Fancy a getaway but cannot leave your work behind and go on a long trip? Always wanted to visit Nepal or the Himalayas and feeling adventurous for a short trek? It is your first time to Nepal or you are wondering which trek to do – 12 days Everest Base Camp or 8 days Annapurna Base Camp? Worried about acclimatization, scared of flying small planes or don’t like colder temperatures? Fret not! We have just the package design Annapurna short trek in 8 days for you.
8 days Annapurna Base Camp trek also known as ABC is one of the best short treks where it will take you up to 4,130m which can be reached by bus and car from Kathmandu and since it does not require a flight, it will be much cheaper, making it another plus point.
At ABC, you will be looking at Mt. Annapurna 8,091m which is the 10th highest mountain in the world and many more surrounding mountains such as the sacred and iconic Matterhorn of the Himalayas – Machhapuchhre (Fishtail 6,997m), Annapurna 3 (7,555m), Ganggapurna (7,454m), Gandharva Chuli (6248m), Fluted peak (6,501m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Bharha Chuli (Fang 7.647m), Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli 5,695m), Tare Kang (Glacier Dome 7,069m), Khangsar Kang (Roc Noir 7.485m), Patal Hiun Chuli (6,441m) and so on. This trek is best for beginners or people who don’t have much time for a holiday in Nepal and yet wanting to do some short and easy trek.
The journey to Everest Base Camp has more up and down elevation gain which probably makes it a bit of a challenge – physically and mentally. It is certainly not for those who do not have a certain fitness level and it will also take a much longer time. In terms of altitude, Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) is lower as compared to Everest Base Camp (5,380m) by about 4000 feet difference so it will be a more suitable choice for people having difficulties coping with altitude or cold since the Everest Base Camp trek will be colder and drier due to the higher altitude.
The trek starts from Kathmandu to Pokhara with a drive of about 6 hours followed by a 2-hour taxi or jeep ride to Kimche where you will spend your first night before starting towards Annapurna Base Camp. The next day, we will start our journey towards Annapurna Base Camp via passing Ghandhurk which is one of the popular tourist villages offering views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. This trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forest, cascading waterfalls before ending back in Pokhara which is one of the beautiful cities and the second-largest city in Nepal.
If you are short on time and find that 7 days is still too long, the Poon Hill Trek is another great alternative. It can be done in as little as 3 days offering amazing views of the Annapurna Range. Most treks to Annapurna Base Camp include Poon Hill and lengthen the trekking duration by several days. However, if you want to skip Poon Hill and do just the Annapurna Base Camp trek, let us know so we can cater to your needs and shorten the itinerary by a few days.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.
We drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) about 6 hours and catch the taxi to Kade for 1 hour than we walk about 1 and half hour to reach in Australian camp (about 2100m) for night stay. You can observe the sunset and sunrise view in the Himalayas of the Annapurna region.
After breakfast, we start walking towards hot spring through the rhododendron forest nesting different species of birds to the village of Landruk inhabited by the warm greetings and hospitable Gurung people. We have lunch in Landruk village and walk further Jinu Danda (hot spring) for the overnight stay
The trail now ascending toward Chhormrong about one & half hour as we descend down a stone staircase and then cross the Chhomrong Khola. After climbing high above the Modi Khola the trail continues uphill to Sinuwa Danda.
After climbing high above the Modi Khola the trail continues uphill to Kuldi before descending again to Himalaya & Deurali.
From Himalaya, we follow the trail high above the river and walk until we reach the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). You could also choose to visit the Machapuchhre Base Camp which is at a lower altitude and a slightly shorter distance.
Today, after breakfast and the stunning mountain views of ANNAPURNA range with sunrise views, we start walking downhill towards, DEURALI/HIMALAYA/DOVAN and stay a night in BAMBOO.
From Bamboo, the trail descends to Kuldi and then Sinuwa. From Sinuwa to the trail is a downhill walk until the Chhomrong Khola than trek ascending till the top of the Chhomrong village. We have lunch in Chhomrong than walk towards the Gurjung for the overnight stay.
From Gurjung and we walk further to Ghandruk. The village of Ghandruk is popular for it’s Gurung community where many members serve the British Army.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons Spring:
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
The following equipment is needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets).
Joining group departures are fixed dates and guaranteed to depart the trek with a minimum of two people to a maximum of 10 people in the group. The benefit of joining the group is sharing the cost with lower price & share different experiences with other travelers during your holidays.
Yes, we have set planned joining group upcoming months and fixed dates. If you are alone or more people & still want to join the group, you can ask our expert once. He will write a quick response as possible if the dates are available as your timing frame and suggest the best as you wish and as a budget. To make sure that to issue the special permit fees, you should arrive in Kathmandu two days before. As this is one of the special TEA HOUSE TREK in Nepal, we need Annapurna Conservation entry permission from Nepal government to travel Annapurna base camp trek and TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System)
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.