Annapurna Base Camp Trek 8 days

OVERVIEW

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 city 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.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
    Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.

    After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you with checking in.

  • Day 2
    Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) and catch taxi to Kade (name of trek starting place), Overnight AUSTRALIAN CAMP (about 2,100m), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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.

  • Day 3
    Trek Australian camp to New bridge or hot spring, Overnight JINU DANDA (1,780m), WALKING TIME: 5 to 6 hours, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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

  • Day 4
    Trek Jinu Danda to Sinuwa (2,300m) overnight in SINUWA, WALKING TIME: 6 hours, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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.

  • Day 5
    Trek to Sinuwa to Deurali (3,200m), Overnight in DEURALI, WALKING TIME: 5 to 6 hours, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    After climbing high above the Modi Khola the trail continues uphill to Kuldi before descending again to Himalaya & Deurali.

  • Day 6
    Trek to Machhapurchhe base camp (M. B. C) 3,700m and Annapurna Base camp (4,130m), Overnight in ABC, WALKING TIME: (5 to 6 hours), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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.

  • Day 7
    Trek Annapurna base camp to Bamboo (2,310m), Overnight in BAMBOO, WALKING TIME: (7 hours), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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.

  • Day 8
    Trek Bamboo to Gurjung (1,575m), Overnight in GURJUNG, WALKING TIME: 6 hours, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

    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.

  • Day 9
    Trek to Kimche via Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara about 3 hours, Overnight own ACCOMMODATION STAY in POKHARA HOTEL

    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.

INCLUDES

  • Transportation: return transfers from International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guides & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guest = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 8 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
  • Wages: 8 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 7 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus 
  • Transportation: Pokhara to trek starting place via taxi or local bus
  • Transportation: trek ending place to Pokhara via local jeep or bus
  • Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to return after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to return after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in the emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Map: Annapurna Himal trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

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.

EXCLUDES

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

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 every tea houses.

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.

SEASONS

Nepal has four climatic seasons Spring:


  • March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

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.

EQUIPMENTS

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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).