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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 

Trip Cost: $1195

Activities: Sightseeing and Trekking 

Trip duration: 15 Days 

Accommodation: Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB plan/Tea house/Lodge during trek 

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara/All meals during trek 

Mode of Transfer: Plane/Bus 

Maximum Altitude: 5416 m 

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous 

Group size: 1-12 people 

Suitable Time: March-May/Sept-December 

Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Route Map:

Route Map:
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Check List
  • Altitude Map

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. This route was opened in 1980s for adventurous trekkers. Annapurna region is rich in sceneries and diverse culture. In Annapurna circuit trek topography, culture and flora change dramatically. There are several diverse communities at Annapurna region such as Chhettri, Brahmin, Tibetan, Sherpa, Magar, Tamang and Gurung. Annapurna circuit is rich in cultural values of Gurungs, Tibetans and other local communities. Annapurna conservation area is located in Annapurna region. This area protects some of the rare animals of Himalayan region. 

Short Annapurna circuit trek offers the splendid views of majestic Himalayas such as  Annapurna range, Mt. Nilgiri (7,041 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Tilicho peak (7,134 m) and other low peaks. Annapurna circuit trek follows two mighty rivers  the Kaligandaki to west and the Marsyangdi to east. This short 15 days exciting and adventurous trekking will be your one in a lifetime experience. Short Annapurna circuit trek is incentive trekking package in Nepal. One of the adventurous and exciting part of this trek is crossing 5,416 meter Thorong La Pass from arid land of upper Manang. Short Annapurna circuit trek follows the classic trail to reach Thorong La Pass and down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath and the  world's deepest gorge the Kaligandaki valley.

15 days Short Annapurna Circuit trek starts driving from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat. The trail moves towards high altitude villages such as Chame, Pisang, Manang and passes Thorong La Pass at 5416 meter elevation. After visiting sacred Muktinath temple we take a drive to Tatopani and walk through Ghorepani. Next, hike to  Poon hill at 3,210 meter elevation for phenomenal sunrise view and trek down to Nayapul via Tikhedhunga and drive to Pokhara and to Kathmandu. 15 days Short trek is made for those who don’t have enough time and who have low budget but are physically and mentally prepared to take trekking challenges within short duration. If you don’t have rush and want to trek comfortably spend more time in the region, we recommend you 21 days Annapurna Circuit trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1400 m).

Day 02:  Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and jeep drive to Jagat (1330 m).~ 7-8 hours

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,670 m).~ 5-6 hours 

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,200 m).~ 5 hours 

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m).~ 6-7 hours 

Day 08: Rest at Manang.

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Thorang La Phedi (4,450 m).~ 6-7 hours 

Day 10: Trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorang La pass (5,416 m).~ 7-8 hours

Day 11: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1190 m).~  7-8 hours drive

Day 12: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775 m).~ 6-7 hours 

Day 13: Hike to Poonhill and trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1577 m).~ 3-4 hours 

Day 14: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (832 m).~ 2-3 hours walk and 45 minutes drive 

Day 15: Drive (6-7 hours, 205 km) or fly (25 minutes) from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400 m).

More Information

When you travel to the new place for your holiday, food is the most concerned part of travel. While, traveling with Yarsa treks, you can experience the delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food and different international cuisines. You will be suggested by your guide for good food during your trip. During the trek do not order many dishes and waste food as they have to cater to more trekkers before they run off stock. It is very hard and takes a week or more for caravan and porters to bring the food in these places. You will take lunch in route side, breakfast and dinner will be arranged in the same lodge/Tea house.

Drinking Water:
During the trek you can get the bottled water but it is hard to dispose plastic and it will be the big problem for environment. We will provide purified mineral water during trek. In tea houses you can get bottled water and mineral water in additional cost. It will be better to drink mineral water rather than bottled water.

We provide you best touristic hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara with best location. During the trek tea house is main accommodation for trekkers. A tea house is combination of lodge and restaurant. In the tea house lodges are fairly basic, in some tea houses you can get separate room but in the high altitude rooms are spared with two beds with blankets and little additional furniture.  There will be large dining room where you can get the warmth by Bukhara stove. In the tea houses there will be solar electricity but these days most of the tea houses have electricity for charging camera, mobile phones and other small appliances.

Things to take:
This is very active trip we can’t stay in same place. You can take very light and necessary things. You will get a porter who  will carry 30 kg which means 2 trekkers=1 porter. Porters are allowed to carry 30 kg of your stuff. Porters will carry your necessary stuff in a duffel bag.

Altitude Map & Route Map:
Yarsa Treks will provide you complete route map and altitude map. At the end of the trip we will provide you Yarsa Treks T-shirt for the memory of trekking with us.

Health & Fitness:
These treks are some of moderate and some of strenuous.Passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude. To complete the trip we should have good health, average physical fitness, passion, confidence, determination and positive attitude. If you have past hiking experience or exercising habits it will be the better for your trek. If you have pre-existing health problems such as lungs, heart and other diseases, it is better to consult with your doctor or inform Yarsa treks before booking the trip.

Suitable Time to Trek:
For trekking to the high altitude we should concern about the weather condition. Autumn (Sept-Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for trekking in Himalayas. Trekking in Summer and Monsoon (June-Aug) is affected by rain. You can also trek in winter but temperatures could be  harsher for most trekkers.

Trip Dates/Cost:
Check available start date in our site and for cost please contact us.

Important Notes:
If you’re confused to pack up your necessary things just see in the check list tab. Bring light and necessary things. You will need medium size bag to carry your daily usable stuff. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the trek.

Note: We can customize trip as possible as client’s time frame. We are delighted to take you Himalayan region according to the itinerary.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1400 m).
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760 m) by local bus driving for approx. 6hrs.We drive you Kathmandu to Beshisahar (177 km). We go all the way to Beshisahar from the edge of Trishuli river which is very famous for rafting. After crossing the bridge of Trishuli river we turn west towards Dumre when we reach Dumre we turn north and fallow the Marshyandi river through Nadi valley untill we reach Besisahar. Rest overnight at Besisahar.

Day 02:  Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
Today we will visit over Kathmandu valley. UNESCO world heritage site is most popular touristic area to visit. We will visit oldest temple Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bashantapur darbar square. Prepare for tomorrow and rest overnight.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and jeep drive to Jagat (1330 m).
After breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar (5-6 hours, 172 km) through the Prithivi highway. We drive and fallow the Trishuli river (which is very famous for rafting) till small town Mungling. Next we will cross the Bridge of Trishuli River and turn west towards small town Dumre then turn north and fallow the Marshyandi River through Nadi valley until we reach Besisahar. Next we take jeep and drive to Jagat (1330 m). on the way we pass through small Tibetan villages, river and scenery of beautiful mountains. Trail goes ups and down through paddy field and ascend through rhododendron forest to reach Jagat. Explore around village and rest overnight.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani(1860 m).
Today we walk to reach Dharapani; which is also junction for Manaslu round and one of the big settlement of Manang district. We start our trail through zigzag way across the right side of Marsyangdi river and cross suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge trail climbs uphill and reach to Tal. Tal is famous place for waterfalls and valley view. After Tal we enter in Manang district and trail moves through Barley, rice, potatoes fields and cross forest to reach Kharto (1860 m). Descend through forest to cross long suspension bridge and walk through Nache village. At last new trail continues a stone kani makes formal entrance to Dharapani. Explore around and rest overnight

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,670 m).
Today we trek about 5 hours. After breakfast and short brief about route and safety our trails begins to climb in a high altitude and reach Bagarchap within an hour trek, following Dangyan Tibetan settlement trails enter to dense forest, crossing bridge over tributaries, waterfall and ascend step through stone to reach Chame from here we can see fine view of Annapurna. Explore around and rest overnight

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,200 m).
Today we walk for five hours all the way to Pisang (3200 m). After breakfast and short brief, our trail starts climb up and down and crosses rivers we will be in small village Taleku. After Taleku village within 2hours walk we cross bridge to reach sparsely inhabited settlement of Bartang. Next, almost 1hour trail through river, crosses bridge and ascend will lead us to Pisang. You can see beautiful rock wall and changes of landscape through the trekking; you can see arid land on the climb. Explore around and rest overnight.

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m).
Today we trek for (5-6 hrs). After short brief we start our trail windy and dry atmosphere which makes special and interesting for tourists. Trail rises steeply way from lower Pisang to reach upper Manang valley. On the way we can see view of air field and settlement from vintage point. Next our trail descends to the flat valley and reaches Ongre. After crossing Sabche River with a great view of Annapurna range. Next, half hour walk, we will be in Braga. In this village have a beautiful architecture of cliff wall. Next, we will be Manang and rest overnight.

Day 08: Rest at Manang.
Today we stay at Manang and explore the place of Manang and go for short hike. We can visit Bhojo Gumba and Ganagapurna Lake. If we have time and energy we can visit Himalayan rescue association (HRA) to get knowledge about mountain sick and back to lodge. Overnight at manang.  

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Thorong La Phedi (4,450 m).
Today we trek for about 6-7 hrs all the way to Ledar. After breakfast and short brief about route and safety our trails start crossing stream and climb up to Tenki village. Before North West Jarsang River we will climb the Marshyandgi valley. Next trail passes Ghunsa village, cluster flat mud roofs below the trail. We trek through graze of horses and yaks. On the way we cross wooden bridge and pass through ancient Mani wall and reach another village Yak Kharka. Next we walk through scrub juniper and alpine grass and cross bridge with the great view of Annapurna III. After Yak kharka we will be in small village Ledar, see the magnificent view of Annapurna and ascend for 2 hours from Ledar we will be Thorong la Phedi. rest overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Thorang phedi to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorang la pass (5,416 m).
After throng phedi we descend to Muktinath (3,800 m.) about 8 hrs. Today early in the morning we start our trek to Thorong La Pass .It takes almost 6hour to climb, from here we can see magnificent view of Muktinath temple (pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhist, believed sins are relieved after visiting this holy temple). Descend to Muktinath temple about 2 hours. overnight at muktinath.

Day 11: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1190 m).
Today after taking breakfast we will drive to Tatopani through jeep. It is quite challenging and adventurous road trip because it is newly opened road. The road is muddy and rough but you will enjoy travel intimating with the local people. After reaching Tatopani you can take natural hot spring and relax your body. Explore around and rest overnight.

Day 12: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775 m).
Today we walk for 6-7 hours all the way to Ghorepani. We walk through dense forest of rhododendron which is rich in bird’s life. We pass through Sikha and Ghara village with terraced and incline farmland. Next we walk along Ghaja khola and ascend and descend will lead us to Ghorepani. Explore around small village and rest overnight..

Day 13: Hike to Poonhill (3210 m) and trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1577 m).
Today early in the morning we will hike to Poonhill for magnificent view of sunrise and mountains. We will hike for 30 minutes and see the majestic view of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and many other Himalayas. after spectacular view we we get back to Ghorepani and trek all the way to Tikhedhunga. To reach Tikhedhunga we pass several villages of Gurung and Magars community, walk through dense forest. On the way we can see beautiful view of mountains and green valleys. Next we will reach Tikhedhunga and rest overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (832 m).
Today is our last trekking day. To reach Nayapul we will walk for 2-3 hours, our trail start descend steeply and walk through different settlement and forest. Next we will reach Birathanti and 30 minutes walk will lead us to Nayapul. From Nayapul your private car/ bus will drive you to Pokhara. Enjoy the magnificent atmosphere of lakeside at the evening and rest overnight.

Day 15: Drive (6-7 hours, 205 km) or fly (25 minutes) from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400 m).
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 205 km, it takes 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. We drive all the way to Kathmandu through Dumre, Munglin and along the Trishuli River. In Kathmandu there will be celebration for your completion of your trekking. Rest overnight.


Cost Include

  • Transportation for Kathmandu/Besisahar and Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist Coach
  • Accommodation for two nights in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara/Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All trekking permits
  • Transportation form Pokhara to Nayapul by private vehicle.
  • Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
  • Experienced trekking guide and porter (We will provide one porter for two people and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg in total)
  • Accommodation, meals, Insurance, transportation, equipments, and allowances of guide and porter
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary. 
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara/kathmandu
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, lephone calls etc.
  • Any airfare and departure airport tax
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other currence beyond our control
  • Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

This list of equipment will help you to bag pack for your trip. You can check the list while packing your bags.  These lists may require vary or little according to the season and your trekking duration. The weight is limit for 15 kg (33 pounds), we suggest you to carry only the valuable things. Your luggage will be carry by porter but you require carrying bag pack with important and valuable things on your own.

Important Documents:

1. Valid Passport, 2 passport size photos

2. Airlines tickets

3. Separate photo copy of your passport

4. Visa form (easily access in Nepal airport)

5. Insurance paper

6. Cash/credit card/ATM/Machine card for withdraw, checks

Head Wear:

1. Sunhat or Scarf

2. Light balaclava or fleece hat

3. Sunglasses

4. Head torch

Upper Body Wear:

1. Cotton T-shirt or thermals

2. Fleece Jacket

3. Down Jacket

Lower Body Wear:

1. Light weight cotton pant

2. Water proof pant

3. Hiking trouser or woolen trousers

Hands Wear:

1. Gloves

2. Light weight fleece gloves

Feet Wear:

1. Thin inner socks

2. Thick warm wool socks

3. Comfortable hiking Boots

Accessories Equipment:

1. Sleeping bag 

2. Trekking Bag/Duffel Bag

3. Large plastic Bag (for keeping things dry inside trek Bag)

4. Trekking poles (optional)

5. Water Bottle or Camel Bag etc.


1. Water purification tablets or filter

2. Anti-altitude sickness pills

3. Anti headache pills

4. Stomach antibiotic

5. Skin-blaster repair kit

6. Cold pills

7. First aid tapes and plasters

8. According to health prescription

Personal Huygens:

1. Tissue/Wet wipes/Toilet roll

2. Anti Bacterial hand wash


1. Quick dry Towel

2. Toothbrush and paste

3. Multipurpose soap

4. Face and body moisturizer

5. Female Huygens product

Extra Items: 

1. Guide Book

2. Diary and pen

3. Swimsuit

4. Voltage converter

5. Plug adapter

6. Cigarette lighter and Match box

7. Campus and Gps (optional)

8. Small alarm clock

9. Digital camera with extra cards and batteries

10. Small folding Knife etc.

Altitude Map:

Altitude Map:

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