Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking

  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 5416 m.
  • Group Size 1 - 20
  • Best Season March to May & September to November
Group Discount Prices
1 paxUS$790
2 - 6 paxUS$690
7 - 10 paxUS$645
11 - 15 paxUS$595
16 - 20 paxUS$545
  • Exploring one of the 10 best trekking routes in the world
  • Collecting a life-changing experience within a short time
  • Exploring the diversity of biological, geographical & cultural aspects
  • Crossing the highest Pass in the world Thorong La 5416 m.
  • Encircle the mighty Annapurna Himalaya Range

An incomparable Annapurna Conservation Area is the first preserved and largest conservation area in Nepal. While the regular trekking route usually takes 15 to 20 days and the earliest part of the trekking route has spoiled by bumpy roads, we Nepal Trekking Experts offer a Short Annapurna Circuit trek for those who have limited holiday, prefer to avoid the most crowded and bumpy part and still intend to explore the raw beauties of dramatic Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking comprises a wide range of climatic zone, diverse flora & fauna, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled mixed culture, majestic Himalayan range, the world's highest pass Thorong La 5416m to the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge comparing two 8000m plus mountains like Dhaulagiri 8167m and Annapurna I 8091m.

After driving 10 hrs from Kathmandu, we reach Chame for an overnight from where the actual hiking commences the next morning. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek follows the Marsyangdi River to the north of the prime Himalayan range and crosses the breathtaking 5416-meter Thorong La from the sea level then rapidly descends into the dramatic desert-like Tibetan-style scenery of upper Kali Gandaki valley. The hike passes picturesque villages home to Gurungs, Manangis, and Thakalis, appeals to spectacular mountain views of the numerous 7000m plus Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalaya, and boasts some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal.

Moreover, if you have enough time you may also add on the highest glacial Lake Tilicho, the isolated forbidden kingdom Upper Mustang, Mohare Danda Eco Community Lodge Trek, and more. Just drop us a line and let us have an opportunity to organize your holiday for a lifetime experience!

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  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Set up a meeting with the guide, final trekking preparation then spend a day the way you prefer.

  • Max. Altitude:2650m/8694ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to New Bus Park then drive to Chame via Besisahar which might take 10/11 hrs. During the drive, we have to switch to another transport from Besisahar to our final destination Chame. (2700m)

  • Max. Altitude:3300m/10827ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Two routes are available at this point, though the trail to Upper Pisang is easily the most rewarding as it offers some of the best views across the Marsyangdi valley towards the looming Annapurna massif. The village itself is scenically perfect in its setting and provides unique insights into the traditional lives of the valley's inhabitants.

  • Max. Altitude:3520m/11549ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The path leads on again through Gheru and Nagwal, each showcasing contrasting building styles from the upper valley. Further along the trail the old village of Braga offers up a perfectly situated monastery to pause and reflect on, after which the path heads toward Manang.

  • Max. Altitude:3520m/11549ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

A rest day, the main purpose of which is to allow the body to acclimate to the increase in altitude. Several possibilities are available, including hiking in the nearby hills to help the acclimation process or simply just relaxing in the town and taking in the magnificent views.

  • Max. Altitude:4110m/13484ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Leaving behind the pine and fir forests from the lower slopes, the trail leads on through Old Manang into the pure alpine regions of the upper valley. The trek is a shorter one by necessity because of the altitude gain, and the day's hike concludes with a pleasant hike to Yak Kharka (pasture of Yak).

  • Max. Altitude:4450m/14600ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Another short day of hiking through the mountain wilderness thanks to the need to acclimate to the higher altitudes. By midday, the trail leads into Thorong Phedi, the penultimate destination before reaching the trek's apex at Thorong La. Or you may choose staying Thorong High Camp instead of Phedi.

  • Max. Altitude:3762m/12343ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The grand finale of the steady climb through the valley, peaking at one of the Himalaya's highest passes, Thorong La, after a pre-dawn departure from Thorong Phedi. It's a day to celebrate a worthy achievement, not least for the effort taken to make the last final push to the pass and its myriad prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze. From there the trail descends steeply towards Muktinath and its glorious outlook towards Dhaulagiri. Muktinath is held to be sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, who view the town and its temple as a pilgrimage site to be visited at least once in their lives.

  • Max. Altitude:2743m/8999ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The final leg of the trek via Kagbeni offers fine Himalayan scenery and glimpses of the restricted and highly secluded region of Upper Mustang. Kagbeni itself, situated in peaceful surroundings by the Kali Gandaki River, is also sacred to Hindus. The trail leads on by the river all the way to Jomsom, a sizeable town that serves as the central administrative and transport hub for the region.

  • Max. Altitude:822m/2697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Since the drive from Jomsom to Pokhara is lengthy, you may also choose a 20-minute scenic mountain flight. Please discuss with our experts the way you prefer.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.

Your journey to Kathmandu begins at 7.30 am by tourist bus. Once you reach Kathmandu, we wish to have some final drinks and hear about your experience with us.

  • Max. Altitude:N/A
  • Meals:N/A
  • Accommodation:N/A

Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.

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What's Included
Cost Includes
  • Complementary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complementary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay in Kathmandu with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • One-night stay in Pokhara with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such as Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government-registered and first-aid-trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First aid kit
  • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Chame by public bus/jeep
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by public bus
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
Cost Excludes
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
  • Tips to staff
Dates & Availability
Start:SaturdayApr 01, 2023
End:WednesdayApr 12, 2023
Start:SaturdayApr 15, 2023
End:WednesdayApr 26, 2023
Start:TuesdayApr 25, 2023
End:SaturdayMay 06, 2023


Are you satisfied with the fixed departure dates? If not, do not worry! We are more than happy to organize private vs. group joining on any dates you prefer. Let's contact the local experts now.

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Useful Information

Respect the local culture.

Kindly ask permission before taking photos or videos of locals.

Manage your garbage for the sake of the environment.

Respect wildlife. Killing animals is totally prohibited.

For your own safety, always stay close to the walls when being passed by donkeys or porters on narrow trails.

Drink plenty of water each day. Dehydration can be one of the contributing causes of AMS.

Remain attuned to your body as it pertains to symptoms of altitude sickness and be honest with yourself.

Consider the enormous benefits of trekking with a local guide who's thoroughly familiar with the region.

Recheck your trekking gear before starting the trek

Bring your medical kit and personal insurance coverage during the mountain

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