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Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 10 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek, 2nd best trekking in Nepal package, is the superb introduction to pastoral Nepal and soaring peaks. This trek offers a comprehensive exploration of the most glorious region in the 50km Annapurna range. Adventure Vision Nepal Treks have designed short ABC trek package to assist acclimatization with slow gain in daily altitude.

Annapurna Short trek takes you to lap of Annapurna I, tenth highest peak in the world which is placed on a glacial moraine directly below the towering peaks – Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. Below is U-shaped glacial valley with flowing streams.

A short drive north form Pokhara takes us to Dhampus Phedi where we start our trek. We ascend gradually to Ghandruk and walk through Modi Khola valley to reach Chommrong. The hilly slopes are filled with rhododendron, oak and pine forest. You can see many villages majestically perched on a hill surrounded by ancient terraced fields. The villagers are eager to welcome the travelers and their hospitality is simply intriguing; which you have not received before.

10 days Annapurna Base Camp Short trekking itinerary traverses from one village to another – with abundant of place and time to take rest or sip a cup of coffee. The landscapes above Chhomrong steepens and as the trail enters into the Annapurna Sanctuary, tree line changes into dwarf vegetation and peak are seen more clear and crystal.

We rise up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp) which is not official a base camp as climbing this peak is not permitted. Some two hours of stiff climb leads us to spectacular glacier basin placed majestically beneath the ring of Peaks – Machhapuchhre and Annapurna.

We choose Jhinu Danda route for return journey which is almost all downhill. We soothe at natural hot spring in Jhinu to give relax our tired muscles.

Short trek to Annapurna Base Camp is perfect for passionate walkers who have keen desire to get amidst of towering peaks but lacks time. An average fitness level and stamina is recommended. No previous trekking experience is required, however it would be an asset.

Outline Itinerary

Day01: Welcome to Nepal

Day02: Flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Day03: Ghandruk – Chomrung

Day04: Chomurng – Doban

Day05: Doban – Durali

Day06: Durali – ABC

Day07: ABC – Bamboo

Day08: Bamboo – Jhinu

Day09: Jhinu – Nayapul and drive to Pokhara - Fly Back to Kathmandu

Day10: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day01: Welcome to Nepal

Namaste! Upon your arrival we welcome you at the international airport and transfer you to our hotel. Once you’re settled (relaxed and freshened up), we will take you to an authentic Nepali dinner. We can get to know each other better on the dining table while enjoying tasty food, and to set clear expectations for each other regarding the rest of our days. This will also give you a more in-depth understanding on the upcoming trek.

Day02: Flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara (830m/25 minutes), drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we travel via zigzag route over the middle hills to Nayapul (trail foot) where you meet your porters and start the trek to Birethanti, a prosperous riverside village nestled on the bank of the Modi Khola  (which carries the melt water from the Annapurna South Glacier to the Ganges). Walk through the terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar, cross the suspension bridge and then rise uphill with excellent views of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Climbing through the long staircase and crossing the huge landslide, we reach the village of Ghandruk: with excellent views of the valley gorge – and tomorrow’s trail.

Day03: Ghandruk – Chomrung

After breakfast, we head north of the village, walk on an exposed trail to the summit of the ridge and then descend down to the green valley and suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, we descend down to the valley through the thick cluster of rhododendron and oak forest to reach Chhomrong with great views of snowy peaks.

Day04: Chomurng – Doban

After breakfast, we descend down to Chhomrong Khola, cross the river and then climb up to the stunning village of Sinuwa. Thereafter, we walk along the upper reaches of upper Modi Khola Valley through the dense forest of cane, rhododendron and oak. The trail rises and descends down to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) located at the bank of river. After lunch, we rise up through the uninhabited forest to Doban.

Day05: Doban – Deorali

After breakfast, we walk through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold and then climb steadily on steep slopes. It is only after reaching Himalayan Hotel that the forest widens up and we get the sun again with stunning view of glacial river below. We then make a steep climb through the drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here the trail descends down to the river and then climb to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetating here is sparser allowing the great view of valley, river and tock cliff about the bands of wispy waterfalls.  

Day06: Deorali – ABC

After breakfast, climb gradually through a river bed and then on steep trail over the mountain side. The trial from Bagar – Machapuchhre Base Camp is challenging. From Base Camp, we get wonderful views of Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is rewarding.

The vegetation disappears on the trail to ABC. The trekking trail opens up as we enter into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers the 360-degree panorama of Himalayas. From the base camp, we get the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks.

Day07: ABC – Bamboo

After morning sunrise view, we retrace our step back to Bamboo. Today, we trek downhill so it would be easy trail today. Besides, we get the extra-ordinary landscapes and Himalayan views on the way.

Day08: Bamboo – Jhinu

From Bamboo, we climb uphill to Kuldighar and then dip down to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb via stone steps to Chhomrong and then descend to Jhinu Danda. At Jhinu, we get opportunity to enjoy the hot spring which lies just 15-20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda.

Day09: Jhinu – Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, we trek through the amazing hilly landscapes to Nayapul. We take lunch on the way. Our trek concludes at Nayapul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. We will fly back to Kathmandu

Day10: Final Departure

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribuvan International Airport for your final departure

Note: This is very short trekking itinerary designed to trek Annapurna base camp in rapid way which normally takes 13 days itinerary. Some trekking agency suggest 07 days Annapurna base camp short trekking itinerary also. But we suggest you to not to go for 07 days if you are not pro in Himalayas. You can suffer from altitude sickness. If you are pro and want to finish ABC trek in 07 days please write us. We can also customized this itinerary as per your need. If you are not pro and still want to finish in less than 10 days please look our Annapurna base camp trek fly out by helicopter.

Cost includes

  • “Everything you need actually”
  • Airport Pickup & Drop with Private Vehicle
  • All  accommodations and breakfast in city,
  • Tea house - during trek,

  • Meals 3 times a day during trekking

  • All transportation including KTM-Pokhara trip on Tourist Bus, Pokhara-Nayapool on private car.

  • Trekking Permit and TIMS card

  • Local trek guide and a Sherpa porter (salary, insurance, equipment, flights, food and lodging) one porter is provided for two people

  • Certificates

  • Comprehensive medical kit, Travel and rescue arrangement

  • Government and local taxes

  • Farewell dinner

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal VISA fees

  • Travel Insurance & Rescue Management,

  • Trekking equipment

  • Additional potter

  • Personal expenses, Tips and Shopping Cost

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