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The Short ABC Trek

  • Duration5 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4,130 M
  • Group Size Max 16
  • Starts Pokhara
  • Ends Pokhara

This trek package is no different than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghorepani, but the days are short and the target is to reach the Annapurna Base Camp in the shortest way possible. On this package, we will not be visiting Poon Hill, Ghorepani. That's why we can call this trek the speedy Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you are a beginner and don't have any walking experience, then this 5-day shortest route to reach Annapurna Base Camp might not be a good idea. In 5 days, we will be walking for approximately 7 hours a day without acclimatization, so make sure this package is for you.

Annapurna Sanctuary, or ABC Trek, is a popular trekking trail in Annapurna Region from the beginning, where other trekking routes were not discovered.  The trek takes you through stunning mountain scenery, including the Annapurna Range, and offers stunning views of Mt. Fishtail. Roughly the short Annapurna Base Camp distance is about 35 to 40 km from Pokhara. On this short 5-day Annapurna base camp trek, the itinerary typically starts from Pokhara and follows the Modi Khola River upstream. We will drive just below Ghandruk village from Pokhara to the Jhinu Danda Bridge to make the trip itinerary short. Some people take a helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp, which is another way to reach Annapurna Base Camp, but we are talking about the trekking plan.

Highlights of 5-Day Annapurna Base Camp

  • Spectacular Mountain Views: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna mountain range, including Machapuchhare, Annapurna I, and Hiunchuli. The ABC Trek offers breathtaking views of these majestic peaks throughout the journey.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region as you pass through ethnic villages like Chhomrung. Interact with the friendly locals and get a glimpse into their traditional lifestyle and customs.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Trek through diverse landscapes, starting from lowland villages and lush green rice terraces. As you ascend, you will encounter deep forests of oak, bamboo, and rhododendron trees, adding to the natural beauty of the trail.
  • Annapurna Sanctuary: Reach the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary, a small campsite surrounded by towering mountains and glacial moraines. Witness the serene surroundings and capture stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna region, especially during sunrise and sunset.
  • Tea House Accommodations: Stay in comfortable tea houses run by local communities, providing an authentic experience and a chance to support the local economy.

Standing at the Annapurna Sanctuary, trekkers are rewarded with awe-inspiring 360-degree panoramas, a highlight that makes this trek unforgettable. The enormous Annapurna glacier is visible above the Annapurna Hills. From the Annapurna Base Camp, we retrace our steps while gathering life experience. Take a short hike to Chomrong village to descend. Another thing is that the Jhinu Danda (a natural hot spring) is relaxing. The short climb to Annapurna Base Camp passes through a rhododendron grove. Additionally, it travels through quaint Nepalese villages. Enjoy the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities.

For 4 nights, we will arrange your accommodation in the local tea houses, and three meals will be included.  If you have time and can extend, then a 7-day Annapurna base camp trek would be a good choice. However, many people have done the fastest 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek with us; that's why we are suggesting this trip itinerary. The trek is a guided trip where you will be walking with our guide and Porter. The amount you pay us will also cover private transportation, all trekking permits, government taxes, and, moreover, satisfaction.  The cost of the ABC trek is listed for private and group joining, but if you are in your own group, you can write us for the group discount. There are many different Annapurna Base Camp packages available, so you can choose one that fits your budget and your needs.

Best Seasons And Months For The Short ABC Trek

The most popular time to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek is from September to November, when the weather is clear and more crowded. Autumn temperatures average around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but they decrease as you gain elevation.

Trekkers who want to avoid the crowds often go to ABC in the winter or spring. Winter is the coldest time to trek, but there are fewer people in the area.

Spring is considered the most beautiful time to visit ABC, as the flowers are in bloom and temperatures warm up to around 63 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this is also the haziest time of year in the Himalayas, so views may be obscured.

How Difficult Is The Short ABC Trek?

The short ABC trek is considered a moderately difficult trek that does not require technical mountaineering skills. On average, hikers will walk for 6 to 8 hours per day. The difficulty of the trek can vary depending on your fitness level and previous hiking experience. All trekking routes in Nepal involve a lot of ups and downs, which can be draining, especially at higher altitudes where there is less oxygen. However, compared to other high-altitude treks such as Everest Base Camp, Manaslu, and the Annapurna Circuit, the ABC trek is considered less difficult.

Short ABC Trek Gears List

Make sure you have a proper packing list for the ABC Trek. You won't be able to buy anything you need on the trail, so pack all the essential gear and equipment. You can buy in Kathmandu or in Pokhara if you forgot or wanted to buy in Nepal. Follow the link

  • Trekking gear for Nepal Trek (ABC TREK)

Travel Insurance for The Short ABC Trek

It is important to have travel insurance when trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. Trekking is physically demanding, and altitude sickness and injuries are common. If you need to be rescued or treated for medical attention, it can be very expensive. We recommend WorldNomads Travel Insurance for trekking in Nepal.


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If you are looking for the shortest possible trekking itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek, then this is the perfect and popular trek itinerary. The 5-day ABC trek is also possible from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, if you are willing. A 7-day ABC trek plan is quite standard, with arrival and departure dates from Kathmandu, Nepal. Since there are no international flights from Pokhara, trekkers must land and depart from Kathmandu. This 5-7 day ABC trek is more popular for people from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, and western visitors. Many Singaporeans and Thai people love this trip plan because their international flight times also match.

  • Ghorepani ABC Trek Route Itinerary

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel or the airport (if you are coming from Kathmandu) and drive you to Sewai, we will pass through the Nayapul (Trekking Permit check post) and scenic drive through the local villages, rivers, greenery mountains, and the Mountain view. From Sewai, the trek continues to Jhinu Dada, crossing a suspension bridge over the Modi Khola river. We will stop at Jhinu Danda for lunch and hike continue up the steep staircase to Chhomrong. Along the way, we will see Mount Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Heuchuli. We will also have a great view of Chhomrong village from the top. Culture of the Gurung and Magar people.

  • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
  • Walking Hrs: 5 hrs.
  • Siwai to Chhomrong Distance: Appx 11Km
  • Included Meals: Lunch,& Dinner
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,165 M (7,105ft)
  • Overnight: Chhomrong
  • Drive Distance: 28 Km
    • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
    • Walk Hrs: 6-7 hrs approx
    • Chhomrong to Himalaya Distance: 12 Km
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,& Dinner (included)
    • Maximum Elevation: 2,890 M (9,425ft)
    • Overnight: Himalaya
      • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
      • Walk Hrs: 5-6 hrs approx
      • Himalaya to ABC Distance: 12 Km
      • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,& Dinner
      • Maximum Elevation: 4,130 M (13,550ft)
      • Overnight: Annapurna Base Camp
        • Accommodation: Trekking Lodge (Tea House)
        • Walk Hrs: 6-7 hrs
        • ABC to Sinuwa Distance: 15 Km
        • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,& Dinner
        • Maximum Elevation: 2,150 M  (7,100ft)
        • Overnight: Sinuwa
          • Accommodation in Pokhara: Not included.
          • Walk Hrs: 4- 5hrs approx
          • Sinuwa To Jhinu Danda distance: 4.5 Km
          • Meals: Breakfast,& Lunch
          • Maximum Elevation: 830 M (2,713ft)
          • Overnight: Pokhara
            Cost Details
            • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
            • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
            • Government-registered local expert guide.
            • All ground transportation as per itinerary
            • Porters to carry trekking bags.
            • Necessary trekking permits and government taxes.
            • Equipment and clothing for porters & staff.
            • Insurance for all staff and porters.
            • First Aid Kit for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
            • Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Map for Each Member
            • Duffle bags each member (returnable after the Trek)
            • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters
            • Personal gear & clothing (available on hire)
            • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara
            • Tips for guide and porter
            • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
            • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc…

            Dates & Prices

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            Trip DateMay 25, 2024 -May 29, 2024
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            Trip DateMay 30, 2024 -Jun 03, 2024
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            Festivals and Events in Nepal

            We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal, which are celebrated in the capital city of Kathmandu and in various parts of Nepal. You can plan a Nepal vacation or the Short 5 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek accordingly so you can experience more Nepalese cultures and participate in the festive events.

            Dashian Festival "Inside Nepal"

            The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time. Dates of the Festival: October 10, 2024–October 15, 2024

            Indra Jatra Festival Kathmandu

            Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of the living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attractions of the festival, as will the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain.

            Holi Festival in Nepal

            Holi is a festival celebrated for the final victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring after the festivals of Dashain and Tihar. Foreign and domestic visitors will throw colored water and dry powder at one another during this vibrant celebration to convey their heartfelt greetings and best wishes. Holi Festival dates: March 24 and 25, 2024

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            Accommodation On The Short ABC Trek

            Simple tea houses or trekking lodges serve as lodging on the mountain. The rooms in mountain tea houses are typically double occupancy and come with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, and pillows, as well as adjacent communal restrooms (somewhere attached). The view is amazing. Throughout the trip, we'll make sure to get you into the nicest tea houses that are accessible and provide you with beautiful views of the mountain and surrounding areas. We want to assure that solo female trekkers will be provided with a single room before booking the trek. If a single room is not available, then they will be sharing a room with other female trekkers.

            • A hot shower is possible and costs from 1USD to 5 USD
            • WiFI is available, and it is possible to charge mobile devices and batteries.
            • Heating in the dining room only.

            Food On the ABC Trek

            The food on the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is typically made with local, organic ingredients. Breakfast usually includes eggs, porridge, soup, pancakes, bread, and chapatti. Lunch is typically dal bhat, Nepal's national dish, which is a combination of lentils, rice, vegetable curry, lettuce, pickles, yogurt, and vegetables. Other lunch options include pasta, pizza, burgers, and dumplings. It is important to eat a hearty breakfast and lunch to fuel your body for the day's hike.

            • Breakfast: The breakfast options on the ABC trek are varied and can be adapted to your preferences. Eggs, porridge, soup, pancakes, bread, and chapatti are all popular options.
            • Lunch: Dal bhat is the most common lunch option on the ABC trek. It is a hearty and nutritious meal that will give you the energy you need for the afternoon hike. Other lunch options include pasta, pizza, burgers, and dumplings.
            • Dinner: Dinner on the ABC Trek is typically a more elaborate meal than breakfast or lunch. It might include a variety of curries, vegetables, and rice.

            Carrying water bottles is essential, and you will only be able to refill your existing bottle. Be sure to stay hydrated to prevent altitude sickness.

            • 1 liter Mineral water bottle costs 1 to 2 USD Max

            Pack the necessary equipment:

            Trekking boots, trekking poles, warm clothing, sun protection, rain gear, a first aid kit, toiletries, a water bottle, snacks, a sleeping bag, and a backpack are all required for the trek.

            Be prepared for altitude sickness.

            Altitude sickness is common on the Short ABC Trek. The symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue.

            Yoga, breathing, swimming, cycling, and running will help, and you should start preparing before 3 to 4 months, depending on your personal physical activities.

            Be Adaptable.

            Because the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, it is critical to be flexible with your plan. Be ready to alter your plans if required.
            Have a good time! The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable adventure. Enjoy the landscape, meet new people, and put yourself through physical and mental challenges.

            The cost of the Short ABC Trek is per person and does not include single accommodations during the trip. The group departure dates are listed below. Please remember that these are only a few examples and that there may be other departure dates available. The easiest method to learn about specific departure dates is to contact us.

            Who will be my Trek Guide?

            Your guide will be experienced in the local places, people, and region. We cannot confirm the guide's name for last-minute bookings, but we assure you that your sherpa, guide, and porters will be experienced on the trail. All guides speak English, but if you would like a guide in your own language, we can arrange that for an additional fee. A certified government-licensed guide will lead the trek and will have first aid training and cultural, social, and environmental awareness.

            Tipping for Guide and Porters

            There is no fixed tipping rate for guided tours or treks in Nepal. However, tipping is expected if the service merits it, and it is a nice way to show your appreciation. For guides, USD 15 per day, and per porter, USD 10.

            The Short ABC Trek FAQs

            • Depending on your style of travel, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) can be reached in just 18 minutes by helicopter from Pokhara, but the shortest possible trek to ABC is 5 days. If you have more time and want to get deeper into nature with magnificent views of the Ghorepani Section, the trek takes 10 days in total from Pokhara or Kathmandu.

            • The destination of the trek is Annapurna Base Camp, which is 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) high. Whether you are a new hiker or an experienced hiker looking for a moderate challenge, the Short ABC trek offers the perfect blend of scenic beauty and trekking excitement.

            • Compared to Everest Base Camp, the ABC trek is considered simpler. In general, climbs above 5,000 meters are considered difficult. Treks to Everest Base Camp are therefore significantly more difficult than treks to Annapurna Base Camp. This is because lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes make hiking extremely taxing. The temperature also decreases at higher altitudes.

            • An average level of fitness is required for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. On this short ABC trek route, you will need to walk for up to 7-8 hours per day. Most of the trail is uphill on stone footpaths, with some sections having stairs.

            • A one-year-old child from Sabah is now the world's youngest person to reach Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). In July, her parents, pilot Ragavendra Gopalakrishnan, 32, and yoga instructor Sheena Prasannan, 32, brought her to ABC while she was wearing a hiking harness to celebrate her first birthday.

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