Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

Trip Overview

 As having many different routes to Annapurna Base Camp, Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition offers the shortest route to trek to the base of Mount Annapurna. Our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking package provides you to enjoy the best of what the Annapurna Area has. This trek is a perfect adventure holiday for those with limited time to spend in Nepal.

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is a high-altitude glacial basin located north of Pokhara which offers you the magical views of Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna I(8091m), Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhare (6,993m). The Short ABC Trek is protected under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and must get trekking permit from ACAP counter in Kathmandu or Pokhara to enter the area. The highlight of the trip is not only the magical beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan Range but also the rich cultural experience of the Gurung villages and their inhabitants that you meet along the trekking trail.

This most popular adventurous trip starts from Nayapul which is an hour and a half drive from Lake City Pokhara. You are simply going to get the fabulous start through terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests, inspiring mountains, picturesque villages, cascading waterfalls and many more. next, the trek leads to the Annapurna Base Camp through Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Dovan and Machhapuchhre Base Camp. And the trek concludes at Nayapul returning almost the same way.
As being a moderate trek, ABC Trek is preferred by thousands of trekkers every year. However, it is opened throughout the year, the most suitable time for hiking is March to May and September to December. The maximum altitude you will ascend during trek is 4,130m at Base Camp. This is a complete overland tour and involves no flights. Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights can be arranged upon your request on extra cost.

To complete your trek successfully, you do not need any sort of special training. However, your determination, enthusiasm and positive attitude toward your action are obligatory.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist bus (910 m/2,986 ft) 6-7 hrs, 200km, drive

Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950 m/6,398 ft) 1½ hrs drive, 5-6 hrs trek

Day 04: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210 m/7,249 ft) 5-6 hrs, trek

Day 05: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920 m/9,578 ft)  6-7 hrs, trek

Day 06: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,546 ft) 6-7 hrs, trek

Day 07: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2,360 m/7,740 ft) 6-7 hrs, trek

Day 08: Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780 m/5,859 ft)  4-5 hrs, trek

Day 09: Jhinu Danda- Nayapul– Pokhara (910 m/2,986 ft): 5-6 hrs trek, 1½ hr drive

Day 10: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs): 200 km, drive

Day 11: Final departure

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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist bus (910 m/2,986 ft) 6-7 hrs, 200km, drive

After breakfast, around 6:30 am transfer to the Tourist bus station and drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along with the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Arrive Pokhara midafternoon.

Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 1½hrs drive, 5-6 hrs trek

After breakfast, drive through the zigzag road over the middle hills to Nayapul and begin the trek to Birethanti, a prosperous riverside village on the Modi River, which carries the meltwater from the Annapurna South Glacier to the Ganges. Walk upstream through terraced paddy fields to Syauli Bazaar, then cross the suspension bridge and ascend, with breathtaking views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Long-stone staircases bypass a huge landslide and climb to the beautiful village of Ghandruk, with great views of the valley gorge – and tomorrow’s trail.

Day 04: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249ft), 5-6 hrs, trek

The path heads north of the village on an exposed trail past pastures to a ridge, before descending into a green valley and a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. After lunch, the trail climbs out of the valley through stands of rhododendron and oak forest, winding around the hillsides to Chhomrong, with closer views of the giant peaks above.

Day 05: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft), 6-7 hrs, trek

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the charming village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron, and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through the uninhabited forest to Dobhan, later crossing several avalanche chutes before reaching the small village of Himalaya Hotel.

Day 06: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft), 6-7 hrs, trek

As the altitude increases, the forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. The valley walls steepen with the river raging far below. Explore the cave at Hinku before crossing a ravine and major avalanche track prior to reaching Deurali (3,230m/10,598ft). Breathtaking views of the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail heads over a ridge and climbs to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft). Another two hours slow walk up grassy slopes leads to the Annapurna Base Camp on the Annapurna South glacial moraine, beneath the peaks crowning the surrounding ice walls.

Day 07: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740ft), 6-7 hrs, trek

A pre-dawn wakeup call promises unforgettable views and photo opportunities from the rim of the glacier. A circle of peaks from Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to the vast ice wall topped by Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft) and Khangsar Kang towering above you round, to Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. Below, in its U-shaped valley, the glacier grinds relentlessly. After breakfast, retrace your steps slowly down to Sinuwa for a more comfortable night.

Day 08: Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859ft) 4-5 hrs, trek

Today’s route descends to the Chhomrong Khola before climbing the stairs back to Chhomrong. It then descends steeply to Jhinu Danda for lunch and a dip in the hot springs at the river below the village. Today is one of the easy days. After your lunch, walk down to the hot springs to take a natural hot bath, which heals your muscle sore from a week-long trek. Afternoon, walk another half an hour uphill to Jhinu Danda for the overnight stay.

Day 09: Jhinu Danda –Nayapul- Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs trek,  1½hrs drive

Probably, this is the easiest day of the whole trek. The trail from Jhinu to Nayapul is mostly flat followed by Modi River. The trail passes through New Bridge, Kyuimi Village and Syauli Bazaar, Chimrong and Birenthati before we conclude our trek in Nayapul. It is a flat walk through rice paddies and green hills on the side. From Nayapul you will be transferred to Pokhara by a private vehicle. Enjoy another night in this beautiful city before we head to Kathmandu to end up this magical adventure.

Day 10: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs), 200km, drive

After breakfast, transfer to Tourist bus station and 07:30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Arrive at Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00 pm.

Day 11: Final Departure

Transfer to the international airport and fly to the onward destination.

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Service Included: 

  • All airport transfers
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural show
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transport by Deluxe Tourist Coach (Flight and Private Tourist Vehicle could be arranged upon request with an extra charge)
  • Pokhara to Nayapul and return transport by Private Vehicle
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Conservation Area permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (2 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot showers and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Annapurna Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt
  • Farewell dinner

Service not Included:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew
  • All those things that are not mentioned in 'Service Included' section

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Annapurna region is located far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in cities and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Annapurna region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

We believe Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. It has fewer possibilities of suffering from high altitude and thin air. But, it requires inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. You are supposed to have a light backpack for making your admirable trek. Although you have an average health condition, your positive attitude and strong determination can help to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust to the situation. Amazing Nepal cordially requests to have medical checking before you plan to start long trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given an information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.


After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.


Trekking to the Annapurna Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World heritage sites, Conservation areas, National Parks, and restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch


  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)


  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers


  • Gore-tex gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days
Melissa Fox, UK

From the moment I inquire the trip, email communication with Santosh was very quick and clear. He ensured I was across all the necessary information and answered any questions I had. 

From there we were picked up from the airport by our trek guide Kalyan. Kalyan's knowledge of the Himalayas was impeccable. I was one of the slower walkers and never felt rushed or pressured. He is a kind gentleman who ensured our entire group all made Everest Base Camp. 

Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition truly made this Trek a success and can be referred to as "The Dream Team" 

Finally to the unsung hero's the porters, thank you. None of this would have been possible for me without you guys!! 

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days
Natahn Riddle, Australia

I and my friend joined Annapurna Trek trip from Australia and the trek started on at the end of 2017.
It was an amazing experience. The hospitality of Nepalese people, the beauty of nature, friendless of Amazing Nepal Trek staff, feeling the altitude while ascending and then the lightness that you feel while descending from Annapurna BC. 
I believe our guide Jeevan made this trip a special and joyful one, with his team members Rabin and Hari. 

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days
Qi Han c, Singapore

Nirmal, our contact person was extremely helpful and our whole trip, from trip prep to post trip, was very smooth. Our porter, Mr Dev, was very kind and helpful during the trek too, we're very grateful for his guidance and assistance. The whole team was cooperative and flexible despite some last min changes to our plans, and it made our trip a really fruitful and memorable one. Highly recommend this dependable company.


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