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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking 14 Days

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Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Name of Trail: Annapurna Short circuit trek

Duration: 14 days

Grade: moderate

Maximum altitude: 5,416 m

Per Day walking: approx. 5-6 hours

Trek Style: Tea house/ Camping

Transportation: Flight/ Private Vehicle

Accommodation: Star level accommodation in cities, tea house/ lodge during the trek

Activities: Trekking in Himalaya

Best Month: March - June & Sept - Dec

overview

Short Annapurna Circuit trek is carefully designed package for those who don’t have enough vacation but still want to explore the Annapurna circuit via most popular Thorong La pass (5,416m). We follow the Annapurna circuit trekking route and take a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom instead of trekking all the way down to Pokhara.

Annapurna circuit short trek follows the deep valleys and canyons that continues through anti-clock wise route behind the 50km Annapurna massif. As we gain altitude, the lowland Hindu communities give way to Tibetan group and the geography changes into mountainous landscapes with magnificent views of Annapurna ranges.   

The Upper Pisang to Bagra route is very rewarding with magnificent architecture and mind blowing view of Annapurna II and IV. Manang, the largest village of the region, has picture-perfect views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III.  Two days of rigorous hike to Thorong Phedi is followed by challenging and adventure climb to Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,770ft) – a contrasting scenery. Climb down to Muktinath – a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

After exploring the temple and revered shrines of Muktinath, we move down the steep and arid hillside to Kagbeni. Kagbeni and Jomsom are small medieval village with closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels.

14 Days Mini Annapurna circuit trek is challenging high altitude pass trek in Nepal; which demands per-fitness, walking experience and proper acclimatization.Our mini Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary is as follow. This itinerary can be customizable as per your requirements.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat on private car

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2720m).

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m).

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4210m).

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi (4450m).

Day 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass (5416m).

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2780m) to Jomsom (2725m).

Day 12: Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara.

Day 13: Early morning scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

Day14: Final Departure

Some of the Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Annapurna circuit trek over the other mountains?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is unique that it begins in the tropics and gradually ascends through the forests to high-altitude glacial lakes such as Ice Lake and Tilicho Lake. Annapurna is a Himalayan subrange. Annapurna I stands at 8,091 metres (26,538 feet), making it the world's tenth-highest peak and one of fourteen 8000-meter peaks in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. It runs east from the Kali Gandaki River's massive gorge through the Himalaya to the Marsyangdi River.

Is trekking in the Annapurna circuit safe?

The Annapurna Circuit is a circumnavigation of the Annapurna Massif. It mostly follows valleys and encircles many of the Annapurna range's highest peaks. So, The Annapurna Circuit trek is risk-free.

How do i get permit for trekking in the Annapurna circuit?

Two permits are required for hiking in the Annapurna Circuit. They are available at tourist offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu.The first permit is Annapurna Conservation permit and the second permit is Trekkers information Management System or TIMS. But if you wish to take permit without any issue we recommend to take permit by our company.

What items must i bring before going for a trek?

Bring the warm clothes down jackets, mufflers, socks, boots, trekking socks, gloves, sleeping bag, water proof pants, water purification tablets, trekking poles, hydration bladder, head torch, medical kit.

How can i prepare for trekking in the Annapurna Circuit?

Strategic training is essential, pack like a professional, bring altitude medication, bring appropriate footwear, bring trekking poles, and many more.

Is it safe for female to trek in the Annapurna circuit?

Trekking in the Annapurna circuit is generally safe. Many women trek alone and they were fine trekking alone, but trekking alone is dangerous for everyone. So we recommend to trek with a guide who are professionals.




Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu.

Welcome to Nepal. Our team member will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our team member  will welcome you and transfer you to a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). You can relax for a while after checking into the hotel. We will meet you at our office and introduce you to your guides and brief you on the trek. The meeting will be followed by a warm welcome meal at one of Kathmandu's best traditional Nepali restaurants. Along with the meal you will get to experience ethnic dancing and cultural music of Nepal. Rest overnight.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat 

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar through Pokhara by private vehicle. Besisahar is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As a cultural hub with different castes and religions, there are several places you may explore during free time, including Udipur Kalika Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Chandimai Temple. Stay overnight at the tea house of Besisahar.

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

After breakfast, we will start our trek gradually with a descend down to the river and then enter to the lush forest trail. We then make ascend to the sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chuamje comes into the picture in an amazing backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing suspension bridge, we rise steeply through a slippery and physically challenging route to Sattale. We then walk along a boulder strewn trail and climb down to grassy riverbank that takes is to Tal. As we walk beyond the Tal, we negotiate the winding path to reach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Treading along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani crossing the suspension bridge.

Overnight in Dharapani

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2720m).

After breakfast, we will walk through the forested ridge to reach Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang District. On the way, we get the excellent view of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We will walk across the small hot springs where we get the dip in and bath to relax our tired muscles.

Overnight in Chame

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m).

A narrow and steeply trail through the lush forest takes is to the dramatic curved rock face which rises 1,500m from the river. It is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail negotiates a vertical rock. After crossing the rock, the valley widens up and offers the majestic views. We will trek to Lower Pisang where we will stay overnight.

Overnight in Pisang

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).

There are two trail route that connects us to Manang. We follow the Upper Pisang trail via Geru. The Upper Pisang trail offers wonderful views of mountain vistas and highland landscapes. We begin noticing a contrast in landscapes; vegetation starts getting thinner and mountain views comes into full view. We make a short visit to Barge Monastery, the largest monastery of Manang.

Overnight in Manang

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.

We will halt at Mangang to acclimatize our body at higher altitude. We  will keep ourselves busy and enjoy a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If time permits, we will enjoy a hike to Braga village where we can visit Himalayan Rescue Association which offers some knowledge about altitude sickness.

Overnight in Manang

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4210m).

From Manang, we will continue through stream, rise through Tenki and climb out of Marshyangdi Valley. The trail follow the valley northward, pass a few pasture and scrub of juniper trees to reach Yak Kharka. The trail passes the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead.

Overnight in Yak Kharka

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi (4450m).

We will trek for 4 hours uphill to the snow-covered Thorang –La Phedi. Explore around and experience the challenging climate of high Himalayas. Rest overnight.

Overnight in Thorung-La Phedi

Day 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass (5416m).

We will cross Thorong La pass, the mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 ft), with the holy Muktinath being our destination of the day. Situated at an altitude of 3710m, Muktinath Temple is one of the most ancient and sacred temples for God Vishnu in Nepal. Besides spending time to explore around and learn more about the history of this special place, you can also enjoy the mountain view of the Annapurna southern range and the Tibetan plateau. Rest overnight at teahouse.

Overnight in Muktinath

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2780m) to Jomsom (2725m).

For  4-hour trek, we will head from  Kagbeni, the village that lies in between Lower and Upper Mustang. As one of the convergence point of historical trading routes, you can find fortress ruins from the 16th century in this little villages with little mud and stone houses. This place is also famous for the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery, the red monastery with a history almost over 600 years. Experience the Buddhism culture of the place and trek to Jomsom.

Overnight in Jomsom

Day 12: Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara.

Drive or fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to hotel and take a rest day off. Enjoy boating in Phewa Lake in the evening to admire the serenity of Lake and city.

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 13: Early morning scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

Early morning, enjoy a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Seize the last minute to enjoy the vibes of Kathmandu and grab the last chance to capture memorable moments in Nepal.  Enjoy farewell dinner and rest overnight at hotel.

Day14: Final Departure

We will serve you breakfast in the morning. If your flight is planned for the morning. In accordance with your travel plans, Our team member will go to drop you at the Airport(In a private vehicle). If your flight is in the evening, you may go for shopping and pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones, or you can just hang around the Kathmandu city. Additionally, if you wish to stay in Nepal for a few extra days, we can set up some of the best adventure activities there.

Cost info

Cost includes

  • All accommodations and breakfast in city
  • Tea house - during trek
  • Meals 3 times a day during trekking
  • All transportation land and flight transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS card
  • Local trek guide and a Sherpa porter (salary, insurance, equipment, flights, food and lodging) one porter is provided for two people
  • Certificates
  • Comprehensive medical kit, Travel and rescue arrangement
  • Government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Exclude

  • Travel Insurance & Rescue Management

  • Trekking equipment
  • Additional potter
  • Trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses, Tips and Shopping Cost


useful info

About Nepal Visa

Nepal visas can be easily obtained from the Government of Nepal, Nepalese Embassy or Consulate office located in your country. You can get a visa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on your arrival or from any other entry point in Nepal. Make sure to bring a few sets of your passport size photos. Visa fees are inexpensive.

You can also apply for a visa in a near embassy or either you can travel to Nepal and get a visa on arrival. We will assist you to settle your visa work too.

Accommodation in Kathmandu and Trek

We offer you a star rated accommodation with comfort and cozy. You will be amused with the facility and warmth we offer you including facility like (attached bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot and cold shower). During the trek your accommodation is includes Mt. Lodge and local tea houses but we do our best for providing the best available lodges on a twin- sharing basis, some tea house are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are prefer a single room in Kathmandu and trek you may indicate your preference on request and pay a single supplement cost. Contact us

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide you only Bb facility in city as preferred in itinerary. Full board meals are included (breakfast, Lunch and dinner with cup of tea or coffee) throughout the trek.  We provide you food from the local tea house Mt. Lodge en route chosen from a menu. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between. You can enjoy the Nepalese style cuisine or any other continental food as per required. You are to be giver from pizza to snacks. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetable. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.

Health and Fitness Required

Health is the most important part of traveling or trekking. One must possess good physical condition before and while commencing Himalaya’s tour. If you don’t have any trekking experiences better grab one or be physically prepare for the trek. Before commencing adventurous trek you can commence a short hike, cycling or a short walking tour, this may help you a lot throughout the trek.

The highest height you will reach on this trip is 5545m from the sea level. The walk may be ups and down passing various villages, high land, wilderness and much more difficult and rough trail.

We strongly advise travelers to consult with your medical doctor before travelling and do the regular check up of your health and report us while booking a trip with us.

Guide and Porter

Trained, license holder, English speaking, honest and friendly...

Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are responsibility with us. As you know that we are very honest with the porter issues and their condition while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with international porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.

It is our company’s management system; the maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG so be sure that your trekking bag is not loads more 20 KG.

Travel Insurance

One of the most important factors of trekking is the travel insurance. To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialized travel insurance for participation in risky activities.

Your travel insurance policy must be covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, medical treatment and expenses, theft, liability is recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing including others trip.

Group Size

We organize any route of Nepal trek with fix departure basis or private trip, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size is ten of more on request. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online market or ask us with your personal suitable flexible dates, we will open group date on the same date.

How to Book Your Trip with Us

While if you are interested to trek or tour the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal you must go through online product.
If you have gone through online product and want a booking, write and ask the information or phone us on our phone number for the trip booking confirmation.
To be very clear understanding about the trip services we have also online trip booking. Once your trip booking request reached to us, sincerely we will suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip, Non-refundable deposit of 20 percentage (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure Nepal activities.
Please feel free to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking process

FAQs

Why is Annapurna Mountain famous among trekkers?

The Annapurna Circuit is a trek in central Nepal's mountain ranges. The entire length of the trip varies between 160 to 230 kilometres (100 to 145 miles), depending on where motor transit is deployed and where the trek ends. This trek traverses two river valleys and rounds the Annapurna Massif. The trail reaches the Tibetan plateau at its highest point, Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 feet). Most trekers use the anticlockwise route since the daily altitude rise is less and crossing the high Thorong La pass is simpler and safer.The Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda may all be viewed up in close. The Annapurna range gives birth to several more peaks ranging in elevation from 6000 to 8000 metres.The trek begins in the Marshyangdi river valley at Besisahar or Bhulbhule and ends at the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Besisahar is around a seven-hour journey from Kathmandu. The walk travels through rice fields, subtropical woods, waterfalls, massive cliffs, and communities. The Annapurna Circuit was voted the best long-distance trek in the world because it combined a wide variety of climate zones from the tropics at 600 m asl to the arctic at 5416 m asl at the Thorong La pass, as well as cultural variety from Hindu villages in the low foothills to Tibetan culture in Manang Valley and lower Mustang in its original full form. The ongoing road development has shortened the route and altered the settlements.The trek begins in the Marshyangdi river valley at Besisahar or Bhulbhule and ends at the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Besisahar is around a seven-hour journey from Kathmandu. The walk travels through rice fields, subtropical woods, waterfalls, massive cliffs, and communities.  

This page contains only Annapurna range details. If you have any query kindly visit overview page there we have mentioned some of the asked questions of trekkers.

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