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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

7 Nights 8 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4130 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Trek through Gurung village of Ghandruk and visit the Gurung Museum.
  • Traverse into the heart of Annapurna region for stunning panoramic views of Annapurna range.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Annapurna south and Mount Machhapuchre from the base camp.
  • Experience sunrise and sunset over the giant Himalayan peaks from the base camp.
  • The major highlights of the trek are Ghandruk village, Annapurna Base Camp, and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Short Annapurna Base Camp trek is an adventure filled expedition which takes you through the wild landscapes to the base of Mount Annapurna (8,091m), the world’s 10th tallest peak. The magnetic beauty of Mount Fishtail and charm of the natural terrain and icy trails greet you along the way. The major highlights of the trek are an Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek will take you through the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk, lush rhododendron forests, and sparse vegetation fields. You will get to enjoy the view of a few waterfalls and icy streams along the way. The rugged terrain and wild natural beauty make you feel rejuvenated. You get to know the traditional culture and way of life of rural Nepalese people. The brightly colored and well-kept tea houses and restaurants are found along the way where you can get good rest and enjoy the traditional Nepalese cuisine. In the evening you will have a good entertainment with singing and dancing in Nepalese folk tunes by our team.

The hike through an icy trail around Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp is quite slippery, so you will have to be careful. Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek walking through the Annapurna region with its stunning view of the huge Annapurna range right in front of you will give you an awesome experience that you are not likely to forget ever. We assure you that you will have a lifetime experience through this trek to Annapurna Base Camp.  

 

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Itinerary

We start with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Early in the morning our guides will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station to catch a bus to Pokhara. During the journey we enjoy the natural landscapes and beauty of hillside. Upon reaching Pokhara we head to hotel and take rest for a while. After that we might roam around the city. We spend the night in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist Bus

From Pokhara, we will drive to Naya Pul early in the morning. Our trek begins from Naya Pul. We then head towards Ghandruk. The village is mostly inhabited by the Mongolian Gurung community. We will have a chance to observe the traditional way of life and cultural richness. We roam around the village and spend the night in a lodge at Ghandruk.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private Car/Walking

We start the trek with the walk through the rhododendron forest enjoying the captivating views around. The walk down ahead is quite rocky so we have to be careful. We then reach the Kimrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge over the river. From there we start the steep ascent to Taulung Danda.The beautiful view of Mount Annapurna South and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) can be observed along the way. We then descend for a while and it’s an easy walk to Chhomrong village. we will stop for the lunch at Chhomrong. After the lunch, we descend via 2200 stone steps past the suspension bridge over Chhomrong river.From here, it is an uphill walk to Sinuwa. We spent the night at a lodge in Sinuwa.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts with a walk over the gentle uphill and downhill trail from Sinuwa. The trail further takes us to Bamboo through beautiful rhododendron forest continues with a climb up to until we reach Dobhan. We then head steep uphill towards Himalaya. We pass through small streams and rivers along the way. Nature adds beauty to the walk and makes forget the tiredness. From here, it is an uphill walk until we reach Deurali. The night will be spent at Deurali.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts with a walk through Bagar, river bank area, and then we will move ahead through the uphill trail. This trail will take us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp, the breathtaking views of mountains around give a sense of sheer joy and excitement. The view of mighty peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and others will give you one of the best experiences. We next head towards ABC. Walking ahead we get to view the huge peak above us. The walk takes us through the icy trail to the base camp. The 360° view of the mountain range from the Annapurna Base Camp gives you the thrilling experience. We enjoy the view and take pictures together. We stay for the night at ABC.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our day with the beautiful view of morning sunrise from ABC. We take pictures of glowing mountain peak highlighted with morning sun’s rays. We then start our walk from ABC back towards Bamboo. We follow the downhill trail we walked before. We walk through the bamboo forest enjoying the natural beauty around and stay the night at Bamboo.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek today starts with the walk uphill and again downhill until we finally reach Chhomrong river. Further ahead, we walk through the stone steps and towards Chhomrong. We then head downhill towards Jhinu Danda. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda we rest for some time. There are hot springs in the area and we will also be giving our body a good rest by enjoying in the hot springs. We head towards hot springs nearby and relax our tired muscles. We stay for the night in a lodge at Jhinu Danda.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is the last day of our trek. We start walking early from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul enjoying the beautiful views around. The trek comes to an end at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we drive back to Pokhara. We spend the night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking / Private taxi

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What's Included

Meal

  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (2 nights twin sharing room at Pokhara).

Staffs & Crew

  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara travel in a private taxi
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.

Permits & Paperworks

  • Trekking permits/TIMS.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card

What's Not Included

  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Accomodation in Kathmandu
  • 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
  • Airfare for domestic and international flights.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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