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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Duration11 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Max Altitude 5416
  • Group Size 2+
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Mar - Jun and Sep - Dec

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is an 11-day trek that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. You will have the opportunity to explore Tibetan-style Buddhist villages and experience the rich culture of the Manang settlements. The trek takes you through diverse climatic zones, from rice paddy fields to subtropical forests and glacial areas. Along the way, you might spot wildlife such as blue sheep and even have a chance encounter with a snow leopard in Yak Kharka. The journey includes a visit to Jomsom's bustling market and a relaxing stop at the famous hot springs in Tatopani. The trek begins in Kathmandu, where you take a local bus to Besisahar and continue to Chame. From there, you trek through Pisang, Manang, Ledar, and Thorong Phedi before crossing the Thorong La Pass and descending to Muktinath. After a night in Muktinath, you drive to Jomsom, Tatopani, and finally return to Pokhara and Kathmandu. This shorter version of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for passionate trekkers who can hike 6 to 7 hours a day and offers an alternative to the longer 14-day trek.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a beautiful blend of hiking and adventure in the stunning Annapurna region of Nepal.

  • Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters: This high mountain pass is one of the main highlights of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the Thorong La Pass offers a challenging but rewarding experience with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Blue sheep at Yak Kharka: Yak Kharka is a popular stop on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, known for its grazing pastures and the chance to spot wildlife, including the elusive blue sheep (Bharal).
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV: The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers breathtaking views of these magnificent peaks, allowing trekkers to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas up close.
  • World's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge: The trek takes you through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is considered the world's deepest gorge. This natural wonder is a remarkable sight to behold as you walk alongside the Kali Gandaki River.
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls: The Annapurna region is known for its stunning natural features, including glacial lakes, majestic glaciers, deep gorges, and enchanting waterfalls. These natural wonders add to the scenic beauty of the trek.
  • Visit Muktinath: Muktinath is a sacred place revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is a significant pilgrimage site where devotees come to pay their respects and seek blessings. The Annapurna Circuit Trek allows you to visit Muktinath and experience its spiritual ambiance.
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and interact with its people: Manang is a culturally rich district on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The region is inhabited by friendly locals who have their unique traditions, lifestyle, and architecture. Interacting with the people of Manang provides insights into their way of life.
  • Jomsom's busy marketplace: Jomsom is a bustling town and serves as a major trading hub in the Annapurna region. The town's busy marketplace offers a vibrant atmosphere and a chance to experience the local culture and commerce.
  • Visit Barge Monastery: Barge Monastery is the largest monastery in Manang. It holds religious significance and is a place of spiritual retreat and learning. Visiting Barge Monastery allows you to immerse yourself in Buddhist traditions and witness the monastery's architectural beauty.
  • Hot springs in Tatopani: Tatopani is a popular stop on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, known for its natural hot springs. After days of trekking, relaxing in the hot springs provides a rejuvenating experience for trekkers.

Embark on the shortest Annapurna Trek

Nepal Nomad is designed for travelers who have limited time but still want to experience the highlights of this renowned trek in Nepal. While the traditional Annapurna Circuit Trek can take up to three weeks, this condensed itinerary allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan wilderness in a shorter period.
Although you won't complete the full circuit of the Annapurna massif on this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to visit the charming mountainside villages of Manang and Thorong Phedi. These villages provide a glimpse into the local culture and way of life in the Himalayas.
One of the most thrilling aspects of this trek is the chance to experience awe-inspiring panoramic vistas from an altitude of over 5,400 meters. The trek takes you to high-altitude viewpoints where you can marvel at the breathtaking landscapes and the majestic peaks of the Himalayas.
To make the most of your time, the itinerary includes an internal flight between Jomsom and Pokhara. This allows you to have a bird's-eye view of the Himalayas during the scenic flight and saves time on the return journey.
By choosing this abbreviated version of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you can still immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region, even if you have limited time available. It offers a condensed but unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal.

What can you expect on Annapurna Massif

The adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chame, a small town where the trek begins. From there, you'll enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected reserve in Nepal, known for its stunning Himalayan views. Each day, you'll hike for about five to six hours, traversing diverse landscapes from lush forests to high alpine regions.
The trail takes you through steep valleys with glacial rivers, juniper, and birch forests. You'll climb along ridgelines offering sweeping mountain vistas and reach narrow passes adorned with colorful prayer flags. Throughout the trek, Nepal Nomad will take care of all the arrangements, allowing you to fully enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
In summary, the eleven-day Short Annapurna Circuit Trek for 2023-2024 offers a condensed but thrilling journey through the wilderness of the Annapurna region. You'll experience a range of landscapes, immerse yourself in the natural beauty, and have the opportunity to witness majestic mountain views. Alpine Ramble Treks will ensure that all logistical aspects are taken care of, enabling you to focus on enjoying this unforgettable experience.

Best time for Short Annapurna Circuit

The trekking seasons in Nepal are influenced by the summer monsoon, which typically occurs from June to August. Many trekkers prefer to hike during the spring months of February to May or the autumn months of September to November. During these times, the weather is usually comfortable, and the mountain views are clear, making it an ideal time for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek.

However, it's important to note that you can embark on the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek at any time of the year. Each season offers its own unique experience. For instance, the snow-covered trails of winter create a mystical and enchanting atmosphere, while the mist-shrouded hillsides of summer have their own charm.

No matter when you choose to travel, Alpine Ramble Treks will ensure that your trekking adventure exceeds your expectations. They have the expertise to arrange a well-planned and memorable trek, providing you with an exceptional experience regardless of the season you choose to explore the Annapurnas.

The Difficulty of Annapurna Short Trek

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a highly popular and enduring hiking adventure in the Himalayas. Most travelers who are in good health and have a reasonable level of physical fitness should be able to complete this itinerary without any issues. It is not necessary to have previous trekking experience to undertake this trek.

However, it's important to note that the trek does involve ascending to altitudes higher than 4,000 meters, with the Thorong La mountain pass reaching well above 5,000 meters. At these high altitudes, it is crucial to take certain precautions to ensure your well-being.

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is essential in helping your body adjust naturally to the increased elevation. It is also important to get sufficient rest to allow your body to acclimatize properly. Your guide will closely monitor your progress throughout the trek and ensure that you have a safe and rewarding experience in the heart of the Annapurnas. While altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their fitness level or previous trekking experience, following the guidance of your experienced guide, drinking water, resting adequately, and being mindful of any symptoms will greatly minimize the risks. Your guide will be there to assist you and provide any necessary support throughout the trek.

With the proper precautions and guidance, you can embark on this incredible adventure and explore the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region with confidence and safety.


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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be warmly received by our guides and staff. They will assist you in transferring to your designated hotel. After completing the check-in process at the hotel, you will have some time to relax and freshen up.

In the evening, there will be a group briefing organized by our team. During this briefing, our experienced guides will provide you with essential information about the trek, including the itinerary, trekking routes, accommodations, safety guidelines, and any other relevant details. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify any concerns you may have regarding the trek.

Following the group briefing, we will host a welcome dinner where you can enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine and get to know your fellow trekkers. This dinner serves as a pleasant introduction to the trekking adventure that awaits you in the Annapurna Circuit.

The group briefing and welcome dinner not only provide you with valuable information but also create a friendly and supportive atmosphere among the trekkers. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and foster a sense of camaraderie before embarking on the journey.

Please note that the briefing and dinner schedule may vary depending on your arrival time and other logistical factors. Our team will ensure that you receive all the necessary information and assistance to start your Annapurna Circuit Short Trek on a positive note.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek commences with a scenic journey from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by vehicle or tourist bus, following the Prithvi Highway. The drive typically takes around 6 hours, offering beautiful views along the way. We will reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule around lunchtime, where we will stop for a delicious meal.

After lunch, we will continue our journey by taking a local jeep from Besi Sahar to Dharapani. The jeep ride will take approximately 3 hours, providing an opportunity to soak in the picturesque landscapes. As we traverse through the region, we will pass through charming villages such as Sange, Bhulbhule, Nagdi, Chamche, Tal, Tima, Koto, and more. Along the way, you will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the majestic Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

The drive to Dharapani not only serves as a means of transportation but also allows you to witness the natural beauty and rural life of the Annapurna region. As we make our way toward Dharapani, you will start to feel the excitement and anticipation of the trek building up.

This scenic drive sets the stage for the remarkable Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, immersing you in the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences that await you in the days ahead.

  • Max. Altitude:1890m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:11- 12 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Leaving Dharapani behind, the trail on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek continues its ascent, gradually climbing over a spur. As we trek for about an hour, we pass through a serene forest adorned with blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple, and oak trees. This section of the trail offers a glimpse of the distinctive Tibetan architecture in the form of the village of Bagarchhap.

Entering the Manang region, we encounter our first Tibetan Monastery, adding a touch of cultural richness to our journey. Along the way, we are treated to intermittent views of magnificent peaks such as Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m), which provide a majestic backdrop to our trekking experience.

Continuing on the south bank of the river, the trail gradually ascends through forests until we reach Danaque (2210m), a picturesque valley enveloped by apple orchards. We then embark on a steep climb, navigating through sections of the trail that crisscross through a charming rhododendron forest.

The path continues to lead us along the mule track, meandering through a fir forest before accompanying the river for a while, as we find ourselves surrounded by taller oak and maple trees. As we approach Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang district, we are greeted by a long wall adorned with prayer wheels. This scenic town offers splendid views of Lamjung and the towering peaks of Annapurna II/IV (7525m).

The diverse natural landscapes, cultural highlights, and glimpses of magnificent mountains make this section of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek truly captivating and leave you eagerly anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.

  • Max. Altitude:2685m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek truly begins as we depart from Chame. Our first steps lead us through a steep and narrow valley, offering a thrilling and immersive experience. Along the way, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the magnificent Paungda Danda Rock face. This impressive curved rock formation rises an astounding 1500 meters from the river, creating a dramatic sight that leaves us in awe of nature's wonders.

As we continue our trek, the panoramic vistas unfold before us. To the south, we are treated to clear views of the majestic Annapurna II, a towering peak that commands attention with its sheer presence. In the northeast, the prominent Pisang Peak graces the horizon, adding a touch of grandeur to the already captivating landscape.

Descending from the valley, we make our way to the Manang Valley floor, a picturesque setting that captures the essence of the Himalayas. Our destination for the day is the charming village of Pisang, nestled amidst the stunning surroundings. Here, we find respite and a warm welcome, immersing ourselves in the local culture and taking in the serene atmosphere.

Pisang offers not only a place to rest and rejuvenate but also an opportunity to marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds us. The views of Paungda Danda Rock, Annapurna II, and Pisang Peak serve as a reminder of the incredible landscapes that await us on this unforgettable journey.

As we settle into Pisang for the night, we reflect on the day's trekking accomplishments and anticipate the adventures that lie ahead. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek continues to unveil its wonders, inviting us to immerse ourselves in the magic of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:3475m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

On this day, we embark on the upper trails of Pisang, taking the route via Geru. This trail has been chosen for its exceptional views of the northern face of some of the most prominent peaks in the Annapurna range. As we ascend higher, the air becomes colder, drier, and more demanding.

The trail treats us to awe-inspiring vistas of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Pisang Peak. These towering giants dominate the skyline, offering a majestic display of natural beauty that leaves us spellbound.

As we continue our trek, we pass through several Tibetan-style settlements, providing us with an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich Buddhist culture of the region. The unique architecture, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and the warm hospitality of the locals add to the charm of the journey.

Eventually, we reach the beautiful village of Manang, a significant milestone on our trek. Here, we take the time to explore and appreciate the local culture and traditions. One of the highlights of our visit to Manang is a short stop at Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the region. This sacred place allows us to gain insight into the spiritual practices and rituals of the local community.

Manang serves as a gateway to the high Himalayas, and its serene atmosphere and picturesque surroundings offer a welcome respite for trekkers. It is a place where we can rest, acclimatize, and prepare ourselves for the further challenges and wonders that lie ahead on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek.

  • Max. Altitude:3475m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

As we venture into higher altitudes above 3000m, it becomes essential to prioritize our well-being and acclimatization. Therefore, a rest day is highly recommended during our trek. This day serves as an opportunity to allow our bodies to adjust to the changing altitude, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable journey.

On this rest day, you can indulge in a well-deserved leisurely morning, waking up a bit later than usual and enjoying a hearty breakfast. It is important to give your body ample time to recover and rejuvenate before tackling the challenges of the Throng La Pass trek.

To make the most of this rest day, you can consider engaging in optional activities to further enhance your fitness and acclimatization. One popular option is to embark on a hike to higher elevations than your current sleeping place. This additional ascent helps prepare your body for the upcoming challenges and allows you to gradually adapt to the higher altitude.

A recommended destination for the day's hike is Gangapurna Lake, a mesmerizing body of water nestled amidst the towering peaks. Some energetic and fit trekkers may even opt to push themselves further and aim for Ice Lake or the Monastery situated on the hills of Manang. These hikes not only provide an opportunity for physical activity but also offer spectacular views of the nearby Himalayan ranges, rewarding you with breathtaking panoramas.

Back in the village of Manang, you can take advantage of the excellent views of Gangapurna Lake from the rooftop of your hotel. This glacier lake, located at the base of the dramatic Gangapurna icefall, offers a tranquil and picturesque setting to appreciate the natural wonders of the region. The traditional stone buildings surrounding the lake add a touch of cultural charm to the scenery.

Overall, this rest day provides a welcome break from the challenging trekking schedule and allows you to soak in the beauty and serenity of the Annapurna Circuit. Take this opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and fully appreciate the incredible surroundings before continuing your trek with renewed energy.

  • Max. Altitude:3475m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

The seventh day of our trek presents us with a challenging ascent, as we strive to gain an elevation of more than 500 meters. Our journey begins by making our way toward Tanki Manang, also known as Upper Manang Village. As we approach Tanki Manang, we are greeted by the sight of stone-built houses with flat roofs, creating a distinct architectural style. It becomes apparent that we are far removed from other settlements, as the surroundings take on a desolate atmosphere.

Continuing onwards, we reach a small village called Gunsang, where the tranquility and serenity of the area envelop us. The peaceful meadow of Yak Kharka lies just a short distance from Gunsang. While the path leading to Yak Kharka may present its challenges, the subsequent trail to Ledar is comparatively easier to navigate.

We find respite and rest for the night in Ledar, a welcoming stop along our trekking route. Here, we can recharge our energy and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. Ledar provides a comfortable haven amidst the rugged terrain, allowing us to recuperate and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

As we settle in for the evening in Ledar, we can reflect on the progress we have made thus far and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us. The Annapurna Circuit continues to captivate with its varied landscapes and the sense of accomplishment gained from conquering the challenging terrain.

After a well-deserved rest in Ledar, we will be ready to embark on the next leg of our journey, eagerly anticipating the remarkable experiences that await us along the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Today, our trek is relatively shorter, lasting around 3 to 4 hours. This deliberate decision not only allows us to conserve our energy but also aids in the acclimatization process, ensuring our bodies adjust gradually to the increasing altitude. Departing from Ledar, we resume our journey, eagerly anticipating the wonders that lie ahead.

The path leads us across the majestic Jorsang River, a captivating waterway that adds to the natural beauty of the surroundings. As we traverse the river's course, we gradually ascend to an elevation of 4,310 meters. This higher altitude presents us with a unique perspective of the landscape, offering awe-inspiring views of the rugged terrain.

Our trek eventually brings us to Phedi, a significant milestone on our journey. The name "Phedi" originates from the Nepali language, signifying the foot of the hill. Positioned at an elevation of 4,525 meters (14,525 feet), Phedi serves as a symbolic gateway to the higher reaches of the Annapurna Circuit.

At Phedi, we find ourselves amidst the breathtaking mountain scenery, surrounded by towering peaks that seem to touch the sky. The air feels crisp and invigorating, providing a sense of adventure and anticipation for what lies ahead. As we soak in the grandeur of our surroundings, we are reminded of the remarkable feat we have accomplished in reaching this point.

Phedi offers a tranquil and serene setting, allowing us to rest and replenish our energy. It serves as a perfect base for further exploration and provides an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Our bodies gradually adapt to the higher elevation, preparing us for the challenges that await us on the Annapurna Circuit.

As we conclude our trek for the day, we can reflect on the progress we have made and marvel at the natural wonders that have unfolded before us. Phedi marks another significant milestone in our Annapurna Circuit adventure, bringing us closer to our ultimate goal while creating lasting memories of this remarkable journey.

  • Max. Altitude:4,525m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

The ninth day of our trek presents us with the most challenging and exhilarating part of the entire journey: crossing the renowned Thorong La Pass. As one of the highest passes in the world, this formidable feat marks the pinnacle of our trekking adventure. To conquer this formidable pass, we rise before dawn, waking up at 3 am, braving the icy air, and preparing ourselves for the demanding high-altitude trails that lie ahead. While the journey may test our physical and mental endurance, the rewards that await us at the pass make every step worthwhile.

Ascending the steep and rugged trails, we push ourselves forward, fueled by determination and a sense of achievement. As we reach the summit of Thorong La Pass, a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Himalayan peaks unfolds before us. To the north, we are greeted by a mesmerizing vista that extends all the way to Tibet, showcasing the grandeur and splendor of the mountain range. Turning our gaze back, we are captivated by the awe-inspiring Annapurna massifs, standing tall and proud.

From the vantage point of Thorong La Pass, we immerse ourselves in the sheer magnificence of nature's creation, reveling in the sense of accomplishment and wonder. The beauty that surrounds us is unparalleled, a testament to the awe-inspiring power of the mountains.

After absorbing the panoramic views and capturing memories that will last a lifetime, we begin our descent toward Muktinath. The path leading down is steep and demanding, requiring careful navigation and concentration. Over the course of 3 to 4 hours, we gradually descend, allowing our bodies to adjust to the changing altitude and terrain.

Muktinath, our destination for the day, holds immense spiritual significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Known as Chumig Gyatsa in Tibetan, meaning "A hundred Waters," this sacred site is a place of pilgrimage and reverence. At Muktinath Temple, we encounter 108 water sprouts, each gushing forth icy-cold water from the Kali Gandaki River. This symbolizes purity and purification, attracting devotees seeking spiritual solace and enlightenment.

Additionally, a remarkable phenomenon awaits our discovery: the eternal flame that has been burning at Muktinath for over 2,000 years. This awe-inspiring flame serves as a timeless symbol of divine presence and spiritual energy, drawing visitors from near and far.

As we conclude this eventful day, we find ourselves humbled and enriched by the majestic landscapes, the cultural significance, and the profound spiritual experiences we have encountered. Crossing Thorong La Pass and descending to Muktinath is not just a physical accomplishment but a journey of self-discovery, forging connections with nature, and immersing ourselves in the spiritual tapestry of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:3,760m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

After a fulfilling breakfast, we embark on the next leg of our journey, making our way to Kagbeni. The trail descends from Muktinath, guiding us through a steep and barren hillside. As we traverse this rugged terrain, we are greeted by the unique village of Kagbeni, characterized by its tightly packed mud houses and mysterious dark tunnels. This ancient settlement, situated at the auspicious confluence of rivers, holds great cultural and historical significance. Kagbeni also serves as the gateway to the Upper Mustang trek, a hidden gem awaiting exploration.

Continuing our descent, we follow the meandering path along the banks of the Kaligandaki Valley. The trail offers glimpses of the sacred black stone Shaligrams, revered by Hindu pilgrims. These unique fossilized ammonite stones are believed to embody the presence of Lord Vishnu and hold deep spiritual significance.

After approximately 2 and a half hours of easy walking, we arrive at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This significant town marks a milestone in our journey, providing a well-deserved rest and respite. However, it is important to note that Jomsom is known for its dusty trail and strong winds. Therefore, it is advisable to protect ourselves with sunglasses and apply lip balm to shield against the elements.

As we settle in Jomsom, we can immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this vibrant town. Take the time to explore its unique blend of traditional and modern influences, interact with locals, and savor the rich cultural heritage that permeates the air. Reflect on the experiences and memories we have gathered thus far, as we prepare ourselves for the next stages of our remarkable Annapurna Circuit trek.

  • Max. Altitude:2665m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea

Undoubtedly, the most convenient and efficient way to travel between Pokhara and Jomsom is by air. This short flight covers the distance in less than 30 minutes, providing a swift and breathtaking experience. As the aircraft navigates through the awe-inspiring Kali Gandaki Gorge, often regarded as one of the deepest gorges in the world, passengers are treated to spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The small planes gracefully maneuver through the gorge before making a smooth landing in the open terrain of Jomsom.

The airport in Jomsom offers an extraordinary vantage point, showcasing the grandeur of the colossal mountains that flank the region. With towering peaks on both sides, the views from this airport are undoubtedly among the most captivating in the world. It is a remarkable sight to behold, immersing travelers in the majesty and magnificence of the Himalayas.

It's worth noting that flights from Pokhara to Jomsom typically operate in the late morning, taking advantage of the calmer winds prevalent during that time. Conversely, flights from Jomsom to Kathmandu usually depart in the late afternoon, ensuring a safe and comfortable journey back to the capital city.

By opting for this efficient air travel option, trekkers can save valuable time and energy, allowing them to make the most of their Annapurna Circuit adventure.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
What's Included
  • Travel by local bus from Kathmandu to Besishar, then continue to Chame, Muktinath, Tatopani, and finally Pokhara.
  • Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu via a comfortable tourist bus.
  • Enjoy a one-night stay at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara, featuring rooms with attached bathrooms.
  • The entire trip spans 8 nights, with accommodations as follows:
  • Five nights in rooms with attached bathrooms at Besishar, Chame, Pisang, Muktinath, and Tatopani.
  • Three nights in standard rooms at Manang, Ledar, and Phedi/High Camp (shared by two trekkers in a twin-sharing room).
  • Indulge in delicious meals, including 9 lunches, 8 dinners, and 10 breakfasts, provided throughout the trek.
  • Benefit from the guidance and expertise of a licensed and experienced trek leader (guide) who will be accompanied by a porter to assist with luggage (each porter supports two trekkers, with a weight limit of 9 kg per trekker).
  • The guide and porter will have their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment covered.
  • The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee are included in the package.
  • Enjoy daily snacks such as cookies and seasonal fresh fruits.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses are taken care of.
  • In the event of any complex health conditions, arrangements will be made for rescue operations (covered by travel insurance).
  • Upon successfully completing the trek, you will receive a Nepal Nomad Trekking Certificate of Appreciation.
  • Conclude your adventure with a farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

This comprehensive package provides an exciting and well-organized itinerary for your trekking experience.

What's not Included
  • International Flight and Visa: The package does not cover the costs of international flights to Nepal or the entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Excess Baggage Charges: Any charges incurred for excess baggage beyond the 12.5kg weight limit per trekker are not included.
  • Accommodations and Meals in Kathmandu: The package does not cover accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara: The cost of lunch and dinner in Pokhara is not included.
  • Additional Nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara: If you have an early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek, any extra night accommodations and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be an additional expense.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, bottled or boiled water, hot drinks (tea, coffee), cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, shower usage, Wi-Fi, laundry services, telephone calls, battery recharging fees, and extra porters are not covered.
  • Personal Clothing and Gear: You will need to provide your own personal clothing and trekking gear.
  • Travel Insurance: It is mandatory to have travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation costs. This expense is not included in the package.
  • Tips: Tips for the guide and porters are not included and are at your discretion.
  • Additional Costs and Delays: Any additional costs or delays caused by circumstances beyond the company's control, such as landslides, adverse weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policy, political strikes, mass movements, or other unforeseen events, are not covered.
  • Expenses Not Listed: Any costs and expenses not specifically mentioned in the "What is included in Annapurna Circuit Package" section are not included.

Please keep these factors in mind while planning and budgeting for your trip.

Good to Know

Good health and physical fitness

Previous trekking experience is not a mandatory requirement for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek. While having prior trekking experience can certainly be advantageous, it is not a significant factor in determining your ability to complete the trek. The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is suitable for trekkers of varying experience levels, including beginners.

However, it is important to note that good health and physical fitness will greatly contribute to your success in completing the trek. The Annapurna Circuit involves walking for several hours each day, sometimes on steep and challenging terrain. Being in good physical shape will help you cope with the physical demands of the trek and enhance your overall experience.

Prior to embarking on the trek, it is advisable to engage in regular physical activities such as hiking, walking, jogging, or cycling to build endurance and strengthen your muscles. Incorporating cardiovascular exercises and strength training into your routine can improve your stamina and prepare your body for trekking challenges.

Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and getting adequate rest will contribute to your overall well-being during the trek.

While previous trekking experience is not necessary, it is important to approach the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek with a positive mindset, determination, and readiness to embrace the physical challenges and natural beauty of the trail. Trekking at a comfortable pace, listening to your body, and following the guidance of your trek leader will ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Certainly! A pre-trip meeting is a crucial part of preparing for the incredible Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Adventure. During this meeting, your trekking agency or guide will provide important information and address any questions or concerns you may have. Here's what you can expect during the pre-trip meeting:

  • Trek Overview: The trek leader or guide will give you a detailed overview of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, including the duration, itinerary, daily walking distances, and highlights of the trek.
  • Itinerary Discussion: The trekking agency will review the day-by-day itinerary, highlighting the key attractions, acclimatization days, rest days, and any specific challenges you might encounter along the way.
  • Equipment Checklist: The guide will go through the recommended equipment list, discussing essential items and providing advice on proper gear and clothing to ensure your comfort and safety during the trek.
  • Health and Safety Considerations: The pre-trip meeting will cover important health and safety aspects, including altitude sickness prevention, staying hydrated, hygiene practices, and the availability of medical facilities and emergency services during the trek.
  • Trekking Permits and Documentation: The guide will provide information on the necessary permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. They will guide you through the process of obtaining these permits and any required documentation.
  • Group Dynamics and Communication: The pre-trip meeting is an opportunity to meet your fellow trekkers if you are part of a group. The guide will also discuss communication methods, group dynamics, and guidelines to ensure a cohesive and enjoyable trekking experience.
  • Q&A Session: The meeting will provide a platform for you to ask any questions or address concerns you may have about the trek, logistics, accommodations, meals, or any other aspect of the journey.
  • Final Instructions: You will receive any final instructions regarding meeting points, departure times, transportation arrangements, and other logistics for the trek.

The pre-trip meeting is an excellent opportunity to gather all the necessary information, clarify any doubts, and ensure that you are well-prepared for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Adventure. Make sure to attend the meeting and take notes as needed to facilitate a smooth and enjoyable experience during your trek.

Equipment Check List:

Certainly! Here is a list of essential equipment to consider for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking:

  • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support for long walks on varied terrain.
  • Backpack: A durable and waterproof backpack with a capacity of around 30-40 liters to carry your essentials during the trek.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight and quick-drying pants that provide freedom of movement. Convertible pants that can be converted into shorts are also useful.
  • Thermal Layers: Base layers, such as thermal tops and bottoms, provide insulation and regulate body temperature in cold weather.
  • Insulated Jacket: A warm and insulated jacket to keep you comfortable during colder parts of the trek.
  • Rain Jacket: A waterproof and breathable rain jacket to protect you from rain and wind.
  • Fleece or Sweater: A mid-layer fleece or sweater for added warmth in colder conditions.
  • Trekking Shirts: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying shirts for trekking.
  • Hat and Gloves: A sun hat to protect you from the sun's rays and a warm hat and gloves for colder sections of the trek.
  • Sunglasses: UV-protected sunglasses to shield your eyes from glare and harmful sun rays.
  • Trekking Socks: Comfortable and moisture-wicking socks to prevent blisters.
  • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for the trekking season's temperatures.
  • Trekking Poles: Optional but beneficial for stability and reducing strain on your joints while trekking.
  • Headlamp: A compact headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries for better visibility during early morning starts or in low-light conditions.
  • Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during the trek. Consider using a water purification system or water purification tablets.
  • First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit containing essential medications, bandages, and supplies for minor injuries or illnesses.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm to protect your skin and lips from the sun's rays.
  • Personal Toiletries: Include items such as toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and any other personal hygiene products you may need.
  • Trekking Towel: A quick-drying and compact towel for personal hygiene and cleaning purposes.
  • Snacks: Carry energy bars, trail mix, or other lightweight snacks for quick energy boosts during the trek.

Remember to pack light and prioritize essentials. It's advisable to check with your trekking agency for any specific equipment recommendations or requirements based on the time of year and weather conditions during your trek.

A typical Trek Day:

In short, the daily routine during the Annapurna Short Trek typically includes the following:

  • Early Morning: Start the day with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
  • Breakfast: Enjoy a meal before beginning the day's walk, usually between 7 am to 8 am.
  • Morning Trek: Trek for around three to four hours, depending on the duration and difficulty of the trail.
  • Lunch: Stop for a midday meal along the route to the next destination, usually around midday.
  • Afternoon Trek: Continue walking for approximately two to three hours.
  • Arrival at Overnight Accommodation: Reach the lodge, tea house, or tent where you will spend the night.
  • Snacks and Exploration: Have some extra dietary food, and explore the town or village where you are staying.
  • Dinner: Enjoy dinner around 6:30 pm.
  • Evening Activities: Engage in friendly conversations, and receive a briefing from your expedition leader or guide about the next day's plan. Optionally, play games like Monopoly or cards, watch mountaineering documentaries, learn common Nepali words, or read books.

This daily routine offers a combination of trekking, meals, relaxation, exploration, and entertainment to enhance your overall trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Accommodation and Meals

During the trek, you will stay in teahouses or guesthouses along the route.

  • The package includes accommodation for a total of [number of nights] nights
  • The rooms will typically be basic with twin-sharing arrangements.


  • The package covers all meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Meals will be provided at the teahouses or guesthouses where you stay.
  • The meals will consist of local and traditional Nepali cuisine, as well as some international dishes.
  • Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available.
  • Snacks, such as cookies and seasonal fresh fruits, may also be provided.

It's always a good idea to inform your trekking agency about any dietary restrictions or special requirements you may have, so they can make the necessary arrangements for your meals during the trek

Essential of Insurance:

As per the terms and conditions for joining the Annapurna Short Circuit Trekking, it is mandatory to obtain insurance coverage in three aspects: medical, trip cancellations, and emergency rescue evacuation. Here's a brief explanation of each aspect:

  • Medical Insurance: You need to ensure that your insurance policy covers medical expenses related to any injuries, illnesses, or medical emergencies that may occur during the trek. This coverage should include medical treatment, hospitalization, medications, and emergency medical evacuation if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance: It is essential to have insurance coverage for trip cancellations. This will protect you financially in case you are unable to proceed with the trek due to unforeseen circumstances, such as personal emergencies, flight cancellations, or other unavoidable events. The insurance should cover the costs of canceling or rescheduling your trip, including non-refundable expenses.
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation Insurance: This type of coverage is crucial, especially during high-altitude treks like the Annapurna Circuit. It ensures that if you require emergency evacuation due to severe illness, altitude sickness, or other life-threatening situations, the expenses associated with helicopter rescue or evacuation to a medical facility are covered. This coverage can be quite costly, so it is important to have adequate insurance for such emergencies.

Before embarking on the Annapurna Circuit  Short Trekking, make sure to carefully review your insurance policy and verify that it meets the specific requirements outlined in the terms and conditions. It is recommended to consult with your insurance provider to ensure that your coverage aligns with the trek's demands and potential risks.

Altitude Sickness:

During the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking, there is a risk of altitude sickness as you ascend to higher altitudes. To mitigate this risk, the trekking itinerary is designed to include acclimatization and rest days, allowing your body to adjust to the changing altitude. Additionally, necessary precautions and facilities are in place to address altitude sickness:

  • Acclimatization and Rest: The trekking itinerary includes scheduled acclimatization and rest days at specific points along the route. These rest days allow your body to adapt to the higher altitudes gradually. It is essential to follow these rest days and not rush the ascent.
  • Medications: It is recommended to carry appropriate medications for altitude sickness, as prescribed by your healthcare provider or trekking agency. These may include medications to alleviate symptoms or prevent the onset of altitude sickness. It's important to consult with a medical professional before the trek to determine the right medications for you.
  • Awareness and Monitoring: Trek leaders and guides are trained to recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. They will monitor your well-being throughout the trek, keeping a close eye on any signs of altitude sickness among the trekkers. It is crucial to communicate openly with your trek leader about any discomfort or symptoms you experience.
  • Emergency Evacuation: In the event of severe altitude sickness or any other medical emergency, there are emergency evacuation arrangements in place. This may involve helicopter rescue to transport affected individuals to lower altitudes or medical facilities where they can receive appropriate care.

It's important to take altitude sickness seriously and prioritize your safety. Pay attention to your body, stay hydrated, maintain a gradual pace, and follow the guidance of your trek leader. By acclimatizing properly, being aware of symptoms, and having emergency measures in place, the risks associated with altitude sickness can be minimized during the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking.

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