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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Short Annapurna Ciruit Trek the best trekking journey in the world.

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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
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.


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.

This place is the highest point in the Annapurna circuit. In addition to trekkers, this pass is regularly used by local trekkers. Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountains forming the pass. Trekkers usually depart some hours before sunrise as strong winds typically begins some hours after sunrise.

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.

The end of the trek is declared, and we are supposed to conclude the reasonable trip on this day.

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


Adriano S

It was an amazing trek with Mausam

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Vicky Cole

Amazing trek in the Himalayas for 14 days

We've been using Tourist Link Trek And Expedition for the last 3 months while being in Nepal and couldn't be happier with the service and experience. We did the Annapurna Read More ...
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