About Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Thorung La Pass Trek

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, often completed in 10 days with the experienced guidance of Himalayan Asia Treks. We offers a condensed yet captivating journey through the heart of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This trek combines the beauty of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek with a detour to the stunning Tilicho Lake. The lake is one of the world's highest glacial lakes, nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas. Trekking through lush forests, charming villages, and picturesque landscapes, hikers explorer breathtaking mountain vistas, including the iconic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.

This short trek is the renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for those seeking a rewarding trekking adventure without the extended time commitment. The trek make it a perfect choice for adventure enthusiasts with limited vacation days.If there is one place that excites travelers, it has to be 12 days Annapurna Circuit Trek. No matter how often you visit these places, you will miss something if you do not join the trekking. Apart from the beautiful Mountain View, Short Annapurna Circuit Trek will be close to your best adventure experience. Many sightseeing natures keep them excited for all trekking and hiking enthusiastic trekkers while on this memorable trekking tour schedule.

World highest pass like Thorung La and pictorial Manang valley alongside Muktinath makes the entire Annapurna Circuit Short Trek genuinely remarkable. The culture and tradition of the Nepalese people would tempt you to stay here and experience the high gratitude, love, and affection that people here known for. However, due to high altitude and bad weather, trekkers prefer to stay back, and the best season to take part in trekking would be in the winter, like Sep to Nov. Those obsessed with adventure sports will find Annapurna circuit Trek a must-go. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek offers 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek. We have made two itineraries about Annapurna Circuit Trek and Short Annapurna Circuit Trek in Annapurna Trekking Packages.

During the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekkers use to the climate and trekking gear with thr help of Himalayan Asia Treks. Just like any mountain trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek would be a tough one for any trekkers. However, once you gain confidence after knowing the trekking routes, you will have more knowledge about mountain trails, and their paths alongside how to cope with the hurdles that would come in such a long duration of the base camp trek. The presence of the mountain trek makes people encourage and find the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek one of the worth a time and money engagement.

Shortest Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The shortest time to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary, but it typically takes around 10-14 days. This  trip duration make short or extend depending on your fitness level, acclimatization needs, and the specific route you take.

Length of Annapurna Circuit Trek

The standard Annapurna Circuit trek is approximately 160-230 kilometers (100-145 miles) in length, depending on the route taken. The trek usually starts and ends in Besisahar or Nayapul and circumnavigates the Annapurna Massif through diverse landscapes and villages.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day01: Drive to Bestsahar.

Day02: Drive to Chame.

Day03: Trek to Upper Pisang.

Day04: Trek to Manang.

Day05: Acclimatisation in Manang.

Day06: Trek to Ledar.

Day07: Trek to Throng Phedi.

Day08: Trek to Muktinath via Throng La Pass.

Day09: Drive to Pokhara . 

Day10: Drive to Kathmandu.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost/Price

The cost of a short Annapurna Circuit trek can vary widely based on factors like tour operator, accommodation choices, transportation, permits, and meals. A rough estimate for a basic trek could be around $1200 to $1,400 USD.

Best Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The "best" short Annapurna Circuit trek is subjective and depends on your preferences. However, the route that covers key highlights like Manang, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Poon Hill tends to offer a diverse and rewarding experience within a shorter timeframe.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty:

The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary depending on your physical fitness, previous trekking experience, and how well you acclimatize to the altitude. Generally, it consider a challenging trek, particularly due to the high-altitude crossing of Thorong La Pass. The steep ascents and descents, as well as the length of the trek, can also make it physically demanding. The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit Trek consider moderate to challenging. The trail involves a variety of terrains, including steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and potentially adverse weather conditions. Proper preparation, physical fitness, and acclimatization are crucial for a successful trek.

Expection in Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular and iconic trekking routes in Nepal. It takes you through diverse landscapes, remote villages, and stunning mountain scenery in the Annapurna region. Here's what you can expect on the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • Scenic beauty: The trek offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and other surrounding mountains. You'll encounter lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque valleys as you hike through the region.

  • Diverse landscapes: The trek takes you through a wide range of landscapes, from subtropical forests at lower elevations to arid, high-altitude desert-like terrain at higher elevations. You'll also pass through several river valleys and cross suspension bridges over rivers and gorges.
  • Charming villages and local culture: Along the trek, you'll have the opportunity to visit traditional Nepali villages inhabited by various ethnic groups like Gurungs, Thakalis, and Tamangs. You can experience their unique cultures, traditions, and hospitality.
  • Thorong La Pass: The highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). It's a challenging and physically demanding part of the trek, but the panoramic views from the pass are truly rewarding.
  • Accommodation and food: There are tea houses and lodges available along the trekking route, providing basic accommodation and food. While the facilities may not be luxurious, they offer a comfortable place to rest and replenish.
  • Altitude acclimatization: The trek involves significant altitude gain, so it's crucial to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. It recommend to take your time and gradually ascend, allowing your body to adapt to the increasing altitude.
  • Weather conditions: The weather in the Annapurna region can be unpredictable, especially during the monsoon and winter seasons. It's best to plan your trek during the pre-monsoon (spring) or post-monsoon (autumn) seasons when the weather is more stable and the views are clearer.

Highlights

  • Beautiful terraces with rice fields and farmhouses.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
  • Hot spring.
  • Eye-catching waterfalls.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.
  • Sunset tour at Sarangkot.
  • Hot Spring.
  • Pass over Thorung la Pass.
  • Muktinath Temple.
  • Trekking through Kali Gandaki Valley and the deepest gorge.
  • Marpha has Beautiful views of different Himal like Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.

Day to Day Itinerary

Starts with arrival in Kathmandu for a pleasant time. After your arrival at the airport, Himalayan Asia Treks representative will welcome you and will eventually take you to the allocated hotel. After reaching in hotel, our staff will give short briefing about Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu

After taking breakfast, We start our journey towards Chame via Scorpio Jeep via driving. We will pass Trishuli river a white water rafting river, small greenery mountain, Besisahar, Dharapani and other small towns.
Overnight in Chame. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge
  • Location: Chame
  • Altitude: 2710m.

Today begins with Chame to Pisang for about 5 to 6 hours. We will start our trek for Pisang early morning. You will be amazed to see that the mountain disappears as soon as you climb the path that is up the valley.
Overnight in Pisang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge
  • Location: Pisang
  • Altitude: 3300m.

Pisnag tomanang would take 6 to 7 hours’ time. You need to start your trekking with the climbs that is generally a steep ridge. The best part is that it will offer some amazing views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak.
Overnight in Manang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge
  • Location: Manang.
  • Altitude: 3500m.

Today trekking schedule gets familiar of the climate and condition while you stay at Manang. Moreover, you cannot predict the climatic condition at this place. And you will also get enough time to get use to the climate of the place.
Overnight in Manang.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge.
  • Location: Manang.
  • Altitude: 3500m.

Thereafter, next route would be Manang to Yak Kharka for nearly 3 to 4 hours. On this day you will be able to see the panoramic views all day long. Although, it seems to be the short trekking but then also we will feel somewhat tiring due to the high altitude and less oxygen.
Overnight in Yak Kharka.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge.
  • Location: Yak Kharka
  • Altitude: 4110m.

Today of this long gruelling trek, yak kharka to thorang phedi would be next place to trek. After a short climb on the mountain you can see that on the right bank, a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope.
Overnight in Thorung Phedi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge.
  • Location: Thorung Phedi.
  • Altitude: 4420m.

Trek to Thorong la to Mukinath, and then drive to Jomsom for about 7 to 8 hours trek. The trail is steep immediately after leaving the camp but due to the fact that this trail is used by the local people for more than 100 years, so it has become familiar for them.
 Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House / Lodge.
  • Location: Jomsom.
  • Altitude: 2743m.

On the next day after completing your breakfast you need to be ready for your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It won’t take more than twenty five minutes to cover this route. If you want then you can visit places nearby. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.
  • Altitude: 1400m.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu for about 5 to 6 hours. While on the drive you will get some fantastic view of the settlements, terraces, rivers and also the landscapes. And then you need to spend your night at the hotel nearby.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1400m

The final day of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekget ready for final departure. Himalayan Asia Treks Staff will be transferred to the international airport just before you have your scheduled flight.

    What's Included

    • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Three Star hotel.
    • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing and Kathmandu-Besisahar- Chame by bus & Jeep, Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu by domestic air ).
    • Three times meals at trekking.
    • Accommodation in Tea house/lodge in trekking .
    • Government licensed English speaking guide.
    • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
    • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
    • Travel and rescue arrangement.
    • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
    • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant
    • Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return after trek.
    • Government taxes and office service charge.
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    • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Any type of insurance.
    • Visa.
    • Any type of international flight fare.
    • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
    • Tips (Not Mandatory but expcted).
    • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
    • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation.

    Useful Information

    Useful information about Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    • Route: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a roughly 160-230 km (100-145 miles) long trail that usually starts in Besisahar and ends in Nayapul or Pokhara but we will drive and flight so there would be less some days for making short Annapurna Circuit Trek. The route takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and high mountain passes.
    • Duration: The duration of the trek can vary depending on your itinerary and pace. On average, it takes about 15-20 days to complete the entire circuit. However, shorter versions of the trek are also possible by taking a jeep or bus to skip some sections.
    • Permits: You will need two permits for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card via local trekking company- Himalayan Asia Treks.
    • Accommodation: Along the trail, you will find a variety of teahouses and lodges for accommodation. These provide basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and meals. It is advisable to carry your own sleeping bag for extra warmth and comfort and provide best 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Altitude: The highest point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. It is recommended to take rest days and ascend gradually to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
    • Weather: The best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather conditions. The monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making the trail muddy and slippery.
    • Physical Fitness: The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. Regular exercise and stamina-building activities prior to the trek are recommended. It is also advisable to consult with a doctor and local trekking company in Nepal - Himalayan Asia Treks before undertaking any high-altitude trek.
    • Safety: It is important to trek with a knowledgeable guide or in a group for safety reasons. Inform someone about your trekking plans and keep them updated on your progress. Follow the instructions of your guide, pay attention to weather conditions, and respect the local culture and environment.
    • Packing: Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing (including layers), a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, a trekking pole, a headlamp, and snacks. It's also a good idea to carry some cash for emergency purposes, as ATMs may not be available along the trail.

    What do I need for trekking/ Packing list :

    • Day pack (rucksack)
    • Light weight and warm trousers.
    • Socks.
    • Sun hats and gloves.
    • Full- sleeves t shirt.
    • Warm jackets.
    • Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
    • Light weight cotton clothing.
    • Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
    • Knee supports.
    • Sun glasses.
    • Sun cream and lip protector.
    • A one liter hard Water bottle.
    • Batteries
    • Flash light
    • Down jacket
    • Trekking shoes or boots.
    • A pair of sandals.