Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • 12 Days
  • USD 950
  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Trip At Glance


12 days

Trek Days

9 days






Trekking, Sightseeing,


Hotel/Guest House


Private Car/ Jeep / Bus/ Flight

Best month

Feb-May/ Sept- Dec



Group Size

2 Maximum - Max 10


US$ 950 Per Person


If you are single, we can manage this trekking for you with additional USD 150 cost.

Overview And Highlights

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular long detour of Nepal Trekking. However, the extension of road network has curtailed the walking route. Therefore, Landmark Discovery Treks has knitted the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary. Relish the awesome Himalayan wilderness on the trail having the most popular high pass the Thorong La Pass (5416 m) within 10 Days of walking holiday in Nepal. 

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days is the ultimate walking journey within the ACAP region. Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as the Round Trek is the long detour earlier. However, the trail has curtailed due to the expanded road network. Relish the amazing Thorong Crossing adventure and Himalayan landscape with us in an updated itinerary. 

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal is designed by our travel planners taking note of the holiday time and budget constraints. Most of the trekkers are on a limited holiday period yet they want to witness the most popular high pass of Nepal the Thorong La Pass (5416 m). The places on this trek are similar to regular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Check out our regular package of Annapurna Round Trek. 

Walking starts from Dharapani after the long road trip from Kathmandu via Lamjung. The road from Besisahar to Dharapani is on a rugged surface graveled road. Landmark Discovery Treks is unique while offering the itinerary to our guests. We don’t plan to allow our trekkers to walk on the road. We would rather take our trekkers to the off road trail. This is the true essence of trekking. 

Trekkers take the route of Chame, Pisang and Manang. While walking from Pisang to Manang the route of Ngawal trekkers might have to walk more but scenery is awesome. In order to complete all the trekking courses our trekkers will not spend an acclimatization day at Manang. Trekkers will head towards Yak Kharka and eventually to Thorong Phedi. 

Early in the morning trekkers start their quest to cross the Thorong La Pass (5416 m). The mountain vistas as seen from the top are spectacular. Behold the lower Mustang region on the other side of the pass. Muktinath temple and nunnery is another highlight of this trek. Trekking ends here. 

Landmark Discovery Treks is highly professional trekking agency. After getting lots of queries regarding the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek our travel planners knitted the package. This is probably the most serene walking itinerary ever prepared for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free.  Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities.  Overnight at hotel. 

Day 2 : Kathmandu – Dharapani  (1900m/6232ft), 9-10 hrs drive

The westward journey to Dumre (400m, 4½hrs) winds over the forested Middle Hills that separate the High Himalaya from the Nepal and Indian lowlands. The road links Hindu villages and terraced farming communities, crossing several important rivers that flow from the ice fields to the north. At Dumre we turn north into the Marsyangdi Nadi Valley. A secondary road leads to the commercial centre of Besi Sahar (760m, 2hrs). A minor road then heads into the hills (2-3hrs), passing construction work on a major hydro electric scheme before climbing Syange (1 080m).

The road then enters a canyon and rises to a ridge: and Jagat (1 330m, a former salt-route toll depot to Tibet). Continue, through Chamje (1 410m) to a ‘bus stop’ opposite a suspension bridge to the east bank and a short walk to Tal. This attractive village is set in a flat valley behind which is an impressive waterfall (and palm trees). The river flows placidly between gabions. Continue 30minut drive the Dharapani   Overnight in Dharapani. .

Day 3 : Dharapani  – Chame (2 710m/8 890ft), 5-6 hrs

The valley swings westwards and the trail climbs steep forested ridges, over some landslides, as it ascends the southern slopes of the valley.  Good views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7 937m), and Annapurna IV gradually rise to the south. They come into full view at the landmark mani wall before Chame: the Manang District headquarters. Overnight in Chame.

Day 4 : Chame – Lower Pisang (3 240m/10 630ft), 5-6 hrs

A steep trail on the north bank, through a dense fir and pine forest, passes the gigantic curved, ice-carved rock face above Bhratang (2 950m). It rises 1 500m above the river: and takes an hour to pass. Later, walk along an impressive ledge hewn from a cliff face before the trail re-crosses to the southern bank of the river and ascends, opposite the wall, into the U-shaped upper Manang Valley between two snow peaks. The views become more exciting as you approach the split-village of Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.

Day 5 : Pisang – Ngawal (3 660m/12 010ft), Manang (3 540m/11 620ft) 6-7 hrs

Two trails lead to Manang. The lower route, follows the river to Mungji (3 500m) where it meets the high route and continues to Braga and Manang. 
The challenging upper route presents some of the best scenery on the trek. Climb to Upper Pisang (3 310m) then walk through the dry Nyesyang region to Ghyaru (3 670m): a cluster-village of houses surrounded by fields of barley, buckwheat, beans and potatoes: crops that ripen in a short growing season. Follow a high traverse with great views of the whole valley to Ngawal: a village with ancient juniper trees and a neat gompa. Take a lunch after the lunch. 

Descend gradually to Mungji (3 500m), with a nunnery above the village. Next, is picturesque Braga (3 470m): with clustered houses stacked one above the other up a craggy slope. An impressive Gompa sits at the top. This is the oldest and best endowed gompa in the region. Manang is a short walk from Braga. Rest and explore the village. Overnight in Manang.

Day 6 : Manang – Yak Kharka (4 020m/13 190ft), 3-4 hrs

From Manang climb NE to Tengi (3 690m) then up and out of the Marsyangdi Valley; turning NW into the Jarsang Khola Valley. Ascend slowly to minimise altitude problems. 
The trail passes summer kharkas through scrub juniper as it steadily climbs above Gunsang (3 920m): a cluster of flat mud roofs just below. Continue to Ghyanchang (4 000m) before dropping to cross a tributary; then rising through kharkas of grazing horses and yaks. Later, a wooden bridge, heads towards an ancient mani wall and the small village of Yak Kharka; with great views. Overnight in Yak Kharka. 


Day 7 : Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi (4 540m/14 900ft), 3-4 hrs

A short day’s slow, steady 500m climb leads to the seasonal outpost before the pass. The path snakes through desolate high scenery: scrub vegetation gradually giving way to rock, scree and an exposed path across a landslide before reaching the trekker-lodge at Thorung Phedi (foot of the hill). There is a single teahouse with a warm cosy dining room and beds for some 150 trekkers. It closes for the winter months. Overnight in Thorung Phedi.

Further up the “hill” lodge staff man a small stone teahouse on a cold exposed ridge: known as High Camp. Rather stay at Thorung Phedi than head for this elevation: just for a shorter summit day. 

Day 8 : Thorung Phedi – Thorung La (5 416m/17 770ft) – Muktinath (3 800/12 470ft), 8-9 hrs

A pre-dawn start is wise for this long arduous day. There is a 900m/3 000ft ascent before a 1 600m/5 250ft descent. From the teahouse the path climbs steeply up the valley: leading to a stiffer ascent up an ancient moraine. After that, it ascends more gently. Thorung La is a flag bedecked col between Thorung Peak (6 211m/20 378ft) and Yakwakang’s (6 482m/15 434ft) stupendous cliffs.

Views back to the east are snowy. Ahead and far below is the brown desolate scenery of the rain-parched Kali Gandaki-Mustang Valley. On the opposite side of the valley, the huge Dhaulagiri range rises to the southwest. Ahead and to the north, the mountains of Dolpo stretch to the horizon: these are an extension of the Tibetan uplands to the north.
After photos and a rest, begin the ~4hr descent to Muktinath. Tread with care as the path drops steeply over loose gravel. Later, it becomes rockier and easier to walk on. The captivating scenery and chance to “sleep low” should spur you on.

Eventually, the important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Muktinath will come into view. This oasis of springs is surrounded by a lengthy wall and is bedecked by thousands of prayer flags. There is a small Vishnu temple and smaller Buddhist shrine: testament to Nepal’s religious harmony. The Tibetan name for this oasis is Chu Mig Tsa Gye (108 springs).  
The dusty village of Ranipauwa (3 710m, and traffic) is a 10 minute walk beyond the shrine.  The region is collectively known as Muktinath. Overnight in Ranipauwa. 

Day 9 : Muktinath – Tatopani (1 190m/3 900ft), 6-8 hrs drive

A rutted road has been built, mostly along the trekking trails, from the lowlands to Muktinath. A recent Chinese road from Tibet through Upper Mustang meets this road below Kagbeni (2 840m: consider a detour to this fascinating ‘first village’ into Mustang.) From ~10:00 to 16:00, daily winds blow in dust from the lowlands and now the gravel road makes trekking particularly unpleasant.

Jeep transport has become preferable through this rugged scenery; and returning vegetation. Jeeps are used for the drive to Jomsom (2 760m, administrative centre of the Lower Mustang region). Change to a second jeep for Tatopani (hot springs). From there we leave the road and Buddhist culture – and trek into lush forest once more. Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 10 : Tatopani – Pokhara  (880m/2886ft), 5-6hrs

Drive south up the Kali Gandakis west bank, to Tiplyang. The hills are lush with forest and terraced fields. Crops include rice (three crops a year), maize, wheat and greens for local use. Cross to the east bank and continue, Beni, After the beni continues drive to Pokhara Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11 : Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 5-6 hrs drive or 25 min flight

After breakfast, drive to the nearby airport and fly back to Kathmandu along the Himalayan Range. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free.

Day 12 : Final Departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

What Is Included ?

  • All the airport/ Hotel transfers
  • Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel for 2 night with the  bed and  breakfast
  • Well come and farewell dinner
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour on  private car/Van/ Bus
  • Professional govt. registered tour Guide
  • Comfortable private Transport Car/bus/Van Kathamndu to Besishar
  • Sharing Jeep besishar to trekking starting point (Dharapani)
  • Full meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the treks
  • Supplementary snakes: seasonal fresh fruit, cookies and energy Bar
  • All necessary paper work permit and TIMS ( Annapurna conservation Permit and TIMS)
  • An English speaking professional govt. registered trekking Guide and porter ( 2 trekkers 1 Porter ) above the 4 trekkers 1 assistant Guide
  • Hot drinks ( tea and coffee)
  • Safe drinking water ( Chlorine/ Iodine water)
  • All the Mountain accommodations soft comfortable private Room and share bathroom some where possible attach toilet and Bathroom. 
  • Guide and Porter salary, meals, accommodations, insurance, Transportation and equipment
  • Sharing jeep Muktinath to Tatopani and Pokhara 
  • Three star Hotel in Pokhara Lakeside  for 1 night with Bed and Breakfast
  • Pokahara to Kathamndu 25min flight or by standard tourist bus 
  • All the government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking equipment four season sleeping bag down jacket rain coat walking poll.

What Is Excluded?

  • Kathmandu city tour monument fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara  except welcome and farewell dinner
  • All the soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Boiled water
  • Personal  expenses
  • Electronic devise re charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

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