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Annapurna Circuit (short)

  • Trip Duration:11 Days Trekking (Short Trek)
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5,416m (Tharong La Pass)
  • Best Time: September – December & March – May

Trip Overview

The world renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek is Nepal’s most iconic trek. This trek offers a wide variety of scenery and landscape with superb views of the Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri. You will encounter an amazing variety of landscapes, from sub-tropical to alpine and semi-arid similar to that experienced on the Tibetan Plateau. Hindu communities can be found at lower levels but further along the trek at higher altitudes, Tibetan Buddhism predominates. You will be accommodated in teahouses in villages along the way and have the opportunity to experience these fascinating cultures.

Highlights include the high trail through Upper Pissang to  Ghyaru and Ngawal to Braga and its ancient Gompa. Before arriving at Manang you will experience amazing views of Annapurna II and IV.  A rest stop of two nights here allows you to acclimatise to the ever increasing altitude. Manang is the largest village on the circuit and caters well for trekkers with a good range of teahouses, restaurants, cafes and even a bakery. From here you will have excellent views over Gangapurna and Annapurna III.  The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorong La Pass (5416m) followed by a steep descent of 1700m to the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath. The final day of the trek descends to Kagbeni an ancient village on the Kali Gandaki River and the access gateway to Upper Mustang.

The trek starts at Kathmandu and finishes in Pokhara. To keep cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own transport to the start and from end of the trek if you wish. Alternatively, we are happy to arrange all connections within Nepal as well as accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if required.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: By road from Kathmandu to Besisahar (7hrs) and trek or jeep to Bhulbhule 840m.
Day 2: Trek to Jagat (1300m) 5 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) 5 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Chame (2670m) 6 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Upper Pissang (3300m) 6hrs
Day 6: Trek to  Manang (3445m) 5hrs
Day 7: Rest and acclimatisation day in Manang.
Day 8: Trek to Yak Kharka (4355m) 4 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Thorong High Camp (4880m) 5 hrs
Day 10: Cross Thorong La 5416m, and trek to Muktinath (3760m) 9 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 hrs then jeep to Jomsom – 1 hr
Day 12: Bus to Beni and private car to Pokhara – 10 hrs

Optional flight from Jomsom to Pokhara at an additional cost.

Cost Included

  • Airport  transfer to and from hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara prior to commencement and after the end of the trek if requested.
  • Road transport, normally by bus, as per the trek itinerary.
  • Flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including one cup of hot beverage (tea or coffee) with the meal.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in teahouses, lodges or homestays for the duration of the trek.
  • All trekking, climbing and restricted area entry permit fees required for the trek.
  • Government licenced English speaking guide.
  • Porters (one porter per two trekkers) carrying a maximum of 25kgs.
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation guides and porters.

Trek Price Excludes

  • International flights to and from Nepal.
  • Domestic flights within Nepal except where indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue or emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Any costs associated with rescue or emergency evacuation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to and after the trek.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
  • Meals and snacks other than breakfast lunch and dinner while trekking.
  • Personal equipment or any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Single trekker supplement.
  • Peak climbing permit.
  • Cost of additional porters for excess equipment above 12.5kg per person allowance.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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