Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

  • Duration
    12 days
  • Trip Grade
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    March to May & Sept to Nov.

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a beautiful trek presenting the best views and sights of the Annapurna region. It showers you with a myriad of a fascinating culture. Similarly, it also presents an untouched Himalayan diversity of the Annapurna. Trek through rhododendron laden paths to far-off villages and settlements. Encounter religious monasteries, chortens, and Gumbas scattered across the land. Walk under the Annapurna panorama as you cross high mountain passes. The journey presents the best of Nepal in a short amount of time!  

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is moderate! 

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek follows a rich trail that goes through dense sub-tropical regions. Most noteworthy, experience the joy of changing landscapes decorated with amazing natural beauty at every daring step. Likewise, enjoy the alpine wonders of the region and bask in the thrill of crossing fascinating mountain passes like the Thorong La. You will experience the magnificent sight of the Annapurna Range, along with the Dhaulagiri Himal. Circumbulate the region to expose yourself to thrilling mountain passes like no other! It is a journey that is rich in natural and Himalayan beauty as well as the ethnic culture of the indigenous people. It is a journey that demands a visit at least once.

A moderate trek, the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is filled with opulent Himalayan daintiness at all times. From the branches of the trees decorated with colorful prayer flags to the religious chortens and Mani-walls that lie across the trail, the journey is sure to be unforgettable. Trek through the gorgeous Manang Valley and visit the famed Muktinath temple. Cross the high mountain pass of the Thorong La and bask in the natural beauty of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Enjoy the cultural riches of the Rai and Limbu people at Jomsom.

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Highlights

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek also takes you to the famous lake-side city of Pokhara. Moreover, the journey is filled with fascinating terrains and equally fascinating ethnic Tamang, Gurung and Magar culture. Enjoy the views of mountain peaks like the Chulu range, Gangapurna, the Tilicho Peak, Kangraru Himal, and the Thorong Peak among many others. Likewise, the Thorong La Mountain Pass is the highest mountain pass in the world!

Hence, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the majesty of the Annapurna Himalayas in the most profound form with the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek! The trekking journey is as lively, pleasant and naturally enticing as it is culturally opulent. Therefore, experience the magnificence of the Annapurna Mountains with Nepal Hiking Team! In contrast, you can also choose our Annapurna Base Camp Trek for a different Himalayan trekking experience.   

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representatives. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. You will also be given further details about the plans and programs of the trip. Since there are no further planned activities for today, you may relax at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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

Kathmandu, you will have a scenic but very long drive to Dharapani. The road is laden with beautiful natural sceneries and you will get to experience the quintessence of Nepal’s countryside. Crossing forests and clearings, you will reach Dharapani after passing several rural villages on the way. It is a great way to get a quick glimpse of the local people who reside on natural villages away from the bustling capital. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dharapani. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

The trekking trail continues on from Dharapani to the village of Chame. The trail is essentially a mule track that ascends through fir forests and continues alongside a beautiful river. Higher grounds will be covered today as you follow the trail through oak and maple trees accompanied by the majestic views of the Annapurna Himals. The Himalayan peaks form a dazzling horizon against the green beauty of the land. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chame. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

The trail continues on to the beautiful village of Pisang, our final destination for the day. The trails branch out further from Chame into winding woodlands decorated with natural treasures. Views of the amazing Pisang Peak and the Annapurna range along the trail are spectacular to look at! Combined with the gorgeous landscape, the trek is full of pleasant natural opulence! Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Pisang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

Taking the upper route to Manang via the Ghyaru-Ngawal-Mungji trail, we will continue on our adventure to the beautiful valley of Manang. Breath-taking natural scenery awaits you on the road, as the valley of Manang is a cornucopia of natural riches and faunal diversity. Towering mountain peaks accompany your journey as thy make the skyline more awe-inspiring with their presence. Panoramic views of mountain peaks like the Annapurna range, the Gangapurna and the Pisang Peak among many makes the journey a more pleasant experience. You can also notice a significant change in the fauna of the terrain as you move further. The cold dry environment leads to a harsh environment, with shrubbery scattered among the land like blobs of green against the brown of the land. Following the trail onwards, you will finally reach Manang. You will also pay a visit to the Barge Monastery in Manang- a century old monastery that has a peaceful Buddhist ambiance. It is also the largest monastery in the entire Manang district. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Manang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.       

Day 06 - Manang – Acclimatization Day

Today is set aside for acclimatization. You will stay at Manang and spend time visiting the local monasteries and religious Gumbas. You can also spend the day observing the local life of the village people and visiting the marketplace. You can also take a trip to the serene Gangapurna Lake and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Manang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

From the village of Manang, you will continue on to the village of Yak Kharka. The trail is quite pretty with streams and brooks intersecting at regular intervals. As you cross streams, you will ascend to the village of Tenki. It lies above Manang and is a dainty village of ethnic Limbu people. Further on out, you will climb to the Marshyangdi valley and trek northwest up to the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail is full of amazing natural biodiversity and is very peaceful. The feeling of being close to nature grows stronger with the wilderness surrounding us at all sides. We will then follow the valley northwards and pass lush pastures to trek through scrubs of juniper hamlets. The trail gradually climbs upwards and eventually, we will reach the village of Ghunsa- a small settlement of flat mud roofs located just below the trailhead. Continuing further, the trail goes through meadows filled with contently grazing yaks and horses. Passing ancient Mani stone walls and wooden bridges, we will finally reach Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Yak Kharka. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.     

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

Making our way past Yak Kharka, we will move towards the foot of Thorong Phedi. This is a small yet a bustling settlement that caters to the needs of the trekkers and climbers. We will use this point as our base camp and stop for the day. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we will stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight stay at a guesthouse at Thorong Phedi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) crossing over the Thorong La Pass (5,416m), Duration: 7 – 8 hours

We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. We need to be fresh for the initial stage of ascent as it is very steep. As we approach the peak, the trail becomes slushy from melted snow. Making our way through rocky ridges, we will arrive at the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of the snow-capped peaks that extend northwards into Tibet. We can also see several peaks of the Annapurna and the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki. Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800m) – an important pilgrimage site for the Hindu and Buddhist people. It is a special place and home to many ethnic Tibetans and devout Buddhists. It is a religiously significant site where hoards of devotees make their way for prayer and resolution on festivals and special occasions. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - Drive to Pokhara, Duration: 10-11 hours

Today, we will drive to the beautiful lake-side city of Pokhara, also known as the “Tourism Capital of Nepal”. It is a gorgeous city that is located on the periphery of the Annapurna foothill beside the tranquil Phewa Lake. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you can spend the rest of your time sightseeing around the city or enjoy the peaceful lake-side boating or enjoying the scenery. Overnight stay at a Hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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

We will have a scenic drive back to Kathmandu today. The journey is filled with amazing natural scenery and the drive is made pleasant with the presence of Nepal’s countryside filled with quick glimpses of the villages and natural beauty. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Breakfast included.


Day 12 - Farewell

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport for your departure. 

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by the private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • 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 bag, 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 easily 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 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

Cost & Dates

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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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!