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Annapurna circuit short trek

Annapurna circuit short trek

Annapurna circuit short trek description

Annapurna circuit trekking is top first most popular trek destination of Nepal, rich in diverse culture and flora and faunas offers a great Himalayan scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna Ist (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). While you trek in Annapurna circuit, you can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Bramin, Chhetree, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang, Gurung. Not only this but also you can see some wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Two mighty river valley called Marsyangdi in the east and the Kaligandaki in the west are another attraction of this trek. Kaligandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. This is a part of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trekking in Nepal.
Thorong la is recognized as a widest pass located at an altitude of 5416m / 17,710 ft above sea level. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. Annapurna circuit trekking can be done any time through out the year.

Annapurna Circuit express trekking highlights

Classic trekking on ancient trade routes using NATT Trail just to avoid roads – Ascending the Marshyangdi valley – Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli – Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga – Explore beautiful Manag village – Crossing the Thorong – La (Widest pass in the world about 5416 m) – The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhaulagiri Ice fall, – The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley – Natural Hot spring at Tatopani – Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.

Annapurna Circuit short / express trek grading

Annapurna circuit trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for little bit adventure. The maximum height of Annapurna circuit 5416 m on Annapurna circuit. It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you leave from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

Annapurna Circuit express trekking covers

Kathmandu – Besishar – Manang – Throung La pass – Muktinath – Tatopani( natural hotspring) – Ghorepani Poonhill – Ghaundrung village – Pokhara.

Best time to explore Annapurna Circuit quick trekking

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

Annapurna Circuit Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Day 02: Drive to Beshisahar (820m) 6 hrs Day 03: Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 to 6 ½ hours Day 04: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 to 7 hours Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hours Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours Day 07: Trek to Manang (3500m) 8 hours (Higher Route) Day 08: Acclimatization day ! Day to discover around ! Day 09: Trek from Manang to Letdar (4200m) – 4 to 5 hours Day 10: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m) 4 hours Day 11: Trek over Thorong la (5416m), descend to Muktinath (3800m) 7 hours Day 12: Trek to Jomsom Bazaar (2665m) 7 to 8 hours Day 13: Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara city. Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu or Drive Back to Kathmandu Day 15: Final departure to the international airport

Annapurna circuit short trek detail itinerary

Our trek to Annapurna circuit short or express annapurna circuit is a classical trek with 12 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for globe trotters who wish to hike in Annapurna circuit with relax manner itinerary however if you are planning with limited time wise than take a look this special itinerary on Annapurna Circuit short trek – 10 Days which would be a more appropriate choice.

Day 01: Arrived at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02: Drive to Besisahar by bus (760m/2,485 ft), 9 hours.

Early morning, guide will come to take you at your hotel at 6 o’clock in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar (185km) far from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will have a great view of snow caped mountain scenery. As upon your arrival in Besisahar, we take another bus or jeep (collection basis) for further drive to syange. Syange is a nice place where you can relax with the view of great waterfall. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 03: Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m/7,063 ft), 6 hours.

The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Bagarchhap at 2160 m offers typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the local village surrounded by maize terrace and apple Orchards. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 04:Trek to Chame (2,630m /8,600 ft), 5 hours.

The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 05:Trek to Pisang village (3,300m/10,791 ft), 5 hours.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. Then we cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300 m. in the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for Manangies and their lifestyles and as well as amazing Himalayan view. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 06: Trek to Braga village (3,475m/11,363 ft), 8 hours.

The trail leads you through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Humde, with its airstrip, at 3325m which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Braga where we stay overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village (3535m/11,559 ft), 40 minutes.

As you just hiked to Manang village, you can stay there for exploring around. This helps you some how to acclimatize your body. We recommend you to spend doing some fine walks to the Gangapurna view point and glacier for better view. Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 08:Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050m/13,244 ft), 4 hours.

Trek leads through cultivated land of Tanki Manang. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyandi Valley. The trail makes an ascent of nearly 500m to the Yak Kharka. Continuing along the Jarsang valley, you can see some Yaks grazing. Finally we reach at Yak Kharka where we stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 09:Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m/14,552 ft), 3 hrs.

After ascending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, then we climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450m. There are good guest houses and offers very good foods, Bakery as well as Internet and telephones are also available here. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 10:Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,426 ft) via Thorung La pass (5416m/17,710 ft), 8 hours.

Today is challenge day rather than others. We begins our trip from very early in the morning. At sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5416 m. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours. Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trekking. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large settlements with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult excursion. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 11:Trek to Jomsom Bazzar (2,665m/8,715 ft), 5 hours

For the first part, you need to walk downhill to get Ekle bhatti than the trail goes through kali gandaki river bank up to Jomsom Bazaar. Stay overnight in Guest house.

Day 12: Fly back to Pokhara, 25 minutes.

After early breakfast in the morning we check in the airport at Jomsom and fly about 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. When you land in Pokhara our guide will transfer you to Hotel at Lakeside. Rest of the day enjoy by walking around the lake, shopping or boating in the lake. Or you can do half day sightseeing such as visiting Devi’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Tibetan refugee camp, Tal Barahi temple / Seti george… etc. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 13:Drive to Kathmandu

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 15:Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!


How much is the Annapurna circuit short trek cost?

Annapurna circuit trek cost we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our home stay located near by Thamel, Kathmandu and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lake side and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 star category hotel deluxe air conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2 star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Cost Include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights Tourist standard home stay accommodation in Kathmandu within Bed with Breakfast
  • 1 nights Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Domestic flights: Jomsom to Pokhara with airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar & Besisahar to Synge by local bus / jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Tourist Bus. (By flight cost an extra USD 95 PP).
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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Trip Date




Sept 10, 2017 – Sept. 27, 2017


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Sept 15, 2017 – Oct 02, 2017


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Sept 20, 2017 – Oct. 07, 2017


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Sept. 30, 2017 – Oct. 17, 2017


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Oct. 05, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017


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Oct. 10, 2017 – Oct 27, 2017


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Oct. 15, 2017 – Nov 02, 2017


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Oct. 18, 2017 – Nov 04, 2017


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Oct. 20, 2017 – Nov 07, 2017


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Oct. 25, 2017 – Nov 12, 2017


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Oct. 30, 2017 – Nov 16, 2017


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Nov 05, 2017 – Nov 22, 2017


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Nov. 10, 2017 – Nov 27, 2017


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Nov. 15, 2017 – Dec 02, 2017


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Nov. 20, 2017 – Dec 07, 2017


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Nov. 25, 2017 – Dec 12, 2017


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Nov. 30, 2017 – Dec 16, 2017


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Dec. 01, 2017 – Dec 17, 2017


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Dec. 05, 2017 – Dec 22, 2017


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Dec. 10, 2017 – Dec 27, 2017


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Dec. 20, 2017 – Jan 07, 2018


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Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan 12, 2018


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Dec. 30, 2017 – Jan 16, 2018


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Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.

Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience to do Annapurna circuit short trek?

Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking if you have about little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Annapurna circuit short trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in around annapurna short trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along around Annapurna or Annapurna circuit short trekking?

Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on AC Trekking fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna circuit Trekking fly out from Jomsom?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on around Annapurna or Annapurna circuit express trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls ?

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is Annapurna circuit short and around annapurna trek same ? What about AC and NATT trekking trail

Answer: Yes ! Of course. Annapurna circuit trekking is also known as around Annapurna trekking. AC trek is short cut of Annapurna circuit trekking. Natt trail is also same.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.


The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes this trip special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.

Annapurna circuit short trek fact

    1. Trip Duration: 18 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,710 ft
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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