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Annapurna Short Base Camp Trek - 5 Days

    Overview of Annapurna Short Base Camp Trek - 5 Days

    The Annapurna Short Trekking - 5 Days package stands as a favored choice for individuals constrained by time yet longing to savor the splendor of mountain vistas, village life, landscapes, and cultural nuances within the Annapurna region. This trek serves as an ideal introduction to those seeking a brief yet fulfilling trekking or hiking experience, all while immersing in Nepal's hill culture and rustic lifestyle.

    Embarking on this journey, you'll traverse through charming villages and picturesque paddy fields, each day offering a rich tapestry of diverse activities. Witness the rhythm of life as you observe locals tending to fields, herding cattle, attending schools – both government and private, encountering ponds, and encountering local shops.

    Commencing with a scenic 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the Annapurna Short Trekking package commences its adventure. Ascending to the renowned hill station of Sarangkot at 1991 meters, you'll be greeted by awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Himalayas. The sunrise vistas over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges during the early hours are often deemed a life-defining experience. Sarangkot Hill, doubling as an adventure hub, is also the launchpad for exhilarating activities like paragliding.

    Tailored for those who desire to relish Himalayan trekking within a compressed timeframe, the Annapurna Short Trek - 5 Days remains equally suitable for families, offering an enriching experience that both young and old can delight in without discrimination.

    5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route Map and Altitude Profile

    The Annapurna Base Camp trek follows a scenic route that offers a gradual ascent through picturesque villages and stunning Himalayan landscapes. Starting in Pokhara, situated at an elevation of 822 meters (2,697 feet), the journey begins with a drive to Jhinu, which stands at 1,780 meters (5,840 feet). Jhinu is renowned for its natural hot springs, a soothing respite for trekkers after their expedition.

    Continuing on the trail, you'll come across the charming Gurung settlement of Chhomrong, nestled at 2,170 meters (7,119 feet). Your first overnight stop, Lower Sinuwa, is perched at an altitude of over 2,200 meters. Moving higher, Upper Sinuwa awaits at 2,360 meters, followed by Bamboo Village at 2,310 meters, and Dovan at 2,600 meters.

    The trek takes you through the enchanting Himalayan scenery, with Himalaya village situated at 2,900 meters and Deurali, your second overnight halt, positioned at 3,230 meters above sea level. The next morning's journey involves a two-hour hike from Deurali to reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) at 3,700 meters, where you're in the shadow of the iconic Machhapuchhre peak.

    From MBC, it's another two-hour ascent to reach the ultimate destination of your trek, Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,130 meters. Here, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks, including the majestic Annapurna I, making it a fitting reward for your trekking efforts. The varied altitudes and breathtaking scenery along this route make the Annapurna Base Camp trek a memorable and awe-inspiring adventure.

    Best Season for 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    The best season for a 5-day Annapurna Base Camp trek is typically either in the spring or autumn. Here's a breakdown of the advantages of trekking during these seasons:

    1. Spring (March to May):

      • Moderate Temperatures: Spring offers comfortable daytime temperatures, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower elevations.
      • Blooming Rhododendrons: The rhododendron forests along the trekking route are in full bloom during this time, creating vibrant and colorful landscapes.
      • Clear Skies: Generally, spring features clear skies and good visibility, allowing for breathtaking mountain views.
      • Stable Weather: The weather is generally stable, with lower chances of heavy rainfall or snowfall.
    2. Autumn (October to November):

      • Ideal Trekking Conditions: Autumn is considered the best overall season for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is stable and pleasant.
      • Clear Views: Clear skies provide excellent visibility, making it easier to enjoy panoramic mountain views.
      • Moderate Temperatures: Daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes, providing comfortable trekking conditions.
      • Festive Season: The autumn season often coincides with major Nepali festivals like Dashain and Tihar, allowing trekkers to experience local culture and festivities.

    While spring and autumn are generally recommended for the Annapurna Base Camp trek, it's important to consider your personal preferences and priorities. Keep in mind that winter (December to February) can offer a unique trekking experience with snow-covered landscapes, but it comes with colder temperatures and potential trail closures due to heavy snowfall. Similarly, the monsoon season (June to August) is not advisable due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.

    Meals and Accomodation During 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    During the 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you'll find meals and accommodations at teahouses or lodges along the trail. Teahouses offer basic but comfortable lodging with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Meals typically consist of a variety of options, including Nepali and international dishes, such as dal bhat, fried rice, noodles, and more. Breakfast menus usually include items like omelets and pancakes, while dinner options range from pasta to pizza. Snacks like chocolate bars and nuts are available for purchase. While teahouses provide essential amenities, expect simpler facilities as you ascend to higher altitudes. Hot showers and charging for electronic devices may be available for an extra fee. It's advisable to book accommodations in advance during peak trekking seasons.

    Permit Required During 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    For a 5-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal, you will still need to obtain certain permits and documents to ensure that you are trekking legally and supporting conservation efforts in the area. Here are the key permits required:

    1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Regardless of the duration of your trek, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). This permit is essential for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The fees for ACAP permits vary for foreigners and depend on your nationality. Make sure to check the latest permit fees and regulations before your trek.

    2. Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, you may also be required to obtain a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Annapurna region. However, the requirement for TIMS cards was under review, and some treks no longer required them. It's important to check the most current regulations with the Nepal Tourism Board or your trekking agency.

    Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek of 5 Days difficult?

    If you're considering embarking on this extraordinary journey, feel free to get in touch with us anytime. Our team of tour experts is always available and reachable, and we're capable of tailoring the tour to match your preferences. Our itinerary is designed to be flexible to suit your needs. A 5-day Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is considerably more challenging compared to the standard 7- to 10-day itineraries that are more commonly recommended. While it's not impossible, it presents several significant challenges and considerations:

    1. Limited Acclimatization: The ABC trek involves substantial altitude gain, with the base camp sitting at 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). In a 5-day itinerary, you have less time for acclimatization compared to longer treks. This increases the risk of altitude sickness, which can be dangerous.

    2. Longer Daily Hikes: To complete the trek in just 5 days, you'll need to cover more ground each day. This means longer hours of hiking and potentially less time for rest and acclimatization breaks.

    3. Physical Fitness: A 5-day ABC trek demands a higher level of physical fitness due to the shorter duration and increased hiking intensity. You should be in good shape and prepared for the strenuous ascent and descent.

    4. Weather Considerations: Weather conditions can vary, and the trek might coincide with rain or snowfall, particularly in the shoulder seasons. This can add an extra layer of difficulty and potential hazards.

    5. Limited Enjoyment: Rushing through the trek in 5 days might limit your ability to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes, local culture, and the overall experience of the Annapurna region.

    For these reasons, a 5-day ABC trek is generally not recommended for most trekkers, especially if you're not acclimated to high altitudes. The more standard 7- to 10-day itineraries allow for a safer and more enjoyable journey, with ample time for acclimatization, better physical preparation, and a chance to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas. If you're considering a shorter trek, it's crucial to consult with experienced trekking agencies and guides who can assess your fitness level and advise on the best options for your safety and enjoyment.

    Essential Trekking Equipment for 5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    Having the right gear ensures a comfortable and secure trekking experience. Here's a selection of essential and practical gear to consider:

    • Adequate Hiking Thermals: Carrying multiple pairs of quick-drying thermals is essential.
    • Fleece Jacket: A versatile garment suitable for layering under a down jacket at higher altitudes or on its own at lower elevations.
    • Windcheater: A vital item for protection against wind during hikes.
    • Down Jacket: Particularly crucial for colder altitudes (Provided by the company if you don't have your own).
    • Comfortable Hiking Fleece and Wool Trousers: Prepare for varying temperatures.
    • Trekking or Hiking Pants: Waterproof pants are recommended.
    • Mittens and Woolen Gloves
    • Warm Hiking Socks: Essential for comfort and warmth.
    • Trekking Shoes with Spare Laces: Waterproof footwear is advisable.
    • Flip Flops
    • Underwear and Swimwear
    • Hiking Cotton Trousers and T-Shirts
    • Sun Hat and Scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Sleeping Bag (Provided by the company if needed)
    • Day Backpack (35-45L)
    • Small Lock for Day Backpack
    • Reusable Water Bottles (2 liters)
    • Water Purification Tablets and Electric Light
    • Wash Towel
    • Toiletries (Wet Tissues, Quick-Drying Towel, Toilet Paper, Moisturizers, Lip Balms, Sunscreens, Sanitary Pads, Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clipper, Small Mirror, Toothpaste & Brush, etc.)
    • Rain Poncho
    • Basic Personal First Aid Kit

    All the aforementioned gear can easily be procured in Kathmandu upon your arrival. The city has various gear shops offering a range of products at different price points, ensuring you'll find suitable options for your trekking needs.

    Highlights
    • Experience a picturesque journey through Nepal's rural landscapes as you travel between the capital city, Kathmandu, and the adventure-centric Pokhara.
    • Absorb the captivating sights and sounds of Pokhara, where the towering Himalayas cast their reflection on the serene waters of Lake Phewa.
    • Indulge in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sun setting behind a breathtaking mountain panorama, featuring renowned peaks like Annapurna, Machapuchare, and Gangapurna.
    • Treat yourself to a rejuvenating dip in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a well-deserved relaxation following your adventures.
    • Delve into the captivating cultural customs of the hospitable Gurung and Magar communities, gaining insights into their rich traditions and way of life.
    Itinerary

    We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara early morning. It is about a 7-8 hour drive and we will drive along the Tribhuwan Highway which goes along several rivers on the way. We can see the various landscape and rural lifestyles and settlements of people on the riverside. Pokhara is the gateway to adventures in the Annapurna region. There are also various fun and adventure activities available at Pokhara, such as fishing, boating, paragliding, and many more. Pokhara is a city of waterfalls, lakes, and caves.

    • Max. Altitude:800m
    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Time:8 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast

    Today after breakfast, We hike up on a trail that goes toward Dhamphus. We take our lunch at Dhamphus and continue trekking to the Australian Camp. The Australian Camp (1960 meters) is the best place to see Fishtail Mountain and other mountains including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and others. Walking through the villages gives you a chance to see local villagers, their lifestyle, language, dresses, and also local meals. Trekking through the beautiful rhododendron forests, we arrive at Pothana. If you trek in spring, colorful rhododendron blooms make you more energetic and fresh.

    • Max. Altitude:2060m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6 hours walk
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    The Australian camp is like an island surrounded by forest. The forest is inhabited by many kinds of birds and also a few wild animals that can be seen in the evening and in the early morning. The morning view over the Himalayas is also very mesmerizing. After having breakfast, we walk down to Naudanda through the forest. From Naudanda, the trail becomes easier and almost flat. Sarangkot used to be a fort in the middle ages. Now it is a very famous village for Paragliding to the Fewa lake banks. There is also a view tower in Sarangkot. The view tower is popular among both the Nepalese as well as tourists, for the sunrise views. Along the way, we also see a few cottage industries, such as weaving and knitting which the tourists find interesting to take as a souvenir.

    • Max. Altitude:1600m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:6 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    In the early morning, we enjoy magnificent views from the Sarangkot view tower – the long range of Himalaya, Dhaulagiri, the 5 peaks of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, and many more. Similarly, we enjoy the awesome views of colorful mountains in the morning rays, Pokhara city, and amazing views of Green Hills. After breakfast we walk down to Pokhara - about 2 hrs walk. If interested, you can also make some sightseeing tours around Pokhara.

     

    • Max. Altitude:700m
    • Accommodation:Teahouse
    • Time:3 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast

    As our 3 days trekking ends, we will drive back to Kathmandu and we will drop you to your Hotel from the bus stop. If you wish to do some sightseeing around Kathmandu or You want to do some Jungle safari in Chitwan, You can let us know.

    • Max. Altitude:1300m
    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Time:8 hours
    • Meals:Breakfast

    Or,

    5 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Heli Return

     

    Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Jhinu Danda 

    Start your journey by driving from Pokhara to Nayapul, a 1.5 to 2-hour journey. From Nayapul, embark on a trek toward the charming village of Jhinu Danda (1,780m). Traverse through scenic villages, terraced fields, and lush forests along the trail. Rest for the night at a teahouse or lodge in Jhinu Danda.

    Day 2: Jhinu Danda to Bamboo

    After breakfast, set off on a trek to Bamboo, which takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach. Along the way, immerse yourself in the sights of majestic mountains such as Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail, while passing through traditional villages, green forests, and rivers. Take a break for lunch at Lower Sinuwa and continue trekking for around 3 hours to reach Bamboo, where you will spend the night.

    Day 3: Trek to Deurali 

    Start your day early and trek to Deurali after breakfast, a journey of about 4-5 hours. Enjoy the scenic beauty of bamboo forests, rivers, and the charming village of Himalaya (2900m) where you will have lunch. From the Himalayas, it takes around 2 more hours to reach Deurali. Explore the area and visit a temple if you wish. Spend the night at Deurali.

    Day 4: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

    Embark on a 2-hour trek to Machapuchhre Base Camp, where you can take a tea break and admire the panoramic views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Himchuli, and Gangapurna. Continue trekking for another 2 hours to reach your ultimate destination, Annapurna Base Camp. Enjoy lunch and explore the base camp before spending the night there.

    Day 5: Heli Return to Pokhara 

    Rise early to witness the awe-inspiring sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range. After breakfast and taking in the scenic views, board a helicopter for a return flight to Pokhara. Once back in Pokhara, you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing, strolling around the lakeside area, or engaging in optional activities.

     

     

    Cost Details
    Includes
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • All accommodations and meals during the trek
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes
    Excludes
    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
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