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7-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -5°C to 15°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 7 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Firstly, 7-day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking starts from Pokhara as the city of Lakes, Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m) will welcome you. From here, the trip heads to Ghandruk on a short drive before starting the trek. Ghandruk, which is the second biggest Gurung village in Nepal. Here, you can enjoy the ethnic culture and traditions of the Gurung people. The first part of the trek takes you to Chhomrong. Following the Chhomrong River, the trail heads north to Bamboo Village. Then, the trail stretches through Gurung villages and settles at Deurali passing Hinku Cave on the way.

Further, the trek heads to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp with sublime views of the Himalayas. Then, the route continues west to the Annapurna Base Camp. The final part of the route is a difficult one across moraines and snow. The base camp grants the view of the Annapurna I (8091m) along with other mountains in the Annapurna range. After exploring the base camp, you begin to retrace your path and reach Chhomrong. Then, you head to Jhinu Danda, where you will enjoy the natural hot spring on your last night of trek. Finally, a drive back to Pokhara brings the trip to a close.

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At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts into creating and operating trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to change the itineraries as per your liking easily.

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7-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Highlights:

  • Grand views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Explore the Annapurna Conservation Area and its biodiversity
  • Enjoy the Gurung culture and traditions along with their warm hospitality
  • Visit the Machhapuchhre Base Camp while en route to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Trek through the forests of rhododendrons, oaks, bamboo, and alpine meadows
  • Witness one of the most beautiful sunrises from Poon Hill View Tower
  • Trek through picturesque villages like Ghandruk, Chhommrong, Bamboo, Deurali, and many more
  • Explore the Annapurna Base Camp located at an elevation of 4,130 meters
  • Dip into the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda

Spring ( March to May) -5°C to 15°C, Autumn ( Sept to Nov) -10°C to 10°C, Winter ( Dec- Feb) -20°C to 8°C, Summer ( June to August) 5°C to 22°C

Spring ( March to May) -5°C to 15°C

Autumn ( Sept to Nov) -10°C to 10°C

Winter ( Dec- Feb) -20°C to 8°C

Summer ( June to August) 5°C to 22°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk - Trek to Chhommrong

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

2:30hr Drive
12km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Panorama/ Hotel Excellent View

Altitude

(2120m./6996ft.)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking the beautiful Annapurna I (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) from the terrace. Afterward, you’ll pack your bags and embark on a jeep for  two and a half hour road journey towards Ghandruk. You’ll embark on the first day of the trek with gentle climb to Kumrung Danda. We will walk dowhnhill to Kumrung khola then the trail starts to climb through steep stairways towards Chhomrong. Overnight in Chhomrong

Day 2

Trek to Bamboo

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Trekking Guest House

Altitude

(2335m./7705ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll leave Chhomrong village and begin climbing down the stone steps towards Chhomrong Khola. Enjoy the scenic view of the lush forested valley and Gurung settlements en route. Cross the Chhomrong River and begin climbing uphill alongside mule caravan towards Sinuwa village. After enjoying your lunch, you’ll begin trekking along the narrow ridge and cross lush forests en route to Bamboo village. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 3

Trek to Deurali

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

New Panorama Lodge

Altitude

(3200m./10560ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll leave Bamboo village and begin climbing towards the Himalaya Hotel. The scenic trek goes past Dovan and climbs up along the ‘weeping wall’ and a local shrine towards Himalaya. From here, you’ll begin climbing alongside the massive Modi River. The trail climbs over 3,000 meters in altitude and goes past Hinku Cave en route to Deurali village. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 4

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 4:30hr)

Accommodation

Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge

Altitude

(4130m./13629ft.)

Leaving Deurali, the trail begins to climb alongside the Modi River and goes past alpine forests. You can witness the neatly decorated stack of rocks en route. The arduous climb goes past an icy cave and into Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). You can enjoy your lunch enjoying the massive view of Machhapuchhre (6997). Afterward, you’ll begin climbing west and walk almost 3km to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. It may take almost an hour and a half to arrive at the base camp. Upon arrival, you can catch the majestic sight of Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Gangapurna (6454m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight in ABC.

Day 5

Retrace to Bamboo

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Downhill hike
(Av. 7hr)

Accommodation

Trekking Lodge

Altitude

(2335m./7705ft.)

The day begins with an exploration of the Annapurna Base Camp. The high altitude region offers a panoramic 360-degree view of entire mountains. You can rejoice in the majestic views of Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Himalchuli, and Machhapuchhre Peaks. From here, you’ll begin climbing down towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail further climbs downstream along the Modi River towards Deurali village and continues to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 6

Trek to Jhinu

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Namaste Lodge/ Park Himalaya Hotel

Altitude

( 2010m./6633ft.)

Leaving Bamboo, you’ll begin climbing through lush Bamboo forests and walk along the narrow ridge towards Sinuwa village. Leaving Sinuwa, you’ll begin climbing downhill towards Chhomrong River. The returning trail takes a detour and begins climbing southwest through lush forests and terraced fields towards Chhommrong village. You will have a lunch there then steep downhill to reach Jhinu Danda ( Natural hot spring ). Enjoy whole evening at Natural hot spring.

Day 7

Trek to Samrung - Drive to Pokhara

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

20mins Hike
70km Drive
(Av. 3hr)

Altitude

(820m./2706ft.)

You’ll begin the day enjoying a breakfast overlooking the massive Annapurna I (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m). A short walk to Samrung then embark on a private jeep and begin driving along the Baglung Highway back to Pokhara

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Lodge accommodation ( twin share basis) during the trekking.
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English and local language speaking, Specialized in Annapurna region, friendly and government authorized local trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons ).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and necessary permits .
  • Overland transport as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • A Trek map, Duffle bag, water purification, first aid, oxygen saturation check up everyday, company t-shirt and trekking completion certificate.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
  • Hard and soft table drinks as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, hot water, laundry, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porter.( Highly suggested).

Book the Trip

Group Discounts Available

Group of 1 - 1 $720.00 PP
Group of 2 - 4 $420.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $400.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $380.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $360.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $340.00 PP
Group of 21 - 25 $320.00 PP

Need a private date?

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

We extend our schedule from 6d5n to 7d6n which is really helpful. Appx. 5-6 trekking hours a day. Our 1guide, 2personal potters and 4 potters all were funny, polite, nice and expert in his duty.

5.0

Pond_TH

Bangkok, Thailand
Amazing views, amazing people, overall a fantastic experience. Guide and support staff were really friendly and stepped in whenever we needed help with something. 10/10 recommended.

5.0

Aditya

India

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best Time For Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking is a 7 days trek. So, you should be very careful when choosing the time for the trek. Nepal has four seasons but the best time for the trek is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Here is a quick overview of the four seasons of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek:

Spring (March to May)

The spring season is popular for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The clear and favorable weather is suitable for trekking. Similarly, the temperature is warm in lowland regions but the higher elevations can get chilly. It can range between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. The landscapes are also vibrant while the vegetation and wildlife are active in spring. The trail of rhododendron forests is in full bloom adding color to the landscapes. Thus, trekkers can enjoy the scenic beauty while on trek.

The spring season also falls in the pre-monsoon season. Hence, there is very little chance of rainfall. The temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp ranges between 10 degrees Celsius to 0 degrees Celsius. The trail is also in safe and good condition. Thus, it is perfect for trekking and enjoying the flora and fauna of the Annapurna region.

Summer (June to August)

The summer season collides with the monsoon in Nepal. Hence, all across Nepal there is heavy rainfall. The frequent rainfall makes the trail of Annapurna Base Camp muddy and slippery. Additionally, there are risks of landslides and road blockage. The visibility is very poor in the summer season.

The temperature is hot during the summer season, ranging from 10 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius in the daytime. Likewise, the temperature at nighttime is slightly colder and ranges between 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. Summer season is not recommended for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Autumn (September to November)

The ideal season for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is the autumn season. It is post-monsoon seasons hence, the sky is clear with warm weather. The views are brilliant as rain washes any impurities in the atmosphere. The vegetation is also luscious and greener. Also, you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views without obstruction.

The daytime temperature ranges from 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius in the higher regions. But the temperature can get colder and drop to 5 degrees Celsius during nighttime. The autumn season also coincides with the biggest Nepali festivals, Dashain and Tihar. Thus, winter is the best time for trekking as well as experiencing the cultural celebration of the Annapurna region.

Winter (December to February)

Winter brings snowfall in the higher elevations of the Annapurna region. The temperature drops drown significantly. From late December to early February, it is the coldest time of the year. The temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp drops to -10 degrees Celsius at this time. The temperature can get around -5 degrees Celsius after mid-February.

The snow-capped mountains look magnificent during winter. But due to the cold, there are very less trekkers traveling in this season. Similarly, the accommodations can also close for winter. With proper preparation, trekking in winter is possible. However, if you are a beginner then it is best to choose spring or autumn season. For seasoned trekkers, Annapurna Base Camp Trek during winter offers adventurous trek challenges.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is classified among the moderately difficult trekking routes of Nepal. Although the trail does not have technical sections, trekkers must ascend and descend on steep sections. With the gradual ascend in elevation, the trail becomes more rugged and rocky. Trekkers will have to climb more than 3,000 staircases while on the Annapurna Base Camp route.

During the trek, trekkers have to be prepared to walk for 5 to 7 hours depending on the destination. Similarly, they have to be prepared to cover a distance of 8 km to 18 km a day. Long hours of hike on varied terrain are physically strenuous. Additionally, the base camp is situated at an elevation of 4,130 meters. The high elevation can cause a risk of altitude sickness. Hence, proper acclimatization is necessary during the trek.
The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek can also create mental difficulties for trekkers. The weather becomes unpredictable as you move to the higher elevations. Likewise, the facilities and infrastructure also become limited. These unpredictable changes and lack of connectivity and facilities can stress the trekkers. Hence, mental resilience is important for the trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek trail is filled with challenging adventures. So, trekkers should be physically and mentally prepared for the trek.

Meals and Accommodation During the Trek

While you are in Kathmandu we don’t provide you with any meals facility. So, while you are in Kathmandu make sure you make arrangements all by yourself. But, while you are with us on the journey we provide hotel accommodation in Pokhara. Lodge accommodation (twin share basis) during the trekking. Most importantly, we provide meals 3 times a day which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner facilities as you wish. Likewise, we also provide food in sufficient quantities.

Along the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route, there are accommodation facilities like tea houses, lodges, guest houses, and homestays. Most of these accommodations provide rooms on a twin-sharing basis with shared bathrooms and common dining areas. But there are also accommodations with attached bathrooms. The facilities are basic especially so in accommodations at higher elevations.

These accommodations are usually budget-friendly. Their facilities may be basic but they are cozy and comfortable. Similarly, they charge extra additional costs for hot showers, WiFi/internet, and for charging electronic devices. Thus, trekkers should carry extra cash with them during the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek.

During the trek, trekkers need nutritious meals filled with carbs and proteins. The meal will consist of Dal Bhaat which is a Nepali staple food, western cuisines, and local delicacies. Dal Bhaat is an ideal meal for trekkers as it is filled with nutrition. It consists of rice, lentil soup, curry (veg and non-veg), and pickle. The other common menu you will find while on trek is momo, chowmein, bread, etc.

It is best to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, hot chocolates, and dairy items while on trek. Similarly, excessive smoking should be avoided during the trek. The cost for drinks like tea, coffee, soft drinks, or alcoholic drinks are trekkers’ expenses. Likewise, extra charges for a hot shower, hot water, WiFi, etc are also trekkers’ expenses and not included in the package.

Why To Trek ABC Short Trek With Nepal Alternative Treks?

If you are looking for an Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek, then Nepal Alternative Treks has the perfect solution. Here are a few reasons why you should take ABC Short Trek with Nepal Alternative Treks:

  • We craft creative and flexible itineraries to suit your preferences.
  • We are government government-registered agency with staff members who have over 21 years of experience.
  • Our government- licensed guides are local experts fluent in English and trained to provide first aid.
  • We prioritize our client’s security and while on trek, we supervise and completely take care of our clients.
  • We also take care of your belongings and the accommodations arranged for the client’s stay are completely safe.
  • We support sustainable tourism and take care of our guides and porters.

For any further details or queries, you can contact us at any time!

Required Permits and Paperwork For the Trek

Foreign trekkers need certain permits and paperwork for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. These include the following:

Visa

Every foreigner needs a visa to stay in Nepal. They can get a tourist visa from the Nepal Embassy situated in their country. Similarly, they can get a tourist visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The visa allows foreigners to travel and trek across Nepal. The costs for a visa for Nepal are:

  • USD 30 for 15 days single-entry
  • USD 50 for 30 days single-entry
  • USD 120 for 90 days single-entry

The visa cost is not included in the Nepal Alternative Treks’ Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek package.

TIMS Card

The TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card takes the record of the trekkers to ensure the safety of the trekkers. It also takes the information on their itineraries and emergency contacts. It comes in use during the time of emergencies or natural disasters. Every trekker needs to obtain this card for any trekking route in Nepal. You can get this card either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Nepal Alternative Treks’ Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek package includes the TIMS card.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP)

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek route goes through the Annapurna Conservation Area. It covers the majority of the trek route. Hence, this permit gives access to the conservation area. The objective behind the permit is to conserve both nature and cultural heritage of the Annapurna region. This permit can also be obtained from Kathmandu or Pokhara. The Nepal Alternative Treks’ Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek package also includes this permit.

Travel insurance

Another important piece of paperwork trekkers will need for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is travel insurance. The insurance covers the expenses of medical emergencies. For example, if a trekker gets injured while trekking and needs immediate rescue. At such times, the expenses for the medical bills are covered by the insurance. Despite the Annapurna Base Camp is moderately challenging, there is always the risk of accidents. You never know when accidents can happen. Thus, it is best to be prepared.

Travel insurance can also cover situations for baggage loss, electronic device loss or damage, trip cancellation, or trip postponements. Therefore, it is important to understand the insurance’s terms and conditions. Also, make sure you read the policy before getting the travel insurance.

Trekkers have to pay for travel insurance from a third party as it is not included in the trek package.

Fitness and experience requirements

On your 9 days, a short trek to Annapurna Base Camp your walk should be moderate to strenuous. Similarly, you should be passionate about the trek. You should fully dedicate yourself to the trek then only you can complete this short trek. Most importantly, you should not have any kind of health issues. You should be mentally tough. Furthermore, you should have some experience climbing short peaks. Otherwise, even this short trek can get hard for you but you can try. However, a guide is highly recommended.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of Annapurna Base Camp are mostly cold and cloudy. Therefore, it is very difficult to see the beauty of the surroundings if you go there at the wrong time. So, it is very important to choose the right time. Similarly, the best time to visit this trek and have perfect weather and climate is during the spring and autumn seasons. But, this trek also can be done in monsoon seasons. This season also provides you with perfect weather to trek. So, you can fully enjoy the surroundings.

Safety and security

Annapurna Base Camp is a very high-altitude place. So being safe during the trek is very important. For us, it is also the most important factor during the trek. We completely take care of your people during our trek. During the trek, you are under the supervision of an experienced guide who has a lot of knowledge about the place.  In addition, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers. So, you should not worry about your belongings when you are traveling with us. Likewise, the accommodation facility we provide is also very safe for your stay. So, you can fully enjoy yourself.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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