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    Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

    5.00/5 from 3 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Mx.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 1 Pax
    • Best Time
      March to May & Sept to Nov.

    Regarding Driving to/from Kathmamdu

    Lately, there has been extensive road construction (KATHMANDU TO POKHARA )on Prithvi Highway, causing traffic congestion and air pollution. The journey that used to take around 6-7 hours now takes roughly 8-9 hours. We appreciate your patience.

    Trip Overview

    Discover the wonders of the Annapurna region in just 12 days with the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek! This adventure is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of the region.

    The trek will take you on a journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in Nepal. In addition to the stunning scenery, the trek will allow you to connect with the locals. It will also let you learn about their unique traditions and way of life.

    So, don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek. Let's make unforgettable memories in Nepal's most popular trekking region!

    Top Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

    • Start the journey with a splendid drive to Dharapani and witness the countryside of Nepal.
    • Interact with the locals and hear about their fascinating stories. You’ll be amazed by listening to culture and traditions.
    • Marvel at the diverse landscapes of the Annapurna region as you hike through subtropical jungles and high-altitude deserts.
    • Catch a glimpse of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
    • Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and a variety of birds.
    • Indulge in the rustic charm of the local mountain communities by staying in traditional teahouses and experiencing their unique way of life.
    • Enjoy the warm hospitality and taste the delicious local cuisine along the way.
    • Challenge yourself by crossing the Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the region at 5,416 meters, and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.
    • Discover the ancient pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple and immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of this revered site.
    • End your adventure in the beautiful city of Pokhara, known for its lakeside location and abundance of adventure sports.

    What are the Routes You’ll take?

    Your adventure in the Annapurna Circuit Trek starts as you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport. One of our staff will be there to greet you and then take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After a short meeting, you can have the rest of the evening to unwind or explore the local markets near your hotel.

    Now, you'll take a scenic drive to Dharapani. You'll start your hike from Dharapani to Chame. Further, you'll trek to Pisang, passing through beautiful landscapes and villages along the way.

    As you continue, you'll reach Manang. Here, you'll take a day off to acclimate to the high altitude and explore the area. Subsequently, you'll trek to Yak Kharka, where you'll spend the night before heading to Thorong Phedi.

    From there, you'll cross the Thorong La Pass, which sits at an elevation of 5,416 meters. It's an intense hike that will take about 7-8 hours, but the views from the top are worth it!

    After crossing the pass, you'll head to Jomsom, where you'll spend the night before driving to Pokhara. On day eleven, you'll take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and bring your trip to a close.

    When should I book this trek?

    The best time to book the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the peak trekking seasons, which are from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, and the views of the Himalayan peaks are stunning.

    However, it's important to note that the trek can get crowded during these peak seasons, so it's best to book your trek in advance to secure your spot.

    The winter season (December-February) can be very cold and snowy, making it challenging to trek at high altitudes. The trails can also be icy and slippery, raising safety concerns.

    On the other hand, the summer season (June-August) can be humid and rainy, which can make trekking difficult and uncomfortable. The trails can also be slippery due to the monsoon rains, which can make it challenging to walk on steep paths. Hence, it's best to avoid trekking during these two months.

    What does it take to complete this adventure?

    Completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek requires physical fitness, mental endurance, and a sense of adventure. It is graded as a strenuous trek that comprises daily hikes of  5-7 hours.

    It will take you through the diverse terrain of steep ascents, rocky paths, and suspension bridges.

    Altitude sickness can be an obstacle in the journey. But don't worry! We have prepared the itinerary with enough days to let your body adjust to new heights.

    Apart from that, mental endurance is also crucial, as the trek can be strenuous at times. There may be moments of doubt and physical exhaustion. But with a positive mindset and determination, you can push through and complete the journey.

    Are there any alternative adventures?

    Yes, of course! There are several alternative adventures that you can look into if this one doesn’t fit your criteria.

    If the current itinerary is not what you're looking for, you can take a look at the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. This 18-day journey offers a diverse range of experiences in the Annapurna region. The journey includes visiting relaxing hot springs and stopping by Poon Hill to witness the panoramic views of the Annapurna range and other mountain vistas. It's a thrilling and unforgettable journey that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.

    The 14-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is another alternative trek that you can consider. This itinerary includes some additional days in Muktinath and has a flight option from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.

    We are dedicated to ensuring that your trip with us is an unforgettable experience, tailored to your preferences. Simply communicate your needs and desires to us. And we will handle all the details to make your journey stress-free and memorable.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport pickup and drop off.
    • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu as per itinerary.
    • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide) porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter), including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and accommodation.
    • A down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffel bag, a t-shirt, and a trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag) are returned after trip completion).
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport-size photographs)
    • All government and local taxes

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.'
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa fees: You can quickly obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
    • All kinds of cold drinks, including water, coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
    • Wi-Fi internet during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Tips for driver and trek crews

    Cost and Date

    September, 2023


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      Travellers‘ reviews

      Review (s) Summary

      5.003 ratings
      • Excellent trek in June

        I recently completed an excellent trek on the Annapurna Circuit in June with Nepal Hiking Team. The service provided by Ganga and our guide Gokarna was outstanding. The website was easy to navigate, providing cost and departure dates in advance, which made travel planning easier. With their top-notch trip advisor rating, choosing Nepal Hiking Team was a no-brainer. The weather was great, the fellowship on the trail was fantastic, and I had a wonderful time in the mountains. Thanks, Nepal Hiking Team!

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Ryde
        AU   |   1st Jun 2023
      • Annapurna circuit & more - Group of 6: exceptional service level

        I am impressed at the service level of Nepal Hiking Team and the quality of the teams with us for our 17 days in Nepal. Gangga prior was ever patient and present with our neverending questions (and flight changes!) All logistics were organized perfectly.

        We were a group of 6 friends and did the Annapurna circuit, followed by some activities in Pokhara, Nagarkot sunrise hike, and cultural tours in and around Kathmandu. All are organized by NHT.

        The guide, asst guide & porters were always there to support. Attentive to our needs and general (fatigue) state. Briefings were made daily and safety was taken into consideration. The whole team mobilized to support us and make this experience an enjoyable one. They selected very good tea houses and tried to give us the best rooms. We had no restrictions on food & drinks for meals. There was always someone available to support our request and help us. It helped that the porter had broken basic English.
        During the trek, we had a 2-speed group, and the porters, assistant guide, and guide managed us very well, so we had a stress-free experience all at our own pace. Our Thorong La pass crossing was exceptionally difficult for this season with crampons, and knee-high snow. Very cold weather on the last two nights. But we did it all safely (for one of us, a horse was needed for the very last stretch and arranged smoothly by our guide at high camp). A very special thanks to Prakash, Sabin, Tuk, Rhaj, and Prabin! Amazing team.

        During the following days, we had 2 city tours, Kumar was our guide in Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. A very knowledgeable guide with lots of anecdotes. We learned a lot, and he could talk about a lot of other interesting topics about Nepal. Great general culture & happily chat/share about Nepal's history and religions.

        Overall, our group had a blast & everything was so very smoothly and professionally organized. I will recommend them happily.
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        - Excellent
        Mrs. Sarah
        FR   |   8th May 2023
      • Memorable journey amidst the tall snowy Himalayas with NHT

        When I was scouring local travel agencies to work with for the Annapurna Circuit trek, I encountered Nepal Hiking Team and upon my enquiry about information- I was immensely satisfied and confident with them to provide me with a good experience for my holiday. I was not wrong. Speaking further on this, every single aspect of services that I got with this agency was good. I was provided with a good guide- Paban, who did his work the best way he could. The hotels and lodges that I stayed in during the trek were good and comfortable. I liked the food as well ( I mostly stuck to vegetarian as suggested by Ganga). I enjoyed the relaxed nature of my guide who allowed me to spend some extra time at Gangapurna Lake as we were acclimatizing at Manang Village. Paban also was very helpful throughout the trek, and gave me a good company to be around.

        Fortunately, the weather was also good during the trek as I did the journey in the autumn. It would not suffice to say that I had the best time of my life amidst the Himalayas of Nepal with the company of NHT, as they are the best travel agency providing the best work in the field of Nepali tourism. They have my full recommendation to any future adventurers and travelers to Nepal, and I guarantee that it will not be disappointing. You get your full money’s worth, and then some, as was my experience with the best local travel company operating in Nepal- Nepal Hiking Team!

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Jad Saad Husayni
        US   |   6th Apr 2018