Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Duration
15 Days

Posted By
David Parker
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Trekking is one of the most desired adventures among the youth and adults. Nepal is famous for the hills and mountains and the best place for trekking. Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular treks within the Annapurna Mountain range of central Nepal. Every year more than 100,000 tourists come to trek and visit the Annapurna Circuit. The place is famous for the comfortable trek with lots of tea-houses. The total route length is 160-230 km depending on the transportation. You have to cross two different river valleys and circle around the Annapurna massif. You will reach the highest point of the Thorong La pass i.e. 5,416 m that touch the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. You need to hike the route in anticlockwise so that the daily altitude gain will be slower and you can cross the Thorong La pass easily and safely.
Many tourists wonder for the short trek. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is designed for the trekkers who have limited time and wants to explore the Annapurna circuit. The long trek takes almost 21 days to complete the full Annapurna Trek. The short trek within around 15 days makes you save the time and enjoy the natural beauty of the Annapurna Mountain range. You need to pass through the Thorong La pass to attend this mini Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can see the mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, and Mt. Annapurna II etc from this circuit. The place has the settlement of Bramins, Chettris, and Thakalis etc. You can see many wild species like Leopards, Jackal etc. in the circuit trail.
The trek is one the most challenging as it includes climbing up and down the mountains. As the trek is considered as of the most popular trek in the world, it has long distance and enjoyable trek than the others. You need to cover four regions: Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi. The lower elevations of Lamjung and Myagdi are predominantly Hindi. The regions are rich in green subtropical valleys with beautiful villages and terraced farming. Manang and Mustang are the regions of higher elevation with Tibetan Buddhist. You can find Gurung and Magars in these regions with unique culture and tradition. The regions relate to the part of Tibet, however, the people living in these regions identify themselves closer to Tibet. You can see the people following the Bonpo religion i.e. the religion influenced from Tibet. You can see many greenery farmlands with the best natural sceneries. You can visit one of the most popular sacred sites of Hinduism called Muktinath on the way.
The Annapurna trek is the most desirable trek among the trekkers. The short Annapurna trek is better than the long who has limited time. You need to drive to Bhulbhule i.e. the VDC in Lamjung district, Gandaki Zone of north-central region of Nepal from Kathmandu. Follow the route and trek towards the Gangapurna Glacier and pass over the Thorong La i.e. 5,416 m. You can visit Muktinath Temple, the holy place of Hinduism passing through Thorong La. You can see the beautiful rhododendron forest on the way while heading towards the Jomsom. You need to fly towards the Pokhara and then to Kathmandu when the trek is over.
Here are some points and routine you need to follow while heading towards the Annapurna Circuit mini trek:
  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Drive to Bhulbhule, Lamjung from Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Trek towards Chamje/ Jagat (1,330 m) from Bhulbhule.
  • Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) (trekking 7 hours)from Chamje/ Jagat
  • Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,630 m) (trekking 5 hours)
  • Day 06: Trek to Pisang(3,210 m) (trekking 5 hours)
  • Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,540 m) (trekking 7 hours)
  • Day 08: Rest at Manang
  • Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,250 m) (trekking 5 hours)
  • Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,400 m) ( trekking 2 hours)
  • Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) (trekking 8 hours) via Thorong La
  • Day 12: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 13: Take a flight to Pokhara in the morning
  • Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Take your final departure from the Tribhuvan airport, Kathmandu
The days and time duration depends on the person that how long they rest and spend the time enjoying the natural beauties.
 


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be picked up by our airport representative and transferred to a hotel for check in. You will then be explained about the program further. There are no planned activities for the day. Enjoy your stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today, we start our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritages in Kathmandu valley i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m)  Duration: 8 hrs
After breakfast, we drive to Beshisahar. We then take a local jeep from Beshisahar to Syange. This drive gives you some insights about the rural people, their lifestyle and their culture. From Syange, we start our trek. We walk to Jagat. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hrs
After breakfast, we leave Jagat. Our trail winds up to Chyamje. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail goes uphill through the Oak forest. We continue walking for a while until the trail emerges into a valley. We pass a village of Kodo and ascend to a village of Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hrs
Today The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will have spectacular views of views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3300m)  Duration: 5 hrs
Our trial follows a steep and narrow river valley winding through a deep forest. The view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on our way is rewarding. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hrs
Today, we have two options. We can follow either of two routes to reach Manang. One is  easier route that follows the valley floor via Hongde. The strenuous route follows the river on the north side of the valley . The strenuous one takes approximately 3 hours more than the easier route. Both trial offers a magnificent mountain view as we walk through the fields where yaks are grazing. From Manang, our trial descends to a Chorten and turns to northwest. Our trial then goes down to the River. After crossing the Jharsang Khola on suspension bridge, we pass through the pine forest and wheat fields before we reach Khangsar, a Gurung village. We encounter a small monastery, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags there. We stop here. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08: Manang - Acclimatization day
This day is set aside for acclimatizing the higher altitude. We spend our time visiting monastery, side trip to Gangapurna Lake and doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages. We can also visit Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.  Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek  to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does not advise for this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hrs
Today, early in the morning, we start our climb to the pass. The initial stage of the ascend is very steep. As we approach the peak it becomes much sloppier. After making our way through rocky ridges, we will be on the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers an unexplainable 360 degree panorama of snow capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can view several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the unfathomable gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Our  trail then  descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800m) an important pilgrimage sight for Hindus. It is a home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists as well. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hrs
After our visit to the holy temple of Muktinath, we make our way to Jomsom.  Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13: Fly back to Pokhara
We take a morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check in the hotel. You can spend the day exploring the Pokhara city. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a six hours drive, we will be in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.

Day 15: Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport for your onward journey.


Trek Price USD 1099 Per person


Cost Included:

 

  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast 2 star
  • 1 Night Pokhara hotel with bed & breakfast
  • Trekking Permit TIMS
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Lodges
  • 1 experience trekking guide & 2 member 1 porter
  • Drive Kathmandu- Shyange by local mini bus
  • Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • jomsom- pokhara flight 
  • Life, Medical Insurance for guide & porter
  • jomsom pokhara flight 
  • Accommodation during the trek best available guesthouse
  • Airport -hotel-Airport transfer in Kathmandu
  • Fare well dinner with Nepali folk songs & dance
  • Our service charge
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
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Cost Exclude:
  • Personal equipment for Trekking
  • Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide & porter
  • Bar & beverage bills
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Important Note:

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast 2 star
  • 1 Night Pokhara hotel with bed & breakfast
  • Trekking Permit TIMS
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Lodges
  • 1 experience trekking guide & 2 member 1 porter
  • Drive Kathmandu- Shyange by local mini bus
  • Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • jomsom- pokhara flight 
  • Life, Medical Insurance for guide & porter
  • jomsom pokhara flight 
  • Accommodation during the trek best available guesthouse
  • Airport -hotel-Airport transfer in Kathmandu
  • Fare well dinner with Nepali folk songs & dance
  • Our service charge
  •  
  • Cost Exclude:
  •  
  • Personal equipment for Trekking
  • Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide & porter
  • Bar & beverage bills
Trekking Equipment  

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

For Head
 
  1. Sun hat or scarf
  2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3. Sunglasses with UV protection
  4. Upper Body
  5. T-shirts (2)
  6. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  7. Fleece jacket or pullover
  8. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  10. Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  11.  
For Hands
 
  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  3. Lower Body
  4. Underwear (4)
  5. Hiking shorts (2)
  6. Lightweight cotton long pants
  7. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  8. Fleece or wool pants
  9. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  10.  
For Feet
  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  5. Gaiters (Optional)
  6. Accessories
  7. Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  8. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  9. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  10. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  11. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  12. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  13. Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  14. Water bottles (2)
  15. Toiletries
  16. Small wash towel
  17. Optional items
  18. Binoculars
  19. Books (Highly Recommended)
  20. Compass
  21. Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  22. Swiss Knife
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  24. Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
Fleece trousers or silhouette
Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
Climbing helmet
Alpine climbing harness.
2 x tape slings
2 x screwgate karabiners
Descender/abseil device
Ascender

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Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 15 Days
Accomodation: Guest House
Seasons : sep, oct, Nov and march, April, may
Type: Easy- Moderate
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Cultural plus religious Tour
No. of Pax : Min. 1 Pax
Starts From : Synge/Jagat
Ends at : Jomsom

Trip Highlights


Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of UNESCO listed world cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit Manang village.
  • Cross the highest pass in the world i.e. Thorang La pass (5416m) with splendid mountain views all around.
  • Explore Muktinath temple.
  • Hike through the dense rhododendron forests.
  • A wonderful flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

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