Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 Days

Trip Facts
  • Duration:7 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m
  • Start at: Kathmandu
  • End at: Pokhara
  • Group Size: 1 - 24
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn


  • Annapurna Base Camp is a popular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, famous for its stunning mountain scenery, diverse culture, and terrace farmland.
  • Stunning views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli, as well as the Fishtail (Machhapuchhre).
  • Trekking through charming Magar and Gurung villages and terraced farmlands.
  • Experiencing traditional Nepalese culture, including local festivals and food.
  • Take a hot bath in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Annapurna base camp is surrounded by towering peaks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Experience the amazing journey to the base of Annapurna Mountain within 7 days and make your dream real by exploring the wonders of Himalayan scenery and diverse culture with us.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Overview

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a remarkable journey that takes you to the heart of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This Annapurna short trek itinerary is designed for those who are short on time but still want to experience the splendor and culture of the Himalayas. 

The trip starts with a thrilling drive from Kathmandu to the bustling city of Pokhara, and the next day we must take a short drive to Matque, from where we start our short trek to Annapurna base camp. The trek takes you through traditional Gurung villages and terraced farmlands, surrounded by stunning Himalayan scenery. During this Annapurna base camp short trek, you will have the opportunity to experience traditional Nepalese culture, including local festivals and food, and bathe in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

Major Attraction Of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Pokhara “A Picturesque City”

Pokhara is a Beautiful city known for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Mountain range. It is a picturesque city surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes, including the Phewa and Bagnas Lake which serves as major tourist attractions.

In Pokhara travelers can enjoy the adventure sports like paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Zip Lining, Rafting, kayaking, and trekking, making it the best destination for every adventure seeker. Additionally, Pokhara offers you the opportunity to explore some holy temples, impressive caves, and waterfalls.

Reaching the Base Camp and Stunning View

The best part of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is reaching the Base Camp (4130m). The Annapurna base is surrounded by towering mountains and offers a close view of Mount Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Gangapurna (7455m), and many other peaks. The view of the stunning icefall and Glacier is the best part of the trek. Trekking to Annapurna base camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the perfect place to admire the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Gurung People and Culture

The Gurung people (known as Tamu), are an ethnic group in Nepal. During the trek to Annapurna base camp, you can pass some of the big Gurung villages and you have an opportunity to explore their unique culture and traditions. Gurung peoples have their own language and unique cultural heritage, including traditional dances, music, festivals, and customs.

Gurung people are known for their elaborate weaving skills and create beautiful textiles, such as hand-woven carpets, hats, and shawls, which are in high demand in the local market.

Hot Bath in Natural Hot Springs

The natural hot spring near Jhinu Danda is the popular and best place to relax and have a refreshing experience. The hot springs, made from natural hot water sources, are believed to have therapeutic properties and are believed to cure various ailments. The hot springs are located at the height of 1450m on the side of the glacier river and are surrounded by lush green forests.

Trekkers can bathe in the hot springs, which are open 24 hours a day, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty. This is one of the must-visit places during your journey to Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty and Distance

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a moderate trek to its difficulty level and can be completed in 7 days. Accomplishing the trek to Annapurna requires a certain level of physical fitness as well as mental preparation. Normally people who have utilized hiking and carry some load (4-5 kilogram) can encounter this trip and take up the task on condition. If you are physically fit and do not suffer from any serious illness, then you can prepare yourself for this Himalayan journey.

The ABC trek covers a total distance of approximately 40 km.

Preparation for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

When embarking on the short trek to Annapurna base camp, you must hike on an uneven trail with inclines and declines for 7 days with a day backpack weighing 4-5 kilograms. To ensure that your journey to the Annapurna Himalayas is comfortable, it is essential to prepare yourself in advance. At least one month before the trip commences, it is highly recommended that you plan for 4-5 days of training per week. As oxygen levels decrease at higher altitudes, exercise is crucial for this trip. By exercising and hiking with a load, you will strengthen your legs and muscles.

In addition to physical preparation, mental preparation is also crucial. You should prepare yourself for basic conditions, rapidly changing weather, and the potential for altitude sickness.

Join With Us on This Himalayan Journey of Lifetime

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a memorable experience that offers a unique blend of Himalayan adventure, culture, and natural wonders. Whether you are an experienced trekker or a first-timer, this trek is a must-do trip in Annapurna Nepal for anyone looking to explore the wonders of the Himalayas and People's lifestyle.

Green Society Adventure's expert travel planners have crafted an exceptional itinerary to take you on a seamless journey of exploring the stunning Annapurna region in Nepal. Our team provides unparalleled hospitality and remarkable services, ensuring that your 7-day trekking experience in Annapurna will be an unforgettable memory of a lifetime. 

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We can Customize the trip to suit your interest and help you make it fit your budget. 

Today after breakfast, our journey to Annapurna Himalayas starts with driving to the beautiful city of Pokhara. The drive will take you through valley ridgelines and ravines that wind along precipitous rock ledges and along rivers. Pokhara, one of the most well-known cities in Nepal, is frequently referred to as "the tourist hub" of the nation.

The Annapurna Base Camp is approximately 30 kilometers away from the Pokhara valley, and it is situated right next to the stunning Phewa Lake. You will be taken to your accommodation after arrival in Pokhara. Spend the night in a hotel in Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude:820m/ 2690f
  • Accommodation:Hotel Crystal Palace

From Pokhara, we will take a 2-hour Jeep drive to Matque Phedi, and from there, we will begin our trek to Chhomrong via Jhinu Danda. After crossing the suspension bridge, we reached the small hill town of Jhinu, and we continue our hike uphill for approximately 2 hours to reach Chhomrong. Along the trail, you will also likely come across many donkey caravans used by the locals to carry goods up and down the mountains. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

  • Max. Altitude:2170m/ 7118ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trek today begins with a trail of carved stone steps to Chomrong Khola, and we then cross the suspension bridge and ascend to Sinuwa- a small village surrounded by terraced farms. From Sinuwa, it is a pleasant trek through the pine and Rhododendron Forest to Dovan. We will stop for lunch in Bamboo (a place where there are a few guesthouses) before hiking to Dovan. All along the journey, you can catch amazing sights of the Machhapuchhre Peak and the Annapurna Himal, as well as the Himchuli Peak and the Ghandwarwa Chuli. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

  • Max. Altitude:2570m/ 8430ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Trekking through pine and bamboo forests, you will ascend steadily along the steps for two hours to get to Hinku Cave. The forest then starts to clear up, and the path once again snakes through open ridges with the glacial waterfall on your right and the river flowing below. The trail drops down towards the river again and turns uphill to reach Deurali. The mountain settlement lies just beneath the high rocky mountain from where we can see Machhapucher. We will stay at a guesthouse overnight.

  • Max. Altitude:3230m/10,595ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today we are heading to our dream destination Annapurna Base Camp. Climbing gently alongside the riverbed, we will be making our way over a mountainside toward Bagar. From here, the trail leads to the Machhapuchre Base Camp. The Machhapuchre Base Camp is not considered an actual base camp because climbing the mountain is not permitted.

The last 2 hours of the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp are more challenging due to the elevation gain. The first view of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre Himal, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gandwarwa Chuli, and Gangapurna Peak is spectacular. The Annapurna Sanctuary- a high glacial basin surrounded by a ring of mountains. We can wander around, take some pictures, and embark on the Himalayan journey of a lifetime. Overnight stay at Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude:4130m/ 11250ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From the Annapurna Base Camp, you will retrace your steps towards the small mountain settlement, Bamboo. Trekking through the sanctuary, you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape, where the trail passes over small brooks and rivers and ancient trees shadow the trail overhead. The entire sanctuary is held sacred by the ethnic Gurung people. The trek back towards Bamboo is mostly downhill, so it isn't very difficult. Overnights stay at a guesthouse.

  • Max. Altitude:2310m/ 7576ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tracing your steps back, you will trek uphill from Bamboo towards Kuldighar, from where you will descend again towards the Chhomrong Khola. Climbing the stone steps once again to Chhomrong, you will follow the trail towards Jhinu Danda- a beautiful village that is famous for its natural hot springs renowned for their natural healing properties. After a rest and a hot bath in Jhinu Danda, we drove back to Pokhara. The trip ended with a farewell dinner in Lakeside, Pokhara. 

  • Max. Altitude:1780m/5838ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel Crystal Place
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Route Map
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 Days map
Cost Details
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus (optional: flight or a private vehicle are available with extra cost).
  • Two-night hotels in Pokhara on twin-sharing Basic with breakfast.
  • Pokhara to Matque Phedi to Pokhara transportation.
  • Full board meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse or Lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits as dessert every evening after dinner during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide)
  • Strong local porter to carry a trekker's luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers with limited weight, Max 10kg each trekker)
  • Assistance guide for groups of 7 or above.
  • All salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, drinks, and accommodation for the trekking guide.
  • Trekking equipment: such as a Down jacket, and sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Green Society Adventure's complimentary free T-shirt, and route map (if needed)
  • All necessary paperwork and Annapurna conservation area permits.
  • TIMS Card fee.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes and office service charges.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
Departure Dates
  • The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a 6–7-day trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to the base of the Annapurna South and Himchuli peaks.

  • The best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is from September to November and from March to May. During this time of year, the weather is clear, and the view of the mountains is stunning.

  • Along the trek to Annapurna, we can provide local tea houses and lodges accommodations that are simple but comfortable. The food available is primarily Nepalese, with some basic Western options also available.

  • You will need a comfortably fitted backpack, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect you from the sun. A first-aid kit, a water bottle, and a headlamp are also recommended. Check our trekking equipment list and pick all the essentials.

  • As we must walk on many up and downhill uneven trails, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is considered a moderate trek, and it does require a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparation as well.

  • Well, it is possible to do the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek without a porter, but you must walk on many up and down hills which is hard to hike with your heavy backpack. So, we highly recommend having a porter, especially for first-time trekkers. And normally the porter costs $20 Per day. One porter can carry a backpack (approximately 2o kg) for two trekkers.

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