Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Duration: 14 Days

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 (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft) 8 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)6- 7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 -6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5- 6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6 -7 hours
  • Day 08: Acclimatization rest day at Manang
  • Day 09: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 -4 hours
  • Day 10: Trek Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m): 3 -4 hours
  • Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong -La pass (5,416m) then drive to Jomsom: 7- 8 hrs trek, one hr drive
  • Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes
  • Day 13: Return to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours drive
  • Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

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.

  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, teahouses during the trek.
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