Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a short trekking trial within Annapurna region. The is the Short edition of Annapurna Base Camp trek that is a perfect for those who want to achieve the Annapurna Base camp trek but are in the constraint of time. It is a popular choice among varied outdoor enthusiasts, may it be a solo female traveler or hikers’ traveling in groups to Nepal as the trail is relatively easy and appealing.
The Trek offers enough time to eyewitness the spectacularly beautiful peaks of all the Annapurna giants that enclose the basin: Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), the Glacier Dome, Gangapurna (7454m), the unclimbed Fang (7647m), and the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare (6997m).
The trek starts at Nayapul about an hour drive from Pokhara. You feel soaked in nature and calm in the heart and soul. The main part of Ghandruk Valley is on the top of the rim, more than 500m above. Colossal rhododendron forests and fine terrace goes on passing through the trail to the Chhomrong village. Its step and more steps until you reach the tiny hamlet of Upper Sinuwa. Then it is a long hard slog into the misty mountains from Sinuwa to Deurali
As you reach the Base Camp, you will be rewarded with the panoramic views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks. The way down to Bamboo from Base Camp, again cross glaciers and then reach Deurali and finally reach to Bamboo where you see Himalayan Thar and other animals. We also pass the famed vantage points for daybreak and mountain views like Poon Hill. The hot water bath in the hot spring of Jhinu Danda is a magnificent experience.
The trekking journey is rich in biodiversity. Annapurna region lies stretching along with Lamjung Himal from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east in central north part of Nepal. So you would not want to miss out on this!!
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: Fly to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft), trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 30 minutes flight, 5 – 6 hours trek
With breakfast done, we prepare for an early morning flight to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Pokhara is a backpacker’s paradise. It’s a fantastic place to chill and relax. Once we reach Pokhara we go on an hour’s drive to Naya Pul. We begin our trek to Ghandruk from Naya pul. Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village with very hospitable people. If we have some spare time we might visit the Gurung museum as well. Overnight in Ghandruk.
DAY 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 5 – 6 hours
The trip from Ghandruk to Chhomrong is one of the best. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre), and Ganggapurna make the trip so much beautiful. It is demanding with steep climbs but equally rewarding. On the first part of the trail we make our way up to Kimrungdanda. From there on we descend quick to Kimrong Khola. From there is a steep climb to Chere Danda. From there it’s a smooth and gentle walk to Chhomrong. Chhomrong rests below the Annapurna massive. The village is very pretty. Overnight in Chhomrong.
DAY 04: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours
Today, we go to Bamboo! Yes, Bamboo. The first part of the trail begins with a descend 2500 steps made of stones onto a bridge over the Chhomrong Khola. The trail now changes to a steep climb to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa we make our way through the woods to Kuldihar. From Kuldihar it’s a gentle downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.
DAY 05: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
It isn’t surprising why the place is called Bamboo. You pass through a dense bamboo forest during the first part of the trail. The journey through the forest is damp, dark, and cold with a few gentle steep sections here and there. The forest soon clears as we reach Himalaya Hotel. The scene is pretty dramatic as the forest opens up, you are greeted by sunlight and down below you a great view of a glacial river. From there we take a steep climb to Hinku Cave. Prepare yourself now for one of the best stretches of the day- the walk to Deurali; the trail goes dramatically close to the river and then goes further away with a steep climb straight up to Deurali. This area is really picturesque. You get brilliant views of the valley with the river below, and rocky cliffs decorated with thin waterfalls above. Overnight in Deurali.
DAY 06: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours
Day 6 begins with a moderate climb over a river bed, the trail slowly turning steeper taking us up to the mountain side. Most part of the trek is moderate except for the part between Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, it can be a bit demanding. All that hard work pays off generously once you reach Machhapuchhre base camp. From Machhapuchhre base camp you can see the Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The views are incredible and magical to say the least; and there’s more to come!
We now walk alongside the great Himalayan giants on our way to Annapurna Base Camp. We enter the Annapurna sanctuary where you can enjoy a sensational view of almost vertical south face of Annapurna. And then it is the base camp. ABC has the best views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other snow-clad giants. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
DAY 07: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
Our journey back starts from today. We follow our steps back to Bamboo from ABC. It is all downhill and easy. We can still enjoy extraordinary scenery and see some views we might have missed! Overnight in Bamboo.
DAY 08: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours
The trail for today is pretty uneven; one moment you are going up, the other, yes, you guessed it right, you are going down, but the scenery will still uplift you! The way is up from Bamboo to Kuldighar. From Kuldigar the trail descends to Chhomrong Khola. And again, we climb up, this time through several stone steps to Chhomrong. And, yes, you know what is coming next, right? We are going down again. The trail descends to Jhinu Danda. And that’s enough of up and down for today! And, there’s a hot spring some fifteen to twenty minutes away from Jhinu Danda! So, enjoy a nice dip at the hot spring and relax for the rest of the evening. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
DAY 09: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Our journey for today ends at the beautiful city of Pokhara. You will spend a relaxing night at Pokhara. Pokhara is a great place to chill, relax, and celebrate! The day starts with a trek to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda. The trek will give you a great look of the mountainous/hilly landscape of Western Nepal. From Naya Pul we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
We will catch an afternoon flight to Kathmandu, where we can do some last-minute souvenir shopping and some celebration! You can also check out some other places in Kathmandu, we will be assisting you with that as well. A farewell dinner is arranged to celebrate your success. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final departure
This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.