Annapurna Basecamp Short Trek
The Annapurna Basecamp short Trek is very good though who want to experience the mountains in short period. This is completely a unique trekking package to choose for a short holiday in Nepal. Exploring the Annapurna conservation area, the trek takes you to Chumrong (ethnic village), which is located on the foothills of Annapurna massif. This trek will take you to the foot of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna South (7200m) and more other small peak.
This(Annapurna Basecamp short Trek) 11-day journey starts with a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and its UNESCO listed World Heritage sites. Then the trip heads out of Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara. The famous city, with natural surroundings of the lake will be your host for a day before the trek begins. With a number of jump points, we take the most popular i.e. Nayapul then short off drive to Siwai and start the epic journey. A beautiful landscape unravels its serene beauty with tributaries all the way from the Himalayas cutting through the area. Hiking along beautiful ridges and thick forests will be a good combination. Along the trail you will pass numerous beautiful Gurung settlements of Chhomrong. In same time the beautiful Annapurna glaciers on the side of Annapurna Base Camp; walking on hidden valley makes more adventure for the lifetime trekking in Nepal.
The Annapurna Basecamp Trek is considered moderate in difficulty, suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. it requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization to the high altitude. However, the scese of achievement and the awe-inspiring natural beauty make every step worthwhile.
The best season to take on any trek in Nepal during March to May and September to November, but if you want a trekking in quite, other time will be best. Spring and autumn seasons are best for clear views, blooming flowers, and easy trekking experience.
- Reach to Annapurna Base Camp in short period.
- Enjoy with natural hot spring water pool.
- Magnificent views of Annapurna massif and Fishtail.
- Experience the Ethnic people culture, society and lifestyle.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at TIA (Tribhuban International Airport), a company representative will transfer you to the trip hotel. You can relax and refresh at the hotel. Later, you participate in a trek briefing at with our members of the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Explore the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which include, Swyambhunath known as a (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath. Marvel at the architectural design of these building and visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square. After visiting these sites, return to your hotel. You can also make final preparations for the trek on the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 Hrs
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll embark on a road journey west of Kathmandu to Pokhara city. Pokhara is a tourist city which lies 200km west of Kathmandu. We will drive through Prithivi Highway along the massive Trishuli River, lush forested hills, and colorful towns en route. The scenic ride will offer en experience of riding through the serpentine roads of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you will be welcomed with the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) Annapurna and Lamjung Himal range. Overnight at hotel at Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Siwai via Nayapul |3 Hrs and trek to Chomrung (2170m)
After having breakfast, we ride from Pokhara to Nayapul, your jump point, on a private vehicle. Nayapul serves as the gateway to the Annapurna Conservation area along with being the start point of the trek. After brief rest, we will take jeep through the off road, all the way to Siwai. Then we begin the trekking, to continuous uphill hike to Chomrung. Chomrung has conserved the ethnic look, lifestyle, and tradition of the village. Where we can savor the beautiful marvelous views of the Annapurna south (7200m), Annapurna III (7555m), and machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight stay at Chomrung.
Day 05: Trek to Himalaya (2920m)
After breakfast, starting the day early in Chomrung, catch the sun light up the Annapurna range before beginning the day’s trek. You will shortly start descending along magnificently laid stone steps. And crossing over mellow streams on wooden makeshift bridges, we further cross a bamboo forest on the way to Himalaya Hotel. Overnight stay at the Himalaya Hotel.
Day 06: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
A long day of trekking starts with a climb to Hinku cave. This will be an inspiring experience as you stretch over a cliff overhang to view the tall Himalayas right in front of you. Then we move to Deurali, afterward climb gently through a river bed then over steep trail over the mountain side before landing at the scared Mt. Machhapuchhre base camp, (Fishtail 6997m). From Machhapuchhre base camp we will enjoy majestic views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Gangapurna which looks completely 360-degree panorama. Then we trek along the foot of gigantic mountains for a couple of hours to reach Annapurna base camp (4130m). Overnight stay at Annapurna Base camp.
Day 07: Trek to Bamboo (2310m)
An early morning, we will have a great views of the Himalayas with sunrise on top. After breakfast at Annapurna Base camp, we will ready to return trekking back to Bamboo. Today trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Overnight stay at Bamboo.
Day 08: Trek to Jhinu Danda/Hot Spring (1780m)
After breakfast, we ready to trek to Jhinu Danda, our first part is uphill trek to Sinuwa, then downhill trek to Chomrung Khola. After crossing bridge at Chomrung Khola, we have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chomrung village, then the last part of the trail is steep down to Jhinu Danda. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy natural hot spring bath, which is just 20 minute away down from Jhinu Danda. Overnight stay at Jhinu Danda.
Day 09: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (820m)
Today is last day of our trekking, on our way back to Nayapul, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal and views of Annapurna South and Fishtail is amazing. Our trek will end at Nayapul, then we will take a car/van back to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
We take an early morning drive towards Kathmandu. Following the Prithivi Highway, the drive offers beautiful views of the hilly landscapes and gushing rivers along the way. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final departure towards your destination
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our representative will drop to you airport approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule.
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Annapurna Basecamp Short Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the physical requirements?
Annapurna Basecamp Trek requires you to trek at an altitude of maximum 4130m and up to 5- 7 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg bag. We recommended you to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
Do I need insurance before the Trek?
Yes, you need to be insured before the adventure trekking in Nepal from your home country. However, we will be always with you taking care of throughout the whole Annapurna Basecamp trek.
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
Yes, there is a good facility of bank and ATM in Pokhara and Nayapul.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude?
There is a huge change of AMS problem i.e. Acute Mountain Sickness problem. It may cause some problems as you trek higher above 3500-meter altitude (11,482 ft.). But don’t worry about that. We have carefully designed our Annapurna Basecamp trek itinerary with sufficient time for acclimatization and less walking time each day. And our experienced trek guide will be helping you with it.
What is the best time of year for Annapurna Basecamp Trek?
Annapurna Basecamp Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
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