Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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  • Duration9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 4130 m.
  • Starts Pokhara
  • Ends Pokhara
  • Group Size 1 - 20
  • Best Season September to May
Group Discount Prices
  
1 paxUS$695
2 - 6 paxUS$595
7 - 10 paxUS$545
11 - 15 paxUS$495
16 - 20 paxUS$450
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Highlights
  • Trek Deep into the heart of The Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Alluring Pokhara
  • Relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the incredible Annapurna Himalayan ranges
  • Diverse ethnic groups: mainly Gurungs and Magars
  • Soak up the traditions and culture of the region
  • Outstanding wildlife and Biodiversity

Short-Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a great option to consider if you are looking for an epic mountain experience in Nepal, especially if your time to get up close and intimate with these giants is limited. They say Gods can move mountains and with the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, they have. With new roads being built in the Annapurna region, it is now possible to savor Annapurna Base Camp without spoiling anything of the ultimate experience. This Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking itinerary cuts at least a day off the trek and three days for people intending to take in Poon Hill on the way. A good level of fitness helps as trekking days are slightly longer compared to the more familiar Annapurna Base Camp itineraries.

A huge ice-clad amphitheater situated at an altitude of 4130 m. Just imagine wrapped tight from the thin biting air, feeling alive from the last few days on the trail, and just glad to be here within an almost magical surreal setting. Where the mountains rule, supreme and fearless towering vertically above you. Absolutely stunning views of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7937m), Annapurna IV (7 525m), Gangapurna (7455m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m) magic. With never enough time, unfortunately, time moves on and we need to retrace our steps for two days on our way back to more familiar settings. The bonus is it's down most of the way with still so much to enjoy as Nepal is hardly mundane.

Pokhara:

The day before we commence our journey to the Annapurna Base Camp we spend a night in Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town with perhaps the most spectacular mountain backdrop anywhere in the world. Pokhara is well-known as the starting point for numerous trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna Region. The town has developed into an adventure tourism destination over the last decade, offering everything from Paragliding, and skydiving ultra-light flights to zip lining and bungee jumping. Brightly painted wooden boats bobbing up and down on Lake Phewa (Tal) add vibrant colors to the verdant green foothills that surround the town.

Hot Springs:

Our last night is spent at Jhinu Danda where we relax in a series of hot spring-fed pools set deep in the Modi Khola. The Short Annapurna Base Camp trekking won't be completed without stopping at the Jhinu Hot Springs. The next day is an easy one just a short 15-20 minute hike down to the bottom of the Modi Khola River and on to Sewai where we take our transport back to our hotel in Pokhara.

Perhaps it is only when you are back relaxing in Pokhara, you can take in the full impact of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking and just what it has meant for you.

Useful Information

Accommodation at the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

There are plenty of tea houses to choose from in the famous Annapurna region of Nepal, so there's no need to carry camping or cooking supplies. The Annapurna routes are well-loved and well-traveled, meaning that tea houses ranging in quality have been established to meet the range of needs of travelers. At lower elevations and busier areas, you can choose more fully equipped tea houses with electricity, wifi, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets. There are also more rustic, basic tea houses available, especially at higher elevations, that have simple rooms and basic services. Bathrooms might be shared and have a squat-style toilet. At these tea houses, you can pay a small fee for services such as wifi and hot showers. We provide you with a clean, -20°C sleeping bag to keep you cozy and warm.

Meals at the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Food in the Annapurna Region of Nepal is delicious and plentiful, with a range of options to suit your preferences. The menus at tea houses are usually quite large, especially considering you are trekking into the Himalayas, but it's important to note that most tea houses offer similar food options. You can choose from a variety of local dishes, including Dal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, and lentil soup with unlimited refills!), fried rice or noodles, Mo Mo (local dumplings), Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup), spring rolls, or western dishes like burgers, pasta, pizza, and potatoes. For breakfast, you can enjoy local chapati bread or Tibetan bread with curry or go for more familiar eggs, porridge, muesli, or pancakes. This trek is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, but if you have any other dietary restrictions, you can let us know, and your guide will communicate with the kitchen staff.

Your package with Nepal Trekking Experts includes dinner in Kathmandu before you leave for your trek and three meals a day (with tea or coffee) every day of the trek, including travel days. If you'd like, you can purchase extra snacks, desserts, or fancy coffees when they're available.

Transportation at the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

All transportation fees and arrangements are included in your trekking package when you book with Nepal Trekking Experts. To start your adventure in the Annapurna region, there are many transport options depending on your interest, time frame, and budget. A common route is to travel via bus or microvan from Kathmandu (Gongabu Bus Park) or by tourist bus from Sohrakhutte to Pokhara (7-8 hours). The next option would be a private vehicle or flight to Pokhara. If you take a flight, it costs more or less $105 per person. Common starting points include Nayapul, Birethanti, Hile, Tikhedhunga, and Banethanti. The further you travel via Jeep, the less trekking you'll do by foot. This shortens the length of your trek, which can be a great option if you have less time or are combining the Mardi Himal trek.

Please be aware that the buses in Nepal can be overcrowded (especially if you are traveling during festival time), not particularly tidy, and will stop in villages along the route to pick up and drop off more people. Bus rides can be part of the exciting, immersive experience of being in a foreign country, but they are not for everyone. If you would like a more comfortable alternative, tourist buses can be an option, and we can arrange a private car or jeep from Kathmandu all the way to your starting point. Private vehicles shorten your travel time considerably, and you can stop for breaks at your leisure. With so many travel options, we'd be happy to talk things through with you to find what suits you best.

Battery Charging at the Short Annapurna base Camp Trek

Despite trekking deep into the Himalayas, most of the tea houses have either electricity or solar power. Depending on the tea house, you might be able to charge your devices in your rooms. Otherwise, you can pay a few dollars (paid in local rupees) to charge your battery in the main dining hall. Carrying a power bank is recommended during your trek in the Annapurna region.

Telephone service at the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nowadays, most villages have phone service and mobile reception, although it can be quite unpredictable. NCELL and Nepal Telecom are the two major SIM card providers. Nepal Telecom is recommended by NTE for better reception in the Annapurna region. You can purchase a SIM card in Kathmandu when you arrive.

Internet

Many tea houses have wifi to purchase for around 3-5 dollars per hour, which is paid in local Nepali rupees. Please be aware that internet services may not be completely reliable due to weather and other issues.

Porter

Our tailor-made packages do not include a porter, so you can make the decision based on your own needs and preferences. Although not necessary, having a porter can make a massive difference in the enjoyment of your trek. If you are new to trekking at high altitudes, then we would recommend having a porter in the Annapurna region carry your bag across the rugged terrain. One porter carries the bags of two people (around 20kg) so that you can carry a small daypack. If you are undecided, we would be happy to discuss porters in more detail when you book your trek.

CLOTHING

  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket/trousers
  • One down jacket/Gore-Tex Jacket
  • One down vest (it can be skipped if you have a down jacket)
  • One windproof or rainproof trouser
  • Two pairs of hiking pants (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One pair of shorts
  • Four to Five T-shirts (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One MIT/fleece jacket
  • One/or two pairs of base layers/thermal coats depending on the duration of the trek
  • Four to five pairs of hiking socks and a couple of pairs of thicker socks (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • Two pairs of gloves—one pair light fleece, the other waterproof/windproof
  • Undergarments

FOOTWEAR

  • Trekking boots (water resistance, ankle supportive)
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Sunglass, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, woolen/beanie/fleece hat, neck gaiter, first aid kit, Swiss army knife(optional), luggage cover, headlamp, trekking poles, gaiter (optional), micro crampons (optional), water purification tablets or steripen, extra batteries, adapter, power bank, water bottles/camel bag/Thermos, washing powder/multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, mosquito spray (optional), whistle, earplugs, reading books, playing cards/chess
  • Sleeping bag rated to minus 10/15 degrees Celsius (extreme temperature) depending on trekking route and season
  • Sleeping bag liner – cotton, silk or fleece
  • Backpack (60 liters)
  • Daypack (25 to 30 liter)

Travel Insurance

It is one of the most important things you'll need overseas, particularly when trekking in Nepal. A policy that covers loss and theft, medical and hospitalization, evacuation from high altitude, and adventure activity coverage are among the basics you'll need. A wide variety of policies are available, so make sure to shop for the best possible options. You need to have a policy that's specific to the maximum height on your trek, bearing in mind that a number of companies place restrictions on that score—look closely at the fine print so that you're sure to get the right coverage, especially in the event of an emergency such as altitude sickness—helicopter evacuations are horrendously expensive.

Also note that most medical treatment and facilities in Nepal, such as hospitals, require payment upfront or approval from your insurance company, so it’s wise to choose a policy that pays the bills directly rather than lumping the burden on you and leaving it till later for the insurer to reimburse you.

Nepalese Currency and Payment

The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in major tourist-class hotels, restaurants, airlines, and larger stores in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, etc. A surcharge of 3.5% is typically levied on all purchases or payments.

ATMs are also very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with Thamel being a particular area of focus for their use. Some ATMs only allow a daily maximum of Rs 10, 000 to be withdrawn, while others allow for as much as Rs 35, 000. A charge of USD $4 is usually applied per transaction, on top of which your own bank may also apply a fee of its own.

Can I get an on-arrival visa in Nepal?

On arrival in Nepal, you can obtain the requisite visa at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, or you can choose the alternative of applying for it at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure. The visa is also available at land-based points of entry such as Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Bhairawa, Belhiya, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar. The Kodari Pass is the access point from Tibet where the visa can be obtained.

While you can use different modes of payment at the visa fee counter, we advise you to bring cash in the following currencies: US dollars, euros, Swiss francs, pound sterling, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Singapore dollars, and Japanese yen. Credit card payments are also available nowadays.

As per a recent update, the visa fee costs you the following amounts:

  • Multiple entries for 15 days—USD 30 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 30 days—USD 50 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 90 days—USD 125 or equivalent
  • You should also have a minimum of six months of validity remaining on your passport.
  • Visa extensions are available from the offices of Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • For more details, please go through our Nepal immigration website or contact us.
Itinerary
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

One of our team will greet you at the airport for the transfer to your Hotel where there is time to relax. Your guide will meet everyone in the hotel reception for a welcome meeting at a convenient time depending on arrival times. For those that wish, there is the chance to go out together as a group for dinner afterward something we like to do with new guests. There are no other activities planned for today. Depending on your arrival schedule you will have time to get around the bustling bazaar, the hotels we use are normally situated in the lively Thamel area. There is a feast of outdoor gear, souvenir shops, great bookshops, and a huge variety of restaurants, it's a great place to wander through and get your bearings.

  • Max. Altitude:822m/2697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Soon after breakfast at our hotel, we leave the capital today for the drive to Pokhara. The drive will take us much of the day around six hours, through beautiful landscapes of green hills along fast-flowing rivers with busy market towns dotted along the route. As we near Pokhara, the landscape changes and the Annapurna range comes into view. On arrival at our lakeside hotel, there is time to relax. The afternoon is free to get around, perhaps some boating or just chilling out in a restaurant around the lake.

  • Max. Altitude:2360m/7743ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Our first day commences with a two-and-a-half-hour road trip towards the Annapurna Massif, the spectacular views help to make up for the potholed road we need to encounter on the way. Journey over and Boots well laced we begin with the climb to Chhomrung. First a gradual climb to and through the hot springs settlement of Jhinudanda which we ignore for now. There is then a steep climb for around two to three hours to Chomrong, the village has its own unique setting, spread over a hillside with some stunning views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhre. Probably we will have lunch here and continue to Sinuwa for an overnight.

  • Max. Altitude:2920m/9580ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We leave Chomrong on a trail that eventually snakes up through Rhododendron and Bamboo forest, over semi-arid rocky terrain, and past cascading waterfalls as it pierces deep into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. We begin today with a descent to cross the Chhomrong Khola River by a suspension bridge, all the way with some excellent views of Machhapuchhre with its distinctive 'fishtail' profile and Annapurna South. We continue to climb quite steeply, along a trail that leads us through oak and rhododendron forests until we reach a very welcome teahouse on top of the ridge at Sinuwa (2350m). From here the ascent to Kuldighar (2470m) is more gradual, continuing through a lush forest to our lunch stop at the Bamboo Hotel (2340m). After lunch we continue our ascent towards Dovan, beyond which lies the unofficial gateway into the Sanctuary, walking through a wet bamboo forest. The track continues up past the so-called 'weeping wall' and the shrine of the 'God of the Jungle' to the Himalaya Hotel (2840m).

  • Max. Altitude:4130m/13550ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Today we climb further to pass between the mounts of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli–Known as the 'Gates' into the Sanctuary. Climbing over the rocky moraine we arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m). Perched in the shadows of Annapurna South and the beautiful shape of Machhapuchhre one of Nepal's holy mountains (machha, fish' and puchhre, 'tail'), this is an awe-inspiring setting in which to end our day's trekking, the mountain landscapes providing us with a sight to raise the spirits of even the most tired amongst us.

  • Max. Altitude:2310m/7579ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Having taken in the stunning beauty of our setting, we begin our descent today heading for Bamboo (2340m), passing through the thick bamboo forest, and crossing several rocky avalanche chutes to reach our destination.

  • Max. Altitude:822m/2697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

The day starts with a descent through a lush rhododendron forest full of wildlife and birdlife with a cacophony of birdsong to accompany us - mostly black-capped Sibia,  we trek down to cross the Chhomrong Khola and climb up to Chhomrong village (2060m) where we take a short break. We descend all the way to Jhinu Danda then drive back to Pokhara where a hot shower and one of the town's many bakeries await us.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, we transfer to the Kathmandu valley by tourist bus which takes more or less 7 hrs.

    Transfer to the international airport.

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    The above itinerary is a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu with breakfast included (on a twin-sharing basis)
    • Two-night accommodation in Pokhara (on a twin-sharing basis).
    • All necessary trekking permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, the TIMS Card, etc.
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Three cups of tea or coffee during the trek
    • If and when available, fresh fruit would be provided
    • Complimentary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, and sleeping bag during the trek
    • Professional English-speaking government-registered and first-aid-trained local guide
    • First-aid kit
    • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Return travel by taxi or Jeep from Pokhara to Jhinudanda
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements, if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax or VAT
    • Certificate of achievement, if needed
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Porters to carry your backpacks (we provide porters on request)
    • Personal insurance, personal expenses, loss of property, theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries entrance fees, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips for staff
    Dates & Availability
    Start:FridayMar 15, 2024
    End:SaturdayMar 23, 2024
    PriceUS$695
    StatusGuaranteed
    Start:MondayMar 25, 2024
    End:TuesdayApr 02, 2024
    PriceUS$695
    StatusGuaranteed

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    1Travelers' Reviews
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      An amazing trek in ABC

      Since beginning of conversations by email, Rajesh has been quick responding and quite helpful to us. Everything was very well organized beforehand and we were well taken care since the moment we land in Kathmandu. We (my partner and myself) booked the ABC trek as described on their website, but with the difference that after the trek we went to Chitwan on our own instead of going back to Kathmandu by bus. Before starting the trek, Rajesh sat down with us and went through a checklist to make sure we had everything we would need for the trip. We borrowed a pair of sleeping bags, which were quite useful in the end. Dream City in Kathmandu and Crystale Palace in Pokhara are the hotels that the agency booked for us. During the trek accommodations are not usually booked beforehand. Agencies only do it for big groups with fixed programs. The advantage is that it gives you flexibility to adapt the program as per your pace. The downside is that on high season some days you may have to share a dormitory or walk a bit further to the next village to find a place to stay. We were lucky to have Prakash as a guide and Dilliram as our porter for our journey. Prakash was always attentive and looking after us at any time. He is very friendly, curious and likes to joke. It was nice to share with him many experiences, get to learn about each other cultures, and play some Nepal games at the teahouses. Dilliram our porter, always happy, was like a second guide to us. He is passionate about nature and never hesitates to stop to tell us something about a plant or an animal we came across. Sometimes he would even stop to show us pictures taken from his mobile, to let us see how the landscapes we were walking by looked like a few weeks ago when the clouds were not there! Many thanks to the Nepal Trekking Experts team for ensuring that our dreamed trip to Nepal went smoothly and successfully. Looking forward to come back. All in all, if you decide to go through an agency, this one is a safe bet for your journey.

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      ZeusOct 29, 2019Spain
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