Annapurna base camp short trek: 8 days

Annapurna with macchapuchre
Trip Information
  • Duration8 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Max Altitude4130 m/13549 ft.
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartPokhara
  • Trip EndPokhara
  • Best TimeMarch-June and Sept-Dec

Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Singu chuli, Tharpu chuli, Gandharba chuli, Baraha Shikhar and Machapuchare from the base camp.

  • Annapurna Base Camp trek is a short trip. However, get yourself ready to witness Annapuna Massif from the base camp.
  • Witness the best sunrise and sunset in Nepal, with authentic cultures and lifestyles.
  • Be at the base of Machapuchare(Fish Tail) mountain (3700m/12140 feet).
  • 360-degree amazing view of mountains which feels like standing in the stadium of mountains.
  • Visit to culturally rich Ghandruk village at the trail.
  • First-hand experience of the largest rhododendron forests, the river valleys, the various terrains, and the mixed topography all contribute to the area's rich vegetation.
  • 8 Days inclusive package trek to Annapurna Base Camp. 

Introduction: Annapurna base camp short trek

Annapurna Base Camp short trek is one of the most exciting trekking packages offered by holiday planner Nepal.Annapurna Base camp (4,130meters/ 13,550 feet) trek summarizes mesmerizing views of gigantic mountain ranges, lushly green rhododendrons, bamboo and alpine forests, spectacular landscapes, and culturally rich Gurung and Magar villages. Thus, this trek is recommended for nature lovers. 

Travelers can reach two major base camps during this trek. Machapuchare base camp (3700 meters/ 12,139 feet) and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/ 13,550 feet). Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) is one of the two that offers splendid views of the Annapurna range and somehow the trek would feel incomplete without reaching this point. The views of the snow-capped peaks, the Machapuchare Valley, the mountain towns, and the verdant hills are the main attractions of ABC Trek. This means if you want to immerse yourself in Nepal's natural environment and cultural way of life. Then definitely this trek is the right choice.

Likewise, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is the main destination of this trek. Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/ 13,550 feet) lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area which is about 40 km/24.85 miles from Pokhara. ABC offers mesmerizing views of Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Pisang, Paungda Danda, and the infamous Annapurna Massif.

view from tadapani

How does the Annapurna Base Camp Trek start and end?

Annapurna Base Camp -8 days trek with Holiday Planner Nepal offers a short package compared to most of the trek leading to Annapurna region. The trip begins from Kathmandu to Pokhara either by road or air. Visitors can begin with sightseeing around Pokhara, the city of lakes. This is accompanied by a night walk around the famous Phewa Lake with activities including boating and sightseeing around the lake. Other possible locations in Pokhara can be Shree Bindhyabasini Temple, International Mountain Museum, Tal Barahi Temple, Sarangkot, Devi’s Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Gurkha Memorial Museum, Mahendra Cave, Chamere Gufa, World Peace Pagoda, Begnas Lake, Pumdikot Religious Area and the major trekking destination the Annapurna Sanctuary. While these can be some major attractions for tourists’ other activities around the area can be Boating, Sunset or Sunrise views, Meditation, Yoga, Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Rafting, Clubbing, Music festivals, Hot air balloons, and many more.. 

After the well-spent day in Pokhara, the day begins with a drive towards Ghandruk from lakeside Pokhara in about 4-5 hours’ drive. Ghandruk is a Gurung village in the northwest part of Pokhara which offers panoramic views of Annapurna Massif: the 10th highest mountain. The hospitality and cultural programs in Ghandruk provide a spectacular insight into the Gurung culture of Nepal. Trekking begins once we reach Ghandruk. The next destination is Chomrong which takes about 6-7 hours to hike from Ghandruk. Chomrong village (2170m/7,119 feet) has a population of 500-600 individuals. This place is one of the key destination points for hikers during the ABC trek. Chemrong is native to the Gurung community where most of them are professional British army soldiers. The best way to spend time in Chomrong is by resting in hotels and restaurants after a hectic hike. This place is famous for its mountainous view and hot drinks which can be available early morning.

After spending the night at Chomrong, the next destination is Dovan 2630 m. This takes about 6 hours hike. Travelers are placed in Teahouses of Dovan where they spend time resting and energizing themselves to prepare for the next day's hike to Machapuchare base camp.

To reach Machapuchare base camp, trekkers hike down from Dovan. The time of hiking is around 6 hours depending upon the speed. The night is spent in teahouses located at the base camp.

The next day, travelers move from Macchapuchre base camp (MBC) to Annapurna base camp (ABC) with gradual up-and-down trails. After a hike of 3 hours, we reach 4130m which is the base of Annapurna. This is the highest point in our trekking and after reaching the point trekkers gradually ascend back to bamboo located at 2345m. This takes about a 6-hour hike from Annapurna Base Camp. The night is then spent at a teahouse located in Bamboo.

The second last day of the tour includes the trip from Bamboo to Jhinu village. This village is a means of refreshment and rejuvenation for travelers as this place consists of natural hot springs. The cost for springtime is cheap $0.99 hence is one of the major attractions for tourists.

At the end of the journey, visitors collect souvenirs and head down the road to return to Pokhara which is about 5 hours depending on the traffic.

What is the best season or time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The trekking season for Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal is normally done in Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Monsoon. The best season to embark on Annapurna Base Camp is Spring and Autumn while Winter and Monsoon is less preferred.

Spring from March to May is the best time to travel towards the Annapurna region. The weather is mild with temperatures ranging from -8 to 14 degrees Celsius. The weather is mostly pleasant with bright skies and favorable temperatures. The trails are filled with rhododendron woodland which presents a breathtaking display of crimson color all around the forest. The trails are dry with cool breezes and aromas along the way

Autumn is another best season for an 8-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Autumn in Nepal lasts from mid-September to the end of November. The weather in this period is cool and dry with clear visible skies. Thus Autumn offers striking views of majestic peaks like Mt Annapurna I (8,091 m/ 26,545 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/ 24,787 ft), Annapurna South (7,219 m/ 23,684 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/ 24,459 ft), Gandharva Chuli (6,248 m/ 20,499 ft), Himalchuli (6,816 m/ 22,362 ft), Macchapucchre (6,993 m/ 22,943 ft).

Despite these seasons winter and monsoons can also be possible choices for adrenaline enthusiasts. However, winter and monsoon are not the recommended times for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. There may be fewer individuals who prefer this time due to its difficulty. The Annapurna Base Camp map will be difficult as there will be fewer availability of teahouses. The trails become slippery and visibility is poor due to clouds. The frequent rain and storms can cause high altitude elevation a problem. Holiday Tours Nepal can help to trek in Annapurna base camp however it is not recommended.

How difficult is Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

Everyone may appreciate and enjoy strolling through nature while on this walk because it is quite easy to complete and doesn't demand highly developed physical fitness levels. A traveler with prior hiking experience and a healthy body can do it swiftly. We will ascend to an elevation of 4130 meters above sea level. Necessary preparations are made by the Holiday planner team and any additional requirements if needed can be made possible on a prior notice. However, necessary precautions must be taken by an individual in any case of emergency.

annapurna base camp wih childs

How to know if the Annapurna base camp trek is for you?

You should carefully consider your interests and abilities before deciding if the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trip is the perfect adventure for you. It requires careful consideration of your interests and skills to determine whether the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trip is the ideal adventure for you. This well-known journey in Nepal offers a chance to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking splendor of the Himalayas, where you'll see stunning mountain panoramas, deep forests, and vibrant Nepali culture. Since the voyage entails daily trekking across varied terrain, including steep climbs and valleys, your physical health is a key consideration.

Although it helps to have some prior hiking experience, a modest degree of fitness is sufficient. Since the walk can reach heights of up to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) at Annapurna Base Camp, altitude acclimatization is especially crucial. Altitude-related dangers must be recognized and managed. Choose the right season for the finest weather conditions by taking into account the time commitment, which normally ranges from 7 to 12 days.

In addition, the ABC trek can be a profoundly satisfying experience if you enjoy physical challenges and cultural exploration. It will provide you with cultural insights and a sense of accomplishment in the heart of the Annapurna region. Make sure you are prepared and willing to follow Nepal's rules and laws before starting your tour. For those who value the natural beauty of the Himalayas, the ABC trip has an opportunity to be an insightful and revolutionary experience.

Food and accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The more popular international cuisines (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) as well as authentic Nepalese food are available to us throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route. Lunch will be served en route to the next site, while breakfast and dinner will be offered in the teahouses or off the menu of the lodge where we spend the night. Additionally, there will be welcome and goodbye dinners for visitors on the day of arrival and before the day of departure. Here is an overview to get an idea about the lunch, breakfast, and dinner options.

  • Breakfast: Omelets, bread, pancakes, chapatis and mixed vegetables, porridge, pasta, macaroni, oatmeal and cereals, Varieties of soup.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Dal Bhat, Lasagna, Chicken, Potato dish, Pizza, Noodles, MO: MO, Spring rolls, and other varieties of dishes.

Visitors also can have drinks and beverages like Coffee, Tea, Rum, Vodka, Wine, and a wide option of beers to choose from. However, Holiday Tours Nepal recommends fellow travelers omit alcoholic drinks during the trek as this can cause serious problems during the trek.

Food in annapurna trek

For accommodation, the ABC region of Nepal offers a variety of hotels. You can choose to stay in several lodges, teahouses, and guesthouses while on your tour. Even though these lodgings are sometimes basic, they offer a pleasant location to relax and recover after a day of hiking. A brief description of accommodation varieties in the Annapurna region provided by Holiday Tours Nepal is given below: 

  • Teahouse and Lodges: There are many teahouses and lodges options all along the route in this short trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Teahouses are small guesthouses that offer basic rooms with beds and blankets. However, the bathroom facility might be compromised as they need to be shared.
  • Camping: Camping is a suitable and recreational activity in this region. Campers can sleep in the wonders of Nature with fresh air and wildlife which helps in stress reduction with an opportunity to connect with Nature. However, camping requires more logistic preparation which can be handled by Holiday Tours Nepal.
  • Guesthouse and Homestay: Guest houses and Homestay can be another accommodation option during this Annapurna short trek. They are the accommodations where visitors can stay with local families in their homes at a fair price. They can also try local cuisines and get insight into the local culture.
  • Luxury houses: They are a more expensive and premium option for trekkers who want to spend quality and hassle-free services. These provide quality and cozy amenities like comfortable rooms, electric blankets, attached bathroom facilities, hot showers, and a heating system.

How to prepare for the Annapurna base camp trek?

The basic thing to do is get your body physically ready for this adventurous trip. It will be hard to travel such a distance on foot. Failure to do so will greatly reduce the journey experience and it will be difficult to accept failure once you embark on your journey. So physical exercises before the tour are recommended. Avoid travelling by vehicle and getting used to walking is recommended. Any sort of cardiovascular exercise will aid during the hike.

Another factor can be luggage weight. Follow light packing yet sufficient for at least 8 days. Trekkers won’t be able to enjoy trips across Himalayan ranges if packing is not done wisely. This trip follows lodge to lodge trek sleeping. Hence proper gear and equipment will make trekkers ready for any changing scenarios mainly if travelling is done in the winter season.

NOTE: that any information regarding the packing list for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is provided by Holiday Planner Nepal.

Is travel insurance required?

Travel insurance is not necessary, particularly for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. However, having travel insurance will assure fellow travelers of any uncanny circumstances. It can protect in the event of unanticipated events, such as trip cancellation, medical issues, lost or stolen property, etc. Travel insurance can assist you in recovering some or all of your costs if you have to cancel your trip or if something goes wrong while you are on the road.

Although theft is rare, it does happen, so make sure all valuables are hidden. Travelers can leave any valuables in our office locker while traveling. Please follow your guide's instructions if there is a landslide, avalanche, flooding, or earthquake on the mountain.  Likewise, if you become ill, let your guide know right away.

Chances of AMS during the trek?

Since the trek entails a major ascent in altitude, the danger of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek in Nepal is only marginally minor. Rapid ascent to higher elevations without enough acclimatization is a common cause of AMS. Annapurna Base Camp, which is located at roughly 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) above sea level, is the highest point on the ABC journey.

To minimize the chances of AMS, trekkers are advised to follow certain precautions

  • Proper Acclimatization
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Listen to Your Body
  • Go slowly
  • Consult the professionals

Local culture and tradition along the trek.

This trek takes travelers through several traditional Gurung and Magar villages. Such a village can be explored in Ghandruk and Chomrong. These villages have distinct culture and traditions which enables visitors to interact with the locals and learn their way of life.

Similarly, another point of attraction is the local cuisine. Nepal’s diverse food culture can be experienced during this trek. Visitors savored traditional dishes like dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice), Mo: Mo(dumplings), and various types of veggies. As we move towards a higher elevation into the Annapurna region, a glimpse of Buddhist monasteries and stupas can be seen. If lucky travelers might get a chance to participate in prayer sessions and receive blessings from a monk.

What are the permits and documents required for Annapurna Short Trek?

Traveling towards Annapurna Conservation Area is fun. Apart from that some logistics need to be handled. Various permits and documents are required for both national and international visitors which are listed below:

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):A TIMS card is also required for trekkers, as it aids in tracking and provides emergency assistance. TIMS cards come in two varieties: one for planned journeys and another for solo hikers. Holiday Tours Nepal, a prestigious trekking agency in Kathmandu, can help travelers get TIMS cards from Nepal Tourism Board. A TIMS card is necessary for international individuals who are planning to embark on Annapurna Short Trek route.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Since the Annapurna Conservation Region is protected. Therefore, to enter such a protected region, hikers must get a permit known as an ACAP permit. The Holiday Tours Nepal trekking agency in Kathmandu can help to get this permit. This permit can be prepared at Pokhara which is before the start of the hiking route.

Other documents that are required: A valid Passport and Visa, Travel Insurance, Trekking permits for Support Staff, and any Emergency Contacts. 

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Begin the day with breakfast at Pokhara. You will be welcomed by the Annapurna Himalayan range, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. The heart-melting viewing of Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) will surely grab your attention. After breakfast, trekking starts with a scenic drive along the mountain range towards Ghandruk. The journey takes you through various farm villages and towns then finally reaching Birethanti. Birethanti is one of the most charming villages in and around Pokhara. This village located on the foot of Modi Khola Valley is one of the good shopping options with an art gallery, cultural museum, and good internet option. 

After a quick stop at Birethanti, the journey moves towards Gurung village known as Ghandruk. This section of the drive follows the Modi River towards warmer farm areas then a upward road to finally reach Ghandruk. Upon reaching Ghandruk witness the warm hospitality of the Gurung community. Immerse in the Gurung culture through cultural dances, music and taste local cuisines. Roam around Ghandruk village. Have dinner, rest, and stay overnight at Ghandruk.

  • Max. Altitude:1,930m/6332 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

Wake up for a fulfilling breakfast and continue to walk towards Chomrong. Today the total walking hours is 6 hours. The walk initially is a hilltop walk to reach the village top of Ghandruk. After reaching the top the path is then a short descent and flat until reaching Kimrong Dadha (ridge). Lunch is served in teahouses or lodges at Kimrong Dadha. Here after a short break head downhill into the lush forest feeling the cool breeze that rejuvenated every visitor. Afterward, reach the foot of Kimrong River where few settlements are present. 

From there continue to walk for about an hour to reach another hilltop. The climb is a stone steps with a gradual uphill. Upon completion, we reach Chomrong Village. Chomrong is a similar village to Ghandruk which is the last permanent settlement on-route to Annapurna Base Camp within Sanctuary.  Settle in Chomrong, and get served local lunch and dinner. Have rest and stay overnight at Chomrong village.

  • Max. Altitude:2,170m/7119ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

The day starts with a fulfilling breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to set out on the trail to the Annapurna Base Camp map. Leaving Chomrong march towards Dovan which takes about 6 hours depending upon the pace. After Chomrong head downhill to cross the suspension bridge over the Chomrong River with an uphill walk to reach Sinuwa Dadha (Ridge). Sinuwa Dadha has a couple of Teahouse and shops. After moving past Sinuwa the walk leads into a forest area with winding ups and then descending into woodland covered with dense bamboo grooves known as Bamboo.

Bamboo is the lunch stop for the day with small settlements to cater to the needs of trekkers in the Annapurna region. Bamboo is a small village where visitors can see a river gorge surrounded by a forest of rhododendrons, pines, and bamboo. From Bamboo walk gradually into the woods to reach Dovan. This section is particularly easy however Dovan is comparatively remote as compared to Chomrong. Upon reaching Dovan settle in an accommodation place, have dinner, and stay overnight at Dovan.

  • Max. Altitude:2,630 m/8628 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

After breakfast make necessary preparation to trek towards Machhapuchre Base Camp. Begin the walk towards Machapuchare Base Camp with an uphill walk. The walk leads into a forest passing through many waterfalls, and a lonely place known as the Himalayan Hotel. Himalayan Hotel is a gateway to Deurali and is located just beside an overhanging cave known as Hinko. Hinko is just beneath Annapurna South and Huin Chuli Peaks.

Walking past Himalayan hotel we move downhill near Modi River. After a short climb, we reach Deurali which is prominent as the presence of tall tree lines stops and gets replaced by short alpine bushes. The walk continues uphill following the Modi River right up to Machapuchare Base Camp located at the bottom of North Face of Machapuchare Himal “Fish Tail.” Upon reaching base camp settle in a teahouse, rest have dinner, and stay overnight at Machhapuchre Base Camp.

  • Max. Altitude:3,700 m/12139 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

Today is the main highlight of the whole trek. Today after breakfast make all the preparations for embarking towards Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp. The route is comparatively easy with some ups and downs only. The time to reach ABC from MBC is about 3 hours for slow and steady walkers. If the time of trek is not during the snowy season you can see greeneries around the Annapurna Base Camp however it is not that appealing as compared to the snowy season. 

Upon reaching the base camp you can see mountain peaks like Annapurna massif’s Annapurna I (8,091 m/ 26,545 ft), Annapurna South (7,219 m/ 23,684 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/ 24,786 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/ 24,457 ft); Dhaulagiri Range’s Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m /26,795 ft), Dhaulagiri II (7,751m/ 25,430ft), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m/ 25,311ft); and others such as Himchuli (6,441 m/ 21,131 ft) and Machhapuchre (6,993 m/ 22,942 ft). After exploring the base camp settle in an accommodation place have dinner and stay overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Be sure to see a mesmerizing sunrise the following day.

  • Max. Altitude:4,130 m/13549 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

After enjoying a lovely morning in Annapurna Base Camp prepare for the return journey towards Bamboo. The journey today will take almost six hours and lead travelers downhill with short ups and downs. During this section, you will leave the high-altitude region and return to tall trek lines and lush vegetation. The walk is a descent through the previous Annapurna Base Camp route leaving the artic zone and Annapurna Sanctuary behind

After arrival in the Bamboo village settle in an accommodation place, have dinner, and stay overnight at Bamboo.

  • Max. Altitude:2,345m/7693 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

The trip back to Chomrong is an up-and-down path. At the summit of Chomrong Hill, our route takes a detour to a lovely hill village called Jhinu, which is perched on a crest and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and rolling hills.

For those who are interested, Jhinu offers a relaxing natural hot spring. It's just a short half-hour walk downhill to the hot spring, which has two lovely warm pools along the flowing Modi River. After rejuvenating at the hot spring return to the accommodation place for dinner. Have rest and stay overnight at Jhinu Village.

  • Max. Altitude:1,780 m/5839 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

This is the last day of the short Annapurna Base Camp trek. Today we continue the return journey to Pokhara. After leaving Jhinu Village with a fulfilling breakfast, we move towards the roadhead. The trekking route passes through a nice pleasant downhill walk within warmer farming fields. Visitors are again welcomed by paddy field areas until they reach the driveway road. After reaching the driveway road trekkers finally board the private vehicle which will drive through the scenic valley until reaching Pokhara. 

Upon reaching Pokhara the sightseeing around the area continues. Afterward, have dinner and stay overnight at Pokhara marking the end of the journey.

  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea house
  • Meals:breakfast+lunch+dinner

Route Map

Annapurna base camp short trek: 8 days map
Cost Details
What's Included
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, government license holding guide, including his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  • Two guests to one porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • We provide an assistant  guide to support the group as per the group size.
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water.
  • Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • First aid kit box.
  • Holiday Planner’s T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's not Included
  • Your Nepal Visa fees 
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu 
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation.(if you want we arrange as per your requirement)
  • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch, and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given period of the itinerary. We can help you arrange an extra night's accommodation.
  • Your expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
  • The trip departs every day of every year.
  • The trip and trek are fully customizable.
  • We can customize the trip according to the needs and necessities of our clients.
  • The trip is available for solo, group, and private travellers.
  • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for 100+ members.
  • Suppose the given date is different for travellers and trekkers. In that case, the trip can be conducted using the custom data provided by our clients.
  • Holiday Tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least seven days prior so all the arrangements can be made in time.
  • Especially sometimes in the mountains; the accommodation is booked prior, so prior booking helps a lot.
  • Contact us at [email protected] or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630. We are available 24/7 for additional WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat information.
Useful Information

Equipment and Gear List


  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

CatUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • Warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses


  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

LowerLower Body

  • Thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts


  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

Optional Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Water bladder for the day bag
  • Small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

What to pack for nepal trekking?

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

Annapurna base camp short trek: 8 days FAQs

  • No vaccination is required before trekking to the Annapurna base camp.

  • Having average physical fitness is enough for the Annapurna base camp trek, but travelers and trekkers must be ready to walk for at least 6–8 hours per day.

  • The teahouse must be informed at least 24 hours before the cancellation, and some tea houses may charge an additional fee for canceling the booking, depending on the teahouse.

  • Yes, the Annapurna base camp trek can be done during the monsoon, but we will need rain gear, and during this time there are a lot of leeches, so carrying an insect repellent or a leech repellent can be helpful.

  • Chinese pangolins, endangered species like Kasmir Musk deer and Himalayan Musk deer, and vulnerable species such as the Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Red Panda, and Himalayan Black Bear can be encountered during the Annapurna base camp trek.

  • We get signals at Chomrong Ghandruk and Machhapuchhre base camp, but internet connection through wifi is available along the trail.

  • Equipment can be hired in Pokhara; there are fewer items and equipment, and sometimes there is nothing available at the trekking trail, so it is better to prepare everything and rent the items at Pokhara. The guides and porters of holiday tours Nepal will help with hiring or buying the necessary items and equipment.

  • The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to go slow.

  • Yes, helicopter services are available in case of emergencies and holiday tours. Nepal will happily conduct and help in case of emergencies.

  • Yes, it is possible to extend the trip and include Ghorepani Poon Hill during the trek, but shortening the trek is hard unless trekkers and travelers want to walk extra miles at a rapid speed, as this is the shortest itinerary.

  • Holiday tours in Nepal prebook the tea houses and all the accommodation facilities during the Annapurna base camp trek.

  • As this is an 8-day trek, at least 15 dollars per day for personal expenses like wifi, charging electronic devices, bottled water, chocolates, or other items not included in the itinerary is required.

  • No, there is no age restriction for the Annapurna base camp trek. but special care is required for trekkers and travelers below 8 years and above 60 years.

    • Support local businesses.
    • Respect local wildlife.
    • Participate Responsibly in Local Events.
    • Be mindful of noise.
    • Dispose of Waste Properly.
    • Respect sacred sites.
    • Learn Basic Local Phrases.
    • Ask for Permission Before Taking Photos.
    • Dress Modestly.
    • Respect local customs and traditions.
  • Yes, trekkers and travelers can take hot showers during the trek, which can cost 3-5 dollars, and the showers are usually gas geyser showers or bucket showers, sometimes with hot water.

  • Yes, holiday tours Nepal organizes all the services in case of emergencies at the Annapurna base camp trek, whether it be evacuation medical services or anything else that is necessary. In case of emergencies, contacting the officials of holiday tours in Nepal can be done with the help of the guide, or you can text or call us directly, as we are available 24/7.

  • There is less risk of an avalanche at the Annapurna base camp trek, but since it's mother nature, we really don’t know what to expect.

  • Yes, there is a weight limit. Porters are allowed to carry a maximum of 25–28 kilos, and usually two trekkers get one porter, and a single trekker even gets one porter.

  • Trekking solo with your own guide and with your own porter is the best in case you are joining a group of unknown people, as sometimes you want to do things on your own, but when you are in a group, the decision is the group decision, which may cause a bit of trouble. holiday tours Nepal officials can help you decide whether, according to the needs and desires of our clients, we can arrange group or solo travel.

  • Trekkers and travelers can provide details to holiday tours Nepal for the flight time and date, and holiday tours Nepal will arrange the flight with pick-up and drop-off service to the airport.

  • In September, October, and November, the major and biggest festivals of Nepal take place, which are known as Dashain and Tihar, and this is the best time to come if trekkers and travelers are targeting a festive season.

  • The tipping etiquette for guides and porters is 10–15 dollars per day per person.

  • Getting engaged in cardio-vascular exercises and avoiding using lifts Going for a long walk once a week, going to hikes that are close by to the cities, joining a gym, and going jogging in the morning can help.

  • Holiday tours in Nepal provide sleeping bags for all the trekkers, which are included in the trekking package and must be returned after the completion of the trek.

  • Annapurna base camp trekking can be done throughout the year, and the most trekkers and travelers trek during the autumn (September, October, and November) or spring (March, April, and May) because the scenery and the views are really nice due to the greenery and vegetation.

  • Annapurna base camp trek takes at least 8 days to complete, which is the time you spend in the mountains, but if we add the days trekkers and travelers spend at Pokhara or Kathmandu, it can range from 12 to 14 days if trekkers spend 2 days in Kathmandu, 2 days in Pokhara, and a day traveling to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.

  • The elevation of Annapurna base camp is 4130/13550ft.

  • Having either a guide or porter is mandatory for trekking to Annapurna base camp, according to the new rule implemented by the government.

  • The permits that are compulsory for the Annapurna base camp trek are the Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

  • The cost of the Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS) is 2000 Rs, and the cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is 3000 Rs for foreigners. For the SAARC nation, the cost of the ACAP permit is $1500, and the cost of the Tims card is the same.

  • Trekkers with prior trekking experience can have the feeling of doing the trek alone, but it is not recommended because in the mountains, the places for accommodation are limited and booked prior, which creates an issue. According to the new rule implemented by the government of Nepal, a guide or porter is compulsory to avoid unseen circumstances, and trekkers can hire a porter guide for 25 dollars per day.

  • Yes, there are tea houses along the trekking camps mentioned in the itinerary, and tea houses are available at a distance of one hour, 45 minutes, or 2 hours.

  • The accommodations in the tea house are pretty basic, with shared bathrooms, a warm and cozy dining hall, and rooms that are basic and contain things like two beds, a table, and a carpet.

  • There are many varieties of food available, like momo chowmein dumpling spring rolls, Nepali dal bhat, and a wide variety to choose from, like Indian foods and continental foods. Nepali foods momo pizza burgers and many more.

  • Yes, it's safe to drink tap water, but filtering the water is recommended, which can be done through a water purification tablet bottle with filtration or UV rays.

  • Annapurna base camp trekking is an easy, moderate trek that takes 8 days to complete and is perfectly suitable for beginners or first-time trekkers who have average physical fitness.

  • A set of thermals 2-3 pairs of trousers 3–5 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of hiking pants 3 pairs of t-shirtsone down jacket, a fleece jacket 2-3 pairs of inside wear are recommended and required for the Annapurna base camp trek.

  • Electricity and Wi-Fi are available throughout the tea house, which can cost Nepali 300-500 for charging the phone and 300-500 for WIFI. While charging the phone, the phone must be charged at the reception, so bringing a power bank and charging the power bank can be the best option.

  • The average daily distance can range from 5 to 6 hours per day, which will be around 9–11 kilometers or 6-7 miles per day.

  • There are no ATMs during the trek; the only ATM available is at Ghandruk.

  • The process for acclamation is going slow, staying honest about the physical condition with the guide, consuming a good amount of food, not consuming alcohol or meat during the trek, having fresh foods, and consuming a lot of water (at least 3 liters of water per day), hydration powder, and having a positive mentality.

  • The weather during the trek in the mountains is unpredictable, but the weather conditions in the mornings throughout the year and the weather in March, April, May, and September, October, and November are really good and are the best periods to go for.

  • Travel insurance is not mandatory for the Annapurna base camp trek, but having travel insurance can assist in the time of evacuation in case of emergencies and unseen circumstances as well, so having travel insurance is necessary as well.

  • Yes, electronic devices can be charged at the reception or at the dining hall during the trek to Annapurna base camp, and the tea house and lodges may charge around Nepali 300-500 for charging electronic devices, but make sure to look after your belongings, and charging the power bank is the best option.

  • The best way to get to the starting point of the Annapurna base camp trek is via drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and then a drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk or Nayapul is the best way to get to the starting point of the Annapurna base camp trek.

  • Yes, there is a weight limit on the luggage on a domestic flight to Pokhara, which is around 15-20kg and 5 kg of hand carry, depending on the airline.

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