Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 14

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 5,416 m/17,769 ft

Trip Highlights

  • Trek along the captivating  Annapurna circuit trail
  • Reach the zenith of the trail at Thorong  La Pass
  • Traverse through  the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy the diverse  Nepalese landscape and culture
  • Savor the splendid views of the Himalayan peaks throughout the trail
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
The Short  Annapurna Circuit is one of the world's best treks, and by far the quintessential Himalayan adventure! This route takes us on a sweeping 14-day trek of the formidable Annapurna Range, which has ranked consistently among the world's top ten trails. Explore the physical and cultural diversity of Nepal! The circuit has been open to foreign trekkers since 1977, and has, in the intervening decades, come to be regarded as a classic enjoyed by adventure-seekers the world over. This spectacular walk brings you through lush green valleys and charming villages, with glorious views of the snow-capped Himalayas as a backdrop. Our trek itinerary has been expertly designed for optimal acclimatization time, affording everyone the opportunity to enjoy their experience to the fullest.
Starting from less than 1,000 meters, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. This three week trek starts right from Syange which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
 
The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley at 5,416 m.
Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.
 
As we descend to the west at Muktinath, from the pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hotsprings and climb  Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Day 02: : Drive to Jagat (1300m/4264ft) via Besisaharexpand Distance: 9-10 hours drive

Day 03: : Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6100 ft)5 to 7 hours

Day 04: : Trek to Chame (2,710m/8890 ft) 6 to 7 hours

Day 05: : Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft) 5 to 6 hours

Day 06: : Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,613ft)expand Walking Distance: 4-5 hours

Day 07: : Acclimatization hike to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,091ft) and return to Manangexpand Walking Distance: 6-7hours

Day 08: : Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) 3 to 4 hours

Day 09: : Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,845ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-5 hours

Day 10: : Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) and trek Muktinath (3760m/12,335ft)expand Walking Distance: 8-9 hours

Day 11: : Trek to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft)expand Walking Distance: 5 -6 hours

Day 12: : Morning Flight to Pokhara

Day 13: : Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)expand Duration: 6-7 hours drive

Day 14: : Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

Cost Include

     

 

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  •  Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night’s twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by  vehicle tourist bus
  • Kathmandu – Beshishahar  transportation by private car and Beshishahar – Syange by public jeep
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight including departure tax.
  • T– shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Cost Exclude

   
  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral, and hot/boiled water, use of WIFI, hot shower and battery charges, etc during the trek
  • Extra nights in Jomsom due to the cancellation of your flight because of the bad weather.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.
  • Sightseeing tour 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Accessible Adventure and be transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide/ manager will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can wander around Thamel down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood and shop some souvenir. In the evening, we host a welcome dinner at a local cultural restaurant, where we will enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine with a classic cultural dance show. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02:Drive to Jagat (1300m/4264ft) via Besisaharexpand Distance: 9-10 hours drive In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Besisahar. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Besisahar. We pass through some fantastic landscapes throughout the journey. In the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli river along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. At Besisahar, we catch a jeep that will take us to Jagat. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse in Jagat (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 03:Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6100 ft)5 to 7 hours From Jagat, we start our walking journey of the trip. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we follow a trail that leads us to Chamje. We come across a long suspension bridge over a river there. We cross the bridge and start ascending through the lush forests of oak until we open up to a beautiful valley. On the route, we come across the charming village of Kodo. A few hours walk uphill from Kodo, we reach Dharapani, another lovely village in that region. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dharapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 04:Trek to Chame (2,710m/8890 ft) 6 to 7 hours With amazing views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna range, we leave Dharapani as we need to reach Chame today. Initially after walking for about 2 hours, trekkers reach a village called Danakyue but before that we pass through Bagarchap village which is on our way to Chame village. After here, we now climb our way up to another village called Temang where the spectacular views of the gorgeous Manaslu range can’t be held back. The trail is mostly covered with fir and pine trees but nonetheless it will be a remarkable journey as we move our way up towards Thanchok village which is just between Temang and Chame village. As the sun starts to set, we reach our final destination of Chame village with in 1 hour from Thanchok village. Stay overnight at Chame. guesthouse (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 05:Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft) 5 to 6 hours After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, we will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see a Majestic Annapurna II standing high on our south and we will rest here today. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 06:Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,613ft)expand Walking Distance: 4-5 hours Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb, you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain regioOvernight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07:Acclimatization hike to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,091ft) and return to Manangexpand Walking Distance: 6-7hours Spend a day in Manang acclimatizing. The village of Manang lies at the foot of Annapurna III and offers splendid views of Gangapurna and Annapurna. Take an acclimatization walk today to Ice Lake. Locally known as Kicho Tal, the trail to the Ice Lake winds along the northern slopes of Chulu East. The lake is fed by the Chulu River that flows down the slopes of Chulu East. Spend some time soaking in the peaceful and heavenly ambiance. Take pictures before retracing your steps back to Manang. Overnight in Manang. Accommodation: Teahouse Meal Included : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08:Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) 3 to 4 hours The path gradually rises along Thorong Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang 3900m, then Ghyanchang finally to reach Yak Kharka. We get across a stream, climb to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We then follow the trail north to the valley, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it firmly gains elevation. The path further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just under the trailhead. The trail then follows through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Soon we will reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.(Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 09:Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,845ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-5 hours We leave Yak Kharka and head towards Thorong La Phedi. Thorong La Phedi is a small settlement is the high altitudinal region that caters to the food and accommodation need of the trekkers visiting the Thorong La pass. it is a stopping point to cross the Thorong La pass tomorrow. Thorong La pass is the highest pass in the world. It is challenging to cross the path. Its rocky and slippery terrain with ever-changing weather conditions makes one of the toughest parts of the journey. Today, we stop at Thorong la Phedi for an early walk through the pass tomorrow. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 10:Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) and trek Muktinath (3760m/12,335ft)expand Walking Distance: 8-9 hours Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 5 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved upon the visit to the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft)expand Walking Distance: 5 -6 hours Before leaving Muktinath, visit the Muktinath Temple and seek blessings from the guardian deities, Lord Vishnu for Hindus and Avalokiteshwara for Buddhists. Other small shrines and Buddhist Gompa surround the main temple. It is believed that the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava blessed this place. After visiting the temple, board a vehicle and drive to Jomsom. The rough jeep track winds along the banks of the pristine Kali Gandaki river. The river is a source of ammonites or saligrams (fossilized mollusks worshipped by Hindus as a representation of Lord Vishnu). After walking for a couple of hours you reach Jomsom, a picturesque small town and the headquarters of Mustang district. In Jomsom you will find internet cafes, bakeries selling delectable pies and pastries, restaurants, bars and a range of accommodation choices(budget to high end). The town is filled with white-washed traditional houses. After checking in at the lodge stroll around the ancient part of the town or simply call it a day and take a rest. Congratulations, you have completed the Annapurna Circuit and this calls for a celebration. Get together with your teammates and crew and celebrate in the evening. Overnight in Jomsom. Accommodation: Teahouse Meal Included : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12:Morning Flight to Pokhara A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 13:Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)expand Duration: 6-7 hours drive We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.Driving Time: 6 hrs. Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 14:Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.

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