Short Annapurna Base camp trek

Trip cost780 USD Book this Trip
Trip Duration 9 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Strenuous
Activity Trekking
Transportation By Air
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 4,130 m / 13,549 ft
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A shortest Annapurna base camp trek could be planned within 6 days from Pokhara and back. The trip starts with a 3 hours off road vehicle ride to the base of Jhinu danda. The trail then follows the classic route, upstream Modi River and the same way back. Extensions of the dirt road deeper into the valley have made it possible to do the ABC trek in only 5 nights and 6 days from Pokhara and back. Since the itinerary escapes the hot and humid foothills, trekkers don't miss the highlights of the trek. 

How safe is the itinerary ? 

Short Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is very safe as it only escapes the trekking in the valley basin but follows the standards of trekking in high altitude. There are several night halts at above 2,000 m and 3,000 m before finally sleeping at the 4,200 m at base camp. This is moderately difficult trek which requires sound fitness or previous trekking experience even for longer version of the trek. 

Trip Highlights

  • Short and safe itinerary to the most popular Annapurna base camp. 
  • One of the most spectacular trek in the Himalayas with 360 degree view of snow peaks including the 10th highest in the world Mt Annapurna.
  • Easy access from the nearest city Pokhara.
  • Trekking through the World's largest Rhododendron forest.
  • Culturally rich scenically rewarding trek through the Gurung (Gurkha solders) villages. 
  • Trail passing through several view points and place of interest like Chhomrong, Machhapuchhre base camp (Fishtail base camp) and Jhinu hot spring. 
  • Eco friendly trek that is regulated by ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) for less environmental impact.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Fly to Pokhara | Drive to Jhinu Danda | Trek to Chhomrong
  • Day 03:Trek to Dovan 6 hrs / 2,600 m
  • Day 04:Trek to Deurali 5 hrs / 3,200 m
  • Day 05:Trek to Annapurna base camp 5 hrs / 4,200 m
  • Day 06:Trek back to Sinuwa (2,340 m / 8 hrs)
  • Day 07:Trek down to Jhinu danda and drive back to Pokhara
  • Day 08:Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 09:Drive to the airport for final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu Our represent will be at the airport as per your flight details. After formal meeting and greeting, drive to the hotel. Later your trek officer will meet you for briefing about the trek.
  • Day 02:Fly to Pokhara | Drive to Jhinu Danda | Trek to Chhomrong Drive to the Kathmandu airport to fly to Pokhara early in the morning. The 25 minutes flight is a scenic thrill with view of three major ranges of the Himalayas. Our vehicle will pick you up from the Pokhara airport to drive you to the trekking starting point of Jhinu suspension bridge. The journey takes about 3 hours. Enjoy a lunch at Jhinu Danda and then climb two hours to Chhomrong at 2,170 m. 
  • Day 03:Trek to Dovan 6 hrs / 2,600 m Chhomrong is one of the beautiful place on a mountain ridge with Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Machhaphuchre soaring high up just next to it. After spending beautiful night in Chhomrong, trek to Dovan. The trail climbs down the Chhomrong River and then climbs up to Sinuwa village on the other side. Then it winds along the mountainside and come down to Bamboo. Dovan is just about 1 hour gradual climb from Bamboo village. 
  • Day 04:Trek to Deurali 5 hrs / 3,200 m Dovan is a small teahouse settlement in the Rhododendron forest at the buttresses of Mardi Himal and Huinchuli. The trail from Dovan further winds through the forest, upstream Modi River, climbing gradually to the next teahouse settlement of Himalaya at 2,900 m. From Himalaya, the trail climbs more steeply and come out of the tree line. Here we cross one of the eroded rockery formed by avalanches. After crossing it we arrive to the teahouses of Deurali at 3,200 m.
  • Day 05:Trek to Annapurna base camp 5 hrs / 4,200 m At the altitude of Deurali, we come out of the tree line and the valley becomes wider and brighter. Waterfall cascade down the steep buttresses of Mt Fishtail and Huinchuli and the peaks of Annapurna III appears at a distance. The trail follows the pasture climbing gradually to MBC at the confluence of rivers draining the glaciers of Sanctuary and Annapurna III. From here, the trail follows the scenic valley next to glacial moraine to the Annapurna base camp.
  • Day 06:Trek back to Sinuwa (2,340 m / 8 hrs) Enjoy the morning view of the snow peaks at 360 as its color changes with early sunrays. The change of Annapurna I from pink, red to yellow is the most appealing sight. After spending a beautiful morning at the base camp, head down to Sinuwa. This long day with mostly downhill takes about 8 - 9 hrs. 
  • Day 07:Trek down to Jhinu danda and drive back to Pokhara We will follow the same way back down to Chhomrong River and then climb back up to Chhomrong village. Take a break and enjoy the enigmatic view of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Mt Fishtail that Chhomrong is popular for. The trail from Chhomrong to Jhinu danda heads steeply down. After crossing Ghurjung River on a long suspension bridge our ride will be waiting to take us back to Pokhara. It takes about three hours to drive back to Pokhara.
  • Day 08:Fly back to Kathmandu Have an easy morning in the lake city of Pokhara and drive to the airport to fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Enjoy the 25 minutes scenic flight. From the Kathmandu airport, our representative will drive you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 09:Drive to the airport for final departure Our representative will come as per your flight time. After formal farewell, leave for the Kathmandu airport for final departure.

Cost Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast and taxes included.
  • Necessary trekking permits. ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) and TIMS (Trekking information management system)
  • Private off road vehicle to and back from the trekking trail head - Pokhara.
  • Trekking with licensed and experienced guide and porters.
  • Teahouse accommodation with three meals a day during the trek.
  • Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  • All airport pick up and drop.

Cost Excludes

  • Any type of insurances for clients. Rescue and evacaution will be done on your account.
  • Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon. 
  • Meals beside beakfast while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Bottled drinks and beverages, toiletries and things of personal nature purchased by clients. 
  • Tea breaks and snacks bought by clients beside three meals. 
  • Tips for guide and porter. 
  • I will be back !
    Jemmy E
    Indonesia Published: Friday, April 14, 2023

    I will be back !


    amazing view..good leader, good organizer..recommended executor of the Annapurna Basecamp tour....I will be back on a trip to Nepal by using i tour Nepal again

  • Excellent tour of Annapurna base camp
    Benjamin Roby
    France Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Excellent tour of Annapurna base camp


    I went for a week-long trek on the Annapurna Conservation area with iTourNepal in April 2022. Great experience, somptuous landscapes. I am very satisfied with iTourNepal. Ravi was great at the early stages, including his advices to prepare the bag. They turned out very useful and accurate. And my guide, Dil, was outstanding, strong, reliable and attentive. Special thanks for helping me with my daily courses of Nepali language. I definitely recommend this trip to whoever has 2 weeks and two good legs!

Usefull Info

Fitness :
The trek is for experienced trekkers or beginner with sound fitness. Regular workout or jogging at least one month before the trek is recommended. 

Altitude Sickness :
Most people develop basic symptoms of altitude sickness above Deurali (3,200 m). A medicine Diamox ( Acetazolamide) taken as prophylactic minimize the risk. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness. If you experience severe symptoms, descend immediately. In case of uneasiness, ABC could be done as a detour from MBC. 

Changing Weather : 
Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Carry rain gear and warm clothing even if you're trekking in the dry season

Stay hydrated and eat well : 
Bringing your own water bottle is must as there are no bottled water available. You can pay and refill the boiled and filtered water from teahouses. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid altitude sickness. 

Respect local customs:

Be respectful of the local culture and customs. Remove your shoes before entering homes or temples, and always ask for permission before taking photos of people.

Stay connected: 
Purchase a local SIM card with a data plan in Kathmandu or Pokhara to stay connected in case of emergencies. It works all the way to the Annapurna base camp. 

Dispose of trash responsibly: 
Carry out all your trash, including non-biodegradable items. Leave no trace and help preserve the natural beauty of the area.

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