The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a special package designed for travelers who are under a time constraint and have a limited time to spend in Nepal. In a relatively short amount of time, you are presented with the opportunity to visit the Annapurna Base Camp in just 11 days. It is the quickest way to accomplish your trek and has the encompassment of the best views of the Annapurna massif and trails that pass through many ethnic villages and settlements. The Annapurna region is one the most beautiful trekking destinations and the trails are adorned with gorgeous sights of the Himalayas along with natural decorations of nature’s finest elements. The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek lets you excurse to the Annapurna Sanctuary and presents unusual encounters with the flora and fauna of the Annapurna region. Blessed with lush forests and verdant woodlands, the Annapurna region is rich and brimming with natural biodiversity. The Annapurna Base Camp short Trek has trails that go through blossoming rhododendron forests and vastly majestic florescent meadows to have the views of the cerulean mountain peaks of Annapurna emerge in the distance like an ivory tapestry of Himalayas. Commencing the trek from the ethnic Magar village, you would be able to have a closer look at the people’s unique traditions and cultures. Many ethnic people have settlements along the trekking path and as you move further along the path, you would be coming across Gurung and Thakali people as well. Getting to know about their culture, customs, rituals and practices are fascinating as their way of life at the secluded villages are vastly different than the ones from the city.
The trails have marvelous views of terrace farmlands as well, and as you move along the trekking path- you can see people working on the rice farms. The terrace farms are like natural emerald steps that are enveloped with the brightest shade of green. The alpine vegetation of the region is also something that adds to the mysticism of the region as the oak and maple trees seem to cover entire hills and look formidable from a distance. As you reach the base camp, you would be rewarded with views of the Annapurna massif and many of its surrounding peaks like the Annapurna I, the Annapurna II, the Annapurna IV, Mount Nilgiri, the Machhapuchhre Peak, the Dhaulagiri Peak and many others. The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a marvelous adventure where all of the best aspects of trekking are incorporated into a neat package which you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
Starting off with a scenic flight to Pokhara, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek allows you to visit the beautiful Lake-side city. Driving to Nayapul, you would be walking on trails that go through the foothills of the Annapurna Base Camp. You would also be passing to the famous vantage point for mesmerizing views of the sunrise and the sunset amidst the mountains at Poon Hill. The hot spring at Jhinu Danda also is a unique and exotic experience. The Annapurna Base camp short Trek is a moderate trek that is suitable for everyone as the trails are comparatively easy and more appealing.
We also have alternate packages for you to choose from for trekking in the Annapurna region, like our Annapurna Base Camp Trek that has extended days. Our Annapurna Poon Hill Trek takes you to the vantage point at Poon Hill through Ghorepani to witness the amazing natural phenomenon of the mountains changing colors as the rays of the sun hits their surface. If you want the existing itinerary to be a customized one, we can arrange for that as well to reschedule it to suit your convenience. The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a perfect short trekking journey that presents the best views of the mountains and also lets you enjoy the practices and traditions of the local ethnic people in a relatively short amount of time. So come join us in this adventure!
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 25 min. then Trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/49035ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 04: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m/10528ft) then Trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 05: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m/7575ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m/10330ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m/13810ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft), Duration: 7 hours
- Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) (1780m/5840ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 10: Jhinu Danda to Kathmandu (1370m/4495ft), Duration: 5 hours walk, 1 hour drive and a 25-min flight
- Day 11: Farewell
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the airport at anytime. One of escape Himalaya’s representatives will be there waiting for you and will greet and welcome you. You will then be transferred to your hotel and further programs will be explained to you. You may just relax at the hotel after checking in because you do not have anything else planned for the day. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (910m/2985ft), Duration: 25 min. then Trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m/49035ft), Duration: 5 hours
A short scenic flight to Pokhara will be taken by you today. Pokhara is a magnificent lake-side city that has gorgeous views of various mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of the Annapurna range and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating and swimming- the city itself is popular as the city of lakes. Situated in the centre of Nepal and nestled in a region that is brimming with natural beauty, Pokhara is the tourist hub of the country. From Pokhara, you will drive to Nayapul (42km) by a car/taxi via the large village of Lumle and will walk for about 20 minutes to the large and prosperous town of Birethanti. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti and goes through bamboo forests and past large waterfalls and swimming holes. Further beyond lies the pastures dotted with pony caravans and mountain goats. As you follow the trail, you would be reaching the village of Ramghai where you will have your lunch. After lunch, you would be moving up the trail that climbs gradually through the side of the valley to reach Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tikhe Dhunga, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft), Duration: 7 hours
From Tikhe Dhunga, you would be trekking on trails that cross small streams and jovial rivers via suspensions bridges near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village at Ulleri lying at an altitude of 2080 meters. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There is a camp site for rest and water stops one hour’s walk above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparking streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where you will stop for lunch. “Thanti” is a Nepali word that translated to “Rest house”. In the winters, the trail is usually covered in snow. From Nangethanti, you will then climb to Ghorepani which lies at the altitude of 2850 meters. From here, you can see spectacular panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri Peak (8167m), the Tukuche Peak (6940m), Annapurna I (8091m), the Hiunchuli Himal (6441m) and the Tarke Kang Himal (7139m). Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghorepani, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m/10528ft) then Trek to Tadapani (2500m/8200ft), Duration: 6 hours
This morning, you will wake up early and hike to Poon Hill. From Poon Hill, you can see superb views of the sunrise amidst the Annapurna Mountains and gorgeous panoramic views of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Fish Tail, the Annapurna South and others. After visiting Poon Hill, you will come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tadapani, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310m/7575ft), Duration: 6 hours
Dropping from Tadapani, the route goes past the Gurung settlement and is adorned with marvelous views of the Upper Modi Valley. The path then starts as a long ascend high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. You will pass the village of Chhomrong that lies tucked at the very base of the Himal Chuli. From Chhomrong, the trail descends reaching the Chhomrong Khola and as you reach the river, you would be required to begin a slow climb as you head to your destination for the day. Sinuwa is a lovely little ethnic village that has amazing views of the mountains and beautiful natural surroundings. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Sinuwa, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3150m/10330ft), Duration: 6 hours
You will proceed to Kuldi Ghar today, walking for about 2 and a half to 3 hours. There is a clearing in a forest a little further on from where the route goes very steeply down a bank of rocks and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge that keeps on the left side of the river. You will also pass by the pastureland at Tomo and then the very neck of the gorge at Barah has the small trail that passes by a shrine. The tracks then steadily climb up to the Himalayas with the village of Deurali at the intersection. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deurali, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m/13810ft), Duration: 5 hours
Today, you will be climbing on to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (which really isn’t a Base Camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. The area is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here, it is a two-hour trek to the Annapurna Base Camp which offers spectacular views of the surrounding ivory peaks. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Base camp, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft), Duration: 7 hours
You will be following the same trail down today, which drops by 1,700 meters to the banks of the Modi Khola all the way to Bamboo that lies at the altitude of 2,345 meters. Bamboo has a few guesthouses and lodges and offers splendid natural sights. The trail is also adorned with the river’s natural ebullience and offers pretty views of the natural surroundings. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at bamboo, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) (1780m/5840ft), Duration: 6 hours
Today, you would be on a similar trail that leads to the village of Chhomrong. Once you pass Khuldighar, you will come across an experimental sheep farm and the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. Once you arrive at the hot spring at Jhinu Danda, you can relax at the spring waters to soothe your muscles after a day of hiking. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu Danda, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Jhinu Danda to Kathmandu (1370m/4495ft), Duration: 5 hours walk, 1 hour drive and a 25-min flight
From the hot springs at Jhinu Danda, you will walk to the right bank of the Modi Khola all the way to Birethanti. This trek is considered as one of the most relaxing treks of the entire trip. As you reach Nayapul, you will then drive an hour back to Pokhara from where you will take the latest flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast and lunch included.
Day 11: Farewell
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of Escape Himalaya’s representative and then you will depart.
- All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Round trip flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful & friendly guide, porter (a porter between 2 clients)& their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance etc.
- A comprehensive first aid medical kit
- Annapurna conservation and TIMS Fees- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 3 passport photographs)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Hot showers during the trek
- All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, fanta, juice etc.
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
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