Annapurna Circuit Trek - Short - 15 Days

Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1
Duration
15 Days Days
Mode
Tent-Camp/Lodge
Max-Altitude
5,416 m / 17,764 ft
Daily Walking
5-6hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Sherpa, Tamang, Magar, Gurung
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Annapurna Circuit Trek - Short

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
  • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

3. Kathmandu to Chame(2,710 m/ 8,891 ft) via Besisahar(760m/2,493ft)

  • Duration:10-11 hrs (241Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private 4WD Jeep
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:605m/1,984ft

  • Kathmandu
  • Besisahar
  • Tal
  • Dharapani
  • Chame

Highlights:

  • Waterfall
  • Landscapes
  • Marshyangdi Rivers

4. Chame to Pisang(3,200m/10,498ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs (13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:490m/1,607ft

  • Chame
  • Bratang
  • Dhukurpokhari
  • Pisang

Highlights:

  • Apple Garden
  • Apple Agro farm
  • Annapurna II View
  • Lamjung Himal View
  • Buddhist Monasteries
  • Pine Forest

5. Pisang to Ngawal(3,660m / 11,482 ft)

  • Duration:7 hrs(12Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngawal Mountain Home
  • Ascend:460m/1,509ft

  • Pisang
  • Deurali Dada
  • Ghyaru
  • Ngawal

Highlights:

  • Green Lake
  • Pisang Peak
  • Panoramic View of Annapurna II, III, IV

6. Ngawal to Manang(3,500m/11,482 ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs(9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:350m/1,148ft

  • Ngawal
  • Mugje
  • Braka
  • Manang

Highlights:

  • Braka Village( Typical Buddhist Village)
  • Landscapes
  • Marshyangdi River
  • Mountain Scenery

7. Manang Acclimatization Day | Ice lake Trekking | Day Hike

  • Duration:Whole Day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:1,060m/3,477ft
  • Descend:1,060m/3,477ft

  • Manang
  • Braka
  • Ice Lake

Highlights:

  • Old monasteries
  • Ice Lake
  • Views of Annapurna Ranges

8. Manang to Ledar(4,200m/ 13,779ft)

  • Duration:5 hrs(7-8Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:660m/2,165ft

  • Manang
  • Ghusang
  • Yak Kharka
  • Ledar
     

Highlights:

  • Mountain
  • Similar faces with Tibetan Culture
  • Landscapes
  • Glacier Lake
  • Wildlife
  • Typical Villages
  • High Altitude Hike

9. Ledar to Thorong High Camp(4,925m/16,158ft ) via Thorong Phedi(4,420m /14,501 ft)

  • Duration:6 hrs(5-6Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:725m/2,378ft

  • Ledar
  • Thorong Phedi
  • High Camp

Highlights:

  • Himalayan range view
  • Gorgeous Landscapes
  • Snow Leopard
  • Mountain Thar
  • Blue Sheep

10. Thorong High Camp to Muktinath(3,800m/12,467 ft) via Thorong La Pass(5,416 m / 17,764 ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:491m/1,610ft
  • Descend:1,616m/5,302ft

  • Thorong High Camp
  • Thorong La Pass
  • Muktinath

Highlights:

  • Glacier Walk
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna Ranges
  • One of the most popular and famous Passes in Nepal
  • Achievement of a lifetime ( High Altitude)
  • 108 Taps
  • Jwala Mai(Gas Flame)
  • Pilgrims
  • Nun Leading Monastery

11. Muktinath to Tatopani(Hot Spring)(1,200m/3,937 ft) via Drive

  • Duration:5-6hrs(80Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:4WD Jeep/Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:2,600m/8,530ft

  • Muktinath
  • Jharkot
  • Kagbeni
  • Jomsom
  • Marphak
  • Kalopani
  • Larjung
  • Ghasa
  • Rukse Chhahara(Waterfall)
  • Tatopani

Highlights:

  • Hot Springs
  • 108 Taps
  • Landscapes
  • Cold Desert
  • Jeep Ride
  • View of Dhaulagiri Mountain and Annapurna I
  • Pine Forest
  • Ice Fall
  • Thakali Culture
  • Salt Trade Spot

12. Tatopani to Ghorepani(2,860m/9,383ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs (13-15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:1,660m/5,446ft

  • Tatopani
  • Sikha Ghara
  • Chitre

Highlights:

  • Waterfall
  • Typical Nepali Village
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Pine Forest
  • Foods

13. Ghorepani to Pokhara(810m/2,657ft) via Poon Hill(3,210m/10,531)

  • Duration:7-8hrs (13-14Km Walking) and 1.5hrs (44Km Drive)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:2,000m/6,561ft

  • Ghorepani
  • Poon Hill
  • Ulleri
  • Nayapul
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Panoramic View of Mountains
  • Dense Rhododendron Forest
  • Bushes
  • Pine Forest

14. Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Duration:200Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:710m/2,329ft

  • Pokhara
  • Malekhu
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the evening

15. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service(Private Vehicle depending upon the Group Size)
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(with Breakfast)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara(with Breakfast)
  • All foods and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Public Bus (Kathmandu – Besisahar), Private Jeep(Besisahar – Dharapani), Private Vehicle(Nayapul-Pokhara) and Tourist Bus(Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Professionally trained experienced English speaking trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Foods in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug.

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Annapurna Circuit Short Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trekking trails of Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is mostly less crowded during the off-season but during the trekking seasons, the trails get flooded with the number of tourists which result in making the trails busy. But since they are all trekkers, it would be fun joining along your trek and it won’t affect your trekking experience at all because of the pace of each trekker/groups.

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Annapurna Circuit Short Trek you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu or Pokhara.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Annapurna Circuit Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Annapurna Conservation are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot snow Leopard, Red Panda, two varieties of dazzling Pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, and Marten as well.

The Annapurna Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers”, as well as Gurung, Magar, and other ethnicities like Tamang, Brahmin and Kshetris etc and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. In a nutshell, there is a mixed culture in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Annapurna Circuit Short Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

Of course, since Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Annapurna Circuit Short Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Annapurna Circuit Short Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

Though it is not compulsory to take a guide with you if you are trekking for the first time with the purpose of exploring the best of Annapurna Circuit Short Trek and each aspect of this trek, then a highly experienced and licensed guide is the most to instruct you, help you explore as well as to take care of you.

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergence, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

The best time to go for Annapurna Circuit Short Trek would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is relatively easy trek which involves moderate hikes only which can be suitable for anyone who wants to explore the beauty of nature without possessing any previous trekking experience. However, you must be physically and mentally sound enough to walk 4-5 hours per day during the trekking days. 

The Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is a quick way of exploring the Annapurna region. We make our way towards the Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) while immersing ourselves in beautiful landscapes ridged with green terraced farmlands and enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and other surrounding peaks.  Gurung, Magar and Thakalipeople are the main inhabitants of these areas. During our ABC Short Trek, we get to explore their culture, lifestyle and traditions.

Generally, Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is 6-10 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Reviews
Andreas N
Andreas N
Source:Trip Advisor

Am Flughafen sofort freundlich abgeholt und alles von vorne bis zur Abreise super geplant. Die Menschen sehr freundlich und vorkommen. Unserer Geit super Mensch und sehr gut alles in Englisch erklärt der Gepäckträger wie ein Top sportler. Wir werde in paar Jahren wieder kommen.

Alexandre P
Alexandre P
Source:Trip Advisor

J'ai découvert cette agence de Trekking par hasard et je n'ai vraiment pas été déçu. Je voulais faire un trek pour découvrir la culture local en dehors des habituels treks très (trop) fréquentés et ils m'ont proposé un trek sur mesure correspondant vraiment à ma demande. Je suis parti seul avec un guide vraiment très sympathique et professionnel qui est devenu un ami. Ce trek ma fait découvrir la culture du Népal. Nous dormions chez l'habitant et j'ai pu ainsi découvrir le mode de vie et les coutumes des Népalais. Je n'ai pas vu un seul touriste pendant les 6 jours de mon trek et les personnes rencontrées étaient vraiment accueillantes et intriguées par ma présence. Rien à voir avec le contact ressentie lors des treks sur les sentiers classiques des Annapurna par exemple. Je recommande vivement cette agence sérieuse qui propose des treks à la découverte du Népal authentique.

Ruslan T
Ruslan T
Source:Trip Advisor

I met Mr. Suman Gurung last time I was in Nepal in 2014. At that time he organized a tour around the country for me and my girlfriend but we didn't do any trekking. We agreed to plan it for the next visit and it happened this year. I addressed Mr. Suman Gurung in prior to book my trekking. Trekking was a bit hard physically but fulfilled with a lots of fun, good lessons and gorgeous views of the nature. My guide Mr. Gurung proved to be an expert and proficient in his job. I highly recommend you to do trekking with him.

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