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    Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      9 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Local Transports
    • Max. People
      10

    Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 days

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and a unique cultural experience. This trek has become one of the most-liked and visited destinations in terms of tourism.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is pleasing to every trekker with the range of natural richness and snow-capped mountains and from the culturally rich communities to the very warm and hospitable environment. So, what are the things to know before going on Annapurna Circuit Trek? Here are some of the things that you want to know.

    Highlights Of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    • Explore Diverse Landscapes
    • Reach Thorong La Pass
    • Cross-Cultural experiences
    • Viewing Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna I, II, III, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and many others.
    • Natural hot springs in Tatopani
    • Explore Jomsom And Muktinath
    • Day01

      Drive to Dharapani (Local Bus to Besisahar, then jeep to Dharapani). Sharing and private both

      Location: Dharapani

      Dharapani Altitude: 1,860 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      On the first day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will drive to Dharapani from Kathmandu. First, you will take a bus to Besi Sahar in Lamjung. You also can rent a private jeep to get to Besisahar. Once you reach Besi Sahar, you will rest and have lunch before starting another journey.

      From BesiSahar, your next destination will be Dharapani, at 1,860 meters. You will take a jeep to Dharapani, and after around 3 to 4 hours, you will reach your destination.

    • Day02

      Trek to Chame.

      Location: Chame

      Chame Altitude: 2,650 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      From Dharapani, you will take an early morning trek after your breakfast. First, you will reach Chame through the rhododendron forest and rugged route.

      You will cross through the Danaque village, exploring the view of Manaslu and Annapurna mountain peaks. Also, you will walk through the lowlands and Thanchowk Kolo before reaching Chame at 2,659 meters.

    • Day03

      Trek to Pisang

      Location: Pisang

      Pisang Altitude: 3,240 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      From Chame, your next destination will be Pisang. You will climb to Telekhu and follow the trail through forests and Brathang. You will walk along the Marsyangdi river, hike through the pine forests, and finally reach Pisang at 3,240 meters.

    • Day04

      Trek to Manang

      Location: Manang

      Manang Altitude: 3,540 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      On the fourth day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will head toward Manang. First, you will hike to Braga village - there, you can find a Buddhist Gompa featuring the statues of Buddha, mani walls, and prayer flags. From Braga, you will have to take a few hours of hiking to reach Manang, where you will stay overnight.

    • Day05

      Rest and hike up to Ice Lake

      Location: Manang

      Activity: Hike To Ice Lake

      On day 5, you will take a rest in Manang and also go for a hike to Ice Lake, which is also called Kicho Tal. Reaching Ice Lake from Manang takes around 6 hours, so you must set off early after a good rest. You will get Braga, a place you came along by the previous day, and step up your hike.

      You can find a tea house in between, where you can rest and have snacks. From the tea house, it is a 3-hour hike to Ice Lake. Ice Lake is a frozen lake situated at an altitude of 4620 meters.

    • Day06

      Trek to Yakkharka or Leder

      Location: Yak Kharka/Leder

      Yak Kharka Altitude: 4,120 Meters

      Leder Altitude: 4,200 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      From Ice Lake, you have two options, either to reach Yak Kharka or Leder. You will walk through junipers, rhododendron forests, and yak pastures. You will then reach Yak Kharka at 4,120 meters, considered the best place to stay overnight.

      Or from there, you can take another one-hour trek to Leder and stay.

    • Day07

      Trek to Thorong Phedi

      Location: Thorong Phedi

      Thorong Phedi Altitude: 4,560 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      From Leder, you will follow the Jharang Khola trail to reach Thorong Phedi, which is situated in a steep landscape. This place is home to endangered animals like blue sheep and snow leopards. You will reach Thorong Phedi after hiking for more than 6 hours.

    • Day08

      Thorong-la Pass the hike down to Muktinath after driving to Jomsom

      Location: Thorong La Pass/Muktinath

      Thorong la Pass Altitude: 5,416 Meters

      Muktinath Altitude: 3,802 Meters

      Accommodation: Tea House

      On the eighth day, you will be hiking to one of the popular destinations of Nepal, Thorong La Pass and Muktinath. And your total hiking time will be around 7 to 8 hours. Reaching Thorong La Pass takes about six hours; with no wonder, you can view the mystic mountain range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Gangapurna.

      From Thorong La pass, you will hike to Muktinath, a holy place for Hindu and Buddhist people. You can also visit Tatopani, a natural hot spring, and experience other fascinating attractions like the Jwala Mai temple and eternal flame. Similarly, the 108 water sprouts are worth watching.

    • Day09

      Fly or drive to Pokhara

      Location: Pokhara

      Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

      Day 9 is the last day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara or take a private jeep to reach the destination.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Kathmandu to Syange by bus.
    • Two night’s tourist standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • One night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara after trek.
    • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
    • All necessary paper works Annapurna Conservation Area Project Entry permit.
    • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
    • All ground transports during trek with sharing basis.
    • Jomsom to Pokhara Flight.
    • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, Government License holder guide.
    • Strong, helpful porters (one porter for two people)
    • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag. (if you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed).
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt and cap.
    • Government taxes and official expenses.
    • Annapurna Circuit trekking map.
    • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily. (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms.) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
    • Farewell dinner.

    What's Excluded in Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

    • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Lunch and Dinner).
    • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
    • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (If require $110).
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek. 
    • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    Departure Dates & Price

    • Start Date5th Dec 2023
      End Date13th Dec 2023
      USD 750Per person
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      End Date19th Dec 2023
      USD 750Per person
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    • Start Date17th Dec 2023
      End Date25th Dec 2023
      USD 750Per person
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    • Start Date22nd Dec 2023
      End Date30th Dec 2023
      USD 750Per person
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    • Start Date27th Dec 2023
      End Date4th Jan 2024
      USD 750Per person
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    • Start Date1st Jan 2024
      End Date9th Jan 2024
      USD 750Per person
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    Essential Information

    Best Season: October to May

    When planning Annapurna Circuit Trek, it's essential to know when to travel and which months are the best for it. The best time to plan your trek is between October and May, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. There are lesser clouds in the sky, which opens your way to sightsee the beauty of the Annapurna region.

    During this time of year, you can expect temperatures ranging from 56-80.2 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with occasional rain or snowfall at night.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek In Autumn Season

    From a weather perspective, the Autumn Season is the perfect time to visit the Annapurna Circuit. It starts in September and lasts until November.

    The weather in the Annapurna region during this season is usually dry and sunny. It also features clear blue skies, comfortable temperatures, and average temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 27°C (81°F) depending on the altitude and time of the day.

    Annapurna Circuit is situated in higher elevations so that the temperature can drop considerably, especially at night. However, overall, the weather conditions during autumn are ideal for trekking in Annapurna Circuit.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek In Spring Season

    Besides Autumn, Spring Season is also one of the perfect times to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek when the weather is warm and dry. It features clear blue skies and excellent visibility, offering you a breathtaking trek experience.

    Similarly, with less rain precipitation, the trails are less slippery and easier to navigate.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty | How Hard Is It?

    Annapurna Circuit is considered moderately difficult in terms of difficulty. The trek is a collectible of walking through all kinds of landscapes, from valleys to sloppy infields, which makes it physically demanding. Similarly, high altitude can be a problem for many trekkers since it will play a vital role in altitude sickness and other related illnesses. The trails are rugged and seasonable, requiring a high level of physical fitness.

    Factors Responsible for Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

    Steep and Rugged Routes

    Annapurna Circuit lies in the Himalayan region of Nepal, which means it features one of the sloppy landscapes in its route. In addition, these routes are rugged, and trekkers need a high level of physical fitness to walk through these for hours.

    High Altitude

    While embarking on Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be walking above 4000 meters from sea level, which makes you prone to several health issues, including Altitude Sickness. You must acknowledge that during your trek at the higher altitude of the circuit, you will find thin air and the oxygen level depleted so these factors can play a vital role in altitude sickness.

    Weather Conditions

    Weather conditions can play a crucial role in the difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit. Generally, Autumn and Spring Seasons are considered suitable for travel. But if you plan your trek in Monsoon, you might encounter heavy rainfall and calamities like landslides and floods over the stream that you need to cross suspension bridges.

    Similarly, the winter season in Annapurna Circuit is very harsh - it comes with heavy snowfall and steep wind, thus, making your trek difficult. Temperatures can drop below - 10 degrees Celsius during the winter season, and you are most likely to get altitude sickness at these times. But with proper preparation, you can still make a successful Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Accommodation Facilities Around Annapurna Circuit

    You will find three types of accommodation facilities during your Annapurna Circuit Trek. The first one is Hotel/Lodge; the second is tea houses, which are common in this region. And the third one is Camping. Also, you can stay on Homestay, an optional but great way to save your expenses.

    Hotels/Lodges

    You will find hotels in the beginning phase of your trek to Annapurna Circuit. While you reach Besi Sahar and Dharapani, you might find the facility of Hotels and lodges to stay overnight. However, staying at a hotel comes to be pricier than staying in other forms of accommodation. You can also choose to stay at a budget guesthouse to save money.

    Tea Houses

    Tea Houses are the most common type of accommodation facility you will find in Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can find this service at every stop on the route, like Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Jomsom. Tea houses are considered best for budget trekking to Annapurna Circuit. This accommodation includes meals, snacks, and breakfast with services like a shared room. Some tea houses also feature internet services and an attached bathroom, so you might do some research before booking your stay in a tea house.

    Camping

    To begin with, Camping is all on you. From the sleeping tents to food and the necessary equipment to sleeping bags, you will have to manage them by yourself. In addition, you should carry your tents and equipment, which can irritate some trekkers. However, it can save you money during the trek.

    Homestays

    Homestays are available in only some places in Annapurna Circuit. Homestay services like Narchyang Community Homestay offer you soothing services at a reasonable price. You also can get into the traditional Nepali kitchen and cuisine during your stay in Homestay.

    Culture and Peoples During Annapurna Circuit Trek

    While you embark on Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will experience meeting several people and cultures. As Nepal is a multicultural nation, it's no strange prevailing for people with different backgrounds and cultures in the Annapurna region.

    Gurung, Thakali, Tibetan, and Sherpa are the inhabitants of the Annapurna region. You will expose yourself to the Gurung people, famous for their bravery and military service worldwide. They are one of the indigenous communities of Nepal with distinct cultures, languages, and dress. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you may visit several Gurung villages, such as Chame and Manang.

    Similarly, Thakali villages are around Marpha and Jomsom. These communities are well known for their hospitality and culinary skills. They have a trendy cuisine called Thakali Khana which is praised all over Nepal. During your trek, you may get to taste some of their dishes.

    During your Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will find that Tibetan people have a strong presence in the Mustang region. Tibetan culture features Buddhism, and you may experience and explore several Buddhist monasteries during your trek.

    Guide and Porter

    Hiring guides and porters is essential for your Annapurna Circuit Trek. And now, having a guide for a solo trek has become mandatory too. Anyone who plans to go trekking in Nepal should have a guide. These guides can provide the region's details and route during Annapurna Circuit Trek. Also, they can be beneficial while you are involved in cross-cultural activities. Hiring a guide will cost you anywhere from $25 to $35 daily.

    Similarly, if you have more luggage during the trek, you can hire porters too. They will help you carry your equipment and other items making your trek easy and more comprehensive.

    Insurance And Safety Measures

    We recommend every trekker have their Insurance before taking on Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can get several forms of insurance, such as travel and health insurance.

    Travel insurance will help you compensate for the expenses if your package is canceled or delayed for some reason. Health insurance is necessary since your health and safety are first before adventure and fun. You can claim your health insurance if anything uncertain happens during the trek.

    Regarding your safety, carrying first aid kits during the trek is better. If you have any respiratory illness like asthma, we recommend you carry oxygen to help you breathe easier in high altitudes. Before all that, you should be prepared for this trek. Your physical and mental state of fitness matters the most during Annapurna Circuit Trek. So ensure that you have worked and planned well on that.

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    Extra Activities And Extra Days Add

    There are several activities that you can add as addons to your Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can visit Tatopani, a natural hot spring nearby Muktinath. Similarly, you can visit the villages of Poonhill and Ghandruk if you are looking forward to adding additional days and activities to your itinerary.

    You can take a private jeep from Jomsom and stop at these places to expose yourself to the traditional Nepali culture, especially, Thakali and Gurung.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Difficult Is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderately difficult trek but very thrilling and adventurous. This trek takes you through rugged routes but will also please you with beautiful scenes during the fall phase.

    How Many Days Does It Take To Complete Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Annapurna Circuit Trek's time duration depends on the total days of itinerary you booked with your travel agency. Our ten-day itinerary for this trek includes your starting date from riding to Besisahar to returning to Pokhara.

    What Is The Best Time To Go For Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The best time to go for Annapurna Circuit Trek are the Autumn and Spring Seasons - the weather will be on your side with fewer obstacles in sightseeing. If you are traveling in the off-season, plan properly before going on a trek.

    Do I Need A Guide For Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Yes, you need a guide for Annapurna Circuit. If you are traveling alone, it's better to know that from April 1, 2023, no foreign tourist can embark on a solo trek, so you must hire a guide for your safety.

    What Is The Highest Altitude of Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The highest altitude of Annapurna Circuit Trek is 5,416 meters above sea level. It is the altitude of Thorong La Pass, as this pass is situated in the highest place in the Annapurna Circuit.

    Do I Need Permits?

    Of course, you need permits to go for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will need Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and TIMS Card for this trek.

    Where Can I Buy Permits?

    You can buy ACAP and TIMS cards at the Tourism Board in Kathmandu, Nepal. They will charge you around NPR 2,000 per person to get these licenses.

    What Are The Items Needed for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Some of the gear needed for Annapurna Circuit Trek are trekking poles, sturdy boots, waterproof/windproof jackets, thermal clothes, socks, gloves, sun-blocking items, and others.

    Where Can I Buy These Gears?

    You can also buy these gears in Thamel, Kathmandu, and Pokhara. These cities have multiple mountaineering and trekking equipment required for leisurely trips. You can either purchase or rent these at a reasonable price.