Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 5 Days

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Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration5 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4130 Meter
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Pokhara
  • Ends Pokhara

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek of 5 days is the quickest route to the base camp of the world's tenth-highest mountain, Mount Annapurna. Embark on this thrilling adventure through the Himalayan region's natural and cultural wonders in just 5 days. 

Comparatively easier and shorter, Annapurna 5 day trek is the trip for you if you want to encounter the marvelous side of nature of the region while also experiencing the rich culture and traditions in less than a week. 

The journey begins with a scenic drive to Motkyu via Nayapul, from Nayapul you will hit the trail heading to Chhomrong. You will then trace your steps to Himalaya, and then to the Annapurna base camp situated at an elevation of 4130 m. On the third day of the trekking, you will reach the base camp that welcomes you with a 360-degree view of the Annapurna mountain range. 

The return trail takes you through Bamboo and then back to Motkyu from where you will make your way to Pokhara. A perfect journey that includes a diverse side of nature and culture of the Annapurna region, the ABC Trek itinerary 5 Days is an ideal choice for those with limited time on their hands. 

Himalayan Recreation invites you to join this 5 day ABC trek for an unforgettable Nepal trekking experience in a compact timeframe. With experienced guides, comfortable accommodations, and delicious meals, you're sure to have an incredible adventure.

Major highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Short trek

  • Get spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range.
  • Learn about different ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions as you traverse through the region.
  • Enjoy a short yet remarkable trek that provides you with a thrilling experience.
  • Experience the ethnic local lifestyle on the way.
  • Pass through lush forests, traditional settlements, and water cascades.

Why you should choose the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The Short Annapurna base camp trek is the best option if you're looking for a thrilling adventure in a shorter time. In just 5 days, you'll stand at the base of the world's tenth-highest mountain, surrounded by stunning Annapurna peaks. 

This trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and local culture, letting you experience the Annapurna Himalayan region's best in a shorter duration. If you're tight on time but eager for a memorable journey, the short ABC trek is an excellent choice. You will reach the base camp of the tenth-highest mountain and witness the magnificent close-up views of the wide range of mountains in less than a week. 

Is the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking an Ideal Choice For You?

The short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is designed for those seeking a remarkable trekking experience without committing to an extended and physically strenuous journey. 

If you're relatively fit and excited to witness breathtaking mountain vistas, encounter local communities, and step into the Annapurna Sanctuary in a limited time then, this trek is perfect for you. Even if you're a beginner trekker, this is an ideal itinerary for all levels of trekkers. Similarly, if you have trekking and hiking experience then, this trek will be relatively leisurely for you. 

How to get ready for the Annapurna 5 day trek?

Preparing for the 5 days Annapurna Base Camp trek starts with first considering your physical fitness level. A bit of pre-trek exercise will be beneficial as you will have to walk for around 5 to 6 hours on average each day during the trek. 

Make sure you have suitable trekking attire and sturdy shoes. Pack essential items like warm clothing, a rain jacket, a hat, and sunglasses. Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning views. During the trek, stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle, and bringing along energy-boosting snacks. Lastly, embrace the excitement as you set off on this unforgettable journey and take in every moment in nature.

Maximum altitude of the 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The highest point of the 5 days Annapurna Base Camp trekking is the Annapurna Base Camp itself, situated at an altitude of 4,110 meters (13,484 feet) above sea level. This is the main highlight of the trek where you'll be surrounded by stunning mountains and icy vistas, creating a truly unforgettable experience for you.  

Short ABC trek itinerary 5 Days

Our short ABC trek itinerary 5 Days is designed for a wide range of trekkers from beginners to experts and contains a natural and cultural richness of the Annapurna region. To provide each trekker with a personalized trekking experience, we also offer a customization service where you get to customize and change the elements of the package according to your timeframe and preference. 


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  • Max Altitude:2140m
  • Time:4-6 Hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Your trek kicks off today with a picturesque drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, which is followed by a short ride to Motkyu. From there, you will begin the walking journey as the trail leads you through terraced fields, quaint villages, and lush green forests. 

As you climb, you will be greeted by the splendid view of the Annapurna and Machapuchare peaks along with the diverse landscape. After around 4 to 5 hours of walking, the day concludes in Chomrong, which is a charming Gurung village with stunning mountain vistas. Overnight stay in Chhomrong.

  • Max Altitude:2900m
  • Time:6-7 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Leaving Chomrong, today you will descend to the Chomrong Khola River and cross a suspension bridge heading toward Himalaya. Ascending the stone steps, you'll reach Sinuwa, an enchanting forested area. 

The trail then winds through rhododendron and bamboo forests, leading you to Himalaya. Along the route, you will pass by several other small settlements that give you a spot to rest and relax. After walking for around 6 to 7 hours, you will finally reach the Himalaya which is a serene spot that offers peaceful surroundings and a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks in the distance. Overnight stay in Himalaya. 

  • Max Altitude:4130M
  • Time:6-7 Hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today's journey is a highlight of the trek, as you trek closer to the iconic Annapurna Base Camp. The trail unfolds amidst stunning alpine meadows as you leave the Himalaya behind and head to the Machapuchare Base Camp. Machhapucjre base camp also offers you some stunning sights of the mountains and hills and after spending some time there you will continue the walk to the ABC. 

As you approach the Annapurna Sanctuary, the panoramic views become breathtaking. Stepping into the base camp feels surreal, with colossal peaks towering around you, creating a truly unforgettable moment. You will further get to witness the majestic sunset view from the base camp. Overnight stay in Annapurna base camp. 

  • Max Altitude:2340m
  • Time:6-7 Hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

It is a day to bid bye to the Annapurna base camp today. Descending from Annapurna Base Camp, you retrace your steps through the vibrant landscape and head to Bamboo. The journey takes you back through Deurali and Himalaya on the way, offering fresh viewpoints of the surrounding mountains.

The walk today is mostly downhill and you will arrive in Bamboo after a walk of around 6 hours. Bamboo nestled along the Modi Khola provides a cozy resting place amid the tranquility of the forested surroundings. Overnight stay in Bamboo. 

  • Max Altitude:820m
  • Time:8-9 Hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

As your trek nears its end, today you will trek back to Motkyu from Bamboo. You'll pass through villages, terraced fields, and a diversity of flora along the way. The trail winds down through forests, and you'll cross suspension bridges over rushing rivers. 

Returning to Motkyu, you embark on the drive back to Pokhara. As you bid farewell to the Annapurna region, you carry back cherished memories of your journey amidst the Himalayan splendor. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • 4-night Accommodations during the trek
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage (1 Porter=2 Clients)
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • Trekking Permits needed and TIMS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
Cost Excludes
  • Tips for trekking staff
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included a section

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Tuesday Jun 25, 2024
Ends:Saturday Jun 29, 2024
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Know Before You Go

Free Airport Pick Up And Drop Facilities

As the trip begins with a drive to Motkyu via Nayapul, we also offer you an extra service of free airport pick-up during your arrival time. Similarly, after the successful completion of your trek, you will be escorted to the airport for your departure.

Transportation facilities during the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Motkyu via Nayapul, you will have a private vehicle ride for this. Similarly, after the completion of the trek, you will again have a private vehicle ride from Motkyu to Pokhara. 

Packing list and essentials for the Shortest Route to Annapurna Base Camp

Key essentials for the shortest route to Annapurna Base Camp include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, a rain jacket, a comfortable backpack, a water bottle, a first aid kit, toiletries, and a camera to capture memories. If you do not already have the essentials, you can rent or buy the gear and equipment in Pokhara for which our guide will help you.

If you want to learn more about the Packing list and essentials for trekking in Nepal.

Luggage and storage facility in the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 5 Days

If you have any extra luggage that cannot be carried on the trek, you will be able to store it in Pokhara, where you can leave any excess belongings that you won't need during the trek. This ensures you can travel light and comfortably on the trail.

Best time for the 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Short trek

The 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp short trek can be completed throughout the year with the right preparations, however, the best time is considered to be during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). 

The two seasons offer the best time as the temperature is moderate with clear skies and majestic views of the mountains during these times. Especially, in spring, you will get to enjoy the trail dull of rhododendron blooms whereas, autumn is said to be best when it comes to witnessing the clear sight of the mountains. 

If you want to embark on the journey during summer or winter then, keep in mind that there are certain risks like heavy rainfall, landslide, and snowfall at the high altitude during these times. 

Accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 5 Days

You will be having accommodation in the teahouses and lodges that are scattered around the route. The teahouses and lodges basically provide you with all the usual facilities like shared rooms with bedding, shared bathroom, and communal dining area. 

In the higher altitude, there might not be phone service whereas internet service can be available at some of the teahouses for an extra charge. In comparison to other treks of the region, the Annapurna Base Camp trail is a lot ahead in terms of facilities and service. Thus, you will be able to enjoy the trek with a comfortable stay. 

Food and drinking water facilities during the ABC trek itinerary 5 days

You will be provided with three meals a day on the ABC trek itinerary 5 days. During the 5 days Annapurna Base Camp trek, you'll find teahouses along the route where you can enjoy meals. These teahouses offer a variety of foods, from local to international dishes. 

You can expect to have options like noodles, rice, vegetables, and more. For lunch and dinner, the most-eaten meal is Dal Bhat which is a combination of rice, lentils, and soup with a few other side dishes. You can also enjoy dishes such as; fries, pasta, and pizza depending on the location. 

As for drinking water, you can easily find tap water along the route, however as it is not safe to have it directly, It's recommended to drink purified or boiled water, available at the teahouses. Bringing water purification tablets or a portable water filter is a good idea to ensure safe hydration along the route. 

The difficulty level of the ABC trek 5 days

The ABC trek 5 days are considered moderately challenging. Although this trek may not be as lengthy as others, it still offers a diverse range of terrains, including some steep ups and downs. 

While it is crucial to have a good level of fitness and proper preparation for the trek, most individuals, including beginners, should be able to handle it. Our itinerary is designed to be comfortable, giving you ample opportunity to appreciate the picturesque scenery and acclimate to the altitude gradually. Thus, the difficulty level of trekking also depends on your personal fitness level. 

Short Annapurna Base Camp Cost details for the 2024, 2025

The cost of the short Annapurna Base Camp trek can vary depending on factors like accommodations, meals, itinerary, route, and included services. On average, the cost can range from USD 400 to USD 700. 

The cost usually includes all the accommodation, meals, permits, guides, and transportation required for the trip. Also, keep in mind that the cost is subject to change depending on the type of trip you choose, which can be either a private trip or a group trip. 

Permits required for the short ABC trek

For the short Annapurna Base Camp trek, you need several permits. These include;

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit: The cost of the permit differs according to Trekker's nationality, and it costs USD 30 per person for foreign nationals, while for SAARC nationals, it costs USD 10 per person.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card: The cost for this permit also varies according to Trekkers' nationality. For foreign nationals, it costs USD 20 per person, while for SAARC nationals, it is USD 10 per person. 

Know about tipping culture during the Annapurna 5 day trek

Tipping is a common practice in Nepal's trekking industry to show appreciation for good service. While it is not mandatory, it's a thoughtful gesture to tip guides and porters. 

An average tip can range from a few dollars to around 10% of the trek cost, depending on your satisfaction with the services provided.

Travel insurance for the Annapurna Base Camp Short trekking

Having travel insurance is crucial for any trek, including the Annapurna Base Camp short trekking. Make sure that the travel insurance you have covers emergency medical expenses, evacuation, trip cancellations, and more. You should provide us with a copy of comprehensive travel insurance during the booking process. 

Useful info and tips for the ABC trek itinerary 5 days

  • Stay hydrated along the trail and bring purification tablets or a filter.
  • Wear comfortable and well-fitting trekking shoes with good grip.
  • Pack layers for changing weather that includes warm clothes and a rain jacket.
  • Ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness and listen to your body.
  • Respect local customs and traditions and ask for permission before taking photos.
  • Bring enough Nepali currency for expenses as ATMs might be limited.
  • Get comprehensive travel insurance covering trekking and high altitudes.
  • Keep the trails clean and avoid single-use plastics and littering.
  • Enjoy the journey, stunning landscapes, and interactions with fellow trekkers.
  • Consider working out and going on short hikes before the journey. 

Booking ABC trek 5 days with Himalayan Recreation in 2024, 2025

Book your unforgettable ABC trek 5 days with Himalayan Recreation. Experience expert guidance, comfortable accommodations, and a well-planned itinerary that ensures a memorable journey amidst the Himalayan beauty. For payment, there are several methods you can use like inter-banking and online platforms. If you have any confusion, you can directly contact us as we stay online 24/7 to make your booking process easier. 

Last-minute booking for a short ABC trek in 2024, 2025

If you're considering a last-minute adventure to the ABC, Himalayan Recreation offers last-minute bookings for the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, keep in mind that you have to make a full payment for the last-minute booking before embarking on the journey. 

Practice sustainable travel during the 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp trek

Contribute to preserving the natural beauty of the Annapurna region by embarking on sustainable travel to the Annapurna base camp with Himalayan Recreation. You can travel responsibly by avoiding single-use plastics, using eco-friendly products, and respecting local customs. Leave no trace, minimize waste, and engage in responsible tourism practices to ensure the area remains pristine for future generations.

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