The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is the ideal trek if you want to experience the mountains in a short time. It is a rushed version of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek–17 days for trekkers with short time in hand.
During this astounding expedition, you’ll be able to see 3 sky-high peaks above 8000 m. Majestic scenery of Machhapuchhare (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and Annapurna (8091 m) make this trek extremely gratifying. Scaling up through the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna conservation area, we are driven and inspired by the scenes of soaring summits and monstrous tall rocky walls with waterfalls diving into the dwindling river below. As the valley deepens, we upsurge Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m) on the glacial deposit of Annapurna South Glacier. Up on reaching our destination, we will be overwhelmed by the heavenly mountains guarding from every direction.
Mt. Annapurna is named after the deity of harvest, believed in Hindu culture. Local people of Nepal worship goddess Annapurna for the prosperity and abundance of food. Mt. Annapurna is an emblem of such a kind and adorable goddess. Annapurna base camp trekking is fun, adventure and culture-filled Nepal trekking route worthy to be called the best all across the globe. Reaching the base camp (4130 m) of Mt. Annapurna lets you its spirituality, the mountain grandeur, and the Himalayan tranquility, all at once.
During the trek, we will be staying at local tea house which allow us to chat with local people to explore and know them at first hand. We encounter many ethnic groups while trekking mainly Gurung and Magar, better known as brave Gurkhas
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Fly to Pokhara and trek to Dhampus (1650 m)
After having breakfast, we will depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight which takes 25 minutes to reach. Pokhara is one of the popular tourist destinations of Nepal admired as a natural paradise by its amusing views of Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, as well as the five mountains of Annapurna.
Upon landing Pokhara, we will be meeting our trekking guides and drive for approximately an hour to reach Phedi (1130 m) from where we will begin our first day trek to Dhampus. The mountains we see from Dhampus include Annapurna South, the Fishtail, Hiunchuli and Lamjung. We spent our first night in Dhampus.
Day 3 - Landruk (1620 m)
5 to 6 hours of walk takes you to Landruk.
we ascend through the forest on a trail which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. Passing through Pothana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deurali (pass). At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, the river which flows out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From Deurali we descend steeply down through forest then contour around through villages and terraced fields to camp in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk, which affords spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Day 4 - Chhomrong (2210)
Descending all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge, our route climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Reaching Jhinu Danda, we take a short break, on which you can enjoy natural hot spring.
Continuing our journey, we reach Chhomrong where we will be staying overnight. The entire day trek takes approximately 6 hours of walk.
Day 5 - Dovan (2600 m)
Around 7 hours of walk from Chhomrong, along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas, we reach our next stop; Dovan where we will be staying overnight.
Day 6 - Trek up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m)
Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is about 8 hours of walk. To reach the base camp, we first require to reach Deurali reached by steep climbing up to a fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave.
Leaving Deurali, we enter the gateway to the Sanctuary. We climb up to the area which is called Machhapuchhre Base camp, a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. In the afternoon we can go up to the ridge behind camp to look down onto the glacier and absorb the distant view of Annapurna 1 & 3, Gangapurna and by straining your neck upwards; the now nearby Fishtail.
Day 7 - MBC to ABC (4130 m)
We have a short trek on this day with a fairly gentle ascent from our camp to Annapurna South Base Camp with a distance of only about 4 kilometers or 2½ miles. Increasingly impressive views reward us for our efforts as we climb the last steep section before reaching the base camp area. The afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya.
Day 8 -Sunrise at ABC and trek back to Bamboo (2400 m)
Get up early in the morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from ABC. After taking breakfast, we start descending from ABC to Bamboo back through MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo.We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. The entire day trek is about 6 hours walk.
Day 9 - Descending to Jhinu Dadha (1760 m)
From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. On this day, get opportunity to enjoy natural hot springs lying just a 20-min walk from Jhinu Danda. The warmth of hot spring relieves your body and lets forget the pain of 6 hours long walk of the day
Day 10 - Trek to Nayapul (1070 m) to Pokhara
Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul is about 6hrs of walking. The path consists of Jhinu Danda to Kyumi village to Syauli bazar and then down to Birethanti. After about an hour trek from Birethanti, and we arrive at Nayapul. Our roving of ABC 12 days trek ends here.
We will be picked you up at Nayapul and approximately an hour of drive takes you to Pokhara. We check in to our hotel late afternoon. Rest of the day is free to wander around lake-side of Pokhara.
Day 11 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take the Prithvi Highway which is approximately 7 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. You can enjoy spa and massage treatments to soothe the body pain from trekking.
Day 12 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey to Annapurna Base Camp has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu. All accommodations are on twin-share basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For our trek, There will be one guide (5 trekkers: 1 guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to Annapurna Region should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)