Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 10 Days
- Duration 10 Days
- Difficulty Level Moderate
- Destination Nepal
- Trip Type Lodge Based Trekking
- Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
- Group Size 16
- Maximum Altitude 4,130 m
- Stunning close view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri
- Natural Hot Spring at Jhinu
- A close glimpse of rural Nepal and the people residing there
- Discovery of exotic flora and fauna
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an exotic Himalayan trek where every twist and turn can bring in a set of new surprises. Comprising of gradient as well as steep climbs, magnificent waterfalls and gushing rivers, colourful meadows and other natural splendour, this trek is an experience of a lifetime.
There are few treks in Nepal that incorporate such great diversities and bring you to the base camp of 8,000m peaks in such a short time period and without pushing your limits. Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek literally takes you to the base camp of Annapurna to enjoy the mountains from the world’s best natural amphitheatre. The magnificent amphitheatre of Annapurna Base Camp is dominated by the famous Himalayan peaks – the “fishtail” spire of Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna I (8,091m), the unconquered Mt. Fang (7,647m) and Annapurna South (7,273m).
The itinerary of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is designed for time-limited trekkers who want to explore ABC in a relaxed manner with a close insight of local culture and lifestyles.
Best Season for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year; however spring and autumn are the best time of the year for the trek.
Spring is one of the best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather remains stable with a clear sky and it’s neither too hot nor too cold. If you love nature and greenery, mid-March to mid-May is full of lush, colourful blossoms and fresh green hues.
With the pale clouds and clear sky, the temperatures in Annapurna Sanctuary are milder and warm. It is the best time of the year to visit Annapurna Sanctuary. The month of September, October and November provide better views of mountains, less head haze, cloud and clear views. Though rare, there is a risk of rain at lower elevations and snow at the highest reaches of the trip. Be prepared for all weather conditions and pack the right gear.
Meet with our airport representative after landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A small greeting session and proceed towards the hotel. Rest and get ready to meet with other team members in the evening.
Pokhara is located about 200 km northwest of Kathmandu and a tourist bus (or a private vehicle) takes 6 – 7 hours to get there. If you choose to take a flight instead it will be only 25 mins trip. Tourist bus departs at 7:00 AM from Thamel.
The drive goes along the bank of Trishuli River with the good view of countryside scenery. We will reach Pokhara by 3:00 PM. Check-in to the hotel and rest for a while. In the evening, we may take a short sightseeing around Pokhara city.
After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1,130m) which takes around 30 minutes. From Phedi, we start our trek that initially goes through the forest and then through rice fields. After 3 hours, we will reach Dhampus (1,650m), the first village of hills. We continue our trek towards Deurali and after 3 hours of ups and downs, we will finally reach Tolka.
After breakfast, we drop gradually from Tolka to reach (1,665m) which takes about 45 minutes. Then we descend down to New Bridge and cross the river of Modi Khola. From here, the trail rises to Jhinu Danda (1,780m) where we take a lunch. After lunch, we continue our journey and get to Chomrong.
Today the trail drops down to Chhomrong Khola through the stone staircases. We then cross the river via metal suspension bridge and climb gently to the small village of Tilche. We further continue climbing through thin forest and rice fields to Sinuwa. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we climb down through long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to reach Bamboo. A final 1.5 hours gentle climb takes us to our destination at Dovan.
Today we climb steeply to reach a fire-blackened overhang of Hinku Cave. Then we descend lower to cross a snow patches and a stream before making a final climb to Deorali. Forest way gradually gives way to alpine scrubs and peaks start climbing full into view. Modi Khola keeps teasing us until we reach Machhapuchhre base Camp, a grassy moraine platform with several lodges. In the afternoon, we can hike up to the ridge to witness the glacier and enjoy the distant view of Annapurna 1 & 3, Gangapurna and the Machhapuchhre right above you
Today is short yet most significant part of the trek. We start our trek with a gentle ascend from MBC to Annapurna South Base Camp. The distance is about 4 kilometer or 2.5 miles. The view becomes increasingly superb and push us to make a last steep section before reaching the basecamp area.
From base camp, we can enjoy the mountain peaks up-close than ever before. Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and other surrounding mountain peaks are seen from BC. After exploration, we will descend back to Dovan via same route we have used previously.
After breakfast, we start our trek back to Jhinu Danda. It takes around 6 hours to climb down to Jhinu Danda. First we climb down to Bamboo and ascend to Khuldighar before dropping down to Chhomrong Khola. Then we rise up to Chhomrong village via stone staircase and then finally drop down to Jhinu Danda. We cross the long suspension bridge and reach the bus park to take jeep drive to Pokhara.
Today we will drive via winding Prithivi Highway to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. On the way, we witness the countryside scenery dominated by lush vegetation and gushing river. After seven hours of drive with frequent switchback finally takes us back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel where we take a well-deserved rest. In the evening, we will attend farewell dinner hosted by Nepal Gateway Trekking for the farewell dinner.
Saying goodbye is always hard, especially when you get the taste of this wonderful Himalayan nation. However, with all goodbyes come news hellos, and we look forward to that. Hope to explore the Himalayas again with you. Until that, our airport representative will assist you with check-out and drop you at the airport.
This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we customize your holiday as per your requirements. Customize Trip
- All grounded transportation as per itinerary
- Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
- Two nights’ accommodation in Pokhara inclusive breakfast
- Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
- One highly experience English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS card
- Annapurna Base Camp Trekking map
- Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
- Local fresh fruit
- First aid kit
- Evacuation assist if needed
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Your travel insurance
- Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
- Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
- Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
- All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
- Hot shower, internet and phone call unless it is free
- Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)
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