Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an incredible adventure that remains the first choice of trekkers all around the world. This spectacular trek passes through the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region.
The 6 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is a short duration trek that starts and ends in Pokhara. It is specially designed for those trekkers who have a limited time on their schedule or want a quick adventure in the mountains. The trek is quite popular due to its short itinerary.
A proper training regime is essential before the start of the trek as there are less acclimatization days in the itinerary. The rugged trails move uphill and downhill a lot making it difficult especially for first-time trekkers. Hence, with a basic level of fitness, you can complete this moderately challenging trek with ease.
Furthermore, this short Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 days is an opportunity to explore the magnificent Annapurna Sanctuary. The trails of this trek pass through the rhododendron and oak forests, serene waterfalls, and green valleys. You can explore the culture, lifestyle, and traditions of the Tamang and Gurung communities as well.
Additionally, you can observe various snow-capped mountains including Mt. Annapurna, Mardi Himal, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and others. Trekking permits required for the trek include TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit).
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When is the Best Time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days?
Autumn and Spring are the ideal time for Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 days. The stable weather conditions and favorable temperatures are the highlight of trekking in these seasons.
The Autumn months from September to November is the peak season for trekking. The warm and dry weather conditions in the daytime make it ideal. There are clear blue skies and you can observe the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains.
The Spring months from March to May is a scenic time in the Annapurna region. The wildflowers, especially Rhododendron, bloom over the hills. You can observe the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains on a clear sky.
Moreover, the off-season treks are quite challenging. The temperature drops below 0 degrees and it gets extremely cold in the winters. Monsoon season makes the trails slippery and there are risks of landslides and avalanches as well. Hence, autumn and spring are ideal times for 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp trek.
How Difficult is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days?
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days is quite challenging, especially for beginners. At high altitude conditions, the level of oxygen and air pressure decrease significantly. Hence, altitude sickness is quite common among trekkers in the region.
Acclimatization and regular hydration is essential to tackle altitude sickness. You can rest and descend to a lower altitude if the symptom persists. Another important thing is to trek at a steady but gentle pace and not to rush along the trails.
You will be walking for 5-7 hours covering a total distance of approximately 115 kilometers. The trek distance you need to cover at a short duration makes the trek quite taxing. Thus, a basic level of fitness is essential for 6 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Besides that, you should also train well for the trek in advance. The seasons and time also affect the difficulty level of the trek. Overall, with proper packing and preparation, you can complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days.
Food and Accommodation During the Trek
There are cozy tea houses and lodges along trails of the Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 days. The rooms in the tea houses offer basic facilities including twin beds, clean sheets, a pillow, and a fuzzy blanket. You have to bring your toiletries as they are not available in tea houses.
You will get served the traditional Nepalese dish of “Dal Bhat” along the teahouses. Dal Bhat includes rice, dal (pulses), lentils, spinach, gundruk, pickles, and meat. You can also find a limited variety of western and international dishes including noodles, burgers, pasta, bread, porridge, egg, sandwich, and others.
Hot beverages like tea, coffee, Rhododendron tea, mint tea, lemon tea, garlic soup, and others are also available in the teahouses. You should however avoid alcohol and other alcoholic beverages along the trail as it can cause altitude sickness.
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Detailed itinerary - Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days
Maximum altitude: 1780 meters
Trekking duration: 5 hours
Drive duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
We start our Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days journey with a scenic drive to Nayapul from Pokhara in a private vehicle. After driving for an hour and a half from Pokhara, we will arrive at Nayapul. The exciting ride takes you through bumpy, uneven roads. The short ride will provide you with incredible scenic views of the region before arriving at Nayapul.
We will start our trek from Nayapul. Trekking the scenic trails of Annapurna region is an incredible experience. We will spend five hours walking the beautiful trails that pass through the settlements like Birethanti, Kyumi, Siwai, and arrive at Jhinu. You can observe the beautiful settlements of Gurungs, Tamangs, and other communities.
We will arrive at Jhinu Danda after a few hours of trekking. Jhinu danda is famous for its natural hot spring where you can take a hot bath. We will hike to the hot spring to explore and stay overnight at a teahouse in Jhinu Danda.
Maximum altitude: 2310 meters (Bamboo)
Trekking duration: 6 hours
After having breakfast at the lodge in Jhinu Danda, we will set off on the trek towards Bamboo. The trails include stone-paved stairs, hence you must have a strong knee to trek in the Annapurna region. The trek will take you to the remote villages, pristine waterfalls, and bamboo forests of the region.
Sinuwa and Choomrong are two large settlements between Jhinu Danda and Bamboo. You can find people in their traditional attire, and busy in farming and other agricultural activities. We can observe how people live a basic lifestyle in the rural areas.
Furthermore, the culture, tradition, and hospitality of the local people will make you fall in love with the place. The natural trails are peaceful and the sceneries are beautiful, before we arrive at Bamboo. Bamboo is a beautiful settlement with many teahouses and lodges. We will stay overnight at a teahouse after a long taxing trekking journey.
Maximum Altitude: 3230 meters (Deurali)
Trekking duration: 4 to 5 hours
After having an early morning breakfast, we will start our trek from Bamboo to Deurali. We will walk through a dense bamboo forest that is cold and damp. The steep trail passes through the ascending green hills.
The dense forest gets sparse and opens up as we near the settlement of Himalaya. We can observe the beautiful glacial river down below from Himalaya. The trail gets a bit rugged and tougher from here onwards. It gets quite challenging from Himalaya to Hinku cave as we climb steeply through a beautiful forest.
This bamboo forest is much drier and we walk through this amazing forest to reach Hinku Cave. We then descend a beautiful trail to cross the river over a bridge. The trail then ascends towards Deurali along a scenic and peaceful route. The vegetation around the region lessens as we move up in altitude.
You can observe the beautiful valley and pristine river from the trail. There are rocky cliffs above where trekkers can observe small waterfalls. After trekking for a few hours, we will finally arrive in Deurali. Deurali is a quaint village with teahouses and lodges for trekkers. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Deurali.
Maximum Altitude: 4130 meters (ABC)
Trekking duration: 5 to 6 hours
After a sumptuous breakfast, we will make our way to the ABC from Deurali. This is the most important day of our trekking journey. The walk uphill takes you past the avalanche site. Here, the majestic views of the snow-capped mountain peaks will enchant you as the valley widens along the trail.
Trekkers must walk slow and steady in higher altitudes. A gradual climb to Machhapuchhre Base Camp takes around a few hours. We will rest and acclimatize at the base camp. Acclimatizing at the high altitude conditions, will help you as you need to spend the night at ABC.
Trekkers can observe the majestic views of the snow-capped mountain including Machhapuchhre Himal, Annapurna South, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and others. One can take incredible pictures of the surroundings. We will then proceed to the famous Annapurna Base Camp which takes around one hour.
Finally, after a trek of a few hours, we will arrive at ABC. Some of the beautiful mountain peaks you can observe from the base camp include Mardi Himal, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and others.
We will wake up to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the glistening peaks of the Annapurna region. The golden rays of sun falling over the silver mountains are mesmerizing at sunrise.
The entire mountain vista including Mardi Himal, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli is the highlight of the place. After observing the beautiful landscapes, we trek back to Sinuwa. We can observe the breathtaking views of the Himalayas along the way back.
We will pass through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Himalaya, Deurali, Dobhan, and Bamboo to arrive at Sinuwa. You can interact with the locals while trekking through the settlements. This way, you can learn about the culture, traditions, and lifestyle. After trekking for a few hours, we will arrive at Sinuwa.
We have our breakfast at Sinuwa, and then start our trek towards Nayapul. We will descend to the Chhomrong village from Sinuwa. From Chhomrong village, we have options of either going left towards Jhinu Danda or right to Ghandruk.
You will trek along the same path that you took earlier if you choose to go via Jhinu Danda. On the other hand, the trail from Chhomrong to Ghandruk is a new one where you can pass through Kimche and finally meet the old trail at Siwal.
From Siwal, we pass through the settlements of Birethanti to arrive at Nayapul. We will then take a drive back to the lake city of Pokhara as our Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days comes to an official end. You can explore the city in the evening and stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.