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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Introduction to the trip

One of the best treks in world’s best trekking area is the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. The trek not only takes you to the best view points of the Annapurna range but also gives opportunity to discover different type of culture and observe the change in landscape from 850 m. above the sea level up to 4,130 m. above the sea level. The trek has the best views as well as it passes through beautiful forest with different types of vegetation and follows the river valley of Modi upstream to reach Annapurna Base Camp and retrace back the same river downstream to finish the trekking. One can observe the different types of flora and fauna as well as different types of orchids which are typical of the area. The orchids blooms in different time of the year but in March and April most of the species has flowers. This trek is ideal for the person who likes to walk fast and want to reach Annapurna Base Camp but does not have many free days. We recommend this trip for people with previous trekking experience. As Annapurna base camp is not high like Everest Base Camp, the altitude sickness will be no problem even when somebody walks faster. The trek starts after an hour drive from Pokhara at the point called Kande and end in Nayapul. After Nayapul take a transfer to reach Pokhara.

The highlight of the trip

Australian camp is very popular Mountain View point. From Australian camp one can get a spectacular view of whole Annapurna area including the highest peak of the area called Dhawalagiri.

Annapurna base camp is very famous for its 360 degrees view of snowcapped mountains. When a person reaches to Annapurna Base Camp they consider this place as one of the part of the paradise. The view from the Base Camp is simply awesome and not camparable to any other viewpoints.

 Landruk , Ghandruk and Chhomrong are biggest Gurung villages of the Annapurna area. As the area is dominated by Gurung people who also like to serve in the British regiments, one might get opportunity to hear the experience of retired Gurkha in the area. Exploring Ghandruk on the way back, a day before finishing the trek also gives opportunity to visit the headquarters of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) where they have movie show about different types of conservation work carried out in the area. The traditional Gurung museum in Ghandruk gives opportunity to get information about day to day lifestyle of this hill tribe.

The trek also gives opportunity to observe on of the biggest glacier in the Annapurna area, the Annapurna glacier from Annapurna Base Camp.

One of the deepest gorges is located here in the trek as the trek follows the valley of Modi Khola and the peaks of Fishtail (6992 m.) and Annapurna I (8091 m.) stands side by side. One can walk through this gorge while doing the trek.

Best time to go this trek

The trek can be done throughout the year but the best months are March-May and September to November. If you love cold or can easily cope with low temperatures even winter time (December-February) gets stunning Mountain View. March, April considered very good month as part of the trail passes through dense rhododendron forest and this is the blooming season. The vegetation looks great during rainy season but the view of the mountain often get covered with the cloud and lower part of the trail there is leech infestation. The leech goes away with salt so we recommend our customers to carry a small amount of salt if they are doing the trek from July up to the mid-September.

The difficulty level of the trip

The trip in general is not difficult except walking for many hours continuously and the trip contains lots of ups and downs. The ups and downs are demanding so people with prior experience of walking in the rugged terrain loves this trip. Please do not hesitate to write to us for alternative itinerary if you think the trip is not good for you, we will come up with best alternative considering your abilities and condition as well as your will.

Is this trip suitable for me?

If you fit for climbing up and down in the hilly area and able to walk for 6-8 hours the trip is suitable for you. The accommodation you receive is mostly twin sharing basis with shared bathrooms. The rooms are enough clean and if you come in the busy season like October the Annapurna Base Camp might be overcrowded and not always but some time some of our individual customers might need to share the room with another anonymous trekker or opt for sleeping in the dining area, which we feel even more comfortable than the room as they have chimney in the dining hall. The western sitting toilets might not be available in higher elevation as the water freezes inside the commode during the winter. Most of the villages they have the micro hydropower station so there will be opportunities to charge your electronic devices. Some tea houses in the higher elevation might incur extra money to charge your electronic devices.

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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and start trekking and reach Tolkha for overnight stay. Normally one-hour drive from Pokhara and 6-7 hours of walking. The trek ascends at the beginning to reach Australian camp descends and ascends again to reach Pothana for lunch. After lunch continue walking to Tolkha for overnight stay.

Day 02: Trek from Tolkha to Sinuwa, 7-8 hours of walking. The trail continues more or less same elevation to reach typical Gurung Village Landruk and go down to New Bridge and continue up to Chhomrong and have lunch there. After Lunch walk down to Chhomrong khola and climbing up to reach the village Sinuwa and overnight stay there.

Day 03: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali. 6-7 hours of walking. The trek follows the Modi khola upstream and passes through bamboo forest. The vegetation starts changing due to the difference in elevation.

Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base camp and overnight at ABC.  The trek ascends at the beginning to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp and ascends slowly to reach Annapurna base camp.

Day 05: Enjoy the morning view from ABC and descends down to Sinuwa for overnight stay. The 360 degrees view of snowcapped mountain from ABC is unforgettable and lifetime experience for many of our customers. After gazing the view from ABC, the trail descends most of the time.

Day 06: Trek from Sinuwa to Ghandruk and overnight stay at Ghandruk. The trail ascends at the beginning to reach a stream and after crossing a stream the trail ascends to reach one of the biggest Gurung village of the area Chhomrong. The trail continues down to Gurjung khola and ascends up again to reach Komrong danda and pass through forest and village to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is also a popular Gurung village and one of the biggest villages of the area. Ghandruk also has a museum, if time permits one can visit museum also.

Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Normally takes five hours of walking and two hours of driving to reach Pokhara.

Price Includes:

  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate every meal.
  • Experienced English-speaking local guide.
  • Porter (Every 2 trekker 1 porter and carry about 25 kg of weight.)
  • Staff's expense.
  • All permits and fees.
  • All government taxes.
  • Private transfer from Pokhara to Kande and Nayapul to Pokhara.

Price Excludes:

  • Bar and beverage bill during the trek
  • Hot shower and battery recharge during the trek
  • Insurance for evacuation and medical facilities
  • Expense of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, extra porter
  • Tips for guides and porters (you can see the tipping guideline in our tipping page)
  • Trekking equipment like trekking poles, water bottles etc.

More Information about the trip

Our guide will meet our customers in Pokhara and take for the trekking of Annapurna. When trekking is over in Pokhara our service is finished. The client needs to show up in our office with their photographs and copy of passport when they book the trip. Alternatively, the client can send scanned copy of the passport and their picture in printable form to process the permits to do trekking. Before heading for Pokhara the clients are requested to come and visit us in our Kathmandu office so we could process your permit. If this creates a problem please write to us.

The itinerary is not ideal for novice trekkers, people with disability and not in good physical condition.

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