Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek
Short ABC Trek
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Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

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Duration5 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4,130m.
Group Size1-14
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeMarch-May and Mid Sept-Dec

The Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek offers an exhilarating 5-day journey through the Annapurna region, balancing scenic beauty and cultural immersion. This condensed version of the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek leads to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna, the world's 10th highest peak, providing all the stunning vistas and cultural insights of the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek.

Trekkers traverse diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rugged terrains, experiencing the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and exploring the unique charm of Nepal Trekking Tours. The Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek captures the essence of Himalayan Treks, offering breathtaking views, serene surroundings, and the warmth of Nepal's hospitality.

Suitable for enthusiastic hikers in good health, the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is achievable without prior high-altitude experience. This trek is ideal for those with limited time, offering daily hikes lasting 6 to 9 hours, attracting hikers from around the world for Annapurna Region Trekking.

The trek’s popularity continues to grow, and with its compact timeline, the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek delivers a complete adventure, covering all aspects of the ABC trekking experience, from the price to the journey itself, making it an appealing option for Short Treks Nepal.

Highlights of Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

  • Storied Trails: Traverse the same renowned paths as the traditional Annapurna Base Camp trek, surrounded by the awe-inspiring Annapurna massif, offering breathtaking mountain vistas.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Gurung and Magar communities, where traditions are as captivating as the landscapes they inhabit.
  • Starting Point: Begin your journey at Nayapul, with a short drive from Pokhara, passing through lush forests, terraced farms, and villages steeped in Nepalese traditions.
  • Safe and Enjoyable: The trek is strategically designed to be safe and enjoyable throughout the year, minimizing the risk of altitude sickness, making it suitable for a wide range of trekkers.
  • Comprehensive Package: Take advantage of a comprehensive package, including permits, meals, lodgings, trekking gear rental, and the support of experienced guides, ensuring a safe and enlightening trekking experience.
  • Additional Benefits: Complimentary airport transfers, a trekking map, and a T-shirt enhance the journey, providing special souvenirs to remember your trek by.

Difficulty of the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

The Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek offers a balanced trekking experience, classifying it as moderate. It's suitable for both beginners and seasoned hikers, requiring no prior high-altitude trekking experience. The trek involves several hours of hiking each day, making it accessible to those in good physical condition.

The itinerary is designed for gradual acclimatization, despite reaching altitudes above 4,000 meters. Proper hydration and nutrition are emphasized, with guides available to ensure your wellbeing and make adjustments as needed for a safe ascent.

For trekkers seeking more extended experiences, we offer alternative treks within the Annapurna region, each presenting its own unique set of challenges and rewards, catering to a range of trekking enthusiasts.

What can you expect during the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek over 5 days with Recreation Holidays?

  • Scenery: The trek offers some of the most impressive landscapes in the world, including breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, the iconic Machhapuchhre, and the Himchuli peaks. The trail leads through diverse terrains, from lush rhododendron forests to terraced farms and river valleys.
  • Challenge: The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek requires 5 to 7 hours of daily trekking, with considerable elevation gains, especially on the first day. The ascent takes you to altitudes over 4,000 meters, making proper acclimatization crucial.
  • Cultural Experiences: The trek provides rich cultural immersion, passing through villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. You'll experience their traditions firsthand and enjoy the renowned hospitality of the tea houses where you'll stay.
  • Guidance: Experienced guides from Recreation Holidays will accompany you, well-versed in the trail, culture, and potential challenges such as altitude sickness. They carry essential gear and a comprehensive first aid kit to ensure your safety.

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) Cost for 2024

The cost for the Short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek ranges from USD 450 to USD 645 per person. The final price depends on the additional services you choose to include.

Base Cost:

  • The base price typically covers basic tea house accommodations during the trek, three daily meals, a professional English-speaking trekking guide, and ground transportation from Pokhara to the trek starting point and back to Pokhara after the trek.

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Flights: Adding a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back will cost an additional USD 212.
  • Accommodation: If you prefer to include accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there will be extra charges based on your choice of lodging.
  • Ground Transportation: If you choose to travel by road, transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back can also be arranged at an additional cost.

This flexible pricing structure allows you to customize your trek based on your preferences and budget, ensuring a memorable and personalized trekking experience.

ItineraryExpand All

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers an exhilarating 5-day journey through scenic landscapes and vibrant cultures. The trek covers diverse terrains, from picturesque villages to rugged trails, leading to the Annapurna Base Camp. With a mix of challenging ascents and descents, comfortable accommodations, and cultural immersion, this trek provides a complete Himalayan experience.


Start your journey from Pokhara with a scenic drive to Simroong, taking in picturesque landscapes along the way. From there, begin the trek at Matque, leading through charming villages, crossing the New High Suspension Bridge, and ascending a steep trail to Chhomrong. The day concludes with a descent and subsequent climb to Lower Sinuwa, where comfortable Tea Houses provide rest after the day's adventures.

Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours. Travel Distance: 6km trek/hike, 55km drive

Max Altitude: 2,140mMeals: L, DAccommodation: Tea House

The trek continues with a gentle climb from Lower Sinuwa to Sinuwa village, followed by a descent into Bamboo. After a refreshing tea break, ascend through the lush forest to reach Dovan, where lunch is served at Upper Dovan. The trek progresses through the mystic Hinku Cave to the day's final destination, Deurali, a serene stopover nestled among the high mountains.

Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours. Travel Distance: 13km

Max Altitude: 2,920m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Tea House

Begin the most thrilling segment of the trek by departing from Deurali, making your way through the serene Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). The path gradually ascends towards the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), a breathtaking amphitheater surrounded by the mighty Himalayan peaks. This offers awe-inspiring views and a surreal sunset over the glaciers.

Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours. Travel Distance: 8km

Max Altitude: 4,130m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Tea House

Awaken to the golden hues of sunrise on Annapurna I. With the morning light, begin your descent from ABC, retracing your steps through the stunning landscapes, offering a new perspective of the majestic valleys and vibrant woodlands. Depending on your progress, you can opt to stay in Bamboo or continue further to Sinuwa.

Overnight Stay: Bamboo or Sinuwa Tea House. Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Tea House

On the final day, meander through the terraced fields, passing Chhomrong one last time, and detour to the soothing Jhinu Danda hot springs. After a well-deserved rest, complete the final leg of the trek to Siwai, where a drive back to Pokhara awaits. Celebrate the successful completion of the trek with Recreation Holidays, culminating with a farewell dinner and cultural immersion in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Trekking Duration: 3 hours. Drive to Pokhara: 2-3 hours

Please note, the actual times and overnight locations are approximate and serve to guide the journey. Recreation Holidays allows travelers to trek at their own comfort level, ensuring both acclimatization and enjoyment throughout this unforgettable experience.

Meals: B
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Trip Service Details
  • Ground transportation from Pokhara to the trekking starting point and back to Pokhara after the trek.
  • All meals on board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • 4 nights of accommodation on a twin-sharing basis at the teahouses during the trek.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits and TIMS card.
  • Local and Government taxes.
  • Trained, experienced, Government-certified trekking staff, including guides and other supporting staff.
  • Salary, food, accommodation, insurance, and basic equipment for all trekking staff.
  • Achievement certificate upon request.
  • Nepal Visa entry fee.
  • Food and accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking gear, accessories, and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as mineral water, snacks, bar bills, beverages, internet, phone bills, laundry, etc.
  • Porter service during the trek (USD 120 per porter, 15-20 kg max).
  • Expenses from natural disasters, mishaps, or unforeseen events (e.g., weather or airline issues) are non-refundable and non-transferable, including if you voluntarily choose to leave the trek early or due to any medical emergencies.
  • Tips and gratuities for all trekking staff.
  • Any costs not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section.
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Accommodations and Meals on the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lodging and Meals: The tea houses provide comfortable accommodations at the end of each trekking day, offering cozy rooms with necessary amenities. Solo female travelers are provided with private rooms at no extra cost. All lodgings are chosen for their mountain views and hospitality.

Recreation Holidays ensures that all meals are included, offering a variety of local and international dishes to fuel your journey. Start each day with a hearty breakfast from options such as Tibetan bread, chapati with cheese, or familiar Western choices, paired with a hot beverage. Lunches and dinners offer Nepali cuisine like Thukpa and Dahl Bhat, as well as international meals for a comforting end to your active day.

Breakfast: Tibetan Bread, Chapati, Oatmeal, French Toast, Eggs, Pancakes, Porridge

Lunch & Dinner: Thukpa, Dahl Bhat, Momos, Pastas, Soups, Sandwiches, Pizzas

Desserts & Snacks: Rice Pudding, Apple Pie, Popcorn

Hot Beverages: Various Teas, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Hot Juices

Water and Wellness: Proper hydration is crucial on the Annapurna trails. Recreation Holidays provides access to safe drinking water, including bottled mineral water or refilling from mountain streams using a Lifestraw or purification tablets.

Post-Trek Accommodations

Upon completing the trek, Kathmandu's hospitality awaits, with options ranging from luxury hotels to boutique stays. Recreation Holidays can assist in booking accommodations to ensure your time in Kathmandu matches the comfort of your trek.

Annapurna Trek Safety with Recreation Holidays

Recreation Holidays prioritizes your safety, with experienced local guides equipped with essential gear and a comprehensive first aid kit. Personal medication is recommended to complement these supplies. In the event of an emergency, a rescue helicopter service is available to transport affected clients to lower altitudes or back to Kathmandu for medical attention.

Safety Advisory: Stay vigilant on the trails, particularly in narrow sections, as mules and yaks are common, transporting supplies to remote locations. Stay within safe zones and be mindful of the animals that share the path.

Managing Personal Expenses

Recreation Holidays ensures that all meals are included in the package, as detailed in the program itinerary. Any additional personal expenses, such as snacks, bar bills, or beverages outside of the provided meals, will be at your own cost.

Essential Packing List for the short Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek

To make the most of your trek with Recreation Holidays, here's a recommended packing list. These items are also available for purchase in Kathmandu's trekking shops:

  • Clothing: Thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, waterproof shell jacket (windcheater), down jacket (provided by Recreation Holidays if needed), fleece or wool trousers, at least two pairs of trekking pants, woolen gloves or mittens, hiking socks, sturdy trekking shoes with spare laces, underwear, swimsuit for hot springs, casual clothes (cotton trousers, t-shirts)
  • Accessories: Sunglasses for UV protection, a daypack (40L or larger) with a small padlock, trekking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Sleep Gear: Sleeping bag (provided by Recreation Holidays if needed)
  • Water and Health: Water purification tablets or a portable purifier, personal toiletries (quick-dry towel, tissue, sanitizers, lip balm, moisturizers, sunscreen), personal first aid kit for individual needs

Yes, it is strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance before traveling to Nepal. Arranging insurance in your home country may offer more comprehensive coverage.

Credit cards are generally only accepted in Nepal's cities. In the mountains, most places do not accept credit cards, so it's advisable to carry cash in the local currency for purchases along the way.

Annapurna Base Camp reaches an elevation of 4130 meters above sea level.

Yes, your luggage can be safely stored at either our hotel or office while trekking, with secure storage facilities for peace of mind.

There's no need to carry a large amount of food, as three meals a day will be provided. However, bringing high-energy snacks like power bars or cereal bars, and hydration supplements like powdered Gatorade, can be helpful.

Teahouses provide standard meals, including hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, such as rice and noodle dishes, soups, vegetables, cereals, bread, and eggs. Snacks such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks are available, with fresh fruit in season in some areas. Packaged water can be purchased, or you can refill bottles with boiled water, using purification pills.

In cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, hotels generally offer modern amenities with attached bathrooms. For luxury, 4-star and 5-star hotels can be arranged at an additional cost. In the mountains, teahouses provide basic facilities, with shared bathrooms and dormitory-style sleeping arrangements in some places.

If you become sick, descending to a lower altitude with assistance from the staff is usually the first step. For serious illness or injury, we coordinate an emergency helicopter evacuation. It's vital to ensure your travel insurance covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuations.

Yes, most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Nepal. Ensure you have two passport-sized photos for the visa application.

It's absolutely safe for solo female travelers, particularly when trekking with our reliable Alpine Ramble team, which has a history of successfully conducting treks for solo female travelers in the Nepalese Himalayas.

The optimal months for trekking in Nepal are during Autumn (September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, May), offering clear skies, favorable weather, and excellent trail conditions.

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