed by soaring ice giants.
  • Stay overnight in rustic lodges in upland farming villages like Chomrong. Gain glimpses into lifestyles.
  • The multi-ethnic peoples along the trail warmly welcome visitors into teahouse dining rooms.
  • With views of the Annapurna peaks, unwind your weary muscles in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda.
  • Take in the tranquil beauty of small waterfalls falling down the hillside en route.

But, if you are looking for a challenging trek around the Annapurna region, then we offer our Annapurna Circuit trek– 19 days which is across the world’s high mountain of Throng-la Pass, Altitude of 5416m. This trek will let you experience the unique culture and huge diversity of landscapes. If you have a less experience with trekking and fitness issues but want to take the Annapurna experience we have our Ghorepani poon hill trek- 9 days and the bitten path trek includes the Mardi Himal trek– 10 Days.

So, You are looking for the Annapurna Base camp trek via Poonhill. we offer our Annapurna base camp trek– for 13 days which is surrounding Poon Hill.

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

    You may arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our airport representatives who will help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, thus you may check into your Hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

    Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for your Pokhara flight, which takes about 20 minutes. Arriving at Pokhara, you will have a short drive to Nayapul, traveling via the road. The drive is pleasant and gives you a good fleeting glimpse of the countryside life of the region. From Nayapul, you will then be trekking to Ghandruk- one of the most well-known Gurung villages in the region. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghandruk.

    Altitude: 1940 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong

    From Ghandruk, you will have a lovely nature-filled trek to the village of Chhomrong today. The village is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Likewise, the trek is filled with wonderful views of the Annapurna Mountains and the terrain is blessed with peaceful woodlands, home to many beautiful fowls and avifauna. The trail is mostly up-and-downhill and isn't arduous. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhomrong.

    Altitude: 2170 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 04: Trek from Chhomrong to Himalayan Hotel

    From Chhomrong, you will be entering the Annapurna Sanctuary- a protected area that is home to many endangered species of animals and birds. The trail from Chhomrong descends towards Chhomrong Khola, which you will cross via a suspension bridge, often decorated with colorful prayer flags. Further on, the trail climbs out of the valley and ascends to Khuldi. From here, the path is a descent along the steep slippery stone staircase that enters thick bamboo groves toward Dovan. Overnight stay at the Himalayan Hotel.

    Altitude: 2920 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 05: Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp

    The climb to the Annapurna Base Camp takes a few hours from the location of the Himalayan Hotel. Descending from a ridge above the hotel, the pat branches out towards lush meadows with large pastureland. You will reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp midway through the trail which offers a grand view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) itself. Finally, eventually, you will reach the Annapurna South Base Camp, from where majestic panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks magnificently rise around like a naturally formed amphitheater. Overnight stay at the Annapurna Base Camp.

    Altitude: 4130 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 06: Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

    From the base camp, you will follow a small levied path through the valley once again towards the village creatively named Bamboo. Along the way, rows of beautifully sleek and emerald bamboo groves and rhododendron woods ornament the landscape, as well as the sight of the mountains that serrate the skyline. The path is leveled and has a downward slant for the most part, but isn't too difficult. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bamboo.

    Altitude: 2310 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda

    From Bamboo, you will follow a gradually descending path toward one of the famous settlements of the region- Jhinu Danda. The small village is situated amid high rising cliffs and harbors a natural hot spring that is laded out right beside the fast raging river. The hot spring is said to have natural healing properties and you can relax in the hot water pool, relieving your muscles and body. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu Danda.

    Altitude: 1780 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 08: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul; Drive to Pokhara

    From Jhinu, you will follow the same route back toward Nayapul. Trekking through beautiful terrace farms and pastures, you will descend southward through numerous villages. From Nayapul, you will then have a lovely drive back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pokhara.

    Altitude: 1023 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu

    You can have a drive back to Kathmandu. Upon returning to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your Hotel. In the evening time let's have a farewell dinner at a Nepali tropical restaurant with a cultural program. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Note: From Pokhara to Kathmandu is an option on the flight)

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 10: Farewell

    Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

Domestic and International Airport Pickup and Drop-off Services:

  • International airport pick-up
  • International airport Drop service in a private vehicle on the final departure

Accommodation Service

  • Two nights 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu (Twin Sharing, BB plan)
  • A night 3- star Hotel in Pokhara (Twin Sharing, BB plan )
  • Six nights best available clean and comfortable teahouse accommodation during the trek

Trekking Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP)
  • Trekkers' informational Management Systems Card (TIMS)

Food Services

  • 8 times of Breakfast (Local and Continental Choice)
  • 7 times of Lunch (Simple and Light Lunch in Teahouse)
  • 7 times of Dinner (Veg and Non-Veg Meals from the Local Tea House)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara

Guide & Porter Services

  • English- speaking government- licensed guide
  • Local Sherpa for carrying Luggage (up to 25 kg Max, 2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All Meals for the guide & porter
  • Insurances for guide & porter
  • Well-paid salary as per Government rates
  • A first-aid kit box carried by the team leader

Transportation & Others

  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • From Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by standard tourist bus (A private vehicle will be arranged upon your request)
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary(from Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara)
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag(to be returned after trek completion)
  • The HRA Brand Duffle Bag for the Trip, Campany T-shirt, and Baseball cap
  • Trekking Maps
  • Trip achievement certificate
  • All local and Government taxes, Administrative charges

Complimentary Includes

  • An hour trekker message after completing the trip
  • Fresh seasonal  fruit after dinner during the trek

What's not included ?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter

Notes

Meals on Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek:

Annapurna base camp short trek, good food is very important and to keep all the members fit and healthy throughout the trip.
Meals are served in a large dining hall, some higher cold places furnished with the pot-bellied stove to keep the dining room warm and cozy while trekking. Items of foods can be ordered by choosing two types of ‘a la carte or set menus, for a la carte with wide listed food and drink menu from Farmers, American or simple breakfast to Lunch, Dinner, and light snacks.

Most tourists standard average lodge, managed and run by family members including cooking, the menu is laden with popular and famous Nepalese meals, known as Dal-Bhat (boiled rice, lentil soup to add with mild seasonal vegetable curry), Continental, and Chinese to Tibetan with Indian as well Italian and Mexican dishes. In some good lodges on route trekking Korean and Japanese foods are also available. Fresh meat products and items are rare in most areas of trekking, Fresh bakeries items are also available in major villages like Ghandruk, and Chommrung in on-route trekking.

Accommodation on Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and on the path area unit are enclosed within the package price. You will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trekking in Nepal in a "lodge" also known as Tea-House from the early days, is a typical local inn with minimum western facilities due to harsh terrain, high elevation, and extreme cold conditions. The room has thin walls and is not insulated. Most rooms have two beds with tables in between. The teahouse provides mattresses, pillows, and blankets.  You will be staying at the simplest available teahouses while trekking. There is travel by local families & mountain communities. Your room will have an attached bathroom and a hot shower at Ghandruk, Chhomrong, and Jhinudanda. At higher altitudes, only basic facilities are going to be available at the lodge- Wi-Fi service, clean air-conditioned rooms, shared clean bathrooms (western-style toilet), a restaurant, an eating place, and a bar. You would like to pay extra for using the Wi-Fi, and electronic devices.

The accommodation after Chhumrung is arranged on a sharing basis because the communities have different rules to build a few teahouses in each place. If traveling solo. You get to share the room with a fellow traveler of an equivalent gender. One room is going to be available for the asking, at additional cost, if possible. There is a single rooms that are not available during the peak season.

Best time to visit around Annapurna Himalaya region:

Nepal, has four main seasons, namely spring (mid-February to May), summer as well the monsoon and wet times (June to August), autumn/fall (September to November), and winter (December to mid-February).

One can travel around Annapurna Himalaya nearly all months of the year, the best time is spring from March to May and autumn/fall to pre-winter seasons. Depending upon your choice of interest and destinations, likewise for a short moderate trek, one can visit during winter, and Monsoon months also.

Springtime and autumn/fall, are the peak season for treks and other adventures around Nepal Himalaya, including the Annapurna region. The other best time is autumn/fall which is also a high season and the trail is busy and crowded.

During spring, this season is a perfect atmosphere and the temperature is cool. In the spring season, wildflowers will be blooming. The spring is flowering rhododendron blooming entire the trekking trail and hills. This autumn season is Clear skies and stunning mountain views are Breathtaking. while both seasons, It is a combination of clear skies, and the White Mountain is a wonderful experience in your lifetime.

Entry permit & Requirement in ABC Trek:

All trekkers require to obtain trekking permits known as TIMS (Trekking Information Management Service), for the Annapurna region. Issued and controlled by TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal).

Entry Permits TIMS will be collected by your guide from High Route Adventure, associated as well lifetime member of TAAN.

The entry permits TIMS, will be kept by your guide as it needs to be registered at every check-post in major villages on route trekking.

The TIMS card will be handed to you at the end of the trip, as a good memorable souvenir of the treks. The other permit required is the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee ticket, which will be obtained by the company in Kathmandu, or on the first entrance of the ACAP check post. These are the main entry permits required on a trek around the Annapurna Himalaya region. The permits are important to ensure and safeguard all trekkers from safety, especially for individual or solo trekkers if they are lost this will help to track the missing person on route trekking.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization During ABC Trek:

Annapurna Base camp's short trek is a Moderate trek and safe journey in the Annapurna region. You can reach a high altitude of 4200m from sea level. In and around the Annapurna region, altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) does not affect you much, you are trekking below 4200m elevation.

For a moderate short trek to Annapurna base camp as well around other southern areas of Annapurna Himalaya, these places are safe from AMS as you hardly reach above 4200m high.

For ABC short trek where trekkers sometimes catch the symptoms of altitude sickness with light headache, nausea, or lack of appetite. The area is safe if AMS occurs, where one can descend to lower areas.

Preventive measures against AMS using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets as per your doctor and guide advice. The major problem is when one catches symptoms of HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which is water in the brain and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a symptom with some water in the lungs. Where the victim needs rescue or immediate evacuation for proper medical treatment.

Drinking Water Available In Annapurna Region:

Drinking water is available in every shop, and store as well in restaurants and in the lodge where you stay, depending upon your requirement, medically on treks and in high altitude, where one needs 3-4 liters of safe drinking water every day. One can buy safe drinking water served boiled and filtered. Where some trekkers enjoy free drinking water from the nearby fresh clear stream, water spouts, and creeks which need much filtration adding water purifying tablets, or iodine.

The best is to buy from the lodge, where drinking water is much safe boiled and cooled. Around Annapurna, there are some places with water stations, at affordable prices, as well as Annapurna Base Camp. The water station is run and managed by the local community and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).

Other options are bottled mineral water available in every village store and shop as well as at the lodge, the cost can be dear as you trek further high. But we at High Route Adventure, do not encourage trekkers to buy bottled water, as it creates much rubbish we follow the concept of Responsible Tourism or Eco-Trekking to preserve the surrounding pristine environment.

 Travel and Medical Insurance:

Most important that you purchase in your home country through good and reliable Insurance companies, which should cover medical conditions including rescue services, by the fastest means of transport like a chopper.

In all Himalayan countries including Nepal and Annapurna region, where even a healthy and physically fit can get sick, either from the past personal medical side or other reasons like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

For severe illness, one needs immediate evacuation, and the quickest way to reach a safe place with good medical facilities like in Pokhara city, or in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance, should cover your holiday duration in case of bad unfavorable weather conditions even at the best time of the season.

In the Himalayas or in the Annapurna region, where trail conditions can be affected by landslides or heavy snow that might create a situation to delay or cancel the trip. For unforeseen circumstances where you will be safe with your Insurance policy, which you claim back at home after providing the official letter from your local agent or High Route Adventure.

Trip Safety on Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek:

Client safety is our top priority, including guides, field staff, and porters in all our programs and itineraries, which are well-planned and designed to keep our trip as per the standard itinerary. It is also a guideline, as it can be slightly changed in case of the client’s physical fitness and weather condition.

If there’s too much danger to encounters like landside, broken trails, avalanches, and snowstorms, or other major calamities, we plan and decide what is best for our clients and staff's safety.

We at High Route Adventure, are fully committed to keeping all our adventures safe and sound in all respects, sometimes it all depends on the clients themselves whether they have chosen the right trips at the right time.

All our expert guides and leaders will make your holiday adventure worthwhile and memorable, in case of an emergency our guides are reliable to cope with any situation for the safety of all members including staff.

As our guide has basic medical experience and First Aid, well versed in Eco-Trekking to make the trek and environment safe and enjoyable.

Map

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Map Route

FAQs of Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

  • How difficult is Annapurna short treks?

    Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most solid treks in Nepal as the course of this trek isn't so steep and troublesome. In any case, for a tenderfoot trekker, this can be a difficult trail since the trail prompts the base camp of the world's tenth most elevated mountain.
  • What is the average duration of the Annapurna short trek?

    The short Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 7 to 11 days, upon your itinerary and length of walking days. The schedule displayed here takes 11 days, beginning from Nayapul (a 1/2 hour drive from Pokhara) and going south part in Annapurna base camp.
  • What kind of food is available during the short Annapurna base camp trek?

    The types of food you will get during treks Annapurna base camp trekking destination. If your trek destination is at a higher altitude then you will be getting home-cooked meals that include Dal, Bhat (rice), and Tarkari. Food from homestays and tea houses are of good quality and also nutritious so you do not have to worry. But, it is better to be wary while eating meat products and alcohol while in higher altitudes
  • When is the best time to go short ABC trek?

    The Best time to try and do the Annapurna base camp trek is throughout autumn and spring. The spring season starts from mid of March to until May. Identically, the autumn season starts from mid of September until mid of December. These two seasons is the perfect time to explore Annapurna base camp and clear sights of the valley.
  • When do we show our gratitude like tipping to fellow guides and porters?

    At the end of the trek in Pokhara or any town and village after completing the trekking with time to bid farewell to the guide, staff, and porters.
  • Can we store some clothes and items not required on treks in Pokhara?

    Yes, at the hotel you stay for the first nights and after finishing the treks around the Annapurna region if the itinerary has last night in Pokhara.
  • Can we change money on trek to Short Annapurna Base Camp?

    The best places are in Pokhara, besides Kathmandu, Places with bank facilities. Other areas on short treks do not have facilities to change the money, where some lodge owners can do the services for you sometimes.
  • Can we hire guides and porters only with local agencies in Nepal?

    It is possible to hire a guide and porters from the local agencies at a certain standard price of daily wages. Including meals, accommodation, and transportation throughout the trek. As well as covering medical insurance against accidents or any other unfortunate incidents.
  • Do we need guides and porters on Annapurna Treks?

    Depends upon one budget to cover the whole treks, where on booking with local or abroad trekking agencies, where guide and porters are included on the package cost. But for individual trekkers can trek without guides or porters, but quite risky on off the beaten tracks around the remote region of Annapurna Himalaya. Best with guides on longer and off the main trail trekking areas for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
  • How long does it take to visit Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary?

    From one week to 10 / 12 days, depends upon one interest and holiday duration in Nepal for the trek. Minimum of a week to and from Pokhara city with drive both ways. One can make it longer by adding Ghorepani and Poon Hill taking a few days more.

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