Short Annapurna Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a shorter version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek that goes around the Annapurna massif, central Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp trek follows an easy trail, climbing to an altitude of 4131m. The highlights of the trek are spectacular mountain views from Poonhill, Gurung villages, hot springs in Jhinu danda and incredible views along the route and from the Annapurna Base Camp.
This Annapurna Base Camp trek takes between 7 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. The itinerary presented here takes 11 days, starting from Nayapul and travelling north up to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint at Poon Hill. As you steadily ascend up, the mountains of Himchuli and Annapurna South come into view in the horizon. The path finally comes across moraines and takes us to Annapurna Sanctuary from where you will witness great views of the Annapurna peaks.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY SHORT ANNAPURNA TREK…
And, to experience Nepal’s mountain scenery and its ethnic culture.
The Annapurna Circuit is typically rated as one of the "top 20" trekking experiences worldwide. This tour is a shorter version of the full circuit and is ideal for those wishing to experience Nepal’s mountain scenery and experience its ethnic culture within a short time.
Travellers who wish the accommodation and food during their trek should be of the highest standard available with electricity and hot showers in some lodges should take this tour.
Beginning in Kathmandu, spend two days with your private guide exploring the spectacular temples and stupas, the religious sites for Buddhists and Hindus. Visit surrounding towns to appreciate the Newari architecture and craftsmanship. Take an (optional) early morning flight to view the majestic peaks of Mt. Everest, Makalu and other mountains – a once in a lifetime experience.
Next visit Pokhara, a quiet lakeside town with magnificent views of the Machhapuchare “Fish tail mountain”. It is the trekkers Mecca from where more than a dozen treks start including the most famous like the Jomsom and the Annapurna Circuit. Explore the town to get inspired by the trekkers enthusiasm or take a quiet walk on the adjoining hills to absorb yourself in the blissful beauty of nature.
On the fourth day of the Annapurna trek, stay at Himalayan villages like Ghandrung with slate-roofed houses, paved courtyard, a museum, Buddhist monastery. This is the highlight of the tour where we stay in the amphitheatre of some of the highest mountains in the Himalaya.
A well deserved rest at the Royal Chitwan National Park for two nights. Once a hunting ground for aristocrats, the park is now a protected area, and you have the chance to spot one-horned rhino, leopard, deer, sloth bear, and perhaps even the elusive Bengal tiger, all while riding high atop an elephant's back.
Max your Awim Rafting down the Trisuli River. Transfer to the rafting starting point en route to Chitwan National Park. After we collect our gear, there will be a safety briefing by the river guide. Then, we float down the river encountering medium class rapids from grades 2 to 5. We will pass through a beautiful canyon with Sal forest on both sides of the river before our rafting terminates at Mugling from where we drive to Chitwan.
Short Annapurna Trek This tour is a shorter version of the Annapurna circuit and is ideal for those wishing to experience Nepal’s mountain scenery and experience its ethnic culture within a short time.
Kathmandu – Pokahra – Annapurna Trek – Chitwan National Park
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
The origin of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has seen an interesting past. From a wooden rest house on the Indo-Tibet trade route it became a hippy destination and the next two decades, a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers. In recent times, it has become a destination for the rich who also wish to have a glimpse of the Himalayas. They travel by helicopter, car and foot but with one ultimate aim; to see the unrivalled beauty of the Himalayas.
Hyatt Regency – Stupa View (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Begin your comprehensive tour of Kathmandu with your private guide and driver. You will tour the Kathmandu city and the surrounding areas. Later in the afternoon, visit Patan, one of 3 royal cities in the valley and a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts.
Hyatt Regency – Stupa View (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Pokhara Today we drive to Pokhara. The beauty of Pokhara lies in its panoramic views with its northern skyline offering views of some of the highest mountains in the Himalayas. The most dramatic view being the perfect pyramid of Mt Machhapuchhare that looms high above Pokhara, reflected in the placid waters of Phewa Tal.
Tiger Mountain Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Explore
Dhampus Trek The trek to Dhampus starts from Phedi village, a 30 mins drive from Pokhara. The trail is easy going, shadowed by trees with sounds of chirping birds and from clear opening, distant views of snowy mountains of Annapurna range.
Trekking lodge – 5,800 ft (B, L, D)
Day 05 – Explore
Landrung Trek A typical trekking day is of about 5-6 hours with short breaks at teahouses for tea or snacks that you carry in your day pack. The pleasure of trekking is in finding surprises; seeing a beautiful bird, meeting people enroute or viewing high mountains through the clouds.
Trekking lodge – 5,400 ft (B, L, D)
Day 06 – Explore
Ghandrung Trek The Ghandrung is a popular trekking destination and one of the largest Gurung settlements in Western Nepal. Located at just above 2,000 meters, the highlight of this beautiful village lies in its great views.
Trekking lodge – 6,400 ft (B, L, D)
Day 07 – Transfer
Pokhara We take an easy walk descending to the Pokhara-Baglung highway. Then drive to Pokhara and check in your hotel for a well deserved rest.
Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 08 – Transfer
Chitwan National Park After a leisurely breakfast, take a private transfer to Chitwan National Park. After lunch, set off on your afternoon elephant-back safari that generally takes around two and half hours.
Tiger Tops – 3,000 ft (B, L, D)
Day 09 – Safari
Chitwan National Park Early this morning you will be woken up for your morning safari. You will mount your elephants and swing gently off through the undergrowth, watching as the jungle come alive with the sunrise, tracking the events of the previous night. After breakfast you will have time to explore the village with our naturalist guide.
Tiger Tops – (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Transfer
Kathmandu Transfer to Kathmandu and take a private guided tour to the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu. Later take a leisurely walk through Thamel Street and observe everyday life. It provides a better understanding of the local people and their culture.
Yak & Yeti hotel (B)
Day 11 – Depart
Kathmandu Morning at leisure and then transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your onward journey.
Make this your holiday
When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.
The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.
But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.
Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.
Passport/Visa A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.