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Shorter version of the popular Annapurna Circuit trek for those with less time
Annapurna Circuit Trek (short) is a great option for those who want to cover the magnificent Annapurna region but are short on time to cover the full circuit which could take upto 21 days. So we have selected the best part from the full circuit and created a shorter trek in the Annapurna circuit region for 14 days.
Trekking above the Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters that stands among one of the world's highest passes will be a life time memorable experience.
A trek that Starts from an altitude of 830m and goes up all the way till 5,416m, Annapurna circuit (short) trek will let you witness the diverse landscapes of the Annapurna region. Annapurna circuit trek (short) is one of the few treks that let you experience a very diverse terrian ranging from tropical forest to terrains that resemble a cold desert to huge glaciers.
Besides terrain and the amazing flora and fauna, you will be equally pleased by diverse cultures and lifestyle of the villages you will be passing by. Annapurna region is the ultimate source of rich ethnic groups ranging from Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism and you will be getting many opportunities to meet and stay with these wonderful people living here throughout the Annapurna circuit Trek.
Starting point for Annapurna circuit Trek is a small village called Besishahar. We start in the morning from Kathmandu and drive till Besishahar. From here, after trekking along the Annapurna circuit for 11 days Trek, we will reach a village called Nayapul from there we drive to Pokhara and from Pokhara we take a tourist bus to Kathmandu.
Group size for Annaourna Circuit usually ranges between 1-10 with most groups usually having around 4-5 clients. We can take individual clients as well (Single supplement charges apply) or can accommodate groups that are larger than 10 as well.
with every trekking group, we send our local staff to assist the trekkers. Since you will be walking in around alien cultures at remote locations, a guide who can speak good English and explain the cultures/traditions of the villages you are passing by, history/geography of the famous landscapes in the region will add immensely to your trekking experience and we provide qualified and trained guides in our departures. Also we provide porters who will carry 10 kilos of load per client so that clients need not struggle carrying heavy weights in the high altitude.
For groups of size 1 to 5 pax, we provide – 1 Guide and req number of Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
For groups of size 5+ pax, we provide – 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide and req number of Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Accommodation: Our overnight stay would be on Tea houses and Guest Houses during Annapurna Round Trekking which are basic lodges that you find along most of the trekking trails in Nepal. These tea houses provide Twin sharing comfortable beds and common bathroom and they maintain the whole place in clean and hygienic conditions.
Food: Our Around Annapurna Trek would let you experience typical Nepali cuisine, exotic local cuisines and other cuisines including international cuisine like Indian, Tibetan and Continental. You can select the food from menu available there at the tea house. We will have breakfast and dinner at tea house/guest house and we will have lunch on our way.
While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your accommodation is at tourist standard A/C hotels facilitated with Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower, Internet service and others. The facilities provided here is of 2 to 3 star standard hotel. We offer welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfasts during your stay in Kathmandu. Other meals as well as your other personal expenses will be from your own pocket during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board meals are included during during the trekking period.
Experience of guides
Certifications of guide
Certified form NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal)
No of porters per client
1 porter for 2 clients
Max group size
Type of Food
Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the company policy
As per your arrival schedule, Imperial Nepal representative will be at the Airport in Kathmandu waiting for you. We will pick you from there and shift you in a tourist standard hotel overnight accommodation.
We start our journey from Kathmandu in the morning. We will drive through the hills and the winding roads along the Trishuli River. We pass through lush green forests and serene and peaceful villages of Nepal that have a great soothing effect on city dwellers with their greenery, rivers, farms and splendid mountain scenaries. Once we reach Besisahar, an half-an-hour drive from there takes us to Khudi, which is basically the point from where we will be starting our long journey around the Annapunra region. Alternatively, we can as well get off at Besisahar,(and it is recommended for those who are prone to motion sickness) and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the beautiful trail. From Khudi we can catch a glimpse of the majestic Manaslu range.
We trek through the stepped crescent shaped rice terraces, along steep vertical cliffs, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Marsyangdi River keeps us company throughout the day today, while we walk through gorgeous waterfalls, forests and villages. Trail will be easy and enjoyable until we reach Syange at an Altitude of 1100 m, but starting from Syange the climb gets harder up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. Overnight at Chamje (1430 m).
We will trek through the villages of Manang region for initial few hours, passing through fields of potatoes, barley and corn. Past the villages, we will pass through bamboo forests. We will pass next to a scenic village called Tal that lies on flat sands next to a river which is at the base of a huge waterfall. We rest at Dharapani for the night.
We start from Dharapani soon after our breakfast and walk through steep forested ridges witnessing the debris left by several landslides on route on the west. We will be treated to some of the most Iconic peaks of Annapurna region with sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs provide an opportunity to relax and add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
First few hours of today's walk will be through narrow and steep trail and in the midst of thick forest. After a couple of hours of trek we find ourselves facing a huge curved rock, standing over 1500m from the river's level. The thick forests and heavy vegetation would suddenly disappear. We cross the river multiple times on suspension bridges which is an experience in itself. Shortly after, the opens up and we will be soon surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks of the Annapurna region. Upon hikiing through these sites, by evening we will arrive at Pisang. We will stay overnight at Lower Pisang.
Soon after starting our trek from Pisang, we will see a fork in the trail and a route goes up and another goes slightly towards downside. We take the upper route here and on continuing upon this route for a while, we feel like we are horizontally walking adjacent to the majestic peaks. The spectacular views of the Annapurna region peaks, Including mount Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely be a thrilling experience. We can clearly notice a stark contrast in the landscape and vegetation starting from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate presents tougher conditions than what we have encountered on this trek so far. We will make a quick and short visit to an old Monastery called Barge monastery, which is also the largest in the entire district of Manang. We will stay overnight at Manang.
Today is scheduled for acclimatization. While you can relax and take it easy a bit, it is not recommended to rest for the whole day. We will go on a short walk to higher altitude to get acclimatized with the high altitude. Usually it is recommended that you trek to an altitude higher than where your resting place for next day so that you don't face altitude sickness next day. After this day onwars, the next couple of days are going to be very challenging and tiring trek where we gain altitude rapidly. We should be wary of altitude sickness symptomps. For this day, Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting from acclimatization as well as scenary persepctive. Further, we can also make an small trip to a nearby village called Vraga where can visit a monastery. This location also has a base of Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get a good idea about Mountain Sickness, its symptomps, precautions and first aid on it. We will star overnight at Manang at the same place where we stayed earlier.
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, steeply ascends to a village called Tenki, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest into the the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, which is a small cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail. Now the trail opens upto some beautiful meadows where you can spot horses and yaks grazing in leisure. After crossing a small river on an old but stable wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Not rushing through your way is the key to avoid altitude sickness. You can do todays trek at a relaxed pace. Finally we stay for the night at Yak Karka.
Our goal for today is to trek till the hamlet which is foot of the mountain pass, Throng Phedi. Annapurna circuit Trekkers like us use this hamlet as a base camp. We stay for the night at Thorong Phedi. Next day is going to be a challenging trek.
We reach the highest point and the most remarkable location of our entire Annapurna round trek today. An early morning start is required to achieve our days objective. We need to keep motivating and pushing ourselves and continue working hard in negotiating the icy high-altitude trail. However, your eyes and senses will relish at the outstanding high Himalayan scenes over the horizon while our legs and heart work extra hard to keep us going on the trail. By sun set, we should be reaching Muktinath which is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhist. Muktinath contains a temple of Hindu god - lord Vishnu and a Monastery. It stands as a testimony to the great cultural diversity and religious harmony of Nepal. We will sleep at Muktinath tonight.
Today we will start our descend down the scenic Kali Gandaki valley. For the first few hours we trek through cold and dry terrain which is basically an extension of the Tibetan plateau and has same climatic conditions and culture as well. We will trek through Jharkot and Khingar villages which have typical Tibetan culture and architecture and we follow the KaliGandaki valley floor for most of the way till Jomsom. All the path, we sight gorgeous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges. Jomsom is a large town which has an airport that is well connected to Pokhara. It is spread across both the banks of Kali Gandaki river. In this town, we spend the final night of our trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Jomsom.
We will have an early breakfast and take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It could as well be one of the most scenic flighs you would ever take anywhere in the world. You will fly over the Kali Gandaki Gorge and will get beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Annapurna ranges. Upon reaching pokhara, you will take a tourist bus that will drive back to Kathmandu or if you wish, we can arrange a private car or flight tickets for your Pokhara to Kathmandu journey at additional cost. Tonight we will stay at a nice hotel in Kathmandu.
After your breakfast you can check out from the hotel and our representatives from Imperial Nepal Treks will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). We bid our final goodbyes for this trip and we hope to see you soon on your next adventure in Nepal.
-Pick up and drop from international airport
-2 night Kathmandu Accommodation
-All accommodation twine searing room during the trek
-Three times meal a day during the trek( Lunch, Breakfast, dinner)
-Flight ticket Jomsom to pokhara
-Land Transport for both way trek start and trek Ending Point by local bus
-Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide)
-Experience Porters service Including their salary, equipment, transport, food ,lodging ,Insurance etc
-Four seasonal sleeping bag, Down Jacket as guest require
-A comprehensive medical kit
-(ACAP ) Annapurna Conservation Area Park Permit
-(TIMS Card ) Trekking Info
-Meals in Kathmandu
-Bar, beverage, Tea coffee
-Extra night Kathmandu Accommodations
-Tips to guide and porter
The trekking was harder than thought. At the end, felt sense of achievement in completion. Being in our sixties, our guide was helpful with many information, He took us to many nice places to visit along trek and we had a good time.
We had done the Everest Base Camp trek previously with Imperial Nepal Treks and found it a no brainer to decide on doing the Annapurna trek with them! The price is good and a perfect amount of days. Their professionalism and logistics was as good as it was for the EBC and we were thoroughly delighted with our experience. The Annapurna trek is utterly amazing. Very few places where one can get such a feeling. We loved the way Imperial do their organizing, having gone with them twice. Would highly recommend them!
We booked Annapurna circuit with Imperial Nepal as our honeymoon trip. As the trip was very affordable we haven't expected much but we were pleasantly surprised with level of service which is worth at least double the money. Company was very professional in all arrangements and solved all obstacles which appeared including some which were our fault. Guide was the most experienced guide I ever had with 15 year of experience and both him and porter were treating us special during the whole trip and it felt as we are on honeymoon. Great experience all together.