Short Annapurna Circuit Trek
The short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fascinating journey with daily views of the Annapurna-Mansalu Himalayan snow-capped peaks. After the construction of the motor road from Besi Sahar to Chame, it has become possible to trek Annapurna Circuit in less than 10 days except for Kathmandu. This is the best option for those who are looking for a short Annapurna Circuit Trek, but they should be ready for off-road-drive travel from Besi Sahar to Chame (Not available in monsoon). The trek is special for mountain scenery, cultural diversity and to cross a beautiful high pass Thorong La Pass (5416 meters). The trail has long been considered the best trek in Nepal and ranked as one of the top 10 best trails in the world for the classic walking holidays.
The trek follows the Marsyangdi valley to the north of the main Himalayan range and cross the Thorung La Pass (5416 meters) to descend into the dramatic desert like Tibetan-style scenery of the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley. The trek route passes charming villages of Gurungs, Manangis and Thakalis. The trek offers amazing mountain views of the numerous above 7000 meters Annapurna Peaks, some other beautiful mountains including mount Manaslu. After crossing the Thorong La Pass you will reach at Muktinath and visit the Muktinath temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
After Muktinath, we descend to Kali Gandaki River and follow the trail to Jomsom, on this day see an eyeful landscape view of the Mustang and immense views of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. Jomson has daily flight connections with Pokhara. From Jomsom we take a flight to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Of course, after the motor road constructed from Besi Sahar to Chame and from Muktinath to Beni the trail affected for those who wants to do the whole classic Annapurna circuit trek, although it provided the option to complete the trek in short time if using overland transport.
On this trek trail has some choices of the best and cheapest trekking lodges/teahouses, offers good accommodation and food for trekkers and climbers, so most of the trekkers prefer to eat and sleep at teahouse which is much cheaper than doing a camping trekking.
Below is the 13-day Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Itinerary which includes a 9-day trek, and a 1-day sightseeing tour to 4 major sites of Kathmandu Valley, 2 days arrival and departure. If it is not suitable for you just tell us or modify it yourself and share with us for cost.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Besi Sahar (820m) and Chame (2670m) - Not in Monsoon
Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 05: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 06: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 08: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2713m) via Lupra or Kagbeni
Day 11: Flight to Pokhara (850m) and sightseeing around Pokhara
Day 12: Pokhara drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 13: Depart Kathmandu