Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Trip At Glance

Destination Nepal
Name of Trail Short Annapurna Base camp trek
Duration 10 Days
Grade Moderate
Maximum Altitude 4130m
Per Day Walking 4/5 Hours
Trek Style Tea house
Transportation By Flight
Accommodation 4 Star in City
Best Time All Except Rainy

Outline Itinerary

Day Acitivity
Day 1 Welcome to Nepal (1360M)
Day 2 Flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara, drive to Ghandruk (1940M)
Day 3 Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrung (2150M)
Day 4 Trek from Chomurng to Himalaya (2680M)
Day 5 Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna base camp (4130M)
Day 6 Trek from ABC to Bamboo (2300M)
Day 7 Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu (1740M)
Day 8 Drive to Pokhara (820M)
Day 9 Sightseeing in Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu (1360M)
Day 10 Final Departure

Overview And Highlights

Annapurna Base Camp Short 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 short 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.

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Overnight at Kathmandu

Accomodation
Three Star Hotel
Elevation
1360
Day 2

Flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara, drive to Ghandruk

After breakfast we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and take bus ride to Ghandruk via naya pool. Ghandruk is a charming village located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone in Nepal. It is situated in the Annapurna region, which is renowned for its breathtaking mountain views, trekking trails, and rich cultural experiences. Ghandruk is a popular destination for trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Overnight At Ghandruk.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1940
Day 3

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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2150
Day 4

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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2680
Day 5

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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4130
Day 6

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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2300
Day 7

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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1740
Day 8

Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast you will take a private vehicle from Jhinu 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 3-4 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.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation
Three Star Hotel
Elevation
820
Day 9

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.

Food
Breakfast, Dinner
Accomodation
Three Star Hotel
Elevation
1360
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.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Airport Pickup & Drop with Private Vehicle
  • 3 star hotel accommodations and breakfast in city
  • Tea house Accommodation- during trek
  • Meals 3 times a day during trekking
  • Pokhara-Ghandruk by Bus
  • 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

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal VISA fees
  • Kathmandu Pokhara and Pokhara Kathmandu Flight Ticket
  • Travel Insurance & Rescue Management,
  • Trekking equipment
  • Additional potter
  • Personal expenses, Tips and Shopping Cost

Note: The cost mentioned above is for min 2 travelers, for single the cost is USD 655 USD

Altitude Graph

FAQs

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Trip Reviews (3)

Ein sehr tolle Tour mit Euch erlebt mit sehr schönen Eindrücken der Himalaya-Welt.
Sehr netter Guido mit jede Menge Informationen nicht nur zum Himalaya, sondern auch zu Nepal und den Menschen. Freue mich schon auf das nächste Mal.

Michael B

28th Mar, 2018


Well when i was back from Australia to my native country Nepal. I plan to explore the natural views and adventure troops with my friends. What a great fun to view the Himalayas and fun of adventure. There is no way to describe our guide better to say friend. He is so friendly he never irritate when we ask for something and never gets angry on our jokes. On those few days he was like well known to us before we know him. We visit different places and can explore our great natural views. Thanks for all and i am planning to bring my Australian friend with me. We will meet soon...

Nishan D

28th Mar, 2018


Ein Hallo nach Nepal und auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen. War toll bei Euch, netter Service und Hilfe bei spontaner Flugangst

Jennifer S

22nd Jul, 2015



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