Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Days

Trip Route

Kathmandu - Manang - Thorong La Pass - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Max. Elevation
5,416 M/17,764 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Private Car/Flight
Best Season

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Kathmandu to Pisang drive offers wide-ranging landscapes from paddies field to mountain terrain
  • Overpass adventurous Thorong/Thorung La pass (5,416 m) and walk on moraine and glacier
  • Hike to Ice Lake/Kecho Tal and get a panoramic mountain view of the Annapurna mountain range
  • Discover outmoded Buddhist monasteries and Hindus temple
  • Experience authentic Nepalese culture also Tibetan influence mountain culture
  • Get a close-up view of the Annapurna massif and mount Dhaulagiri as well as Poon Hill from Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Half-day sightseeing in Pokhara and boating at Phewa lake

Short Annapurna Circuit trek program designed short time squeezed trekkers who are keen to experience high altitude with crossing the bold Thorong/Thorung la pass. Short Annapurna Circuit trek presenting best outdoor hiking experience on foot of the Himalayas also crossing the dramatic high altitude trekking pass 'Thorong/Thorung la'. Annapurna trek is an iconic and favorite trekking route in Nepal also classical Annapurna circuit trek is the best long mountain trek in the world. 10-days Annapurna Circuit trek takes into the dips of the mountain terrain and gets a lovely chance to experience Buddhist and Hindu culture as well as get a close-up view of the mountain and glaciers.
Annapurna circuit short trek route is filled with magical landscapes, pristine pine and juniper forest, thriving waterfall, countless gompa, turquoise lakes, monasteries, Chorten and Hindu temples. Spectacular view of the Annapurna mountain panorama capture throughout the hike and the world 7th highest mount Dhaulagiri sights after crossing the adventurous Thorong la pass. Short Annapurna circuit trek is an idea for that trekker who has a short amount of time and still willing to walk over above 5000 m mountains. The most enjoyable part of the trek is the diverse landscapes of the intense climate zone where the landscapes changing in series like in the movie from subtropical to an arctic zone. Your step might be tiring and heavy on the moraine of the glacier and thin and dry air but it offers lifetime hiking experience on your travel journal.

The short Annapurna circuit trek commences from Kathmandu with a full day drive on the black-top and jarring road to Pisang village. After 10-11 hours' drive to the rugged mountain, we start the trek and gradually climb on the Marshyandi valley north of the Annapurna mountain range with discovering élite Buddhist culture. Where the trail is decorated with five color Tibetan flags, series of the stone cairn, monasteries, and lavish nature. The Thorong La pass (5,416 m) is definitely challenging but that approaches excellent Mountain View of the Annapurna massifs. We then descend to Kaligandaki valley on the foot of Mount Dhaulagiri. The arid terrain of the mustang is totally different than Manang valley where organic apple orchid is seen everywhere. The hike end-up at Jomsom town then following early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Jomsom to Pokhara flight provides a magnificent view of the world 6th and 8th highest mount Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Pokhara is another beautiful town in Nepal where tourists can do unlimited shopping of the handicraft and also boating on Phewa Lake. From Pokhara option to get back to Kathmandu by overland or flight. About 20-minute flight brings us Kathmandu and bus and private overland transport requires about 7-8 hours' drive.

Daily itinerary

Our airport support team receiving you from the arrival gate of the Tribhuvan international airport and then a short drive to your hotel heart of Kathmandu. After room checked-in take your own time and explore the colorful alley of Thamel. We booked your accommodation a 3-star category hotel with inclusive breakfast. Evening we host an official meeting and introduce with your trek guide, your guide also check all your trekking gear before finale packing.

After breakfast the journey begins and on-load the bag-pack on the jeep then leaving from Kathmandu. About 5 hours' drive on blacktop road brings us Besisahar where the trail joint from Pokhara for Annapurna circuit trek also trekkers heading down from Larkya la pass. After checking Short Annapurna circuit trek permits our drive towards Pisang village. Further road contain unpaved and cemented coated till Dharapani then off-road drive to Pisang. It is scenic drive which offers beautiful view of the landscapes, gorge, countryside, waterfall and mountains.

Our today 6-7 hours hike passing series of unique mountain villages and Buddhist sites. There are two different route to reach Manang from Pisang, upper route via Gyaru and Nwagal village is more spectacular and merge view of the entire Annapurna Mountain and Marshyandi valley. En route to Manang village make colorful by flapping Buddhist flags, monasteries and stupas as well as chain of stone cairn. The shinning high snow peak makes the d ay wonderful. 500 years old Bhakra monastery is the highlight of the trek. Manang village is large town with luxurious drinks and abundant pastries. Can also visit Himalayan Rescue association and talk with doctor about the high altitude mountain sickness. Also possible have a cup of coffee with snow leopard photographer Tashi R. Ghale who was born and raised here in Manang.

A lot of things can do while acclimatization in Manang village. The Tibetan style mountain village with 2-3 storey houses. There are two different sections Manang, the south entrance gate of Manang village is mostly occupied by lodge and guesthouse then the north side is local people's house. Numerous baked bakery selling verities of pastries with branded coffees. Also, watch the movies in the small theater where they showing well-known Hollywood movies or famous linguistic outdoor cinemas.
Here we talk about what possible to do in Manang village en route of the Annapurna circuit trek. You can choose any of below day trip for altitude acclimatization.

Ice Lake/Kecho Tal (4,570 m)
One of the challenging day trips around Manang village, it is a complete day trip about 5-6 hours walking a round trip. It offers the best and close-up mountain view of the Annapurna mountain range with together valley and stunning 2 high altitude lakes.

Praken Gompa (3,945 m)
An amazing Buddhist gompa on the rocky cliff on the head of Manang village. It about 4-5 hours round trip the path includes steeply ascend and sharp downhill trek on the stony trail. The old monks live with his wife throughout the year. There are two different compartments one for private living and another for visitor where trekkers meet 100 years monk, the Buddhist monk blesses with a message of Thorong la pass success in Rs-100. You'll also get an awesome view of the Annapurna mountain range right above Gangapurna Glacier Lake.

Milarepa Cave (4,320 m)

The history said Buddhist saint and poetry Milarepa had visited Manang valley and done meditation on this sacred cave on his journey of searching enlightenment in life. This is one of the fewer tourists visited place in Annapurna circuit trek. The cave laying on the basement of Annapurna mountain range in lovely landscapes. The history said, an animal poacher chasing the deer with the assist of his dog then unfortunately reached to cave and disturbed. Then the saint and hunter start to the discussion either kill or leave the deer. Then Milarepa finally convinces the hunter with his indulgence influence then the hunter turned into the follower. We still see the bow of the hunter on the rock sculpture. It about 5-6 hours walk to and fro Manang village, beside the fabulous cave also offers an exceptional view of the valley and the mountains.

Chongkor Viewpoint (3,850 m)
The viewpoint tucked opposite side of Manang village a few hundred meters above Gangapurna glacier lake. It recommended for easy day trip and breath with mountain air as well as for the stunning view of turquoise color Gangapurna Lake. Chongker viewpoint trip takes about 3-4 hours for up and down with walking on a grit path. There is one seasonal tea shop at the viewpoint where some snacks and drinks are available from here also possible further walk on the direction of Annapurna III base camp.

We finally walking beyond the tree-lines through the juniper, dwarf rhododendron, and cedar shrubs. Upon leaving from lodge walking into the magical back-street and potatoes and buckwheat farm to Tanki Manang. Tanki Manang is the highest altitude permanent human hamlet en route to the Short Annapurna circuit trek. The trail to Yak Kharka mostly gradual climbing on the alpine terrain and it approaches magnificent view of the snow mountains and the unparalleled landscapes. We also stopping several local tea shops along the trek for breath and admire the culture and nature. There is a large green field often see the yak and blue sheep are grazing together at the courtyard of Annapurna massif. Different types of mountain herbs found both sides of the walking street and that high perfumes make your hike marvelous. Yak Kharka has 5 basic neat and clean lodge that offers accommodation and fooding.

Great hike from Yak Kharka to Thorong/Thorung High camp on Annapurna circuit trek where the magical landscapes change vividly from pasture and herbs plant to moraine glaciers. The distance between Yak Kharka to Thorong high camp is approximately 7.5 km and about 800 m altitude raised in 5 hours trek. The first part of the trail cooperatively easier than the second part although gentle climbing to Ledar village crossing the landslide terrain. We have about an hour's break at Thorong Phedi and let the body acclimatize with the altitude. Then a 60-minute vertical climb on the great canyon of the boulder brings us Thorong/Thorung high camp. One lodge operating with a large capacity of sleeping room with foods. After room check-in, a short climb to the ridge that helps a lot acclimatize with the altitude also enjoy the view of the majestic mountains of Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Gangapurna Peak, Chulu West, Yakwakang, Thorung Peak, Purkung, and Jinjang etc. Eat early dinner as well as go early bed because going to starts next day adventure very early.

Spectacular hiking from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath with crossing attractive high altitude Thorong la pass (5,416 m) which is the highest altitude of the short Annapurna circuit trek. The trek starts early then the trail commences uphill in the cold temperature, you'll be rewarded with a splendid view of 360-degree Mountain View. The distance from Thorong high camp to Thorong la pass is roughly 4 Km and averagely 3 and half hour trekking to the Thorong la top. The descent path to Muktinath approaches an exceptional view of the arid Kali Gandaki valley with Mount Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. We then make a tea break at Chabarbu on foot of the Thorong la pass then an hour downward trek bring us Muktinath. Muktinath temple has great value in the Nepalese community both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this shrine and have a magnificent view of Mount Dhaulagiri- the world seventh highest mountain. After lunch and relaxing about 45-minute smooth drive towards Jomsom village.

There is an option to get back Kathmandu from Pokhara, like a 20-minute flight and overland drive. The 20-minute flight is the best way to get back Kathmandu although cost U$D124. The standard and deluxe tourist bus depart daily from near to Lake Side Pokhara. It roughly takes 6-8 hours to reach Kathmandu, possibly to traffic along the drive but it is an absolutely scenic drive. On your drive journey bus stop along the way for the toilet, breakfast, and lunch.

The fascinating adventure and cultural exploration Short Annapurna circuit trek end here by today. We hope you had a memorial and fantastic adventure with us in the Himalayas. You'll be transfer to Tribhuvan international airport 4 hours before your flight scheduled by Musical adventure trekking airport representative. Wish you have wonderful flight back to home.

Note: If you willing to do scenic mountain flight to see Mt. Everest or willing to do one-day thrilling white water rafting. We can help to organize you.

What's included?

  • International and domestic airport transfer (airport/hotel/airport)
  • 2-nights' accommodation at Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan
  • 1-night accommodation at Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan
  • Short Annapurna Circuit trek permit (Annapurna conservation area and Trekkers' Information Management Systems card)
  • Complimentary trekking gear sleeping bag, down jacket, and trekking pole
  • Short Annapurna circuit trek is led by a highly experienced licensed trekking guide
  • Experience high altitude porter to carry your bag-pack
  • Three meals a day during the trek in the mountains (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
  • Private four-wheel jeep drive from Kathmandu to Pisang/Manang
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight with together your guide
  • Deluxe tourist bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Complimentary Annapurna trekking map
  • Fresh fruits apple, banana, orange, and biscuits for a snack
  • Twin sharing basic accommodation during the trek in the mountains
  • Farewell dinner organize at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with a live cultural show
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude

What's not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance should cover any emergency helicopter rescue cost
  • Meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Personal expense hot shower, laundry, phone call, charging electronic devices, internet etc
  • All drinks soft and hard
  • Gratitude/Tips to driver, guide, and porter

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip