Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

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 Besisahar 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

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: 13 Days

The price of the trip depends on the size of the group and the level of service in the cities where you are going to use the accommodation (deluxe, standard, and budget) and the entire trekking can be done with either a normal teahouse or the best available teahouse Or camping (fully tented camp). Better to tell us what you're looking for? Please Click here to request a price.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in 3-star standard hotel)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Pokhara sightseeing with a your trek guide
  • Pokhara sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Pokhara sightseeing visits Entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Chame transportation by Non A/C Jeep
  • Domestic air tickets from Jomsom for guests and guide
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus for guests and guide
  • Way expenses to bring trekking crews from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary.
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets except for Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

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 Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (820m) - 5 to 6 hours and Drive to Chame (2670m) - 4 to 5 hours 
Kathmandu to Besisahar + Chame is a long drive. The first section of the drive goes through the Prithvi Highway and through the Marshyangdi valley to reach Besisahar. The Second part of the drive is off-road drive. The Annapurna round trekkers drive there and begin the trek. Before, the drive used to end in Besisahar and the trek begins but now you can drive directly to Chame and begin the trek. According to the group size, we offer bus, hiace, jeep or car up to Besisahar and if you are driving directly to Chame, we offer jeep and other four wheel drive. We offer you good conditioned vehicles. Stay overnight at Chame 

Day 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: Yak Kharka trek to Thorong 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 Thorong Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare crossing the pass.

Day 09: Thorong 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 10: 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 11: Flight to Pokhara (850m) and sightseeing around Pokhara
After breakfast, we'll head to the airport to catch a Pokhara flight (flight will depend on weather) and late afternoon Enjoy a full day Pokhara sightseeing tour with a guide, and explore the amazing places, for example, Fewa Lake, Barahi Temple, David’s fall, Gupteshwor Cave, the International Mountain Museum, and Bindahashini Temple Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 13: 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.

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

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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