Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Quick Details

Shorter version of the most diverse trek in the wold

The shorter Annapurna Circuit Trek compacts the thrills of the circuit trek into a manageable 14 days for visitors who are short on time.

Known as one of the most diverse and scenic treks in the world, the complete circuit of Annapurna is an estimated 300 km. The short circuit follows the same route until Jomsom, where the original circuit continues onto Ghorepani and Pokhara.

The trek begins in the subtropical forests of Besi Sahar (750 m), continuing onto Bagarchhap, Chyamje, Chame, and Pisang, before entering the arid plateaus of Manang, an ex-kingdom once restricted to the outside world. The trek then continues onto Yak Kharka and ThorungPhedi for a summit of the treacherous Thorung La Pass (5415 m), the most significant pass in the world. The circuit winds down at Jomsom via Muktinath. A couple of rest days at the Lakeside city of Pokhara follow.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1330 m)

Day 02: Drive to Besi Sahar (750 m)

Day 03: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160 m), 6 to 7 hours

Day 04: Trek to Chame (2630 m), 5 hours

Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3190 m), 5 hours

Day 06: Trek to Manang (3500 m), 5 hours (Lower Route) or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route)

Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4090 m), 4 hours

Day 09: Trek to ThorungPhedi (4420 m), 4 hours

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La (5415 m), approximately 8 to 10 hours

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2800 m)

Day 12: You take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and wander around the lakeside town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: After a morning relaxing in Pokhara, you take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu, giving you the opportunity to view the Annapurna massif you have just trekked around.

Day 14: International departure

Cost Includes:

  • Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  • Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • All transportation
  • Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
  • Complimentary T-shirt
  • Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
  • One assistant guide between four trekkers
  • Trekking
  • One porter between two trekkers
  • Proper clothing for porters and crew
  • Food for porters and crew members (We are one of less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility.)
  • Insurance for team and porters
  • All permits
  • Twin sharing room on the trek
  • All meals on trek
  • Domestic airfare

Cost Excludes:

  • International airport taxes
  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transportation outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir, etc

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.

Do I need a visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, or Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border. Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.

For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

What should I bring on a trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us