The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a beautiful trek with the excellent views and sights of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna circuit trek is an incredible experience you cannot afford to miss in your lifetime. This trek is sure to challenge you physically and mentally, pushing your limits. For adventure junkies and Himalaya lovers, this trek makes an incredible journey beyond just travel.
Not only will you get to enjoy the natural beauty, but you will also experience the unique culture and tradition of the region. Trek through the rhododendron forests to remote villages and settlements, encounter religious monasteries, Chortnes, and Gumbas scattered throughout the land. As you cross the mountain passes, walk beneath the Annapurna panorama. This is the best trip you can get in such a short amount of time.
The trek trail follows an anti-clockwise route behind the fifty kilometer Annapurna mountain. The trek trails a rich path that passes through thick sub-tropical regions. Most importantly, you will experience the joy of varying landscapes decorated with enchanting natural beauty along every step. Similarly, it provides the chance to enjoy the alpine wonders of the region. Feel the thrill of passing over incredible mountain passes like the Thorong La. Also, the magnificent sight of the Annapurna range accompanied by the Dhaulagiri Himal is a noteworthy site to see.
Walkthrough the region to bare yourself to the thrilling mountain passes. It is a journey that is rich in natural and Himalayan beauty, as well as the traditional culture of the native people. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek will bless you with the majestic Himalayas throughout the trip. Walkthrough the dazzling Manang Valley and visit the famous Muktinath Temple. Cross the highest mountain pass of the Thorong La and relax in the gifted natural beauty of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is ideal for those trekkers with a limited time frame but want to enjoy the beauty of the Annapurna region.
Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Trekking to Annapurna region can be done all year round; however, the ideal time would be between September to November and between March to May. The weather will be excellent during these months, and the sky also gets clear most of the time so you can get outstanding views.
Trekking from December to February is tough due to the extremely cold temperature, and the monsoon season is full of risks with landslide and flood.
Beautiful panoramic view from the Highest Pass- Thorong La (5416 meters)
Incredible view of the Himalayas, including Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and many 6000+ and 7000+ peaks
Experience the local culture of Gurung and Magar community
Pay a visit to the religious place- Muktinath
Gorgeous geographical experience- ranging from sub-tropical – alpine – snowy barren landscapes in a short period
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our airport representative and will transfer you to the respective hotel. Our airport representative will also give you a brief explanation of your following tour. Since there are no activities planned for today, you can simply relax at your hotel after checking in. Or, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy shopping and the unique vibe of the street.
Drive to Dharapani (1960m)
After having early morning breakfast, we will begin our trip with the drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu through the beautiful river view over the Trishuli River. Today, we will drive to Dharapani, the place from where our trip starts on foot. We will have a long drive to Dharapani, but the beautiful sceneries all the way makes it impossible for you to feel bored. The road is loaded with wonderful natural sceneries, and you will get to experience the epitome of Nepal’s countryside. After passing through forests, clearings, and many rural villages, we will reach our destination- Dharapani. Away from the chaotic capital, it is a great way to get a glimpse of the local people residing in the far-off villages. The distance to Dharapani is about 185km from Kathmandu. The first four hours will be alongside the Trisuli river; then, we will follow the Marshyangdi River and again follow the Trishuli river, where we will get the chance to see people rafting in one of the wildest rivers of Nepal. After reaching the Dharapani, the view of the snowcapped mountains starts to get visible. Continuing the trail, we will also be able to see the stunning views of Himalchuli along with the melodic sound of the Khudi River. After the long drive of eleven to twelve hours, we will reach our destination.
Dharapani to Chame (2630m)
From Dharapani, we will start our trekking journey. We will begin our trekking journey after having breakfast at our lodge. Today, we will be walking for about six hours to reach the village of Chame, the headquarter of the Manang District. The trekking trail ascends through fir forests and continues alongside a beautiful river. We will be covering the higher grounds today as we will follow the trail through oak and maple trees along with the imposing sights of the Annapurna Mountain. Following the trail, we will walk through the wonderful ethnic Gurung and Magar villages and also get the enchanting view of gorgeous waterfall and snow mountain views of Lamjung Himal. The mountain peaks form an alluring vista against the green beauty of the land. Within the walk of six hours, we will reach Chame, where we will be spending the night.
Chame to Pisang
We will continue our trek to the beautiful village of Pisang, today’s final destination. The route from Chame continues into the winding woodlands with pleasant natural treasures. We will trek through the left side of the valley from where we will reach the apple farm village of Bartang. From Bartang, we will pass the suspension bridge, and after a bit uphill climb, we will arrive at the marvelous village named Dhikurpokhari, where we will be stopping for lunch break. The walk from Dhukur Pokhari to Pisang is quite comfortable; the trail is mostly flat with only two climbs. Also, we will walk through the frozen waterfalls and huge coniferous forests. The Pisang peaks become visible along the way. Eventually, we will reach an intense curved rock standing 1500 meters above from the river. The area is the sharpest section of the Marshyangdi valley. As we cross the rock, we will get astonishing views of Pisang Peak and the Annapurna range. The trek is filled with beautiful natural wealth. Moreover, we get to witness Tibetan style architecture on our way.
Pisang to Manang (3570m)
Today, we will begin our trek to Manang right after breakfast. We will be taking the upper route to Manang. Through the Ghyaru-Ngwal-Mungji, we will carry on with our trip to the gorgeous valley of Manang. The initial part of the hike is quite comfortable; however, about an hour before reaching Humde, there is a steep climb, which can be quite challenging. On the way, awe-inspiring natural beauty awaits you as the Manang valley is full of natural riches and has diverse fauna. Soaring mountain peaks will accompany us on our trip as they make the horizon more spectacular with their presence. We will get the panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like the Annapurna range, the Gangapurna, and the Pisang Peak, among many others. As you move further, you will also notice lots of changes in the wildlife of the landscape. The cold, dry atmosphere leads to a harsh environment, with bushes spread among the land like dashes of green against the brown of the land. Continuing the trail onwards, we will ultimately reach Manang. Also, we will be visiting the Barge Monastery in Manang- a monastery aged about a hundred years that has a serene Buddhist atmosphere. The monastery is also considered to be the largest in the entire Manang district.
Acclimatization at Manang
Today is the day planned for acclimatization. This day is planned so that you can get accustomed to the higher elevation atmosphere that you will encounter towards Thorung La; from here, the trek might be quite challenging in a few places. Today, you will stay at Manang and spend time paying a visit to local monasteries and local Gumbas. We might also ascend to the ridge on the northern side of the village for the sight of the Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, and many more mountains or climb down from the village to the glacier lake beneath the huge icefall that falls from the northern slopes of the Gangapurna. In the evening, we can enjoy observing the life of the local village people and visiting the market around. We might also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.
Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)
From the village of Manang, we will continue our trek towards the village of Yak Kharka. Along the trail, we will witness lots of streams and brooks intersecting on consistent intervals. As you pass over the streams, you will elevate to the village of Tenki, which lies above Manang. It is a pretty village of traditional Limbu people. Furthermore, we will ascend to the Marshyangdi valley and walk northwest up to the valley of Jarsang Khola. Filled with astonishing natural biodiversity and with a serene environment, the trail is worth the climb. With the wilderness surrounding us from all sides, the feeling of being closer to nature grows stronger. Then, we will continue through the valley northwards and pass plush meadows to trek through bushes of juniper hamlets. From there, the trail climbs slowly upwards, and finally, we will reach the village of Ghunsa- a small village with flat mud roofs located just beneath the trailhead. Moving onwards, the trail takes us through the meadows full of satisfyingly grazing yak and horses. On our way to Yak Kharka, we will be passing many age-old Mani stone walls and wooden bridges. About three to four hours of walks will take us to Yak Kharka, where we will be spending the night.
Trek to Thorong Phedi (4600m)
Moving past Yak Kharka, we will trek towards the base of Thorong Phedi. This is a small settlement, full of life with people that take care of the wants of the trekkers and climbers. The place is a small area of busy arrangements for tired trekkers. Before arriving at Thorong Phedi, we will be climbing up the trail and crossing the river then again climb through the trail for about three to four hours. Thorong Phedi is our final destination for the day, so we will be stopping here. Some people might want to hike to the High Camp so that the following day would be easier; however, due to its altitude, it is not recommended.
Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) and pass through the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Today, we will commence our trek to the pass from the early morning. As the initial stage of the climb is very steep, we need to be very fresh. Due to the high altitude, every moment might feel strenuous. However, the panoramic view of the Himalayas is such astonishing that you will want to climb further. As the peak becomes nearer, the trail becomes wet from melted snow. Climbing through the rocky ridges, we will reach the top of the pass at the altitude of 5416 meters. The top offers an extremely glorious 360-degree panorama of the snowcapped mountains that widens northwards into Tibet. We will also get to observe various peaks of the Annapurna range and the astonishing gorge of Kali Gandaki. Then, we will be moving down to the steep trails towards Muktinath. Muktinath is a significant religious site for the Hindu and Buddhist people. It is a special place and home to lots of traditional Tibetans and Buddhist devotees. The temple built in the pagoda style is a religiously important place where hordes of believers make their way for prayer and resolution on festivals and special occasions. We will be arriving at Muktinath in the evening at about the time for sunset.
Drive to Pokhara
Today will also be a long drive to the Tourism capital of Nepal – Pokhara. Even though the destination is a dreamy spot, we need to take a long 12 hours’ drive that can get quite tough. The gorgeous lake-side city of Pokhara is situated on the boundary of the Annapurna foothill beside the serene Phewa Lake. After you arrive at Pokhara, you can spend the rest of the time sightseeing around the city or enjoy the peaceful lake-side boating or enjoying the scenery. There are also lots of clubs and bars where you can dance and enjoy the vibe of the city. As the tourism capital, the city is always in a festive mood.
Drive to Kathmandu
We will be saying goodbye to this beautiful city of Lake. We will have a lovely drive back to Kathmandu today. The journey is filled with an astonishing natural backdrop, and the drive is made enjoyable with the presence of Nepal’s countryside filled with swift sights of the villages and natural beauty. You can spend the rest of the time in Kathmandu doing an activity of your interest. As this is your last day in Nepal, you can shop or roam around the city. During night time Thamel is filled with street lights and live music coming from pubs, you can enjoy the night vibe of the city here too.
This is the day we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.