Short Annapurna Base Camp TrekShort Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Duration9 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4,130m
  • Group Size 2
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Mar - Jun and Sep - Dec

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular moderate trek that offers a wonderful journey through diverse landscapes and stunning natural beauty. The trek begins amidst lush rhododendron forests, where you'll be surrounded by vibrant blooms during the right season. As you traverse the trekking trails, you'll encounter pristine whitewater rivers and terraced farms, showcasing the harmonious coexistence of nature and human settlements.

The trek also presents opportunities to soak in natural hot springs, providing a relaxing respite amidst the rugged terrain. These hot springs offer a soothing experience, rejuvenating your body and mind after days of trekking.

Throughout the trek, you'll have the chance to visit ethnic Gurung villages, immersing yourself in the local culture and way of life. The Gurung people are renowned for their warm hospitality and rich traditions, offering you a glimpse into their unique heritage.

One of the main highlights of the trek is reaching the Short Annapurna Base Camp for 2023-2024, situated at an elevation of 4130 meters. As you make your way to this iconic destination, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks. The Annapurna ranges, including the majestic Annapurna I, Machhapuchre (also known as Fishtail), Khangsar, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli, grace the horizon, creating a truly mesmerizing sight.

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is not only a physical adventure but also a spiritual and visual feast. It allows you to immerse yourself in nature's grandeur, witness the cultural tapestry of the local communities, and challenge yourself in a moderate yet rewarding trekking experience.

  • Flying to Pokhara offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes. As you gaze out of the windows, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe. The journey itself becomes a part of the adventure, as you witness the majestic mountains and lush valleys unfold beneath you.
  • Once you arrive in Pokhara, you'll have the chance to explore the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is the largest conservation area in Nepal. This pristine region is home to a diverse range of flora, including vibrant Rhododendron flowers, fragrant juniper trees, majestic pine trees, and the graceful swaying of bamboo. The conservation area is a testament to Nepal's commitment to preserving its natural treasures.
  • One of the highlights of your journey will be crossing the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is renowned as the deepest gorge in the world. As you pass through this awe-inspiring natural wonder, you'll witness the sheer power of nature and the forces that have shaped the landscape over millions of years.
  • Engaging with the local villagers will be a memorable experience, as most of them belong to the Gurung, Tamang, and Magar communities. These warm and welcoming people will introduce you to their rich cultural heritage, allowing you to immerse yourself in the traditions, customs, and daily lives of the local communities. You'll gain insights into both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, as Nepal is a country where these two religions coexist harmoniously.
  • Visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries will be a spiritual and visually captivating experience. These monasteries, adorned with beautiful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, provide a serene and contemplative atmosphere. They offer a glimpse into the profound spiritual practices and teachings of Buddhism, while their picturesque locations present awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains.
  • One of the highlights of your journey will undoubtedly be the Poon Hill viewpoint. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to jaw-dropping panoramas of the majestic Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, among others. The sight of these towering peaks, bathed in the golden hues of sunrise or sunset, is a sight that will forever be etched in your memory.
  • After days of exploration and adventure, you'll have the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda. These soothing waters provide the perfect respite, allowing you to let go of any accumulated stress and fatigue. The surrounding scenery further enhances the experience, as you immerse yourself in nature's healing embrace.
  • Lastly, standing at an elevation of 4130 meters with your team members is a remarkable accomplishment. Celebrating this achievement amidst the awe-inspiring presence of the mountains will be a truly unforgettable moment. The sense of camaraderie and shared accomplishment will create lasting memories and deepen your appreciation for the beauty and grandeur of the natural world.
  • Overall, the journey to Pokhara and the Annapurna Conservation Area offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal growth. It is an adventure that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of Nepal and its people, as well as a renewed sense of wonder and connection to the natural world.

Shortest Trek to the Annapurna Base Camp

It is a shorter version of the 9-day Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, making it suitable for those who have limited time but still want to enjoy the trek. The trek starts at Kimche, which is a two-hour drive from Pokhara. From there, you will follow a trail that takes you through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests, stunning terraced fields, and suspension bridges to reach the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk, which serves as the destination for the first day.

As you continue on the trek, you will walk through lush forests, grass pastures, rocky passes, and cliffs until you reach Chomrong. Along the way, you will be treated to magnificent views of the Annapurna massifs and Machhapuchre (fishtail) mountain.

Leaving Chomrong, the path gradually ascends through more rhododendron and bamboo forests, leading you to the Himalayan Hotel. On the sixth day, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130m (13,550ft), passing Machhapuchre Base Camp along the way. The trail follows the Modi Khola glacier valley, offering panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna ranges (including Annapurna I), Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, and Macchapuchre. You will spend a night at Annapurna Base Camp itself.

After a night at the base camp, the descent begins and you will stop at Bamboo on the seventh day. The following day, you will trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, where you can relax in the natural hot springs nearby. On the last day of the trek, you will trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwa or Ghandruk Phedi, and from there, you will take a drive to Pokhara, concluding the trip.

At the end of the trek, Nepal Nomad Trekking, the hosting company, organizes a farewell dinner in Kathmandu to celebrate the completion of the trek. Overall, the Annapurna Base Camp trek offers a mix of natural beauty, cultural experiences in ethnic Nepalese villages, and stunning mountain views, making it a memorable adventure for those with limited time.

Best Time of the year

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is accessible throughout the year, but the best time to embark on the trek is between March and May or September and November. These months offer favorable weather conditions and enhance your overall hiking experience.

It is not recommended to trek during the monsoon (June to August) or winter (December to February) seasons due to heavy rainfall, snowfall, and the associated risks. Hiking during these seasons can lead to injuries and potential natural calamities. To ensure a safe and enjoyable trek, it is advisable to choose the best time for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Moderately Difficult Level Trek

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. The trek involves hiking on uphill and downhill terrains with relatively steep sections. You will be walking for approximately 5-6 hours each day with regular breaks. However, with adequate rest and taking in the breathtaking scenery, the trek can be easily completed.

In terms of elevation, the highest point you will reach is 4,130 meters at the Short Annapurna Base Camp. While hiking at this altitude, there is a lower chance of experiencing altitude sickness. The trek itinerary is designed to allow for proper acclimatization, giving your body time to adjust to the altitude.

Overall, the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is suitable for beginner hikers as well. With the right preparation, including physical fitness and acclimatization, most individuals can successfully complete this trek.


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Upon your arrival at the airport, one of our staff members from Nepal Nomad Team will be waiting for you, holding a placard with our company name. They will assist you and guide you to your hotel for the trip. At the hotel, we will conduct a brief meeting to explain the nature of the trip and address any queries you may have. After the meeting, no further activities are planned, allowing you to rest or follow your own preferred schedule.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

On the second day, after enjoying an early breakfast, you will prepare for your departure to Pokhara, where the next phase of your journey begins. From Pokhara, you will embark on a scenic drive to Kimche, passing through Nayapul and Syauli Bazaar. This drive will offer glimpses of the incredible mountain terrain, terraced farms, and subtropical forests that adorn the landscape.

Once you reach Kimche, the real trekking adventure begins. The trekking trail will lead you to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. As you make your way through the trail, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys. The sight of towering peaks, such as the majestic Fishtail (Machhapuchre), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli, will leave you mesmerized.

Ghandruk village itself is a cultural and historical gem. It is home to numerous Buddhist monasteries, where you can immerse yourself in the serene ambiance and witness the spiritual practices of the local community. The village is known for its rich traditional customs and lifestyles, providing a fascinating insight into the Gurung ethnic group's heritage.

During your time in Ghandruk, you will also have the opportunity to explore the Gurung Museum, which showcases the unique artifacts, costumes, and history of the Gurung people. This cultural exploration will deepen your understanding of the local traditions and add to the richness of your trekking experience.

As you gaze upon the village and its surroundings, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the iconic Fishtail (Machhapuchre), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. These towering peaks create a stunning backdrop, offering a sense of awe and grandeur that is characteristic of the Himalayan region.

Overall, this part of the journey will take you through breathtaking landscapes, immerse you in local culture and traditions, and offer unforgettable views of the mountains. It will be a trekking experience that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure into a truly memorable adventure.

  • Max. Altitude:1940m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After savoring a cup of tea early in the morning, you will commence your hike from Ghandruk. The trail will take you on a steep descent towards the Kimron River, offering stunning views of the majestic Annapurna South and the heavenly Fishtail mountain, which are particularly enchanting in the morning light.

As you continue your trek, you will gradually ascend to reach the village of Chomrong. Nestled on the lap of the mighty Annapurna massif, Chomrong offers a picturesque setting with its hillside location. The village provides a perfect vantage point to admire the grandeur of the surrounding mountains and soak in the serene atmosphere.

If you happen to arrive at Chomrong early in the day and have ample time and energy, there is an option to trek further to Sinuwa to spend the night. This will depend on the pace of the trek and the preferences of the group. Sinuwa, with its tranquil ambiance, serves as another lovely stopover point on your journey.

The hike from Ghandruk to Chomrong, with the possibility of extending to Sinuwa, allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Annapurna region. The breathtaking mountain views, lush landscapes, and charming villages along the way create a memorable experience that showcases the magnificence of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:2,340m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Leaving behind the genuine hospitality of Chomrong, you will begin your descent towards Dovan. It's important to approach this part of the journey smoothly, as there is a significant elevation gain compared to other days.

The trail will lead you down a challenging set of 2500 stone steps, which will test your endurance and careful footing. Crossing the Chhomrong River via a suspension bridge, you will then begin ascending through a rocky trekking route that guides you to the charming village of Sinuwa.

Continuing your hike, you'll venture through dense forests as you make your way towards Kuldahar at an elevation of 2540 meters. From Kuldahar, the trail descends to the serene village of Bamboo, where you can catch your breath and replenish your energy.

From Bamboo, the path gradually ascends, guiding you towards the final destination of the day, Dovan. As you hike through this scenic route, you'll be surrounded by the lush greenery of the forest, with the soothing sounds of nature accompanying you.

The journey from Chomrong to Dovan is a mix of challenging descents and ascents, showcasing the diverse terrain of the region. It's important to pace yourself and take breaks as needed to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.

  • Max. Altitude:2600m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Leaving Dovan behind, you will continue your trek through a serene and enchanting forest of bamboo and rhododendron. The trail will lead you towards Deurali and eventually to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). Along the way, you will come across prayer flags adorning the route, adding a vibrant flair to the surrounding landscape.

Before proceeding further, take a moment to appreciate the unique ambiance of the forested path. As you continue, the lush forest will gradually give way to a barren landscape dotted with boulders and scree. The trail will lead you past this landmark to Hinku Cave, which holds historical significance as a shelter and overnight stop for past Annapurna expeditions.

As the route progresses, you will encounter steep ascents that will take you to Machhapuchre Base Camp. Commonly known as MBC, this camp is located just below the towering North West Face of Machhapuchre, also known as the Fish-Tail mountain. The distinctive shape of this mountain, resembling a fishtail, adds to its allure. MBC provides a picturesque spot with a few simple lodges available for an overnight stay. It also marks the beginning of the scenic Annapurna Sanctuary.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy an overnight stop at MBC in the comfort of a cozy lodge. From here, you can relish the breathtaking views of the Fish Tail mountain and the magnificent Annapurna-I towards the west direction. It's a perfect place to rest and rejuvenate, taking in the awe-inspiring surroundings before continuing your trek towards the Annapurna Sanctuary.

  • Max. Altitude:4230m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

In the morning, you will embark on a short walk of a few hours to reach your ultimate goal, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The climb to ABC starts with a gentle ascent for less than an hour, leading you into the magnificent Annapurna Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a plateau surrounded by a majestic array of white snow peaks on both sides of the trail.

As you continue, you will eventually arrive at the stunning and picturesque Annapurna Base Camp. This is the highest point of the trek and a truly remarkable location. Here, you will find yourself amidst remorseless fields of ice and glaciers, enclosed within a towering mountain range. The prominent Annapurna-I rises above the base camp, creating a breathtaking backdrop.

Throughout your journey, you will be walking in close proximity to the Annapurna glaciers, experiencing the raw beauty and power of these icy formations. Upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. You will be able to feast your eyes on the magnificent peaks, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna ranges (including Annapurna I, Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III), and the iconic Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) mountain.

Annapurna Base Camp is the culmination of your adventure, and it provides a truly awe-inspiring experience. The panoramic views, the serene atmosphere, and the sense of accomplishment make it a highlight of the trek. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Himalayas, surrounded by nature's magnificent creations.

  • Max. Altitude:4,130m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After savoring a delicious breakfast while soaking in the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp, it's time to begin your descent. You will retrace your steps out of the enchanting Annapurna Sanctuary and make your way back towards the Modi River Valley.

The trail will lead you through the rugged terrain, as you gradually descend from the base camp. Along the way, you can still marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks. The journey will take you back to Bamboo village, which will be your destination for the day.

Bamboo village, nestled amidst the lush greenery, provides a welcoming resting place for trekkers. Here, you can relax and rejuvenate, surrounded by the tranquility of nature. The village offers a serene atmosphere, allowing you to unwind after the exhilarating experience of reaching Annapurna Base Camp.

As you make your way towards Bamboo, you will be filled with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment, reflecting on the incredible journey you have undertaken so far. It's a time to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes you have traversed and the memories you have created along the way.

Once you reach Bamboo, you can settle into your accommodation, enjoy a hearty meal, and reflect on the extraordinary sights and experiences of the trek. It's a chance to recharge for the next leg of your journey as you continue to explore the wonders of the Annapurna region.

  • Max. Altitude:2,350m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Continuing our trek, we descend to Kimrong Khola before ascending through serene forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak. This scenic path eventually leads us to Chomrong village. However, we decide to continue our journey and make our way to a small and peaceful settlement called Jhinu Danda.

Jhinu Danda offers a tranquil ambiance and is known for its riverside hot springs. After a long day of trekking, we have the opportunity to soothe our tired muscles and relax in the natural hot springs. It's a perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate amidst the picturesque surroundings.

We will spend the night in Jhinu Danda, enjoying the soothing hot springs and embracing the serenity of the village. It's a chance to rest, reflect on our trekking experiences, and prepare ourselves for the final stages of our adventurous journey in the Annapurna region.

  • Max. Altitude:1,780m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

On the final day of the trek, we bid farewell to Jhinu Danda and begin our journey by following the dust road alongside the Mardi Khola. After a relaxed and enjoyable walk lasting around 3 to 4 hours, we reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi.

From Ghandruk Phedi, we embark on a drive that takes us first to Birethanti and then to Nayapul. Finally, we arrive at our ultimate destination, Pokhara. This marks the completion of our trekking package.

As we conclude our trek in Pokhara, we carry with us precious memories of our journey to Annapurna Base Camp. The breathtaking landscapes, the camaraderie of fellow trekkers, and the achievement of reaching our goal will remain etched in our hearts.

We hope that this adventure has left you with unforgettable experiences and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of the Annapurna region.

  • Max. Altitude:820m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
What's Included
  • Flight: Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Accommodation: Two nights of accommodation with breakfast at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara. Additionally, six nights of accommodation during the trek, including three nights in Ghandruk, Jhinu Danda, and Chomrong with rooms that have attached bathrooms. The other three nights will be in standard accommodations at Himalayan, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo, usually in twin-sharing rooms.
  • Private Transportation: Private transport will be arranged for the journey from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar/Kimche at the start of the trek, as well as from Ghandruk Phedi to Pokhara at the end of the trek.
  • Meals: All standard meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided during the trek.
  • Trekking Team: The trek will be accompanied by an experienced trek leader/guide from Nepal Nomad Trekking who is fluent in English. Porters will also be provided to assist with carrying the luggage. The porter-to-trekker ratio is 1:2, with a maximum weight limit of 9 kg per trekker.
  • Guide and Porter Costs: The costs associated with the trekking team, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flights, and necessary equipment, are covered in the package.
  • Water Purification: Water purification tablets will be provided to ensure safe drinking water during the trek.
  • Permits: The package includes the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee, which is required for trekking in the Annapurna region.
  • Snacks and Fruits: Daily snacks in the form of cookies and seasonal fresh fruits will be provided during the trek.
  • Taxes and Official Expenses: All government and local taxes, as well as official expenses, are included in the package.
  • Rescue Operation: In case of complicated health conditions, arrangements will be made for rescue operations, which will be funded by the traveler's travel insurance.
  • Certificate and Farewell Dinner: Nepal Nomad Trekking will provide a certificate of appreciation upon the successful completion of the trek. A farewell dinner will also be organized in Kathmandu after the trek ends.

These inclusions are designed to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience while taking care of the necessary arrangements and services for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

What's not Included
  • International Flight Airfare: The package does not cover the cost of international flights to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees: The fees for obtaining a Nepal entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport are not included.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: All meals in Kathmandu before and after the trek are not included in the package.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara: The package does not cover the cost of lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra Night Accommodations and Meals: If there is an early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek, any additional nights of accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be an additional expense.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot and cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharging fees, and any additional porters are not included in the package.
  • Personal Clothing and Gear: The cost of personal clothing and gear required for the trek is not included. Trekkers are responsible for their own personal equipment.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation is compulsory but not included in the package.
  • Tips: Tips for the trekking guide and porters are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Additional Costs or Delays: Any additional costs or delays caused by circumstances beyond the trekking agency's control, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications for safety concerns, illness, change in government policies, strikes, etc., are not included in the package.
  • Costs and Expenses Not Listed: Any other costs and expenses not specifically mentioned in the package are not included.

Travelers should consider these exclusions and budget accordingly to cover these expenses during their Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Good to Know

Previous trekking experience

Prior trekking experience is not mandatory for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek is suitable for trekkers of varying experience levels, including beginners. Good health and physical fitness are important factors for successfully completing the trek. Regular physical activities, such as hiking, walking, or cycling, can help build endurance and prepare your body for the trek. Incorporating cardiovascular exercises and strength training can improve stamina. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and getting adequate rest is also important. Approaching the trek with a positive mindset, determination, and readiness to embrace the challenges and beauty of the trail is crucial. Trekking at a comfortable pace, listening to your body, and following the guidance of your trek leader will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

A pre-trip meeting

The pre-trip meeting for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a crucial part of preparing for your adventure. During the meeting, you can expect the following:

  • A detailed overview of the trek, including duration, itinerary, daily walking distances, and highlights.
  • Discussion of the day-by-day itinerary, highlighting key attractions, acclimatization and rest days, and potential challenges.
  • Review of the recommended equipment list, with advice on proper gear and clothing for comfort and safety.
  • Information on health and safety considerations, including altitude sickness prevention, staying hydrated, hygiene practices, and available medical facilities and emergency services.
  • Guidance on trekking permits and necessary documentation, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Discussion of group dynamics, communication methods, and guidelines for a cohesive trekking experience.
  • A Q&A session for addressing any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Final instructions regarding meeting points, departure times, transportation arrangements, and other logistics.

Attending the pre-trip meeting allows you to gather important information, clarify any doubts, and ensure that you are well-prepared for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Take notes as needed to facilitate a smooth and enjoyable experience during the trek.

Essential Equipment Check List

For the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, here is a list of essential equipment to consider:

  • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable boots with ankle support.
  • Backpack: Durable and waterproof, with a capacity of 30-40 liters.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight and quick-drying.
  • Thermal Layers: Base layers for insulation and temperature regulation.
  • Insulated Jacket: Warm and insulated for colder sections.
  • Rain Jacket: Waterproof and breathable.
  • Fleece or Sweater: Mid-layer for added warmth.
  • Trekking Shirts: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying.
  • Hat and Gloves: Sun hat and warm hat/gloves.
  • Sunglasses: UV-protected.
  • Trekking Socks: Comfortable and moisture-wicking.
  • Sleeping Bag: Warm and lightweight.
  • Trekking Poles: Optional but beneficial for stability.
  • Headlamp: Compact with extra batteries.
  • Water Bottle: Reusable and consider water purification methods.
  • First Aid Kit: Basic supplies for minor injuries/illnesses.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF protection.
  • Personal Toiletries: Toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Trekking Towel: Quick-drying and compact.
  • Snacks: Energy bars or trail mix for quick energy boosts.

Remember to pack light and prioritize essentials. Check with your trekking agency for any specific equipment recommendations based on the time of year and weather conditions.

A typical Trek Day

During the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the typical daily routine includes the following:

  • Early Morning: Start the day with a hot beverage like tea or coffee.
  • Breakfast: Enjoy a meal before starting the day's trek, usually between 7 am to 8 am.
  • Morning Trek: Trek for approximately three to four hours, depending on the trail's duration and difficulty.
  • Lunch: Take a break for a midday meal along the route, usually around midday.
  • Afternoon Trek: Continue walking for around two to three hours.
  • Arrival at Overnight Accommodation: Reach the lodge, tea house, or tent where you'll spend the night.
  • Snacks and Exploration: Have some extra dietary food, and explore the town or village where you are staying.
  • Dinner: Enjoy dinner around 6:30 pm.
  • Evening Activities: Engage in activities such as friendly conversations, briefings from the guide, playing games, watching documentaries, learning Nepali words, or reading books.

This daily routine offers a balanced mix of trekking, meals, relaxation, exploration, and entertainment to enrich your overall experience during the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

  • Accommodation and Meals 

During the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will be staying in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These accommodations are basic but comfortable, offering a place to rest, sleep, and dine. Here's what you can expect regarding accommodation and meals:

Teahouses or lodges in the Annapurna region provide twin-sharing rooms with two single beds or sometimes double beds. The rooms are typically small, and you may need to bring a sleeping bag or rent one from the teahouse for added warmth and comfort. Blankets or quilts will be provided, but it's advisable to have your own sleeping bag for hygiene purposes. The bathroom facilities are shared and may have squat toilets or western-style toilets, depending on the teahouse.

During the trek, you will have meals at the teahouses where you stay. The teahouses offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes, as well as international cuisines like pasta, rice, soups, and even pizza in some places. Dal Bhat, a traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentil soup, vegetables, and sometimes meat, is a popular choice among trekkers due to its nutritional value and energy content. Breakfast options often include eggs, bread, pancakes, porridge, or muesli. Vegetarian and vegan meals can also be accommodated, but the options may vary depending on the teahouse and availability of ingredients.

It's important to note that as you ascend higher in altitude, the menu options may become more limited, and the cost of meals may increase due to the difficulty of transporting supplies to remote areas. It's recommended to carry some energy bars, trail mix, or snacks to supplement your meals during the trek.

Drinking water:
You should avoid drinking tap water during the trek. Bottled water is available for purchase at the teahouses, but it can be expensive and not environmentally friendly. Alternatively, you can bring water purification tablets or use water filters to treat water from local sources. This allows you to refill your water bottles and stay hydrated throughout the trek. Overall, while the accommodations and meals during the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek may be basic, they provide the necessary comfort and sustenance for your trekking journey in the beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal.

Insurance is an important aspect of the trek

Insurance is an important aspect of any trek, including the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is typically a requirement to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities in Nepal. The specific terms and conditions may vary depending on the trekking agency or tour operator you choose. However, here are some general considerations regarding insurance for the trek:

Coverage: Your insurance should provide coverage for trekking activities, including high-altitude trekking up to the maximum elevation of the Short Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft). It should also include coverage for emergency medical expenses, medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary, trip cancellation or interruption, loss of baggage, and personal liability.

Medical Expenses: Ensure that your insurance covers medical expenses related to altitude sickness or other trekking-related injuries or illnesses. It is important to check if there are any exclusions or limitations regarding pre-existing medical conditions.

Emergency Evacuation: In case of a severe medical emergency that requires immediate evacuation, your insurance should cover the cost of helicopter rescue and medical evacuation to the nearest medical facility.

Trip Cancellation/Interruption: The insurance should cover trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances such as personal emergencies, natural disasters, or political unrest. This coverage can help reimburse your pre-paid expenses and additional costs incurred due to the interruption or cancellation of your trek.

Policy Details: Read the insurance policy carefully to understand its terms, coverage limits, deductibles, and any exclusions or limitations. Make sure you are aware of the procedures for making claims and the necessary documentation required. It is essential to purchasing travel insurance that meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Consult with your trekking agency or tour operator for their specific insurance requirements and recommendations.

Risk of altitude sickness 

Yes, there is a risk of altitude sickness during the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, as you will be ascending to high altitudes. Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can occur when you ascend too quickly to high altitudes without allowing your body enough time to acclimatize.

The symptoms of altitude sickness can vary from mild to severe and may include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, altitude sickness can progress to more serious conditions such as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which require immediate medical attention.

To minimize the risk of altitude sickness, it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Acclimatization: The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed to include acclimatization days at specific points along the route. These rest days allow your body to adjust to the higher altitudes gradually. It is essential to take these rest days seriously and not to ascend further if you are experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water, throughout the trek. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as it can contribute to dehydration and increase the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Slow and Steady Pace: Trek at a slow and steady pace, especially during the uphill sections. This allows your body to adapt to the changing altitude and reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system.
  • Proper Nutrition: Maintain a balanced diet and eat nutritious meals during the trek. It is important to keep your energy levels up to support your body's adaptation to higher altitudes.
  • Medication: Some trekkers may choose to take medication such as acetazolamide (Diamox) as a preventive measure against altitude sickness. Consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication and follow their instructions.
  • Recognize Symptoms: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and communicate with your trekking guide or leader if you experience any discomfort. They are trained to identify and respond to altitude-related issues.

In case of severe symptoms or no improvement with rest and descent, it is crucial to descend to lower altitudes and seek medical help. Your trekking agency or guide should have a plan in place for emergencies and evacuation if needed.

Remember that everyone reacts differently to altitude, and there is no guaranteed way to completely prevent altitude sickness. It is important to listen to your body, take necessary precautions, and follow the guidance of your trekking team to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.