Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Cost Start FromUS$ 960 per person
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • TransportationBus
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • DestinationNepal
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Lodge + Hotel
  • Min. Age: 8
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About Trip

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is the ultimate trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Opened since 1977, Annapurna Circuit Trek has become extremely famous for its spectacular trekking routes that will take you from lush green valleys to fine villages along with presenting panoramic views of Himalayan mountains and rich tradition & culture. No doubt, Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a complete package for anyone looking to indulge themselves in nature far away from their daily hustle. The trail will take you from low as 1000 meters to 5,416 meters above the sea level allowing you to observe different perspectives of Himalayas and explore it from bottom to top. 

The trail is full of adventures and the scenery, vegetation & culture change dramatically as the elevation increases. You will get to witness from subtropical forests, paddy fields, and the world’s deepest river gorge to ice flows, high mountain pass, arid cliffs, and striking mountain views. You will get to witness Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Langtang Himal (7,234 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Tukche Peak (6,920 m), and numerous other snow-capped mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trek is the longest trek in the Annapurna region. In case if you have limited time on your hand, you can also check our other popular trekking packages of Annapurna region; Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from drive to Shange from Kathmandu. You will then trek to Tal going through paddy fields, rhododendron forests as well as crossing steep and slippery sections. Leaving Tal behind, you will head towards Bagarchhap, Chame, and then to Pisang. The trail will include several ascends & descends through small settlements and dense forests along with stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. The trail from here will take you to Manang where you will take a rest day to acclimatize yourself as well as explore the area. Further, you will gradually ascend all the way up to the High Camp via Ledar. Spending a night at High Camp, you will continue your trek towards Muktinath crossing challenging Thorong La Pass, which is also the highest point of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Muktinath is the pilgrimage site of Hindus. Every year thousands of devotees gather here to worship in the Muktinath Temple. You will spend a night here and continue your journey towards your next destination Tatopani en route Tukuche and Ghasa. At Tatopani, you will find a natural hot spring. You can take a bath at these hot springs spending a few bucks to lose your tired & sore muscles. From here, you will reach Ghorepani a very famous village in this region. Next day, you will hike to Poon Hill to witness one of the best sunrises of your life. You will then descend down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.

We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition has professionally designed our Annapurna Circuit Trekking itinerary to make sure you complete this trek without having any issues. With us, you will not only get a comprehensive package but also get to make life long memories. For any information regarding Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary or Annapurna Circuit Trek cost feel free to contact us.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (825m) - 5 to 6 hours & Drive to Chame (2670m) - 3 to 4 hours
  • Day 02:Trek Chame to Pisang (3190m) - 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 03:Trek Pisang to Ngawal (3,657m) - 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 04:Trek Ngawal to Manang (3,540m) - 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 05:Explore & Acclimatization Day in Manang.
  • Day 06:Trek Manang to Yak Kharka/Letdar (4200m) - 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 07:Trek Ledar to Thorang Phedi (4450m) - 3 to 4 hours, or Thorang High Camp (4850m) - 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 08:Trek Thorang Phedi via Thorang La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) - 7 to 8 hours
  • Day 09:Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m) via Kagbeni (2800m) via Jhong -6 to 8 hours
  • Day 10:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 minutes, then your destination

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (825m) - 5 to 6 hours & Drive to Chame (2670m) - 3 to 4 hoursOur trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning to pick you with private transport to the bus station. Then you will drive by the public bus to Besi Shahar (173km) which will take us about 5 to 6 hours along a scenic route. Along the journey, you will witness rather stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, green hills, rivers, and villages. And again drive Besisahar to Chame (2670m) by sharing jeep for 3 to 4 hours through the Nagdi, Bhulbhule, Sange, Chamche, Tall, Dharapani, Bagarchha, Danakya, Timang, Thanchok, Koto.from Timang (2,720m), you can see wonderful Manaslu, Annapurna II scenery, and other majestic mountains. From here, the road leads us through pine forest to Thanchok and Koto, finally reaching Chame. This is the headquarters of the Manang district and we are rewarded with very fine views of Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal from Chame as well as two small hot springs. Stay overnight at te house.
  • Day 02Trek Chame to Pisang (3190m) - 4 to 5 hoursFrom Chame, the trail through the forest is steep and narrow and brings us to a curved rock face 1500m above the river. The scenic beauty of the Himalayan Peaks opens up along the trail and further on, we find ourselves in the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks. After crossing a long bridge at 2910m and climbing to get to yet another bridge at 3040m, we start to get the towering view the Paungda Danda rock face. The trail with a magnificent backdrop finally leads to upper Pisang at 3200m. Overnight stay at upper Pisang.
  • Day 03Trek Pisang to Ngawal (3,657m) - 4 to 5 hoursAfter breakfast the trail slowly climbs up to through valley with pine and juniper forest to the with beautiful mountain scenery. After the cross-bridge at Khumi Khola, the trail goes step up making many turning to the Tibetan-styled village Ghyaru (3,670m). Ghyaru means Yak Horn in the local language. This is beautiful place for the 360-degree mountain view like Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gandarbha Chuli (6,250m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7,544m), Glacier Dome (7,193m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m) and Tilicho Peak (7,134m, Khatunkang (6,484m), Syagang (6,026m), Chulu East (6,429m), Pisang Peak (6,091m). After having lunch at Ghyaru village the trail crossed the wall boundary of Ghyaru village with a beautiful gate and begins Ngawal territory.
  • Day 04Trek Ngawal to Manang (3,540m) - 4 to 5 hoursIt is an enjoyable day with amazing mountain scenery and Marsyandi valley view through a valley with pine and juniper forest. At the begging the trail decent to the Tibetan-styled village of Barga (3,500m) with a pleasant walk. The trail continues through Barga, a hidden village to Manang. Overnight at Guest House.
  • Day 05Explore & Acclimatization Day in Manang.A day to acclimatize, enjoy the views, observe village culture and take relaxing walks whilst getting ready to gain altitude. Sitting idle is not recommended, and one of the best options is to visit the Ice Lake which takes 5/6 hours to go and come back. Overnight stay at Manang.
  • Day 06Trek Manang to Yak Kharka/Letdar (4200m) - 4 to 5 hoursLeaving Manang, the trail crosses a stream and makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. The route makes a progressive ascent through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Turning northwest and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, Ledar (4250m) is reached where the night is spent at a guest house.
  • Day 07Trek Ledar to Thorang Phedi (4450m) - 3 to 4 hours, or Thorang High Camp (4850m) - 4 to 5 hoursFirst, we descend to cross a river at 4310m and then ascend up to Phedi at 4420m. Some good recently constructed guest houses can be found at High Camp on the elevation of 4600m where we settle for our overnight stay.
  • Day 08Trek Thorang Phedi via Thorang La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) - 7 to 8 hoursWe leave early from Phedi (foot of the hill) and climb to Thorung La pass (5416m) at the beginning of the day. The climb is tedious if covered with snow as it is steep, otherwise, it is a regularly used route that is easy to follow. We reach the pass after four hours of climbing which is marked by chortens and prayer flags. Reaching the top is rewarding as you can have a magnificent view. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike with its 108 water spouts on the walls surrounding the temple of Vishnu. Overnight stay at Muktinath.
  • Day 09Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m) via Kagbeni (2800m) via Jhong -6 to 8 hoursAfter breakfast, we walk down to the ancient Jharkot village and then continue to the Kinga village whose culture and livelihoods are similar to Tibetan people. We are still in a high alpine area with desert rocky hills and wide windy Kaligandaki valley. Here we can find “Saligram” fossil, an incarnation of God Vishnu. After 3 to 4 hours down the walk, we will get to the village Kagbeni, whose inhabitants are a mix of Tibetans and Gurungs. This gets us to the rusticated Upper Mustang Trekking.
  • Day 10Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 minutes, then your destinationEarly in the morning fly to Pokhara by small aircraft and watch the majestic mountains above the world’s deepest gorge zoom by. Relax for the whole day at the Pokhara hotel. Alternatively, wander around the lakeside with its fascinating mountain panorama view and charming nature. Then you own destination.