Are you willing to opt for Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek but are laid back due to the constraint of time? If yes, then World Alpine Treks brings an 11 days trekking package at your service, which is also famous as Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a revised version of 14 days standard Annapurna Base Camp Trek package. Both treks are similar in all ways except the fact that the days are reduced to a short trek by opting for a journey to/from Pokhara via flight than through the roadways.
Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is undeniably a fruitful journey that caters you to all the fantastic features of the Annapurna region of Nepal. The journey starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara city. As soon as you land at the Pokhara airport, you will be transferred to Nayapul, the place from where you will commence your actual trekking journey. In the initial phase, the trail goes through a lush landscape with jovial villages and farmlands. Then it slowly traverses through the forests of oak and rhododendron. Ghorepani Poonhill is a stopping point on the way from where you can enjoy some fantastic views of mountains along with sunrise/sunset views.
The trail further extends to Annapurna Base Camp via the villages of Sinuwa and Deurali. At the base camp, you can appreciate the eye-catching beauty of mountains that rise tall one over the other in an alluring manner. Also, known as Annapurna Sanctuary, you can get close to views of mountains like Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South, Mt. Nilgiri, and many other peaks in the Annapurna range. From the base camp, you make your return journey to Kathmandu via Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, and back to Pokhara to catch a flight. At Jhinu Danda, you can enjoy a hot water bath at the natural hot water springs there.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is much more than this. You can explore the ethnic villages and get a wide range of knowledge about people, their culture, custom, and lifestyle. The hospitality that you will receive from the locals is truly an inspiring experience. The spring – March to May can be the best time to visit this place with its flower blossoms and vibrant environment. However, autumn, i.e., September to October, is also the best time to opt for this journey.
If you prefer the best and short treks in Nepal, you have Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek, Annapurna Short Trek, or Everest Base Camp Short Trek as well-known alternate options.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel at Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Catch a flight o Pokhara, and you will land at the airport in Pokhara. From Pokhara airport, we take a short drive for around an hour to Nayapul. It is the actual start point of our trekking journey. From Nayapul, we start walking along a lush landscape to Birethanti. It is a prosperous town inhabited by people of ethnic communities. We follow the streets of Birenthanti and pass the forests of bamboo and waterfall on the way. We further walk towards Ranghai and ascend the valley until we reach the village of Tikhedhunga. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Tikhedhunga. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we cross a suspension bridge over a stream and ascend up through the stone-paved step stairs to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large village at an elevation of 2800 meters inhabited by the people of the Magar community. We climb up the village and cross the meadows to a campsite where we stop for lunch. We further continue through the trail, pass two streams, and climb up to Nagenthanti. From here, we hike up until we open up to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. As we reach the village, we will be able to witness some astonishing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many more. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Ghorepani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We wake up early in order to catch the sunrise view from Poonhill, a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for sunrise/ sunset views and panoramic views of mountains in the Annapurna range. The shimmering glory of golden sun rays over the Annapurna massif from Poonhill merely looks amazing. The panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Varaha Shikhar, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, etc. add to the glory of this place. After enjoying the views, we return back to Ghorepani and follow a trail that takes us to Tadapani. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Tadapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we descent down along the lush rhododendron and oak forests. We follow the trail that goes through dense wood to Chomorong. Chomorong is a beautiful village inhabited by the people of the Gurung community. It is considered as a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. One can enjoy the great hospitality of Gurung people here. From Chomorong, we further descent down through the stone-paved stairs and cross a long suspension bridge over the Chomorong river, and we then climb up a rocky trail until we reach the village of Sinuwa. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Sinuwa. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Leaving Sinuwa, walk along the forested area to Kuldahar. There is a check post of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project here. From here, we continue our descent down to Dovan and follow a damp trail that passes through the thick forests of bamboo and rhododendron. As we move ahead, we open up to the Hotel Himalaya with inspiring views of a glacial lake that flows down to the valley. From here, we ascend up to a historical place – Hinku cave. It is a camping site for the climbers trying to ascent Annapurna I. We then descent down through an undulating path to Deurali. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Deurali. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
As we leave Deurali, we descent down to a glacial river and walk towards Macchapucchhre Base Camp, Leaving towards Macchapucchhre Base Camp, we head towards Annapurna Base Camp, enjoying the magnificent views of Macchapucchre Himal, Annapurna Hima, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. We enter through the natural gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and ascend up until we reach the Annapurna Base Camp. As we open up to the base camp, we will be able to get some astonishing views of a valley surrounded by grand peaks in the Annapurna range and glaciers. It is a perfect sight to fade away the tiredness of walking to the base camp all week long. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodges in Annapurna Base Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Early in the morning, we wake up for the sunrise view over the mountains in the Annapurna range. Then we step towards Annapurna Sanctuary for splendid views of mountains. After relishing the views of mountains, we bid the base camp a goodbye. We take a long and steep descent down to Bamboo. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Bamboo. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we will be headed to Jhinu Danda. It is a beautiful settlement in that area famous for its natural hot springs. As we leave Bamboo, we follow an undulating path that goes up and down. At first, we hike up to Chomorong and make a descent down to Jhinu Danda. Upon arrival, we can walk immediately to the riverside and enjoy the hot water bath on the natural springs. Taking a hot water bath in those springs is a soothing experience. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Jhinu Danda. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We are almost at the end of our trekking journey. We walk pass through the terraced farmlands and villages to Siwai. It is just two to three hours’ trek. From Siwai, we take a vehicle that will take us to Pokhara airport. From the airport, we catch a return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Within 25 minutes of the flight, we will find ourselves in the Kathmandu. You will then transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast)