The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10 days is a Short Annapurna Base Camp trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is the most popular trekking destinations among the Annapurna region’s treks. This trek is an opportunity to be close to nature and the gigantic Himalayas, glaciers, villages and the valleys.
The view of white mountain peaks is mesmerizing. While standing at the base camp, the white mountains will surround you in all sides.
This trek is a perfect trek to witness the beautiful peaks in the Annapurna region. You will see the outstanding views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Fang, and Machhapuchhare.
This trek rewards the trekkers with the magnificent insights of the natural and cultural heritage in the region. The trek route is a saturation of variable vegetation, forests, and wildlife. The almighty rhododendron forests and fine terraces along the trekking trails are lovely.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek 10 days passes through diverse ethnic groups. You can witness various cultures and traditions during the trek. The villages of Ghandruk and Chhomrong are rich in ethnicity, culture, and traditional practices.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a rewarding trek. On the trail, you can enjoy the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda. The charming villages of Gurung and Magar add beauty to the trek.
The Macchapuchre Base Camp is an attraction of the trek. The base camp sits under the impressive views of white snowy peaks. The views of gigantic mountains glistening in the sun rays are mesmerizing.
Make memorable times during this ABC trek 10 days. Build up physical strength. Prepare a strong mentality. The Short Annapurna Base Camp trek is amazing.
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Trip Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10 Days
- The Annapurna Base Camp and the Machhapuchhere base camp.
- Diverse landscapes and the beautifully terraced farmlands.
- Annapurna Conservation Area. Diverse flora and faunas.
- View of the majestic view of the Kali Gandaki river, the longest river of Nepal.
- The settlements in Ghandruk and Chhomrong.
- The beautiful lush forest of rhododendron, alpine, bamboo, and other trees.
- The natural hot bath. The hot bath in the natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda is refreshing.
- The amazing sunrise viewpoint at Poonhill. The panoramic Mountain View from there is splendid.
- Awe-Inspiring views of the beautiful peaks like Machhapuchhere, Himchuli, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
- A fantastic trek into the heart of the Annapurna massifs.
- The diverse ethnicities. Visiting the Gurung and Magar localities.
- Lodge-based trekking with good food, accommodation services, and warm hospitality.
Outline Itinerary: Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Land in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hour.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6,364ft) 5-6 hour.
Day 05: Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2,360m/7,742ft) 5-6 hour
Day 06: Sinuwa to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft) 6 hours.
Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,549ft) 5 hours.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,340m/7,677ft) 6 hours.
Day 09: Bamboo to Jhinu Hot Spring (1,780m/5,839ft) 5 hours
Day 10: Jhinu Hot Spring to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 7 hours.
Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10 days
There are two peak seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The most sorted out time is between September and November.
This is the Autumn season in the region. Autumn is the time when the weather is dry and warm. The sky is clear and the surrounding views are perfect.
After Autumn, Spring is the most popular season for Short Annapurna Base Camp trekking. The time between March and May is Spring. This is the best time for nature lovers. Nature exhibits the best appearance during Spring.
During Spring, the weather and temperature are suitable for trekking. The trails are colorful with flowers blooming along the trail.
Winter and Summer are less popular seasons for the Short ABC Trek. The trek is doable in these times. But you must face several difficulties due to weather and climatic variations.
During winter, the entire region gets colder. Due to heavy snowfalls, snow piles get deposited at the high altitude passes. Also, the winter temperatures are hard to bear (especially during nights).
During monsoon, you will often see heavy rainfalls in the evenings and nights. This makes the trekking trail slippery and wet. Walking over the slippery stone steps and sharp ascents or descents is tough. Also, the summer bugs and leeches are so active on the trail during monsoon.
Seasonal Weather and Temperature of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10 Days
In the Himalayas, there is a huge difference in the daytime and nighttime. Nights are always colder than the days, any time of the year. The Annapurna Base Camp experiences four seasons in a year.
Autumn at the Annapurna Base Camp (September, October, November)
Autumn is the most popular time for Short Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Weather in autumn tends towards perfect weather in ABC. Weather is stable and favorable for day hikes. The temperature at nights is colder, yet bearable after we get proper gears.
The sky is blue and clear. The views of glistening peaks craved over the blue skies are amazing. You will see perfect views of the surroundings as well as the distant landscapes. Due to warm weather, you will see wildlife waking up from their winter sleep.
The weather is warm during the daytime. Mornings and evenings are quite chilly. The average temperature in Autumn ranges from 15 to 17 degrees. There is the least possibility of rainfall or snowfall in Autumn. (But, keep in mind, the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.)
Spring at the Annapurna Base Camp (March, April, May)
Spring is the time when the hills wear colorful Rhododendron blossoms. The trail is cheerful with songs of birds and animals. The aromatic fragrance of wildflowers is alluring! The skies are clear. You will see the bright mountains throughout your trek.
Days are warmer. The average temperature in Spring ranges between 17 to 20 degrees. The mornings and nights are colder but not as cold as in winter. The temperature in Spring is perfect for Short Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
Winter at the Annapurna Base Camp (December, January, February)
Winter is the coldest time of the year. Most of the higher altitude areas dip into piles of snow in winter. Walking over the trails blanketed with snow is very tough. Also, the trekking portions with passes and the ridges are very difficult.
The winter brings the freezing mornings and nights. The temperature is far below the freezing temperatures. The days are quite bright. The daytime temperatures range between 9 to 12 degrees. In the mornings and evenings, the temperature will drop below zero to -15 to -20 degrees.
Mornings are foggy. You might encounter little rain in the lower elevations. In the higher elevations, you might have to walk while it is snowing.
Pack extra warm clothes to keep you warm. Else, adjusting in the cold winter at Annapurna Base Camp is very tough.
Summer at the Annapurna Base Camp (June, July, August)
Summer and monsoon coincide in the Annapurna region. During summer, the region warms up. You will encounter rainfalls almost every day. The downpour happens generally in the evenings and nights.
Days are hot. The average temperature will range between 18 to 25 degrees during days. Walking under the sun is quite difficult. You will get sweaty.
Wear lightweight sweat absorbing clothes. Nights are colder than the days. The temperature will average around 0-degree Celsius during mid-summer.
Due to frequent rainfall and heavy clouds above your head, the trek isn’t so comfortable. The bad weather can block the splendid mountain views in no time.
We do not recommend Sort ABC Treks in the summer. But ABC trekking in Summer is possible with appropriate planning and packaging.
Difficulties During Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10 Days
Length of the Trek
The total length covered by the Annapurna Base Camp trek is around 115 kilometers. In 10 days trek, you will cover the distance in a total of 7 days. The arrival, arrangement, and driving day to Pokhara are not the days when you trek in actual.
To cover the total distance in 7 days, you must walk for 5 to 7 hours. If you are not used to long walks, this trek can be quite difficult for you. Practice walking for a few hours on regular trails starting a month before you go.
The Short Annapurna Base Camp trek is a 10 days itinerary. You will be walking into the irregular Annapurna trails for 7 days. To those people who cannot stay out for long, this trek is a long duration trek.
Moreover, the walk isn’t uniform. You will walk through several ups and downs during the trek. Most of the ABC trail is walking over the stone steps. Prepare a strong mindset and a healthy body. After doing so, this trek is no longer a difficult trek.
Annapurna Base Camp is at an altitude of 4130 meters from the sea level.
The risk of altitude sickness is always there after one exceeds 2500 meters. So, anyone of any age, gender, physique can get altitude sickness during the trek.
Maintain a steady pace of the walk. Take small water breaks from time o time while trekking. Read about Altitude Sickness. Acquire knowledge on symptoms and preventive measures of altitude sickness before you go.
Weather and Temperature
Weather and temperature play a vital role in determining the difficulty of your trek. Trekking during the best seasons (Autumn and Spring) is much easier.
Trekking in off seasons means you have to face lots of difficulties. The weather and temperature are challenging during these times.
Pick up the best time to go. Keep updates on the day to day weather conditions while on the trek.
During the trek, you will be walking into remote parts of the Annapurna region. The basic services in the ABC trail are costlier than in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. This is because of the remoteness of the trek.
You may need some extra cash for services like charging, hot baths, tipping, and donations. There are no ATMs along the trail where you can get some cash. Carry sufficient hand cash with you before you go.
Some Tips on Annapurna Base Camp 10 Days Trek
- Choose the idle time to go. ABC Trekking in best times is more beautiful and more rewarding.
- Early booking is a must while trekking in peak seasons (Autumn and Spring).
- Take appropriate gear while you go. The things you have to pack varies with the time of trekking. Read our article on Packing lists for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
- Keep on hydrating yourself regularly. This will help to prevent altitude sickness.
- Some snacks and energy bars can come handy while trekking. You can have them when you feel less in energy.
- The trek is a moderate level trek. It is better if you do some training to build up physical strength for trekking.
- Bring appropriate clothing. Wear a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. You might get blisters on your foot while wearing uncomfortable shoes.
- Don’t forget to carry safety and first aid kit. We recommend you to see your doctor and get some medical suggestions before you go.
- Wear a knee cap if you have problems in your knees. Walking over the stone steps for a long day is tiring and painful.