Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

11 days US$ 780

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Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing walk through diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m/13549ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth. Moreover, we reach our destination via Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered by the Nepalese for its unique beauty. Furthermore, thanks to the well groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it is a popular choice among diverse outdoor enthusiasts, from a solo female traveler to hikers travelling in groups to Nepal.
Annapurna base camp short trek is equipped with staggering views of mountains, rich culture, adventure, and beautiful journey passing through dense forest, crossing gushing glacial rivers and streams. Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most beautiful and most admired treks in Nepal; you shall find plenty of trekkers in the Annapurna region if you happen to trek in the high season. As you make through lush green forest rich with blooming rhododendrons, passing through several villages inhabited by Thakali, Magar, and Gurung ethnic groups, witnessing mountains such as Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Patal Hiun Chuli, Gandharwa Chuli, etc., beside Mani Walls, prayer flags, and stupas, you shall have lots of phenomenal moments that you would love to lament upon later. Though there are other treks like Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna base camp short trek is the perfect trek for you if you don't have plenty of time.
Special Attraction
Trek from as low as 823m to as high as 4,130m altitude,
Perfect short trek in the Annapurna region that takes you to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and back to Kathmandu in just 10 days,
Cultural tour through traditional villages inhabited by Thakali, Gurung, and Magar ethnic groups,
Plenty of views of mountains with over 7000 and 8000 meter altitude such as Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna South (7,273m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), etc.
Route and Maps
Kathmandu (1,300m)-Pokhara (823m)-Ghandruk (1,940m)-Chhomrong (2,170m)-Bamboo (2,310m)-Deurali (3,230m)-Macchapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m)-Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)-Bamboo (2,310m)-Jhinu Danda (1,760m)-Pokhara (823m)-Kathmandu (1,300m)
Best Season
Be it the Annapurna Circuit Trek, or Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek, or any other trek in Nepal, March to May and September to November are considered the best time to do the trek. The low altitude areas during March to May is quite warm, however, the upper altitude areas are very pleasant to trek in. Similarly, the lower altitude areas are pleasant during September to November, however, the upper altitude areas aren't too cold to trek; but, the morning and evening can be quite chilly. October is the busiest month of the year that experiences the maximum number of trekkers. You might not like to do this trek in the monsoon season or the winter season. Though trekking in the winter season is possible, it might be miserable.
Not everyone loves trekking in the high season; people often distaste crowd. In that case, you can do the trekking in the favorable season, other than the month of October.
You aren't required to have any athletic body fitness to do this trek; a body capable enough to hike for some hours in the rugged land surface for some days continuously is sufficient to do this trek successfully. However, do ensure that you do not have any serious physical problem, especially in the ankles and knees. Previous trekking experience in the high altitude areas can be of great benefit to you; your body becomes very much familiar with the atmosphere. Exercising few weeks before the trek can be good; it brings your body in proper shape and size. However, it is not mandatory to have few trekking experiences and exercise. Making all the way to the base camp of Annapurna isn't so tough. Throughout the trek, take plenty of time for acclimatization, rest, and go slowly. Also, you need to be careful to remain hygienic and eat hygienic.
Food and Accommodation
Throughout the trek, you shall get pancakes, chapatti, toast, eggs, etc. with tea or coffee for breakfast. You can have Dal Bhat, potatoes, chapatti, spaghetti, etc. for lunch. The most pervasive item that you shall find in every menu is Dal Bhat. Dal Bhat is the combination of rice, lentil, and varieties of green vegetables, meat, Papadh, and salad. The most interesting part of having Dal Bhat is that no matter how many times you ask for additional item (despite some item), you shall not be charged extra for such extra item. In Nepal, it is a practice that you can eat Dal Bhat until you feel filled. Checking out the cost of Dal Bhat is also the best way to know how expensive the teahouse particular teahouse is. It is recommend to have Dal Bhat throughout your trek.
There are plenty of teahouses established in the route of Annapurna Base Camp Hike at regular interval. It is to be noted that as you gain altitude and ascend higher and higher, the kind of facilities that these teahouses offer you with become limited to most basic ones. Similar is the case with the food item; as you ascend higher and higher, you shall have lesser and lesser varieties of food items. Thus, you have to be mentally prepared and ready to accept and adapt in these conditions.
Mountain Hiking & trekking Pvt. Ltd. is a pioneer trekking agency in Nepal that has been successful to maintain the record of successful trekking without any hazards and incidents. We are a group of experienced, dedicated, committed, motivated, dynamic, and proactive professionals who have been serving in this sector since years. In each trek, we always ensure that our itinerary is arranged in such a way that it serves the best interests of you, and opens you to make most out of this trek. For more information about any trek or our service, do not hesitate to contact us.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
DAY 02 : Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 30 minutes flight, 5 - 6 hours trek
DAY 03: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 - 6 hours
DAY 04: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours
DAY 05 : Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours
DAY 06 : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
DAY 07: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
DAY 08: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours
DAY 09 : Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
DAY 10: Drive  to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus About 6-7 hours

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Mountain Hiking & Trekking will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest  In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Mountain Hiking & Trekking For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.  Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals:Dinner

DAY 02 : Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 30 minutes flight, 5 - 6 hours trek We take an early morning flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city and catch great views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. After landing in the Pokhara airport, we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. From Birethanti, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. If time permits, we also visit the Gurung museum today. Overnight in Ghandruk. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 03: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 - 6 hours At this juncture, we climb up for around an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent takes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere Danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 04: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 05 : Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 06 : Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 07: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 08: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 - 6 hours From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

DAY 09 : Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara. *If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch

DAY 10: Drive  to Kathmandu . After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast Dinner.

DAY 11: Final Departure Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Mountain Hiking representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:Breakfast
Included in the Cost:
Cost included:
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle •
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast •
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek •
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek •
  • Welcome and farewell dinners •
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary •
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara)
  • Pokhara Kathamandu by deluxe  torist bus
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) •
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) •
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation •
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) •
  • Mountain Hiking's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take •
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS) •
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader) • All government and local taxes

Cost not included:
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Trekking Equipment  

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

For Head
  1. Sun hat or scarf
  2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3. Sunglasses with UV protection
  4. Upper Body
  5. T-shirts (2)
  6. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  7. Fleece jacket or pullover
  8. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  10. Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

For Hands
  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  3. Lower Body
  4. Underwear (4)
  5. Hiking shorts (2)
  6. Lightweight cotton long pants
  7. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  8. Fleece or wool pants
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
For Feet
  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  5. Gaiters (Optional)
  6. Accessories
  7. Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  8. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  9. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  10. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  11. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  12. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  13. Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  14. Water bottles (2)
  15. Toiletries
  16. Small wash towel
  17. Optional items
  18. Binoculars
  19. Books (Highly Recommended)
  20. Compass
  21. Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  22. Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
Fleece trousers or silhouette
Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
Climbing helmet
Alpine climbing harness.
2 x tape slings
2 x screwgate karabiners
Descender/abseil device

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Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 11 days US$ 780
Accomodation: Tea House
Seasons : March-May and sep to dec
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking
No. of Pax : from 2 Person above
Starts From : Pokhara
Ends at : pokhara

Trip Highlights

  • The walk along the up and down trails that stretch on the verdant rolling hills, occasionally encountering other landscapes that include terraced fields, waterfalls and wonderfully located hamlets.
  • The ethnic lifestyle and cultural riches of Himalaya. Observing and mingling with the locales can be the most rewarding experience during the trek.
  • The floral and faunal biodiversity of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which is also the ideal destination for bird watching.
  • The view of Himalayan giants up close, which is an incredible experience to gain while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.
  • Macchapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, which are the destinations from where trekkers get to enjoy snow and savor the views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna sprawling right before their eyes.
  • The soothing natural hot spring bath after week long exhausting trek while retracing back to Pokhara. 

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