Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 days

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 days


Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 days takes you across the shortest route to Annapurna Base Camp, one of the top trekking destinations in Nepal. Experience ethnic Gurung culture and breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Stay in teahouses run by hospitable local families. Enjoy freshly cooked meals prepared from products sourced from organic vegetable gardens. On reaching Annapurna Base Camp, walk close to the Annapurna I - the 10th highest mountain in the world, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and enjoy a 360-degree view these mountains.

A top highlight of this trip is you get to set foot on two mountain base camps – the Annapurna Base camp and the Machhapuchhre Base Camp.  You get to stand under the shadows of Fishtail Peak or Machhapuchhre, one of the few unclimbed peaks in the Nepal Himalaya.

The exploration of the Annapurna Sanctuary, a sacred glacial basin where locals believe their gods dwell, is almost magical. Surrounded by towering peaks covered in ice, it is a sight to behold. If you want an adrenaline-packed trekking adventure, then this is it, folks. Grab your gear, put on your hiking boots, hold your camera, and head to the Annapurna Base Camp. It is the perfect itinerary for those on a short vacation.

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The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • The shortest route to Annapurna Base Camp. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp and return to Kathmandu in just 7 days.
  • Experience ethnic Gurung culture. Walk through villages of brave Gurkha soldiers.
  • Himalayan scenery guaranteed to wow your senses and leave you ecstatic
  • Visit two mountain base camps – Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • 360-degree view of Annapurna I (10th highest mountain in the world), Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli from Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Stargazing opportunity at Annapurna Base Camp (if the night sky is cloudless). Enjoy a clear view of constellations and the Milky Way galaxy.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation
Day 2 Fly to Pokhara Drive to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft) - 25 minutes flight, 2 to 3 hours (55km) drive and 3 to 4 hours (5.5km) trek
Day 3 Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2,920m/9,578ft) - 7 to 8 hours (14km) trek
Day 4 Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) - 7 to 8 hours (11km) trek
Day 5 Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft) - 7 to 8 hours (16.7km) trek
Day 6 Trek from Bamboo to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) - 5 to 6 hours (12km) trek and 2 to 3 hours (61km) drive
Day 7 Fly from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 25 minutes flight, and Final Departure

Trip Overview

Voted as one of the best treks in the world, the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek – 7 days is a must-do if you are on an adventure holiday in Nepal. This trek surely makes it to the bucket list of all trekkers and hikers who love walking across the Himalayan trails.

Annapurna Base Short Trek takes you past a typical Nepalese countryside dotted with terraced fields, traditional villages, green hills, snowy mountains, and gurgling rivers. Your trip begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.  After reach pokhara, we drive to Matque, the trailhead of the trek. A short walk from Matque past a verdant trail brings us to the first stop of our journey, Chhomrong. A traditional Gurung village, Chhomrong offers awesome views of the Annapurna Massif.

Following a typical, up and down the mountain trail, we cross paddy fields, wooden bridges, farms with mud houses, rivers, and rhododendron and oak forests. The trail is filled with the scent of wildflowers during spring. The chirping of birds and the chatter of wild creatures are the only sounds filling the quiet forest.

The route traverses the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, a protected zone home to several endangered Himalayan flora and fauna. Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk deer, etc., roam through the jungles of this region, and we may spy them on the trail if we are lucky enough.

The route takes us past charming Gurung settlements to enjoy the Annapurna Massif and other mountains' soul-stirring views. There are many steep stone steps en route, which may prove physically demanding at times. But the magnificent views of the mountains are rewarding and motivate us to move forward.

Before we reach Annapurna Base Camp, our destination, we stop for a while at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and enjoy the view of the forked summit of Fishtail Peak. Machhapuchhre or Fishtail Peak is a holy mountain and the sacred abode of the local gods. The locals prohibit anyone from stepping on it or killing any creatures around it.

A short ascent from the MBC brings us to our destination Annapurna Base Camp. As this is the highest point of our trek, it is normal to feel a little out of breath and dizzy. But if you feel the symptoms of altitude sickness, do alert your guide. He will decide on the best course of action. 

After spending a night at ABC, we wake up before dawn to enjoy a magical sunrise from Annapurna Sanctuary. Surrounded by the Annapurna Massif, Gangapurna and Hiunchucli, we watch the sun slowly rising and lighting up the white snowcapped peaks in red, pink, orange, yellow, and golden colors. It is a magnificent sight, one that we will cherish forever. Leaving ABC, we descend via the same route and reach Matque. From Matque we take the highway to Pokhara. Our trip ends with a pleasant fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for Final Departure.

Please note that a high level of physical fitness is essential to complete this trek. You should have enough stamina to walk 7-8 hours daily. There are steep ascents on stone steps and a rough gravel trail en route. If you hike regularly and have embarked on multiple-day treks, this adventure will be easy for you. To learn more about how to train for your Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 Days, please check the essential information section.

Route Map

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days Route Map Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Meet your trek leader at the pre-trip meeting held later in the day. A briefing by your trek leader on your Annapurna adventure will follow.  Listen carefully as your trek leader describes in detail the trail and what to expect during the trek.

Further, check your gears for the final time. If you have forgotten an item, you can buy or hire it from any shop selling trekking gear. Again, get suggestions from your trek leader. Later, head to the lively tourist hub of Thamel. We recommend you schedule your arrival in Kathmandu in the morning or during the day to enable you to attend the group briefing. After the meeting, you can take a stroll around Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub. 

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara Drive to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft) - 25 minutes flight, 2 to 3 hours (55km) drive and 3 to 4 hours (5.5km) trek

You can fly into Pokhara from Kathmandu, It takes only about 25-30 minutes to reach Pokhara by flight. Your trek begins with a delightful ride from Pokhara to the village of Matque, where the trailhead is located. It is a scenic drive filled with views of the green hills, paddy fields, and farms. Once you arrive in Matque you follow your guide and head to Chhomrong. The walk to Chhomrong is filled with amazing views of the Annapurna mountains. Machhapuchhre or the Fishtail Peak and the Annapurna Massif look grand and majestic. You follow an uphill and downhill trail.

Though the walk is tiring, the abundance of nature feels refreshing. Walking to the sounds of birds and other wild creatures in the forest feels therapeutic. You are in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project zone, where plastic mineral water bottles are banned. You will find filtered drinking water booths en route where you can fill your water bottles.

Annapurna South looms over Chhomrong, a picturesque village with cute cottages. Soak in the views from the patio of your teahouse once you reach Chhomrong.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chhomrong.

Day 3
Trek from Chhomrong to Himalaya (2,920m/9,578ft) - 7 to 8 hours (14km) trek

Prayer flag at Chhomrong Prayer flag at Chhomrong- Chhomrong is a village in the Annapurna region and famous night stopover for those going to ABC trek

The early morning views of the peaks are inspiring. After breakfast, make your way down the village, passing traditional whitewashed houses. The sights give you a glimpse of the village lifestyle and Gurung culture. The trail leads you to more ascents and descents on stone steps.

Walk past a dense forest of rhododendron and oak: Cross Bamboo, a popular stop for trekkers with a couple of teahouses. Hike up a shady trail covered by thickets of bamboo.  Stop for a quick rest in Dovan, a beautiful small settlement with a micro hydropower plant and a small local shrine. Walk across the Modi Khola and cascading waterfalls before reaching Himalaya, your overnight.

Overnight at a teahouse in Himalaya.

Day 4
Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) - 7 to 8 hours (11km) trek

Annapurna Base Camp Annapurna Base Camp

Today you have been waiting for, and you can't help feeling excited about the prospect of finally walking up to Annapurna Base Camp. A flight of steps takes you to the famed Hinku Cave used as a camp by the first western explorers in the Annapurna Region.

The Fishtail Peak or Machhapuchhre rears right above as you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. It is a sacred peak and one of the few peaks where climbing is banned. As the locals worship this mountain, no expedition groups are allowed on this peak. You stop for lunch at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and enjoy the views before continuing your ascent to Annapurna Base Camp.

The majesty of the Annapurna Massif, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli stuns you with their grandeur as you reach ABC. You walk slowly to your lodge, enjoying the awe-inspiring sights.

Annapurna Base Camp is one of the best sites in the Himalayas to stargaze. The Milky Way appears very close, and you can gaze at the constellations at night. Create a time-lapse of the night view in your camera and share it on your social media pages. You are sure to get a whole load of likes and shares.

Overnight at a teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 5
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft) - 7 to 8 hours (16.7km) trek

Fishtail Mountain Mount Machhapuchhare- Also known as Mt. Fishtail or Machhapuchhre in Nepali.

Wake up before sunrise and head to Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial valley surrounded by Annapurna I (10th highest peak in the world), Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. The sight of the snow-covered peaks changing color from orange to golden as the sun rises will stay in your memory forever. Capture this beautiful sight in your camera and head down to your teahouse. After breakfast, head down to Bamboo. It is a long descent, and your knees feel thankful to reach the teahouse where your room is booked.

Overnight at a teahouse in Bamboo.

Day 6
Trek from Bamboo to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) - 5 to 6 hours (12km) trek and 2 to 3 hours (61km) drive

Pokhara City and Fishtail Mountain Pokhara City and Fishtail Mountain

The final leg of your trek brings you to Matque. The return trek, though long and tiring, is filled with heartwarming views. You stop at intervals to take in the views for the last time. After reaching the highway at Matque you board a vehicle and drive to Pokhara. On reaching the lakeside city, check-in at your hotel and rest your tired muscles.

Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 7
Fly from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 25 minutes flight, and Final Departure

Your trip ends with a fly from Pokhara  to Kathmandu. Booking a flight will shorten your journey. It takes only 25-30 minutes to reach Kathmandu by flight.

Next, you will be driven to the airport in due time to catch your flight (three hours prior to the scheduled departure). If you want you can extend your trip and explore more of the country. Choose from our vast range of itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you. Bid goodbye to Nepal!




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Mark Geilings
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Jan 28, 2024

AMAZING!

The entire team at Third Rock Adventures were amazing! We had a very tight schedule and they made every minute count on our trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Our guide and porter were very friendly and professional making the whole trek enjoyable and fun (even with an unfortunate stomach bug). I would highly recommend Naba and the team for any travels within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan!
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It fit well with out very tight schedule and the scenery looked amazing.
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Leo Wyatt
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Mar 06, 2023

ABC trek

I am recommending Bimal for any trek to Nepal and Third Rock. Bimal is a fantastic guide, full of energy and mindset to make your adventure a memorable one. I loved this itinerary.
Callum Shirley
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Mar 05, 2023

Short Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

I booked this trip becuase I loved the itinerary. I had 8 days in my hand for this year's new adventure and therefore I did this trek. The trek is beautiful with great views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchre. and more. They let you go with a professional guide and personal potter to carry your huge bags. They let you sleep in good available teahouse and have great foods. I loved this adventure.
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Lola Poole
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Oct 14, 2022

Best Trek

Third Rock Adventures organized this trek without any problems and I enjoyed to the fullest. My trekking guide Rishi was the perfect company for this adventure. He is encouraging and professional. Although he has big belly, he outrun me everytime. Everything was great.
Maxwell Kane
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Oct 07, 2022

Best Short trek

Naba organized us this trek and we are here to write review of what we experienced and their service. Third Rock Adventures is a local company that aims to deliver finest travel services to travelers. I read their blog and somehow got to contact Naba,. He called me and we had great talk revolvbing around the trek i WAS interested in., He is professional and knows everythign and I realize I was in safe hand. I initially inquired for Mardi Trek but settled for this itinerary. The trekking guide is highly professional as well, who manage everything for the fullest satisfaction. I was impressed by the job of my guide, Rishi. He was friendly and astute. I must say that this trek is great because of him. On our way back, I again met with Naba and he will soon organize another trek in Nepal for me. My 5-star review for Naba and Rishi.
Aaron Watts
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Sep 25, 2022

Great Guide and Great Trek

This was a family adventure with Bimal Thapa. We loved his proficiency and his skills for the adventure. He shared that he did his trek for more than 20 times and has all knowledge for the trek. His connection with local people along the route made us have good food, room and extra service in needed. He also tried local soup and drink which was by the way great experience. Bimal was extra careful for our health. He knew when we will reach the point and let us had extra rest. That was great from his side. He was funny as well. Great guide
Finn Palmer
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Sep 24, 2022

Abc with Mardi Trek

Great Trek with Bimal! I am more than satisfied with the service level of this company. Atrek with another company was somehow bad if comparing their with Third Rock's service. You should not always go with popularity of a company. Make sure to check their review and also get to know with the company. I was in contact with Naba, the main brain behind this company and loved how he approached me and offered me the info. They are just great, and you are suggested to book with them. Make sure to talk with Naba for any customization and interest. He personally customized this trek and I added Mardi Trek.
Abraám Salome
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May 14, 2022

Loved this itienrary

Thanks to Third Rock for this itinerary. It was quick and easy for me to book this trek and I loved the trekking experience. All thanks to Naba for everything. Mind-blowing view from the base camp.
Henry Burns
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Apr 24, 2022

Annapurna Trek Nepal

For 7-days adventure, I couldn't find perfect itinerary than this short annapurna trek. We looked on their review and checked the rate before booking with them. Naba quoted us good price that we couldn't say no to. We met him in Thamel, and with his team there. It was good gesture. This company run by Naba is a professional company and instead of going with big company I suggest you go with local and special companies like Third Rock Adventures if you wish and will for unforgettable trek in Nepal.
Cody Carter
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Apr 16, 2022

Annapurna BC Short Trek

Jake and I did this trek in February. We have so much to remember and enjoy from this trek. Dol was the guide for this trek. We called him Dol Dai and he was a one fantastic guide. We loved his work and efort. I must say, it's very hard to find guide like him for trek in the Himalayas, who manage everything beforehand and in a systematic way. The trek took us to the foothilll of the Annapurna mountain. It was amazing adventure.
Kenton Taylor
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Apr 29, 2021

Wonderful Annapurna Base Camp Experience

Wow ! Such an epic experience trekking to ABC with professional team of Third Rock Adventures. It was tough going but worth every sleepless night and aching muscle and joint in my body ! I’d love to do the circuit next time with same team. I would highly appreciate the efforts made by my guide and porters during the trip. Highly recommended.
Fiona Evans
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Apr 14, 2021

Best care and experience in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Before joining the trip Mr. Naba was extremely responsive to all our queries. He made us feel very comfortable about traveling to Nepal and undertaking the trek. Our guide Bimal and our porters were very caring and very serious with their approach to the trek. I had complete faith in them. I did get ill and was unable to make it to the Annapurna base camp (I got close). One of our porter Mr. Rupesh was assigned to my husband and me to start the trek back. He took great care of us. There are no doctors so my recommendation is to make sure to take any medications you might possibly need. The trek was challenging but the views were amazing and we met some really awesome people. Though this was a short trek, it really worth doing. The best service provider in town.
Margaret Watson
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Mar 19, 2021

Best short trip to Annapurna Base Camp

I never imagined i could complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek in such a short time period. This is an excellent and challenging trek, passing through many villages and farming areas. the views of the mountains are amazing and the Annapurna region is just stunning. With the help of our wonderful guide and porters, we made it. Thank you Third Rock Adventures.
Cheng Liu
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Oct 27, 2020

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

I enjoyed the short yet sweet trip of Annapurna Base Camp with Third Rock Adventures. The itinerary is perfect for those who are short in time but wanted to enjoy the Himalayas in real. The views and natural beauty of Annapurna region can not be explained in just words. So i recommend everyone to take a trip and feel it. Wonderful services from guides and porters. Namaste.
Bramha Patel
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Oct 14, 2010

Best mountain trip to ABC

One of the most beautiful places I have visited ever in my life. ABC short trek will take approx 7 days for you to reach the final destination and let me tell you it's worth every second of it. The only meal I had for that 6 days was " Daal Bhat " which is your energy source for your legs. Make sure you take enough water, an energy bar, and Bananas. I have huge respect to the team of Third Rock Adventures who organized the trip without any glitches. Thank you.
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