Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking - 9 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Cost start: US$ 695 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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Trip Highlights

  • Trek Deep into the heart of The Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Alluring Pokhara
  • Relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of incredible Annapurna Himalayan ranges
  • Diverse ethnic groups: mainly Gurungs and Magars
  • Soak up the traditions and culture of the region
  • Outstanding wildlife and Biodiversity

About Trip

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is a great option to consider if you are looking for an epic mountain experience in Nepal, especially if your time to get up close and intimate with these giants is limited. They say Gods can move mountains and with the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek they have. With new roads being built in the Annapurna region it is now possible to savour Annapurna Base Camp without spoiling anything of the ultimate experience. This Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking itinerary cuts at least a day off the trek and three days for people intending to take in Poon Hill on the way. A good level of fitness helps as trekking days are slightly longer compared to the more familiar Annapurna Base Camp itineraries.

A huge ice-clad amphitheater situated at an altitude of 4130 m. Just imagine wrapped tight from the thin biting air, feeling alive from the last few days on the trail and just glad to be here within an almost magical surreal setting. Where the mountains rule, supreme and fearless towering vertically above you. Absolutely stunning views of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7937m), Annapurna IV (7 525m), Gangapurna (7455m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m) magic. With never enough time, unfortunately time moves on and we need to retrace our steps for two days on our way back to more familiar settings. The bonus is its down most of the way with still so much to enjoy as Nepal is hardly mundane.


The day before we commence our journey to the Annapurna Base Camp we spend a night in Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town with perhaps the most spectacular mountain backdrop anywhere in the world. Pokhara is well-known as the starting point for numerous trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna Region. The town has developed into an adventure tourism destination over the last decade, offering everything from Paragliding, skydiving ultra-light flights to zip lining and bungee jumping. Brightly painted wooden boats bobbing up and down on Lake Phewa (Tal) add vibrant colors to the verdant green foothills that surround the town.

Hot Springs:

Our last night is spent at Jhinu Danda where we relax in a series of hot spring fed pools set deep in the Modi Khola. The Short Annapurna Base Camp trekking won't be completed without stopping at the Jhinu Hot Springs. The next day is an easy one just a short 15-20 minute hike down to the bottom of the Modi Khola River and on to Sewai where we take our transport back to our hotel in Pokhara.

Perhaps it is only when you are back relaxing in Pokhara, you are able to take in the full impact of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking and just what it has meant for you.

In case you are not convinced with Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek then you may also have a look at the newly opened Mohare Danda TrekShort Annapurna Circuit Trek and more.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (7-8 hrs)

Day 03: Drive to Jhinudanda 4 hrs then trek to Sinuwa ( 2360 m, 4 hrs).

Day 04: Sinuwa to Himalaya (2920m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 05: Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m, 7 hrs)

Day 06: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m, 7 hrs)

Day 07: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m, 6 hrs) then drive back to Pokhara.

Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 - 8 hrs)

Day 09: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport picks up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with Breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Two-night stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such as Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag during the trek
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Return travel by taxi/jeep between Pokhara to Sewai
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement if needed
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc.)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied then please feel free to customize the way you prefer.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

One of our team will greet you at the airport for the transfer to your Hotel where there is time to relax. Your guide will meet everyone in the hotel reception for a welcome meeting at a convenient time depending on arrival times. For those that wish, there is the chance to go out together as a group for dinner afterwards something we like to do with new guests. There are no other activities planned for today. Depending on your arrival schedule you will have time to get around the bustling bazaar, the hotels we use are normally situated in the lively Thamel area. There is a feast of outdoor gear, souvenir shops, great bookshops and a huge variety of restaurants, it's a great place to wander through and get your bearings.

Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (7-8 hrs)

Day 03Drive to Jhinudanda 4 hrs then trek to Sinuwa ( 2360 m, 4 hrs).

Day 04Sinuwa to Himalaya (2920m, 6-7 hrs).

Day 05Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m, 7 hrs)

Day 06Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m, 7 hrs)

Day 07Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m, 6 hrs) then drive back to Pokhara.

Day 08Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 - 8 hrs)

Day 09Departure

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Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews


An amazing trek in ABC


Since beginning of conversations by email, Rajesh has been quick responding and quite helpful to us. Everything was very well organized beforehand and we were well taken care since the moment we land in Kathmandu. We (my partner and myself) booked the ABC trek as described on their website, but with the difference that after the trek we went to Chitwan on our own instead of going back to Kathmandu by bus. Before starting the trek, Rajesh sat down with us and went through a checklist to make sure we had everything we would need for the trip. We borrowed a pair of sleeping bags, which were quite useful in the end. Dream City in Kathmandu and Crystale Palace in Pokhara are the hotels that the agency booked for us. During the trek accommodations are not usually booked beforehand. Agencies only do it for big groups with fixed programs. The advantage is that it gives you flexibility to adapt the program as per your pace. The downside is that on high season some days you may have to share a dormitory or walk a bit further to the next village to find a place to stay. We were lucky to have Prakash as a guide and Dilliram as our porter for our journey. Prakash was always attentive and looking after us at any time. He is very friendly, curious and likes to joke. It was nice to share with him many experiences, get to learn about each other cultures, and play some Nepal games at the teahouses. Dilliram our porter, always happy, was like a second guide to us. He is passionate about nature and never hesitates to stop to tell us something about a plant or an animal we came across. Sometimes he would even stop to show us pictures taken from his mobile, to let us see how the landscapes we were walking by looked like a few weeks ago when the clouds were not there! Many thanks to the Nepal Trekking Experts team for ensuring that our dreamed trip to Nepal went smoothly and successfully. Looking forward to come back. All in all, if you decide to go through an agency, this one is a safe bet for your journey.

, Spain

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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