Annapurna Base Camp short trek | Popular Trekking Itinerary

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The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular and iconic trekking routes in Nepal. It takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to high alpine terrain, and culminates at the base of the majestic Annapurna massif. The Annapurna Base Camp short trek is designed for those individuals who are short on time but still want to explore the Annapurna region of Nepal.

The journey sweeps through charming villages, lush forests, and picturesque terraced fields. Each step carries trekkers deeper into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, a hidden alpine basin surrounded by towering peaks. Perfect for those with limited time or seeking a less demanding trek, this expedition offers a taste of Nepal’s diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and majestic mountain vistas.

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In just a span of about 7 to 10 days, adventurers can immerse themselves in the Himalayan experience, traversing from the vibrant city of Pokhara to the majestic Annapurna Base Camp itself, where towering peaks and serene alpine landscapes await at every turn. One of the most enticing aspects of this trek is the unparalleled mountain views it offers. Trekkers are treated to breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with the iconic Machhapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) standing out in the panorama.

Annapurna Base Camp short trek manages to challenge the inner being within you. So if you want to join this beautiful trek and trek within the Himalayan heart of Nepal, join us as we make your trip even better via Himalayan 360. Itinerary doesn’t meet your requirements? you can check you can also check the itinerary of Mardi Himal trek, Annapurna base camp trek, and Annapurna circuit trek.

Permits required for Annapurna Base Camp short trek

There are mainly two permits required for the Annapurna Base Camp short trek. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

ACAP is a mandatory permit issued for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which covers the trekking routes in the Annapurna region. It helps fund conservation efforts, maintain trails, and support local communities.

TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)

The TIMS card is another essential permit that provides trekking-related information and ensures safety for trekkers. There are two types of TIMS cards: one for independent trekkers and one for trekkers with a guide. For the ABC trek, you’ll likely need the TIMS card for guided trekkers.

ACAP and TIMS permits can be obtained with certain documents. This includes a copy of the individual Passport, two PP-size photos, details of the trekking itinerary and the area of the trek, and the cost fee of the permits, which must be in Nepali currency.

Best season for Annapurna Base Camp short trek

The best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek in Nepal are generally spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

Spring (March to May)

Spring brings moderate temperatures with mild days and cool nights, making it comfortable for trekking. The landscape comes alive with vibrant rhododendron blooms, creating colorful vistas along the trekking route. The skies are generally clear, offering excellent visibility of the stunning mountain views, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Spring provides warmer daytime temperatures compared to the colder winter months, making the trek more pleasant.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is known for its stable and dry weather conditions, making it an ideal time for trekking. The skies are typically clear, providing unobstructed views of the mountains. The temperatures are still relatively moderate, with warm days and cool nights. Autumn is also the harvest season so you will see the locals harvesting crops, adding to the cultural experience.

Seasons to avoid

Monsoon (June to August)

Monsoon season brings heavy rainfall, landslides, and muddy trails, making trekking inadvisable during this time. Avoid trekking at this time as you may not get the experience you have heard about the Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Winter (December to February)

Winter in Annapurna region can be quite cold at higher elevations especially if you are not used to extreme cold seasons and there may be snow on the trail. If you prefer a quieter trekking experience, winter can be a good option, but be prepared for colder conditions and potential trail closures.

Trip Info


The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) short trek is a condensed yet exhilarating version of the longer Annapurna Sanctuary trek, designed for those who want to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region within a shorter time frame. Starting from the city of lakes Pokhara, trekkers embark on a remarkable adventure that leads them through charming Gurung villages, terraced fields, and lush forests. The trek winds its way through the Annapurna Conservation Area, allowing trekkers to soak in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

The highlight of the journey is the arrival at Annapurna Base Camp, a high-altitude sanctuary surrounded by towering peaks, including the iconic Annapurna I. Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, along with glimpses of local lifestyles and customs.


  • The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna I, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and several others.
  • The trek takes you through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. This presents a chance to interact with the locals, learn about their traditions, and experience the warmth of their hospitality.
  • The journey leads you through diverse landscapes, ranging from terraced fields to lush forests of rhododendron and bamboo. Each day brings a new vista, keeping the trek engaging and visually rewarding.
  • The ultimate highlight is reaching Annapurna Base Camp itself. Nestled in an amphitheater of towering peaks, the base camp provides an unmatched sense of accomplishment.
  • The Annapurna Conservation Area is rich in biodiversity. You'll encounter various species of plants, wildlife, and birds along the way, contributing to the natural charm of the trek.


Day 1:
Arrival at Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! One of our team member from Himalayan 360 will be there to receive and escort you to the hotel. On the way, there will be briefing about the trip. You will also be provided welcome dinner with the team. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2:
Fly to Pokhara and drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk

We will be heading on an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will be driving to Kimche through Nayapul and Syauli Bazaar. The real trekking starts from Kimche and ends at Ghandruk for the day. On the way, you will see huge mountains, terraced farms, forests and many more. From Ghandruk, we can see the spectacular views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli mountains.

Flight Hours: 25Min
Drive Hours: 2.5Hr
Trek Hours: 2Hr
Trek Distance: 8KM
Altitude: 1940M

Day 3:
Trek to Sinuwa

After a delicious breakfast, we will hike from Ghandruk through a steep descent to Kimron River and then ascend to reach Chomrong. From the way, we will see a beautiful view of Annapurna South, Fishtail mountain that looks even better in the morning. After the arrival in Chomrong, we will trek further to Sinuwa to spend the night.

Trek Hours: 6Hr
Trek Distance: 12KM
Altitude: 2340M

Day 4:
Trek to Himalaya

On this day, we will move towards Himalaya passing through lush forests paved with stone and deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until we reach our destination for the day, Himalaya. Then we stop for the night there.

Trek Hours: 6Hr
Trek Distance: 9KM
Altitude: 2890M

Day 5:
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Today, we leave Himalaya and follow a route that passes through the Modi Khola glacier valley past the Machhapuchre Base Camp, which ultimately takes us to the Annapurna Base Camp. Machhapuchhre Base Camp offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, but we will continue trekking north until we reach Annapurna Base Camp.

Throughout the journey, we will be walking close to the Annapurna glaciers. From Annapurna Base Camp, we get a full view from Hiunchuli, Annapurna ranges – including Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.

Trek Hours: 6Hr
Trek Distance: 12.5KM
Altitude: 4130M

Day 6:
Trek back to Sinuwa

After the beautiful sunrise view of the mountains, we will trek back to Sinuwa. On the way back, we will bid goodbye to the enthralling views of white Himalayas. We will trek back via Macchapuchre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya, Dobhan, and Bamboo. Trekking through these settlements, You will have opportunities to interact with the locals. You can also know about their culture, way of life, traditions, and religions if you like to. After hours of trekking, we will finally reach Sinuwa.

Trek Hours: 7Hr
Trek Distance: 22KM
Altitude: 2340M

Day 7:
Trek back to Jhinu and drive back to Pokhara

Our trek continues through the serene rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests, ultimately leading to Chomrong village. However, we continue until we reach a small peaceful settlement called Jhinu Danda. From there, we will take a drive back to Pokhara.

Trek Hours: 3.5Hr
Trek Distance: 6.5KM
Altitude: 1780M

Day 8:
Drive back to Kathmandu

After our breakfast in Pokhara, we will take a tourist bus to drive back Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can rest for a while and do some souvenir shopping in the streets of Thamel. Also don’t forget to experience the nightlife of Thamel.

Day 9:

This is the last day of your Annapurna Base Camp short trek. Our representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Do not forget to remember us for your next trip to Nepal.


Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara flight ticket
  • Guide for trekking (Pokhara to Pokhara)
  • Pokhara to kathmandu Tourist bus ticket
  • Pokhara to Kimche private vehicle
  • Jhinu danda to Pokhara sharing jeep (Route Jeep)
  • Trekking permit
  • 1Nights accommodation in Pokhara
  • 2Nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 5Nights accommodation during the trekking (Tea house sharing basis)
  • All Tax and service charges

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
  • EXTRA PORTER : $25 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.


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What is the shortest trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

A strenuous challenging 5 Days Trek to Annapurna Base Camp is the shortest route tailored for young and fit trekkers traveling budget trips.

How long does it take to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

Annapurna Base Camp can be trekked within 10-15 days. However, it can be shortened into a 5-7 day trek for people having less time.

Is Annapurna Base Camp trek easy?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek can be considered moderate-difficult as some places have high ascend whereas the route is well developed.

Can a beginner climb Annapurna?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also suitable for beginners as well as first-timer hikers.

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