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Short 8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Experience the Himalayan paradise in just 8 days - Annapurna Sanctuary Trek!

The Short 8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal takes about 10-12 days from Pokhara. It goes through forests and mountains, passing villages like Chhomrong. Trekkers see the Annapurna Range and Machapuchare mountains up close, reaching a high point of 4,130 meters. The best times to go are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) for good weather and great views.


Trek Route Detailed Introduction:

The Short 8-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a budget-friendly yet fully-packed adventure that takes you to the Annapurna base camp(4,130m). This trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary or ABC trek as it leads to the Annapurna Base Camp. The trek package includes everything you need for a comfortable and safe journey, including Your Food(breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Experienced guide, Local porters, Transport, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) permits.

The hike starts in the pretty city of Pokhara. Your guide and porters will be there to welcome you. From there, you will embark on your journey through lush forests and terraced fields, passing picturesque villages and encountering friendly locals along the trail of ABC. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the views of the Annapurna Mountain range will become increasingly breathtaking. You will trek through Rhododendron forests and cross rushing rivers as you make your way to the base camp.

The highlight of the short 8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly the Magical Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre base camp (MBC), where you will be surrounded by some of the highest peaks (Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna 3rd, Fang, and other Annapurna mountains) in the world. The views from the base camp are truly awe-inspiring, and you will have the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Annapurna I(8,091 m), Annapurna South(7219), and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

On this trek, you will also have the opportunity to experience the local culture as you pass through traditional villages such as Ghandruk, Chhomrung, Lower Sinuwa, New Bridge Landruk, etc., and interact with the friendly locals. The trek is also a great way to explore the natural landscapes of the Annapurna region, from lush forests to high-altitude deserts.

To sum up, the 8-Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides an affordable and enriching experience, guiding you to the foot of the stunning Annapurna mountain. The trek package covers all your essentials for a safe and comfortable journey, including skilled guides, helpful porters, and necessary permits.

Accommodation options on this trek

The Short 8 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek route offers various lodges and guest houses with affordable prices ranging from NPR 500(USD 3.8) to NPR 1500 (USD 11.5) during the off-season, and up to 50% to 100% higher during peak trekking season. Basic amenities are provided, including bedding and some have a common area with a fireplace. Food mainly consists of Nepalese and Indian cuisine with limited Western food options. Safety is generally good, but caution is advised, keeping valuables safe and aware of weather and trail conditions. Limited lodging options exist after lower Sinuwa, so planning and reservations are important during peak season.

Updated Cost of Permits and TIMS Card for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

When you begin your trek on the Annapurna Base Camp( ABC) trail in the Annapurna Conservation Area, there are some important stops you’ll come across. These spots are Birethanti, Dhampus, Pothana, and Ghorepani. At these stops, you’ll need to show your permit, and passport, and provide details about your group. If you start your journey from Kande or Phedi, you are suggested to check your permit at Pothana. But if you start from Nayapul, remember to show your permit at Birethanti and Ghorepani. These checkpoints are essential for protecting the area and ensuring everyone follows the rules to preserve the environment for the future.

Currently, the cost of the permit for Annapurna Conservation Area is 3000 NPR(22.7 USD) per person, and the TIMs card costs USD 15.5 per person (If you have a TIMs card, it can help if your guide or porter gets sick during the trek. The TIMS office or TAAN can quickly organize a rescue. It’s not mandatory nowadays, but having it can be beneficial.)

. However, for tourists from SARCC countries, the permit cost is reduced to 300 NPR per person, while Nepali tourists only pay 100 NPR. Additionally, children under 10 years old don’t need a permit; they can enter for free. These fees and exemptions are in place to support conservation efforts, encourage tourism, and promote responsible travel practices in the stunning Annapurna region.

How Difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) Trek? Preparing for It

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate-level trek. It is suitable for beginners, students, and all, including families and Researchers. The trek features steep stone trails and gradual ascents and descents through enchanting  Bamboo and tropical forests. While it requires a certain level of physical fitness and stamina, it is achievable with proper preparation and determination. Trekking in the Himalayas involves challenges, but the stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and the sense of accomplishment make it a popular and rewarding adventure. Before leaving on the trek, ensure you have the right Trekking gear, acclimatize properly, and seek advice from experienced trekkers, Trek operators, or your guides.

ABC Trek: Best Seasons – Spring vs. Autumn

The weather during spring and autumn in the ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trek in Nepal is generally pleasant, making these seasons the most popular times for trekking in the region.

Spring (March to May):
During spring, the weather in the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) trek is characterized by mild temperatures and blooming Rhododendron forests, which create a stunning backdrop for trekkers. Daytime temperatures range from around 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes, gradually decreasing as you ascend higher. At night, temperatures can drop to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F). Spring is also relatively dry, with clear skies offering excellent views of the surrounding mountains.

Autumn (September to November):
Similarly, autumn brings favorable weather conditions for trekking in the ABC region. Days are generally sunny with clear skies, providing breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks. Temperatures during the day range from approximately 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower elevations, while nights can be cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F). Autumn is also known for its stable weather, making it an ideal time for trekking.

Both spring and autumn offer comfortable temperatures and relatively dry weather, making them ideal seasons for trekking to ABC. However, it’s essential to be prepared for temperature fluctuations, especially at higher altitudes, where conditions can be more unpredictable. Additionally, it’s always advisable to check the weather forecast before embarking on your trek and to pack appropriate clothing and gear accordingly.

Why Safe Holiday Adventure Travel Agency is the best choice for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Here’s a concise list of reasons why Safe Holiday Adventure Travel Agency is the best choice for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

🡆 Local Experts: With 15+ years in the Himalayas, we offer deep local knowledge.

🡆 Licensed Guides: Our guides are experienced and licensed for your safety.

🡆 Authentic Insights: We provide genuine insights into Nepal’s culture and traditions.

🡆 Community Support: We support local communities by providing essentials to a disabled center.

🡆 Legal Compliance: We’re fully licensed to organize treks, ensuring legality and safety.

🡆 Multilingual Support: Guides fluent in French, Chinese, Russian, German, and Italian.

🡆 Personalized Service: We offer extra luggage support and personalized assistance.

🡆 Safety Measures: Stringent safety protocols ensure your well-being throughout the trek.

🡆 Customer Satisfaction: Positive reviews attest to our reliability and service quality.

🡆 Environmental Consciousness: We promote sustainable tourism practices for Nepal’s preservation.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

When you reach the Kathmandu airplane terminal our air terminal Representative will get you on private transport. When you are finished with your visa things, check your name when you venture out from the entryway where you should check your name then we will drop you at your hotel and allow you to meet again to talk about the outing.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing visit

Today’s adventure takes you to the renowned Kathmandu Valley, where you’ll explore some of the most cherished cultural and historical sites. The sacred Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands as a symbol of devotion and spiritual significance. At the enchanting Swayambhunath, also called the Monkey Temple, you’ll find a place of profound serenity and ancient wisdom. And don’t miss the majestic Boudhanath Stupa, an awe-inspiring Buddhist monument that exudes tranquility. As you roam the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, you’ll immerse yourself in the local way of life, learning about the traditions, customs, and rich heritage of this captivating region.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (8,27 m/2,700 ft.) – 7 hrs. drive

Get ready for an exciting 7-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, starting at 7 am. The tourist standard bus is comfy, and you’ll have two stops on the way. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Trishuli River and the scenic landscapes. As you travel, you’ll notice the elevation change from 8,27 m/2,700 ft. in Kathmandu. Eventually, you’ll reach Pokhara, a city known for its stunning natural beauty and peaceful lakes. It’s a fantastic journey that will leave you with lasting memories of Nepal’s countryside.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Siwai, then trek to Chhomrong (2,170 m/7,120 ft.) – 06 hrs.

From Pokhara, you’ll take a 3-hour drive to Siwai. Then, the trek to Chhomrong village begins. The uphill walk will last around 2 to 3 hours and take you through beautiful forests and landscapes. The air gets cooler as you go higher. You’ll meet friendly locals and catch glimpses of the stunning Himalayan peaks. In Chhomrong, at 2,170 m/7,120 ft. elevation, you’ll experience the warm hospitality of the Gurung people. It’s a great place to rest after the trek.

Day 05: Trek Chhomrung to Dovan (2,430 m/7,972 ft) – 06 hrs

Today’s trek from Chhomrung to Dovan is an adventurous journey, lasting about 6 hours. Start your day by having breakfast at the Chhomrung tea house. From there, it’s a 25-minute walk to a small stream, which you’ll cross over a suspension bridge. After that, the path becomes steep for the next 2 hours as you make your way to Sinuwa. The trail gradually descends for about 30 minutes through the forest before you reach Bamboo Village, where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch break. After resting, you’ll continue your trek for about an hour through the bamboo forest until you finally reach Dovan.

Dovan is situated in a deep gorge, surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. As you arrive, you’ll find a small area with a few lodges where you can spend the night. The cozy lodges provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it a perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking in this stunning region.

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/1,3549 ft.) – 05-6 hrs.

On this leg of the journey, we trek from Dovan to the majestic Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,130 m/13,549 ft. The day begins with a hearty breakfast before we embark on a gradual ascent through the forest, with occasional steep sections, lasting around 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our first stop is the quaint Himalaya village, where only two tea houses provide a perfect resting spot.

Continuing our trek, we traverse through small forests and navigate the massive cliffs of the mountains. After approximately 1 hour of steep ascent from Himalaya, we arrive at Hinku Cave. From there, the trail becomes easier and gradual, leading us to Deurali, where we find a few tea houses for refreshments.

Beyond Deurali, the trail follows the river, zigzagging between the right and left banks. We trek through the valley for about 2 hours, admiring the surrounding beauty as we approach MBC (Machhapuchhre Base Camp). Here, we take a lunch break and rest before embarking on the final leg of our journey.

The last 2 hours involve an easy and gradual walk to reach the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp. At 4,130 m/13,549 ft., the view from here is nothing short of awe-inspiring, with the towering peaks surrounding us. It’s a moment to cherish, celebrating the accomplishment of reaching this iconic destination in the heart of the Himalayas.

Day 07: Trek from ABC to Jhinu Danda (1760 m/5770 ft) – 07 hours

The trek from ABC to Jhinu Danda is a mesmerizing 7-hour journey in the Annapurna region, Nepal. The day begins with a captivating sunrise view from ABC, followed by a hearty breakfast. The descent passes through picturesque villages, showcasing local culture and stunning landscapes. The highlight is the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, offering a soothing respite for tired trekkers. In the evening, the group celebrates with friendly locals, enjoying music, dance, and delicious food. The day concludes with cozy accommodations, leaving trekkers with unforgettable memories of the breathtaking Annapurna Himalayas and heartwarming cultural encounters.

Day 08: Short trek to Kyumi then Drive to Pokhara.

The short trek from Jhinu Danda to Kyumi village is a delightful adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek takes you through scenic trails, lush forests, and charming villages, offering beautiful mountain vistas along the way. After the trek, a comfortable 3-hour drive awaits, taking you from Kyumi village to the enchanting city of Pokhara. The drive showcases stunning landscapes, terraced fields, and glimpses of local life. In Pokhara, you can unwind by the serene Phewa Lake, explore the bustling lakeside area, and enjoy the city’s serene ambiance. This journey offers a perfect blend of nature, culture, and relaxation, leaving you with cherished memories.

Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

On the 9th day, you will be leaving Pokhara and driving back to Kathmandu. The drive takes around 7 hours and is a scenic journey that provides an opportunity to see the beautiful countryside and local villages. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Kathmandu where you can relax and reflect on your amazing journey.

10: Departure day from Kathmandu.

On the final day of your trip, you will be driven from your hotel in Kathmandu to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home. Make sure to leave enough time before your flight, at least 3 hours, to ensure a smooth check-in process. Your guide will assist you with any final preparations and bid you farewell as you begin your journey home. Remember to take with you all your valuables and the memories of your wonderful time in Nepal.

What is included
  • Safe Holiday Adventure provides Private Transportation on your arrival and Departure date,
  • You will get an Experienced mountain Guide provided by Safe Holiday adventure
  • While Trekking in the mountain you will get Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner as per the Menu provided by Tea Houses,
  • All the documents required for trekking legally with us,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP)entry permit Fees
  • Best Tea houses during the trekking,
  • We will provide Water purification tablets
  • 1 assistance guide if there are 8 or more than 8 people in the group,
  • A handful of assistance guides for a group of 10 pax or above.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu round trip by tourist bus
  • Private vehicle from Pokhara –Nayapul.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek especially after dinner each.
  • First aid, including Diamox for high altitude sickness
  • Emergency rescue operation management paid by either you or your Insurance Company,
  • All government taxes, Official fees, and hidden costs,

NOTE:

10% of the profits from this trip will benefit handicapped people in Kathmandu and Dhading districts.

What is not included
  • Your Nepal Entry Visa fee,
  • Extra Activities as we mentioned in the included section,
  • Additional meals during the trek,
  • Extra Porter and his all expenses,
  • Drinking water and all cold Drinks,
  • Hot Shower, Wifi, Battery Charging,
  • if you add extra days to the trek,
  • Tip for Driver, Guide, and Porter,
  • Begging or Donationals,
Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@safeholidayadventure.com

AVAILABILITY OPTIONS

OPENED: This date is available and open for bookings.
LIMITED: There are very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking.
GUARANTEED: We have reached minimum numbers and this trip is guaranteed to depart.
CLOSED: This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 8 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.
Chaua Patsy

Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd. made my trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2023 an absolute delight! From start to finish, they displayed a level of professionalism that was truly commendable. Our expert guide, Santosh, was not only knowledgeable about the trail but also passionate about sharing the local culture and traditions with us. His leadership ensured that we felt safe and inspired throughout the journey. The support of our porter, Manoj, was invaluable, as he tirelessly carried our belongings and always had a warm smile to offer.

The itinerary was well-thought-out, allowing us to experience the best of the Annapurna region within just 8 days. The stunning vistas of the Himalayas left us speechless, and the accommodations provided were comfortable and clean. The team’s attention to detail and genuine care for each trekker’s experience truly set them apart.

I wholeheartedly give Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd. a well-deserved 5-star rating for making this trek an unforgettable adventure. I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking a safe and rewarding trekking experience. Thank you, Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd., Santosh, and Manoj, for making this trip an incredible and cherished memory!

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty & Who Can Join:

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered moderately challenging due to its altitude, terrain, and length. Each day involves hiking for several hours, including steep climbs and rocky descents. Starting at lower elevations, the trek gradually ascends to the base camp at 4,130 meters. It requires good physical fitness and prior hiking experience.

The trek welcomes individuals in good physical condition with moderate hiking skills, including solo trekkers, families, and groups. However, those with altitude-related health concerns should seek medical advice beforehand. A positive mindset and mental readiness are also crucial. While the trek is feasible year-round, the best times are from September to November and March to May.

Map and Itinerary of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:

The Short 8-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular trek that takes you to the heart of the Annapurna range. The trek starts in Nayapul, which is about a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. The trek follows the Modi Khola River and passes through the villages of Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chomrong, and Dovan. You will then reach the Annapurna Base Camp, which is the final destination of the trek. After reaching the base camp, you will retrace your steps back to Nayapul. The trek is about 8-12 days long and offers panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks, as well as a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle of the people living in the area.

Safety on Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Safety is a top priority when it comes to adventure treks like Annapurna Base Camp. It is important to choose a reputable trekking company with experienced guides and well-trained porters to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. It is also important to be well-prepared physically and mentally for the trek and to come equipped with the necessary gear and clothing.

During the trek, it’s essential to follow the guidelines provided by the guide and to always listen to their advice. It’s also important to be aware of the risks associated with high-altitude trekking, such as altitude sickness, and to take necessary precautions.

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek and it’s not recommended for those who are not physically fit and have no previous trekking experience. It is always better to have a proper guide and porters who know the route and the condition of the trail. The guide will be able to provide you with the necessary information about the trek and will also be able to provide first aid in case of any emergencies.

It is also important to have travel insurance that covers trekking, in case of any unexpected events. With the right preparation, knowledge, and guidance, the Annapurna Base Camp trek can be a safe and unforgettable experience.

Best trekking season & trip permits for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

The best trekking season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek is during September to November and March to May. The weather is clear, and the views are spectacular during these months. Before starting the trek, it is important to obtain the necessary permits such as TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and a guide or trekking agency can assist in obtaining them.

WIFI, Battery Charge, Hot shower & Communication facilities on the trek:

During the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, wifi and cell phone reception can be limited or non-existent in some areas. Many teahouses and guesthouses along the trail do have wifi, but the connection may be slow and unreliable. It is recommended to bring a power bank to charge electronic devices. Hot shower facilities are available in some teahouses and guesthouses along the trail, but it is important to note that they may come at an additional cost and the availability may vary depending on the location. Communication with the outside world can be limited during the trek, so it is best to plan and inform loved ones of your itinerary and emergency contact information before embarking on the trek.

Guide and Porter for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

A guide and porter are essential for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek as they are experienced in navigating the trail and handling any potential issues that may arise. They also help with carrying your gear and providing information about the local culture and environment. The salary for a guide and porter is typically negotiated before the trek, but it is common for them to be paid around $25-30 per day for their services. It’s also important to note that a fair wage, insurance, meals, and accommodation should be included in the cost.

Outline Itinerary of Short 8 days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:

Day 01: Pokhara to Ghandruk (1,940m).

Day 02: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m).

Day 03: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m).

Day 04: Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m).

Day 05: Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) (3,700m).

Day 06: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and back to Bamboo (ABC – 4,130m; Bamboo – 2,310m).

Day 07: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,780m).

Day 08: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul; drive back to Pokhara (Nayapul – 1,070m).

Total Distance of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek/ walking hours

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek that covers a total distance of approximately 110km. The trek starts from Nayapul and ends at Annapurna Base Camp. On average, trekkers will walk for around 6-7 hours per day, depending on the trail condition, physical fitness, and acclimatization. The total duration of the trek is around 8-12 days. The trek route is well-marked and passes through beautiful landscapes, offering a chance to explore the culture and customs of the local people living in the region.

FAQs

What is the best time to go on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The best time to go on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is from September to November and from March to May.

What is the difficulty level of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek, with some steep and rocky sections.

Do I need to have prior trekking experience?

Prior trekking experience is not necessary, but good physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential.

How long does it take to complete the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be completed in 8-10 days, depending on your itinerary.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation during the trek is in teahouses or lodges, which offer basic facilities such as twin-sharing rooms, shared toilets, and showers.

How do I get to the starting point of the trek?

The starting point of the trek is Nayapul, which can be reached by a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara.

What kind of food is available during the trek?

During the trek, you will have access to a variety of local and international dishes such as dal bhat, momos, and pasta.

Can I charge my devices during the trek?

Electricity is available in most teahouses but it is recommended to bring a power bank as a backup.

What kind of transportation is available to get back to Kathmandu?

You can take a bus, jeep, or a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu to end the trek.

Do I need to arrange my own permit and TIMS card?

Yes, you need to arrange your own TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) before starting the trek.

What kind of clothing and gear should I bring for the trek?

You should bring warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and a down jacket.

Can I hire a porter or a guide for the trek?

Yes, you can hire a porter or a guide for the trek, which is recommended for a better experience.

What is the maximum altitude of the trek?

The maximum altitude of the trek is 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp.

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