Highlights of Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 7 Days
- Short Annapurna base camp trek is a budget trip to explore the adventure of the 10th highest mountain (Annapurna 8,091m) within a beautiful Sanctuary within 7 days.
- You enjoy picturesque and cultural great walks around the fantastic area on high Annapurna rolling green hills.
- Explore sub-tropical climate to alpine hills and end at polar temperatures of ice and glaciers.
- Nowhere in the Himalayas can complete treks to Annapurna base camp within 7 days.
- Experience different aspects of traditional activities of Gurung and Magar culture.
- It follows the raging river to its glacial source at high arresting Annapurna Sanctuary at base camp.
- Explore diverse flora and fauna.
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 7 Days Overview
The Short Annapurna Base Camp trek is a budget trip that is an ideal destination for enthusiastic Himalayan adventure trekkers. Still, the trek indeed covered the distance from alluring Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) within a 7 days time frame.
Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks organized the Annapurna Base Camp trek 7 days trip for trekkers who are very keen on an adventure surrounding the high Himalayas. It is an ideal trekking itinerary for trekkers who have limited time in Nepal, exploring the Annapurna Base Camp at a budget cost in a short time.
In a short duration, you will enjoy the trek from various perspectives from the cultural villagers of Annapurna conservation. The Gurung dynasty with its impressive practice and traditional life, enchanting woodland filled with lush green Rhododendron, Oaks, Firs, Bamboo, and Pines, trekking in the mighty shade gigantic Himalayas of the Annapurna region.
The Short Annapurna Base Camp trek itinerary is a phenomenal adventurous journey where you are staying overnight at a pleasing and cozy tea house. The tea house accommodations are facing excellent Himalayas vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range within a picturesque Sanctuary.
From Chomrong onwards with ups and down enter the deep gorge of the Modi River. It is protected with lush green forest following the Modi River upstream to reach a broad plateau at Annapurna Conservation. Also, enclosed by an array of white snow-capped Himalayas of the Annapurna massif range.
On entering into picturesque and alluring conservation, then we will reach our main target located at the east of Sanctuary. Here, you will be glorified with a fantastic panorama of giant high peaks, which neighbor you at Annapurna base camp (ABC). It is located at the foot of the 10th world highest Mt. Annapurna towers at 8,091 m, the first 8,000 m peak ever conquered in mountaineering history.
You will be enjoying marvelous moments while trekking to Annapurna base camp. And the return journey takes you through Chomrong while you reach Jhinu village. This village with a freshening natural hot spring is a great place to complete the walk with a short scenic drive to Pokhara after an exciting seven days ABC trek.
The trip begins from lovely Pokhara, the renowned touristic destination for its high altitude snow-capped peaks and lakes’ natural beauty. The trek starts with a short drive towards Chomrong village, populated by Gurung, the aboriginal family of the Annapurna conservation.
Note: Annapurna base camp trek can be customized per the guest’s time and interest. It can be extended to 15 days Annapurna base camp trek via Poon Hill. However, it will determine how long it takes to accomplish your destination. The trek can begin from various points and it will depend upon your time frame.
Best Season for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Nearly all seasons of the year, you can book 7 day Annapurna base camp budget trek package. March to May spring season will be the best time when wildflowers, especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower), are blooming. The walk will be more attractive with beautiful, bright morning till afternoon, with some rainy chances.
October to early December is another best month around Autumn/Fall and the beginning of winter, most days are unobstructed views and walks. But can be much colder with freezing temperatures as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.
In the Monsoon months (mid-June to mid-September), fewer trekkers venture to the Annapurna base camp. The lodge can be closed sometimes due to the harsh and humid climate, which makes the walking trails much harder and slippery. But much greener hills with lush vegetation in wet seasons.
Accommodation Tea Houses Trek
While starting a journey you had an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Annapurna conversation project which was unforgettable with each and every movement in your life. Time and again trekkers are looking for comfortable accommodation and they do also favor clients you can see along the trek luxurious tea houses on the basis of the guest choice that depends on their choice. This trekking route offers you various types of tea houses, it differs from the lower part of the trek and higher altitude of the trek but local tea houses provide the best hotel service.
Annapurna base camp short trek is a fabulous trekking trail, it leads from lower altitude to higher elevation Annapurna base camp is 4130m from the sea level. However, you don’t need to compromise any sort of difficulty to take part in the trek. There were moderate types of trekking routes and you can finish the trek within a week, so you don’t feel monotonous because the perfect local tea houses offer friendly and hospitality service.
Entry permit and requirement
For the Annapurna base camp trek you must have two types of trekkers permit;
- Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) entry permit
- TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.
Both Annapurna base camp trek permits can be acquired from the Nepal tourism board Bhrikutimandap Kathmandu Nepal and Pokhara Tourist information center.
You must bring flowing documents to get Annapurna base camp trek permits
- Passport photocopy
- Two passport size Picture
- Starting and ending trekking date
- Entry and existing date
- Emergency contact information (family contact number)
- Travel insurance details
Permit fees; Annapurna conservation project permits NRS 3000 per person for foreigners and NRS 1000 for SAARC citizens and Nepali 100 rupees per person.
TIMS card: NRS 1000 for foreign tourists and for SAARC countries tourists have to pay NRS 300 per person.
You don’t need to worry about that our company representative or guide will arrange all these things for your trip.
Pokhara Major Attraction
Pokhara is the best city for an excursion where you had abandoned options for the adventure. Except for tour and trekking you can enjoy Paragliding, Boating, skyline, and skydiving or you can meditate in such a cool and calm place where you could get the pleasure of the surrounding natural beauty. Pokhara is the city of Lake you can explore different five natural lakes and enjoy the shrine environment. Plus, you would have got some exploration of local villages and also experience of different ethnic culture and life. That is possible through the short Annapurna base camp trek, you do have that option because you are getting tired of hiking higher altitudes and refreshed from the beautiful Pokhara city.
Options via Poon Hill Trek (3210m)
If you have more than two weeks then why don’t you choose the Annapurna base camp trek via Poon Hill. That was the perfect 360 standpoint for the panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. That was the significant part of this trek where you got beyond that expectation because of the outstanding heavenly trekking trail and super views of crystal clear mountains range.
Besides, you do have an opportunity to observe sunrise and sunset views from Poon Hill. Ghorepani (2840m) will provide tea houses service, staying overnight and early morning 40 minutes’ walk offers mesmerizing views of mountains. From here you can see Mount Annapurna South, Himchuli, Bhara Sikhar, Machhapuchree, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and numerous mountain peaks.
Diverse Flora and Fauna
Short Annapurna base camp trek-7 days offers your diverse flora and fauna along the trekking route. This Annapurna conversation areas projects cover 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq. mi) areas and you can able to explore the natural beauty. During the trek, you can watch various types of birds, Himalayan goats, and different types of butterflies. Plus, this region protects rare animals like Snow leopards and Red Pandas, and some endangered species in this region trek.
Explore Machhapuchra Base Camp
Machhapuchere base camp is one of the significant parts of this trek where you can get astonishing snowcapped mountains like Fishtail, Annapurna II, III Iv, Gangapurna, and so on. Here, you can get a close view of snow glaciers as well as snowfalls. Here we can start our peak climbing to the Tent peak as well as others. Thus if you have sufficient time then it will be the perfect place to spend your overnight with the glorious lap of the Himalayas.
Enjoy natural hot spring Jhinu Danda
When you return back from the Annapurna base camp trek you really enjoy the natural hot spring and having a bath. It was popular another attraction for the trekkers and they loved to do that one. Natural hot spring is located on the bank of the Modi Khola River and every trekker feels better with the pleasant sound as well as the natural surroundings.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization
Annapurna base camp lies at the bottom of Annapurna I (8091m) tenth highest mountain in the world. The highest elevation of the Annapurna base camp trek is 4130m from sea level. Getting a higher altitude means a thinner oxygen level that can be hard to breathe in a higher elevation walk.
You have to get used to that in a higher altitude low level of air, walk slowly and steadily which helps your body hydrated. If you walk fast and are worried about the destination in less time that might be chances of dehydration and altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms are headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hard to breathe, fatigue, and so on happened over 2500m altitude. To overcome the problem of these symptoms you must have plenty of liquid (water, tea, soup and etc.), which will be keeping hydrated our body and lessen the chances of altitude sickness. For mild cases, you must have Diamox and get rest overnight, it will help you to overcome the symptoms of mountain sickness.
We have to cure symptoms of altitude sickness, and if the condition becomes worse should be transferred to a lower elevation as soon as possible. In such a way, if a patient could not get relief then we must transfer to city areas like Pokhara and Kathmandu for better treatment. Mountain sickness can be the cause of death sometimes if you neglected that. Our experience and professional guide will help you to make a situation better and don’t hesitate to ask them to find a solution. They are well-known about the Himalayan region weather and walking pace to minimize the difficulty during the trek.
Internet connections are easily available nowadays during the Annapurna base camp trek. Every tea house offers a Wi-Fi service and you can share your experience with your loved ones, relatives, and friends and posted some views on your social media.
We do have some options to use the internet by using a Sim card on your mobile phone like NCELL which is useful sometime Wi-Fi doesn’t work. However, sometimes higher altitudes it doesn’t work, so you have to use the tea house’s internet service.
Water is highly essential for the altitude trek because it keeps our body hydrated and out of the problem of mountain sickness. Therefore, you must drink 4-5 liters of fluid per day.
Since 2015 Annapurna region banned plastic water bottles and where you can easily access safe drinking water at each tea house along the trek. You must have to bring a reusable bottle along with you can refill it with hot and cold water that will be an affordable cost to buy a bottle of water. You can bring a Steri pen option that can help you to clean drinking tap water or you can also use medicine for purification. Mountain water is clean and pure and we didn’t find any impurities but you have to purify it while using it.
Plus, we can use iodine and chlorine but it will alter the test of water. Instead, you can add flavor electrolyte powder that will help you to avoid bad chemical tests and is easily available in Kathmandu pharmacy.
Having electrolytes in the drinking water that helps you to get some minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium, etc. you might lose while walking but you can get back with it.
During the trek, tea houses provide hot and purified water but you have to pay extra. It will differ as you are heading towards higher elevation and the cost will be rose as you walk higher altitude.
Packing list for Annapurna base camp trek
If you are really worried about packing for the Annapurna base camp trek then you should think about weather conditions and when you want to travel. It’s not a complicated task but you have to be careful while packing that will lead your voyage comfortable and enjoyable. Here is a general list for the Annapurna base camp trek;
- Pair of good ankle support shoes
- Daypack 30ltr with waterproof
- Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
- Down jacket
- Wind/waterproof light jacket
- Fleece jumper or jacket
- Inner trouser
- Socks and underwear
- Sunglass, sun hat, woolen hat
- Inner and outer gloves
- Headlamp, power bank, and batteries
- Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
- Towel, sandals, and toiletries
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag and liner, etc.
Most of the trekking gear is readily available to hire in Kathmandu. Therefore, make your luggage lighter and more comfortable and only necessary items bring with you otherwise ruined your travel. Thamel offers you a broad range of quality equipment and gear for the Himalayan region trek.
You can leave your spare clothes at your hotel. It will be safe and free of cost but you have to make sure to lock your luggage before heading towards the journey.
For the Annapurna base camp trek, you must have a good insurance policy that will cover most of the activities during the trek. So we are highly requested to have the best insurance company before starting the trek from your own home country. This trek’s highest point is 4130m altitude and your insurance should cover up to this level.
Our main priority is your safety during the Himalayan region trek, we are not doing any kind of delay or imposed during emergencies that much altitude. When you arrived at a higher altitude there will be thinner oxygen and trekkers usually suffer from altitude sickness, if not treated well it will cause them of dying.
Trekking in higher elevations you might face physical injuries and that should cover your insurance. Before the trip, you have to confirm whether injuries and emergency meet their policy or not.
Your insurance policy should cover emergency helicopter rescue and hospitalization, medical emergency, and so on and it can be expensive for you. Also, your insurance company requires vaccination before leaving your home town for the traveling country which will be helpful for you claiming the insurance.
Don’t forget to read the policy before printing it which will help you to confirm domestic and international flight cancellation and baggage loss insurance.
An unforgettable journey to Annapurna Base Camp
I completed the Annapurna base camp short trek with Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd in March. I found their management was excellent, and they provided helpful information while we asked about the trip. The company offers the best accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara along the Annapurna trek.
Our guide, Ram, was kind, helpful, and friendly, and he always made fun along the trekking trail. He has immeasurable knowledge and experience of the Himalayan region trek in Nepal. So, we finished our holiday with more adventure and a memorable lifetime journey. Thank you very much.
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