7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

Bespoke Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara, 7 Days Itinerary and Cost for 2024, 2025
7 Days Annapurna Base camp Short Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara
  • Duration7 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4130m
  • Starts at Pokhara
  • Ends at Pokhara
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Tourist Vehicles
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Nov, Dec

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 Annapurna base camp 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 Bespoke Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek from Pokhara

  • 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 from Pokhara right for me?

Specially designed for trekkers with a limited time period, this 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara 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 Bespoke 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 days 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 Annapurna Base Camp 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 7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara

Hiking in Annapurna Conservation Area

On our 7 days 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 days 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 Annapurna base camp 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.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The 7 Days Trek to ABC begins with a 2-hour drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar. First, we drive to Nayapul via Pokhara Baglung highway, then take a right towards Birethanti and finally reach Syauli Bazar, which is the starting point for the trek. We walk along the countryside first and then through the thick forest. The first section of the hike to Jhinu Danda is somewhat flat that takes 4 to 5 hours. After Jhinu Danda, you hike up on a steep trail for about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours to reach Chhomrong at 2760 meters. Chhomrong is a small Gurung village on a hillside with a gorgeous view of the Annapurna Range. We settle at one of the mountain lodges to have dinner and stay the night at Chhomrong.

    We wake up early in the morning, have our breakfast at the lodge we stayed in the previous night, and begin the hike to Dovan. For the first 1 and a half hours, the trekking route descends on stone stairs until we cross the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge. We hike through bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests as the trail rises over the Modi Khola on its western side. After a difficult ascent, we reach Sinuwa village at 2350 meters. The route then meanders through the trees before descending a length of steep stone steps into dense rhododendron and bamboo forests to reach Bamboo. A short uphill hike from Bamboo takes us to Dovan at 2600 meters, which is where we stay the night at a mountain lodge.

      After breakfast at the lodge, we start the third day of our ABC trek with a gradual ascent through deep forests dotted with several kinds of oak and rhododendron trees. The trail climbs sharply to reach Hinko Cave (3160 m), which gets its name from a massive overhanging boulder that shields it from rain, giving shelter to hikers, goats, and shepherds. We travel through a gradually climbing trail for around 30 minutes to get to Deurali, where we'll have lunch and rest for a while.

      After a brief hike from Deurali, we arrive at Bagar (3310 m), a green grassland with some deserted hotels. For a while, the trail travels along the valley's left side. The trail now gradually climbs to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820 m), where we take in some of the most beautiful scenery we've seen so far on the trail. Annapurna South (7229 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Mount Hiunchuli (6441 m), Gangapurna (7454 m), and Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997 m) are just a few of the magnificent mountains you will see from MBC. Today's hike ends at MBC with the most stunning backdrop.

        The day is finally here. On the fourth day of the trek, after a 3 to 4 hours hike from MBC, we reach our final destination and the highest point of the trek, Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m). After a delicious breakfast in the mountains with the most spectacular view, we begin the day's hike. We're walking on alpine meadows at a high altitude today, so the hike can be slightly more challenging than the previous days. However, it's a short hike, so you don't have to trouble your body all day. We'll reach ABC for lunch.

        After lunch, you can explore the ABC area all you want until it gets dark. The epic Annapurna Sanctuary, surrounded by high mountains above 7000 meters, gives you the feeling of heaven. There's no place on the Earth as beautiful as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Take as many photos and videos as you want, but no camera can capture the divine beauty of the ABC. Take in the view and enjoy every moment when you're at ABC because we'll have to leave the next day.

          When you wake up, Mt. Annapurna's face is covered in the magnificent golden tones of the Himalayan sunrise. After enjoying breakfast and the glorious scenery, we start down the same trail as we came up. Getting to bamboo takes about 6-7 hours of hiking. Since it is considerably simpler to descend, getting to Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp on the same day shouldn't be an issue. However, due to exhaustion, some hikers may feel trembling or shaking legs as they descend the trail. We have therefore selected a shorter route for a simpler descent, also considering our short time frame.

            After breakfast at the Bamboo teahouse, we again begin to trek backward to get to Jhinu Danda. Along the forests of Rhododendrons and Bamboo, we make our way back to Sinuwa, Chhomrong, and all the way to Jhinu Danda. As you might have seen while ascending, Jhinu Danda has a natural hot spring that is known to heal the body and spirit. At the end of the day, you can leave your backpacks at the tea house in Jhinu and plunge into the hot water of the hot spring. Not sure about the spirit, but your muscles will definitely feel relaxed after some time in the hot spring.

              On the last day of the short ABC trip, we say bye to the mountains and walk back to the last stretch of the trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul. It's an easy hike downhill until Syauli Bazar through rural settings and farmland, and then the surface flattens to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we take a drive to Pokhara, which marks the end of the trip.

              You can celebrate your trek with some drinks at Lakeside Pokhara beside Phewa Lake. We hope you had a great time with us.

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                Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
                What's Included
                • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
                • Accommodations in mountain lodges or teahouses on the trek
                • Ground transport from Pokhara to trailhead and back
                • A guide & porters (1 porter for every 2 trekkers, and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you)
                • Paper works, National Park entry permits, & TIMS card
                • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company
                • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)
                What's not Included
                • Nepal entry visa fee (you may quickly issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu)
                • Travel insurance (compulsory)
                • Kathmandu to Pokhara transport
                • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
                • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
                • Tips for the guide and porters
                • Anything not mentioned in the included section
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                • We have fixed departure dates for the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek - 7 Days. So, select a date and book the trip. If your preferred date isn't listed, please contact us. We can arrange a private trek on any given date.
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                Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

                Maximum Altitude

                Our 7 days journey to Annapurna Base Camp passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is situated between 790 and 8091 meters above sea level at the summit of Annapurna I. But the highest elevation we reach on the trek is 4130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp. This altitude is not very high as compared to other base camp treks like EBC. You're also less likely to get altitude sickness at this height, but it's always safe to be cautious.

                Difficulty Level of ABC 7 Days Trek

                The 7 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp is rated as a moderately difficult trek. There are both difficult and easy trails along the trekking route. Therefore, everyone in good physical condition can join in on this adventure without prior experience. We also suggest doing some physical preparation exercises like running, swimming, and hiking if you're planning the excursion to make walking easier for your body for several days. While traveling in the Himalayas, which takes you over 4000 meters, you should also psychologically prepare yourself for the possibility of experiencing altitude sickness and other health and weather difficulties.

                Transportation to the trailhead

                As the journey begins in Pokhara, you will be traveling to the trailhead (Syaluli Bazar) in a local bus or a jeep. Similarly, on your way back, you'll again be traveling from Nayapul to Pokhara on a local bus or a jeep. If you're booking a private trip and want a more comfortable ride, we can arrange a local jeep or taxi for an additional cost. Similarly, if you want to start the trip from Kathmandu, we can arrange a tourist bus for Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu.

                Accommodations during the trek

                Like the majority of trekking routes in Nepal, lodging will be at a mountain lodge or a tea house. Locals run these inexpensive hotels-like businesses, which provide simple meals and accommodations with two to five beds, according to the size of the room. Therefore, you might have to share a room with other hikers during the busiest seasons. The rooms are warm, and the beds, sheets, pillows, and blankets are all comfortable.

                Since no other options are available in Annapurna Base Camp's outlying area, you should feel comfortable using the common restrooms with an Asian squat-style toilet. Although there will be water in the restroom, we suggest bringing your own toiletries.

                Food on the trail

                The menus at the tea houses have limited options, but you can get common Nepali and international meals that are easy to make, like pancakes, pasta, cereals, etc. You'll be given Daal Bhat, a traditional Nepali cuisine made of white rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pickles, for dinner and possibly lunch. Thanks to Daal Bhat's strong protein and carbohydrate content, you will have enough energy for the hike. The usual breakfast fare is tea, coffee, boiled eggs, curries, and Tibetan bread. Additionally, you can experience several regional dishes like noodles and momo.

                Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and ginger lemon tea to avoid altitude sickness.

                Drinking Water Facility

                Due to its remote location, the Annapurna region has no proper drinking water facility. The locals depend on natural sources of water. As an environment-concerned company, we discourage the use of plastic-bottled water due to the growing volume of plastic waste on the path. So, it's best to bring a thermos flask and fill it with hot water at the tea shop where you stay. We suggest you use water purification tablets to purify your water further. Get a bottle with an integrated filtration system and fill it up with fresh water while you're out and about for added security.

                Guides and Potters

                Our 7-day ABC trek package includes a guide and potters. One potter is coupled with two hikers and bears a combined weight of 20–22 kg from the two hikers. If you are a seasoned hiker and feel confident carrying your own rucksack for a week in the challenging terrain of the Annapurna region, you can save money by carrying the luggage yourself. But we highly suggest you opt for potters as they make your journey far more comfortable and enjoyable.

                We strongly suggest you go with an experienced trekking guide because things can quickly spiral out of control in the Himalayas. A guide can be useful for navigating the route, engaging with the locals, and in an emergency. They are trained to respond effectively in times of crisis in the mountains. Our trek package includes an English-speaking, qualified, registered trekking guide to make your trip safe and fun.

                Permits Required for ABC

                • You just need two permits to trek to the Annapurna Base Camp.
                • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit 
                • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card

                Prior to your trekking trip, we will set up these permits for you. The cost of our package also covers the acquisition of the two permits.

                FAQs7 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara frequently asked questions
                • What to pack for the 7-day ABC trip is one of the most crucial factors to consider. It could be difficult to move around without the right equipment. So make sure to pack right and keep the backpack manageable.

                  The basic necessities for your hike are listed below.

                  • Trekking shoes
                  • Sandals/Crocs
                  • Down jacket and pant
                  • Woolen jacket for the evenings and mornings
                  • Thermal wear for the nights
                  • Pants and T-shirts for the hike
                  • Trekking pole
                  • A pair of gloves
                  • Several pairs of underwear
                  • A wool hat
                  • Sunhat 
                  • Sunglasses
                  • Sunscreen
                  • Water bottles and purifying tablets
                  • Toiletries
                  • An average-sized towel
                  • Nutrient bars
                  • Raingear
                • Yes, you must purchase travel insurance if you plan to hike to ABC. You never know what might occur in the Himalayas. You are covered by travel insurance in case of theft, calamities, and unexpected medical expenses. Please obtain coverage for helicopter rescue in your insurance, as that's the only way to get medical treatment if you fall sick during the trek.

                • Altitude sickness is common in high-altitude trekking over 3000 meters above sea level. Since 4130 meters is the maximum altitude we attain during the 7-day ABC trek, the chances of severe Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are low, but you must still be careful. You're good if you drink plenty of water and fluids, eat a balanced diet, and get enough rest. If things get bad, you must immediately trek back to the lower altitude.

                • You can pay for energy to charge your phone and camera batteries in the tea shops along the way. The tea house where you stay the night might provide the service without charge. Winter months give some reliability issues because electricity is generated by solar energy. Typically, it's a good idea to keep extra batteries or power banks on hand.

                • Let's not expect fast WiFi and great phone reception in the isolated Annapurna region. You may get WiFi with patchy coverage at the tea shops by paying an additional fee to stay in touch with the outside world. Or, to use mobile data anywhere the connection allows, you can get a 4G SIM card from the NTC or NCell phone networks before the trek begins.

                • Unfortunately, there aren't any ATMs along the ABC 7-day trek's itinerary. Make sure you withdraw enough cash from either Kathmandu or Pokhara because Pokhara is the last location to find an ATM. Also, be sure to carry Nepalese currency, as those are the only mode of payment accepted in the trail.

                • We have been in the business for more than ten years, so we know what trekkers anticipate during the trek. We, therefore, go above and above to fulfill those expectations. Our top concerns are your security and fulfillment.

                  We secure all the permits so you can climb without fuss while our professional English-speaking guides look after you during the trek.

                  We always work to minimize carbon impact as part of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel. By using local tour guides and potters, we contribute to the growth of the local economy.

                Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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                  William GilbertsonNelson, New Zealand,November 03, 2023
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                  Great service

                  William 70yrs Oct 2023We booked a revised Annapurna base camp trip combined with Mardi Himal, rafting and Chitwan. The service from NG and Raj was fantastic from the time of picking up from the Airport to dropping us back. We booked all the trip from New Zealand before we left and everything fitted together well with no surprises. Our Guide and Porter were helpful, even modifying our trip slightly to suit us and the weather. We were 70 and 69 years old but managed the trip OK. We enjoyed the experience of meeting Nepalese people, the mountain dogs, other trekkers and getting some understanding of the hard life some locals have to endure. All in all a great trip and we would highly recommend using Outfitters Nepal for trips.

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