Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 Days

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Start and End: Pokhara and Pokhara
  • Trip Area: Annpurna Base Camp
  • Trip Style: Active Adventure
  • Age Group: 6 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Confirmation
  • Max. Altitude: 4130m
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep - Dec
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

The Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek (5 Days) is a brief but adventurous journey through the spotlights of the Annapurna region, a perfect alternative to the longer, classic trek. The euphoric experience it offers at a short duration while avoiding motorways has made it a favorable trekking plan, with its popularity growing each season.

The trails take you along river banks, beautifully carved settlements, colorful rhododendrons blooms, bamboo forests, terraces, and pastures. You will trek through the resting ground of the tall and most magnificent mountains such as Annapurna I, III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna.

This trip is one of the most loved 5-day trekking trips in Nepal. The short duration it takes for the trek and well-maintained hiking routes have made it accessible for all. Whether you are on a trip to Nepal or want to add another memorable highlight to your short holiday bucket list, the short Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the right fit.

The short Annapurna base camp trekking itinerary starts with a drive from Pokhara to Jhinu. Stone-paved trails lead you to Chhomrong. After a gradual descent, you'll reach Lower Sinuwa to spend the night. The trekking trail on the second day cuts through green fields and terraces to Deurali, a dreamy place with magnificent cliffs.

On the third day, you'll embark on a gradual climb to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and then to Annapurna Base Camp. You'll spend the night at the base camp itself. This allows you to witness the majestic morning views from the base camp the next day. After an eventful morning at base camp, you will tread the return journey from base camp to Bamboo.

You’ll conclude the trek with a dip into the natural hot springs in Jhinu. By the end of it all, you will leave with vivid memories of the mountains and the endearing hospitality from the brave Gurkha warriors of the Gurung communities.

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Highlights

  • Magnificent glimpses of Mt. Annapurna I, III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and more.
  • Awe-striking landscapes of Annapurna Conservation Area span from lower farmlands at Pokhara and Nayapul to the rugged yet aesthetic terrain of Annapurna Base Camp.
  • The Annapurna Sanctuary is home to 27 different plant species and more than 100 mammal species.
  • Mesmerizing sunrise view and sunset view over the towering massifs in the Annapurna region.
  • Celebrate the unique culture and hospitality of the Gurung, Thakali, and Magar communities.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Cost

The cost for a Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek (5 Days) starts from 380 USD per individual. This includes the cost of food and accommodation, guide and porters, permit fees, and transport, among other things.

Note that the cost per individual goes down if you come with a bigger group. The price for an individual trekker is 490 USD. If you come with a trekking partner, you can only pay 450 USD per trekker. Meanwhile, if you come in a group of three, the cost per individual goes down to 430 USD, and so on.

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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Jhinu and trek to lower SinuwaAltitude: 2,300 meters, Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 2:Trek to Deurali from Lower SinuwaAltitude: 3200 meters, Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 3:Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp Via Machhapuchhre Base CampAltitude: 4,130 meters, Duration: 4 hours
  • Day 4:Sightseeing at Annapurna Base Camp and trek to BambooAltitude: 2400 meters, Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 5:Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo and Drive to Pokhara (hot spring stop)Altitude: 822 meter, Duration: 6 Hours

Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Jhinu and trek to lower Sinuwa

Drive from Pokhara to Jhinu and trek to lower Sinuwa
  • Max Altitude2,300 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsLunch, Dinner

The first day starts with an early morning drive from Pokhara to Jhinu. The drive to Jhinu takes you through a scenic highway with elegant Machhapuchhre in the backdrop. First, you'll reach Nayapul within an hour from Pokhara and then the drive continues further to Jhinu.

Note that we may have to change vehicles midway if needed. If we cannot arrange a direct ride to Jhinu, we will either shuttle you from a taxi to a shared Jeep or make some other arrangement. Please stay flexible on this.

You'll cross the second-longest bridge in Jhinu and continue the gradual hike on stone-paved trails to Chhomrong at 2,140 meters. We'll have our lunch and rest at Chhomrong before hiking further to Sinuwa.

Day 2:Trek to Deurali from Lower Sinuwa

Trek to Deurali from Lower Sinuwa
  • Max Altitude3200 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll start the hike in the early morning from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali. The first one-and-a-half-hour hike from Lower Sinuwa takes us to Bamboo.

After a hydration break at Bamboo, you’ll resume hiking to Dovan and “Himalaya” for the next two hours. We'll have our lunch at a tea house in “Himalaya”.

The two-hour hike from "Himalaya" takes us to Deurali where we'll stay overnight. Tea houses in Deurali offer hot water showers, electricity, and fast internet.

Day 3:Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp Via Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp Via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Max Altitude4,130 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll reach the final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters on Day 3 of the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary. After breakfast at Deurali, we'll leave for the base camp.

The route takes some time until we reach a river shore and hike on the flat terrain for another half hour. We'll then gradually climb to Machhapuchhre Base Camp at 3,700 meters.

The true face of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range unfolds as we hike higher to 3,800 meters. Towering mountains like Annapurna II, III, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and numerous small peaks surround the entire landscape. Another half hour of slow-paced hike finally takes you to ABC.

We'll have our lunch, dinner, and overnight accommodation at a tea house in the base camp. Sunset over Machhapuchhre in the evening is worth watching as the mountains get illuminated in yellow, golden, and red.

Day 4:Sightseeing at Annapurna Base Camp and trek to Bamboo

Sightseeing at Annapurna Base Camp and trek to Bamboo
  • Max Altitude2400 meters
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The true colors of Annapurna massifs appear with the first golden rays of sunlight. As we wake up at 5:30, we'll hike to the viewpoint at base camp for the best views of the Annapurna range.

After breakfast at the tea house in ABC, we'll start our return to Bamboo via MBC, Deurali, Himalaya, and Dovan. We'll hike on the same trail we hiked up to the base camp. We'll get lunch at Dovan and hike another two hours to Bamboo where we'll spend the night.

Day 5:Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo and Drive to Pokhara (hot spring stop)

Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo and Drive to Pokhara (hot spring stop)
  • Max Altitude822 meter
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch

Today's the final day of our successful Annapurna Base Camp short trek. We'll start our hike in the early morning after breakfast at a tea house in Bamboo.

For the first hour, we'll ascend on the stone paved stairs to Upper Sinuwa at 2,360 meters. The hike becomes scenic as we again get magnificent glimpses of Machhapuchhre till Upper Sinuwa.

We'll then descend for another one and a half hours to the river below Chhomrong via Lower Sinuwa. After lunch, we'll descend gradually to Jhinu, cross the suspension bridge, and take a jeep ride to Pokhara via Nayapul. The jeep will drop us at the hotel we'll be staying in Pokhara.

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Cost Details

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Tea house accommodation along the way for 4 Nights
  • Transport from Pokhara to Jhinu and return to Pokhara
  • Experienced trekking guide and 1 porter between two people (porter not included for single trekker, available with extra cost of $80)
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and time card fees.
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries

Excluded

  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Trekking Gears
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara due to any reason
  • accommodations in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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Start DateStart: TuesdayApr 30, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayMay 04, 2024PricePriceUS$450StatusStatusGuaranteed

FAQs

  • You can commence your trip from anywhere in Nepal. While the itinerary starting point is Pokhara, you can have us arrange for your transportation if you’re in any other city. For example, we can arrange for your flight or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

  • Yes, all teahouses on the Annapurna trekking trail offer internet, charging, and hot shower facilities. Most also support American-type charging ports. You may have to pay extra fees for these facilities.

  • Considering safety and convenience, the 5-day itinerary is the shortest trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • The 5-day itinerary is a comfortable plan to base camp and back. While completing this trek certainly requires a certain level of physical fitness, it also welcomes complete beginners and novice trekkers.

  • Although a short trek, you will trek at altitudes higher than 4,000 meters. If you feel like you’ll experience some sort of altitude-related hindrances, you can carry Diamox to stay safe.

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 Days Reviews

5.0based on 8 reviews
  • Z
    Zisansha ZahirshaOctober 24, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Amazing trek to the Annapurna base camp

    The best trek of my life. I did the 5 day Annapurna base camp trek. Ram and his team were phenomenal and superb. My guide Bibek was the best guide I could have asked for. He was fun yet professional, super knowledgeable, and took care of everything I could have asked for during the trek. I have nothing but good things to say about Ram, the team, and my guide Bibek. And to top it all of, they were willing to take me on the trek during one of their biggest religious festivals (Dashain/Navrati), which was a huge sacrifice on their part.

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    Pauline HeyteOctober 24, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Great ABC 5 days trek

    I did a short 5 days trek organised by Sublime Trails to reach Annapurna Base Camp, with Kiran as a guide. I had a very strict and tight schedule for my vacation in Nepal and the trek needed to be planned ahead for this reason. I felt safe and in very good hands as the agency was always very reactive to my emails and whatsapp messages beforehand. My guide Kiran was very kind and very thoughtful and could answer all my requests, and I learnt a lot about the nepali culture during this trek thanks to him. I recommand 100%

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