Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Duration: 14 Days   |  2 Reviews

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a true exploration of the Himalayan landscape in a short time frame. This is a trek for those who want to live the magnificence of Himalaya, experience the culture of its people and scale those altitudes all under 14 days.

The road facility which has extended till Chame makes it possible to do the Annapurna Circuit trek in less than 14 days. While advanced trekkers who think road construction has made the classic Annapurna circuit trek less thrilling still have the option to go for other challenging routes in the region like Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho lake-21 days, the road construction has made it easier for trekkers with a limited time to complete the circuit.

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek starts in the capital city of Nepal. We visit many UNESCO world heritage sites in the city. The actual walking starts the next day from Syange. The culture, fascinating landscape and the magic of the Annapurna region slowly start to unfold. As we go from one beautiful Himalayan village to another several crossing bridges, numerous waterfalls, ridges, mani walls, chortens and herds of yaks, we come across Thorong La (5,416m/ 17, 769 ft.) Thorong La (pass in Tibetan) is one of the world’s highest passes, and we have to cross it during the trek.

Once we cross Thorong La, the arid and breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Manag valley welcomes us, with the unsurpassable hospitality of its people and chilly winds (but that makes the trek all the more exciting). We trek to Muktinath which is a place of religious and spiritual importance for the Nepalese, both Buddhists and Hindus. The scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and guided sightseeing of Pokhara only adds to make this already fulfilling journey more wholesome.

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek offers trekkers more variety than any other trek equivalent in length does- taking us through the picturesque farming villages in Annapurna region, dramatic gorges, giant waterfalls, high passes, the culture and lifestyle of the region, and landscapes as diverse as you can find in a trail.For trekkers who want to stay true to the classic Annapurna Circuit trail, you can choose the Annapurna Circuit Trek- 21 Days and if you want a long circuit trek but with a challenging side trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho trek is ideal for you.

Now, not everybody has a lot of time on their hands, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to witness the Himalaya up close, right? For those with a short time span to spare, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek-9 days, and Annapurna Base Camp short Trek-12 Days are two other options.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking the classic Annapurna trail with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Crossing the Thorong La (a high mountain pass) at 5,416m.
  • Manag valley with its arid landscape resembling that of Tibet.
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in the City of Lakes, Pokhara

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani.(1,960m) : 8-9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) : 5 -6 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500m) : 6 -7 hours
  • Day 07: Acclimatization rest day at Manang
  • Day 08: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 3 -4 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Yak kharka to Thorong Phed (4420m) : 3 -4 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong -La pass (5,416m) to Jomsom : 7- 8 hours
  • Day 11: Drive Muktinath to Jomsom (2,600m) via Kaghbeni (2,804m): 2 hours drive
  • Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes
  • Day 13: Return to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours drive
  • Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

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  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation.

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani.(1,960m) : 8-9 hours

    It’s a long drive today. Our Journey begins with the drive to Dharapani by comfortable vehicle from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani. Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with tea house occupy the entire way towards Dharapani Overnight at a guesthouse in Dharapani.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) : 5 -6 hours

    Today’s trek takes us through forested ridges to Chame -the headquarter of Manang district. All throughout the trek, we come across fantastic views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). There are many natural hot springs along the way where you can relax. Overnight stay in Chame. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5- 6 hours

    We trek through the steep and narrow valley and cross two bridges to get the first glimpse of the Paungda Danda known for its northern rock face that rises 1500m from the Marsyangdi River. The trail continues to Pisang and along the way, we can see Annapurna II to the south and Pisang peak hovering around to the northeast. Appreciate the eye-catching landscape as we head down to Pisang for the overnight stay.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500m) : 6 -7 hours

    We have two options to reach Manang, northern route through Ghyaru and southern route via Humde. However, both paths lead to Mungje. We take the former path passing Upper Pisang as it provides magnificent views of Annapurna and Pisang Peak among others. As we advance closer to Manang, the temperature gradually drops, and the climate becomes cold and dry. We pay our respects at the Barge Monastery, biggest monastery in Manang District. Overnight in Manang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Acclimatization rest day at Manang

    Today, we acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness during the forthcoming trek. But, acclimatization doesn’t mean sitting idly or sleeping. To familiarize ourselves with the high altitude climate we go on a short hike to Gangapurna Lake or Bhojo Gumba. If time permits we also explore Vraga Village where we can gain some knowledge about Acute Mountain Sickness at the Himalayan Rescue Association. Overnight in Manang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 3 -4 hours

    Today, we head out of Manang andtowards Yak Kharka. We climb up to Tenki Manang and continue on the trail that leads us out of Marsyangdi Valley and towards Jarsang Khola Valley. We gradually gain altitude as we pass through a small village of Ghunsa. Our trail continues through meadows where horses and yaks can be seen grazing, after a while, we come across a small river with a wooden bridge over it which we cross to get to the other side with an old main wall. Then, after passing grassland, we reach our destination Yak Kharka where we spend the night.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek Yak kharka to Thorong Phed (4420m) : 3 -4 hours

    Most parts of the trek today is an uphill climb. On our way, we pass through Ledar village and then cross two cliffs to reach Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La (pass). The best part of today’s trek is the magnificent views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Khatungkan, Thorong Peak and Mt. Gundang. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong -La pass (5,416m) to Jomsom : 7- 8 hours

    We start early today (4 am) and make our way up to the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world. It is the most challenging part of the trek but is all worth your while once we reach the top. Views of Himalayan giants like Annapurna. Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre among other mountains dominate the view from Thorong-La Pass. Take your time to capture photos and enjoy the views before we head down to Muktinath Valley which lies at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. Muktinath is a valley with religious importance as the holy Muktinath temple is located here. Then, we drive to Jomsom, a village famous for its apples. Overnight hotel in Jomsom.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Drive Muktinath to Jomsom (2,600m) via Kaghbeni (2,804m): 2 hours drive

    After visiting the holy temple of Muktinath, we are close to completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we hike to Jomsom. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes

    We take the earliest flight possible to Pokhara. After checking in at the hotel, you can either rest or go for boating at the Fewa Lake and enjoy the serene beauty of the Lakeside. In the evening you can enjoy live music at different pubs and restaurants lining the Lakeside. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
    Included Meals: N/A

  • Day 13: Return to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours drive

    Today, we leave for Kathmandu after breakfast. It is around 7-hour-long drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Once we reach Kathmandu, you can either choose to go to the city souvenir shopping or check in to your hotel and rest. Later in the evening, Adventure Club Trek will host a farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast Farewell Dinner

  • Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast..
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer from Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private car and from Beshisahar to Chamje by local jeep
  • Jomsom - Pokhara airfare including departure tax
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Clients Reviews

  • noimage
    Hungary Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Two fantastic weeks in Nepal”


    I spent 2 fantastic weeks in Nepal last October. The Annapurna trek was one of the best experience and adventure of my life. It was amazing :). This is a fantastic country - beautiful landscapes, very nice people. And...So Nam Ghale is the best guide ever !


  • ExperiencedTravell
    Hungary Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Enjoyed every minute of it


    This tour has been truly amazing and even though it was tough on some bits I enjoyed every minute of it.  The landscape is simply beautiful and breath taking.Thanks to all the Sherpas, assistants and our brilliant guide Birenda. I can highly recommend any trip with Birendra who is the perfect guide as he is not just highly knowledgeable but also kept an eye out for our well being at all times. Thanks again for such a special experience.

Flight delays in Jomsom

Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.  The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
PRICE FROM US$ 1189 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1189

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-11
  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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