Shortest ABC Trek

  • 6 Days
  • USD 475
  • 4130m
  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
Shortest ABC Trek

Shortest ABC Trek - 6 Days

Trip At Glance


6 days

Trek Days

6 days








Guest House


Private Car/ Van/ Bus

Best month

Feb-May/ Sept- Dec



Group Size

Min 2 - Max10


US$ 475 Per Person


If you are single we will arrange your trip with additional cost US$ 100

Overview And Highlights

This Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek trekking package of 6 days is the shorter version of Classic Annapurna Base Camp trekking, designed for trekkers short on time. It offers views of the breathtaking mountain vistas including Annapurna (8091m), Gangapurna (7454m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Lamjung (6983m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and more; same as the classic ABC trek. The Base Camp is built on the glacial moraine directly beneath the ring of towering peaks: between Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare as seen from Pokhara. 

The Annapurna Base Camp Short trekking starts after a quick drive north of the city to Dhampus Phedi; and the start of a trek that gradually ascends the Modi Khola Valley. The slopes are covered in lush forests of rhododendron, oak and pine. You might encounter some of the Himalayan wildlife residing in the region including Musk Deer, Rhesus and Langur Monkeys, Leopard, Bear and more. Numerous villages perch on ridge tops surrounded by ancient terraced fields.

The trail of Annapurna Base Camp trekking package climbs from village to village – with plenty of places for tea. This opens up the opportunity to closely interact with and experience the indigenous culture and lifestyle of the locals, including the Gurung, Magar and Thakali people. Along steeper sections it is well stepped. Above Chhomrong, the pace slows, the paths steepen and, towards the entrance to the Sanctuary, forests give way to alpine scrub as the peaks come into full view.

First comes the Machhapuchhare base camp, which lies some two stiff hours before ABC ( 4130m/13,550ft), but the sheer drama of the entrance to this gigantic basin is amazing. The walk continues as the ice peaks begin to enclose you; clouds often obscures view from 9 am but sunset and sunrise offer stupendous photography opportunities.

The return journey is faster – and almost all downhill. This Poon Hill – Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek offers the most comprehensive budget trek of the region.

Best Season for Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek

The best times of the year to perform the Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek are during spring (March to May) and autumn (last week in September to mid-December) seasons. During these periods, the weather remains stable and the mountain views are good leading to the best experience. In monsoon, the weather can be unpredictable and the rain can make the trails slippery and perilous. Winter trekking might not be suitable for everyone due to the harshly cold temperatures. However, the trek does provide some amazing views and extra snow and enjoyment to anyone capable of performing it in winter.


Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

This 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a moderate difficulty trek that takes you up to altitudes of 4130m (ABC). You will be trekking over steep hills and semi rocky terrain for most of the trek. While previous trekking experience is not a necessity, it will certainly make the trek easier. We recommended this trek for people with at least decent physical fitness and stamina. Altitude sickness is generally not an issue due to most of the trail lying at fairly low altitudes.

Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Permits

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

NRS. 3000 ($30) per person

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card

NRS. 1000 ($10) for organized trekkers

NRS. 2000 ($20) for independent trekkers

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Pokhara – Dhampus Phedi (1 130m/3 170ft) – Pothana (1 990m/6 530ft), 25 min drive, 4-5 hrs

A short drive northward from your hotel leads to a bus terminal opposite Dhampus Phedi.
Walk up to the Phedi and continue to a ridge and the village of Dhampus (1 700m) for lunch. Follow the ridge into a forest and climb steadily upwards to the attractive agricultural village of Pothana (1 900m) – with angular views of sacred Machhapuchhare and higher peaks behind. Overnight in Pothana.  

Food Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1990

Day 2 : Pothana – Landruk (1 620m/5 320ft) – Jhinu Danda (1 750m/5 470ft), 5-6 hrs

The trail ascends through farmland before entering forest and a path over red clay (that is lethal when wet).  Trek up to the bustling hilltop village of Deorali (2 100m). Behind are scintillating views over the Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Ahead is an absolute view of the Dhaulagiri I (8 167m/26 796ft, highest peak in western Nepal) across to its right flank all the Annapurnas and Manaslu. 

A steep and attractive downward trail leads gradually to the ribbon village of Tolka (1 790m). Drop down a long staircase to cross the Tigu Khola, then climb back to a ridge and the Gurung village of Landruk, for lunch.

Beyond the village, a right fork stays east of the river, leading to Himal Pani and New Bridge (1 340m). Cross to the west bank of the Modi Khola and climb steeply up to Samrung. Cross the Kimrong Khola and climb to the attractive ridge-village of Jhinu Danda. Hot-spring pools at the river below the village are worth the effort! Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Food Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1750

Day 3 : Jhinu Danda – Dobhan (2 500m/8 200ft), 6-7 hrs

The day begins with a steep switchback climb, through tiny terraced fields of maize and vegetables to Taglung (2 190m) on the main ABC trail. A short walk leads up to the wealthy and attractive village of Chhomrong (2 210m): the highest permanent settlement in the valley – and closer views of the giant peaks above.  A broad stone staircase drops through the village and down to cross the Chhomrong Khola (1 900m) before ascending though forest to the charming village of Sinuwa (2 340m), for lunch.

Climb through rhododendron forest and enter the upper Modi Khola Valley. Then descend stairs into a dense forest of bamboo: and the hamlet of Bamboo (2 310m). Beyond, climb the side of the canyon, passing several avalanche chutes, through uninhabited forest to Dobhan. Overnight in Dobhan. 

Food Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2500

Day 4 : Dobhan – Machhapuchhare BC (3700m/12 140ft) – Annapurna BC (4130m/13 550ft), 7-8 hr

With increasing altitude, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. First climb to the hamlet of Himalaya Hotel. Later, explore the cave at Hinku (3 100m) before crossing a ravine and avalanche tracks towards Deorali (3 140m).

The geology of the canyon’s side walls is fascinating. Views into the sacred Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail approaches a ridge and rises to MBC, for lunch.
A further two hours, slow, walk up grassy slopes leads to the ABC hotels built on Annapurna South’s glacial moraine: some 4 000m/13 100ft beneath the peaks that crown the surrounding ice walls. Overnight in Base Camp.  

Food Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4130

Day 5 : Annapurna BC – Sinuwa (2 340m/7 680ft), 7-8 hrs trek

Before dawn walk to the border of the glacier for memorable view and photo opportunities. The ring of peaks, clockwise from Hiunchuli, include Annapurna South, the huge ice wall top by Annapurna I (8 091m/26 538ft) and Singu chuli , Tent Peak  towering above you round, to Gangapurna , Anapurna III Machhapuchhare. Listen to the glacier grinding below you, in its U-shaped valley.

After breakfast, go back over your steps down to Bamboo short ascending to the Sinuwa for a more comfortable and relaxing night. Overnight in Sinuwa.  

Food Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2340

Day 6 : Sinuwa – Ghandruk Phedi (1 280/4 200ft) – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft): 5-6 hrs, 2- 3 hrs drive

Descend to the Chhomrong Khola before climbing the stairs back to Chhomrong. Return to Taglung, Jhinu Danda and New Bridge. Stay on the west bank and follow the trail along the river to Ghandruk Phedi for lunch.

From here, an hour’s jeep drive leads to Nayapul for the car back to your hotel in Pokhara.

Food Breakfast, Lunch
Elevation 880

What Is Included ?

  • Comfortable private Transport : jeep/Bus/ Car/ Van from Pokhara to ( trekking starting point) dhampus phedi
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( Annapurna conservation Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private room with share bathroom (some where possible attached Toilet and Bathroom too)
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, flight and equipment
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Sharing jeep trekking ending Poing ( Sumi) to Naya pull
  • Comfortable private Transport : jeep/ bus/Car/Van Naya pul to Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll.

What Is Excluded?

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Kathmandu / Pokhara sightseeing
  • Kathmandu/ Pokhara accommodations
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

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