Annapurna Circuit Short Trek - 15 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Challenging
  • Trip Style: Trekking and sightseeing
  • Transport: Deluxe tourist bus & private car
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
  • Group Size: 01 to 12 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,415 meters, Thorong - La pass, stunning views
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Approx. walking: 5-6 hours


  • Fascinating and rewarding glimpses of traditional rural life in the mountains, excellent food options, and staggering views of some of the highest mountains in the world
  • 8,000 meter peaks, glaciers, rhododendron forests, and diverse wildlife
  • Rich experiences, from hanging out in Manang to exploring Mukinath to a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

About Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek remains one of the most fabled and alluring long-distance walks on the planet. It is a proverbial trekker’s-rite-of-passage trek that on average takes 20 days to complete.From humid subtropical to high alpine to arid climates, this trek covers an astonishing diversity of climates and biomes. As you traverse the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), you can also look forward to encountering any number of the extraordinary plants and animals that call this biodiverse region home.

Inrecent years, a more condensed version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek has been developed to account for changes in trail options and scheduling constraints. This slightly shorter version is called the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, and can be completed in 14 days, including arrival and departure. This trip and the itinerary below focuses on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek.

Our journey begins in the bustling subtropical town of Besisahar, located on the banks of the Marshyangdi River and surrounded by deciduous forests and beautiful mountainside villages. If you are in right spot, you can even catch a glimpse of Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, and LamjungHimal. If you need any additional supplies or snacks that you were unable to pick up in Kathmandu, this is the next best place to buy them before hitting the trail.

Departing Besisahar, we hug the Marshyangdi River and gain appetizing views of Himalchuliand Manaslu, the 8th highest peak above sea level, to the northeast. As we continue along the Marshyangdi River, the Annapurna Circuit trek affords wonderful views of mountainside settlements populated primarily by Brahmins and by the ethnic group Gurung.

As the days pass, and our love for dud cha—milk tea—grows, we begin to enter the austere landscapes of the high alpine. We gain significant altitude while we are increasingly distracted by the views of the snowcapped Himalayas and find ourselves in Manang. With the Gangapurna Glacier hanging practically outside our windows, and the sweeping views of the peaks we are here to take in, Manang offers exceptional moments of pure mountain goodness.By now we have discovered that we have legs of steal and gargantuan appetites.

Soon we find ourselves powering for a traverse of the famed Thorong La, a high altitude pass at 5,416 meters and the highest elevation of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. From the pass we descend to Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, and home to the Muktinath Temple. During our descent we are assailed by views of Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest peak above sea level, as we enter the broader area between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

From Muktinath we move on, continuing our descent in the Lower Mustang, an arid region that is an extension of the Tibetan plateau and home to the Kali Gandaki ravine, by some accounts the deepest ravine in the world. From here we head for Jomsom, a windy market town hugging the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and the final destination of our epic trek. In Jomsom we grab a flight to Pokhara, and bring our journey to a close.


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Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will be waiting to welcome you at the arrival gate with your/company name card. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel, room allotment, fresh up then meet at the reception for sharing trip details and other information as required.

    To start this trek we need to drive to the trekking point which is located about 170 Kilometers west from Kathmandu. This will take us about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bulbule. You will stay overnight at a Guest House. 

      This will be your first day of this trekking itinerary hence we start in an easy way making ourself comfortable. This is the beginning of real adventure where you will be accompanied with a guide who is there to make it more excited via his experience and knowledge. On this day, we cross through various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue walking through rice and paddie fields, forest alng with rivers and rivulets. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi Khola below and rocky hills all around. The bee hives at the top of the cliffs is an attraction of the day’s trip. After a short walk from here, we will then reach Chamje, the overnight staying place for the night. 

        After having the breakfast at Chamje, we will begin the day by trekking uphill following the cool Marshyangdi River to reach Tal (1,657m) till then we will be officially within the Manag territory. . We will climb through a long stone stairway to reach at height of 1,860m. The trek from here will be alternating uphill and downhill until we reach at Dharapani (1,890m). We can see the different centuries old Chortens here. From here, we will ascend to reach Bagarchhap (2,160m) which is a small Buddhist village heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, this is where we will spend our second night of the trek. 

          This will be the rocky uphill trial to reach Tyanja (2,360m). We will walk through the dense alpine forests and through the bank of the rivers to reach Kopar (2,590m). From there, we will trek uphill to Chame (2,630m). It is a small town and also the headquarter of Manang district. From here, we get the breathtaking view of the Annapurna range and can enjoy the natural hot spring situated nearby where we can shower and swim. We will stay overnight at a finest T house at Chame.  

            This trekking includes walking through a deep forest and vai narrow valley of the Himalayas. We will cross beautiful rivers on wooden bridges and suspension bridges at heights of 2,910m and 3,040m. We will have beautiful views of mountains all along to keep us refreshed. After a long walk for the day, we will reach at Pisang which is at a height of 3,200m. Overnight stay is at a T House. 

              On this day, we will trek through the dried terrain of the Manang district, walking through beautiful mountain settlements, watching caravan on the way. . We would have two options to trek with, a route north or another south of Marsyangdi and reach Mungji. The southern route of Hongde is easier as it involves less climbing than the northern route of Ghyaru. However, the northern route is more scenic than former. From Mungji, we will trek upwards through Bryanga (3,475m) to reach Manang (3,500m), in choosing the route; our guide will recommend you after reviewing your interest and walking spirit. You will be spending your night at Manang.

                By this day we have already gained the altitude of 2577 meters, this indicates our body now needs some acclimatization hence we will consider this day at rest day or acclimatization day, having said this; we will still explore the beauty around. We will walk or go for very short hikes and we can even walk up to nearby viewpoints from where we can get great view of the Annapurna range. At the evening we will come back to the hotel and have a good dinner then go for good sleep.

                  As we start after the breakfast, we will trek uphill and follow the beautiful mountain landscape to reach at Ledar, preparing for Thorang La Pass, an exciting day of the trek. This day will be little longer and have to ascend almost 750 meters to reach at Ledar. We will make our ascend up through Jarsang Khola Valley from where we climb again to reach Ledar (4,250m). On reaching Ledar, you will be placed at a fine T house where you can have good food and sound sleep after a long walk of the day. 

                    This will be the exciting walk as you will be leaving away all greenery and facing towards snow capped mountains. The walk will be steady upward and the trial should be carefully passed upon as this might be slippery depending upon the season of the trek. As the altitude increases, the thin layers of oxygen makes you feel early tired and have to take slow pace. At the end of the day, you will reach Thorang Phedi where you will be staying overnight. 

                      After the early wakeup, we get ready to start early as because the afternoon is windier at Thorang La Pass which is risky compared to walking in the morning dew. After walking straight uphill for about 200 meters, you will reach Thorang and cross through the Thorang La Pass which is at the height of 5416 meters and the awaited place for the beautiful picture. This is the heaighest altitude we pass across, after which we will continue our trek downhill to reach Mukti Nath, the famous Hindu temple. On reaching Mukti Nath, we can visit the temple and get blessings from the priests. This is where we will spend our night for today.

                        From Muktinath, we will follow a path of the Jomsom trek where as we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is famous for horticulture along with beautiful alpine nursery. You will have a glimpse of old ethinic community settlement, natural terrace land structure, and keep moving downhills towards Jomsom situated at Kali Gandaki valley. On reaching Jomsom, you will be placed at a fine T house and congratulated for completing your trek for this trip. After having delicious dinner, you can go early to bed. 

                          After the early breakfast, you will then be transferred to the airport to catch the plane to take you Pokhara, a beautiful city of Nepal. This is a 20 minutes scenic flight over the mountains. You will be flying between gorge of the two Brobding nagian Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On reaching Pokhara airport, our representative will receive you at the airport then transferred to the hotel. You can enjoy the afternoon on your own exploring Fewa Lake and roaming around the city. 

                            Tourist bus that leaves Pokhara early in the morning and drives to Kathmandu taking almost 8 hours of drive via hilly road. You will then be picked up from arriving spot and transferred to the hotel where you can takje rest for for remaining time and in the evening join the Adventure Bound management for cultural dinner provided as farewell dinner. 

                              We will drive you to the International Airport for your final departure to your next destination. 

                                Cost Details

                                • Airport pick up & drop off transport
                                • 2 nights twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu include breakfast
                                • 1 night twin- sharing accommodation in a 2 star hotel in Pokhara include breakfast
                                • Public bus transportations from Kathmandu to Bulbule and tourist from Pokhara to Kathmandu
                                • Air ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara
                                • Gov. Licensed experienced helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
                                • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
                                • 3 Meals a day Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek.
                                • Annapurna Conservation Park Permits fee.
                                • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
                                • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
                                • First aid medical kit
                                • Trekking map
                                • Government taxes & office service charge
                                • International flights
                                • Nepal entry visa fee
                                • Your travel and medical insurance (recommended)
                                • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, porter for single trekker etc.)
                                • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

                                Useful Information

                                This itinerary isa scheduled trip reflecting an itinerary that has been very popular among many of our previous guests. The itinerary can be easily customized to accommodate your own preferred schedule and interests.

                                We are also happy to organize combination packages to explore various regions and attractions throughout the country if you have an interest to explore Nepal further. Popular destinations and activities include: the well-knownChitwan National Park and its jungle safaris, guided tours through the medieval kingdoms of ancient Nepal, trips toLumbini (the birthplace of Lord Buddha), scenic mountain flights, world-class white-water rafting, and much more.

                                Reach out to discuss your thoughts and we will work with you to make it happen.

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