The Annapurna base camp trek is a short and rapid trek for people traveling to the Annapurna region. The trek itinerary is also known as the short Annapurna base camp trekking route as it takes you to Annapurna base camp through the direct route. Despite the short time, the trek takes you through the natural beauty and rich culture of the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days which is also one of the most popular treks in Nepal starts from Pokhara. The trek starts after one and a half hour jeep ride to Matkyu and trekking continues through the beautiful Gurung village. The trek gradually ascends to 41000m through the Modi River valley.
The trail will pass through bamboo and rhododendron forest, rocky trails and above the treeline. This trek is a mixed-up of different cultured people, flora and fauna, Himalayan birds and animals and towering Himalayan peaks.
In the peak season, you may have to sleep in a dining room or even share a room with other tourists. Generally, the upper village has only a shared bathroom while lower villages may offer you a room with an attached bathroom. The upper village has no good reception to a local cell phone whereas WIFI facilities are available everywhere.
Overall, Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days guarantees you a magnificent insight into the natural and cultural heritage in the Annapurna region and a lifelong memory in the Himalaya.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days
- Go through the Lush forests of Rhododendrons and oaks.
- Explore typical Gurung villages at Ghandruk & Chhomrong.
- Get the excellent views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.
- See Machhapuchhre Base Camp, fantastic mountain views from Annapurna Base Camp.
- Enjoy hot springs and take a natural bath at Jhinu.
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Detailed Itinerary of 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Early flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk
The first day of your trek takes you on to Pokhara on a flight from Kathmandu which is about 35 min duration. Our staff will pick you up from the airport and you will go through a scenic drive to Kimche via Nayapul. But if you start your trek from Pokhara, you will be picked at your hotel and you will take a drive to Kimchee through Nayapul.
After you reach Kimche you will trek towards Ghandruk which is at an altitude of 2020meters. The walk from Kimche to Ghandruk is only for about an hour. You will explore the beauty of Ghandruk village and interact with the local people of Ghandruk and get a chance to visit the Gurung Museum. You will have a nice view of mountains like Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail, and many more on your way if the weather remains clear. Stay overnight at lodge in Ghandruk.
Day 02: Trek from Ghandruk to through Chhomrong to Sinuwa
The second day of your trek will be an interesting trek of about 6 to 7 hours to Sinuwa which is at an elevation of 2340 meters. You will start your trek from Ghandruk. You need to keep your pace as slow as possible as the trail is straight up.
You will trek to Komrong Danda at first and again descend back to Komrong Khola. Then you will again climb up to Chhomrong. You will trek down from Chhomrong and again climb up towards Sinuwa. If the weather remains clear, you will have an amazing view of the mountains and surroundings.
Day 03: Early start at Sinuwa to Bamboo going through Dovan and Himalayan to Deurali
Starting from early morning and observing the greatest view of mountains you will walk towards Bamboo via Dovan and Himalayan, and enjoy the dews-formed environment if the weather remains calm. You will start the trek to Deurali located at an altitude of 3,200m Then after having a light breakfast. The trek to Deurali will take about 6 to 7 hours to complete. While going up the trail you will get a chance to observe the floral and faunal scenario of the Annapurna region. On the way, you will pass through Bamboo forests and spend the rest of the night at Deurali.
Day 04: Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
This is the most awaited day of the trek as you will reach Annapurna Base Camp which is also the destination of our trek. The Annapurna Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,130m and will take about 5 to 6 hours to reach from Deurali. While going through Deurali you will also reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp from where you will have the majestic view of different mountains. You will be able to have the best sunset view as you head towards Annapurna Base Camp if the weather is favorable. You will spend your night in the lap fo Mt. Annapurna.
Day 05: Start from Annapurna Base Camp to MBC to Bamboo through Deurali to Himalayan and Dovan
With an early wake-up, you will have a pleasing sunrise view and an amazing mountain view of different ranges like Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Barahi Shikhar, and Gandharvachuli. After an awesome sunrise view, you will have a delicious breakfast in the Base Camp and trek to Bamboo located at 2,340m from the base camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. It will trek for 6 to 7 hours to reach Bamboo from Annapurna Base Camp which is the final destination of your day.
Day 06: Trek from Bamboo to Sinuwa through Chhomrong to Jhinu
After having a light breakfast in the morning the trek of the day starts. You will trek from Bamboo to Jhinu via Sinuwa, and Chhomrong for 4 to 5 hours. Going through the Chhomrong village you will reach Jhinu which is at an altitude of 1,690m from sea level. You will enjoy the natural hot spring and stay overnight in Jhinu.
Day 07: Trek from Jhinu to Kyumi/Siwai and drive to Pokhara
You will trek from Kyumi/Siwai which will take 3 to 4 hours. From Kyumi/Siwai, you will drive to Pokhara which is at an altitude of 1400 meters.
Pokhara is the final destination of your trip.
Challenges During Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days
Mountainous trails are not smooth and straight and might add a lot of ups and downs which isn’t so easy. However, this trek does not require any specific level of health and fitness requirements. But to complete the entire trek requires good stamina and patience.
Exhaustion during long trips is a common problem for most of the trekkers. Trekking on the steep stone steps can be very difficult. Good physical conditioning and endurance are required for trekking wisely in difficult sections.
The trail is more difficult than traveling on a plane and hurdle free route so you must build lots of energy. Carry some energy boosters, plan your diet, and keep yourself hydrated regularly.
Altitude and Altitude Sickness
You will trek to the highest altitude of 4130 meters during the Annapurna Base Camp trek. With high altitude comes several challenges, as walking to high altitude remote places isn’t so easy. And the air gets thinner with increasing altitude.
There is always a possibility of getting altitude sickness after you reach an altitude of 2500-3000meter. You might go through some symptoms of altitude sickness so always be careful.
Do not consume alcohol or any sleeping tablets while trekking. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Get more knowledge about the altitude sickness and Keep safety precautions in mind.
Tips to Overcome the Difficulties
- Get advice from your doctor. Get some information about altitude sickness, precautions, symptoms, and remedies.
- You should have a good health condition.
- You can easily adapt the 7-8 hours long everyday walks during the trek if you have some experience in walking. So try to go on short treks or hikes.
- To build up stamina and a good physique for the uphill and downhill hikes over the rugged trails you need to do regular exercises.
- The weather and temperature there can make the trek difficult so plan in during the best seasons.
- Don’t rush and always maintain a steady and continuous pace.
- You should always take short water breaks and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Always go for the main trail. Don’t take risky shortcuts you might go off track.
- Carry some snacks. Enjoy them during the breaks.
- Hire a guide or porter, they will help you with the direction and help you with your luggage.
- Carry basic medicines and healing sprays.
How Much Does the Trek Cost?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost approx USD 550- 650 excluding the flight cost. This is a standard trek price that is budget-friendly.
The price will vary according to group size, the duration of the trek and standard or deluxe tour plan.
However, taking a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu might save your time but the expenses increase. But if you take a bus ride the expenses of your trip reduces. As the cost of a flight is around USD 125 for foreigners whereas for the bus it is USD 15- 25 per person.
You need two permits to take the Annapurna Base Camp trek. They are SAARC nationals that cost USD 10 and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project is USD 30. The Trekkers Information Management System Card costs USD 10.
Hiring a porter would cost slightly lesser i.e USD 15-20 but if you hire a guide the cost will be approx USD 25 to 30.
Other miscellaneous cost includes charging gadgets, hot shower bucket, and using wifi would cost around USD 3-5 in total per day.
Children under the age of 10 years will not be charged with any amount.
- Plane fare from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Twin sharing tea house accommodation during 7 days Annapurna Base Camp trek.
- Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara by taxi/jeep/bus transfer
- Trekking permit-ACAP and TIMS cards
- Guide with fluent English and all his expenses like accommodation, salary, meals, and transfer.
- 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner(the main course) during trekking
- Twin sharing hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara before and after the trek.
- All government taxes and company service charges.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance in case of emergency.
- Porter to carry luggage.
- Any kind of drinks like beer, water, tea/coffee, hot water
- Expenses of personal nature like telephone, battery charging, wifi, etc
- An additional cost that is beyond our control due to the weather conditions, illness, strikes, landslides, change of government policies, and physical condition.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Emergency rescue operation assistance in case of emergency(paid by your Travel Insurance)
- All the costs not mentioned on the above cost includes.
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Best season for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp?
Spring i.e. February to mid-June is the best season for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.
Autumn i.e. Mid September to Mid December is also one of the most popular seasons for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.
Winter i.e Late December to February is not favorable as it is cold and the trails will be slippery.
How long do we have to walk every day while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp?
We walk about 6-7 hours a day as per our itinerary. However, the walking hour varies according to your fitness level.
What are the things required to carry on the trek?
You should carry only your valuable goods with you in your day pack. You can store your things that are not required during the trek at our hotel in Kathmandu. If you are hiring your porter than he will carry your belongings.
Small day-pack filled with fleece jacket, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit, camera, waterproofs, warm hat, sunhat, and water purification tablets, etc.
What can we do in case of altitude sickness?
Well, we should avoid altitude sickness and not think about it as much as possible. If in case we get altitude sickness symptoms than we descend lower elevation. If the condition gets worse than there is only way either we take the horse down or evacuate by helicopter transfer to the nearby hospital.
Should I book my trip early?
We recommend that you book your trip in a few months in advance so that it’s easier for us to organize the transport, hotel and sort out the trip for our field staff. Booking your trip upon arrival might be a rush for you so we highly recommend booking your trip earliest as possible.
What happens if there is an emergency?
We will cover the initial expenses of rescue operations as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company in case of any emergency. Trekking guides are trained in first aid and have basic knowledge about physical problems.
Is there a Wifi on the trek?
Most guesthouses will offer Wi-Fi, it will be free or you might have to pay a small amount for it. However, wifi might not be working for different reasons since you will be in mountain areas.
Should I hire a guide/porter during the trek?
It is possible to complete the trek without a guide and porter. Hiring a guide will enhance your experience and discoveries if you are a novice. Porter will ease the burden by carrying your heavy stuff.
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