Annapurna Short Circuit Trek

Annapurna Short Circuit Trek

17 Days Annapurna Region Moderate Trekking

Annapurna Region
The Annapurna region is a dream for independent trekkers. It combines some of Nepal’s most iconic mountains, including fish-tailed Machhapuchhare and massive Annapurna itself, with a superb trekking infrastructure and easy access, as most trailheads are just an hour or two from Pokhara. The region’s charming Gurung, Manangi and Thakli villages add a cultural highlight.
It is one of the busiest trekking region after Everest Base Camp Trek.The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629-square-kilometre (2,946 sq mi) Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal.
The whole massif sits between two of the major river system in Nepal; Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki. Apart from the tenth highest mountain in the world, this region has 13 peaks over 7000 meters and 16 peaks over 6000 meters high.


Annapurna Short Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Activities


  • Trip Grade


  • Starting Price


  • Accommodation

    Tea house/lLodge

  • Max. Altitude


  • Best Season

    Sep-Dec, Mars-May

  • Active Hours


  • Group Size


Highlights & Attractions

  • Visit the beautiful Manang district.
  • Pass by the yak pastures.
  • Cross Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters
  • Visit Muktinath (a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists) known for 108 stone faucets, and eternal flame
  • Jomsom - the headquarter of Mustang
  • Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th), and Annapurna I (10th),Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • A day at tourist hub Pokhara
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Trip Itinerary

Departure from the destination from the different cities

Arrival at Kathmandu airport (usually in the afternoon) already marks our entry into another world... Customs formalities, baggage collection and welcome by our local French-speaking guide. Crossing the city to the hotel already offers a first discovery of the bustling and colorful capital of Nepal. Buses, trucks, bicycles and sacred cows crisscross in a friendly chaos... Depending on the arrival time, visit the surrounding area or simply settle in and rest at the hotel before your dinner at the hotel.
In case of early arrival in Kathmandu, lunch will be included in the program.


Free time 

Take the bus to Besishar (about 6 hours drive). Change vehicles, take the jeep to go Jagat (the evening stage) 3 hours of 4*4. Jagat is a small, pretty colorful village with different pretty colors. Now it is the gateway to enter the classic Annapurnas trek. There are more than 10 lodges and some local houses.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Between 6h in good road and 3h in mountains road 
Accommodation : in lodge

We start walking on the road way for 1 and half an hour. We change the stiff one. Crosses the Marsayagdi River. Steep climb for 30 minutes and walk to the balcony with beautiful scenery. 20 minutes of steep climb and arrive at a gate with the change of district. Leave Lamjung and enter the Manang district. Start to see Tal village for lunch. 2 hours 15 minutes of walking to reach the evening stage at Dharapani. It is a village where there is customs for the control of trekking permits.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 6h to 6h30h
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +1050m/-450m

After 45 minutes of walking, we arrive at the village of Bagarchap (bank of the river). This is where the course of Marsyangdi curves to take an east-west direction. Bagarchap marks the limit between the humid valleys to the south, that the wind crosses and the dry areas of Upper Marsyangdi, less affected by monsoon rains. We see seventh largest mountain in the world Manaslu 8163m. The change in vegetation is evident after the subtropical forest, we discover very beautiful expanses of blue pines, spruces and oaks. Chame is the capital of Manang district.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 6h to 6h30h
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +980m/-250m

The architecture becomes Tibetan with flat roofs. We have bypassed the Annapurnas and are now in Manangi country.
Visit Buddhist monastery which is like on the roof of the village. Beautiful view of Annapurana 2 (7937m). Stopover at the beautiful village of Pisang. There are lower and upper Pisang village. Crosses many Buddhist monuments during the day and reaches Pisang.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 5h30 to 6h30
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +630m/-120m

Discovery of the Manangi country of Tibetan culture, facing the magnificent barrier of Annapurnas 2 (7937m), 3 (7555m), 4 (7525m) and Gangapurna Himal (7455m). 40 minutes of steep climb to reach Gyaru village (3673m) after 45 minutes of walking from high Pisang. Exceptional day of this trek. Drink tea with the beau seen in Gyaru and walk on the balcony. It's a more beautiful day of trekking also to see the mountains and landscapes. Lunch in Ngawal typical village.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 6h30 to 7h
Accommodation:in lodge
Height difference +940m/-605m



Day of rest to complete our acclimatization. We climb up to 4000m towards Gangapurna Lake. Return for lunch at the lodge. We sleep 2 nights in the same lodge in Manang. In the afternoon, visit the village (free time).


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 4h
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +/-360m

Climb towards the hamlet of Ledar also called Yak Kharka because of the presence of yaks, this Himalayan area is in fact the kingdom of the yak, a bovid of Tibetan origin raised for its meat. There are areas of the "Thar" the wild goat which lives in herds. It rises steadily.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 4h to 4h30
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +625/-135m

Go up to Ledar (4200m) after crossing the suspension bridge. Walk towards the pass base camp which is called Thorang Phedi. The name of the pass is Thorang-la and Phedi meaning base camp. 15/20 minutes of steep climbing otherwise climbs regularly.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 4h
Accommodation: in lodge 
Height difference +485/-140m

Departure early in the morning for a long climb on trails and moraines and then arrive at the high camp. There is also a lodge. After high camp climb regularly. There are tea shops on the road and even at the summit pass (5419m). Thorang peak, Yakuwa kang and Thorangse. Descend several times steeply to reach the other side of base camp (4200m) to eat hot food. One can see the seventh largest mountain in the world (Dhaulagiri Himal 8167m). Quick visit to the magnificent complex of Buddhist and Hindu shrines. Muktinath is a place of Pilgrimage. There are 108 faucets which represent the 108 deities in Hinduism.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 7h30- to 8h
Accommodation:in lodge 
Height difference +980/-1700m

Today is the last day of the trek. We gradually climb up to one small view point after 1h30 of walk from Muktinath. We pass 2 small passes, from where we can see the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Nilgiri Himal (7061m). The views of landscape of Upper Mustang is extraordinaire. It's different than before Thorang-la pass. We descends toward Lubra hiding village. Where the people practice the oldest religion "Bonpo". It's small silent village. We walk around 1 hour after lunch by following the Lubra khola. And take bus of 20 minutes up to our camp for the night Jomsom, which is the capital city of Mustang region. We do the last party. We eat together with Nepalis staffs in this evening.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time; 5h to 5h20 of bus 
Accommodation : in lodge
Height Difference: +1200m/-150m

We take the flight to Pokhara at early in the morning. IT's around 20 minutes of flight. Pokhara is the second big and famous city of Nepal. It's very famous for lake and the reflect of the mountains in the lake (Phewa lake). The lakeside of Pokhara is very famous for the tourists. There are lots of monuments and historical places to visit. Walking in the street of lakeside in the evening with the music, lights and restaurants and boating in the lake is extraordinaire. Lots of people love to stay in Pokhara as the mountains are not so far and it's clean and peace as well.


Breakfast and lunch included.
Accommodation : in hotel 

We take a micro bus to Kathmandu. It takes around 7/8 hours of drive. We can see lots of cities, villages, fields etc on the way to Kathmandu. It's nice to discover by taking vehicles.


Breakfast and lunch are included.
Accommodation : in hotel 

Free time, rest day, visiting and shopping day.


Breakfast included.
Accommodation : in hotel 

Flight back to the destination.


Breakfast included.

Arrival at the destination.


End of the trip

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Fixed Departure Dates

  • Starting
    Cost in US$
  • 17- October - 2024
    03 - November - 2024
    1550 €

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the mountains (dinner, breakfast and lunch)
  • 2 nights city accommodation (Kathmandu) with breakfast.
  • All transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Trekking permits of the national park and trekking region
  • French-speaking guide, assistants guides (1 assis. for 4 guests), Porters (1 porter for 2 customers)
  • First aid medical kit (Your guide will carry the medical kit but we also advise you to bring it for your own use)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese team insurance
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at immigration at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (approximately 50 USD) per person per month
  • Location of trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Shower, Wi-Fi, cell phone pill charging and device
  • Unexpected costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trek.
  • Insurance
  • International flight

What you need to know about the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit is a moderately difficult trek and is challenging for two main reasons. First, it's a relatively long trek. Most people cover up to 230km over 14-18 days or more. Second, it's a high altitude trek.

Why is it called Annapurna?

The mountain is named after Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of food and nourishment, who is said to reside there. The name Annapurna is derived from the Sanskrit-language words purna ("filled") and anna ("food"), and can be translated as "everlasting food".

What is special about Annapurna?

The tallest of the mountains in the massif is Annapurna I (8,091m), first climbed on June 3rd, 1950 by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. It was the first of the 'over 8000m' peaks to be summited - it is still widely acknowledged as one of the most dangerous mountains in the world for climbers.

Where is the best part of the Annapurna Circuit?

The high point and highlight of the legendary Annapurna Circuit trek. You crest the brow of the Thorung La Pass (5,416m) to be greeted by a panorama of prayer flags and mighty mountain peaks stretched across the horizon. Drop down its far side and you enter a drier world that feels more like Tibet.

Which season is best for Annapurna Circuit trek?

The high point and highlight of the legendary Annapurna Circuit trek. You crest the brow of the Thorung La Pass (5,416m) to be greeted by a panorama of prayer flags and mighty mountain peaks stretched across the horizon. Drop down its far side and you enter a drier world that feels more like Tibet.

What is the age limit for Annapurna Circuit?

There isn't a strict age limit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it's important to consider the physical and mental demands of the trek before deciding to embark on it, especially for younger participants.

How many km is Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek route is around 208 kilometers/ 129 miles/. You may complete the whole route by hiking in 16 days. Now due to the road development in some areas, you may squeeze it by some days if you want to take a drive.

Can you do Annapurna Circuit without guide?

You will need the TIMS permit to venture into the Annapurna Circuit Trek without a guide or with a guide. The guide would usually manage this card for you along with the conservation area permit. The TIMS card would cost you around NRS 2000 which is approximately $20.