Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip At Glance

Name of Trail Annapurna Short Circuit Trek
Duration 11 Days
Grade Moderate
Maximum Altitude 5416
Per Day Walking Approx 5-6 Hours
Trek Style Tea house/ Camping
Transportation Flight/ Private Vehicle
Best Time March - June & Sept - Dec

Outline Itinerary

Day Acitivity
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu (1360M)
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chame (2720M)
Day 3 Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190M)
Day 4 Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540M)
Day 5 Acclimatization day at Manang (3540M)
Day 6 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4210M)
Day 7 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi (4450M)
Day 8 Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass,Drive to Jomsom (5416M)
Day 9 Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara (820M)
Day 10 Early morning scenic drive back to Kathmandu (1360M)
Day 11 Final Departure

Overview And Highlights

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a well-known Himalayan excursion that circles the Annapurna Massif. It has a variety of sceneries, including rich subtropical woods and high-altitude wilderness areas. Trekkers go through traditional villages, see spectacular mountain views, and cross the treacherous Thorong La Pass. The tour combines cultural immersion, natural beauty, and a sense of satisfaction in completing one of Nepal's traditional treks. The Annapurna Circuit is a must-see for anyone searching for a well-rounded hiking experience.

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 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. This itinerary can be customized as per your requirements.

Highlights Of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Landscapes vary greatly, from subtropical woods to alpine pastures.

  • Views include verdant slopes, terraced farmland, and rhododendron woods.

  • Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 ft), one of the world's highest hiking crossings.

  • Visits to traditional communities that have distinct architecture and cultural customs.

  • Pilgrimage location in Muktinath, a holy Hindu and Buddhist temple.

  • Natural gas fires and 108 water spouts considered holy by pilgrims.

  • Visiting pristine lakes such as Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

  • Chance to spot rare wildlife like snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, and various bird species.


Best Time To Visit Annapurna Circuit Trek

The ideal time to go on the Annapurna Circuit trip is between the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons, which typically last from late September to November and March to May, respectively. During these times, the weather is fairly favorable, providing clear sky and excellent visibility for enjoying the spectacular mountain views. Spring, from March to May, is highlighted by the flowering of rhododendron woods, which adds color to the environment. The temperatures are mild, making it an excellent time for trekking. Similarly, from late September to November, autumn offers crisp, chilly air and consistent weather conditions, assuring a delightful and successful trekking trip. Trekkers may see the stunning scenery, from rich terraced fields to high alpine meadows, without the inconvenience of heavy rainfall.

While the Annapurna Circuit is open during the winter months, the walk becomes difficult due to frigid temperatures, precipitation, and the possibility of high mountain crossings being closed. In contrast, the monsoon season, which lasts from June to early September, brings torrential rain, making the routes treacherous and undoubtedly dangerous for hiking. Thus, to get the most of the Annapurna Circuit while also ensuring a safe and fun journey, booking a visit during the spring or fall seasons is highly recommended. During these most suitable periods, hikers may enjoy the region's pleasant weather, colorful vistas, and overall tranquillity.


 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Elevation
1360
Day 2

Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Chame

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar through. 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 Chame.

Elevation
2720
Day 3

Trek from Chame to Pisang

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

Elevation
3190
Day 4

Trek from Pisang to Manang

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

Elevation
3540
Day 5

Acclimatization day at Manang

We will halt at Manang 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

Elevation
3540
Day 6

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

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

Elevation
4210
Day 7

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi

The trip from Yak Kharka to Thorung-La Phedi is part of the Annapurna Circuit and takes hikers through Himalayan alpine environments, providing both challenge and spectacular beauty. The route begins in Yak Kharka's high-altitude grazing areas and gradually ascends, offering panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and broad valleys. As trekkers go over the steep terrain, the air becomes thinner, adding another degree of adventure to the experience. The walk concludes in Thorung-La Phedi, the base camp for people attempting to cross the treacherous Thorung La Pass. The anticipation grows as you reach this critical spot, surrounded by towering mountains. Resting at Thorung-La Phedi helps hikers to acclimate and enjoy the tranquil environment of the high-altitude terrain, preparing both physically and  mentally prepare for the exciting challenge that lies at the pass. This section of the Annapurna Circuit captures the essence of Himalayan trekking: a balanced combination of natural beauty, physical exertion, and the excitement of reaching new heights.


 

Elevation
4450
Day 8

Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass,Drive to Jomsom

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 Jomsom

Elevation
5416
Day 9

Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara

The choice between riding and flying from Jomsom to Pokhara presents travelers with a delightful scenario, with each option offering a completely new perspective of Nepal's beautiful surroundings. Choosing a force leads to a scenic drive through the breathtaking Kali Gandaki Gorge, flanked by the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. This picturesque approach offers for immersive reporting, with possibilities to explore nearby communities and observe the varied scenery. On the other side, choosing to fly provides a quick and exciting flying trip, with panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and deep valleys. The swift flight from Jomsom to Pokhara no longer just saves time, but also provides an unparalleled view of the Himalayan environment. Whether employing avenues or Air, the journey from Jomsom to Pokhara ensures an unforgettable chapter in the investigation of Nepal's floral beauty.

Elevation
820
Day 10

Early morning scenic drive back to Kathmandu

Starting an early morning scenic force lower back to Kathmandu is a wonderful way to end a Himalayan vacation. As the first light of morning paints the surrounding landscapes in golden warm tones, the journey develops over winding mountain roads, exposing the magical charm of the Nepalese countryside. The quiet towns and terraced fields gradually awaken, providing a relaxing and immersive experience. The early morning drive allows guests to see the ever-changing landscape of beautiful hills, historic communities, and distant summits, all bathed in the soft dawn light. This return journey to Kathmandu, with its combination of calm and botanical magnificence, provides as a thoughtful transition from the highland marvels to the colorful vigor of the capital metropolis. 

Elevation
1360
Day 11

Final Departure

As the moment for the last departure from the Annapurna region approaches, trekkers are filled with a mix of amazement and melancholy, saying goodbye to the breathtaking vistas and kind hospitality. The ride return to Kathmandu concludes an incredible experience, leaving unforgettable memories of the Annapurna Circuit's diverse terrain and cultural diversity. While leaving, consider pondering on the beautiful panoramas of the Himalayas one more time, appreciating the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering massive mountain passes and crossing historical pathways. As you prepare to go, the allure of the Annapurna region may inspire a desire for further exploration. Consider extending your stay in Nepal by researching alternative itineraries, such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek for  a unique perspective of the Upper Mustang expedition to explore the spooky landscapes of the old Kingdom of Lo. Whether it's exploring the remote Manaslu Circuit or immersing yourself in the cultural marvels of the Langtang Helambu trek, Nepal calls with a plethora of trekking opportunities, offering adventure and discovery beyond the Annapurna Circuit.


 

What Is Included ?

  • 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

What Is Excluded?

  • Travel Insurance & Rescue Management
  • Trekking equipment
  • Additional potter
  • Trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses, Tips and Shopping Cost

Route Map

Route map of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Altitude Graph

FAQs

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Yes, 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.

 

Additional Information

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

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