Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

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In the heart of the mighty Himalayas lies a trekking adventure that transcends the ordinary and takes you into a realm of breathtaking natural beauty and cultural richness. Welcome to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, an expedition that promises to test your physical endurance and touch your soul. 

We invite you to join us on this remarkable odyssey through the Annapurna region, where majestic peaks, lush forests, and welcoming communities await your exploration. With every step, you'll journey closer to the soaring Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world, and the iconic Machapuchare, witnessing the dramatic transformation of landscapes, from the terraced fields of the lowlands to the pristine alpine environment of the Annapurna Sanctuary. 

This journey connects profoundly to nature, culture, and your inner explorer; it is more than just a trek. So buckle up your hiking boots and attach your bag as you prepare for a life-altering journey through the Nepalese Himalayas.

Reaching the base camp

Standing at Annapurna Base Camp, you're immersed in a world of awe-inspiring natural beauty. The grandeur of the Annapurna Massif, with its snow-capped peaks including Annapurna I and the iconic Machapuchare, envelopes you in a breathtaking 360-degree panorama. The base camp itself, nestled within the Annapurna Sanctuary, offers a surreal and serene environment, often dusted with snow or ice.

As you explore the rocky glacial moraine and take in the vistas, you'll also experience the magic of sunrise and sunset, painting the mountains with golden hues. The starlit sky above and the profound sense of accomplishment from conquering the challenging ascent create a lasting memory of this remarkable journey in the heart of the Himalayas.

Cultural encounter

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a remarkable journey that not only unveils the natural beauty of the Himalayas but also offers a profound cultural experience. As trekkers ascend through the lush foothills and charming villages of the Annapurna region, they encounter the unique cultures of Gurung and Magar communities. These villages, including Chhomrong, Sinuwa, and Ghandruk, provide trekkers with opportunities to immerse themselves in local life.

Trekkers can explore traditional Gurung and Magar homes, sample delicious Nepali cuisines like Dal Bhat and Momos, and even take part in cooking demonstrations. In the evenings, teahouses often host cultural performances featuring traditional dances and music, providing insight into the region's artistic heritage.

Along the trail, trekkers have the opportunity to visit Hindu temples and shrines adorned with intricate carvings and colorful flags, where locals seek blessings for their families and offer prayers. As the trek gains altitude, Buddhist monasteries or gompas come into view, inviting exploration of their serene interiors filled with prayer wheels and exquisite artwork. Here, resident monks follow Buddhist traditions, and trekkers may witness prayer ceremonies and partake in blessings. In the Annapurna Sanctuary, small shrines and chortens symbolize sacred spaces, creating an aura of tranquility amidst the stunning natural surroundings.


The Annapurna Base Camp trek, a celebrated Himalayan adventure, unfolds along a well-trodden path through Nepal's diverse landscapes. The trip from Pokhara to ABC and back to Pokhara covers 115 to 130 kilometers (71 to 81 miles).  From the charming lakeside city of Pokhara, you progress toward Siwai, as your trek begins.

Ascending through terraced fields and quaint villages like Ulleri and Ghorepani, you'll experience the warmth of local culture. After witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise at Poon Hill, the trail takes you deeper into the lush rhododendron forests to Tadapani and Chhomrong. As you venture higher, bamboo forests give way to alpine scenery en route to Deurali.

Finally, the journey reaches its zenith at Annapurna Base Camp, where you're enveloped by the grandeur of the Annapurna Massif. After taking in this breathtaking vista, you'll retrace your steps, returning with memories of an unforgettable trek that blends natural beauty and cultural exploration.

Brief itinerary

Day1: Drive from Pokhara to Siwai and trek from Siwai to Sinuwa

Day2: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali

Day 3: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 4: Trek to bamboo

Day 5: Trek to Siwai and drive to Pokhara


Departing from the vibrant city of Pokhara, the drive unfolds with awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges, which serve as a majestic backdrop to your adventure. The road weaves through charming villages such as Nayapul, a common starting point for treks. As you advance, you'll encounter the bustling town of Lumle and the quaint settlement of Chandrakot, each offering unique insights into the region's daily rhythms and cultural tapestry. These stops along the way add depth and richness to your journey. After 1.5 to 2 hours of drive, you reach Siwai the starting point of our trek.

Commencing in Siwai, a tranquil village nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas, you embark on a path that leads you through enchanting locales. Your trail carries you to Chomrong, a charming Gurung village delicately perched on a hillside, where you can relish local delicacies and soak in the awe-inspiring vistas of Machapuchare and its neighboring peaks. Continuing your ascent, you traverse dense forests and cross the graceful suspension bridge over the Chomrong Khola, eventually arriving at Sinuwa after 4-5 hours of trekking. Sinuwa offers serenity and an ideal spot for acclimatization before your journey unfolds deeper into the Himalayan wilderness.

The trek from Sinuwa to Deurali is a captivating 6-8 km journey of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, taking you through a series of enchanting places in the heart of the Himalayas. Departing from the peaceful village of Sinuwa, nestled amid pristine surroundings, your journey unfolds as you ascend gradually through a mesmerizing landscape. Along the way, you'll pass through Bamboo, a charming hamlet embraced by lush bamboo forests, and Dovan, a serene spot by the Modi Khola River. As you venture higher, the trail leads to the Himalayas, where the towering cliffs and rugged terrain create a dramatic backdrop. You will trek for about 3-4 hours before you reach Deurali. It is a significant waypoint on the route to Annapurna Base Camp, nestled amidst rocky landscapes with the resounding Modi Khola river as a constant companion.

As you leave Deurali behind, the trail leads you through the dramatic terrain, gradually revealing the grandeur of the surrounding peaks. About 1.5 hours of hiking takes you to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) which lies at 3700 m, where you'll pause to savor lunch and take in the magnificent views of the iconic Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). You'll eventually reach Annapurna Base Camp, the goal of your journey if you keep going. The 400 m rise from Machapuchre base camp to Annapurna base camp requires 2 to 3 hours of hiking. ABC provides a stunning view of the towering Himalayan giants Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and others while nestled within a natural amphitheater. This trekking section in the heart of the Himalayas is an amazing trip because of the sense of accomplishment and the overwhelming magnificence of the surroundings.

As you leave ABC in the morning, the sun bathes the towering peaks in a soft, golden light, providing a serene backdrop to your journey. The trail initially leads downhill, offering a fresh perspective of the sanctuary's lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and clear streams. You'll revisit familiar landmarks, including Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) and Deurali, where you can savor one last look at the dramatic mountains. Trekking through the Himalaya and Dovan allows you to relish the serene ambiance of the forested surroundings and the soothing sounds of the Modi Khola river. Finally, you'll arrive back in Bamboo after 5 to 6 hours of trekking, where the village's tranquility and the lush greenery welcome you, marking the end of your day's descent and a well-deserved rest in this peaceful enclave of the Annapurna region.

Departing from Bamboo, you begin your journey downhill, gradually transitioning from the high-altitude landscapes of the Annapurna Sanctuary to the foothills. Along the way, you retrace your steps through Sinuwa and Chhomrong, both nestled within the enchanting surroundings. Finally, after 5 hours you return to Siwai, where your trek initially began. This picturesque village, with its warm hospitality and serene atmosphere, marks the end of your remarkable journey through the Annapurna region.

The return drive from Siwai to Pokhara is a captivating journey that leads you from the tranquil foothill villages of the Annapurna region back to the bustling city of Pokhara. Departing from Siwai, nestled in the scenic hills, you pass through Lumle and Nayapul. As you continue your descent, you're gradually welcomed by the vibrant ambiance of Pokhara, a city known for its serene lakes, colorful markets, and vibrant culture. This transition from the serene mountains to the lively city allows you to reminisce about your trekking adventures while appreciating the modern comforts and conveniences that Pokhara has to offer. It's a journey that encapsulates the diversity and richness of the Annapurna region.

Included & Excluded Items in the Trip Package


    • All ground transportation (including airport pick up/drop from Pokhara) by private tourist vehicles.

    • Standard trekking lodge in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route. Some necessary equivalents sleeping bag & Down jacket (if you need one, return after the trek).

    • Full meals during trekking as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ).

    • Essential First Aid medicine items.

    • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking permit & TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

    • Professional guide (1 guide = 6 trekkers) their salary, accommodation, meals, and their insurance, Duffle Bag, T-shirt, and Trip certificate.

    • Our government/Local taxes and official expenses


    • Dessert & any types of drinks during the trip.

    • Your international air ticket & travel insurance.

    • Tips for the trekking crew members

Best Time to do this Trek

Depending on the season you choose to go on this journey, the Annapurna Base Camp trek has a variety of experiences to offer. Spring and autumn are the two main times of year for trekking. The rhododendron woods bloom and wildflowers cover the terrain during the spring, from March to May, making the pathways a riot of color. With no clouds in the sky, the majestic peaks can be seen clearly in the comfortable moderate weather.

The Annapurna region is a magnificent wonderland in the autumn, from September through November. The air is pure and dry thanks to the late monsoon rains. You'll be treated to beautiful panoramas of the surrounding mountains and paths in outstanding shape. Autumn also falls during a number of Nepal's most important cultural holidays, including Dashain and Tihar, providing a special chance to take part in the local customs and celebrations.

Although treks can be done during the monsoon and winter months it becomes slightly challenging due to rain and snow. Regardless of the season, always check the latest forecasts and trail conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Temperatures during Spring and Autumn Season


Daytime Temperature

Nighttime Temperature


20°C to 30°C

10°C to 15°C

Lower Elevations (up to 2,000 meters)

15°C to 25°C

5°C to 10°C


15°C to 25°C

5°C to 10°C


 10°C to 20°C

 0°C to 5°C

Base Camp

5°C to 15°C

-5°C to 5°C

Difficulties and solutions

The Annapurna Base Camp trek presents a variety of challenges, but with proper preparation and awareness, these difficulties can be overcome. Here are some common challenges and their solutions:

  • Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty: The trek reaches high altitudes up to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), increasing the risk of altitude sickness, which can include symptoms like headache, nausea, and dizziness.

Solution: Acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and taking rest days. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, smoking, and tobacco, and descend if symptoms worsen.

  • Physical Endurance:

Difficulty: Trekking for an average of 5 hours daily can be physically demanding, especially during steep ascents and descents.

Solution: Prior fitness training can help build endurance. Trek at your own pace, take regular breaks and stay well-hydrated and nourished.

  • Weather Variability:

Difficulty: Weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, leading to rain, snow, or extreme cold.

Solution: Pack layers of clothing for varying conditions. Check weather forecasts before each day's trek and be prepared with rain gear and warm clothing.

  • Trail Terrain:

Difficulty: The trail can include challenging terrain, including rocky paths, steep steps, and river crossings.

Solution: Wear appropriate trekking boots with good grip, use trekking poles for balance, and take your time navigating tricky sections.

  • Altitude-Related Health Issues:

Difficulty: Besides altitude sickness, other altitude-related health issues like dehydration and lack of appetite can arise.

Solution: Drink plenty of water, eat nourishing meals, and stay hydrated with electrolyte solutions.

Guides and porters

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek, we arrange experienced and licensed trekking guides and porters to ensure your safety, comfort, and a memorable trekking experience. Our guides are local experts with extensive knowledge of the region's trails, culture, and traditions. They provide navigation, ensure your safety in challenging terrain, and offer insights into the local way of life. They are often multilingual, including English-speaking, making communication easy for trekkers from diverse backgrounds.

We also arrange porters but you have to pay some extra charges. These individuals shoulder the responsibility of carrying trekkers' luggage and supplies along the trail. 

Tipping guides and porters in Nepal is a common practice to show appreciation for their hard work. A typical tip for trekking guides ranges from $10 to $20 per day, per guide, while for porters, it's around $5 to $10 per day, per porter.

Electricity and charging

Electricity availability and charging facilities vary along the Annapurna Base Camp trek. In lower elevations and larger villages, charging your devices is usually possible for a fee. However, at higher altitudes and in remote areas, access to electricity and charging may be limited and more expensive. It's advisable to bring power banks and conserve device battery life, and check with your trekking agency for updated information on charging options.

Drinking water availability

It is necessary to drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day since you are engaged in physical activity. Drinking water is typically available as bottled water, which can be purchased at teahouses and lodges. Additionally, there are opportunities to refill your reusable water bottles with purified water at various points along the trail, using water purification tablets or filters. It's important to use safe drinking water sources to avoid waterborne illnesses.

Mobile network and wifi

Mobile network and Wi-Fi availability along the Annapurna Base Camp trek are generally limited, especially at higher elevations. In lower elevations, mobile network coverage may be sporadic, and Wi-Fi at teahouses can be slow and require a fee. Our guide carries satellite phones for emergencies, but these are typically reserved for critical situations.

Banks and ATMs

Access to banks and ATMs is primarily limited to the lower elevations, such as Nayapul and Pokhara, where you can withdraw cash and exchange currency before starting your trek. As you venture into higher elevations and remote areas, banking facilities become scarce. It's crucial to carry enough Nepalese Rupees in cash for your trekking expenses.

Document required for ABC short trek

When embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal, you'll need to ensure you have the necessary documents to facilitate your journey. Here's a list of essential documents to carry:

  • Passport

  • VISA

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS)

  • Travel Insurance

We are committed to providing you with comprehensive assistance in obtaining all the necessary documents for your journey. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the visa application process, ensuring you have the correct visa for Nepal. We will also facilitate the acquisition of trekking permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card, making the paperwork seamless for you.

Documents and information required for Visa and permit application


You can obtain a visa application form at the airport or border crossing entry points. Fill out the form with your personal details, including your full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, occupation, purpose of visit (tourism), and duration of stay. After filling out the form pay the required amount of fee.

Here are the key documents and information you'll need to provide

Passport-Sized Photos


Travel Itinerary

Emergency Contacts

Proof of Funds

Travel Insurance

TIMS and ACAP Permit:

Application Form: Complete the permit application form. This form can be obtained and filled out in Kathmandu or Pokhara, for which we will assist you.

Copy of Passport

Trekking Itinerary

Packing list

Packing for the Annapurna Base Camp trek requires careful consideration to ensure you have the essentials for a safe and enjoyable journey. Here's a packing list to help you prepare:

  • Clothing:

Moisture-wicking base layers (top and bottom)

Insulating layers (fleece jacket or down jacket)

Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket

Waterproof and breathable trekking pants

Convertible hiking pants (zip-off pants)

Lightweight long-sleeved trekking shirts


Warm hat and sun hat

Lightweight gloves

Insulated gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)

Buff or neck gaiter

Comfortable and moisture-wicking underwear and socks

  • Footwear:

Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots

Flip-flops or lightweight camp shoes

  • Gear: 

A 40–50-liter backpack with a rain cover

sleeping bag with a minimum -10°C rating

lining for a sleeping bag

hiking sticks 

the flashlight or headlamp

sunglasses that block UV rays

tablets or filters for water purification

used water bottle

Duffel bag (used by porters to transport equipment)

  • Accessories:

First aid kit (including altitude sickness medication)

Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet paper, etc.)

Trekking towel (for showering in teahouses)

Insect repellent

Sunscreen (high SPF)

Lip balm with SPF

Personal medications and prescriptions

Camera and accessories (extra batteries, memory cards, charger)

Energy snacks (nuts, granola bars, etc.)

  • Miscellaneous:

Cash in Nepalese Rupees

Extra passport-sized photos (for permits)

Travel adapter (for charging devices)

Book and cards for entertainment

Trash bags

Alternative trekking options in the Annapurna Region

The Annapurna region in Nepal offers a multitude of trekking options beyond the famous Annapurna Base Camp trek. Here are some popular alternative trekking routes:
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Mardi Himal Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Tilicho Lake Trek
Upper Mustang Trek


Accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp trek primarily consists of cozy teahouses or lodges that are strategically located along the trekking route. These teahouses offer simple but comfortable rooms with twin beds, blankets, and pillows, and some even provide private rooms with attached or shared bathrooms. The communal areas in these lodges create a warm and social atmosphere, featuring wood-burning stoves or heaters to keep you comfortable in the evenings. 

You can relish a variety of local and international dishes in the dining rooms, ensuring you're well-fed after a day of hiking. While electricity and charging facilities are available in many teahouses, it's important to note that internet access can be limited, and mobile network coverage may decrease as you ascend. Overall, these lodges play a vital role in making your trekking experience in the Annapurna region both welcoming and memorable.

About Meal

Here's a list of food items commonly available during breakfast, lunch, and dinner while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp:


Eggs (boiled, fried, or omelets)
Porridge or oatmeal with honey or fruits
Pancakes or French toast
Tea or coffee (various options)
Fresh fruits (seasonal when available)


Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup with vegetables and meat/vegetarian curries)
Noodles (vegetable, egg, or meat)
Fried rice or fried noodles
Momos (dumplings, steamed or fried)
Pasta dishes (with various sauces)
Soups (vegetable, chicken, or mushroom)
Pizza and burgers (in some teahouses)


Dal Bhat (a more substantial version than lunch)
Rice and curry dishes (meat or vegetarian options)
Chow mein (stir-fried noodles)
Various vegetable and meat curries
Potato dishes (fried or curried)
Roti (Indian-style flatbread)
Desserts (in some teahouses)

Please note that food availability may vary with altitude, and the menu options may be more limited at higher elevations due to the logistical challenges of transporting supplies. 

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures for trekking.

Hiring a guide through a tour operator is highly recommended, especially if you're new to trekking in Nepal. Guides provide valuable navigation, cultural insights, and safety support, while porters can lighten your load, making the trek more enjoyable.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern as you ascend to higher elevations. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. Trekking agencies and experienced guides can help you manage these risks.

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

ATM and banking facilities are primarily available in the lower elevations, such as Pokhara and Nayapul, before starting the trek. It's advisable to withdraw enough cash and carry it with you for the duration of the trek.

Charging facilities for electronic devices are available in some teahouses along the trail, but they may come with a fee. It's advisable to bring a portable power bank to ensure you can charge your devices when needed.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered moderately challenging. It's suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. Proper preparation and acclimatization are essential.

You can bring your own trekking gear, but if you prefer to travel light, you can rent or buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

The highest point on the Annapurna Base Camp trek is Annapurna Base Camp itself, which stands at an elevation of approximately 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level.

While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. It provides coverage for medical emergencies, evacuation at high altitudes, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events, offering peace of mind during your trek.

Yes, there are several trekking routes in the Annapurna region, each offering unique experiences. Popular alternatives include the Annapurna Circuit, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, and various shorter treks.

While trekking in the Annapurna region, you may encounter various wildlife species such as langur monkeys, pheasants, and Himalayan tahrs. Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting a variety of bird species as well.

While the trek is manageable for those with a reasonable level of fitness, it's advisable for beginners to have some prior trekking experience and to trek with a guide for added support and safety.

Yes, trek itineraries can be customized to suit your preferences and fitness level. You can extend your trek, add side trips, or adjust the pace as needed. Your trekking agency can help tailor the itinerary to your liking.

In case of an emergency, contact your trekking guide or the nearest teahouse for assistance. Trekking agencies also provide satellite phones for emergencies. It's essential to communicate any health concerns promptly.