Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5416m
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept to Nov. 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,250USD

Trip Overview

Embark on the fantastic Annapurna Circuit Short Trek that takes you to one of Nepal’s most popular trekking regions in a short period. The 12-day adventure passes through the subtropical jungle in the lower reaches all the way to the high-altitude plateau of the Himalayas.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

  • Witness the different side of Annapurna surrounded by mist-shrouded valleys, wild mountain landscapes, remote communities, and diverse cultures.
  • Stand at the summit of Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest mountain pass, located at 5,416 meters.
  • Visit one of Nepal’s significant pilgrimage sites — the Muktinath Temple.
  • Gaze upon some of the world’s most spectacular mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Gangapurna.
  • Opportunity to stay in the cozy local teahouses and experience the rustic lifestyle of the remote mountain communities.
  • Explore one of Nepal’s most happening tourist destinations, Pokhara.

This trek is a shorter version of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. Hence, it offers just about everything you’d expect from a high-altitude trek — from spectacular mountain views to mist-shrouded valleys, remote communities, and ancient monasteries.

On Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, you’ll be crossing over the world’s highest pass, Thorong La Pass, at 5,416 meters. You’ll also be rewarded with close-up views of the mountain peaks, including Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Tilicho Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and Thorong Peak. Besides that, this trek takes you through some of the most popular mountain villages, including Manang, Chame, Pisang, and Yak Kharka.

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek offers the perfect blend of nature and culture. Home to Gurung, Limbu, Tamang, Magar, and Rai people, the Annapurna region provides you the opportunity to be a part of their rural lifestyle and experience their local culture. Moreover, you’ll be visiting the Muktinath Temple, one of the world’s holiest shrines for both Hindus and Buddhists.

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek begins with a 12-hour drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. After that, you’ll follow the densely-forested uphill trail to Chame. Enjoying the majestic view of the surrounding landscape, Annapurna Range, and Pisang Peak, you’ll head over to Pisang and later follow the upper route to the village of Manang.

At Manang, you’ll have an acclimatization day to adjust your body with the high altitude to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. On this day, you’ll spend time visiting the local monasteries and the serene Gangapurna Lake.

After the acclimatization day, you’ll continue your journey towards the small settlement of Yak Kharka and then to Thorong Phedi. The next day, you’ll start early and make a steep ascent to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain pass — Thorong La — at 5,416 meters. The summit offers a magnificent 360-degree panorama of the Annapurna range along with the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki.

After crossing the pass, you’ll descend steeply towards the sacred land of Muktinath. Here, you’ll visit a significant pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the following day, you’ll drive to the ‘Tourism Capital of Nepal’, Pokhara, from Muktinath, to conclude the trek.

Keep in mind that the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek demands top-level physical and mental fitness. Since you’ll be crossing a mountain pass over 5,000 meters, the risk of altitude sickness is considerably higher on this trek. If you think the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a bit on the challenging side for you, you should consider Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Panorama Trek.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Dharapani (1960 m), Duration: 11-12 hours

Day 03: Dharapani to Chame (2630 m), Duration: 5 hours

Day 04: Chame to Pisang (3,300 m), Duration: 5 hours

Day 05: Pisang to Manang (3,570 m), Duration: 4 hours

Day 06: Manang – Acclimatization Day

Day 07: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110 m), Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Day 08: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600 m), Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Day 09: Thorong Phedi to Jomsom crossing over the Thorong La Pass (5,416m), Duration: 7-8 hours hike and 2 hours drive

Day 10: Fly to Pokhara, 20 Min

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu, Duration: 6-7 hours By Bus

Day 12: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off by the private vehicle.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Dharapani by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring two copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • All kinds of cold drinks, e.g., water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Jad Saad Husayni, United States

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!

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.