Trip Duration 07 Days
Max-Altitude 4,130m/13,550ft (EBC)
Group Size 1-16 Pax
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Pokhara
Trip Difficulty Medium
Best Season Mar - May & Sep - Dec
Accommodation Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Transportation Fly (KTM-PKR) & Drive (PKR-Ghandruk-PKR)
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Trip Introduction

Overview of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is designed for those who have a short period yet want to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Himalayas. We have customized the trek because of tremendous demand from our guest’s side.

It doesn’t mean that you will not be able to see the beauty of the Annapurna region of Nepal because the trek is short. We will cover all the majestic views of the region and take you to the charming Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Many of our guests describe this place as a natural paradise and want to complete it in a short time.

Unfortunately, numerous tourists must head back due to insufficient time to complete the normal trek to ABC. So, we are here to show you white glittering mountains rising tall during the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Easy and Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Package

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a shorter and easier hiking package that takes us to the dreamland of many fellow travelers. The Annapurna Base Camp short trek is mildly challenging and is particularly fit for those who only have a little time but wish to experience the beauty of Nepal.

Our trip starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the same day, we will then drive towards the Ghandruk. The way to Ghandruk is a bumpy and gravel road which might feel adrenaline-filled during the ride.

Start your trek on an amazing journey from Ghandruk and descend sharply to the Kimron River before ascending to the charming village of Chomrong or Sinuwa. On the way, you will see the breathtaking views of Annapurna South and Fishtail Mountain. As you walk further, the varied landscapes and dense forests, tranquil river valleys, and rugged mountain passes get better and better.

Further, you will arrive in the Himalayas or Deurali, passing through bamboo and rhododendron forests. The cozy guesthouses there offer you relief after a day’s exploration. We will then continue towards Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The scenery grows increasingly awe-inspiring, revealing panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and glaciers. After a night at the base camp, we will be back the same way. We will descend to Bamboo and then to Jhinu Danda. Here, you can relax your tired muscles in soothing hot springs.

Finally, an easy descent to Ghandruk Phedi ends your trek, and then we take a scenic drive to Pokhara. We will be back in Kathmandu with treasured memories of an unforgettable trekking journey.

Trip Schedule

Itinerary of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 2012 m/6601 ft

Your trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara city. We will fly above the green hills, rivers, fields, and settlements. As we land in Pokhara, the beautiful Annapurna mountain range will greet us.

From Pokhara, we will be driving to Ghandruk. The bus ride might take 4 to 5 hours to reach Ghandruk. On the way, you will see beautiful mountain ranges, terraced farms, and dense forests.

Ghandruk village is rich in traditional customs, stone-roofed houses, and numerous Buddhist monasteries. You will also be able to visit and explore the Gurung Museum. From this village, we will be able to see mesmerizing views of Mt. Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and many more.

We will stay overnight in this village today and watch the local people and food from nearby. We can also have a local dinner in a hotel at night.

Trekking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 2,340 m/7677 ft

We will wake up early in the morning with a mighty mountain view from your window or rooftop. After that, we will freshen up and have breakfast before today’s hike.

After breakfast, we will pass through a steep descent and reach to Kimron River. We will then ascent from there to reach the Chomrong. As you reach there, the stunning view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli washes away your tiredness. If you reach early, the rising sun in the dazzling mountain looks heavenly.

If we reach Chomrong early, then we can head towards SInuwa to spend the overnight stay.

Trekking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 3,174 m/10,413 ft

The route for today’s trek depends on where we spent the previous night. If we stay in Chomrong, we will trek toward the Himalayas via Sinuwa. Otherwise, starting from Sinuwa, we’ll head towards Deurali.

Leaving Chomrong, we traverse through a lush forest, following a stone-paved path until we cross Chomrong Khola. Then, the trail ascends through dense bamboo and rhododendron forests until we reach Himalaya. If our starting point was Chomrong, we would halt our journey for the night in the Himalayas; otherwise, we would stay at Deurali.

Trekking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 4,130 m/13,550 ft

If we reach to Himalaya, then we will pass through the Modi Khola glacier valley, passing by Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. As we walk to the north side, we will then eventually arrive at the majestic Annapurna Base Camp. This route presents opportunities to marvel at the stunning Annapurna glaciers up close, immersing you in the raw beauty of the landscape.

Once at Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll be treated to a spectacular 360-degree view of the mountains. The iconic peaks such as Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and the iconic Machhapuchhre will welcome you. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience, surrounded by some of the world’s most magnificent mountains.

Trekking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 2,350 m/7,700 ft

The day begins with a delightful breakfast accompanied by breathtaking views of the sunrise casting its golden glow over the Himalayas. Energized and ready for adventure, we set out on our farewell to the serene Annapurna Sanctuary. We backtrack along the familiar path through the Modi River Valley as reach Bamboo Village. We will retrace our earlier steps through the calm village and forest surroundings. We immerse ourselves once again in the beauty of the towering mountains and lush greenery.

Trekking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 1,780 m/6,393 ft

We start to descend towards the Kimrong Khola and from there, the trail begins a gradual ascent through the landscapes of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. This scenic route leads us to the charming village of Chomrong, nestled amidst the rugged Annapurna terrain.

But our journey does not end here. We continue onwards until we reach the serene settlement of Jhinu Danda. Here, you will see natural hot springs beside the river. These soothing waters provide a perfect respite for our tired muscles, offering relaxation with the beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

We will then rest in Jhinu Danda which is surrounded by the tranquility of nature and the warmth of the nearby hot springs.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max-altitude 820 m/2,690 ft

Today is the final day of your Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You will say goodbye to Jhinu Danda and begin your journey back along the trail beside the Mardi Khola. With an easy walk lasting around 3 to 4 hours, you’ll reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. From here, we will begin our drive to Birethanti, followed by Nayapul which takes us back to the vibrant city of Pokhara.

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What's Included?

  • A guide to managing the entire holiday.
  • Basic yet comfortable accommodation on a twin-sharing basis during the trekking as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served from the locals’ kitchens during the trekking as per the itinerary.
  • Purified drinking water during the entire trekking as per itinerary.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area trekking permit.
  • Domestic flight from KTM-PKR
  • Bus transportation from Pokhara to Ghandruk and back.
  • General first aid medicine kit.
  • One porter for two of you for trekking (prepare to give max. 15 kgs’ luggage from each of you so that it will not exceed 30 kg. for
  • your porter).
  • Complimentary T-shirt
  • Duffle bag during the trip.

What's Excluded?

  • Fooding and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Any Travel Insurance.
  • Do you have any Tips for drivers, porters, guides, hotel staff etc.?
  • Any Personal expenses and bottled or canned drinks.
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.
  • All, except “cost includes” above.
Good to Know

Essential Information - Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not as demanding as other longer treks in the region. This trek typically takes around 6–9 days which covers a distance of approximately 40–50 kilometers round trip. While the duration is shorter compared to other treks in the Annapurna region, the altitude gain is significant. You will reach up to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) at Annapurna Base Camp. The trek involves navigating through varied terrain, including steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and possibly snowy sections depending on the season.

Altitude sickness can be a main concern for some trekkers who were not prepared physically before the trek. Also, acclimatization and proper hydration are crucial to minimizing the risk. Additionally, weather conditions can be unpredictable in the Himalayas which adds another layer of challenge.

But, with proper preparation, including physical fitness training, acclimatization, and a well-planned itinerary, the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is achievable. Most trekkers with a moderate level of fitness and determination can easily complete this trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit

To ensure the preservation of the Annapurna region and enhance safety for trekkers, the Nepalese government has mandated permits for those traveling to the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. These permits are essential for travelers to obtain before beginning their adventure.

One necessary permit is the TIMS Card, which stands for Trekkers Information Management System. This card is issued by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and serves to enhance the safety and security of visitors.

Additionally, trekkers must obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). ACAP is required for anyone wishing to explore the Annapurna region. The fees associated with this permit contribute to the conservation efforts aimed at preserving this beautiful area.

Preparation for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp trek preparation is crucial, especially regarding physical fitness. The terrain can be challenging, with river crossings and altitude changes making it even tougher.

Be physically fit by doing regular walking, jogging, or running into your routine at least a month before the trek. Aim for around 5 km/3 miles of walking or jogging daily if you are generally in good shape.

Yet, being mentally prepared is just as vital as being physically ready. Cultivating mindfulness through simple breathing exercises can greatly enhance your experience amidst the breathtaking Annapurna Himalayas.

Weather and Best Season for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna region experiences a wide range of weather conditions throughout the year, with certain seasons being more favorable for trekking than others.

Spring starts in March and ends in May, offering moderate temperatures ranging from 14 to -8 degrees Celsius. As the snow melts, the landscapes come to life with vibrant colors, making it an ideal time for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.

The summer months from June to August make the temperature warmer, ranging from 19 to 4 degrees Celsius. You will also experience occasional rainfall, which offers lush greenery along the trails.

Autumn starts in September and ends in November. This is the peak season for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature stays between 20 to -10 degrees Celsius. The sky will be clear, and the weather is stable. It is the perfect time to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Winter starts in December and ends in February. These months bring colder temperatures ranging from 9.3 to -20 degrees Celsius. You will also experience snowfall at higher altitudes. While the trails may be quieter during this time, trekkers should be prepared for challenging conditions.

For the best views and weather, spring and autumn are recommended. During these seasons, trekkers can enjoy clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making for an unforgettable trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Best alternative packages for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Are you looking for some different tastes for your Annapurna trekking adventure? We have got you covered with a variety of alternative packages to suit your preferences.

For those craving a more intense Himalayan experience, we offer the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek, North Base Camp Trek, or Annapurna Circuit Trek which are perfect for those seeking greater challenges and an extended stay in the mountains.

If you’re short on time but still want to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Annapurna region, we have several shorter trekking options available. Choose from the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek, Mohare Danda Trek, or Mardi Himal Trek for a compact yet unforgettable journey.

If you are looking for luxury travel in rugged terrain, then you can go on luxury lodge trips to Annapurna Base Camp. Additionally, you can opt for a thrilling helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp for a unique aerial view of this breathtaking region.

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