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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - 12 Days Days

Trip Facts

Group Size
+2 People above
Trip Grade
Hotel/Mountain Lodge
Max. Elevation
5416 M
Full Board
Private Vehicle/Flight

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu and Scenic mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Exploration of Manangi people's culture, customs,s and traditions.
  • Centuries-old caves and monastery observation.
  • Opportunity to have a close-up view of Some world's highest mountains.
  • Crossing World's largest mountain Pass Thoroung-La passes 5416m.
  • Nepali local food and cuisine experience.
  • Muktinath temple visits one of the Hindu and Buddhist holiest sites.
  • Kaligandaki gorge deepest in the world between Mt Annapurna and Mt Dhaulagiri.

Trip Overview of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Short Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the exclusive trekking packages designed by Tourist link Treks and Expedition. Short Annapurna Circuit trek offers you all the major highlights of  Annapurna trekking. There is no other trekking journey in the world that offers a diversified taste of adventure that you can't get anywhere in the world. Short Annapurna Circuit trek is the best trekking journey in the world proven by various renowned travel portals like Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, Viator, Tour radar, Bookmundi, etc.

Usually, the journey starts from Beshisahar(760 m), about 7 hour road distance from Kathmandu. For shortening the trip, we start the journey a few kilometers further where you can feel like you are in paradise. We drive to Dharapani from Kathmandu on the first day of the journey. The next day we trek to Chame which is the district headquarter of Manang district. Manang is the least populated district in Nepal. The journey goes onward exploring beautiful landscapes consisting of mountains, rivers, settlements, flora-fauna, and the rich culture of the Manangi people the major inhabitants of the region. We stop at Manang for 2 nights for acclimatization where we do some side trips. We carry on trekking onward the journey gets more exciting and adventurous. With the growing elevation, it gets hard to get adjusted to the altitude but don't worry our experienced guide and porters know very well how to cope with it. We cross through the world's largest mountain pass i.e Thoroung-La pass 5416m and reach Muktinath one of the holiest pilgrimages sites of both Hindus and Buddhists where every Hindu is expected to visit this site in order to cleanse all the sins and bad deeds and obtain salvation. The Journey goes to Jomsom the windy town passing through the medieval settlement of Kagbeni. The stunning view of Mt Nilgiri north and Mt Dhaulagiri 8171m pulls your attention again and again. Experiencing the hospitality of the Thakali tribe is another highlight of the trip. The next day we fly to Pokhara from the tiny airfield of Jomsom which offers an incredible view of the Himalayas.

Tourist Link Treks and Expedition is a place to provide assistance for adventure seekers in this Short Annapurna Circuit trek.  An experienced and prime tourism agency arranges trips with affordable costs and offers high-quality services in this related field. We consider the services to solo trekkers also.

Short Annapurna Circuit tips

Here are the tips for the Short Annapurna Circuit trek:

  1. Annapurna Circuit (160-230 km) lies in Annapurna Conservation Area (7629 sq. km.), Nepal.
  2. Thorung La Pass (5416 m) is the highest elevation point on the circuit.
  3. Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda are the mountain sceneries are seen closely.
  4. Other peaks (6000-8000m) in elevation rise from the Annapurna range.
  5. Kali Gandaki gorge is the deepest gorge on the planet located on the premise.
  6. Trails pass along subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs and cultural villages, etc.
  7. The trek usually takes 12-18 days.
  8. Tea houses and lodges out there provide meals and accommodations.
  9. Many tourists select Annapurna Circuit for trekking to understand the quite nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the name Annapurna suggest?
  • Annapurna is considered the Goddess of food and nourishment.
  • Which is the highest point on Annapurna Circuit Trek?
  • Thorung La Pass is the highest point of the circuit (5416 m).
  • How long does it take to trek Annapurna Circuit?
  • It generally takes anywhere from 12-18 days.
  • How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit trek?
  • It is moderate and is one of the longest trekking routes in the region.
  • How cold is Annapurna Circuit?
  • The temperature of the circuit is around - 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.


Short Annapurna Circuit trek, an exclusive trekking package meticulously designed by Tourist Link Treks and Expedition. This trek promises an unparalleled adventure, encompassing the major highlights of the renowned Annapurna region. Renowned travel portals such as Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, Viator, Tour radar, and Bookmundi have all attested to the uniqueness and splendor of this trek, establishing it as the best trekking journey in the world.

Commencing from Beshisahar, approximately 7 hours by road from Kathmandu, the Short Annapurna Circuit trek offers a taste of paradise just a few kilometers further. The journey kicks off with a drive to Dharapani on the first day, followed by a trek to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang district. Manang, the least populated district in Nepal, becomes a stopping point for acclimatization, allowing trekkers to soak in the rich culture of the Manangi people.

As the trek progresses, adventurers traverse breathtaking landscapes featuring mountains, rivers, settlements, and diverse flora and fauna. With a two-night stop in Manang for acclimatization and side trips, the journey becomes more exciting and challenging. The trek reaches its pinnacle at the world's largest mountain pass, Thoroung-La pass at 5416m, leading to the sacred site of Muktinath, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Continuing through the windy town of Jomsom and the medieval settlement of Kagbeni, trekkers are treated to awe-inspiring views of Mt Nilgiri north and Mt Dhaulagiri (8171m). The hospitality of the Thakali tribe adds another layer of cultural richness to the experience. The adventure culminates with a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, offering a final glimpse of the majestic Himalayas.

Tourist Link Treks and Expedition, a premier tourism agency, ensures that adventure seekers receive top-notch services at affordable costs. With experienced guides and porters, even solo trekkers can embark on this extraordinary Short Annapurna Circuit trek, discovering the wonders of Nepal's diverse landscapes and cultures.


Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Dharapani 1860m / 10-hour drive / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 02: Trek Dharapani to Chame 2650m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 03: Trek Chame to Upper Pisang 3350m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 04: Trek Upper Pisang to Ngawal 3660m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 05: Trek Ngawal to Manang 3519m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 06: Trek Manang to Tilicho Base Camp 4920m / 7-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 07) Trek TBC to Yak Kharka after visiting Tilicho Lake 4920m / 8-hour tre / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 08) Trek Yak Kharka to Thoroung Phedi 4550m / 4-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 09) Trek Throung Phedi to Muktinath 3800m via Larkya-La 5416m / 8-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 10) Trek Muktinath to Jomshom 2743m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 11) Fly Jomshom to Pokhara 820m / 20-min flight / Overnight at Hotel In Pokhara.

Day 12) Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu / 6-hour drive / Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Scenic Drive to Dharapani:

Start on the Short Annapurna Circuit trek, commencing in Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Dharapani. The luxurious bus journey unfolds the best scenic views of Hilly Nepal, offering a wide-angle spectacle from your comfortable seat. Traverse through diverse landscapes, catching glimpses of rivers, villages, mountains, and rural towns. This incredible journey is not just a visual treat; it's a cultural exploration. Nepal's cultural richness shines through as you observe the diverse customs, cultures, and ways of living during the drive. Experience the profound diversity of Nepal, a compact yet culturally affluent gem, while relishing the picturesque journey to and from Pokhara.

Explore Annapurna Region:

The Annapurna region boasts some of the world's tallest mountains, including Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Nilgiris. The name "Annapurna," derived from Sanskrit, means the god of grain, highlighting the region's vital role in providing sustenance. Beyond its majestic peaks, the Annapurna region is celebrated for its natural and cultural biodiversity. Designated as a wildlife sanctuary under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, it serves as a vital conservation hub, fostering sustainable development and preserving the rich flora and fauna. Exploring this natural masterpiece is a rare blessing, an opportunity to witness the divine harmony of mountains, culture, and conservation.

Multi-Ethnic Culture Exploration:

Nepal, a treasure trove of cultural biodiversity, embraces 125 distinct dialects and hosts 120 different ethnic groups, each flourishing with its unique culture, customs, traditions, and ways of life. The rich tapestry of this diversity unfolds right from your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The Annapurna Base Camp trek provides an up-close encounter with ethnic groups like Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Chhetri, each distinct in its cultural nuances. Every step on this trek reveals the vibrant mosaic of Nepal's cultural heritage, allowing you to immerse yourself in the authentic customs and traditions of these diverse ethnic communities.

Ancient Temple & Monastery Exploration:

Embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek to witness the cultural kaleidoscope of the region through its diverse places of worship. Explore ancient temples, serene stupas, intricate chortens, and peaceful monasteries scattered along the trek. The spiritual journey unfolds with glimpses of outdoor worship places known as Thans, highlighting the coexistence of Hindu, Buddhist, and Bonpo traditions. Immerse yourself in the sacred ambiance, where every step resonates with the rich tapestry of religious diversity. Annapurna's cultural mosaic awaits, inviting trekkers to experience the harmonious blend of spiritual practices against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

Observe 360 Panorama:

Embark on the breathtaking Annapurna Circuit Trek for an unparalleled journey through the majestic Himalayan Panorama. Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of iconic peaks like Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Chulu West, Chulu Central, Chulu East, Thouroung Peak, Nilgiri North, and Dhaulagiri. This trek is a golden opportunity for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Himalayas. With each step, the trek unveils a stunning panorama, creating memories of a lifetime. Annapurna Circuit Trek not only challenges your spirit but also rewards you with a visual feast of snow-capped peaks, making it an unforgettable experience in the heart of Nepal's mountainous grandeur.

High Quality Service:

As a seasoned trekking and adventure trip organizer in Nepal, Tourist Link Trek & Expedition boasts 1.5 decades of invaluable experience and expertise. Our commitment to excellence shines through in every aspect of your Annapurna Base Camp trek. With Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, expect a journey where the quality of service reaches the highest standards. From top-notch accommodations and delectable food to impeccable facilities and amenities, our priority is to ensure your trek is a seamless blend of adventure and luxury. Trust us to deliver an unforgettable experience where every detail reflects our dedication to providing unparalleled quality throughout your trek.

Booking Information:

Explore the Annapurna Base Camp trekking experience with Tourist Link Trek & Expedition. For detailed booking information, visit our website's Contact Us section. Reach out to us via the provided email for further inquiries and assistance. Your adventure awaits, and we're here to ensure a seamless booking process for your memorable journey to the heart of the Annapurna region.

Safety and Logistics:

Experience the epitome of comfort on modern trekking trails in Nepal, adorned with luxury mountain lodges. Indulge in a diverse menu, cozy sleeping quarters, and worry-free amenities, sparing you the need to carry heavy loads. Pack essentials like clothing, toiletries, and photography gear, accompanied by light snacks such as chocolate. These lodges boast internet connectivity, hot water showers, and convenient battery charging facilities, ensuring a seamless trekking experience. Revel in the beauty of Nepal's landscapes, knowing that your every comfort is catered to in these well-equipped mountain lodges, enhancing the joy of your trekking adventure.


Explore the unparalleled excellence of Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, a seasoned adventure operator boasting a multitude of satisfied customers. With hundreds of positive reviews on prominent travel platforms like Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, Viator, Tour Radar, and more, our commitment to exceptional service is globally acknowledged. Recent clients, Mindi and Jabur from Malaysia, lauded our services, adding their voices to the chorus of acclaim. Join the ranks of those who have experienced the pinnacle of adventure with Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, where your journey is not just memorable but an embodiment of unparalleled quality and customer satisfaction.

Conclusion and farewell:

Embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, a journey etched with unforgettable moments amidst the world's highest mountains. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, the Annapurna region unfolds a tapestry of cultural and natural diversity, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. This extraordinary adventure quenches your thirst for exploration, creating a lifetime of cherished memories. Upon triumphant completion, relish a special dinner hosted by Director Hom, featuring authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural dance. The event doubles as a platform for valuable feedback and suggestions, ensuring every aspect of your journey remains as exceptional as the Himalayan landscapes you've traversed.


Embarking on our journey from Kathmandu, we travel by road to Besisahar. After a quick meal, we continue our drive to Dharapani, where we settle in at a mountain lodge for the night. Throughout the day, we are treated to breathtaking natural scenery and encounter diverse communities, providing a glimpse into the rich anthropological tapestry of the region.

Following a hearty breakfast, our journey continues towards Chame. Along the way, we pause for a delicious lunch at a quaint roadside tea house, and by day's end, we reach a welcoming mountain lodge for our overnight stay. This leg of the trek exposes us to diverse landscapes, including lush forests, imposing mountains, and rugged rock formations.

As the day's trek concludes, we continue to marvel at the wonders of nature, including rivers, dense forests, and the majestic Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. The journey also presents opportunities to traverse remote areas adorned with picturesque suspension bridges. Each step unveils the raw beauty of the landscape.

Ngawal village holds a unique charm with its centuries-old Guru Rinpoche cave and the Portoche monastery nestled on the hills overlooking the village. The trek route to this destination is equally rewarding, offering a blend of cultural and natural wonders for trekkers to explore and appreciate.

The trekking zone not only showcases the expansive beauty of the Marshyangdi River valley and the majestic Annapurna mountain range but also features other captivating elements such as peaks, lakes, and glaciers. In addition to its popularity among trekkers, the region supports some agricultural activities and yak herding, adding to its cultural and economic significance.

Embarking on a new day, the trek takes you westward along the picturesque Marsyangdi River valley. Today's adventure is a substantial one, likely spanning 7 to 8 hours, contingent upon your pace. The effort invested is handsomely rewarded when you witness the breathtaking scenery and mountain vistas. As you approach the village of Khangshar, the trail ascends towards Shreekhark, traversing through expansive pasturelands. Navigating rocky fields, you'll ultimately reach Tilicho Base Camp, a pivotal point on your journey.

Commencing early in the morning, we embark on an uphill hike to discover the world's highest lake, Tilicho, nestled at an elevation of 4900m. The journey from the base camp to Lake Tilicho takes approximately 2.5 hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of this high-altitude gem. After exploring the lake, we descend back to the base camp, indulge in a hearty breakfast, and set forth on our trek towards Yak Kharka, the subsequent destination marking the completion of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The trek from the base camp to Yak Kharka spans approximately 4 hours, offering a scenic and fulfilling experience.

We start early in the morning after having breakfast. The trail goes through the bank of Thoroung Khola river where chances of blue sheep witnessing are high so keep your eye on the surroundings while trekking. Vegetation and greenery gets sparse here and the landscape gets more and more desolate.

We start early in the morning before sunrise for the Pass. After reaching on the top of Thoroung-La we spend some time to take picture and obserbation and descend down to Muktinath. This place has religious significances to the Hindus and The Buddhists. A large crowd visit this shrine every year. Co-located water source and burning gas is known to exist here only.

The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop to the town straddling the Kali Gandaki river which flows right through the centre of Jomsom. The river freezes in winter and flows with rainwater and melting snow in summer and monsoon. The natural beauty and cultural diversity best showcase the features of this area. This is the place where the trek ends.

Pokhara is best known for the stunning views of the Annapurna range from the low altitude. several caves, temples, and several lakes are the attractions of this area.

Early morning around 6;45 we walk or drive to tourist bus park to catch a bus to Kathamdu. The drive takes 6-8 hour depend upon the saturity of traffic. After reaching Kathmandu guide will escort you to your hotel. Evening conclude with meeting with director Hom and reviews- feedback will be taken at that time.

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Transport Bus from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Jeep from Besisahar to Dharapani
  • The best available twin-sharing bed lodge during the trek.
  • Three daily meals (Breakfast, Launch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced highly skilled, government-authorised English speaking guide.
  • Porter during trekking including his salary, and insurance. Two trekker gets on Porter.
  • Snacks and seasonal fruit during the trek.
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara on BB plan
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( To be returned after trip completion )
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) entry fees and permits
  • TIMS ( Trekkers’ information management system ) card
  • Jomsom – Pokhara flight ticket
  • Tourist coach from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • All local government fees and all office service charges.
  • Medical supplies ( First aid kid )
  • Arrangement of Emergency helicopter (Expenses should be paid by your insurance company)
  • Farewell dinner before departure

What's not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and other expenses
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation if required
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip


5 - Excellent Based on 2 Review


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It was an amazing trek with Mausam

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Amazing trek in the Himalayas for 14 days

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