Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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11 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers an excellent opportunity to experience the High Mountain and low land village climate and culture because of the diversity in the region in terms of both, landscapes and ethnic group living in the region and along the trail. Some of these ethnic groups are Gurung, Magar, and Thakali. Bharal Adventure’s travel planners have researched thoroughly before creating this trekking holiday. Himalayan walking activity is definitely an intrepid act to do. Therefore embark today for the mesmerizing walking holiday in Nepal.

Annapurna is a Sanskrit word for “goddess of harvest” and she is one of the most revered goddesses in Nepal. The massif also holds sacred connotations to Hindus in Nepal and adjoining areas. Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers this spiritual journey to the goddess of Mountains.

One of the most frequented treks in Nepal, it is a tremendous opportunity to witness the breathtaking views of the enchanting Himalayas and awe-inspiring sunrise that would remain alive in your memories for years to come tempting you to come return to the embrace of the Himalayas. The journey to this mountain has been popular because of the enthralling experience of forests, animals, birds, villages, stream, and the Himalayas.

The best time for the trek is September – November, and March to May. Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is accompanied by blooming rhododendron flowers, sights of endangered animals such as pika, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, snow leopards and tigers in the lush forests. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. always works relentlessly for the sustainable tourism in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal at Annapurna region is the splendid journey and authentic taste of Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (910m/29,85 ft) then trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1,495m/4,905 ft): 25min flight, 5 hrs trek
  • Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350 ft): 7 hrs
  • Day 04: Hiking –Poon Hill (3,210m/10,528 ft), trek to Tadapani (2,500m/8,200 ft) Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,310m/7,575 ft): 6 hrs
  • Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3,150m/10,330 ft): 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,210m/13,810 ft): 5 hrs
  • Day 08: ABC to Bamboo (2,310m/7,575 ft): 7 hrs
  • Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (hot spring) (1,780m/5,840 ft): 6 hrs
  • Day 10: Jhinu Danda to Kathmandu (1,370m/4,495 ft): 5 hrs walk, 1 hr drive and 25min flight
  • Day 11: Farewell
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
A representative from Bharal Adventure will greet and accompany the guest from the airport to their hotel. The guests are briefly explained about the program they will be participating on.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (910m/29,85 ft) then trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1,495m/4,905 ft): 25min flight, 5 hrs trek
A scenic flight from Kathmandu will take us to Pokhara where we can enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Mountains and peacefulness of the tranquil lakes which also gives Pokhara its name as Lake City. From Pokhara, we will take a 42km drive to Naya Pul via Lumle village from where a walk of about 20 minutes will proceed up to Birethanti. From here, the trail traversing through bamboo forests, large waterfall and swimming hole takes us to Ramghai where lunch will be served. After the relaxing lunch, a gradual climb along the trail up on the side of the valley is followed which takes us to Tikhe Dhunga.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350 ft): 7 hrs
Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site, we walk from Tikhe Dhunga ascending a steep stone staircase of about 3300 steps to a large Magar village of Ulleri at 2,080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields taking us to a camp site for rest and water stop after an hour’s walk. The trail crosses two sparkling streams before making a short final climb to Nangethati where we will be stopping for lunch. Thanti is a Nepali word for “rest house”. From here, we will climb to Ghorepani at 2,850m where we will be welcomed by the picturesque sight of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,441m) and Tarke Kang (7,193m).
Day 04: Hiking –Poon Hill (3,210m/10,528 ft), trek to Tadapani (2,500m/8,200 ft) Duration: 6 hrs
An early morning climb along the steep trial to the view point in Poon Hill (2,310m/10,529 ft) will be rewarded with the sunrays glistening over the bravura mountains. One of the most popular trekking destinations of Annapurna Region, it is endowed with astonishing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than twenty of the highest mountains including the up-close view of the Annapurna and Dhaularigi ranges. It is a perfect spot for capturing the high mountains looming in the backdrop glistening with the morning light in the camera and beating the chill with some hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Breakfast awaits us as we follow the trail back to Ghorepani. We then head east climbing a nearby ridge and descending through the rhododendron forests passing on our way, the spectacular waterfalls as we arrive in Tadapani.
Day 05: Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,310m/7,575 ft): 6 hrs
We descend down from Tadapani Gurjung enjoying the views of the upper Modi valley as we move along the path ascending high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. Passing through the village of Chhomrong that is nestled at the base of Himal Chuli, we descend down until we reach Chhomrong Khola from where we follow the trail that gradually climbs up towards Sinuwa.
Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3,150m/10,330 ft): 6 hrs
We walk for about two and half to three hours to reach Kuldi Ghar from where few meter walk will take us to a clearing in the forest that comprises of a route going very steeply down a bank f rock and then levels out. The trail runs through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge and always stays on the west side of the river. Passing the pasture of Tomo, we come to the very neck of the gorge at pantheon Barah which accommodates a small trail and a shrine. From here, we follow the trek that climbs to the Himalaya until we reach Deurali where we end our day’s journey.
Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,210m/13,810 ft): 5 hrs
Climbing the trail past the base area of the virgin mountain Machhapuchhre (3,700m), we will ascend towards the Annapurna Base Camp. No one is allowed to scale Machhapuchhre which is why it could still be called a virgin mountain. The area in which this magnificent mountain is nestled on is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. The day’s trek could either be ended here or further two hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp could be continued from where the backdrop looks mesmerizing. The night is spent at the base camp.
Day 08: ABC to Bamboo (2,310m/7,575 ft): 7 hrs
From here, we will be retracing our trail of the day before as we descend down to Bamboo. The trail drops by 1,700m to the bank of Modi Khola on the way to Bamboo where few teahouses and lodges are available for overnight stay.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (hot spring) (1,780m/5,840 ft): 6 hrs
Today we will be descending down to Chommrong following the same trail that we took to ascend to ABC. As we pass Khuldighar, we will move towards experimental sheep farm tracing the trail through rhododendron and bamboo forests that descends to Jhinu hot spring where we will relieve all the stress and exhaustion of the journey. The bath at natural hot spring in Jhinu is the best way to beat the anxiety of the expedition.
Day 10: Jhinu Danda to Kathmandu (1,370m/4,495 ft): 5 hrs walk, 1 hr drive and 25min flight
Following the trail along the right side of Modi Khola for five hours from Jhinu, we will arrive at Birethanti. This walk is one of the most relaxing of the entire trek. From here, twenty minutes walk will take us back to Naya Pul from where we drive for an hour to get back to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will take the latest available flight Kathmandu.
Day 11: Farewell
The guests shall be taken to the airport approximately three hours before there scheduled flight by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure.
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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from Chinawhich are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:


  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket


  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)


  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash


  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes following:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 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 guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Cost Excludes

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