Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days +

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 do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 10 days except 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 given 14 days itinerary is included 10 days trek and 2 days historical monuments sightseeing tours around Kathmandu valley, 2 days arrival and departure. If it is not suitable for you just let us know or modify it yourself and share with us for the cost.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive to Besi Sahar (820m)
Day 04: Drive to Chame (2670m) - Not in Monsoon
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 07: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 09: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorung La Pass (5416m)
Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2713m) via Lupra or Kagbeni
Day 12: Flight to Pokhara (850m) same day flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 13: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Chame
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5416m
Duration: 14 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our staff at Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to Hotel where you meet the person you are emailing with for trip briefing. You will get entire information of your trip.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour
Today after breakfast you will explore the main attractions of kathmandu with private transport and expert tour. The places to visit will be Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey temple, Bouddha Nath Stupa and pashupati nath temple and Patan durbar square.

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Besi Sahar (820m)
After breakfast, we take a drive to Beshishar. It is about 7 hours drive (185km) from Kathmandu valley. During our ride, we can observe the natural beauty and people's lifestyle along Prithvi highway. Kathmandu to Besisahar by local bus it take about 7 hours and 173 Kilometers. Overnight at Besi Sahar

Day 04: Besi Sahar drive to Chame (2670m)
After breakfast, we start our off-road 66 Kilometers drive to Chame, Jeep take approximately 4 hours driving to Chame . Jeep to Chame from Besisahar is expensive if you reserve, there are sharing jeep also available but depend on time, we have to wait for other local passengers. Overnight at Chame

Day 05: Chame trek to Lower Pisang (3200m)
We will cross Marshyangdi River once more and enter the forests of pines. The trail enters inside small valley with gentle ups. We will then meet Bratang village. Walking a little some more from Bratang, we will again have to cross the Marshyangdi river. From here the trail goes steep up before we meet the road to Manang. We will walk on the road for a while then will reach Dhukur Pokhari (Lunch spot). From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be on display.  Overnight at Lower Pisang

Day 06: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m)
The town of Pisang is the beginning of the upper region of the Manang district. On this day, the trek climbs to Braga, a Tibetan styled village. The houses here are stacked upon each other forming verandas with each other rooftops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the district, with a vast array of statues in display and perched on a high crag with the view of the entire village. After a while we reach Manang, where we refresh and spend the night.

Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang (3540m)
As we are moving to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Manang is the perfect spot with its beautiful natural setting and a hike up to Gangapurna lake view point in the afternoon for a short tour and if you are interested morning Praken Gompa, north of Manang.  

Day 08: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
We will enjoy our tasty meal in Manang before we start our gentle uphill climb to Yak Kharka. Our trek will be pretty easy for this day without any steep climbs though high altitude can cause some tiredness. The beautiful views will be always there. We also have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Offer Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak etc.  It's a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat.

Day 09: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
It is another special day. Amazing views, light trail and towering Himalayas are together with us. The trail until we cross Kone Khola (stream) is mostly flat. Before crossing this stream we will pass two small villages called Churi Ledar and Ledar. Once we cross Kone Khola the trail will give us sudden steep climb. As we complete steep uphill, the risks of dry landslide will also become higher. We will need to be aware of stones falling down from the cliffs. Once we cross this risky area the route again becomes gentle up before we reach Thorung Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare crossing the pass.

Day 10: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) over the Thorung La Pass (5416m)
Today is better to leave early in the morning. The steep trail ascent brings you to Thorong High Camp which takes about 1 hour. Then the trail is gradually ascending until to reach Thorong-La Pass which takes about 3 hours. Then you can enjoy with taking pictures of you in the highest elevation, then better to descend as soon as possible. You continue to descend till to Chabarbu which takes about 3 hours. You find few lodges to have lunch. Then after lunch, you continue until to reach Muktinath village. Overnight at Muktinath village.

Day 11: Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m) via Lupra or Kagbeni
Today is the last day of the trek. We will move through a trail of Kagbeni or Lupra along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a windy valley that can be cold! See the memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills. There is an airstrip from where we will fly to Pokhara next day. Overnight at Jomsom

Day 12: Flight to Pokhara (850m) same day flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
After breakfast, we'll head to the airport to catch a Pokhara flight (flight will depend on weather) and late afternoon fly back to Kathmandu. If you are interested possible to visit the Fewa Lake and some interesting places before fly to Kathmandu please talk the option with your guide.

Day 13: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hote

Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
The trip comes at the end today. If you prefer to extend your trip let us know otherwise we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport. Normally 3 hours before your flight you are required to check in.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar overland transportation by public mini bus
  • BesiSahar to Chame overland transportation by public sharing Jeep
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two tourist get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight tickets and airport taxes for guide and guest
  • Way expenses to bring trekking crews from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by flight for guest and bus for guide
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge



  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and Chame (if required)
  • Sightseeing transportation for Pokhara (if required)
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 50 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? PLease click here to request the price.

If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed and departure the trip any date that suitable to your holiday schedule especially for you. Please click here for tailor made trip form.


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