Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 8 Days
Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek 8 days is the shortest trekking trip ever to cover Annapurna base camp. Trekking this route holds a marvelous view of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), Gandharwa Chuli and several other peaks holding height above 7,000 m.
Short Everest Base Camp trek begins with a long drive towards Pokhara leaving Kathmandu. Triggering numerous of pleasing and beautiful settlements with great gorgeous views of towering mountains along passing Machhapuchhare Base Camp, we step Base Camp of Annapurna. 360° vista throughout Annapurna Sanctuary holding numerous of peaks throughout is a really breathtaking reward from high elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. This short and sweet 8 days package for Annapurna Base Camp is designed fully by highlighting upon valuable time and affordable cost.
Day 1: Kathmandu – Pokhara (820 m) 6 to 7 hours drive
Early morning of our starting day, our guide will be there to pick up with a comfortable private vehicle for shifting you towards bus station to catch luxury tourist standard vehicle. Heading towards the west of Kathmandu valley and following Prithvi Highway by catching the edge of Trishuli River takes to Pokhara. Finally, after steeping beautiful Pokhara valley, we explore gorgeous Fewa Lake in the evening time and spend the night at tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.
Day 2: Pokhara – Nayapul 2 hours drive – Ghandruk (1940m) 6 to 7 hours trek
Enjoying early morning sweet and swift breakfast, we trigger our trip forward towards Nayapul leaving Pokhara valley. After reaching Nayapul, the trail drops down towards attractive village Birethanti, where trekkers have to consider some necessary formalities to move on. From there trail winds towards Modi River along crossing different settlements, we reach Ghandruk and evening hours can be spent by inspecting beautiful village. This night will be spent at Lodge in Ghandruk.
Day 3: Ghandruk – Sinuwa (2340m) 6 to 7 hours trek
Leaving beautiful village Ghandruk behind, we walk forward following the bank of Modi River along after short walk and splitting the bank of the river, we climb towards great boulders. From there passing boulders and numerous of bridges over noisy rivers, the steep trail takes us to Chhomrong (Gurung village) crossing Jhinu Danda along from there enjoying rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forest, we reach to Sinuwa for stay overnight.
Day 4: Sinuwa – Deurali (3230m) 6 to 7 hours trek
Starting an early easy walk from Sinuwa exists till bamboo passing Kuldhighar along from there steep stone staircase takes us to Dhobhan, crossing suspension bridge and numerous of rhododendron and oak forests. Steady and steep climb continuous through the valley towards Himalaya and Hinku Cave, to reach Deurali and this night will be spent at the lodge in Deurali.
Day 5: Deurali – Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 6 to 7 hours trek
Early morning leaving Deurali, our gentle climb on a trail takes us to Bagar and strenuous hike leads towards base camp of Machhapuchhare (3,700 m). After enjoying stunning views of Mount Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain) with other numerous towering peaks around, we follow a wide trail that leads us to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Finally, after steeping our aimed destination (Annapurna Base Camp) greets us 360° vista from high elevation and this night will be spent at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 6: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2340m) 6 to 7 hours trek
This day after appreciating the mighty Annapurna Sanctuary, we catch our trail back and develop our trek crossing through the waterfall, cave, temple and forest holding bamboo, rhododendron and oak trees along passing numerous of attractive settlements including Deurali and Dobhan, we step Bamboo. This night will be spent at the lodge in Bamboo.
Day 7: Bamboo – Jhinu Hot Spring (1780m) 6 to 7 hours walk
Leaving Bamboo we hike up to Khuldighar, where ACAP office and visit center is located and moving forward by passing Sinuwa, we hike down to bridge across Chhomrong River to enter beautiful Gurung settlement. From there, steep descent slides us to Jhinu Danda for relaxing your tired muscles by taking a dip in hot spring. After a short time there, we move towards lodge to spend overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Day 8: Jhinu Hot Spring – Nayapul (5 to 6 hours trek) – Pokhara (2 hours drive)
Today is last day of our trekking and as usual we develop our trek forward crossing bridge over Modi Khola and passing bamboo forest, various settlements and terraced farms featuring seasonal crops till Syauli Bazaar along after heading from there, we also catch Birethanti to check out formalities on midway and trial is flat and easy to walk unless Nayapul is steeped. Our private vehicle will be there awaiting you at Nayapul, which will take us to Pokhara.
- Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
- Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
- T-shirts and hiking shorts
- Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
- Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
- A small light weight and quick drying towel.
- Water bottle and water purification tables
- Water purification tables or a water filter
- Sleeping bag and silk liner
- Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
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All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.
Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler and days are warm. Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.
Best time to travel
Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.
Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal. Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less. And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.
Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.
- Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
- You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
- Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
- Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
- Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
- Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
- Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
- Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
- Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.
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