Annapurna Base Camp Trek Fast Route, Shortcut To ABC

ABC Trek Short Cut Route
Generally it takes 10-15 days trekking for Regular Annapurna Base Camp Trek as practiced for years. However, ABC trek can be completed in 10 days with little risk if you are physically fit, adventure lover and passionate about enjoying the breathtaking view of the Annapurna Base Camp but have short time.
In this case we can use the recently constructed road up to Syauli, take Jhino to Syauli route and skip the Ghorepani Poon Hill Loop. Although taking this shorter route is at high risk of mountain sickness but many trekkers have completed this shortcut to ABC without any problem as long as you have proper preparation.

As the highest altitude of the ABC trek is 4130 mtrs only and all the route is covered with forest, streams , villages and Pastures except one day around the highest
elevation at Base Camp Area, we can technically avoid any AMS as long as we spend only 2-3 hrs. above 3700 mtrs.
In this adventurous trek, you will walk only 6 days with 5-7 hrs daily walk in average.
Below outlined Itinerary gives you the rough idea how ABC trek can be done in short time. In this case, we recommend to take one way flight to or from Pokhara to save time for sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara city and one way road drive on  Kathmandu Pokhara route that gives you the real  experience of different life style of the Nepalese people living at different parts of the nation.

Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02. Drive or Fly to Pokhara
Day 03. Taxi/Bus to Birethanti/Syauli and Trek Jhino Danda
Day 04. To Dobhan
Day 05. To MBC
Day 06. Hike To ABC and Back to Dobhan
Day 07. To Jhinu Danda , enjoy Hot Spring below the village
Day 08. Trek to Syauli and drive to Pokhara
Day 09. Drive/Fly Kathmandu or continue trip towards Chitwan Lumbini etc
Day 10. Departure to next destination/Home
Sinuwa at Annapurna Base Camp Trekking


Price For the above Trip:

Price Includes:
Arrival/Departure Pick Up/Drops
An English speaking trekking guide, 1 porter for every 2 pax, their food , accommodation, equipment, salary, Tour guide for Kathmandu Sightseeing
All ground transportation by Car/Van/Tourist Bus/Jeep as per Itinerary
All Hotel Accommodation at Kathmandu, Pokhara and lodges during trekking
All breakfasts at Kathmandu and Pokhara
All Meal during trekking
Annapurna Conservation Project Entry Permit
TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) Card
All service charge, VAT, Tax etc
Price doesn't include:
Nepal entry visa
Flights between Kathmandu Pokhara that costs you extra
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara except Breakfast at the hotel we provide
Telephone calls, Internet, Laundry, Tips, Bar bills (alcohol, mineral water, soft drinks etc)


Day To Day Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu Arrival

On the first day, we will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and check in your hotel at Thamel area followed by trip briefing, Guide introduction, check equipment, prepare some cash for your extra expenditures, nearby attractions and settle final payments for the Trip.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara, evening at Lakeside

You will be picked up from the Hotel early morning and driven to bus stop/ Airport and leave for Pokhara. After arriving at Pokhara, you will have boating at Fewa Lake and light walk around the Lakeside before dinner at lakeside. Lakeside has hundreds of restaurants offering you wide menus from around the world except the seafood.
Day 03:Drive to Nayapul/Syauli and Trek to Jhinu Danda
We will drive to Nayapul by Taxi and take Bus/Jeep to Syauli Bazar further 25 minutes drive. We start our trekking from this small village on the river bank surrounded by forest, small villages, streams, waterfalls etc. There is slightly uphill walk at the beginning until a School at the middle of the village.The trail now goes towards the right hand side of the school through a leveled path along the field for about 2 hours. After crossing small teashops and a suspension bridge, the trial descends towards the river bank. We now follow the river from the left side.

The view on both sides of the river are amazing. The whole day walk will be hot as we are walking below 2000 mtrs throughout  the day.

Jhino Danda is a small village of the ridge between two small rivers one coming from the base camp and another from Ghorepani Poon Hill side. Night will be cool and the rivers could sound while you sleep on your first night sleep in the mountain.
Day 4.Trek To Dobhan 2505 mtrs
The real adventure starts as we start our day through tough uphill to Chhomrong village located at 2 hrs distance from Jhinu.Chhomrong is a beautiful village with splendid view of Annapurna South and Himchuli. The village is inhabited by Gurung ethnic people who mostly rely on seasonal crops, tourism business and some of them are working at famous British Gurkha Army.

The trail now descends towards the bottom of the village through stone staircase path.

After crossing a small suspension bridge, we now start climbing the hill for whole morning before we arrive at Sinuwa for our Lunch. Sinuwa is a beautiful with stunning view of Fishtail Mountain and
Ghandruk village.

After lunch, the trail passes through bamboo and Rhododendron forest in a leveled and rocky trail for about 2 hours until we arrive at Bamboo Village with several tea shops. After taking a short rest at Bamboo, we now continue trek trough wet forest and bushes comparatively narrower and rough trail. We will arrive at Dobhan before the sun sets in the small village with few Lodges.

Day 05.Trek to MBC (Machhapuchhre Base Camp) 3700 mtrs
It will be another long and adventurous day walk. The morning will be hot as previous two days passing through deep bamboo and wet forest. As the MBC lies at the height of 3700 mtrs , it is obvious that the trail takes uphill path gradually through out the whole day. The lunch will be served at the Deurali village which is the last village surrounded by trees providing you sufficient oxygen and normal environment for easier walk.

We cross the river several times after the lunch and walk through the valley until the MBC at 3700 mtrs height. The Loop between Deurali and MBC is the most dangerous parts of the entire ABC trek
during winter in terms of Avalanches after Snowfalls as the narrow Valley is shrunken between two high snow walls on both sides. Any small snow slide may trigger an Avalanche here due to steep hills over the trail and trail passed through several ravines.
Day 06.Hike To ABC and trek back to Himalaya/Dobhan
We get up early morning and hike towards our final destination that is the Annapurna Base Camp located at 4130 mtrs. We should wear proper clothes as the temperature in the morning could be relatively lower and the upper region is often filled with snow and ice. As we began our day, the Annapurna Sanctuary appears on the northern direction as the Sun starts rising over the Annapurna mountains. The trail now is wider filled with small bushes between the stones covered with ice. As we move ahead, the Base Camp appears on the top of the Valley. Here it comes your dream destination, after about 2 hours slightly uphill walk, you are at Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by high mountains. There is a massif glacier behind the Lodges at the base camp where you can Photographs and spend several minutes enjoying the view of the entire valley overlooking the Annapurna Mountain.

After some time we trek back to MBC for lunch and further retrace our path until Himalaya or Dobhan. The night stop can be adjusted at Himalaya or Dobhan depending upon your pace and the time left for the day.
Day 07:We now trek back to Jhino Danda at the first day Stop

We will visit a hot spring at the bottom of the village in the evening. The hot spring is often damaged by the landslide and floods at the river but it is maintained by the villagers before each trekking season starts. Sometimes the local Mother's group might surprise you with welcome musical performances in the evening at nearby lodges.
Day 8:Trek Back to Syauli/Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
It will be an easy but hotter last day walk along the same route we took before. After arriving at Syauli, we will have lunch while waiting for the Jeep/Bus.

After arriving at Pokhara, you can enjoy at Lakeside until late-night after a tiring week long hiking.
Day 09 Morning Sightseeing at Davis Falls, where the water from Fewa Lake pours and disappears at the deep gorge, visit Gupteshwory Cave and Tibetan Refuse Camp nearby.

Go Cycling around the Fewa Lake and visit local market if you still have time left.

Take afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 10 Take half day sightseeing in Kathmandu around Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square before you will be dropped at International Airport for departure.

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