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
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5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a new itinerary starting from Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the highly demanded and well-received trekking in Nepal. Being one of the short, moderate grades hiking routes, and tea houses sophisticated with accommodation services, the shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara with a five-day itinerary in recent times is trekkers' favorite.

Annapurna Conservation Area, one of Nepal's largest conservation areas, is home to diverse landscapes, climatic zones, wildlife, vegetation, ethnicity, cultures, and the heaven of mountains. This area, sitting right in the center of the Himalayas range, has a lot to offer for trekkers, and among them, Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters is true elegance.

The route to Annapurna Base Camp undoubtedly is one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal with vivid colored rhododendrons, bamboo forest, terrace farming, grazing pastures, and towering Annapurna massifs. The Spring colors and Autumn colors on the entire terrain with beautiful settlements make you feel like staying here forever. On top, of the surreal atmosphere at the base camp with 360-degree panoramic mountains, golden on sunrise and sunset, awe inspires you.

Whether it's a sunrise glittering golden over Annapurna South, I, II, and III, or the reddish yellow over Mardi and Machhapuchhre in the evening, every moment you put your eyes on these mountains makes you feel like you're living a timeless moment. Your heart soothes, your soul relives, and your eyes never tire of glancing at the surreal heaven of Annapurna, it's that appealing. You'll live and breathe every moment.

Five days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

  1. Magnificent glimpses of ten mountains in the Annapurna Region, including Annapurna I, III, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and others.

  2. Awe-striking landscapes of Annapurna Conservation Area spanning from lower farmlands at Pokhara and Nayapul to the bare and rugged yet aesthetic terrain of the Annapurna Base Camp.

  3. Five days of the serene hike on one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal.

  4. Vibrant rhododendron, oak, and 27 different plant species with more than 100 mammal species and rare flora and fauna.

  5. Mesmerizing glimpses of sunrise and sunset over the towering massifs in the Annapurna region.

  6. Immediate prospect to one of the wealthiest cultural hubs filled with Gurung, Thakali, and Magar communities.

  7. Moderate-grade five days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trekking route suitable for aspiring high-altitude trekkers to kickstart their trekking journey.

  8. Handpicked itineraries, ultimate value guaranteed, seasoned trek guides, well-planned logistics, carbon-free and sustainable short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with Sublime Trails.

There are countless reasons why express 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be the best trekking experience for you. Here are a few of them for which enthusiastic trekkers like you love this trek.

Heaven of 7,000 meters mountains

The prime reason for trekkers' affection towards the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the new itinerary Itinerary starting from Pokhara is to hike close to mountains within a short time, roughly around 3 days. In this trek, trekkers hike 4,130 meters, to Annapurna Base Camp, and reach very close to mountains, almost a few kilometers away from Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna I, Singu Chuli, and much more.

Trekkers often hike to nearby glaciers around base camp to touch the snow coming down from the mountains. This is how close you'll be standing in front of various massifs in the Annapurna range. This is how tempting the landscape around the base camp is all year round.

There are altogether 10 mountains obvious from the viewpoint at Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna South at 7,219 meters, Hiunchuli at 6,441 meters, Annapurna I at 8,091 meters, Annapurna III at 7,555 meters, Gangapurna at 7,454 meters are visible on a clear and stable weather day in Autumn and Spring.

Furthermore, Khangsar Kang roc Noir at 7,485 meters, Tare Kang Glacier Dome at 7,069 meters, Singu Chuli at 6,501 meters, Machhapuchhre at 6,993 meters, and Mardi Himal at 5,553 meters all stand adjacent to each other.

Inspiring Landscapes

Fastest, a five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a new itinerary from Pokhara takes you through one of the most diverse and inspiring landscapes of Western Nepal. Starting this trek from Pokhara at 880 meters to the base camp of Annapurna at 4,130 meters has five to six different climatic zones.

You'll drive to Jhinu via Nayapul and Ghandruk where you'll get to see the most of terrace farming. You'll witness paddy farming in Autumn and wheat/potato farming in Spring. The fertile terrace farmlands of Chhomrong also show similar colors alongside mesmerizing glimpses of waterfalls and streams.

After crossing Bamboo and Dovan, you'll notice a decrease in the tree line and the landscape becomes more rugged and bare. Past Deurali, you'll encounter several herding Sheep grazing on the bushes near the Machpuchhre Base Camp area.

After Machhapuchhre Base Camp, past 3,700 meters altitude, there are no signs of bushes. The bare high-altitude terrain here freezes and gets covered in snow in winter. In Autumn, the tall grasses here turn yellow, garnishing the terrain golden with the scintillating Annapurna massifs on the backgrounds. 

The best part of being on the 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara is that you'll experience all these variations with no notice in a short period, nearly three days.

Comfortable Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route

If you're a first-time trekker and have no prior experience of any hikes at high altitude terrain, the five days Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara with a new itinerary can be the best trek to kickstart your trekking journey. Over decades, almost every trekker who plans Everest Base Camp Trek first hikes the short Annapurna Base Camp 5 days Trek. It's an ideal trekking destination that gives you insight into what high-altitude trekking means and what preparations you need to make for multiple-week hikes, like Everest region trekking.

Most of the trekking route, about 50-60% of the entire trekking route is stone paved and well-maintained. ACAP maintains the route to ensure the utmost safety of the trekkers while hiking. You'll get plenty of resting places and running water taps to refill and get hydrated.

Sophisticated Tea house services

Being one of the most commercial trekking destinations in Nepal, five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from Pokhara and offers you the best accommodation services. Throughout the trekking destination, almost all tea houses including at the base camp offer clean beds, warm blankets, electricity, internet, hot showers, and meals of your choice.

Being a trekker, you have to hike for almost 5-6 hours each day. At the end of the day, you have to be clean and warm. Thus, hot showers, particularly gas-heated showers offer you warm water to clean your sweat. On top, these showers will cost you around USD 3 which is very reasonable considering the services at high altitudes.

Routinely washed bed sheets, clean blankets, and pillowcases ensure your sound sleep throughout the trek and you can expect these services at every tea house in this trek. You'll also get locally generated electricity and internet services throughout the tea houses.

These best services throughout the five days of trekking are also a prime reason among trekkers to hike the short Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting from Pokhara.

Customizable Trekking Destinations

Annapurna Conservation Area is not only about trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. It has a lot more to offer to trekkers. After you complete your short 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and if you want to go for further hikes, you'll have multiple destinations to hike. 

You can go for Mardi Himal Trek that starts from Kande. Machhapuchhre Model Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and Ghandruk Trek can be other hiking destinations for you after completing the shortest Annapurna Base Camp trek if you have four to five spare days for trekking.

Five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek short itinerary from Pokhara

The 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary starting from Pokhara and ending at Pokhara is the fastest ABC trek itinerary available. Trekkers normally take 11 days, 8 days, and 7 days to hike to base camp and return to Pokhara. But, in short, five days  Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a new itinerary, your two trekking days get reduced with a drive from Pokhara to Jhinu and from Jhinu to Pokhara.

Every itinerary remains the same, you'll hike on the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route, you'll pass through every village en route, you'll reach the base camp at a steady pace, but only the major changes in this new itinerary are direct jeep ride to Jhinu and Pokhara instead of hiking from Nayapul to Jhinu and Jhinu to Nayapul. In this way, you'll practically save two days of the trek.

A short Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a new itinerary for five days can be best for trekkers who don't have a week-long vacation in Nepal. Within five days of starting this trek, you'll enjoy every offering of the region, be back in Pokhara, ready to fly back to Kathmandu, and ultimately to your homeland.

Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Jhinu and trek to lower SinuwaAltitude: 2,300 meters, Duration: 4 hours
  • Day 2:Trek to Deurali from Lower SinuwaAltitude: 3,200 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: 2,310 meters, Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 5:Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo and Drive to PokharaAltitude: 822 meters, Duration: 4 hours

Detail Itinerary

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

  • Max Altitude2,300 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The first day of your five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting and ending in Pokhara with a short itinerary starts with an early morning drive from Pokhara to Jhinu. The drive to Jhinu takes you through the 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.

You'll cross the second-longest bridge in Jhinu and continue the gradual hike on stone-paved trails to Chhomrong at 2,140 meters. The stone-built houses, stone-paved trails, and lively terrace farming of Chhomrong leave you in awe. We'll have our lunch and some rest at Chhomrong before hiking further to Sinuwa.

The route from Chhomrong descends till you cross a suspension bridge and make a gradual climb to Lower Sinuwa at 2,300 meters. We'll stay at a decent tea house in Lower Sinuwa for overnight accommodation and meals.

Day 2:Trek to Deurali from Lower Sinuwa

  • Max Altitude3,200 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll start the hike in the early morning from Lower Sinuwa to Deurali on the second day of the short Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the new itinerary from Pokhara.

The first one and half hour hike from Lower Sinuwa takes us to Bamboo. The hiking route to Bamboo is a gradual descent on stone-paved trails. We'll encounter mesmerizing glimpses of Machhapuchhre mountain till we reach Bamboo.

With some hydration break at Bamboo, we'll continue hiking to Dovan and the Himalayas for the next two hours. We'll have our lunch at the tea house in the Himalayas.

Amazing waterfalls, Buddhist prayer flags, caves, and beautiful landscapes on the prospect keep the hike entertaining. Crossing small wooden bridges over streams also keeps us attentive and thrilled all day.

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

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

  • Max Altitude4,130 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the 3rd day of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek from Pokhara with a new itinerary, we'll reach the final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 meters.

After breakfast at Deurali, we'll leave for the base camp. The route takes some time until we reach a river's 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 some higher to 3,800 meters. The entire landscape gets surrounded by towering mountains like Annapurna II, III, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and many other small peaks.

The hike to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp is comfortable but the increasing altitude makes us tired. So, another and half hours of slow-paced hike finally takes us to ABC.

Before reaching the tea houses, we'll stop for photographs in front of a board that says "Namaste. Welcome to Annapurna Base Camp".

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 covered in Yellow, Golden, and Red colors.

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

  • Max Altitude2,310 meters
  • AccommodationTea House
  • 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 viewing of the Annapurna range. Hundreds of trekkers group in the viewpoint for sightseeing before sitting for breakfast.

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 ABC.

Today we'll follow a decent hike to Bamboo crossing several mini bridges, streams, and inspiring landscapes. We'll leave Annapurna and Machhapuchhre behind as we hike to Deurali past Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

We'll stop at Dovan for lunch. We'll then hike another two hours to Bamboo where we'll stop for overnight accommodation.

Day 5:Trek to Jhinu from Bamboo and Drive to Pokhara

  • Max Altitude822 meters
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch

Today's the final day of our successful short Annapurna Base Camp 5 days 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. From the river, we'll hike the most tiring section of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route, the stairs of the entire Chhomrong.

We'll stop for rest and a water break at some sections of the final climb of Chhomrong before stopping for lunch.

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. It marks the end of our 5 days shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara with a new itinerary.

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What's Included

  • Meals: 
    5Breakfasts 5Lunches, 5Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 5 Nights
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Langtang National Park Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

What's not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 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.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • 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

Accommodation

Annapurna base camp trek accomodation

Annapurna base camp - Lodges

Annapurna base Camp Trek accommodation

Tea House Room - Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Additional Information

Accommodation in short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Tea houses in Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is one of the best and most commercial than other trekking routes in Nepal. Due to this, accommodation on your short five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be decent.

There are more than ten tea houses at every stop on the ABC Trek Route. Whether on the base camp or at Chhomrong, you'll get beds with soft mattresses, warm blankets, and routinely washed pillowcases and bed sheets at every tea house.

Often, in the peak trekking season of Annapurna Base Camp, carrying sleeping bags on your own can be the best option. It's because the tea houses get filled with vast numbers of trekkers, and thus, the blanket supply often becomes an issue. With your sleeping bag, you can get the optimum comfort, being warm and curling.

The rooms you'll get in 5 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be twin sharing, one double bed, and one single bed. At higher altitude places like Bamboo, Himalaya, Deurali, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, and Annapurna Base Camp, during peak trekking months, October to late November, and March to May, you may have to accommodate group sharing. Even at group sharing, you'll get the best available individual beds with proper hygiene.

Most rooms have attached bathrooms and running hot showers with electricity. You can also recharge your mobile phones and batteries at the dining hall or in your room at the tea house. But in most parts, you have to pay the additional cost for battery recharge and hot showers.

Meals in five days express Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Practically, your short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 days starts from Chhomrong; even you take a jeep ride almost to Jhinu and hike to Chhomrong. Chhomrong Tourism Management Committee regulates and approves the meal menu on the entire Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route.

The meals menu in 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek serves a wide variety of meals, whether Nepali cuisine or western cuisine.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary breakfast includes cereals with almost six varieties like oat porridge, muesli, fruits, cornflakes, and more. You can also have types of toast, Pancakes, milk tea, coffee, hot lemon and ginger tea, and much more.

The lunch menu includes Mo: Mo, Macaroni w/o cheese, Spaghetti, Lasagne, Burger, Sandwich, Nepali Dal Bhat, Biryani, Pizza, and a bunch of Korean Meals. Thukpa and noodles with plain rice and some salads can also be the best combo of carbohydrates, protein, and warm liquids for hydration.

The dinner meal remains almost identical to the lunch meal. However, trekkers can also ask for fried rice, soups, macaroni, pasta, a thick soup of beans and potatoes, thick soup, and Dal Bhat.

At the end of dinner, your trek guide serves you fruits and some salads as dessert items before you go for a comfortable overnight sleep.

Read our Meals in Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 days Blog to get a better idea of every meal you'll get at different tea houses en route.

Drinking water in five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Throughout the short 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you won't have any challenges getting drinking water. There are several ways with which you can refill your water bottles en route.

First, tea houses are the best places to refill your water bottles and hydration bladder. You can get both hot water and cold water at tea houses. They won't charge you for cold water, but you must have to pay some extra for hot water.

Second, the running taps throughout the route. You'll encounter many fixtures and water sources while hiking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek route. These waters are also safe to drink, but we recommend using water-purifying tablets and electrolytes.

Remember that trekkers cannot use mineral water bottles in the Annapurna region, past Chhomrong, to the base camp region. Hence, carrying a thermos, hydration bladder, or refillable water bottles becomes handy.

Ethnicity and Diversity of Annapurna Region

Just like Sherpa to the Everest region, Annapurna region is home to Gurung, Thakali, and Magar ethnic communities. The culturally enriched Gurung communities are an element to admire in 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

While trekking, you can see people wearing their ethnic attires and a significant sack-like attire on the back, mainly to collect wild mushrooms and other essentials if they’re going to farmlands. Red and white attires of the Gurung community are also significant attractions among trekkers.

Most tea house owners here belong to the ethnicity within the Annapurna region. So, their style of speaking, greetings to trekkers, and warm hospitality are heart stealers.

The traditional homes, stone roofs, stone paved trails, terrace farmings, and smiling faces throughout make the Annapurna region an enriched cultural hub.
 

Diversity in flora and fauna

Naturally gifted Annapurna region hosts nearly 22 varieties of forest at different climatic zones. One thousand two hundred twenty-six plant species in this region also include 55 other plants only found in Nepal, making Annapurna Conservation Area a treasure of western Nepal.

Not to mention, more than 100 varieties of mammals live in this region. If lucky, you may encounter some rarest animals like Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, and Tibetan Argali. ABC region is the only place in Nepal where you can find all six varieties of Pheasants. Endangered species like Snow Leopard and Red Pandas live on the foothills of Annapurna.

The five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not limited to trekking but also wildlife research, birdwatching, and conservation activities for these regions.

Sustainable & carbon-free 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Sublime Trails has always advocated carbon-zero and sustainable trekking and tourism in Nepal. From our start, we've dedicated our efforts to making every trip to support the local community. We support local community development by giving 1% of every trip we make.

We've also associated ourselves with carbon reduction projects. Due to this, our shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 days are planned according to these initiatives.

We also encourage our valued clients, joining express Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023 to abide by our motto.

Essential Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permits

For the 5 days of Annapurna Base Camp Trek short itinerary, for foreign nationals, two trekking permits are essential. These are the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits.

TIMS Card is the crucial short Annapurna Base Camp Trek permits as it carries detailed information about the trekkers. The authorities use the TIMS card for various informational and security purposes. TIMS Card costs around USD 20, but the cost may change for various reasons.

Next, ACAP, in five days ABC Trek, lets you hike any number of days you want inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. This Annapurna Base Camp Trek permit, ACAP, costs around USD 25.

Upon booking this trek with us, our team manages the essential permits for you before you start the short ABC trek. Thus, you don't have to take the extra burden of getting Trek permits from the authorities.

Baggage and weight limit for porters

Our five days shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek start from Pokhara. Hence, our trek porters carry your baggage and essentials throughout this trek.

Throughout this trek, our porter carries not more than 25 kg weight baggage when sharing the baggage with two trekkers. For any weight more than that, you need to hire an additional porter. We only provide one porter to two trekkers for this trek.

Since the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is only five days long, you don't need to carry much gear and a backpack.

For flights, you don't need to worry about the weight limits. Once you land at Kathmandu airport, you can take a taxi to Pokhara before starting the trek. If you wish to take a domestic flight, you can carry around 15kg, 10 kg of luggage, and 5 kg on hand carry.

Flight delays and transportation

Since 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting from Pokhara takes you to Chhomrong and lower Sinuwa on the first day, there won't be any involvement of domestic flights.

Before starting this trek, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara once you land in Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Pokhara flight barely gets delayed on a given day. Hence, you won't have to worry about potential flight delays.

Trekkers' safety and security

We always put safety as a goal to maintain on every trek and tour. We deliver our best to regulate trekkers' health safety from injuries, altitude sickness, food and water-related issues, and other issues.

Our trek guides come with first aid and basic mountain medicine knowledge. Apart from this, their years of experience in high altitudes will be handy in guiding you at every step.

Theft and robbery are almost zero throughout Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara. If you want, you can also use zip locks and pattern locks on your backpack for better safety and assurance.

You'll get the best possible evacuation at the right time during health emergencies and natural mishaps. Even during the worst case, you'll get helicopter evacuation from any point en route to the base camp.

Guides and porters' safety and security

Our trek guides and porters are crucial assets of our company. Hence, we always put their safety and security as the highest priority. There's no denying that the best experience of a short Annapurna Base Camp Trek for trekkers joining the group is only when the trek guides and porters are in the best physical shape.

Our trek guides and porters come with health insurance to benefit from the services during emergencies. Also, we ensure that our trek guides and porters get paid as per industry standards throughout the trek.

International Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is the most crucial document you must have for every tour and trekking in Nepal. Even though it's just five days, you'll hike nearly 4,130 meters. And it's near mountains with low oxygen and a risk of landslides and avalanches.

We encourage our valued clients to join our five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara by purchasing travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation and hospitalization costs if you need it. Your worries hike is only possible when you have a decent insurance backup.

Travel insurance benefits you from bearing the expenses of emergency rescue and medication bills throughout the trek.

Your 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek package doesn't include travel insurance. But, if you request our tour manager, we can recommend some trusted insurance partners if you miss buying one in your home country.

Annapurna Base Camp trek altitudes

Since you're on a five-day short ABC Trek, you'll have a short itinerary that starts from Pokhara, a drive to Jhinu, and starts the hike from there.

The first stop, Pokhara, sits at 822 meters. The second destination, Jhinu, sits at 1,800 meters. Jhinu is a beautiful village in Ghandruk Municipality with well-visited natural hot springs that trekkers visit after completing the trek.

Chhomrong, at 2,140 meters, is a beautiful Gurung settlement in the Annapurna region that comes after Jhinu. Lower Sinuwa, our first overnight tea house, sits over 2,200 meters. Upper Sinuwa sits at 2,360 meters, Bamboo village sits at 2,310 meters and Dovan at 2,600 meters. Himalaya sits at 2,900 meters, and our second overnight place, Deurali, sits at 3,230 meters.

The next morning hike for two hours from Deurali takes us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp, commonly known as MBC at 3,700 meters. Another two-hour hike from MBC takes us to our final destination, Annapurna Base Camp, at 4,130 meters.

Trek difficulty and preparations

The five days short Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting from Pokhara and ending at Pokhara is an easy to moderate grade trek.

Even if it's your first time trekking, with some fitness and physical exercises, you can reach the base camp at 4,130 meters. We'll provide a trekking guide and porter to support and guide you throughout this trek.

However, it doesn't mean that entire route sections are easy to hike. There are some sections where you'll get exhausted and need to take multiple rests. The ascend of ABC from MBC and stone paved stairs of Chhomrong can be challenging for you.

Hence prepare for about a month by hiking, participating in marathons, and practicing cardio exercises.

Altitude sickness and prevention

Altitude sickness can be a concern for you if your body doesn't get adapted to high altitude while trekking. 

Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek from Pokhara with the new itinerary from Pokhara is far safer from altitude sickness. Very few trekkers get this problem for various reasons.

With our new itinerary, you'll hike for four to five hours each day, and the rest of the day, you'll be at the tea house, taking a rest and getting acclimated.

What to do if you get altitude sickness on this trek? First, inform the trek guide about how you're feeling. Tell your guide if you've any headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and fatigue. These are the most apparent high-altitude sickness to trekkers. The trek guide will give you some medicines that help soothe these symptoms.

You can also contribute from your side to avoid altitude sickness. Drinking plenty of water, slow-paced hikes, breathing via the nose, eating adequate meals every day, 8-10 hours of sleep at the tea house, and anti-altitude sickness medicines are general practices to lower the risk of high altitude sickness. Acetazolamide tablets can be very helpful at high altitudes if you consider consuming them.

If the symptoms worsen, you'll be either carried down to lower altitudes or evacuated on a helicopter to Pokhara.

Gears to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

You need proper trekking gear for a better trek experience and comfortable hikes. You don't need to carry heavy backpacks for this trek, but you must carry essential gear.

For the upper body, you can carry a down jacket, multi-layered sleeves, fleece, neck warmer, woolen hat, thermoset, etc.

For the lower body, you can carry trekking pants, trousers, half pants, socks, trekking boots, knee brace, hip brace, etc. For better warming, you can also carry woolen socks that cover your feet below the knee.

Other essentials include lip balms, moisturizers, sun protection creams, water electrolytes, chlorine tablets, cameras, binoculars, mobile phones, power banks, books, etc.

With these, you'll be warm and comfortable throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek from Pokhara with a short itinerary.

You can also read our Annapurna Base Camp Trek Packing List Blog for a better idea of things to include in a backpack.

Weather, temperature, and best time

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting from Pokhara for five days is best in Autumn and Spring. The utmost visible outlook, clear weather, stable temperature, and rain-free days excite your Annapurna trek experience.

The vibrant autumn colors with Machhapuchhre Himal on the backdrop, the cascading rivers, and the towering boulders on a sunny day in Autumn are heart stealers. Also, terrace farming, rhododendron blossom, lively landscapes, verdant forests, water streams, everything becomes aesthete in Spring in Annapurna.

Summer, especially from June to August is not the best time for this trekking. The routes often get blocked by landslides and avalanches. Thus, trekkers don't hike to Annapurna Base Camp in summer to avoid the risk. In winter, the thick snowfall deposits on the entire trekking route past Deurali. Thus, the risk of avalanches and extreme cold can be harsh on trekkers.

The Spring and Autumn days in Annapurna Base Camp averages around 5-10 degree. The nighttime temperature averages around freezing. The summer days become warmer with temperatures averaging around 16 degrees. The winter days remains freezing in the daytime at the base camp and the temperature drops to -10 degree in the nighttime.

Tipping for guides and porters

The final day of your five days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara with a short itinerary ends in Pokhara on the 5th day.

This day is extra special, first, the trek ends successfully, and second, it's a day to tip your trek crews. Tipping trek guides and porters around 10% of the total trek expense you've paid for the package is usually in practice.

Your trek guides and porters' tips help them run their livelihood and family. Your tip isn't just money, it's support and motivation by you to our trek crews to deliver fantastic guiding services in the coming days.

You can also offer meals and dinner to the trek crews in the evening at Pokhara.

FAQs

  • Yes. There is a new short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary that starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara for five days. This is the shortest ABC trek you can get.

    On the 7 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek, trekkers usually start hiking from Nayapul to Jhinu on the first day. But, unlike 7 days, this 5-day ABC Trek from Pokhara involved the drive to Jhinu and Pokhara from Jhinu which practically saves two days of hiking from/to Nayapul/Jhinu.

  • No. There are no ATMs on this trek past Pokhara and Nayapul. Some tea houses may accept Nepali digital payment methods but it'll be better for you to carry Nepali currency for ease. You can exchange your currency at money exchanges in Pokhara.

  • The running water taps throughout this trek route provide fresh and safe drinking water for trekkers. Since the Annapurna region past Chhomrong is a plastic water bottle-restricted area, you can carry refillable water bottles.

    We recommend you carry electrolytes and water-purifying tablets if you want to. You can also ask for hot water in the tea houses but they'll take the additional cost for the hot drinking water.

  • Yes. Electricity is available everywhere on the five days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek except at the base camp. The tea houses in the base camp use solar-generated electricity and thus, they'll only provide electricity to those in need. In other places en route, you can benefit from the electricity by paying an additional cost.

    Hot shower is available everywhere, even at the base camp. You can take a hot water shower at any time you like.

    Wi-Fi on 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek works perfectly with decent speed. Trekkers benefit from the Wi-Fi by calling their loved ones from the base camp standing in front of mighty Annapurna.

    For these services, you have to pay the cost as stated by the tea houses. Generally, every one of these services costs around USD 2-3.

  • The most common Annapurna Base Camp Trek of 11 days starts from Kathmandu and that of 7 days trek starts from Pokhara.

    In 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you'll start the hike from Jhinu with a drive from Pokhara. Trekkers on an 11-day ABC trek hike to Ghorepani, Poon Hill, and Ghandruk before hiking to Jhinu. Further, trekkers on 7 days ABC Trek start hiking from Nayapul instead of driving to Jhinu.

    With 5 days shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a new Itinerary from Pokhara, you'll first drive to Jhinu and start the hike. Also on return, you'll take a jeep ride to Pokhara that saves two trekking days.

    To those who're already in Pokhara, the 5 days ABC trek can be the best. Also, if you've completed other treks like Mardi Himal Trek and Poon Hill trek, you can join the group or hike individually for 5 days to ABC.

  • The comfortable to moderate-grade Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Route is best for first-time hikers. The base camp sits at just 4,130 meters, making it the safest place for trekkers who don't have prior high-altitude trekking experience. But, you must have a certain degree of physical fitness and confidence.

    Our robust team, new shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary, best trek guides, and porters make your trekking the best.

  • The shortest ABC trek itinerary takes you to Sinuwa on the first day, Deurali on the second day, the base camp on the third day, Bamboo on the fourth day, and Pokhara on the fifth day. It's the express Annapurna Base Camp Trek short itinerary you'll find.

  • The fastest and shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek starting from Pokhara ends in 5 days. Thus, if you're in Kathmandu, you must reach Pokhara either by taxi or by flight to start this trek with the team.

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