Annapurna base camp ( Short Trip)
Annapurna base camp trek is the most popular and vibrant trek in Nepal Himalayas. The trek starts from Pokhara in the foothills of the Annapurna and passes through charming villages of Magar and Gurung popular as Gurkha soldier recruits. The lush Rhododendron forest, happy villages and dramatic mountain view within just 8 days or fewer make the trek the most popular. The trek is moderately difficult with trials on a rugged trail.
Annapurna base camp at 4,200m is a tunnel-shaped valley with a 360° view of Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,091m), Tent peak, Fishtail, and others. Melting snow of the gigantic rock faces form a glacier that drains into Modi River. Annapurna I is the tenth highest peak in the world and is the first of the 8,000m peak climbed as early as in 1950.
Extension of dirt road further into the valley made it possible to do the trek comfortably in 8 days. Drive with 4WD to the new trailhead, avoiding the dusty road and trek only in the higher reaches, which are still pristine.
Destination: Annapurna, Nepal
Trip Routes: Pokhara - Ghorepani; Ulleri - Tadapani; Poon Hill - Sinuwa - Deurali - Annapurna Base Camp - Sinuwa - Jhinu Danda - Pokhara
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Altitude: 4200m (13779 ft)
Trip Duration: 8 Day (s)
Trip Grade: Difficult
Season: February to May and September to December
Day 01- Drive to Ulleri (2½ hr / 2,100 m) from Pokhara and trek to Ghhorepani
Day 02- Poon Hill hike (1 hr / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani (5 hrs / 2,500m)
Day 03- Trek to Sinuwa (7 hrs / 2,400 m)
Day 04- Trek to Deurali (7 hrs / 3,300 m)
Day 05- Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4 hrs / 4,200 m)
Day 06- Trek down to Sinuwa (7 hrs)
Day 07- Trek down to Jhinu danda (4 hrs / 1,600 m) and enjoy the natural hot spring
Day 08- Drive back to Pokhara - 3 hrs
Cost and dates
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Day 1 Drive to Ulleri (2½ hr / 2,100m) from Pokhara and trek to Ghorepani
Our guide and porter team will come to pick you up from the hotel as per the agreed time of departure. In a comfortable ‘four-wheel drive’, you will drive west of Pokhara to Nayapul. Leave the Baglung highway and follow the Burungdi River valley on a dirt road. We will register our permits at the crossing of the Modi River at Birethanti. Modi River drains the melting snow from the Annapurna base camp. Drive past Thikedunga village from where the road climbs to the Ulleri village at 2,100 m. We will get the first view of Annapurna I, Huinchuli and Mt Fishtail. The trail from Ulleri climbs gradually through the Rhododendron forest to the ridge-top village of Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Enjoy the magnificent view of snow peaks formed on Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Day 2 Poon Hill hike (1 hr / 3,200m) | Trek to Tadapani (5 hrs / 2,500m)
Ghorepani – Poon Hill is one of the popular short trek destinations in Annapurna. This detour also helps us with acclimatization. In the early morning, hike 1 hr to Poon Hill (3,200 m) for the sunrise view over the Himalayas and climb down to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, trek along the Rhododendron forest to Tadapani and further down to Chuile village. The day’s walk is brilliant through the forests offering a view of snow peaks from its clearings. Lush vegetation with chirping of birds, crystal clear creek, waterfalls under the blue sky make the day outstanding.
Day 3 Trek to Sinuwa (7 hrs / 2,400 m)
Enjoy the view of Annapurna South and Huinchuli from Chuile and head towards the next destination after breakfast. The trail climbs down steeply and crosses the Ghurjung River over the suspension bridge. Then climb gradually through the terrace farms and charming villages to Chhomrong. Chhomrong at 2,100 m is a beautiful village with a close view of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail. After scrumptious lunch in this scenic village climb down on stone steps (about 3,000) to the Chhomrong River and then climb up again on the other side to the Sinuwa village. On the day we pass the permanent settlements and join the main trail to Annapurna base camp.
Day 4 Trek to Deurali (7 hrs / 3,300 m)
The walking further is mostly through the thick Rhododendron forest wedged between steep rockfaces of Annapurna South and Fishtail. We climb down to the Modi River basin and follow the river upstream. Cross the crystal-clear streams over plank bridges and enjoy the magnificent view of Fishtail while walking through the pleasant rhododendron and bamboo forests. At Hinku cave, we come above the tree line and cross the debris-filled floodplain created by avalanches.
Day 5 Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4 hrs / 4,200 m)
At this altitude, the valley widens up and more snow peaks come insight. We will gain the altitude but more gradually. The altitude may make it more difficult but the distance is shorter. So take it slow and steady with a long lunch break at Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) base camp. Climb another hour to Annapurna base camp. Walk to the end of the glacial moraine to hear the growling avalanches and observe the phenomenon of nature.
Day 6 Trek down to Sinuwa (7 hrs)
You will have several opportunities to capture the brilliant pictures animated with daylights and moving clouds. Morning lights turn Annapurna, from pink to red and orange. Observe the sunrise view over the snow peaks in 360 degrees and start walking down to Sinuwa. Walking down is much faster and also gives different perspectives into the valley aligned with snow peaks.
Day 7 Trek down to Jhinu danda (4 hrs / 1,600 m) and enjoy the natural hot spring
We come back to the lively villages with terrace farms and schools. Trek back the same trail as we took up till Chhomrong village and then follow the ridge down to Jhinu Danda. The village gives access to the natural hot spring by the Modi River. The day’s walk is just 4 hrs, giving us enough time to go an relax in the hot spring or use the extra time to walk slowly back from the base camp.
Day 8 Drive back to Pokhara - 3 hrs
Trek about 3 hrs in the morning to Syauli bazaar and drive back to Pokhara.
- Valid passport
- 2 extra passport size photos
- Photocopies of passport and visa form
- Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
- Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
- Sleeping bag
- Headlight with batteries
- Water bottles
- Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items:
- Sun hat or scarf
- warm fleece hat
- Black Sunglasses
- Weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down vest or jacket
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof pants
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)
- Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
- toothpaste/brush set;
- hand sanitizer gel
- 1 synthetic towel
- First-Aid kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium)
- Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
- cold medicine.
- antibiotics for stomach infection
- anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
- water purification tablets
This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
2. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
3. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.