The Annapurna Base Camp Short trek is a short but exciting trek to the majestic Annapurna Base Camp. Trekkers can experience the spectacular landscapes of the Annapurna region in a short time period.
Even though the trek is of short duration, you will get to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region in all its glory. The beautiful trekking trails pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area. The diverse landscapes including the glacial rivers, cascading waterfalls, Himalayan caves, and lush alpine forests will spellbind you.
The lovely culture of the region is another highlight of the trek. You will pass through the unique villages settlements of Gurung, Tamang, and Magar community. The traditions and cultural heritage of the area is of great cultural importance. You can also learn about the lifestyle and taste the delicious local cuisine.
This customized short Annapurna Base Camp trek is ideal for those who want to trek the pristine Annapurna region but have a limited time of their schedule. It is also perfect for those trekkers who do not wish to trek for long duration. Moreover, anyone with a basic level of fitness and determination can complete this short trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
So, are you ready for this stunning trek ? We offer this Annapurna Base Camp short trek package at a reasonable price. If you book with us, we will take care of all the logistics regarding the trek, so that you can trek without any hassle. Read further for the detailed itinerary and other information about the Annapurna Base Camp short trek.
Significant Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek
- Gorgeous Himalayan sunrise and sunset overlooking the snow capped mountains
- Passing through the lush alpine forests of rhododendron and oak trees
- Breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, including Annapurna I – IV, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Mt. Himchuli, Gangapurna, and others
- Opportunity for cultural exploration of the Gurung, Tamang, and Magar community
- Walking through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna Conservations Area
- Tasting the delicious local cuisine
- Relaxing at the hot springs of Jhinu Danda
- Incredible hospitality of the local people
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When is the Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?
The ideal time for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is the months of Autumn and Spring. These months are favourable for trekking in Nepal because of the stable weather conditions and less precipitation.
Autumn is the peak season for trekking in the Annapurna region. It is quite popular among trekkers because of the excellent weather and pleasant trekking conditions. Moreover, the clear skies provide unobstructed views of the Himalayas. You will get moderate temperatures during the daytime in the Autumn season, making it a perfect time for trekking.
Spring is another popular season for trekking in the Annapurna region. The spring months come after the winter season. Hence, flora and fauna of the area come back to life after long, harsh winters.
Moreover, the green vegetation grows back, and the rhododendron flowers bloom all over the hills painting the entire hilly landscapes red and pink. The moderate temperatures and the stable weather is the highlight of the trek. You will get the most beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains in the Spring season.
Furthermore, Annapurna Base Camp short trek is possible all year. The monsoon season treks have the risks of landslides and avalanches. Besides that, the trails are also slippery and filled with leeches. The winter season treks are challenging due to the freezing conditions. However, with proper packing and preparation, trekking in the Annapurna region is doable at any time of the year.
How Difficult Is the Trek?
Trekking is a physically taxing adventure. Moreover, trekking the foothills of the Himalayas is not a walk in the park. The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a short duration trek in the Annapurna region; hence you will not get proper time to acclimatize.
Since there are no acclimatization days, you must be extra careful and must rest and acclimatize after the trek to tackle altitude sickness. You need to walk gently and at a steady pace while hydrating regularly during the trek.
The trek constitutes of 6 to 7 hours of walking on an up and down path in the harsh terrains of the Annapurna region. Hence, proper training before the start of the trek is essential. You need to focus on cardiovascular exercises like hiking, swimming, jogging, cycling, and others. These exercises build your stamina and fitness.
Besides that, the weather in the Annapurna Base Camp is unpredictable, and it can get quite cold and freezing especially in the mornings and nights. Hence, you need to pack appropriately for the trek with warm clothes. Overall, Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is quite challenging, but with proper packing and cautious planning, you can complete the trek with ease.
Why Should You Trek The Annapurna Region?
Spectacular Himalayan vista
The short Annapurna Base Camp trek presents you with the magnificent Himalayan vista, including Annapurna I-IV, Annapurna south, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and other ranges of mountains. Moreover, the 360-degree panoramic views of the mountains from the Annapurna Base Camp is the prime attraction of the trek.
Furthermore, you can observe the golden rays of the sun falling upon the silver mountains. This beautiful Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a lovely adventure in the Annapurna region.
Exploring the Rich Culture
Trekkers can explore the rich culture and heritage of the Gurung, Magar, and Tamang ethnic community. You can also experience their traditions, festivals, and their Tibetan Buddhist inspired heritage along the trek.
Moreover, the mani walls, chortens and other monuments along the trail will amaze you. Local people celebrate various festivals all around the year, and thus you can enjoy and even participate in these customs with the locals. The local people provide incredible hospitality during the short Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Spotting the Rare Wildlife
Annapurna region is famous for its exceptional wildlife and diverse flora and fauna. Trekkers can spot the rare wildlife along the trails that pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area. Moreover, the lush forests and the pristine natural landscapes will make you fall in love with the place.
The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) works immensely for the protection of the natural habitat of the area. Hence, these various factors make this short Annapurna Base Camp trek quite exciting.
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Sightseeing at Pokhara
Maximum altitude: 1400m
Drive duration: 7-8 hours
Our journey starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The 7-8 hour drive will take you through the green hills, pristine rivers, and the unique highway settlements. Alternatively, you can also take an early morning flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
Upon arriving at the lake city of Pokhara, you can go on a sightseeing tour of the major landmarks of the city if time permits. You can stroll around the lakeside area next to the Phewa lake in the evening. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul; Trek to Jhinu Danda
Maximum altitude: 1760m
Drive duration: 2 hours
Trek duration: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we start our journey with a 2-hour ride to Nayapul from Pokhara. Nayapul is the actual starting point of our trek. The short trek from Nayapul to Jhinu Danda passes through the village of Birethanti.
Birethanti village is also the main checkpoint where trekkers need to show their trekking permits and TIMS card. The trails pass through the ethnic village settlements of the Gurung and Magar community. We cross the beautiful Modi Khola to arrive at our destination of Jhinu Danda.
You can walk further for about 20 minutes downhill to arrive at the natural hot spring. The hot spring is a great place to relax after the trekking journey. We stay overnight at a tea house in Jhinu Danda.
Day 03: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Bamboo
Maximum altitude: 2600m
Trek duration: 5-6 hrs
After an early breakfast, we start our trek from Jhinu danda to Bamboo passing through the forests of rhododendron and oak trees. We climb up the steep trails observing the breathtaking scenario.
The awe-inspiring views of Annapurna South, Macchapucchre (Fishtail), and Himchuli mountain will enchant you. Moreover, we cross the pristine Chomrong Khola and climb towards the village of Chomrong below the Annapurna Himal. The trail then descends through stony steps towards Chomrong Khola and we cross the suspension bridge to arrive at Sinuwa.
We have our lunch at Sinuwa village and continue our trek as we enter the stunning Modi Khola valley passing through rhododendron and oak forests. The trail first ascends gently through Kalgidhar and then descends further to arrive at the village of Bamboo. We stay overnight at a tea house in Bamboo village.
Day 04: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali
Maximum altitude: 3194m
Trek duration: 5-6 hrs
After an early breakfast, we start our trek to Deurali from Bamboo. We cross the steep stone pavements and pass through the lush and damp bamboo forest. We arrive at Dobhan after a trek of some hours where we have our lunch.
We continue our trek passing through Rhododendron forests to arrive at the Hotel Himalaya. The woods then opens up and we resume our trek to the dry forest until we arrive at Hinku cave.
Then, the trail descends towards the river and several avalanche sites until we arrive at Duerali. You can observe the pristine Himalayan rivers, and serene waterfalls and awe-inspiring views of the entire valley. We stay overnight at a tea house in Deurali.
Day 05: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Maximum altitude: 4130m
Trek duration: 6-7 hrs
After early morning breakfast, we start our trek towards the majestic Annapurna Base Camp from Deurali. This section of the trek is challenging as well as exciting. We start our trek with a gentle ascent on a stony trail. The trail then arrives at an avalanche site passing through the village of Bagar.
All along the trail, the magnificent views of the Himalayas will enthrall you. After a trek of a few hours, we arrive at the stunning Machhapuchhre Base Camp from where you can observe the breathtaking Machhapuchhre Himal in a close-up view.
We have our lunch at Machhapuchhre Base Camp, before resuming our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. You can observe the majestic icy glaciers and moraines all along the trail.
Upon arriving at Annapurna Base Camp, you can observe the 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. The gorgeous sight will mesmerize you, and you can take incredible pictures of the surroundings. We explore the Annapurna Base Camp further and stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa Danda
Maximum altitude: 2360m
Trek duration: 5-6 hrs
We wake up to a glorious sunrise along with magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains. After observing this breathtaking scenario, we descend to Siunwa from Annapurna Base Camp.
The trails then pass through the beautiful Modi Gorge surrounded by tranquil natural landscapes. We trek alongside the Modi river before arriving at the village of Sinuwa after a trek of a few hours. We stay overnight at a teahouse in Sinuwa.
Day 07: Trek from Sinuwa Danda to New Bridge and Drive to Pokhara
Maximum altitude: 1340m
Trek duration: 4-5 hrs
After an early breakfast, we start our trek from Sinuwa Danda to New Bridge. The trail passes through beautiful landscapes and lush rhododendron forests. We also pass through the unique traditional settlements of the region before arriving at New Bridge.
We stop to have our lunch and take a scenic 2-hour drive back to Pokhara, passing through Nayapul. You can stroll around the famous Lakeside area in the evening or relax at the hotel. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Other Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Itineraries:
There are various itineraries for the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. Besides the Annapurna Base Camp trek 7 days, we also have Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek of 6 days and 8 days respectively. The outline itinerary are as follows:
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 6 Days
Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul; Trek to Jhinu Danda
Day 02: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Bamboo
Day 03: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali
Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Day 05: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa Danda
Day 06: Trek from Sinuwa Danda to New Bridge and Drive to Pokhara
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 8 Days
Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani
Day 02: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
Day 03: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa
Day 04: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali
Day 05: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 06: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa
Day 07: Trek from Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda Natural Hot Spring
Day 08: Drive back to Pokhara
Some Essential Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek
- Acclimatize properly along with regular hydration to tackle altitude sickness
- Set a training routine including cardiovascular activities like hiking, swimming, jogging, cycling, and others at least two weeks before the trek.
- Carry anti-nausea tablets like Diamox
- Start your trek as early as possible
- You should walk gradually with steady steps and not rush during the trek.
- Avoid alcohol consumption at all costs as it can cause dehydration, which further leads to altitude sickness.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet with high calorie and protein intake
- Female trekkers must carry female hygiene products as they are not available along the trek
- Get a proper travel insurance that covers an altitude of 4000m and above
How Should I Train for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek?
The Annapurna Base Camp short trek requires 6-7 hours of hiking each day. For that, you need to practice hiking 4-5 miles nearby with a backpack. You should start hiking 2 – 3 months ahead or at least two weeks before the trek.
Furthermore, you need to fill your backpack with at least 8 kg of load to practice for the trek. If you do not have an uphill location nearby, you can practice going up and down the stairs. Besides that, you can also perform cardiovascular exercises including cycling, hiking, swimming, jogging, and others for the training.
The Final Say
Annapurna Base Camp short trek is an ideal trek package for those who want to trek the foothills of the majestic Annapurna massif in a short time. You can complete this short trek to Annapurna Base Camp within 6-8 days.
Furthermore, this trek takes you along the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region. The breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains will spellbind you. Overall, Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a great adventure in the lap of mother nature.
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