Short Annapurna Circuit Trek | 1195 USD All inclusive price

Trip At Glance

Duration: 14 Days Trip Code: CO-159
Trip Grade Soft to Moderate Max-Altitude: 5,416m/17,764ft
Meals: All meals during the trek Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and lodge during the trek
Group size: Minimum 2 Transportation: Domestic flight, private & public transportation
Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu
Primary Activity: Trekking, Sightseeing & Hiking Best Season March to May, Mid September to Mid December

Short Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most preferred treks by the trekkers from round the globe. The trek is a perfect blend of nature and culture with an ample opportunity to view the magnificent mountains. The trekking trail passes through the transverse terrain of beautiful forests, deepest grorges, series of ethnic settlements, stunning waterfalls etc. you will be passing through the Kaligandaki George all the way to the Thorung La Pass which is the highest point of the trek.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you the view of Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Mt. Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7937m, Annapurna IV 755m, Mt Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Mansalu 8163m, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak 7,134m..

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from lower altitudes of Besisahar and move up to higher altitudes which is helpful for acclimatizing our body to the surrounding temperature. The trekking trail gradually heads towards the Thorung-La Pass a place from where you can view the tremendous ice-fall. Before crossing the Thourng-La, we reach Thorung Phedi 4420m, here we can see the Marsyangdi River flowing from the mountain ridge.  The route further continues to Muktinath which literally translates as a place for salvation. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as Buddhists. After the visit to the holy temple the trek further continues to the matic Kali Gandaki gorge, passing through Jharkot and Khingar village steeply down to Kagbeni. The trail further leads to Jomsom a large settlement in the banks of Kaligandaki River. From Jomsom, you will be taking a scenic flight to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu the next day.


Trip Highlights

  • An incredible view of the terrain ,pastures, hilly villages, flora and fauna 
  • Unique culture and lifestyle of the Gurung  community 
  • Beautiful vista of Machhapuchre ,Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif 
  • An opportunity to watch Annapurna Glacier 
  • Visit to Muktinath a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Jomsom, the windy city of Nepal also known as Apple Orchard and the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki Gorge are the highlights of latter half of the trek.
  • An opportunity to sight the Kali Gandaki River Valley civilization, which is one of the oldest civilizations in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar. Trek to Bhulbhule
Day 03: Bhulbhule to Jagat
Day 04: Jagat to Bagarchap
Day 05: Bagarchap to Chame
Day 06: Chame to Pisang
Day 07: Pisang to Manang
Day 08: Manang to Letdar
Day 09: Letdar to Thorung High Camp
Day 10: Thorung High Camp to Muktinath
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara. Rest day Free
Day 13: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu

Trip Includes:

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private tourist vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner (Day 1) and Farewell dinner (Day 13).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights) and Pokhara (1 night) at tourist standard hotel along with breakfast.
  • Accommodation during the trek in Teahouse/Lodges.
  • All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), seasonal fruits after dinner, tea/coffee (3 times a day).
  • Local Bus to Besisahar and tourist coach from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Car/Jeep can be arranged with extra charge upon request).
  • Airfare:Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Well experienced English speaking trekking guide holding guides license (their salary, insurance, equipment’s, domestic airfare, food and accommodation).
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment’s and insurance).
  • All the necessary permits i.e., (Annapurna conservation Area Project Fees) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit and all the paper works.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (upon request).Needs to be returned after trip completion.
  • Company’s duffel bag (Upon request), and T-shirt (As a souvenir).
  • Trekking route map.
  • First Aid Kit (Carried by your trek guide).
  • Arrangement of rescue helicopter service (Your travel insurance should cover this expense).
  • Necessary local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal arrival visa (USD25 for 15 days and USD40 for 30 days in Cash) and international flights.
  • Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for welcome and farewell dinner. 
  • Your personal equipments and other expenses such as mineral water, soft beverages ,confectionaries ,laundries, phone calls, hot drinking water, bar bills, showers, internet facility, battery chargers, multi plugs etc. 
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation. 
  • Tips of guide, porters and driver as  a token of appreciation. 
  • Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in “cost includes” list. 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) 
Meals included: Dinner

Our airport representative will be there to welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. He/she will escort you to the respective hotel in a private vehicle comfortably. Your prior trip meeting will be scheduled on the very day at the hotel before dinner. However, our airport representative will give you a brief idea about the second day’s schedule on your way to the hotel. During the meeting we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about your trek or anything that is related to your trip. To make you feel comfortable, we schedule a welcome dinner for you in a popular restaurant in the city where you can enjoy authentic Nepali meal along with cultural programs including ethnic dance and songs. Tonight, you will spend your night at the hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) and Trek to Bhulbhule (840m)
Total duration: 6 hours approx (Bus Ride) Trek approx 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Today our guide will pick you up from the hotel and will escort you to the bus stop to catch the early morning bus tourist coach to Besisahar driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough road along the Marshyangdi River. After 6 hours we finally reach Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, and starting point of our trek. We begin the trek following the path to Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we climb up towards the village of Denauti where we will see Nepali village life at close quarters. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we reach the Gurung village of Bhulbhule.
Overnight at a lodge in Bhulbhule

Day 03: Trek to Jagat (1300m)
Total duration: 6-7 hours trek
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

After an early breakfast, we move on to trekking to the beautiful village of Jagat.A steep trail descends from Bhulbhule before crossing a stream. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200- 300m above the river-bed. Eventually we descend to the village of Jagat, situated on a shelf that juts out into the Marshyangdi valley.
Overnight at a lodge in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek to Bagarchap (2160m)
Total duration: 6-7 hours trek
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest, before ascending to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply on the path to Sattale and then to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding and we pass the forested village of Karte and Dharapani before we finally reach Bagarchap. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags.
Overnight at a lodge in Bagarchap.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2670m)
Total duration: 5-6 hours (Bus Ride) Trek 
Meals included: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a large waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trail follows a rock-strewn path. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter the hamlet of Kotho, from where we can get a good view of Annapurna II. The route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manang district. There are shops, health post, post office and banks in Chame. 
Overnight at a lodge in Chame.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,200 m) 
Total duration: 5-6 hours walk 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

After having the breakfast, you will be trekking towards the Pisang Village crossing the steep walk through dense forest into a narrowed valley. One of the highlights of the trip is crossing the raging Himalayan River at two points 2,910m & 3,040m. After crossing a metal suspension bridge at 3040m, the stunning view of Rocky Hill Paungda Danda feasts catch by the eyes. Beyond here, the course connects towards Pisang on a steep trail. Pisang, nestles between 3,200m and 3,300meters.
Overnight at a lodge in Pisang.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,540 m). 
Total duration: 5-6 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

After having your breakfast, you will walking through the higher region of Manang. You might get the glimpse of the natives and the yaks along the trail. As you leave Pisang, you will tread along the northern via Ghyaru for the better views of the Himalayan peaks throughout the trail that chases along the northern bank of the river. Now, you will arrive to Munchi. Beyond Munchi, the trail passes the charming and the authentic village of Braga 3475m. The last push brings to Manang.
Overnight at a lodge in Manang.

Day 08: Trek to Ledar (4200 m). 
Total duration: 6-7hours 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

Today, you will be trekking to higher altitude. Walking at a slow pace would be helpful to adjust with the change in altitude. As the trek begins, you will crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continue to ascend the Marsyangdi Valley, turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. You will further passess the small village of Ghunsa and following the trail through the meadows. Here, you can see the horses and yaks grazing. Crossing a wooden suspension bridge, you will encounters series of mani wall, eventually, you reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Yak Kharka is the yak graze land and hence signs of yak herders and thin vegetation can be seen there. After crossing the beautiful village of Yakkharka, you will be further trekking uphill for about an hour and half and finally reach Ledar, the destination of the day.
Overnight at a lodge in Ledar. 

Day 09: Trek to High Camp (47oo m)
Total duration: 5-6 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

Today, you will walk uphill to the Thorang Phedi and towards the high camp. Walking for a while in an easy trail, you will cross a suspension bridge leading you towards Ledar village. Then, slightly ascend and passing through towering cliffs, you will reach at Thorang Phedi. It is the last village before Thorang-la Pass. During the trail, you can click the views of Mt. Gundang, Thorang Peak, Mt. Syangang and Mt. Khatungkan. You will further be trekking towards the High camp where you will be staying for the overnight accommodation. 
Overnight at High camp.

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong-La pass (5416 m)
Total duration: 7-8 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today after an early breakfast you will be trekking towards Muktinath crossing world’s largest pass- The Thorong-la pass. It is the most exciting and adventurous part of the whole trek. 3-4 hours of steep strenuous trek from the high camp brings you to the top of Thorung La Pass 5416m. The regular course to Thorung La Pass seems easy. However, a number of difficulties might encounter due to the elevation and snow. Getting up to the pass may be tough but the acme of the pass marked by revered chortens and colorful prayer flags will reward you with the most eye-catching views of Himalayas that include Annapurna at its best.
Overnight at a lodge in Muktinath.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Total duration: 6-7 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

Today you will descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En-route, you get the opportunity to view the tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek.
Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom

Day 12: Fly to Pokhara (827m)
Total duration: 35 minutes flight
Meals included: Breakfast 

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Rest of the day at leisure in Pokhara.
Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Total duration: 7-8 hrs. drive 
Meals included: Breakfast

We will return to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a tourist coach. After 7-8 hours of drive we will finally reach Kathmandu from where our journey began. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel. You can freshen up and go for shopping in the evening at Thamel which is famous for useful tourist’s products. Since today is your last day in Kathmandu, we host a farewell dinner where you can give your feedback regarding the services that we provided regarding the entire trip .We will stay overnight at the hotel. 

Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
Meals included: Breakfast 

This is the last day of your trip with us. You can extend you trip for one or two days to visit other interesting places in and out of Kathmandu which is completely optional. If not then one of our staff will escort you to the airport as per your scheduled departure. You can roam around the city and buy souvenirs’ and do shopping to take along with you if your flight is scheduled during late hours. 


We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.
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  • Group Size During Trek

Trekking in Nepal is regarded as rewarding experience for the nature lovers. In our featured website products, we generally run the trip with the minimum of 2 persons in a group. The given program is just a suggested itinerary which can be customized as per the client’s preference.  However, if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families for any number of people we would be happy to arrange a personalized trip only for you in your suitable period of time.
We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with. 

Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided.

  • Trek Guides and staff.

For trekking, we provide local experienced trek guide who can communicate well with the guests and explain well about the trails, customs and traditions of the local community living in the area. The role of the trek leader is to ensure that the trip runs smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.
We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication). We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking. Nepal Vision trained its guide/trekking staff on following course.
•    Trekking Guide Training & licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
•    Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
•    Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
•    English Language KEEP
•    Conservation & Biodiversity TAAN
•    Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

  • Trip safety

Once, you confirm your trip, it is our responsibility to make your trip wonderful without creating any difficulties. Hence, we have prepared our itinerary in such a way that it will properly acclimatize you. Also, we request you in advance to have regular exercises and make habits to walk in a daily basis. Similarly, during trek, you will be fully guided by our professional trekking guides and supporting team. They are properly trained in regards to safety and first aid. Even, we have every set up in case of emergency such as high altitude medicine and Gammow Bag (High altitude Chamber bag). Please note High altitude Chamber Bag is used to provide heat in your body and it is available on certain cost. Moreover, to let you familiar with altitude, you are suggested to walk slow and steady and ensure for proper acclimatization.

  • Climate and weather condition during trek

Weather in the mountains is extremely unpredictable. The nights are generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!

  • Permits and Fees

In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. In case of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

  • Travel Insurance

While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and required to issue from your home land and we do not arrange or sell insurance. 

Travelling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. Your insurer should be well familiar with our itinerary that you have booked and must have agreed to cover all activities being undertaken during trip. Meantime, it is not compulsory that our all the assigned trip are facilities with Heli-rescue. You will not require heli rescue insurance for Tibet Tour as it is not possible to provide such facility. 

  • Altitude Mountain sickness

AMS is the abbreviation for Acute Mountain sickness also termed as the High Altitude Sickness. AMS is one of the challenges that the trekkers/ climbers might face during their climb in the mountains. As you reach higher in the altitude the oxygen level gradually decreases. If a person tries to climb too quickly then there is a higher chance of getting AMS. The major symptoms of AMS is headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, difficulty in sleeping. However, AMS can be avoided by using some precautionary measures such as drinking plenty of water, eating enough food and walking in the steady pace. Our experienced guides who have been working in the Himalayas will help and instruct you for further measures.
Classic Outdoor will provide a well-qualified and experienced guide who has a good knowledge about AMS as they can recognize the early symptoms and advise medications for instant relief. We have designed our trips in such a way that the clients get full acclimatization and proper rest. You will also be provided with a Gamow bag upon request at an additional charge which is considered a major gear to reduce the effect of AMS. In the worst case scenario, we shall arrange a rescue and evacuation using a helicopter whose cost should be covered by your travel insurance.

  • Acclimatization

We are experts at operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our treks are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

  • Physical Fitness

We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

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