I am from Nepal, but living in India.
I will be visiting Nepal this year during Dashain and am planning to do the ABC trek in early October this year (2016).
The plan is to complete the trek in at most 6 days, trekking 8-9 hrs a day.
I know this is quite a task, but I have read in few blogs (one link here) that it is possible and I am quite sure of walking for such long as I have walked on Nepal mountains for such long hours on many occasions (distance: 18-20 km, time: 5-6hrs with no or 1-2kg backpack, and 8-9hrs with 7-8kg backpack, Elevation 600m to 1300m).
The itinerary I have prepared is as follows:
Day 1: Leave Pokhara early morning. Reach Nayapul. Trek to Ghandruk by evening.
Day 2: Ghandruk -> Sinuwa/Bamboo.
Day 3: Sinuwa/Bamboo -> MBC.
Day 4: MBC -> ABC -> MBC -> Bamboo.
Day 5: Bamboo -> Jhinu Danda.
Day 6: Jhinu Danda -> Phedi -> Pokhara.
The actual stoppages and route may vary, but it should be done in 6 days.
Also I have estimated the expenses for each day as below:
Lunch : 400, Dinner : 400, Accommodation : 200 = 1000 NPR per day.
I am aware that as we go higher, the food becomes expensive, but I have taken an average cost of the food (ex. 300 per plate at lower elevations and 500 per plate at higher elevations).
I am a minimalist and Dal-Bhat-Tarkaari will be enough for me.
I will be carrying something to eat for breakfast with me (biscuits, chiura or flattened rice, candies and noodles) and I don't drink tea, so no expenses for breakfast on the trek.
I will be drinking water from local taps (springs/dhaaras) as I am used to it.
The total cost for 6 days is estimated to be 6000 NPR (of course I will be keeping extra cash for emergency).
I just want to verify if the above estimate, both number of days and expenses, is correct or not and if there is something that I have missed to take into account.
Considering the short duration of the trek, if anywhere I feel that lack of oxygen (AMS) is affecting me, I will undoubtedly back out from the trek and turn back immediately.