Annapurna Base Camp trek is probably a legendary trek with endless beauty.
A 7-day trek is a rapid and short itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp trek. This short version is perfect for those who are in a crunch of time to do the regular Annapurna Base Camp trek.
Despite the short duration, this trek offers enough time to witness the breathtaking mountain views. It gives the opportunity to experience the typical Nepali villages and local people. Along with their traditional way of living in the Himalayas of Nepal.
The Annapurna Base Camp route takes you through spectacular landscapes, lush Rhododendron, bamboo, and alpine forests. And to the final destination, the Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m.
All in all, the short ABC trek guarantees you fulfilling pleasure. And a magnificent insight into the natural and cultural heritage of the tiny Himalayan country, Nepal.
Moreover, this 7 days ABC trek is suitable for anyone with average physical fitness who are looking for short trekking.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days
- Short and adventurous walks at the foot of world’s tenth highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna
- Amazing forest covered in rhododendron-magnolia trees with magnificent views
- Exploring traditional Gurung villages of immense culture with age-old heritage
- Mind-blowing panorama of mountains within beautiful and scenic Annapurna Sanctuary
- Opportunity to enjoy the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 days Itinerary
Day 01: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Siwai and Trek to Chhomrong
Altitude: 2177m, Chhomrong
Trekking duration: 3 hrs
Today our car will pick you from the hotel and drop you to the Kathmandu airport where you will take a flight to Pokhara.
It is a short and scenic flight that takes around 25-30 minutes to reach.
Pokhara also called the lake city is a popular tourist and holiday destination. Once you get to Pokhara our guide will pick you up from the airport and you will drive for around 2 hours straight to Siwai.
Siwai is the starting point of your trek. From here you will start hiking towards Chhomrong which will take about 3 hours.
Chhomrong is a small and beautiful village from where you will get spectacular views of the mountains in the Annapurna region. Here you will be able to witness the lifestyle and culture of the Gurungs.
Overnight at a lodge in Chhomrong.
Day 02: Trek to Himalaya
Trekking duration: 6-8 hrs
Today after breakfast you will continue your trek to the next destination i.e Himalaya. The trail first drops down on the stone-paved stairs till Chhomrong river and then elevate through Khuldi Ghar.
After crossing the steel suspension bridge you will gain the elevation of 2340m of hilltop village called Sinwa. This trail is gradually inclined but long. This uphill part takes about 2-3 hours which is also the longest uphill on the whole of this short ABC trek.
After Sinwa the trail will go little up and more down to the next stop called Bamboo. Here you will have your lunch.
From here, you will cross another small stop of Dovan and after about 2 hours you will reach Himalaya.
Overnight at a lodge in Himalaya.
Day 03: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Altitude: 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
Trekking duration: 6-8 hrs
As always, after breakfast, you will start your trek to the final destination i.e the Annapurna Base Camp.
First, you will mount up to Deurali at 3230m. It will take you about 4 hours. And after a short break, you will further continue your trek to reach Annapurna Base Camp.
You will walk along the Machhapuchhre Base Camp where you will stop for lunch. From here you can enjoy the Himalayan peaks of Annapurna Range like Gangapurna, Annapurna III. Also Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Gandharva Chuli, Himchuli, Annapurna South.
Annapurna Base Camp is just two hours walk from here. Upon reaching ABC, you will get an overwhelming view of the Himalayas.
Also if the weather is good you will witness a superb sunset view which will make the short ABC trek memorable and picturesque.
Overnight at a lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Sinuwa
Altitude: 2350m, Sinuwa
Trekking duration: 4- 5 Hrs
Today you will wake up early to witness the spectacular sunrise view in the Annapurna Base Camp which will be a mind-blowing experience.
After that, you will get back to the hotel and enjoy your breakfast and hot drink in the Annapurna Base Camp.
Later you will continue your trek down to Sinuwa which is a beautiful village. It will take around 4-5 hrs to reach there. The trail at first is mostly downhill. You will walk through the forests for a while and then follow the trail.
Overnight at a lodge in Sinuwa.
Day 05: Trek to Jhinu Danda
Altitude: 1760m, Jhinu Danda
Trekking duration:4-5 hrs
From Sinuwa, following the stone steps to Chhomrong will be downhill and then uphill walk. You will climb up through the steep trail to reach the upper Chhomrong.
Then you will descend through the steep trail to reach the destination i.e Jhinu Danda.
In about 20 minutes walk from Jhinu Danda you will enjoy a natural hot spring bath. This will heal your muscle sore after the week-long trek. This place is famous for hot spring which takes 30 minutes to get on the riverside pool from your tea house.
After the bath, you will walk another half an hour uphill climb to Jhinu Danda where you will spend the night.
Day 06: Trek to Siwai and Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 900m, Siwai
Trekking duration: 4-5 Hrs
Today is the last day of your trek which will take you back to the civilization of beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Siwai is the same place from where your trek started.
And this is also the place where you will end the beautiful and memorable trek. You will walk for about 4-5 hours and then take a drive which is about 2 hrs to Pokhara.
Upon reaching Pokhara you will check in to the Hotel. You can take a short rest and later take a relaxing walk around the lakeside.
Overnight at a three-star hotel in Pokhara.
Day 07: Fly Back to Kathmandu.
Flight Duration: Approx 25 minutes
Today after a delicious breakfast in the hotel in Pokhara, you will move to Pokhara airport and fly back to Kathmandu. With this, it is time to give a farewell and wish you a safe travel back home.
Additional Information on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
What Itinerary Alternatives are There?
There are many itineraries for Annapurna Base Camp trek. This depends on various routes depending on your time and level of your physical fitness.
Most people take the trek to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poonhill. This is relaxing and allows enough acclimatization and the duration will be 12 to 16 days.
You can also choose the 10- day comfortable trek to the Annapurna Base Camp. And extensive trekking package like the Annapurna Circuit trek.
We do customize packages that will suit your time and preference. Allow us to do that for you.
How Difficult is The Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Regarding the difficulty of the trek, it is moderate and doesn’t demand an advanced physical fitness level. However, a little bit of preparation is always beneficial.
The highest elevation you will reach during the trek is 4130m. And in most days you will be walking around 6-7 hrs. Walking in the higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes.
Positive attitude, self- confidence, and determination add into making this trek a lot comfortable.
Doing some exercises like hiking, climbing stairs and working on your strength and stamina can be useful. And trekkers with a pre-existing medical condition should consult their doctor before taking the trip.
How Much Does it Cost?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost approx USD 550 excluding the flight cost. This is a standard trek price which is budget friendly.
Of course, the price will vary according to group size, standard or deluxe tour plan and the duration of the trek.
Also, taking a flight to and from Pokhara saves your time but at the same time increases your expense. The cost of a flight is around USD 125 for foreigners. While taking a bus ride reduces the trip expense. It would cost from USD 15- 25 per person.
To take the Annapurna Base Camp trek you need two permits. They are Annapurna Conservation Area Project (USD 20), USD 2 ( SAARC nationals ). And the Trekkers Information Management System Card (USD 20/p)
If you hire a guide the cost will be approx USD 25 to 30 while hiring a porter would cost slightly lesser i.e USD 15-20.
Other miscellaneous cost includes hot shower bucket, charging gadgets and using wifi that would cost around USD 5 in total per day.
What Do I Need to Pack for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
Packing wisely plays an important role in making your trekking experience comfortable. Since you are trekking from lower altitude to higher altitude it is best to dress in layers.
The higher altitude experiences colder temperature. It is important to pack warm clothing and gear such down jacket, fleece, and thermals etc.
For the rainy season, it is important to carry a rainproof jacket and trouser. Carrying a sleeping bag is very useful for cold nights and mornings. A good pair of a comfortable hiking boot with firm grip is a must. Do not go for heavy boots.
Since the sun ray at high altitude can be harsh it is important to carry a good pair of sunglass to protect your eyes. Also, sunscreen of SPF 30 is highly beneficial to protect your skin from sunburn.
Drinking plenty of water is a must while trekking since it reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Hence carry a water bottle and always stay hydrated.
Some Key Points to Consider Before the Trek
- Check the weather condition before trekking and pack accordingly
- Move in a slow and steady pace and do not rush
- Always seek out for help from the guide or the group leader in case of altitude sickness or any other problems
- Keep buffer days in case of flight delays or any unplanned situation
- Avoid showing public display affection and respect the locals’ culture
- Carry enough cash since there are no ATMs along the trails
The 7 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is perfect for all the trekkers who are looking for a short trek yet adventurous trek.
This trek takes you to the foot of Mt.Annapurna in a weeks time. The journey is a mix of nature and cultural beauty that will entertain and enrich your soul.
For further question and queries, please feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to guide and assist you with the best of our knowledge.