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Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration7 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 4,130 m/13,550 ft (Annapurna Base Camp)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Jhinu Danda
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Drive Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jhinu Danda
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Witness breathtaking views of iconic peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machapuchare, etc, throughout the trek
  • Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Gurung and Magar communities, and visit ancient monasteries and temples along the way
  • Traverse diverse landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and glacial moraines
  • Enjoy cozy evenings in lodges along the trail, where you can relish warm hospitality and delicious meals
  • Experience stunning sunrises at Annapurna Base Camp and other parts of the trail
  • Soothe your tired muscles in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda
  • Follow the winding Modi Khola river and cross many suspension bridges along the way
  • May come across Himalayan wildlife, including colorful pheasants and elusive snow leopards
  • Breathe in the clean, crisp mountain air as you ascend, rejuvenating your body and spirit

The Annapurna Base Camp is a classic trek in Nepal. It is widely known for its diverse terrain, beautiful landscapes, adventure, and heartwarming hospitality of the locals. This package offers a short version of the famous Annapurna Base Camp short trek 11 days.We have curated this short ABC trek for travelers who are tight on time and looking for a quick trek to the lap of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft). 

The adventure begins in the vibrant city of Pokhara, often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Annapurnas.' From Pokhara, trekkers embark on a scenic drive to Jhinu Danda via Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. The trail winds through terraced fields, picturesque villages, and dense rhododendron forests, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of the local Gurung and Magar communities.

As you ascend, the landscape changes from lush green hills to magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Machapuchare (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), etc. The climax of the trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters (13,550 ft). Here, trekkers are rewarded with unparalleled views of the majestic Himalayas.

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek 7 days is not just about the physical challenge- it's a cultural immersion, too. Along the trail, trekkers have opportunities to interact with friendly locals, taste traditional Nepali cuisine, and visit ancient temples and monasteries. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a novice adventurer, the Annapurna Base Camp short trek promises an unforgettable journey through one of Nepal's most stunning regions.

What to expect during the Annapurna Base Camp short trek in Nepal?

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek provides a diverse and enriching experience. While this trek is less difficult than some other treks in the region, it's essential to be properly prepared for the journey. You will trek a minimum of 6 hours a day, so ensure you have good health and fitness with regular cardio and strength training. 

The terrain of the Annapurna Base Camp short trek route varies from subtropical forests and terraced fields at lower elevations to alpine meadows and glacial moraines at higher altitudes. The trail includes both uphill and downhill sections, with some steep and rocky parts. You can use trekking poles for better stability. Likewise, the weather can change anytime, so pack all kinds of clothes. 

Likewise, the Annapurna Base Camp short trek offers some of the most spectacular views in the Himalayas. As you ascend through lush forests and terraced fields, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks. The highlight of the trek is reaching Annapurna Base Camp itself, where you're rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of towering peaks that seem to pierce the sky.

Last-minute Annapurna Base Camp short trek booking

If you're looking to book the Annapurna Base Camp short trek at the last minute, we've got you covered. Here's how you can secure your spot:

  • Online booking: You can initiate the booking process by sending us your request through our website. Once you've decided on your trekking dates and details, make the full payment via our secure online payment system.
  • In-person booking (if you're already in Kathmandu): If you're already in Kathmandu, don't hesitate to contact us or visit our office directly to book your Annapurna Base Camp short trek. Our team will be happy to assist you in finalizing your trip details.

*Note: Please note that last-minute bookings require full payment upfront. Once the booking is confirmed, it becomes non-refundable. 

Annapurna Base Camp short trek cost

Do Annapurna Base Camp short trek at just Rs. 650 per person. Join a group to get more discounts and benefits. Likewise, if you have the budget, you can also do a luxury Annapurna Base Camp short trek. Carefully read our cost include and exclude section on site and prepare for additional expenses as per that. 

If you have any questions, feel free to talk to us.

Benefits of Annapurna Base Camp short trekking with us 

Join us to get the most affordable Annapurna Base Camp short trek cost. Our Annapurna Base Camp short trek itinerary is well-designed and does not ascend more than 500 meters a day, making sure you are getting ample time to acclimatize. You will trek with a local guide during the Annapurna Base Camp short trekking. He will make the journey hassle-free for you and quite informative. 

Given our long history of leading individuals and groups in the Himalayas, we assure you a safe and memorable Annapurna Base Camp short trek! 

Below are some of the benefits you will get by trekking with Nature Excursion:

  • free farewell dinner
  • free airport pickup and drop off
  • flexible itinerary
  • budget-friendly trekking packages
  • duffel bag and company t-shirt (you have to return the duffel bag at the end of the trek and keep the t-shirt with yourself)
  • fix departure
  • 24/7 support
  • no hidden costs
  • native guides & porters

Alternative trekking packages and customize the Annapurna Base Camp short trek itinerary 

Our Annapurna Base Camp short trek itinerary is very flexible. You can customize the package according to your requirements. You can extend the trek to other beautiful destinations in the Annapurna region or include extra activities like yoga, paragliding, helicopter flights, etc. We have lots of options that you can play around with. 

Likewise, these are some other famous treks in Nepal- Everest base camp trek, Langtang Valley trek, Upper Mustang trek, Gokyo Lake trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Annapurna circuit trek, and Ghorepani Ghandruk trek. Also, check out our tour and climbing packages.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days pictures and video
Annapurna Base Camp Trek /ABC-2023/ Annapurna Sanctuary

Itinerary

Day1

From Kathmandu, we will drive to Pokhara. The highway is pitched, so you will have a very smooth journey. You can enjoy views of green hills, rocky mountains, terraced fields, and rivers along the way. Once you reach Pokhara, you will witness views of Annapurna Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal. The evening is free. We recommend you spend time at Phewa Lake and relish a lovely sunset. And end the day strolling on the bustling Lakeside Market.

  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day2

Our trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Jhinu Danda via Nayapul. The ride is short and offers beautiful scenery. From Jhinu Danda, we will begin trekking, crossing a long suspension bridge. The trail gradually ascends from here, following a stone paved route to Chhomrong. The trail descends and crosses a bridge over Chhomrong Khola and hikes to Sinuwa.

  • Max. Altitude:2,310 m/7,579 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day3

The trail from Sinuwa follows a quiet, isolated route to Deurali. We will trek through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, and bamboo. On the way, we will cross suspension bridges and trek pase small settlements. The trail is rich in vegetation, and we may also come across exotic birds. Likewise, we will also get to see superb views of Annapurna South while trekking.

  • Max. Altitude:3,200 m/6,393 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours
Day4

Today, we will trek to Annapurna base camp from Deurali. The day begins early. We will trek, enjoying beautiful mountain views. From Deurali, the trail ascends through dense forests and enters Annapurna Sanctuary. We will follow steep rocky tracks and reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail from here gradually gets narrow and ascends to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude:4,130 m/13,550 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3-4 hours
Day5

We will enjoy the morning with a delicious breakfast and beautiful views. After that, we will leave the base camp and begin trekking back to Sinuwa. The trail descends to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and follows a forested route via Himalaya and Dovan. We will trek past Bamboo and keep walking towards Sinuwa.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,220 m/7,283 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours
Day6

From Sniuwa, we will trek through lush forests and descend to Chhomrong Khola. Crossing the river on a bridge, we will ascend to Chhomrong village and trek to Jhinu Danda. The trek ends here. From Jhinu Danda, we will drive back to Pokhara, enjoying lovely scenery. Spend the evening relaxing at Phewa Lake and enjoy your time at the bustling Lakeside Market.

  • Max. Altitude:1,780 m/6,393 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast and lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:3 hours trekking and 4 hours drive
Day7

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. We will follow a well-made highway with fantastic scenery. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will drop you at the hotel. Take your time to rest and unpack. Later, visit nearby tourist areas and do window shopping in Thamel. Join us for a farewell dinner in the late evening.

  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:6/7 hours
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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pick up and drop off services during the arrival and departure date
  • Transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara and to Kathmandu, both way on a tourist deluxe bus
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul on a private vehicle (trek start point) and drive back to Pokhara from Jhinu Danda (trek end point) by sharing a local bus or jeep
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara with complimentary breakfast 
  • All mountain basis standard room during the Annapurna Base Camp short trek
  • Full board meals (6 breakfast/7 lunch/5 dinner- Main course from the menu) during the trek
  • Government licensed, friendly, English speaking, 'Nature Excursions experienced native guide with his meal, salary, transportation, insurance and other necessary equipment (you will get an assistant trek guide group of 6 or more trekkers)
  • Sherpa/Porter to help your luggage, (1 porter for two trekkers, luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekkers)
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card fees
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit every evening as per the availability during the trek in himalaya
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Basic medic kit box carried by the guide 
  • An Oximeter for measure your Pulse and Oxygen level
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health condition (incur charges should be covered by your travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at Nepali Cultural Restaurant after the trek completion (complimentary)
Excludes
  • International flight cost
  • Nepal entry visa fee at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), (15 Days USD 25-30, 30 Days USD 40-50, and 90 Days USD 100-110)
  • All meals and Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure or in case of early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses- such as shopping, hot and cold drinks: tea-coffee, coke/fanta/sprite/juice, hard drinks- beer/wine/vodka, hot shower, laundry, massage, wifi, battery recharge, extra porter etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance- which has to cover high altitude emergency rescue and evacuation 
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, weather condition, illness, change of government policies and strikes
  • All the cost and expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Tips for guide and porter (Expected)

Clients Reviews

  • Epic experience

    I had an amazing and tranquil experience trekking to Annapurna Basecamp with Karan. He is extremely experienced (which shines) and also very caring. What jumps out is his level of care about your comfort. He often checks in with you to make sure you are enjoying your trek (while on the hike) and ensures you are comfortable with your food and accommodations. I did slip a couple of times (being a bit lazy in my footing) and he was right there. He is also a fun guy so we enjoyed the ups and downs that the trek requires! You are in great hands with Karan and the team.

    Everett T
    Everett TCanadaReview Date: May 30, 2023
    TripAdvisor
  • Energetic Trekking

    Mardi Himal Trek
    Excellent experience! The guide was awesome and was knowledgeable about the hike, helped me and my friends out when we encountered some challenges during the trek.
    The porters were amazing too.

     

    Ngam
    NgamMalaysiaReview Date: Jun 08, 2022
    TripAdvisor
Useful Information

Annapurna Base Camp short trek difficulty

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek is categorized as moderate according to Himalayan trail standards. For individuals who are not physically active, the journey can be a bit difficult. The trek requires walking approximately 6 hours a day through remote regions, encompassing alpine forests and uneven terrain. Therefore, you have to be fit to do this trek. Previous trekking experience is not needed for the ABC short trek.

Altitude Sickness

The trek typically commences from Jhinu Danda at an altitude of 1,780 meters (5,840 ft) and takes you to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) above sea level. From Kathmandu, at 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), you will gain approximately 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) during the trek. Given the high elevation gain during the short Annapurna base camp trek, the risk of altitude sickness lies. 

Our meticulously planned Annapurna Base Camp short trek itinerary is designed to help mitigate the risk of altitude sickness. However, you also have to be careful of symptoms and adopt measures to avoid altitude sickness. Staying well-hydrated, maintaining a nutritious diet, and ensuring you get sufficient rest are crucial measures to help avoid altitude sickness.

Accommodation & meals during the Annapurna Base Camp short trek

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will book three-star hotels. You will have a very comfortable and safe stay in both cities. Once you embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the accommodation transitions to more basic but clean and comfortable lodges. As per your preference, we will book the best single or twin-shared rooms along the trail. 

The rooms along the trekking route are relatively small in size, and you may have either a private or shared washroom, depending on the location. The rooms are simple and functional, with a focus on providing you with a peaceful and restful environment. The bedding is kept neat and clean, and you will be provided with a soft blanket.

During the Annapurna Base Camp short trekking, you will get three hearty meals a day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all provided according to the menu at the lodges. Our dining routine typically involves having breakfast and dinner at the same lodge where we spend the night, while lunch is enjoyed at various stops along the route.

The lodge menus offer a diverse selection of dishes. Choosing your meals won't be a challenge, as there's a wide array of options available. In the morning, you can start your day with choices like oats, muesli, toast with jam, eggs, sausage, fruits, porridge, thukpa (a Tibetan noodle soup), roti with veggies, paratha, and more. 

For lunch and dinner, the menu includes noodles, pasta, momo, dal bhat (a traditional Nepali meal consisting of lentil soup, veggies, pickles, and rice), burgers, pizzas, porridge, thenduk, and a variety of other dishes to satisfy your hunger. Likewise, clean drinking water is available at all the lodges. You can use water purification tablets for additional safety. 

What is the best time to do Annapurna Base Camp short trekking?

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek offers different experiences in different seasons. The best times to embark on this adventure are during spring, which spans from March to May, and autumn, which extends from September to November. During these seasons, the weather remains stable, and the climate is pleasantly mild. These months mark the peak trekking period for Annapurna Base Camp.

Spring and autumn bring life to the trail with vibrant vegetation and blooming flowers. The air is filled with a festive atmosphere, and the opportunity to spot various seasonal birds adds to the thrill of the trek. However, if you seek a secluded and unique experience, consider trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp in the winter months. 

Winter and the summer/monsoon season are considered off times for Annapurna Base Camp short trekking, meaning you'll encounter very few fellow trekkers on the trail. This solitude allows you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and the untouched beauty of the Annapurna region. However, the challenges are also more in offseasons. 

Annapurna Base Camp short trek tips

  • Travel Insurance: In the remote and challenging terrain of the Annapurna region, access to immediate medical assistance can be a lifeline in emergency situations. That is why we need comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation and medical bills. It is necessary to get travel insurance with these two coverages to join the short Annapurna base camp trek with us. 
  • Nepali Travel Visa: You can obtain a travel visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or any other entry point. Complete a visa application form and submit it along with a passport-sized photograph, a valid passport, and the requisite visa fee, which is typically payable in US dollars or other convertible currencies. Nationals of certain countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan, are not eligible for an on-arrival visa. Therefore, under visa eligibility for your country.
  • Luggage: We provide complimentary storage space for your extra luggage during the trek. During the trek itself, pack your heavy clothing in a duffel bag. Each trekker typically has a weight limit of 10 kg for their duffel bag and an additional 5 kg for daypack to keep essential items easily accessible.
  • Charging & Internet: Charging facilities are available at all the lodges along the Annapurna    a Base Camp short trek route. This service is typically offered for a small fee. Most lodges have designated charging corners where travelers can power up their devices. Similarly, some lodges offer paid WiFi services, which may cost anywhere from USD 2 to USD 5. However, please note that the connection may not always be stable. Alternatively, you can purchase a Nepali tourist SIM card to access data for internet use.
  • Tips: Please note that our Annapurna Base Camp short trek package does not include tips for the on-field crew, which include tour guides, drivers, trek guides, and porters. We recommend tipping these individuals at the end of their service based on your satisfaction and discretion.
Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pant

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool socks (take an extra pair of thick wool socks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degrees sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

TOILETRIES

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password size photos 4 pice and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days FAQs

  • If you are already in Pokhara, you can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek in just 5 days. Our 7 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the shortest packages. To make the trek even shorter, you can combine helicopter flights in the itinerary. Feel free to contact us to customize a short Annapurna Base Camp trek to meet your requirements.

  • Annapurna region has many beginner-friendly trekking routes. Some of them are Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Mohare Danda Trek, Khopra Danda Trek, and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. All these treks are considered moderate/difficult. Ghorepani Poon Hill is one of the easiest treks if we compare it with other packages.

  • Annapurna Base Camp's short trek is beginner-friendly. It is not easy but moderate, but anyone can do this trek. 

     

  • You can trek to Annapurna Base Camp in 5 to 16 days. The longer the itinerary, you will get ample time to explore the different beautiful villages and corners of the Annapurna region. The short Annapurna Base Camp trek is perfect for those who are bound by time and are in a rush to reach their destination and return back as soon as possible.

  • Yes, the short Annapurna Base Camp trek is for new trekkers. Do understand that as it is a short itinerary, you may have to rush a bit while trekking, and you may also miss some beautiful villages.

  • No, you cannot do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek without a guide. Trekking in the Annapurna region requires a TIMS card, and you cannot obtain a TIMS card on your own. So, you have to trek with a guide.

  • In terms of elevation, Annapurna Base Camp is at a lower point than the Everest Base Camp. Likewise, both trekking routes have nice tourist infrastructure. When it comes to terrain, the Annapurna Base Camp trail has much longer and constant ascents and descents. Both treks are moderate, and anyone can do these treks if they are in good health.

  • To do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek, you have to be in good health and fit. The trek requires 5-6 hours of daily walking via rugged and steep terrain, so you have to be physically fit to do this trek. Likewise, mental positivity and endurance are also needed.

  • There are more than 3000 stairs on the way to Ulleri, but following this ABC trek itinerary we will not come across this difficult climb. We will ascend via Jhinu Danda and Descend to Chhomrong.

     

  • If you are fit and fine with all the challenges, you can start trekking in age. We have seen many families trekking in Nepal with their toddlers. You have to understand the fitness and health of your children before taking them on treks.

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