Annapurna Circuit Short

Duration: 10 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

> Climb the Thorung La
> Wander through Buddhist villages
> Flight Jomsom - Pokhara with glorious views on the Annapurna range

The Annapurna Circuit Trek stands out as the most renowned trekking circuit in Nepal. With some of the tallest mountains on the planet, cascading glaciers, and a remarkable variety of landscapes, this trek encapsulates the essence of trekking in Nepal. It normally takes more than two weeks to complete, but we created a shorter version for those with less time. You will stay in charming tea houses for accommodation.

What sets the Annapurna Circuit Short apart? As said, it's a condensed version of trek. Still you'll experience the culture, see the mountain giants of the Annapurna Massif and scale the Thorung La. It's still a great combination of culture, adventure, and wilderness. Along the route, you'll pass through serene Hindu and Buddhist villages with impressive gompas, stupas, and mani stones. As you ascend, the surrounding mountains become more rugged. The absolute highlight of this trek is reaching Thorung La, standing at 5416 meters, making it one of the world's highest trekking passes. You'll end the trek in Jomsom. The flight to Pokhara offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Massif.



Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar

After having an early breakfast, we will start our trip with a drive along the Prithvi highway from Kathmandu, with the beautiful river view of the Trishuli River. Our bus will stop along the way for breakfast, lunch, and toilets. Along the way we will see some beautiful views of mountains including Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang ranges. After a 6-hour drive we reach Besishar, where we will get ready for our next day. Overnight at Lodge.



Drive from Besishar to Chame

Today we will take a four-wheel jeep to Chame, the drive will follow the beautiful ethnic Gurung and Magar villages along the way, and we will be able to see the gorgeous waterfall and snow mountain views of Lamjung Himal.



Trek to Pisang

Duration: 06:00 h
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 800 m
Descent: 180 m
We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face and we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forests, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m). A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding trail, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas and then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, overnight at Guesthouse.


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  • Pick up and transfer to and from airport

    If needed, your transfers from and to the airport are included.

  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, flights, etc.) as described in the programme are included.

  • Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek

    During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

  • English speaking guide and a porter

    One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

  • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

  • Coffee and Tea

    Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

  • Permit and TIMS

    The total amount includes costs for the permits needed for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags

    In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

  • T-Shirt & Route Map

    We also have a t-shirt and a route map for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

  • Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People

    If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

  • Flight Jomsom - Pokhara

    A quick early morning flight takes you to beautiful Pokhara

  • Hotel stay in Pokhara

    During your stay in Pokhara, you will stay in a hotel.


  • Visa for Nepal

    Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

  • Flights to and from Nepal

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. 10% of the total amount is an excellent target price, but the final amount is up to you.

  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi

    Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.


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