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Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 10 Days

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Trip name: Annapurna Base camp short trek

Duration: 10 days

Hiking Days: 07 days

Average walking: 5/6 hours per day

Trip start: Kathmandu

Trip end: Kathmandu


Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular and rewarding short treks in Nepal. It takes you along a scenic route through lush forests, terraced fields and traditional villages to the foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range. The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is accessible by road from Pokhara. From here you can walk through charming villages such as Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani and Chhomrong, each with its own  cultural and natural attractions. Climbing Poon Hill, a popular viewpoint with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, is one of the highlights of the trek. You will then descend into the Modi Khola Valley and trek through the rugged terrain of steep cliffs, glaciers and dense forests until you reach Annapurna Base Camp.

You'll be surrounded by towering peaks at the base camp, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (also known as "Fishtail"). The views are truly breathtaking, and you'll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the scenery. Depending on your pace and itinerary, the trek usually takes 7-10 days to complete. When the weather is clear and the views are at their best, the best time to visit is in the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). Annapurna Base Camp trek is a great choice for those who want to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Nepal in a short period of time. It is no surprise that this trip is so popular with travelers from all over the world because of its stunning scenery, varied scenery and warm hospitality.

Highlights of Annapurna Short Trek

  • The trek offers a magnificent view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. From Poon Hill to Base Camp, panoramic views of snow-capped peaks like Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre await you.
  • The trek takes you through  villages inhabited by traditional Gurung and Magar communities and gives you an insight into their own culture and way of life. You can interact with local residents, taste traditional foods and observe their ancient customs and traditions.
  • The walk takes you through a variety of landscapes including lush forests, row fields and rugged terrain. You will cross rivers, climb steep mountains and navigate narrow roads while admiring the natural beauty of the area.
  • Climbing Poon Hill is one of the highlights of the trek. You will be treated to an unforgettable sunrise over the mountains with the first rays of the sun illuminating the snowy peaks.
  • The trek ends at the Annapurna base camp, which is located at an altitude of 4130 meters. You are surrounded by steep peaks and glaciers with panoramic views in every direction.

Best Season to do Annapurna Short Trek

Annapurna Short Trek is best done in  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather during these seasons is usually clear and dry, and the sky is clear, making it easy to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views and landscapes. The hills are especially beautiful in  spring, when they are lush and green and the alpine forests bloom and bring color to the landscape. The weather is mild and the sky is usually clear, making it an ideal time for hiking. Autumn is also a popular season to visit because the monsoon season has ended and the skies are clear, making it ideal for trekking. Temperatures are mild during the day, but evenings can be chilly, so bring warm clothes. Autumn is also harvest season, so you'll be able to see locals harvesting their crops.

Frequently Asked Questions About Annapurna Short Trek?

What is the Maximum Altitude Reached During the Annapurna Short Trek?

The Annapurna Short Trek is a low-altitude trek that reaches its highest altitude at Poon Hill, approximately 3,210 meters above sea level. The trail winds through quaint villages, lush forests and rolling hills, offering spectacular views of the Annapurna Range in the distance. The gentle ascent to Poon Hill is suitable for moderately fit hikers and allows you to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas without fear of altitude sickness. The trek is ideal for those who want to see the Annapurna region without embarking on longer, more strenuous treks. 

How high is the highest point on the Annapurna Short Trek?

Poon Hill is the highest point of the Annapurna Short Trek at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,531 feet). Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint with spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges, including the Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Dhaulagiri's towering peaks. Poon Hill His trek is relatively easy and can be completed in a few days, making it popular with those who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without making long and difficult treks. Although the walk is short, the views from Poon Hill are just as impressive as those from the region's higher peaks. 

What kind of clothing and gear do I need for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?

It is critical to have appropriate clothing and equipment for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. Because the weather in the region can be unpredictable, it's important to pack accordingly. Trekking boots with good ankle support, as well as comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing and a warm down jacket, are required. In case of rain or snow, a waterproof jacket and trousers are also essential. A backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, a water bottle, sunscreen, and a first aid kit are also required. It is also a good idea to bring a hat, gloves, and sunglasses for sun and wind protection. Because you will be carrying your rucksack for the duration, it is best to pack light and bring only necessary items.

Is it safe to do the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a popular trekking route. The trail is well-established and popular with hikers each year. However, it is critical to exercise caution and be aware of potential hazards. Because altitude sickness is a risk on this trek, it is critical to properly acclimatise and recognise the symptoms of altitude sickness. Hiring a guide or porter can also improve your safety by assisting you with navigation and carrying your backpack. It is also critical to follow safety precautions and be aware of weather conditions. There are rescue services available along the trail in case of an emergency.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?

Teahouses, which are basic lodges with shared rooms and facilities, are typically used for lodging on the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. Teahouses offer a one-of-a-kind and authentic taste of the local culture and hospitality. The rooms usually have a basic bed and a blanket, so bringing a sleeping bag is recommended for warmth and comfort. The communal bathrooms are also simple, with squat toilets and cold showers. Some teahouses may charge a fee for heated showers. Meals are served in the communal dining area, and the menu includes both local and international options. There are also vegetarian and vegan options. The quality of accommodation and facilities may differ depending on location and altitude, with more basic facilities available at higher altitudes.

What kind of physical fitness level is required for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a moderate trek that requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. The walk entails walking on a well-established trail that includes some steep uphill and downhill sections. Trekkers should be able to walk for 4-6 hours per day while carrying only a light rucksack. Prior trekking experience is not required, but regular exercise and preparation to build endurance and strength is advised. Cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, and swimming can help. It is also advised to go on some training hikes with a backpack to simulate the conditions of the trek. Because altitude sickness is a risk on the trek, it is critical to properly acclimatise and recognise the symptoms of altitude sickness. 

Do I need any special permits to do the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?

Yes, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek requires several permits. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is the first permit required and can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board office or in Pokhara. The permit costs about $30 USD per person and is only good for one entry. The Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, which is required for the second permit, can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The TIMS card costs different amounts depending on whether you are a foreigner or a SAARC national. The permits are checked at various points along the trail, so keep them with you at all times. 

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Detailed Itinerary

There are two Itineraries available which are per-defined by us, If you plan to change these itineraries please contact us.

Option I

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal

Namaste! Upon your arrival, we will 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. Where we can get to know each other better at the dining table while enjoying delicious food and setting clear expectations for each other regarding the rest of our days. This will also give you a more in-depth understanding of the upcoming trek.

Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara (830m/25 minutes), drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we will 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.

Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrung

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

Day 04: Trek from Chomurng to Himalaya

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

Day 05: Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna base camp

After breakfast, We will make a steep climb through the drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here the trail descends to the river and then climbs to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation here is sparser allowing the great view of the valley, river, and tock cliff about the bands of wispy waterfalls. climb gradually through a river bed and then on a steep trail over the mountainside. 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 the Annapurna Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers a 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas. From the base camp, we get mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks.

Day 06: Trek from ABC to Bamboo

We awoke early on day six of the trek and had breakfast before beginning our journey from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) to Bamboo. The first part of the trek was difficult because we had to descend a steep trail with many steps. On the way, we passed through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), which provided stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The trail was surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and lush green forests. As we descended further, we could feel the temperature rising and the air becoming more humid. Finally, we arrived in the small village of Bamboo, our destination for the day. We settled into our teahouse and drank a cup of hot tea before retiring for the evening. 

Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu

The trek from Bamboo to Jhinu on Day 07 is a moderate walk that takes about 5-6 hours to complete. The path follows the Modi Khola River through lush forests and charming villages. Trekkers can enjoy the serene beauty of the Himalayan landscape and encounter various flora and fauna along the way. The natural hot springs at Jhinu are the highlight of the trek, providing a welcome reprieve for tired muscles. Soaking in the hot springs and relaxing in the peaceful surroundings of Jhinu is a delightful experience after a long day of trekking.

Day 08: Trek from Jhinu to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

You will trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul on day 8 of your Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek, which will take approximately 4-5 hours. You'll be descending through beautiful forests and terraced fields, passing through small villages and taking in spectacular views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountains. You will take a private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city that is a popular destination for trekkers and adventure seekers. Depending on traffic and road conditions, the drive to Pokhara takes about 1-2 hours. When you arrive in Pokhara, you can relax in your hotel or visit the city's many attractions, including Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, and Mahendra Cave. You can have a delicious dinner in the evening.

Day 09: Sightseeing in Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu

You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara on day 9 of your Annapurna itinerary. After breakfast, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, which will include a visit to the stunning Phewa Lake, where you can take a boat ride and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. You'll also see Davis Falls, a beautiful waterfall named after a Swiss tourist who drowned here in the 1960s. The Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, known for its ancient Hindu shrines, and the World Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa with panoramic views of Pokhara and the Annapurna range, are also highlights of the tour. You will return to Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Day 10: Final Departure

We will serve you breakfast in the morning. If your flight is planned for the morning. By your travel plans, Our team member will go to drop you at the Airport(In a private vehicle). If your flight is in the evening, you may go shopping and pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones, or you can just hang around Kathmandu city. Additionally, if you wish to stay in Nepal for a few extra days, we can set up some of the best adventure activities there.

Option II

Day 01 Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 02 Pokhara to Ghandruk by jeep and trek to chomrung

Day 03 Chhumrung to  Himalaya

Day 04 Himalaya to ABC

Day 05 ABC to doban

Day 06 Doban to jinu  and drive to Pokhara

Day 07 Pokhara to kathmandu tripe end

Cost Info

Minimum 2 person is required to book this trip.

Cost includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop with Private Vehicle
  • All star hotel 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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About Nepal Visa

Nepal visas can be easily obtained from the Government of Nepal, the Nepalese Embassy, or the Consulate office located in your country. You can get a visa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on your arrival or from any other entry point in Nepal. Make sure to bring a few sets of passport-size photos. Visa fees are inexpensive.

You can also apply for a visa in a near embassy or either you can travel to Nepal and get a visa on arrival. We will assist you to settle your visa work too.

Accommodation in Kathmandu and Trek

We offer you star-rated accommodation with comfort and cozy. You will be amused with the facility and warmth we offer you including facilities like (an attached bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot and cold shower). During the trek, your accommodation is included Mt. Lodge and local tea houses but we do our best for providing the best available lodges on a twin-sharing basis, some tea houses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you prefer a single room in Kathmandu and trek you may indicate your preference on request and pay a single supplement cost. Contact us

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide you only Bb facility in city as preferred in itinerary. Full board meals are included (breakfast, Lunch and dinner with cup of tea or coffee) throughout the trek.  We provide you food from the local tea house Mt. Lodge en route chosen from a menu. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between. You can enjoy the Nepalese style cuisine or any other continental food as per required. You are to be giver from pizza to snacks. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetable. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.

Health and Fitness Required

Health is the most important part of traveling or trekking. One must possess good physical condition before and while commencing Himalaya’s tour. If you don’t have any trekking experiences better grab one or be physically prepare for the trek. Before commencing adventurous trek you can commence a short hike, cycling or a short walking tour, this may help you a lot throughout the trek.

The highest height you will reach on this trip is 5545m from the sea level. The walk may be ups and down passing various villages, high land, wilderness and much more difficult and rough trail.

We strongly advise travelers to consult with your medical doctor before travelling and do the regular check up of your health and report us while booking a trip with us.

Guide and Porter

Trained, license holder, English speaking, honest and friendly...

Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are responsibility with us. As you know that we are very honest with the porter issues and their condition while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with international porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.

It is our company’s management system; the maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG so be sure that your trekking bag is not loads more 20 KG.

Travel Insurance

One of the most important factors of trekking is travel insurance. To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialized travel insurance for participation in risky activities.

Your travel insurance policy must cover emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, medical treatment, and expenses, theft, and liability are recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing including other trips.

Group Size

We organize any route of Nepal trek with fix departure basis or private trip, the minimum group size would be two, and the maximum group size is ten or more on request. We can also organize a private trip for the solo person with a single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online market or ask us for your suitable flexible dates, and we will open the group date on the same date.

How to Book Your Trip with Us

While if you are interested to trek or tour the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal you must go through online products.

If you have gone through the online product and want a booking, write and ask for the information or phone us on our phone number for the trip booking confirmation.

To be a very clear understanding of the trip services we have also online trip booking. Once your trip booking request reached us, sincerely we will suggest the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip, Non-refundable deposit of 20 percent (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure Nepal activities.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our trip booking process.

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