With majestic mountains in the backdrop, the trail leads to Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 9 Days

Recommended by 99% of travelers
Duration9 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeEasy
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Maximum Altitude4130 m
Group SizeAny
StartsPokhara
EndsPokhara
Travel StyleTrekking

Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a tailored program of the standard ABC 14-day trek. This trekking program is perfect for young and fit individuals who can walk long hours. Likewise, it is also a budget-friendly trek package, and you can complete it in less than 10 days. The journey allows you to explore the wilderness of the Annapurna Sanctuary and witness surreal mountain vistas.

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek takes travelers on an adventurous hike through the Annapurna Himalayas. You will walk up to the base camp of the tenth tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft), on this trek. Not only that, the trail also offers views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), the seventh-highest mountain on Earth.

If you are looking for a quick trip in the Himalayas, then the Annapurna Base Camp Trek (9 days) is one of the fantastic options. The trekking route is moderately challenging, so you can tackle it with a bit of physical preparation. Likewise, there is no requirement for previous high-altitude experience to join the short ABC trek.

Highlights

  •  Witness stunning views of the seventh and tenth-highest mountains in the world
  •  A perfect short Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary for trekkers bound by time
  •  Traverse through lush forests and beautiful mountain villages, enjoying diverse landscapes
  •  Meet with different communities and get to see their daily lifestyle
  •  Come across many species of flowers, birds, and butterflies along the trail
  •  Cross-thrill suspension bridges and enjoy the serenity of the Annapurna Himalayas
  •  Spend a night at the Annapurna Base Camp and enjoy natural hot springs
  •  Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara, the two biggest cities in Nepal

What to expect during this trek?

This multiple-day hike allows trekkers to escape from the sounds of the city and rejuvenate their souls and minds. The Annapurna Base Camp short trek is doable but not easy. So, it will challenge your mind as you traverse diverse climatic zones, following rugged terrain. You will enjoy nature, unwind, and explore picturesque villages.

Spend your first night in Ghandruk village (1,940 m/6,364 ft), home to Gurungs and Magars. As the trail continues, you will meet with many other communities like Chhetris, Brahmins, and Thakalis. Get to see their lifestyle and relish their warm hospitality. With the rise in elevation, the services in the lodges get limited and expensive.

Incredible mountain views and diverse scenery make the trek even more fantastic. Apart from Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, you will see Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m/22,703 ft), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m/23,406 ft), Hiunchuli Himal (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), and numerous others.

The Annapurna Base Camp short trail is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trekking route goes through forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, bamboo, etc. Discover many alpine flora and vegetation. Likewise, you may get to see wildlife and different species of birds and butterflies on the way.

Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, you will spend the night at the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,550 ft) during this trek, which makes it much more special. The trail also passes by the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and you may get to enjoy natural hot springs if you pass by Jhinu Danda.

Annapurna Base Camp short-trek itinerary

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara along winding, lush hills. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region and is very loved by tourists. From here, you will drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk. The trail then ascends to the Himalaya Hotel via Chhomrong village.

Further, enter the Annapurna Sanctuary and follow a rugged, narrow trail to the Annapurna Base Camp. Spend a night at the base camp and wake up the next morning, enjoying a jaw-dropping sunrise. From here, the trail descends to Siwai via Bamboo and takes you back to Pokhara. This itinerary is short but gives you ample time to acclimatize.

Who can do the short Annapurna Base Camp trek 9 days?

Travelers looking for a quick ABC itinerary and limited time should consider the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. As several hours of walking are required every day, the trekkers have to be fit to join the Annapurna Base Camp short trek.

Similarly, if you have any illnesses that may be triggered by the high altitude, you should consider meeting your doctor before joining this trek. Overall, students, families, friends, solo trekkers, female trekkers, couples, and colleagues can do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek.

What preparation is required for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek?

To prepare for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek, start exercising at least 4 to 6 weeks before the trek begins. Cardio and strength training should be your major focus. It will help you build the stamina and endurance needed for the trek.

Likewise, go on regular long walks, and if possible, do a few day hikes as well. Similarly, the Annapurna Base Camp short trek also challenges you mentally. Get a better understanding of the trail and facilities in the lodges to not get disappointed later during the trek.

Packing for the ABC trek

We have made a packing table for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek. You will need all the things mentioned in this table during the trek. As per your budget, you can buy or rent trekking clothes and gear. Renting option is available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Likewise, it is also better to buy clothes and gear for the trek in Nepal to get a better price.

Trekking Clothes Gear Toiletries and First Aid Miscellaneous
Underwear, dry tees, t-shirt, trekking shirt and pants, thermal wear, raincoat and pants, down jacket, fleece jacket, windbreaker, socks, scarf, gloves, sun cap, beanie, etc Trekking boots, normal shoes/slipper, day pack, sleeping bag, rain cover for the bag, trekking poles, water bottle, sunglasses, etc Sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, wet wipes, sanitizer, toothbrush & paste, soap, shampoo, comb, bandage and spray for sprained joints, band-aid, cotton, insect repellent, antiseptic cream, electoral powder, general medicine, etc

Adapter, spare batteries, power bank, charger, camera, LED torch, traveler knife, passport, visa, travel insurance, permits, photo, cash, snacks, water purification tablets, journal & pen, etc.    

Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Why trek to Annapurna Base Camp with us?

Trekking in the Himalayas might sound like a big thing, and it is, but with our support, you can do any trek, including the Annapurna Base Camp short trek, without any worries. Our team will organize the trek for you and your loved ones. We will arrange the logistics and permits.

While we take care of all the details, you can focus on preparing for the trek and enjoying it. During the Annapurna Base Camp short trek booking, our team will assess your fitness and help you get ready. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Not to mention, our Annapurna Base Camp short trek price is the best in the market. You can do this 9-day trek for just USD 990 per person. Moreover, we are giving a seasonal discount, so you can book Annapurna Base Camp short trek 2024 for just USD 790 per person. We are transparent with our prices, and there are no hidden costs.

Itinerary

A 9-day itinerary is a great option for individuals with a tight schedule to see the best parts of this adventure. This route normally involves 6 days of hiking and begins and ends in Pokhara, the entrance to the Annapurna area. While you hike, you'll travel through quaint towns, verdant forests, and picturesque vistas while taking in the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. The walk also offers the chance to learn about different cultures because you'll have the chance to speak with locals and get a glimpse into their way of life.

Overall, even with a short amount of time, the 9-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a fantastic way to see the wonder and adventure of the Himalayas.

Trip PlanExpand all
01Day

On your arrival day, our team will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. For a smooth hotel transfer, we use a private four-wheeler as per the group size. Our representatives will help you with the luggage.

Settle in the hotel. As your hotel is in Thamel, there are many cafes and restaurants in that area where you can grab a bite. In the late evening, we will meet for a welcome dinner.

Max. Altitude: 1400 mMeals: Welcome DinnerAccommodation: 3 star Hotel
02Day

Drive distance: 205 km/127 miles

Altitude: 820 m/2,690 ft

Duration: 6-7 hours

The ABC short trek begins with a scenic ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will travel in a tourist standard bus that will make the journey comfortable.

The route offers beautiful sceneries of lush green hills, terraced fields, rivers, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. Spend the evening enjoying the peace of Phewa Lake and the bustle of Lakeside Market.

Max. Altitude: 850 mMeals: Breakfast, Lunch.Accommodation: 3 star hotel
03Day

Trek distance: 8.6 km/5.3 miles

Altitude: 1,940 m/6,364 ft

Duration: 1.5 hours drive driving and 3 hours of trekking

After breakfast, drive to Nayapul. It is a short drive along the countryside. From Nayapul, begin trekking following lush foothills and gradually ascend via rhododendron and bamboo forests to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a famous Gurung village. Here, you will visit the Gurung Museum and get to see lovely mountain views.

Max. Altitude: 1940 mMeals: B-L-DAccommodation: Basic Mountain Lodge-Tea Houses
04Day

Trek distance: 9.8 km/6 miles

Altitude: 2,170 m/7,119 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

Leaving Ghandruk, you will trek following the bank of the Modi river. The trail ascends along the river bank and further climbs towards huge boulders. Cross a bridge over the Kimrong river and continue trekking on a steep trail that leads to Jhinu Danda. Here, you can take a short break to enjoy natural hot springs. Further, trek to Chhomrong to spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 2170 mMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Basic Mountain Lodge
05Day

Trek distance: 12 km/7.4 miles

Altitude: 2,920 m/9,580 ft

Duration: 6/7 hours

Leaving Chhomrong, descend to Chhomrong river. Cross the river via a suspension bridge and keep trekking via lush forests. The trail ascends to Sinuwa and takes you to Khuldigar.

Enjoy the stunning view of Annapurna and Fishtail on the way. Further, you will trek past a settlement called Bamboo and trek via dense forests to the Himalaya Hotel.

Max. Altitude: 2920 mMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Basic Mountain Lodge
06Day

Trek distance: 12.5 km/7.7 miles

Altitude: 4,130 m/13,550 ft

Duration: 5 hours

Today, you will reach the Annapurna Base Camp. From the Himalaya Hotel onwards, you will trek via a narrow gorge that goes along the Modi Khola Glacier valley. It is a forested route. Soon, you will come across the Hinku Cave.

From here, the trail enters the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ascend to the Mount Machhapuchhre Base Camp and follow a narrow, steep route to ABC. Witness jaw-dropping mountain views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Pisang Peak, Manaslu, etc.

Max. Altitude: 4130 mMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Basic Mountain Lodge
07Day

Trek distance: 14 km/8.6 miles

Altitude: 2,310 m/7,578 ft

Duration: 6 hours

Wake up early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise. After that, have breakfast and continue trekking back to Bamboo. Leaving the base camp, follow the same trail and get out of the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, you will descend to the Himalaya Hotel and trek through dense forest to Bamboo.

Max. Altitude: 2310 mMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Basic Mountain Lodge
08Day

Trek distance: 8 km/5 miles

Altitude: 1,500 m/4,921 ft

Duration: 3/4 hours trek, 2 hours drive

You will trek from Bamboo to Siwai via lush forests and some small settlements. The mountain views are fantastic along the way. From Siwai, you will take a short drive back to Pokhara.

You have the remaining day free in Pokhara. Rest and enjoy your time here. Explore local markets or visit tourist sites like Davis Falls and Gupteshwor Cave.

Max. Altitude: 1500 mMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: 3 star hotel
09Day

Drive distance: 205 km/127 miles

Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ft

Duration: 6-7 hours

On this day, you will drive back to Kathmandu. The route is the same as before. You can also opt for a quick 25-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu by paying a few extra bucks.

Spend the remaining day in Kathmandu as you wish. We will meet in the late evening for a farewell dinner. Today is also your last day of the trip.

Route Map
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Map, Trip Route, Variation and Guide
Cost Details
Included
  • Pickups from the airport upon arrival and drops off at the conclusion of your trip by private vehicle.
  • 2 nights of 3 star deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing basis (BB plan).
  • 2 nights of 3 star deluxe accommodation in Pokhara twin sharing basis(BB plan).
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) Permits for the Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP)
  • All required ground transportation by private vehicle to trekking starting and finishing locations according to the schedule
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back (by tourist bus or private car/vehicle)
  • Both way on a private transport from Pokhara to Nayapul (trek start) and Siwai or Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
  • Complete information on the trail before beginning the hike (In Kathmandu or Pokhara)
  • At the conclusion of the trip or trek, a traditional Nepali meal celebrating Nepalese culture 
  • During the trek, full board is provided (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • On the walk, only evenings were spent at neighborhood teahouses or lodges (Twin sharing basis)
  • For a minimum party size of two individuals, a licensed, seasoned English-speaking trekking guide (local guide) or porter (strong local sherpa) will be given to carry your stuff (2 Guest Sharing 1 Porter)
  • A first aid kit for health
  • Foods, Accommodations and local tax for Guide/Guide cum Porter/Porter
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available on a hire
Excluded
  • International flight tickets to Nepal and back
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fees - On Arrival Visa Fee (15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD)
  •  Lunch & dinners in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Any type of drink (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc.) and bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot showers, WIFI, and all electronic battery charges are exclusively available while trekking.
  • Tips and gratitude to your guide, porters, guide cum porter, and drivers
  • Additional nights' lodging or meals in Pokhara/Kathmandu due to an earlier arrival, later departure, or earlier return from trekking (for any reason) than the specified itinerary
  • Your travel insurance (Travel insurance)
Dates & Availability
US$990
Starts: Aug 28, 2024Ends: Sep 05, 2024
Guaranteed

Below is our trek cancellation/refund policy:

  1. You will get a full refund if the trip is canceled by the company because of unforeseen circumstances.
  2. If the trek is canceled by you, you will get a refund after deducting the cancellation charge. Check out our terms and conditions for more information.
  3. If you fail to join the trek, inform us within 48 hours to claim a refund. You will get the refund after deducting all the incurred expenses

For this trekking, you will be given an English-speaking guide cum porter if your reservation is made for a lone traveler. On the other hand, we accept your reservations for this trekking's daily departure all year round. For ABC, we offer trekking for individuals, small groups, or mixed groups. Only during the year's major seasons is group membership feasible.

Additional Info

Annapurna Base Camp short trek permit and fee

You will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and a TIMS Card to do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek. The permit fees are included in our Annapurna Base Camp short trek cost. Likewise, our team will help you obtain the permits.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit cost for SAARC nationals: NPR 200 per person
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit cost for other countries: NPR 3000 per person
  • TIMS Card for SAARC nationals: NPR 600 per person
  • TIMS Card for other countries: NPR 1000 per person

Guide and porter during the trek

We provide the best crew for your Annapurna Base Camp short trek in Nepal. Our knowledgeable native guides and porters take care of your safety and comfort during the trek. You will trek with a seasoned trekker with extensive information about the ABC trail and the locals. He will monitor your health and guide you through acclimatization.

Likewise, he will also assist you in mingling with the villagers and share insight into the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Similarly, the porter will help you with duffel bags. He will safely transport your belongings from one village to another. The laughter, stories, and companionship shared between you and our guide/porter will make the journey very special.

What is the best time to do the short Annapurna Base Camp trek?

For favorable weather and stunning mountain views, you should do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Spring and autumn have predictable weather, with a mild climate in the Himalayas. This makes trekking safe and delightful.

The rhododendrons and lush vegetation decorate the lower part of the trail. Rivers, streams, and waterfalls are in their best condition. Bright, long days allow you to relish the views to the fullest. You may also get to be part of Nepalese festivals during these seasons. Crisp air and mild temperatures make trekking phenomenal.

Travel insurance for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek

Travel insurance is essential for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek. It is a remote journey via rugged, steep terrain with no transportation/health infrastructure. There are chances of injuries and altitude sickness during the trek. Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation coverage is needed for emergencies.

With travel insurance, you can trek freely, as the insurance will be your backup. It will allow you to get immediate assistance from the rescue team in unseen circumstances. Without travel insurance, you have to pay first for the service, which may not be ideal in an emergency.

What is the altitude sickness risk on this trek? How do avoid it during the ABC short trek?

The risk of altitude sickness during the Annapurna Base Camp short trek is lower than other treks around the Himalayas. The ABC trek route gradually ascends, allowing proper acclimatization before you reach the base camp. Likewise, the highest point touched during this trek is 4,130 meters (13,550 ft).

Compared to other famous treks, it is quite low. Not only that, our guide will also monitor your health and provide you first aid if you see any symptoms like headache, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, etc. Follow our below suggestions to avoid altitude sickness during the ABC trek:

  • Do not rush during trekking. Try to maintain your pace.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Take frequent quick breaks to catch your breath and drink water.
  • Eat nutritious food. Include ample carbohydrates in your meals for ample energy.
  • If you feel sick or see any symptoms of altitude sickness, inform your guide and take medicine.
  • Listen to your body, and do not overexert yourself.

Accommodation and meals during the Annapurna Base Camp short trekking

The accommodation during the short Annapurna Base Camp trek is the lodge. The trail is dotted with basic lodges where trekkers have meals and spend nights. The lodges offer simple but clean and comfortable rooms. Rooms are twin-shared, and washrooms are also common in many places. Single rooms and private washrooms are available in selected places.

You will get a clean blanket for the night, but it may not be enough. So, carry a sleeping bag with you. Dining is the common area where you can spend time with fellow trekkers. Services like charging, WiFi, and hot showers cost extra money in lodges. Budget some money for your personal expenses during the trek.

You will find a variety of food options in the lodges. Our package includes three meals a day during the trek. For breakfast, toast, omelets, oats, muesli, porridge, pancakes, chapati, etc are common. Likewise, for heavy meals, you will get dal bhat, momo, thukpa, Sherpa stew, fried rice, rice with curries, porridge, soups, noodles, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, etc.

How do I book the Annapurna Base Camp short trek in 2024, and what is the cancellation/refund policy?

To book the Annapurna Base Camp short trek, click here. We have a slick and easy booking system that allows you to book this adventurous trek in a couple of minutes. If you have any questions regarding the Annapurna Base Camp short trek or wish to customize the itinerary, feel free to get in touch with us.

FAQs

You can reach the Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara in 4 days of walking. Likewise, a general Annapurna Base Camp trek package from Kathmandu can go from 9 to 14 days.

No, the Annapurna Base Camp short trek is not easy but doable if you have decent fitness. It is an adventurous trek and involves long hours of walking via rugged terrain.

Yes, a beginner can do the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) short trek. However, they have to physically train themselves before the trek starts. Good stamina and core strength are required for the ABC short trek.

Yes, the Annapurna Base Camp short trek is worth doing because you will get to witness stunning mountain views on this trek and also the daily lifestyle of the locals. The trek takes you away from the bustle of the modern world and challenges your body and mind. The Annapurna Base Camp short trek also helps you digitally detox and unwind.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek route is moderately challenging. The trail ascends and descends throughout the way. This trek is definitely not easy but very doable if you put in the effort.

Annapurna Base Camp trail is one of the famous trek routes in Nepal, so the trekking route sees a huge number of trekkers every year. You may come across fellow trekkers frequently during the peak trekking seasons, but it doesn't hinder the journey and the experience you will get.

There is no age limit for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The basic requirement is the participant should be fine with mountainous surroundings and high altitude. Trekkers below 16 years old can do ABC trek with an identified guardian.

Yes, you can sleep at the Annapurna Base Camp. Off the glacier, there are a few lodges that allow trekkers to sleep at the base camp of Mount Annapurna. The temperature can be below sub-zero, so you must carry a sleeping bag.

The Annapurna Base Camp short trek package costs around USD 1,250 to USD 2,500 and above per person. Likewise, you will need to budget additional money for travel insurance, international flights to/from Kathmandu, visa fees, shopping, tips, etc.

No, you cannot do the Annapurna Base Camp short trek alone. Trekking alone in the Annapurna region is banned from 2023 April 1st. This also includes the ABC trek.

During the Annapurna Base Camp short trek, you have to wear proper trekking clothes and use gear such as trekking poles and sleeping bags. You can buy or rent good quality trekking clothes and gear in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

To do the Annapurna Base Camp trekking, you have to get sturdy trekking boots. Do not wear brand-new trekking boots. Instead, get used to your boots before the trek starts to avoid blisters.

Yes, you will need a nice sleeping bag for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek. Get a sleeping bag that is rated around -6ºC or -10ºC. If you are on a tight budget, you can rent a sleeping bag in Kathmandu or Pokhara at just USD 2 to USD 3 per day.

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