6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Apr 9, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

6 days Annapurna base camp trek is a short and quick version of the standard Annapurna Base camp trekking itinerary. This trek is most sorted by those who are less in time to do the Annapurna base camp trek for 15 days. In fact, this is a popular trek among them as it is absolutely doable in a short span of time.

Majestic Himalayas including Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Macchapuchre (fishtail) (6,997m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Mardi Himal (5553m), Bharha Chuli (7646m), Annapurna I (8,091m) and many others exfoliates the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Thus, you will be walking under the shades of the glistening peaks while you trek.

The trek takes you through the beautiful villages in Annapurna. In the villages, you can see the locals in their unique habitat celebrating their own lifestyle and culture. Most of the people in the Annapurna region are Tamangs, Gurungs, and Magars.

Along with experiencing the social and economic lifestyle, you will also witness the Annapurna region enriched with biodiversity and wildlife. During your Annapurna 6 day trek, you’ll be walking through amazing trekking trails into the forests of Rhododendron, Bamboo, Oaks, and several other trees. Also, there are chances that you will see some wildlife while trekking.

The trek is suitable for the range of trekkers who have a fit body and a determined mindset. If you do not have enough time for the regular ABC trek, opt for this short Annapurna base camp trek.

We have two itineraries: Kathmandu to Kathmandu and Pokhara to Pokhara. Check both of them and see which one would you prefer more. Embark upon a beautiful journey to Annapurna base camp with us. For any queries or suggestions, contact us

Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna base camp

For a Long Holiday:

  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  3. Annapurna View Trek

For more detailed information about the treks please Contact us.


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Highlights of 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • The Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Relaxing in the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of incredible Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges
  • Diverse ethnic groups: mainly Gurungs and Magars
  • Beautiful lifestyles, traditions, and culture of the locals
  • Walking through the wildlife and biodiversity in Annapurna Conservation Area

Best Time for 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek

ABC short trek is most popular during the peak trekking seasons in Nepal: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). These are the best times to trek because the weather and temperature in the Annapurna base camp are excellent.

The atmosphere is clean and the Himalayan views are radiant. The chances of rainfall are very less. So, you shouldn’t worry about walking over the wet and slippery trails. The surrounding vistas will be at their best.

Trekking at the best time, you’ll have a beautiful experience. The mild temperature makes it easier and more comfortable to trek. In Spring, the daytime temperature varies between 17 to 20 degrees Celsius. Likewise in Autumn, the daytime temperature ranges somewhere between 15 to 17 degrees Celsius.

Nights are colder than the days. But some warm clothes will keep you warm. But there’s no need to carry heavy and bulky clothes as in winter. A down jacket, a woollen hat, and warm trousers shall do good.

Difficulties During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek- 6 Days

There are lots of trekkers who ask “How difficult is the 6 days ABC trek?” before they plan a trek to Annapurna Base camp. I’d say the Annapurna base camp trek in itself is a moderately difficult trek. But since you’re trying to do this trek in 6 days duration, it can be a bit more challenging in terms of length, distance, and effort required.

Some of the terms that determine the difficulty of 6 day Annapurna Base Camp trek are:

Annapurna base camp trek length

The Pokhara to Annapurna base camp distance is around 115 km. During your 6 days in Annapurna base camp, you will cover this total distance. This means you’ll have to do 15 to 25 kilometres in a single day.

The trail will not be flat and easy. Several ascends and descends make the trail difficult. So, you have to make your body ready for the long and tiring distances.

Sensitive Avalanche-prone Areas: Technical Walks

You will be walking through several areas that are prone to avalanches and mudslides. Walking through the areas is full of risk. You should walk carefully and at a good speed in the areas.

Walking hours per day

During the trek, be ready to walk for 8 to 10 hours a day. While on the trek, you cannot complain about the trek route. So, before you trek, figure out the best route for the Annapurna base camp trek.

Bring some snacks and energy bars. You might need them while you trek. They will supply energy during the long days to keep going.

Physical Fitness and Stamina

You must’ve known till now that the short Annapurna base camp 6 days trek isn’t as easy as you expected. So, it is necessary that you have to have a fit body and good physique in order to do this trek.

Now, what can you do to boost your endurance? Well, you can train your body. You can go to the gym maybe a month before your trek. Also, you can practice a few hikes before you go on the trek. This will definitely help. You’ll also know how long you can walk and at what speed.

annapurna base camp trek 6 days
Annapurna I (8091m)

Food and Health

While you take, you must know what you are eating. The food you take while you trek fuels you. You’ll need more energy. So, you know what to eat and drink, right?

Eat healthy food. Order diets that supply you with full energy to walk. You’ll be losing more calories and burning your fats. Three good meals a day shall fulfil the loss.

Also, you should make sure sure that you don’t get sick. There are lots of trekkers who say they had an upset stomach while trekking. For that, you should avoid drinking tap water. They might be contaminated. Drink bottled waters. Even if you’re drinking tap water, use purifiers and water bottles with filters.

Carry general medicines for cold, diarrhoea, allergy, and coughs.

The Long Stone Stairs: Your Knee Hurts

Most of the Annapurna base camp trekking trail comprises stone stairs. And the trekking terrain is mostly steep hills and semi rocky terrain. The stone steps are really long. Throughout the trek, ascending the trail- reaching a height- and again descending down continues.

If you have knee problems, be ready for knee pains. They will be exercising a lot. So, it is better that you wear a knee cap if you have knee pains. Also, bring bandages and pain relievers. You might need them as well.

Altitude Sickness: Not A Big Risk, But Still Counts

You’ll be reaching the maximum altitude of 4130 meters at the Annapurna sanctuary. On the trek, you will gradually gain a certain altitude every day. Altitude sickness isn’t a major risk to most trekkers. However, some trekkers feel sickness during the trek.

Thus, it is good that you get some ideas on altitude sickness, its symptoms and the measures of prevention.

Note: The 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is graded as a moderate difficulty trek. With good preparations, decent physical fitness, and a strong mentality anyone can go on the trek. Previous trekking experiences are not mandatory. But if you have them, it is definitely going to be easier to do this trek.

Long Annapurna Treks:

  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  3. Annapurna View Trek

For more detailed information about the treks please Contact us.

Trek Permits for 6 Days Annapurna Base Camp

You must obtain permits if you are trekking into protected areas like national parks or conservation areas in Nepal. While you trek to Annapurna base camp, you will be trekking through the areas of the Annapurna Conservation area. So, you have to get your trek permit before you enter the protected area.

Also, you should keep in mind that you cannot involve yourself in or support any sort of illegal activities while trekking. The illegal activities might include supporting deforestation, harming animals and birds, polluting the environment, and others.

The permits that you should get in order to trek to ABC are:

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

You cannot enter the Annapurna Conservation Area unless you get your ACAP. It costs USD 30 (NRS. 3000) per person. You can get the permit at the entrance of the conservation area.

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card

This permit is necessary as it keeps a record of the trekker’s information. In cases, you go missing or anything, they will try to find you. TIMS is necessary for trekking in any part of Nepal.

For the trekkers going in a group or with travel companies, TIMS costs USD 10. But for Solo trekkers, it costs USD 20.

The Route of Annapurna Base Camp Trek 6 days

Annapurna base camp trek
Jhinu Danda hot spring

The duration and route of the ABC trek can vary. We have two different Itineraries for the ABC Short Trek 6 days. They are:

Outline Itinerary: ABC Trek 6 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

The first route starts in Kathmandu and ends there. From Kathmandu, you will fly to Pokhara on a scenic flight. From there, you will ride to the beautiful Ghandruk village. The trek passes through Ghandruk - Upper Sinuwa - Deurali - Macchapuchre Base Camp, and finally to Annapurna Base Camp. From the base camp, you will fly to Pokhara in a helicopter. From Pokhara, you will fly to Kathmandu on a plane.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight. Drive to Ghandruk Village

Day 02: Trek from Ghandruk to Upper Sinuwa

Day 03: Trek from Upper Sinuwa to Deurali

Day 04: Trek from Deurali to MBC to Annapurna Base Camp

Day 05: Helicopter Return to Pokhara

Day 06: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary: ABC Trek 6 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)

Now, there is another route where the trek begins and ends in Pokhara. During this trek, you will drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek through Jhinu Danda - Bamboo - Deurali - Macchapuchre Base Camp, and Annapurna Base Camp. After the trek, you will trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Trek to Jhinu Danda (1760 m)

Day 02: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Bamboo (2600 m)

Day 03: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3194 m)

Day 04: Trek from Deurali to MBC (3700 m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

Day 05: Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa (2360 m)

Day 06: Trek from Sinuwa to Nayapul. Drive to Pokhara

At Last,

If you want to go on this short and beautiful trek to Annapurna base camp with us, contact us. We organize wonderful treks and tours in Nepal. If you want us to, we can organize treks for you, your friends and your families. See you soon!

For queries, feel free to contact us.

Adventure Annapurna Treks:

  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  3. Annapurna View Trek
Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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