Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityAnnapurna Trek
AccommodationHotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
RegionAnnapurna Region
Distance110km / 68Miles
Start / End pointPokhara / Pokhara
Duration7 Days
Max. Altitude4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp
Meals IncludedBreakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Group size2 - 6
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Trip Codedwt 12
Activity Per DayApprox. 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationKathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Kimche, Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara by Private Transportation
GradeDifficult

Annapurna Base Camp Hike Overview

Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a moderate trek that takes you through lush rhododendron forests past the pristine white water rivers, terraced farms, hot springs, and stunning ethnic Gurung villages to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). From the trekking trails, you can see glorious snow peaks - including Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchre, Khangsar, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli.

Highlights of ABC Trek

  • A day in tourist hub Pokhara
  • Visit to Ghandruk Gurung village, Gurung museum and monasteries
  • Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I ,Khangsar, Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare

Benefits of Booking Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel on a private transport
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes to recognize early signs of altitude sickness and other health risks
  • Medical kits
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangement if you do not have your own


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Package

Annapurna Base Camp short trek is mildly challenging and is particularly fit for those who don't have as much time but wish to experience the beauty of Nepali mountains and terrain.

Annapurna short trek starts at Kimche after two hours of drive from Pokhara. You follow a trail that takes you through dense rhododendrons and bamboo forests, stunning terraced fields, and suspension bridges to the traditional Gurung villages until you reach Ghandruk - the destination for the first day.

On the second day of the Annapurna short trekking, you will walk through lush forests and grass pastures that slowly fade and turn to rocky passes and cliffs until you reach Chomrong. On the way to Chomrong, you can enjoy the views of Annapurna massifs and Machhapuchre (fishtail).

You leave Chomrong the next day and head to the Himalayas. You will now notice that your path gradually ascends as it passes through more rhododendron and bamboo forests.

On the fourth day of your Annapurna Base Camp short trek, you will reach Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft), and pass Machhapuchre Base Camp on the way. The path to Annapurna Base Camp follows Modi Khola Glacier Valley. From the Annapurna Base Camp, you get overall views of Hiunchuli, the Annapurna ranges - including Annapurna I (8,097m / 26,566ft), Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, and Macchapuchre. You will be staying at Annapurna Base Camp itself for the night.

After spending a night at the Annapurna Base Camp, the descent, after trekking Annapurna Base Camp starts, and it stops at Bamboo on the fifth day of the 7-day Annapurna Base Camp short trek.

The following morning, you leave Bamboo and head to Jhinu Danda. Once you reach Jhinu Danda, you will relax in the nearby natural hot springs. On the last day of the trek, you will trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, and from there, we will drive you to Pokhara, where this Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek concludes.

Later in the day, Discovery World Trekking hosts a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a shorter version of our 11-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which is slightly easier, with more stops in between. This trek is among the Annapurna Base Camp shortest treks.

Why this short Annapurna Trek?

Annapurna Base Camp trek 7 days is one of the most popular tourist attractions on earth. Travel experts - including Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor, and many more, recognize Annapurna Base Camp trekking as one of the must-do treks of a lifetime. Annapurna Base Camp short trek is a diverse trek that passes through ethnic Nepalese villages and lush forests. During the entire trek, you will be rewarded with fantastic mountain views.

This short Annapurna Base Camp trek includes a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200km). For an additional cost, you have the option to take a 20-minute flight to Pokhara or rent a private vehicle. We also request our guests to arrive in Kathmandu before 3 p.m. for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person briefing. Please note that the itinerary is a general guideline that might need slight changes according to circumstances.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul / Syauli Bazaar / Kimche (1,784m) Trek to Ghandruk (1940m / 6,364ft )

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours 2 & ½ hrs
    Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 1940m / 6,364ft
    Trek Duration 2 hrs

    The trek normally starts from Pokhara. However, Discovery World Trekking provides a complimentary bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The bus ride lasts for about six hours. You can choose to fly to Pokhara for an extra cost. 

    From Pokhara, we will be driving to Kimche through Nayapul and Syauli Bazaar. The real trekking starts from Kimche and ends at Ghandruk. On the path, you will see incredible mountain terrain, terraced farms, humongous mountains, and subtropical forests.

    Ghandruk village contains numerous Buddhist monasteries and is rich in traditional customs and lifestyles. We will not miss our chance to explore Gurung Museum.  From Ghandruk, we can see the spectacular views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli mountains

    • Overnight stay at Breeze Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Ghandruk (1,940m / 6,364ft ) to Chomrong (2,170m) / Sinuwa (2,340m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance (9km / 5.5miles)
    Highest Altitude 2170m / 7,119ft
    Trek Duration 4hrs

    After a cup of tea early morning, we hike from Ghandruk through a steep descent to Kimron River and then ascend to reach Chomrong. From the way, you will see stunning views of Annapurna South, Fishtail mountain that look heavenly early in the morning. Chomrong lies on the lap of the mighty Annapurna massif over a hillside. If we arrive at Chomrong early, we will trek further to Sinuwa to spend the night.

    • Overnight stay at Panorama View (room with attached bathroom) / Sinuwa Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Trek from Chomrong (2,170m) / Sinuwa (2340m) to Himalaya (2,890m) / Deurali ( 3,174m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles
    Highest Altitude 2,890m / 9,425ft
    Trek Duration 6/7 hrs

    Today's trek will differ slightly based on where we stayed last night. If we stayed at Chomrong, then we hike to Himalaya through Sinuwa. Else, we will start the trek from Sinuwa and reach Deurali.

    So you may leave Chomrong and pass through the lush forest on a path paved with stones until we cross Chomrong Khola. Then the path ascends, passing through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until we reach Himalaya. If we trekked from Chomrong, we stop at Himalaya for the night or else at Deurali. 

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Guest house / Sangrila Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Himalaya (2,890m) / Deurali (3174m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) via Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3720m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    If in Himalaya, we leave Himalaya and follow a route that passes through the Modi Khola glacier valley past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, which ultimately takes us to the Annapurna Base Camp. Otherwise, the trek will start from Deurali. Machhapuchhre Base Camp offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, but we will continue trekking north until we reach Annapurna Base Camp.

    Throughout the journey, we will be walking close to the Annapurna glaciers. From Annapurna Base Camp, we get a 360-degree view from Hiunchuli, Annapurna ranges - including Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Khangsar KangGangapurnaAnnapurna III, and Machhapuchhare

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Garden Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft) to Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14km / 8.6miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    After enjoying breakfast along with the views of beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas, we start our trek that will eventually take us out of Annapurna Sanctuary. However, we first retrace our steps out of Modi River Valley to reach Bamboo village - the destination for the day.

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) and nearby natural hot springs

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft
    Trek Duration 3-4hrs

    Our trek continues, we head down to Kimrong Khola, and from there, the path ascends and passes through the serene rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests, ultimately leading to Chomrong village.  However, we continue until we reach a small peaceful settlement called Jhinu Danda. This village has nearby riverside hot springs, where we soothe our tired muscles. We will be staying at Jhinu Danda for the night.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Park Himalaya (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft) drive to Pokhara (820m ) via Nayapul (1050m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 4km / 2.4miles
    Highest Altitude 1,780m / 6,393ft
    Trek Duration 3-4hrs
    Driving hours 2-3 hrs

    Today will be the last day of the trek. We leave Jhinu Danda and follow the dust road along the right of Mardi Khola. After a leisurely walk for 3 to 4 hrs, we reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. From Ghandruk Phedi, we first drive to Birethanti, then Nayapul until we reach Pokhara. Our trek package completes at Pokhara. We hope, by then, you would have created precious memories of reaching Annapurna Base Camp.

    • Overnight at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included in Annapurna Base Camp Tour Package?

  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation: Total six nights. Three nights room with attached bathroom at Ghandruk, Jhinu Danda, and Chomrong. Three nights standard accommodation at Himalayan, Annapurna Base Camp, Bamboo(Generally, twin sharing room)
  • Both way on a private transport from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar / Kimche(trek start) and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
  • All standard meals (7 Lunches, 6 Dinners, and 7 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government-licensed English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader/guide and porters to help trekkers luggage. (1 porter for every 2 trekkers. 9 kg per trekker maximum luggage weight limit)
  • Guides and porters costs- their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of appreciation after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu after trek ends
What is excluded?
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (limit is 9kg per trekker)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodations, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays caused due to circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in Annapurna Base Camp Tour Package?" above

Official Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route Map of Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Packing List

Depending on the season, you need different equipment and clothing for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, here is a necessities list we prepared for your comfort. Please only bring the essentials. You can store your non-essentials for free at the Discovery World Trekking store.

We provide one porter for every two trekkers, and the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. We recommend you partner with a fellow traveler and pack your things in a duffle bag of over sixty liters capacity. Moreover, we expect you to bring with you a regular backpack for your valuables and essential documents.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts

  • Long-sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)

  • Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush)

Personal accessories

  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Annapurna Base Camp Hike Difficulty, Cost, Best Time & Package Info

Arrival (free airport pickup)

We offer free Tribhuvan International Airport pick-up and drop-off service for trekkers who have booked treks/tours with us. Upon your arrival, a Discovery World Trekking representative holding a pamphlet with your name will greet you at the airport and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service to ensure you do not face any difficulties in a foreign country.

 

Trek start

ABC trek starts from Kathmandu with a drive to Pokhara. It is a short trek that focuses on the Annapurna Base Camp. Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice-versa on a tourist bus is included in the package. The flight/private transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu or vice-versa is available at extra cost.


Accommodation

Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes six nights lodge stay at the best available lodges/hotels in the trekking regions and two nights in a Pokhara hotel.

We provide three nights, rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghandruk, Chomrong, and Jhinu Danda, and three nights in standard rooms at Himalayan, Chomrong, Annapurna base camp, Bamboo(Generally twin sharing room for groups) You will spend two nights at a hotel in Pokhara. The room comes with an attached bathroom, TV, 24-hour hot water, power, and laundry facility. Solo travelers will stay in a single private room with an attached bathroom wherever available and in a single private accommodation in other places. Hot showers and Wi-Fi are available at trekking regions for an extra cost.

Two nights hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and tastes. 


Meals

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes place in high elevations and requires plenty of nutritious food. You will get enough healthy food during the trek, but options are limited compared to big cities. We select the best lodges available in the trekking regions for hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. 

We will provide you with 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners during the trek.

The menu includes traditional, Asian, and Western cuisine, but the menu gets shorter and shorter as we climb up. We highly recommend you take fresh vegetables and liquids (green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must)) at high altitudes. When you are in Nepal, we recommend you try out popular Nepali foods, like dal (lentil), bhat (rice), tarkari (curry), momo (dumplings), and Chow mein (noodles).

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available in trekking regions, we will not recommend them because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We highly encourage you to avoid dairy, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates.

All personal bills (alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges/cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package. Lunch and dinner at Pokhara are also excluded from this package.


Luggage

One porter will carry two trekkers' luggage and the combined weight will not exceed 18kg. So, the weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. However, if you want, you can hire additional porters. We expect you to carry a regular backpack for your documents and other valuables. Please bring only the essentials. You can store the non-essentials for free at the Discovery World Trekking store. We will recheck the things you are carrying (luggage, equipment, etc.) before the trek start.


Typical day

Every day provides a fresh trekking experience: climbing joys, fantastic landscape views, and chances to explore traditional villages. Throughout the trekking, our experienced and friendly guide/Sherpa will be sharing information and historical facts about the places as you trek. Porters will carry your luggage.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, you set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the walk. You will trek for three to four hours before lunch. After lunch, you will rest for an hour and continue to that day's destination.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once you reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can snack on the extra dietary food and utilize your free time to explore nearby places.

You will have your dinner at around 7 PM. After dinner, we indulge in friendly conversations. Your trek leader/guide will brief you about the next day's plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy games like Monopoly, cards or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners learn a few Nepali words from our crew or read books before heading to bed.


Electricity and water

Throughout the lodges in Annapurna Base Camp trekking regions, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost. For water, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill boiled water in your water bottle at an extra cost. We can provide you with a purification pill if required. You shouldn't drink water from the rivers, taps, or wells in the trek regions because water might not be potable.

 

Communication

During the Annapurna Base Camp hike, the internet is available at lodges/hotels/tea houses for an additional cost. However, once we reach high altitudes, we will use phones for communication. Discovery World Trekking office will remain in contact with all its trek groups at least once a day through the team guide to ensure that the trek is progressing as expected. You can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu for communication. However, depending on the kind of network you use, you might get signals, but they may not be strong enough at high altitudes. 


Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping as proof of good service. Tipping should be based on the quality of service received, trek length, and trek cost and should be at the trekkers' discretion. We encourage you to tip at the end of the trip and as a group.

 

Trek End

Your trek will end on the seventh day. On this day, we will drive you from Ghanruk Phedi to Pokhara via Birethanti and Nayapul. Your trek package ends in Pokhara. Later, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. 


Feedback

After you complete Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Discovery World Trekking will host a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will provide you with a trek achievement certificate (hard copy). If you are happy with our service, we encourage you to leave feedback on famous trek portals.


Useful Info

Please note the itinerary above is a general guideline, which we will follow as far as possible but in rare cases, we might need to modify the itinerary for circumstances beyond our control, such as adverse weather, landslides, floods, etc. In case of itinerary modification, your guide will decide on the alternative path, keeping in mind the interests of all trekkers.


Trip extension

After completing Annapurna Base Camp Trek, if you have extra days, you can participate in sightseeing tours in and around Kathmandu Valley. You have other options, such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, or even taking part in another trek.

 

Departure

On the day you depart to your home country, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan Internation Airport in a private vehicle. We hope you enjoyed your trek in Nepal and will be back for some more.

Best season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The weather is the decisive factor you need to consider for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Trek to Annapurna in Nepal is possible throughout the year, but certain seasons are more favorable. If you want an easy trek, the spring and autumn seasons are for you as the skies are clear, temperatures are favorable, and views are breathtaking.

Discovery World Trekking conducts Annapurna Base Camp trek throughout the year. Here is an insight into weather at high altitudes in the trekking regions based on seasons.

Annapurna Base Camp in Spring (March-May): Annapurna Base Camp trek during spring (March-May) is favorable and attracts mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts from all over the world. In this season, temperatures are mild, the rainfall is low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature at the Annapurna Base Camp is between 10 to 0°C. Lower regions are warmer, which makes the trek more pleasurable. The trekking season begins after March. By April, the forests look spectacular with blooming red, pink, and white rhododendron flowers. 

Annapurna Base Camp in Summer (June - August): The summer spans from June to August in Nepal but coincides with the monsoon. The temperatures can be quite high. However, the trails may be wet and slippery. Monsoon generally begins at the end of June and continues to the second week of August. The temperatures during these days range from 10°C to 23°C. The nights are cooler at around 5°C to 10°C. Normally, the mornings are clear, but clouds start building in the afternoon and disappear at night. Various plants bloom during this season, making the valleys look greener.

Annapurna Base Camp in Autumn (September - November): Autumn is a perfect season for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation during this season provide favorable trekking conditions. In autumn, the sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, and you get a superb view of the mountains. The nights are clear, as well, allowing you an undisturbed view of starry skies. The monsoons will be over by early September, and the days are mild to warm. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20°C in high altitudes. The nights are cooler at around 5°C. The greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies. During this season, you will find the grains ripening in the terraced fields. The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. The biggest Nepali festivals - Dashain & Tihar - add a festive mood to the entire region.

Annapurna Base Camp in Winter (December - February): Winter treks to Annapurna Base Camp are less popular than spring or autumn treks. The trekking regions are cold, but it excites a different breed of trekkers looking for challenges. The temperature at Annapurna Base Camp can get as low as -10°C. The coldest time lasts from late December to early February. After late February, the weather gradually warms and reaches around -5°C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasantly warm with sunshine. Despite being cold, the skies are usually clear, and snow-capped mountains look their best during winter. Winter is also the season when the trails are least busy. Though we do not recommend trek beginners for a winter trek to Annapurna Base Camp, seasoned trekkers can complete the trek without any problem.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes very quickly.


Trek difficulty

There are no physical requirements for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, a moderate trek. The hiking is usually 6 to 7 hrs per day, with periodic breaks to enjoy the stunning mountain views. Trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and straight trails. Prior hiking experience would be an added advantage, but no experience or technical skills are necessary.

Trekkers who can hike 6 to 7 hours daily with a light day pack can complete this trek. Some days require longer walking hours, so you must be reasonably fit, as trekking at high altitudes is physically demanding.

Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.


Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees the safety and security of all our guests. Our itinerary is well-created, providing enough time for acclimatization. We use oximeters at high trek altitudes to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels. 

We take the following precautions.

  • Our crew carries all necessary gear, equipment, and first-aid kits
  • The team guide has full authority to decide whether or not to ascend in case someone in the team is sick.
  • In emergencies, we will deploy a helicopter for evacuation (funded by insurance)
  • All the team will trek together.
  • Our crew has years of experience in the high Himalayas.

 

DWT Team

Throughout your trek, experienced Discovery World Trekking guides/Sherpas from the high Himalayas will accompany you. They will also inform you about the trekking regions you will be visiting.

Porters also form a part of your hiking team. We assign one porter for every two trekkers. Since our crew members come from the high Himalayas, they have high endurance and are very comfortable at high altitudes. 

All of our staff members are very valuable to us. We pay them well and cover their insurance, clothing, food, lodging, and equipment costs. They also receive medical care when injured. We try to keep our staff members happy because only happy people can make others happy. 

Our staff members have:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Government Authorized Trekking Guide certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Conservation and Biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience


Visa

All foreigners except Indians need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or Nepal border checkpoints. To apply for the on-arrival visa, you need:

  • a passport with at least six months of validity
  • one passport-size photo
  • visa application fee ( the current cost for 30 days is USD 50 (paid in cash)

The Nepal Government can change the visa requirements without notice, so please find the latest visa information at www.immigration.gov.np.

Chinese and SAARC countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka - citizens get free visas. Some countries- including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan- may not get an on-arrival visa. If you are a citizen of these countries, contact the nearest Nepalese Embassy. 

We recommend you schedule at least 1-2 days extra just in case of a trek delay. This will ensure you will not miss your international flight back home.


Trek booking 

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized and bonded trek and tour operator. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

We require a 10 percent advance during trip booking and urge you to email us other necessary documents - including passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and flight details within a week of booking. 

You can pay through bank transfer, western union, or using our online payment on our website. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, or using credit cards once you arrive in Nepal. We will also email you payment options and methods.

You can book this Annapurna Base Camp short trek here.

Currency exchange 

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~130 NPR).

You can exchange major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. The money exchanges display ongoing exchange rates visibly.

To avoid hassles such as lengthy processes and high bank commission rates, we advise you to bring cash (major currencies) and exchange them at Kathmandu. You can also bring your foreign credit/debit card and withdraw Nepalese Rupees from ATMs in Kathmandu. Most ATMs open around the clock. The maximum amount you can withdraw is Rs. 35,000 for a fee of Rs.500. 

Most banks in Asia do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign notes. So please bring new, clean notes.


Extra personal expenses

Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves. Kathmandu has a broad range of hotels for every taste and budget. All our valuable clients will need personal spending money to cover costs - including meals and accommodations in Kathmandu,  lunch, and dinner in Pokhara, visa fees, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew, souvenirs, etc


Travel Insurance

Annapurna Base Camp trek is moderately difficult, and there are chances of high altitude sickness or other unforeseen events-including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is compulsory for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes.

We can recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experience, but we do not sell insurance. We request you to send your detailed insurance information within a week of trip booking. We will use your insurance information in case of emergencies. 

We advise you to call your travel insurance company and ensure that they cover Helicopter-rescue and evacuation at 4,000m altitude in addition to medical costs. Do not just rely on website content.


Last-minute booking

For those unable to book Annapurna Base Camp Trek in advance, Discovery World Trekking has a provision for last-minute booking. In case of last-minute booking, we require 100 percent of the trek cost payment 24 hours - before the trek departure date. 

Please note that Discovery World Trekking tries its best to conduct trips as scheduled, but in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather extremities or lodge unavailability.  

 For more information, contact us at (Call/Viber/WhatsApp) 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email [email protected].


Group & private trek

We organize group as well as a private trek. Group discounts are available - the bigger your group is, the more discounts you will receive. However, you will not get discounts for groups Discovery World Trekking assembles. We can handle all group sizes. In each group, there will be a guide along with porters. We will also add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more.

Responsible travel

We try our best to protect the fragile ecosystems in the trekking regions. Due to the high numbers of trekkers, there is a chance that the trekking region environment can suffer. So, Discovery World Trekking tries its best not to disturb the trek region's ecology. 

Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to conduct sustainable eco-friendly trips. We try hard to make sure that both trekkers and locals can benefit from each other.

Notes

Please note that your Annapurna Base Camp short trek has fixed departure dates from Kathmandu/Pokhara. However, if the dates do not suit you, let us know, and we can organize this trek at your convenience.

 

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please contact us via Call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date.

You can also use our Free Trip Planner to plan your trip.

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Based on the opinion of at least 1204 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Samaira

Written Apr 10 , 2023

We made the decision to go on an unforgettable adventure and trek to Annapurna Base Camp with Discovery World Trekking, and it turned out to be an absolutely amazing experience. Right from the start, Paul, the CEO, demonstrated excellent communication skills, providing us with detailed information and promptly addressing all our questions and concerns. 

Paul assembled a fantastic team consisting of our guide, Dol, and three porters named Amrit, Ganesh, and Gakul. They were all incredibly friendly, approachable, and a joy to be around. The porters took care of our luggage while also sharing fascinating insights about the trekking route, making the journey even more magical. We captured countless memories through numerous photographs along the way.

The trek itself was stress-free and well-planned. Our journey to Annapurna Base Camp was a resounding success, with clear weather and breathtaking views that left us all in awe. I cannot emphasize enough how highly I recommend trekking with Discovery World Trekking. Paul and his team provided us with an incredible experience in their beautiful country. We are immensely grateful for this unforgettable adventure.

Benjamin

Written Jun 26 , 2023

We opted to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Discovery World Trekking based on their exceptional reviews, and they truly lived up to our expectations! Paul, the owner of DWT, promptly responded to all our queries and provided detailed information about the itinerary even before booking the tour.

 

Paul maintained excellent communication with us throughout the entire journey, arranging airport pickup and transportation to and from Pokhara. The team efficiently handled trekking permits, food, accommodation, guides, and porters, ensuring that the entire trek was stress-free.

Our guide, Dol, was outstanding. He possessed extensive knowledge and willingly addressed all our questions. The porters, Ganesh, Gakul, and Amrit, demonstrated exceptional dedication and hard work, without whom we would not have been able to complete the trek.

 

Every team member was attentive to our needs and made genuine efforts to establish a personal connection with us, even engaging in nightly card games. By the end of the trek, it felt as though we were part of one big family. For anyone considering trekking in Nepal, I wholeheartedly recommend Discovery World Trekking. They go above and beyond to ensure an incredibly memorable experience.

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Timothy

Jan 18 , 2024

Annapurna Base Camp short trek exceeded all my expectations! Thank you Discovery World Trekking for helping me accomplish my dream trek. How do I even explain it? The scenery is simply mesmerizing, with towering peaks, lush forests, and charming villages dotting the route. Thanks to my guide for explaining everything about the place. It was awesome.

The trail is manageable even for novice trekkers, with plenty of tea houses offering cozy accommodation and hearty meals. The camaraderie among fellow trekkers creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the journey. Annapurna Base Camp itself is a true gem, with panoramic views that will leave you speechless. A must-do trek for anyone visiting Nepal!

Beckham

Jan 29 , 2024

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp was an unforgettable experience! I am really glad I choose Discovery World Trekking for this trek. The short trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and the surrounding landscapes. I am really thankful to my guides and porters who helped me during the trek when I was having difficulty trekking.

The trail is well-maintained and suitable for trekkers of all levels. The hospitality of the locals along the way adds a special charm to the journey. The sunrise at Annapurna Base Camp is a sight to behold, worth every step of the trek. Highly recommended for anyone seeking adventure and natural beauty!

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 182 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Angela Etheridge

US

Apr 20, 2023

Annapurna base camp is an absolute must. The Himalayas are a wonder in and of themselves but the trek would not have been the same without our group from Discovery World Trekking. The guides were fantastic and the porters kept us motivated. We laughed and danced and sang and learned so much about the Gurungs and Ruby Valley. The team alone is enough to bring me back again. Which says a lot considering we were nestled among the Himalayas!


Paul was personable and professional and personally answered any questions or concerns I had. Dol was an experienced guide who was kind enough to check in with our entire group regularly even those who struggled. And Durga was the energy and fun that kept me going and brightened my day each day of the trek!

Nicky Burles

TH

May 19, 2023

We did the Annapurna base camp trek, Paul from Discovery World trekking organized everything from being picked up from the airport to being dropped off at the end (even got my jacket back to me when I left it in the car on the way to the airport).

 

Our guide for the trek Chhanda was excellent he took care of everything along the way he was very knowledgeable about Nepal and the mountains, and we also had a good laugh along the way! It was a lot of fun. Our porter Hemnath was very energetic and lots of fun they have around, the weather was amazing and the views from Annapurna base camp were truly breathtaking I can’t recommend it highly enough!

 

This was my first time in Nepal, I highly recommend Discovering World Trekking for anyone coming to Nepal! I’ll definitely use them again when I come back.

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