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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Short Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered one of the popular and best trekking routes in the world, and quick Annapurna Base Camp is a short and quick hike into the Annapurna region. The trail is filled up with great views of peaks like Mt. Annapurna (8019m)- the 10th highest in the world, likewise Gangapurna (7454m), Machhapuchhre ‘ Mt. Fisht tail (6999m) and other mountains in the region. Hiking into the Annapurna’s is on the bucket-list of every keen trekking enthusiasts from round the globe and to be rewarded with it’s unmatched natural beauty. The trekking routes are blessed with great landscapes passing thru remote valleys, ancient settlements, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, rhododendron & pine forests.  The final goal of the trek is to reach Annapurna Base Camp located at an altitude of 4,130 meters.

The quick trek into the Annapurna Base Camp starts from Pokhara and driving towards Kyumi located below the Gandruk Village and begin the hike. The gradual ascends leads to Chhomrong, Dovan, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and eventually arrive at the Annapurna Base Camp. The trekking is ideal for those who are into natural beauty, mystifying mountains and see the local culture & traditions. With these amazing features, quick trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a go for anyone traveling with limited time-frame and also get to enjoy the trekking in one of the best trekking routes in the Himalayas has to offer.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness majestic views of the world’s highest mountains series onboard flight to Nepal
  • Enjoy sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley various UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  • View spectacular panorama of Mt. Annapurna range alongside other adjacent peaks
  • Explore Annapurna Base Camp with great view of Mt. Annapurna
  • Hike through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc
  • Explore Annapurna Conservation Area with varieties of floras and faunas 
  • Discover the local culture and traditions with ethnic people

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu & fly to Pokhara

Day 02 : Drive to Kyumi (Below Ghandruk) by jeep, and trek to Chhomrong (2170m)

Day 03 : Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) 5-6 hrs

Day 04 : Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05 : MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) [2-3 Hours] and back to Dovan

Day 06 : Dovan to Jhinu (1760) [5-6 Hours)

Day 07 : Trek back to Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara & further drive or fly back to Kathmandu

Day 08 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara by flight with domestic airport tax.
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by a private vehicle or by flight.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu & fly to Pokhara

After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will transfer you to the domestic terminal closer to the international airport for the flight to Pokhara (25 minutes approx.) Upon reaching Pokhara, check-in hotel and the rest of the time can be spent in exploring Pokhara city or rest at the hotel. O/N at Hotel (Pokhara)

Day 02 : Drive to Kyumi (Below Ghandruk) by jeep, and trek to Chhomrong (2170m)

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive by a jeep from Pokhara to Kyumi passing Nayapul, Siwai and finally arriving at Kyumi which takes about 3 hours. Upon reaching at Kyumi, have a lunch and start the trek uphill to Jhinu Danda for about 3 hours. Further 1 hour hiking will arrive at Chhomrong. O/N at Lodge (Chhomrong)

Day 03 : Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, begin the trek to Dovan passing thru the Modi Khola and entering the wooded slopes of the Himalayas. The trail then crosses a suspension bridge then ascends to Sinuwa Danda. Afterwards, passes thru a dense rhododendron forest and reaches Khuldighar. Furthermore, more descending is required via stony slopes to reach deep Bamboo and another rhododendron forest to finally arrive at Dovan. O/N at Lodge (Dovan)

Day 04 : Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) 5-6 hrs

Follow the trail with gradual ascend above the river thru a dense forest. Then cross two streams passing thru a solitary locations with beautiful landscapes. En-route various wildlife can be spotted like wild pigs, deer or snow leopards.  Later on climb to Hinko cave and after further ascend will reach Deurali. The trail climbs up from Deurali thru the river bed and climbs to the mountain side. Precautions have to be take as there are avalanche prone areas at some points. Then comes Bagar after further hiking and eventually leading to MBC. MBC provides great views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II and Gangapurna. O/N at Lodge (MBC)

Day 05 : MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) [2-3 Hours] and back to Dovan

Today we will be trekking to reach Annapurna Base Camp. We start our expedition enjoying the beautiful sceneries and we will also see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The trail widens up as we enter the sanctuary. We will follow the stream and then climb to small settlement area. We will enjoy the breathtaking view of south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. The ABC offers magnetic view of Himalayas including Machhapuchhere, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other majestic peaks. We then get back to Dovan for the overnight stay.

Day 06 : Dovan to Jhinu (1760) [5-6 Hours)

We have our early breakfast and continue our trek to reach Jhinu. The trail leads uphill through the stone steep to the ridge before reaching Sinuwa. The trail then drops down to a hill from where we ascend to reach Chhomrong. Trekking further we reach Jhinu where we spend overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 07 : Trek back to Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara & further drive or fly back to Kathmandu

The last day of the trek involves walking the right side of Modi Khola to Birethanti for about 5 hours. This walk is considered one of the best and relaxing of the entire ABC trek. Upon reaching Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara which takes about an hour. From Pokhara, there is an option of either driving to Kathmandu (5-6 hrs) or by flight (25 min approx.) O/N at Hotel (Kathmandu)

Day 08 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for Quick Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Though Himalayan rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Kailash can be good during monsoon.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During Quick Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 8 days Quick Annapurna Base Camp Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For Quick Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run Quick Annapurna Base Camp trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Quick Annapurna Base Camp Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 08 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Dec

Max Altitude: 3,700 meters (Annapurna Base Camp)

Daily walking: 4-6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Kyumi/Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People


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