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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

US$ 895 per person Group Discount

No of people Price P.P
3-5 Pax US $875
6-9 Pax US $855
10 + US $835
  1. 14 Days
  2. Challenging
  3. Min : 01 Pax


Trekking Region:Annapurana Region

Activity:Trekking and sightseeing

Starts in:Kathmandu

Ends in:Kathmandu

Trek type:Tea House

Accommodation:Hotel, Lodge (Tea house)

Transportation:Deluxe tourist bus & private car

Maximum elevation:5415 meters, Thorong - La pass, stunning views

Approx. walking:5-6 hours

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The Annapurna Circuit Trek remains one of the most fabled and alluring long-distance walks on the planet. It is a proverbial trekkers-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 chamilk teagrows, 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.

Trip Highlight

  • 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.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport.

Day 02 :Trip starts, Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule (923m).

Day 03 :Trek starts: Trek from Bulbule to Chamje (1410m).

Day 04 :Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).

Day 05 :Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Day 06 :Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m).

Day 07 :Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m).

Day 08 :Acclimatization day in Manang.

Day 09 :Trek from Manang to ThorangPhedi(4,450m).

Day 10 :Trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath(3,710m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m).

Day 11 :Trek from MuktiNath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.

Day 12 :Fly to Pokahara.

Day 13 :Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 14 :Final Departure.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up & drop off by private car or van
  • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 2- 3star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 2- 3star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Local bus transport from Kathmandu to Bulbule
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket
  • 3 Meals a day during the trek: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Gov-licensed, experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and porters (1 porter per 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accident insurance
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
  • Trekking map and trip-achievement certificate
  • First-aid medical kit
  • Annapurna Conservation Park Permits (ACAP) fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Please note: amultiple-entry tourist visa valid for 30 days can be obtained by paying        US $40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas valid for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-sized photos and cash for the visa)
  • Any additional nights of accommodation and any meals that may be required beyond those outlined in the finalized itinerary, either in Kathmandu or Pokhara, due to a late departure as a result of circumstances beyond our control, or to an early return from the trek (for any reason)
  • Pokhara to Kathmadnu flight ticket
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses, including but not limited to: phone calls; laundry; costs of alcohol; recharging batteries; additional porters; bottled or boiled water; and showers; among others
  • Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport.Arrival in Kathmandu International airport where our representative will be waiting to welcome you at the arrival gate. For your convenience, our representative will be holding your or your company’s name card. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you can rest and freshen up before we meet at the reception area to discuss trip details and any other information as required. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02 :Trip starts, Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule (923m).To start this trek, we first need to drive to our trekking starting point, which is located about 170 Kilometers west of Kathmandu. We have two options:1) either hire a private vehicle for an additional cost not included in the trip itinerary, or 2) travel in a tourist or public bus that departs early in the morning. As outlined in Costs Included, the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek package includes public bus transportation. This will take us about 7 to 8 hours to reach Bulbule. Once we arrive, we will stay overnight in a guesthouse. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03 :Trek starts: Trek from Bulbule to Chamje (1410m).This is our first day on the trail, and therefore we ease ourselves into our exciting journey. Your guide has a wealth of knowledge about the trek, and today is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the area we walk through and some of the customs practiced by the friendly locals we encounter. We cross various suspension bridges, pass by waterfalls, and walk through rice and paddy fields. The increasingly steep hillsides are covered by deciduous forest and small streams. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can see the MarshyangdiKhola below, and the steep cliffs and hills surrounding us. The bee hives at the top of the cliffs are an interesting attraction during our walk. After a short walk from here, we reach Chamje, our final destination for the day. Overnight in tea house.

Day 04 :Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).After breakfast in Chamje, we begin the day by trekking uphill, following the MarshyangdiRiver to reach Tal (1657m). Once we depart Tal, we officially enter the broader Manang District. We climb a long stone stairway to reach 1,860m. The route then alternates between ascending and descending until we reach Dharapani (1890m). In Dharapani, we see centuries old Chortens. We continue our walk to arrive in Bagarchhap (2160m), a small Buddhist village heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, and our home for the second night of the trek.Overnight in tea house.

Day 05 :Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).We begin our morning with a rocky, uphill hike that tests our legs as we press on toward Tyanja (2360m). The challenge is complimented by wonderful, dense alpine forests as we continue along the river bank to arrive in Kopar (2590m). From here, we strengthen our resolve and trek uphill to Chame (2630m). Chame, a small village, is the headquarters of the Manang district and our final destination for the day. More importantly, Chame affords us eye-watering views of the Annapurna range and welcoming hot springs in which we can wash away our exhaustion. Overnight in tea house.

Day 06 :Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m).Today is a splendid day of walking. From deep evergreen forests to narrow Himalayan valleys, from milky, glacially-fed rivers and streams to crossing them on wooden and suspension bridges, today inspires to continue our journey with appreciation for the wonders of the mountains. Today is a long day, but we firmly enter the domain of the mountains, and they remain on hand to give renewed energy to each step. With well-earned appetites, we walk intoPisang (3200m), and our final destination for the day. Overnight in tea house.

Day 07 :Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m).As we move on, we enter the arid environment of the central Manang District.We walk among the giants of the mountain world, among age-old settlements, and perhaps catch our first glimpses of dzo or even yak caravans to brighten our way. We have two trekking options: 1) a route on the north side of the river, or 2) a different path to the south of the Marshyangdi River, both of which take us to the village ofMungji. The southern route of Hongde is easier as it involves less steep walking than the northern route of Ghyaru. However, the northern route is more scenic than the former. Taking into account your interests and overall walking spirit, your guide offers his recommendation on which route might be best to take. From Mungji, we carry on and gain elevation as we pass through Bryanga (3475m) to arrive inManang (3500m), our final destination of the day. Overnight in tea house.

Day 08 :Acclimatization day in Manang.Can you believe we have gained more than 2500 meters since we set out on our journey? Today is therefore a “rest” day, by which we mean a full-day for our bodies to adjust to the higher elevation before we proceed to the next stage of the trek. While “rest” means we will not trek to our next stage today, it certainly does not mean we cannot explore the surrounding delights. Manang is a mountain lover’s paradise, and offers any number of wonderful, mouth-watering day hikes that help us acclimatize. Ideally, we hike a few hundred meters above Manang to help us acclimate before descending for dinner and another night here. Your guide has all the details on the hiking options on hand, including higher viewpoints with exceptionally good views of the Annapurna’s.Overnight in tea house.

Day 09 :Trek from Manang to ThorangPhedi(4,450m).We begin our next stage after breakfast, and our first goal is remaining focused with so many mountain delights to distract us. We trek uphill, following the beautiful mountain landscape to gainLedar (4250m). Today proves to be a long day, and the thin air challenges us to move on, but the high altitude beauty that accompanies us is on show to inspire. Our evergreen forests and high alpine shrubbery are largely gone now, and we are surrounded by snow-capped peaks. We must take care though, for depending on the season during which we do the trek, the path could be a bit slippery. A winter walk can be dangerous and we must carefully prepare for a walk at that time of year. We finally reach our exciting goal for the day: ThorongPhedi or High Camp, and our bed for the night. Overnight in tea house.

Day 10 :Trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath(3,710m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m).Today we start very early to gain the pass, in no small part because the Thorong La becomes very windy in the afternoon and the weather could take a turn for the worse very quickly. We walk in a nearly straight line as we move uphill to gain the pass at 5416 meters. This is our highest point of the trek, and the views will knock us off our feet. We stop to shoot photos, take in the views, and bask in our accomplishment. After savoring this special place, we begin our descent toward Muktinath, our final destination for the day and an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Our descent, we discover however, is not lonely for we have expansive views of Dhaulagiri to keep us company. On reaching Muktinath, we can visit the temple, and if we wish, be blessed by the priests. Overnight in tea house.

Day 11 :Trek from MuktiNath to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.We continue our descent, departing Muktinath and walking deeper into the arid regionof Mustang. We pass streams and fruit trees to find ourselves in Kagbeni, a well-known horticultural village perched on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, home to an alpine nursery, and sitting on the cusp of Lower and Upper Mustang. Here we catch a taste of traditional Tibetan culture, incredible terraced landscapes, and fast-dying architecture. We continue our walk in the Kali Gandaki River Valley as we press on toward Jomsom, our final destination for the day, and indeed for the trek. We share a congratulatory dinner before hitting the sack. Overnight in tea house.

Day 12 :Fly to Pokahara.We enjoy an early breakfast, and then you are transferred to the Jomsomairport to catch a flight toPokhara, a beautiful lake-side city. Theflight is a 20-minute scenic trip over the mountains. On arriving in Pokhara, our representative meets you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy the afternoon on your own by exploring Phewa Lake or roaming around the city. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13 :Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.Today you can either catch a 30-minute domestic flight over the mountains or catch an early morning 8-hour tourist bus that leaves Pokhara for Kahtmandu via scenic mountain roads. This package includes returning to Kathmandu on the tourist bus, but if you wish to fly, we are happy to arrange a flight for additional cost. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative meets you and transfers you to your hotel where you can rest or explore. In the evening the Adventure Bound team and you meetup for a culturally-oriented farewell dinner.

Day 14 :Final Departure.Today our incredible trip together comes to a close, and we send you off at the international airport.

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Trip note

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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