Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

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  • Availability
    March to May & October to december

  • Trip Duration
    10 days

  • Trek Difficulty
    Moderate / Difficulty

  • Group Size
    Private & Group Tour

  • Maximum Altitude

  • Guide Language

Quick Overview

  • Start From Kathmandu
  • End: Kathmandu
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Best Season: Sept-Dec, Feb-May


Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most admired as well as fascinating treks in Nepal. Annapurna region is located amidst picturesque settings, and pristine natural beauty, and passes through meadows, alpine mountain passes, and challenging terrains putting the trekker through a challenging test. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is the quickest way to explore the beauty of the Annapurna Region with hidden beauty, cultural aspects, and towering peaks of the Annapurna Region. This also lets you explore religious monasteries, chortens, and historical Gumbas scattered across the land.

Majestic views of Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gandarbha Chuli (6,250m), Glacier Dome (7,193m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,544m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134m) throughout the trek will make your trek even more joyful. If you are seeking for high elevation adventure in a short time, then Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best option for you.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is for all with good health and physical fitness, previous trekking experience is a plus point. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek usually starts from Besi Sahar and goes through rhododendron-laden paths to far-off villages and settlements. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you to the elevation of 5,416m, Thorung La Pass via Manang, Pisang, Yak Kharka, High Camp, etc. On the way back to Pokhara, we will also visit the most famous pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath.


How does this Journey start?


You will show up one day sooner (before 3 pm) in Kathmandu and partake in the trip preparation. On a subsequent day, promptly in the first part of the day, following day you will drive to Pokhara by tourist bus 

Nearby Transportation (Kathmandu - Beshishar  - Dharapani   -  Chame and trekking up to Thorong la pass (5416M) - Muktinath and drive to Jomsom then fly to  Pokhara where your treks end.



Annapurna Circuit Trek Route Overview


This journey exists in the Annapurna locale around the whole Annapurna massifs and incorporates crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m), strolling by the edge of the world's most profound crevasse (Kaligandaki Chasm), getting a charge out of dawn sees over the Himalayas from Poon Slope, visiting Muktinath sanctuary (a significant journey objective for the Hindus and Buddhists), and reviving in the natural aquifers of Tatopani.

We will go through heights going from 800m to 5,416m taking us through a few climatic zones past rice paddy fields, subtropical woodlands, rustic farmland, and cold zones.


You will actually want to see the encompassing landscapes of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche top (6,920m), and Tilicho top (7134m).

This trip gives you the chance to find out about the Tibetan lifestyle that unequivocally runs in the Colt valleys. There is a slight possibility of seeing a snow panther in Yak Kharka alongside blue sheep. We will likewise stop at Tatopani, where you can take a dunk in the popular natural aquifers.

We will begin the journey at Bhulbhule after a picturesque drive from Kathmandu, and the course follows the Marsyandghi Stream Valley taking you through Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang. We will go through a night in this multitude of spots.

On our 6th day, we journey to Manang, where we stay for acclimatization to plan for the intersection of Thorung La pass. In the wake of adjusting at Manang, we proceed with the path and make a beeline for Yak Kharka, and on the following day, we climb up to Thorong Phedi and go through the night there.

We leave Thorong Phedi on our 10th day and journey towards Muktinath, and this will be the day you will cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). Thorong La Pass associates Manang town in the east with Muktinath sanctuary and Ranipauwa town toward the west.

Subsequent to passing the Thorong La Pass, we head down to Muktinath, a consecrated journey site for Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, we drive to Tatopani - popular for underground aquifers. Individuals accept that underground aquifer water at Tatopani fixes skin sicknesses. On the off chance that you like, you can take a plunge in this hot water. We will go through the night at Tatopani.




Nepal has a diverse weather and climatic variation, with four different seasons: autumn (or fall), winter, spring, and summer (also monsoon). The seasons in Nepal are comparable to those seen in Europe but really quite unique from those in Australia. It is cold in December and January, but you can get away with shorts and T-shirts in June and July. Nepal has a temperate climate, which means that the winters are dry and the summers are hot. Overall, autumn or fall is the best tourist season in Nepal after summer and before the arrival of winter.


Autumn Season (fall) Mid - September to end of November every year.


Autumn season starts after the monsoon ends in Nepal. It will be from mid-September to end of the November. During these months the weather will be pleasant and clear sky, sunshine day and warm temperatures during the day.  And these months it will be less chance to rain and snow in mountains, you will have great holidays in these months in Nepal.


Spring season (March to May)

Spring season is Nepal's second biggest and most clear weather season after autumn. During the spring season, you will have lots of chances to have a breathtaking view of the Himalayas from a close distance. The spring season is also a suitable season for big expedition climbs in Nepal.


Winter season in Nepal (December to February)

Winter season starts during the months of December to February. In these months it will be colder and snowy in most mountains and less visibility and less chance to see the mountains so comparatively in the winter tourist and quieter and peace in mountains. If someone preferred to go trekking then for short and easy treks winter is also a good time to visit Nepal.   


Monsoon (summer) season in Nepal (June to mid-September)

Summer or monsoon season starts after the spring season ends between June to mid-September. In these months in Nepal the climate will be very hot, and most of the time it will be raining and cloudy. We don’t recommend in summer for trekking and climbing in Nepal for all travelers from around the world. Summer or monsoon season is the best time for farming in Nepal.


Travel Insurance for Annapurna  Short Circuit Trekking 


The maximum altitude in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the height of Thorong La Pass (5416 m). The normal altitude for people to get altitude sickness is 2500 m from sea level. Therefore, trekkers are highly advised to get insurance. The plan of insurance must include medical expenses, accidents, delays, cancellations, and helicopter rescue. Make sure to leave copies of the insurance at the Nepal Explore Office so that in case of emergencies the office can arrange the necessary rescue operations.


Physical Requirements & Trek Difficulty


Trekkers need to walk at a high altitude for 6 – 7 hours a day on average. The trail is uphill and downhill in the rugged trail. Therefore, the stamina level needs to be in good condition. In order to increase the stamina to hike in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail, trekkers need to develop the cardiovascular condition of the body. For this to happen, they need to perform various exercises like walking, running, and cycling. Be prepared for all kinds of scenarios both mentally and physically.

The trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek is easy to challenging. The most difficult day of trekking is while crossing the Thorong La Pass. This two day of trekking is the most arduous as trekkers will embark on the pass ascent early in the morning. Besides this two day, most of the trail is easy to moderate to walk on. However, trekker needs to heed the instruction of the trekking guide for the safety and successful completion of the trek without hassles


Solo Vs  Group Trekking  Annapurna Region:


Both solo and group trekking have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the best option depends on personal preference and comfort level.


Solo Trekking:


•    Advantages: More flexibility and independence, and the ability to set your own pace. Solitude and quietness can be a source of reflection and introspection.

•    Disadvantages:  Can be more dangerous in case of an emergency, and it maybe more difficult to find help in the remote areas of the trek. It can also be more expensive as all costs must be borne by the individual.


Group Trekking:

•   Advantages: Safety in numbers, and a sense of camaraderie and community. Group trekking can also be more affordable, as costs can be shared among members.

•    Disadvantages: Limited flexibility, as the pace of the group must be considered. Group dynamics can also be challenging, and there may be disagreements or conflicts with other members.

In conclusion, the choice between solo and group trekking depends on personal preference and comfort level. Solo trekking offers more independence and solitude, while group trekking provides safety and community. It is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.


Geography in the Annapurna Region 


The Annapurna Basecamp  Trek is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is part of the more extensive Himalayan mountain range. The trek takes place at an altitude of around 2500- 5415 meters and covers a distance of approximately 20-25 kilometers.

The terrain of the Annapurna region  Trek is diverse, ranging from dense forests to open grasslands and rocky outcroppings. Along the way, trekkers will pass through several small villages and cross several high-altitude passes, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The Annapurna region is home to several peaks over 7,000 to 800  meters, including  Annapurna I , (8091M) , Annapurna II  ( 7935M) , Annapurna III ( 7525M) , Annapurna  IV  ( 7525M) mOREOVER Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Hiunchuli (6,441 meters), and Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters), Mount Dhaulagiri  (8167m) , Mount Nilgiri  (7161m), Mardi Himal (5500m), Mount Annapurna I (8091m)  including many beautiful Himalayan peak. The area is also known for its rich cultural heritage and is inhabited by several ethnic groups, including the Gurung and Thakali people.

The climate of the Annapurna region is primarily influenced by the monsoon, with the best trekking season being from October to November and from March to April. During the monsoon season (June to September), heavy rains and landslides can make trekking difficult and dangerous.

In conclusion, the Annapurna region  Trek takes place in a diverse and scenic region of Nepal, offering trekkers the chance to experience the beauty of the Himalayas, the culture of the local people, and the challenges of high-altitude trekking.


How to Pace Your Trek?

Pacing yourself properly during the Annapurna region  Trek is crucial for having a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips for pacing your trek:

1.  Acclimatization: The Annapurna Basecamp  Trek involves hiking at high altitudes, and it is important to allow your body to acclimate to the changes in elevation. Take your time and hike slowly, especially when climbing steep sections or when you reach higher altitudes.

2.    Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential to prevent altitude sickness and other health problems. Drink plenty of water, and avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, as they can dehydrate you.

3.  Rest days: Plan to have a rest day or two during the trek to allow your body to recover and to help with acclimatization. You can also use these days to explore the local villages and interact with the local communities.

4.  Slow and steady:  Take it slow and steady on the trail, and avoid rushing. Hiking at a slow and steady pace will help you conserve your energy and reduce the risk of injury.

5.   Listen to your body: Pay attention to how your body is feeling and adjust your pace accordingly. If you feel tired, take a break and rest. If you are feeling well, you can increase your pace.

In conclusion, pacing yourself properly during the Annapurna region  Trek is crucial for having a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Take your time, listen to your body, and follow these tips to help ensure a successful trek


Trek Highlights

  • Thorung La Pass, 5,416m
  • Spectacular Mountains, Everest, Annapurna Ranges, Fishtail, Tilicho Peak, etc
  • Hospitable people and rich culture
  • Scenic drive to the countryside
  • Majestic sunrise and sunset view
  • A thrilling adventure in a short time



Acclimatization During the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 


Our 10 days Trip Bundle gives a rest day in Manang (3,540m) for legitimate acclimatization to forestall elevation disorder, likewise called intense mountain infection

Height affliction is preventable, yet it tends to be perilous assuming that you disregard its side effects.

You will begin from Bhulbhule (845m) and journey at a low height for four to five days prior to arriving at Manang (3540m). The journey development gives a lot of opportunity to your body to adapt to the high-elevation climate and diminishes the opportunity of height infection issues.

Our traveling chiefs and guides have broad emergency treatment preparation and are arall-aroundnd knowledgeable about the Himalayas. We continually use oxy-meters to screen your oxygen level and recognize early elevation infection side effects.

We ensure that your well-being will be in solid hands. Your trip chief or guide will propose ways of avoiding potential risks. The most ideal way to forestall height disorder is to take as much time as is needed as you journey and drink something like 4 liters per day.

If it's not too much trouble, note that your guide has a definitive power to proceed or stop your rising in light of your general state of colleagues. It is fundamental to remember that some are more defenseless than others.

The climbing happens in lower land for five days (beneath 3500m) from Bhulbhule (845m) to Manang (3540m), and comprises of strolling for five to six.



Teahouses run by local people are available in most of the places where all types of delicious food are available such as al Bhat, Noodles, Potatoes, Pasta, Cereals, Eggs, Vegetables, Fried rice, Soup, etc and other Nepali food, Chinese Food, American food, Indian food, Continental food, Local food and many more dishes you like to have from the menu card. We always recommend you have organic and local food and vegetable from their own garden. You'll also find plenty number of cafes and restaurants who provide a variety of dishes in the cities.




During Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will have two types of accommodation. During your days in Kathmandu, you will stay at a 3-star hotel, and during the trek, you will stay at tea houses. These tea houses are run by local people with proper services and clean beds. The rooms will be private rooms with a twin and triple sharing basis and attached bathrooms in most of the places. In high altitude, there won't be any teahouses, so we have to set up a camp for an overnight stay.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and trip preparation day , (alt. 1300m.)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (alt. 2600m.) via Beshishar, minimum 10 hours.
Day 03: Trek to Manag via upper trail ( 7 to 8 hours) ,alt. 3500m.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Manang , hike to chhongkhor view point ( 4 to 5 hours.)
Day 05: Trek to Yak Kharka (alt. 4050m.) , 4 to 5 hours.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (alt. 4800m.), 5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Muktinath(alt.3800m) via Thorong La Pass (alt.5416m.) 8 to 9 hours.
Day 08: Trek back to Jomsom ,( alt. 2700m.) 5 hours by walk 1 hour by drive.
Day 09: Fly to Pokhara & Fly to Kathmandu , alt. 1300m.
Day 10: Departure Day
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and trip preparation day , (alt. 1300m.)

You'll arrive at the airport anytime soon, so our airport representative will be waiting for you at the airport terminal with flowers in their hand and welcome you upon your arrival. He/she will transfer you to the hotel on our private vehicle. After check-in at the hotel, you can shop around Thamel local market and make preparation for trek.  Overnight stay at a hotel in Thamel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (alt. 2600m.) via Beshishar, minimum 10 hours.

Early morning drive from Kathmandu on a local bus or private jeep, the car takes us to Besisahar, and after arrival at the Besisahar, we drive to Chame by local jeep. It is a scenic drive through numerous traditional Nepali villages, paddy rice lands, Hills, snowscapes. Overnight at Chame.

Day 03: Trek to Manag via upper trail ( 7 to 8 hours) ,alt. 3500m.

The trek to Manang from Pisang rewards us with amazing mountain scenery and Marsyandi valley view which goes through pine and juniper forest. We'll go through Tibetan-styled village of Barga and other several villages to reach beautiful Manang valley for an overnight stay.

Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Manang , hike to chhongkhor view point ( 4 to 5 hours.)

This is the acclimatization and exploration day in the ancient village of Manang to prevent high altitude sickness. In the meantime, we'll hike up to Gangapurna Lake and icefall. Back to lodge for an overnight stay.

Day 05: Trek to Yak Kharka (alt. 4050m.) , 4 to 5 hours.

After breakfast at Manang, we proceed with our journey through the farm terraces which gradually go up to Gunsang, which offers panoramic Himalayan scenery. We will pass a few meadows on the way to Yak Khaka where horses and yaks graze. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 06: Trek to High Camp (alt. 4800m.), 5 hours.

Today's walk is relatively easy and scenic. You'll get to see a few Himalayan panoramas on the way to High Camp. If you're lucky enough, you may also encounter Blue sheep and even snow leopards in this area. We spend overnight at High Camp.

Day 07: Trek to Muktinath(alt.3800m) via Thorong La Pass (alt.5416m.) 8 to 9 hours.

Today we'll be standing at the highest point of our entire trek, Thorong La Pass, 5,416m and cross it and descend to the famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath. The top of Thorong La Pass features some of the best mountains view of this region. Overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 08: Trek back to Jomsom ,( alt. 2700m.) 5 hours by walk 1 hour by drive.

After visiting the famous pilgrimage site Muktinath, we'll have breakfast at the hotel and trek to Jomsom and spend overnight there. We'll enjoy our day at Jomsom with camping, sharing memories with friends and have a trek success party. Overnight stay.

Day 09: Fly to Pokhara & Fly to Kathmandu , alt. 1300m.

Today, we'll fly to Pokhara and have lunch in the city of lakes, Pokhara and again take a flight to the capital city, Kathmandu. Overnight stay.

Day 10: Departure Day

The final day of our trek. With so many memories together, the time has come to say goodbye. Our representatives will drop you to the airport for your flight back home.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off 
  • 2 nights Hotels in Kathmandu before trek and after the trek.
  • Three meals a day  during the trek ( Breakfast, Luch and Dinner)
  • Hot drinks (Tea or Coffee)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day after dinner.
  • Jomsome to  Pokhara airplane Ticket
  • Ground transportation 
  • Accommodation on the trek ( normal twine sharing basic rooms)
  • Professional  English-speaking guide
  • Porter  each two people one porter  (weight limited   20-25kg)
  • All the Annapurna Conservation  fees
  •  TIMS cards as required from Nepal Gov.
  • Pokhara –Kathmandu tourist bus services
  • Duffle bag for keeping your goods during the trek (refundable after the trek)
  • Down Jacket for a cold place (Refundable after the trek )
  • Nature Explore Trek T-shirt as a gift.
  • Medical Kitbag
  • Treated drinking water
  • Trekking map.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • personal insurance
  • Trekking gear
  •  Extra nights Accommodations, lunch, and Dinner  in  Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra cold drinks
  • Personal expenses like use Wifi - extra snacks, laundry, buttery charges etc…
  • Above not mentions in  Itinerary
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter

Published: Feb 19, 2020


Great guides and incredible tours

I have been trekking around the Annapurna and Dinesh and his team have been amazing. They have answers to all your questions and guide you up the mountains to make sure you reach your goal. Quick in their responses and recommendations it made the trip even better. I have no doubt that I will return soon and would book Dinesh and his team again without hesitation.The trek itself offers spectacular views on some of the highest peaks in the world and the last day of the crossing, although you have to start rather early in the morning, is an experience you will never forget and can't be valued in money. The timings of the daily routes are just right and therefore you have enough to time for acclimatization and with it, there id enough fun so you will not give up. I also enjoyed a lot, that there are so many other trekkers around from all over the world and you get to meet people at different stations along the trek all over again. I am so glad that I have booked this trip, made friends for a lifetime and had an experience that brought me at stages at my absolute limits. But because of Dinesh and the team, it was easy to overcome that and fall in love with this part of the world. Thank you so much to the team of Nature Explore for an unforgettable trek and everything they have done to make sure this will be an unforgettable experience. I will be back soon for sure. There is still so much to see and explore.

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