Want to do a short trek when you're in Nepal? Even if you have just 7 days in your hand, you can do not just any trek but the Annapurna Base Camp itself. Nepal, popular for its mountains and trekking adventure, has the world's best trekking routes, such as Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp, and Annapurna Circuit. But these trekking itineraries are weeks long. Not all of us have that much time in this fast-paced world, do we? So, to solve the problem, we've come up with the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek of 7 Days.
This 7 Days ABC trek starts and ends in Pokhara. This can be a great getaway to the mountains for trekkers who're already in Pokhara or who're planning on visiting Pokhara soon. The Annapurna Range is located north of Pokhara, which makes Pokhara the starting point of most treks in the region, including our 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek. Exploring the beautiful Pokhara Valley with its incredible natural beauty is a great way to spend your pre-trekking days. Pokhara also makes a great place to relax after the taxing week in the Himalayas.
Being one of the most popular trekking destinations, ABC has caught the eyes of many ardent trekkers worldwide. To be able to complete the trek in just 7 days is a dream come true for them. Despite the short time frame, you don't miss any noteworthy aspects along the trail, except for a sunrise hike to Poon Hill in the morning. It's not a huge miss, though, because you'll be viewing the sunrise from the Annapurna Base Camp itself.
Mount Annapurna has an interesting history. It is the first mountain peak in Nepal, above 8,000 meters, to be climbed. In 1950, a French expedition made history by ascending Mount Annapurna. The trekking trail has mesmerizing views of the Annapurna Range (8,091 meters), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 meters), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 meters), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 meters), Tukuche Peak (96,920 meters), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 meters), and several more summits.
You'll have a lifetime's worth of memories from the 7 days Annapurna Base Camp trekking trip, which is jam-packed with adventure and wonder. The backdrop of immaculate, snow-covered mountains gives the scene a majestic appearance. You would enjoy strolling along the river's edge, through a forest of wildflowers, and across arid terrain. Every hour you trek in the Annapurna region, the scenery changes. Once you reach the top, even the incline that causes you to sweat is worth the effort.
At Outfitter Nepal, we give out best to assure you of a wonderful trekking journey that's both adventurous and enjoyable. Our experts have designed this 7 days ABC trekking package in such a way that you don't have to rush to complete the trip, and neither do you miss any important detail.
Join us on any upcoming departure dates of our Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek 7 Days to experience the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas to its fullest without hiking for weeks or spending much time in the cold mountains.
Best Features of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek
- Take in the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range
- Get to the foothills of the tenth-highest mountain peak in the world
- Stay at the magnificent Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchre Base Camp
- Explore the lush vegetation of the Annapurna Conservation Area
- Trek through beautiful bamboo and rhododendron trees
- Visit Jhinu Danda Hot Spring for a swim to relax your muscles
- Communicate with the welcoming villagers in their charming rural settings
Is the 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek right for me?
Specially designed for trekkers with a limited time period, this 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is right for anyone who's willing to embrace some little challenges along the way to witness the extraordinary natural beauty of the Annapurna mountains. Trekking to ABC is anyway considered moderately difficult. Even the trail is well marked with mountain lodges and tea houses serving you accommodation and food. Completing the hike in 7 days may add some minor level of difficulty as you might have to cover more distance on some days, but it's nothing big. The only challenges might include some steep uphill portions of the trail, but you'll get used to it with time.
It doesn't matter if you're an experienced trekker or a first-timer; if you're a child or a senior citizen, this short ABC trek is right for you. But, there's one condition; you must be physically fit to walk 5 to 7 hours ups and downs in high altitude for seven days and mentally prepared to handle any unforeseen challenges along the way. Your mentality also plays a huge part in successfully completing the trek. If you come from a warm climate, also be prepared to tackle the cold weather of the Himalayas at night; however, the days are warm most of the year.
How can I prepare for Annapurna Base Camp 7 Days Trek?
There's no hard and fast rule to prepare for any treks. The same goes for the Annapurna Base Camp 7 Days Trek. Situated at 4130 meters, ABC is a high-altitude trek, but it's not as high as Everest Base Camp, which is at 5364 meters. So, a previous high-altitude trekking experience isn't necessary. If you have done one, it's great; if you haven't, it's alright too.
As we've mentioned before, one must be in good physical and mental health to do the trek. This is the part you must focus on if you're preparing for the 7-day ABC trek. For physical fitness, start with some cardiovascular exercises. Going to the gym is the best; if not, you can go running, swimming, dancing, or anything that works best for you. Begin your workout routine at least a month prior to the trek. In addition, you can go for a day hike with some weight in your backpack around your town to get used to walking long distances.
What is the best time for ABC Short Trek of 7 Days?
Out of 4 seasons, spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November) are the best seasons to trek to ABC. When you're completing the trek in a short time, you want the weather to be perfect without any obstacles. For that, spring and autumn provide the perfect weather conditions. The skies are clear with pristine blue colors, with dots of white clouds enhancing the beauty of it. The environment appears light green in spring hues and dark green in autumn after monsoon rain, radiating a tranquil ambiance. There's no chance of heavy rainfall or snowfall. Spring is especially known for Rhododendron blooms covering the forests in red and pink, and autumn for its festivities reflecting the rich Nepalese culture.
If you're used to cold weather, winter (December, January, and February) isn't the wrong time either. The skies are particularly crystal clear, providing a vibrant contrast against the white mountains covered with fresh snow. You must carry appropriate trekking gear for the winter trek, though. On the other hand, monsoon (June, July, and August) is an absolute no. The precipitation in monsoon/summer can ruin your hike with continuous rainfall and occasional landslides on the trail.
Major Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek
Hiking in Annapurna Conservation Area
On our 7-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp, we stroll through the Annapurna Conservation Area, home to diverse flora and fauna. You'll enjoy this lovely hike through the lush forests of rhododendrons, oak, pine, etc. The ABC trail has a unique feature in select locations where there is a bamboo forest. Trekking in the spring will reveal the vibrantly colored wildflower blossoms that adorn the forests. In those woodlands, you can listen to the birds singing in harmony and occasionally see some wild animals.
Panoramic mountain vistas
You'll start to see mountains smiling at you from afar before you even get to Annapurna Base Camp. As you progress on your walk, the mountains get closer. You'll see more mountains organized in a panorama in addition to the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), and other Himalayan peaks can all be seen during our 7-day trek to the ABC.
The majestic ambiance of ABC
Once you're in close proximity to the majestic Annapurna, you'll quickly forget all the discomfort you felt as you ascended through the challenging and rocky Himalayan landscape. You experience euphoria as you gaze out over the mountain sceneries from Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m), which is directly in front of you. Despite the chilly weather, everyone is warm and friendly as they share their hiking experiences in the teahouses. At Annapurna Base Camp, unlike EBC, you can actually spend the night, and the morning's gorgeous sunrise is something to look forward to.
Jhinu Danda Hot Spring
On our way down, the 7-day Annapurna Base Camp Hike passes by Jhinu Danda Hot Springs. We'll also stay a night at Jhinu Danda. It is thought that spring water has a unique ability to heal and soothe aches and pains. Taking a hot spring bath is said to cleanse the spirit as well. Therefore, for a small entrance fee, you can take a brief swim in the hot spring and see it for yourself if it really helps with the pain.
Simple village life of the Annapurna region
During the trek, you'll pass by many villages, such as Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Dovan, etc. These little settlements tucked in the hills are examples of rural life in Nepal. People here live a simple life with basic amenities. You actually get to stay at their houses which they've turned into lodges and homestays, and eat local food prepared by them. Most people in the region are engaged in tourism serving visitors meals and stays, but they're still intact to their authentic culture and traditions.
Trip Customization: Annapurna Base Camp Trek in 9 Days
Although we've designed this 7 days short itinerary for ABC to address public demand, we respect your preferences. It's not every day you get to trek in the Himalayas. We understand you want it to be perfect. So, we are open to any alterations to the standard 7-day itinerary to meet your requirements.
If you want to start the trek from Kathmandu instead of Pokhara, we can arrange a two-way bus journey to get to Pokhara and back. In such case, we'd also add your accommodation in Pokhara to our package. However, it'll add 2 more days to the itinerary, making it a 9 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Beware that these changes will reflect in the total cost too.
If you want to begin the trek from Pokhara itself but take the classic ABC route with the Poon Hill hike, we can arrange that as well. It will also increase the total days by 2 and the total cost by some amount, but the glorious sunrise you'll witness against the Annapurna Range from Poon Hill is worth it. You can check out our Standard ABC Trekking Itinerary for reference. Please contact us to discuss your plans so that we can work on it together.