Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 7 Days

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp in the shadow of majestic Annapurna massif is an ideal trekking destination. This magical trek passes through the foothills of the high Himalayas and its natural rugged terrain. In particular, the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is ideal for those who have a short time in their schedule and want to go on a quick exploration of the region.

Moreover, this compact short-duration trek is quite challenging as it has fewer days for acclimatization. A basic level of fitness is essential and a proper training regime will help you immensely. Also, the trek passes through their incredible landscapes and moves uphill and downhill on a winding path. Likewise, the remote region trek has many tea houses and lodges where we can spend the night.

In fact, this Annapurna Base Camp trek for 7 days passes through the beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary. The dense forest of rhododendron, pine, and oak trees along with serene rivers and waterfalls will enchant you. In addition, you can also go on a cultural exploration of ancient Gurung and Tamang communities. Overall, their unique heritage, lifestyle, and traditions along with their delicious cuisine will make you fall in love with the place.

Additionally, you can observe the inspiring views of Mt. Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and others. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) are two basic permits required. Overall, we are providing the short Annapurna Base Camp Trek at a reasonable price.

Furthermore, read on for the detailed description of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days. So what are you waiting for? Go through the detailed itinerary and book your trip now!

Significant Highlights of this Trip

  • Inspiring majestic views of snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna region
  • Gorgeous sunrise and sunsets from various points along the trail
  • Walking alongside the beautiful landscapes of Annapurna sanctuary
  • The warm hospitality of local people and tasting their delicious cuisine
  • Exploring the cultural tradition and lifestyle of the local Gurung, and Tamang community
  • Sporting rare and endangered wildlife including Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Danphe, and others
  • Relaxing at the Jhinu Danda hot water springs

Detailed Itinerary - Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 1
Day 01: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Syauli Bazar (1,100 m), walk to Ghandruk village (1,930 m).

Flight duration: 35 minutes

Maximum altitude: 1,930 m

Trekking hours: 06 hrs

After having early morning breakfast, we will go on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the lake city of Pokhara. There is incredible natural beauty in Pokhara including glistening blue lakes, serene waterfalls, and beautiful mountain views of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Himal.

You can explore around Pokhara and then drive to Syauli bazar where you arrive after a short drive of around 2 hours. You can trek on stone-paved trails to arrive at Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a Gurung village that provides magnificent views of Annapurna peaks. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Ghandruk.

Day 2
Day 02: Trek from Ghandruk to Sinwa Danda (2,355 m) via Chomrong (2,170 m).

Trek duration: 06 hrs

Maximum altitude: 2,355 m

After early morning breakfast, we will start our trek from Ghandruk on a stone-paved climb to arrive at the village. A short climb later you will reach Kimrong Danda, a ridge where you can find many tea-shops and lodges. After a downhill descent into the deep forest, we will arrive at Kimrong River valley.

There are many farm fields and terraces along the trail. You will then climb a steep hill to reach Chomrong, which is the last village settlement before arriving at the Base Camp. Moreover, we will descend downhill, alongside the Chomrong river, and then take a sharp uphill to Sinuwa.

Sinuwa located in a high ridge provides you with outstanding views of snow-capped mountains, and green Hill landscapes. Annapurna Himalaya range will spellbound any treker along the trail. We will spend the night at the tea house in Sinuwa.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Sinuwa Danda to Deurali (3,235 m).

Maximum altitude: 3,235 m

Trek duration: 06 hrs

After morning breakfast we will start a trek, from Sinua to Deurali. Trekkers will need to walk across the forest trail on a winding path. There are dense wood and bamboo trees that you need to cross to arrive at the next settlement of Bamboo. Bamboo small temporary settlement with many tea houses.

This village located at a river gorge has many rhododendrons, pines, and bamboo trees. Gradual descent into the woods from Bamboo will take you to Dovan, next to the Modi River gorge. Winding trails along the way will then take you to a destination of the Himalaya Hotel.

There is a large Hinko cave just below the majestic mountain peaks of Annapurna South and Himchuli. From Himalaya Hotel, we will continue our downhill trek alongside the Modi River. We will trek further to arrive at the Deurali with many tall tree lines and Alpine bushes and stay overnight.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp height (ABC) (4,130 m).

Maximum altitude: 4,130 m

Trek duration: 06 hrs

We will have an early morning breakfast and start our trek for the day. We will trek steeply alongside the Modi Khola that leads us to majestic Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The Base Camp just below the north face of the Machhapuchhre is also known as ‘Fish Tail’.

We will take a rest and explore around Machhapuchhre Base Camp before continuing our journey to the Annapurna Base Camp. We will begin trek passing through the beautiful landscapes of Annapurna Sanctuary. There are short ups and downs before we arrive at a huge plateau within the sanctuary.

After a few hours, we will arrive at the ultimate destination of Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna Base Camp is also the maximum altitude of our trek at 4,130 m. There are other mountain peaks including Vara-Shikhar, Gangapurna, Annapurna South that you can observe from the Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp has many facilities including tea houses and lodges that provide a quality stay and a variety of foods. You can explore the area and spend the night at the Base Camp.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,345 m)

Maximum altitude: 2,345 m

Trek duration: 06 hrs

After enjoying the Majestic views of the Annapurna range of mountains from the Base Camp, we will start our return trek. After a downhill trek of around six hours, we will arrive at bamboo. We will continue our trek along the tree lines and forest trail. We will rest and stay overnight at a lodge in Bamboo.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek beyond Jhinu village 1,780 m and drive to Pokhara.

Maximum altitude: 1,780 m

Trek duration: 07 hrs

We will have an early morning breakfast and head back to Chomrong. After arriving at Chomrong located at a hilltop, we will visit Jhinu which is a small village settlement. Jhinu is also famous for natural hot springs where you can relax after a taxing trekking journey.

After descending downhill for about half an hour alongside the Modi-River, we will arrive at the hot water springs. After the downhill trek, we will reach Kyumi village with many green farms. Finally, we will drive to Pokhara and stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 7
Day 07: Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

We will take you to Kathmandu on the transportation of your choice. You can travel on a tourist coach, private car, or take a flight back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can stroll around the city, go personal shopping, and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the Thamel area. Our staff representative will transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu.

Service includes

  • • Pokhara to Nayapul and Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicles.
  • • One night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara after trek.
  • • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • • Tea or Coffee during the breakfast in Mountain.
  • • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • • All necessary paper works Annapurna Conservation Area Project Entry permit and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • • Kathamandu- Pokhara flight.
  • • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • • A Government License holder and English speaking, friendly guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag. (If you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed.
  • • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • • Annapurna base camp trekking map.
  • • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily. (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms.) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.

Service excludes

  • • Meals whilst you are in Pokhara and Kathmandu (Lunch and Dinner).
  • • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • • Your Personal Expenses.
  • • Porter if needed($140)
  • • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek. (Those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • • Flight ticket Pokhara to Kathmandu if bus drive no needed.

About The Route

Monsoon Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The journey starts with a scenic early morning flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We will then take a 2-hour long drive to Syauli Bazar. The journey starts with a trek from Syauli Bazar to Ghandruk. We will then trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa Danda via Chomrong.

From Sinuwa Danda, we will arrive at Deurali alongside a natural bamboo forested trail. Thereafter, we will cross the Machhapuchhre Base Camp to arrive at the ultimate destination of the Annapurna Base Camp. We will explore the area and take incredible pictures. Finally, we will rest for the evening and spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp.

Finally, we will then start our return from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. We will then trek from Bamboo to Jhinu passing through the various settlements along the trail. We will then drive back to Pokhara and explore around the city or return back to Kathmandu.

When Is The Ideal Time For Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The best time for sure Annapurna Base Camp Trek is in the months of autumn and Spring. This season provides stable weather conditions and moderate temperatures that are ideal for a daytime adventure.

Autumn (September-November)

September to November is the peak time for trekking as it is a post-monsoon season in Nepal. Climate remains dry and there is minimal precipitation along the trail. Trekkers can observe snow-capped mountain views on clear blue skies. Many cultural festivals also fall in autumn which allows you to have cultural exploration of the region.

Spring (March-May)

March to May looks incredibly beautiful in the Annapurna region. Many colorful flowers bloom all over the trails. Spring is also known for its stable climate and weather conditions with a pleasant atmosphere. The magical views of snow-capped mountains will enchant you along the trail.

Moreover, winter and monsoon seasons are the off seasons for trekking in Nepal. Monsoon brings heavy rainfalls and there are avalanches and landslides in many parts of the country. The heavy snowfall with temperatures dropping below freezing point makes this a tricky challenge.

However, if you love to trek in the quiet trails, this is the ideal time for a trek. Overall, Spring and Autumn is the best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. With proper packing in preparation, this trek is doable all round the year.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulties

Bamboo to Deurali Annapurna base camp trek 6 days

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a short duration but moderately challenging trek. Altitude sickness is one of the most challenging aspects of high altitude trekking. Oxygen levels dip significantly along with air pressure which makes it difficult for the trekkers to breathe.

Acclimatizing at regular intervals is essential along with regular hydration. The challenging aspect of this trek is that you will have to cover almost 115 kilometers in a span of a few days. The 6 to 7 hours of trek daily is quite taxing, especially for a first-time trekker. Besides that, the trail of this trek moves up and down a lot and you will have to cross suspension bridges and Stoney paths along the journey.

A basic level of fitness and stamina is essential. Thus, you should start a good training routine before starting the trek. Food and Accommodation facilities are quite basic and you will have to compromise a lot along the trail. Overall, this short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is moderately challenging.

Food and Accommodation During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

food Annapurna base camp trek

The trekkers will stay in the tea houses and lodges along the trail. The facilities in these houses are quite basic with beds, a mattress, clean sheets, a pillow, and a warm blanket. You will have to share the toilet and dining tables and also wait in line to get the services.

“Dal Bhat ” is the traditional Nepalese dish that gets served twice a day at lunch and dinner. Bread toast, boiled eggs, and porridge are common meals for breakfast. There is western and intercontinental cuisine like pizza, noodles, burgers, momo, pasta, and others in some of the tea houses.

Tea, coffee, and garlic soup along with other hot beverages are also available. You can carry your tea bags and coffee powder along the trail to save cost. Besides that, you can also carry chocolate bars, granola bars, snickers, protein bars, and others to satisfy your hunger by munching on during the trek.

Advantages of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short itinerary

This incredible short-duration Annapurna Base Camp Trek is ideal for those trekkers who do not have much time on their schedule. Trekkers can go on a complete adventure in a span of a few days. There are various viewpoints to observe the beautiful natural scenery of the Annapurna region.

Incredible snow capped mountain views

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days provides you with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna mountain range including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and others will enchant you along the trail. Spring and autumn seasons provide clear blue skies and therefore are the peak seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region.

Cultural exploration

The Annapurna region is not just naturally beautiful but culturally significant as well. There are ancient cultural settlements of Gurung, Magar, and Tamang communities along the trail. You can observe the rural lifestyle of local people involved in farming and animal husbandry in this adventure.

Natural diversity

Trekkers can also observe the flora and fauna of the region. You can spot rare and endangered wildlife including snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, and others. This trek also passes through the Annapurna sanctuary that works in the conservation of the environment around the region.

Factors To Consider For Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Machapuchhre Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Proper acclimatization and regular hydration

Acclimatization is the best way to tackle altitude sickness during Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You should ensure there are proper and numerous acclimatization points along with the new journey. One thing to consider is that you should not gain more than 600 meters in altitude on any given day.

One pro tip is to sleep at a lower point than the maximum altitude along the trail. Regular hydration is another significant aspect of this trek. You should drink water regularly so that you don’t get dehydrated which is the primary cause of altitude sickness. You should carry a water bottle and water purifying tablet to purify drinking water.

Hire Professional guides and porters

A professional travel guide is an essential part of a journey. Professional local guides have incredible knowledge of the route and the trails. You will get proper navigation along the trail long with local insights.

You will also get to learn about local people and they also work as translators. Porters are those who help to carry your luggage. Porter-guide is someone who works both as a porter as well as a guide. They will cost you less and hence are ideal for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Proper training routine

A proper training routine is essential for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You should start your training routine at least 2 weeks prior this trek. This trek moves up and down a lot along the rugged landscapes. A basic level of fitness and stamina is a must.

Hiking, swimming, jogging, cycling, and other cardiovascular activities will help you to gain fitness and trek in low oxygen conditions. Mental stability is another important factor that you should consider before starting your journey. A positive attitude will help you in the most difficult of conditions.

Time of the trek

Selecting the best time for your trekking journey is another important aspect. Spring and autumn peak season for trekking in Nepal. These Seasons have stable weather conditions and mild temperatures that are ideal for daytime adventures. You can trek in the off Seasons as well. It might be challenging but with proper packing and preparation, you can complete this trek any time of the year.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is an essential part of any higher altitude treks in Nepal. You should get a proper travel insurance package for the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. These travel insurance will cover accidents, theft, medical emergencies, helicopter evacuation, flight cancellations, and others. Hence, travel insurance is an integral part of any high altitude trekking adventure.

Some Essential Tips For Trek

  • Stay hydrated as dehydration leads to altitude sickness in high altitudes.
  • You should pack according to season and keep only those items that are necessary.
  • You should carry cash in Nepali money. Also, be aware of pickpockets and divide your money and keep your money in separate pockets.
  • Regular acclimatization is essential to complete this trek.
  • Always walk at a gradual pace and rest well.
  • Hire professional guides and porters along trails.
  • Always check weather conditions before starting on this trek.
  • Always manage your wastage along the trail

Packing List of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Packing list for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days requires proper packing and preparation. Trekkers should pack warm clothes and trekking gear. Some of the items you need to pack for the trek are as follows:

Clothing

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shirts
  • Thermal wears
  • Waterproof trekking pants
  • Fleece jackets
  • Down jacket
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Woolen gloves
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Raincoat

First Aid

  • Rehydration salts
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Anti-nauseant medication
  • Water purifying tablets

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Sanitizer

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Necessary Permits
  • Travel insurance

Others

  • Camera
  • Local SIM card
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Phone
  • Solar chargers

Final Say

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days is an ideal trekking itinerary for those trekkers who want a great quick adventure in the Himalayas. This incredible trek provides you with an opportunity to explore the natural and cultural trails of the Annapurna region. We hope you learned about Annapurna Base Camp Trek in detail. Contact us for more information and book your trip now!

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