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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

15 Nights 16 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5416 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • The beautiful mountain peaks like Mount Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many others accompany you throughout the trek.
  • Traverse through the villages of Gurung, Thakali, Magars, and Tibetan and soak up the local culture.
  • Cross the high pass of Thorong La (5,416m).
  • Heavenly blessed mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Explores the sacred village of Muktinath.

Short Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most sought after trekking for both the national and international tourists. Generally, it takes about 20 days to complete the trek around the Annapurna circuit. But for those having limited and wishing to trek around the Annapurna region, the short trek around the Annapurna circuit has been specially designed to complete the trek in just 16 days. The major places we will be visiting during this trek are Manang valley, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara. Moreover, the beautiful Himalayan peaks like Mount Annapurna, Hiuchuli, Pisang peak, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many others accompany you throughout the trek, adding beauty and pleasure to the trek. Gangapurna and many others accompany you throughout the trek, adding beauty and pleasure to the trek.

During the trek, we get to visit one of the historical places in Nepal and that is Manang. This place has a historical significance as being the important place for yak and salt trade between Nepal and Tibet. It still remains a trading point in northern Nepal. We get to meet people in the village and hear their stories as well. The Manang valley also offers us the chance to enjoy the beautiful vistas. The Marsyangdi river flowing the valley is a major attraction. In addition, we get to enjoy the beauty of Himalayan peaks as well.

During the trek, we pass through many villages where we get a chance to enjoy the traditional and unique culture of Gurung community. Several Buddhist monasteries, gompas, and chortens decorated with colorful Buddhist flags reflect the people’s inclination towards Buddhist religion. Another interesting place we visit in this trek is Muktinath (God of Salvation), one of the religious places in Nepal. The 108 water sprouts and abundant fossils found in this area make it very special for the tourists and religious people.

Apart from these places we visit in this circuit trek, the striking natural beauty with a magnificent close-up view of the mountain, the ever-expanding vast landscapes, valleys, gorges, waterfalls, passes and hot water springs make this trek the famous and interesting to try for. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private Car

We offer you a short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing, we head back to the hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We start our drive early in the morning and head west from Kathmandu. We enjoy the view of beautiful landscapes and settlement area during the journey. The bus heads ahead towards Dumre and from there, towards Besisahar. From there the journey continues till we reach Bhulbhule enjoying the view of Marsyangdi river flowing alongside.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus / Van

We start our trek from Bhulbhule and head towards Ghermu Phat for the night stay. Along the way, we pass through Nandibazar, Dovanchaur and Bahundanda. There are bus stops and many villages around. Also, we get to enjoy the natural beauty. We walk until reaching Ghermu Phat. There is a vast terraced filed where people grow rice. We stay for the night at Ghermu Phat.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We continue our trek through the Annapurna route. We come across the downhill trail descending towards Syange. Moving ahead from Syange we reach the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river. We cross the bridge and take the trail towards Jagat. We pass through school and temple on our way. The uphill walk will then take us to Ghatte Kholagaon and Purano Jagat. These places have fewer human settlements. On the way, we get to enjoy the beauty of the magnificent waterfall. Shortly then we reach Chyamche and walk until reaching Tal. We stay for the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Leaving Tal behind we follow the uphill trail alongside the Marsyangdi river and head towards Karte, also called Khotro. From there we shortly reach Dharapani. This place has more facilities. There are temples and monasteries. From Dharapani we head towards Bagarchhap. Moving ahead we pass Timang and Thankchowk and finally reach Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district and there is also a unique large white gate. We stay for the night at Chame.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts early from Chame towards Talekhu. We continue following the Annapurna route and walk ahead. We then reach Bharatang. After a short walk ahead we reach Chemyau Kharka where there is a memorial to Japanese mountaineer Akira Ochiai. We continue our walk and shortly reach Swargadwari bridge. Crossing the bridge and walking or sometime will take us to Dhikur Pokhari. We enjoy the beauty lush green forests around. The area is rich in natural beauty. We then keep walking until reaching Lower Pisang. The night will be spent at Lower Pisang.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we leave Lower Pisang and head for Manag. We will be doing many uphill and downhill walk today. Our first stop will be Ghyaru. The village has the sparse population and has a monastery. From there we head towards Humde passing through Mani walls on our way. From there the trail heads towards Nawal. We walk for quite a long time and reach Mugje. We pass through many temples and Gompas on our way. The trail then takes us to Bhraka. We then cross the bridge over the Ghatte Khola and finally reach Manang. The night will be spent there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is the acclimatization day to adjust our body to the rising altitude and take a good rest. We explore the areas observing the traditional and cultural life of Gurung community. We observe their lifestyle from near and interact with them. We end the day thus and get a good night’s sleep in a lodge at Manang.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today there will be a mostly uphill walk. We start the trek walking towards Ghusang with Thorung river flowing on the left. We pass the human settlement area and then cross the mani wall and reach Ghayanchang. A little ahead there is a bridge over Ghyanchang river. We cross the river and walk ahead. We move ahead passing Thorung Khola. The area has vast grassland and there are tea shops around the area. We walk ahead towards Yak Kharka and finally reach there at the altitude of 4,050m. The area has few human settlements.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Yak Kharka we walk ahead uphill towards Ledar. We then reach the ledar and walk ahead towards Kone Khola. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the stunning snow-capped peaks around on our way and crossing the bridge over the river. From there, walk towards the local tea house. We then reach tea house. There is a landslide area on our way to Thorong Phedi and we have to be extra careful in this area. From there, we walk for a while and reach Thorong Phedi and we will be spending the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our walk leaving Thorong Base Camp behind and walk uphill towards Thorong La pass. It is the world’s widest pass. From there the trail takes us steep downhill through Thorong Khola and passing Champarbuk. Further ahead we reach a barren and hilly area. From there the trail takes us to Muktinath. It is the place with huge religious significance both for Hindus and Buddhists. There are many other temples around the area. People take bath in the 108 water sprouts with a belief that it will clean away the sins and consider the water holy. We explore the area and spend the night at Muktinath.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be heading towards Jomsom. We will pass through many villages on our way to Jomsom. We take a walk downhill and then along the bank of Kaligandaki river. We might have to face the strong wind on our way to Jomsom. We pass through Jhong and Putak on our way. We also get to enjoy the beauty of Jhong Khola. We then leave the trail to upper Mustang and catch the trail to Kagbeni. From there we head downhill towards Ekle Bhatti and finally to Jomsom. Upon reaching Jomsom we will take rest and prepare for our night stay at the lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We spend the day exploring the lake city and other religious, historical and tourist places around. We will be spending the night in a lodge at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Flight

Today we head back to Kathmandu by bus from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu, we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of the trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu-Bhulbhule and Pokhara-kathmandu drive in a public bus.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Local sim card

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places.

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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