Annapurna Circuit Short Trek - 7 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Serious
  • Max Altitude 5416 Meter Thorang Pass
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Pokhara

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a shorter version of the classic Annapurna circuit journey. Offering you an exhilarating and condensed journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal, the trekking takes 7 days to complete.  

This trek is an ideal choice for those with limited time, seeking to witness the Himalayan wonder, charming villages, and diverse cultures that represent the region. The 7 Days Annapurna Circuit Short Trek starts from Besisahar and ends in Pokhara. You embark on a journey that takes you through lush forests, terraced fields, traditional villages, and serene river valleys all along the route. 

The trek offers a taste of the diverse landscapes while you get to witness the close-up views of the Annapurna mountain range. You will pass through villages like Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, and Thorang Phedi until you eventually make it to the highest point of the trek, which, at a height of 5,416 meters, is Thorang La Pass. 

The trekking further takes you to a prominent religious site of the region, Muktinath on your descent. From there, you will head to Jomsom and then Pokhara respectively where the trip concludes. In the 7 days, you will get to explore the ethnic villages of the region while also traversing to one of the highest passes of Nepal. 

There cannot be any other trekking package that provides you with the challenge, adventure, cultural richness, and natural wonders all in one within a week of trekking than this Annapurna circuit short trekking. So, gear up and book your trip to the Annapurna circuit now for 2024,2025. 

Major Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking Package

  • Enjoy the condensed version of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.
  • Traverse through the diverse landscapes and cultures in just 7 days.
  • Encounter local cultures in traditional villages like Manang and Chame. 
  • Explore lush forests, terraced fields, and serene river valleys.
  • Reach an altitude of about 5,416 meters at the Thorong La Pass.
  • Witness the majestic sights of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. 

Embark on the Classic Journey in a Short Time: What Can You Expect on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is like a sneak peek into the famous Annapurna adventure, in just 7 days. You'll walk through amazing landscapes – from forests to fields – and meet friendly locals along the trail. 

You'll also get to witness stunning sunrises and sunsets over the snow-capped mountains. There's even a high mountain pass called Thorong La Pass, which you will cross during the trek. The best part of the journey is that you'll get to experience a taste of Nepal's culture and nature, all in a short time.

Is the Short Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package Fit for You?

If you're someone who likes adventure and has done some walking before, this trek could be just right for you. Taking you around the Annapurna region in just 7 days, the short Annapurna Circuit trekking Package is an ideal trip for any nature and adventure lovers out there. 

It's not an easy trip as it involves high-altitude walks and lots of uphill sections, but it's also not the hardest trek. If you are seeking to explore Nepal's mountains and people but have a limited time on your hands then yes, this trek could be a great fit for you.

How Difficult is the Short Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

The short Annapurna Circuit trekking is considered moderately challenging. While it covers a short route compared to the longer version, it still involves uphill and downhill sections, varied terrains, and changes in altitude. 

You should have a moderate level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. Proper acclimatization is crucial for trekking, especially before embarking on high passes like Thorong La. It is highly recommended that you get involved in physical workouts or short treks before the trek to have an enjoyable trekking experience. 

 How Can You Prepare for 7 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?

To get ready for 7 days of Annapurna Circuit trekking, you'll first want to make sure you're in decent shape. You should get engaged in going for walks or hikes before the trek which can help you increase your physical stamina and endurance. 

We also recommend you go for short hikes or treks to get used to walking and altitude before the journey. Another thing to do is pack clothes that you're comfortable in and suit the weather conditions. Don't forget a warm jacket and get a good pair of walking shoes. Also, take some time to learn about high altitudes and how they can affect your body, including its symptoms. Lastly, get prepared mentally for any kind of changes or challenges that might occur along the way. 

What Does a Day During the Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 Days Look Like?

Each day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 Days brings you something new and exciting. You'll start early, have breakfast, and then set off on your walk. As you hit the trail, you'll pass through beautiful landscapes and traditional villages along the way. 

On the way, you'll stop for lunch and take short breaks to rest in one of the villages. In the afternoon, you'll reach your destination for the day where you might be able to witness the sunset views. There, you'll have dinner and chat with fellow trekkers about the day's adventures. After a fulfilling day, you'll rest up for the next day's exploration.

Maximum Altitude of the Shortest Route to Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The highest point on the shortest route of the Annapurna Circuit trekking is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. 

This is one of the highest passes of Nepal which is challenging but rewards you with one of the most stunning views of the peaks. The uphill walk to the pas can be challenging however, as you reach the top, you will be welcomed with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Make sure to walk at your personal pace while you ascend. 

7 Days itinerary of Shortest Route to Annapurna Circuit

Our 7 Days itinerary of the shortest route to the Annapurna circuit trek begins from Besisahar and ends in Pokhara. It is an itinerary package designed to cater to the needs of nature lovers with limited time. 

The itinerary can be further customized according to your preference and time frame. If you have more time and want to explore the region at a slower pace then you can go for 14 days Annapurna Circuit Itinerary or 10 Days Annapurna circuit Itinerary.

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:2,710m
  • Time:8-10 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Lunch And Dinner

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar, a journey that takes you through picturesque landscapes and charming villages. As you leave the city behind, you'll gradually enter the Annapurna region, where the air gets fresher and the views get more breathtaking. 

From Besi Shahar, another drive takes you to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Along the way, you'll be treated to sights of lush valleys, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. After a few hours of driving, Chame welcomes you with its mountain charm and the promise of exciting days ahead. Overnight stay in Chame.

  • Max Altitude:3,300m
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today, you'll set off from Chame toward Pisang. Passing through forests, crossing suspension bridges, and soaking in the natural beauty all around, the trail takes you to the pleasant village of Pisang, where you'll be greeted by traditional houses and warm smiles. 

As you walk, you will be able to witness the changing scenery – from the greenery of Chame to the more dry landscapes of Pisang. It will be a day filled with fresh mountain air, glimpses of local life, and the adventure of stepping into the heart of the Himalayas. Overnight stay in Pisang.

  • Max Altitude:3,540m
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today's journey leads you to Manang from Pisang, which is a place where stunning mountain vistas and Tibetan culture come together. As you walk, you'll notice the landscape transforming once again. You'll pass through ancient villages, witness prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and enjoy the hospitality of the locals along the route. 

After around 5 to 6 hours of walking, you will arrive in Manang which is a treasure of natural beauty and cultural richness. Upon arriving in Manang, you can further go for more exploration and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Max Altitude:4,110m
  • Time:4 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Leaving Manang behind, you'll head toward Yak Kharka today. The trail takes you higher into the mountains, where you'll experience a different kind of tranquility. The landscape becomes more rugged and less vegetated as you ascend showcasing the raw beauty of the region. 

It is comparatively a short walk and after around 4 hours, you will arrive in Yak Kharka, which is a picturesque settlement that provides a cozy stop for trekkers. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

  • Max Altitude:4,600m
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

The trail continues today as you mark your way to Thorong Phedi from Yak Kharka. Thorong Phedi is the last stop before heading to the mighty Thorong La Pass. As you ascend further, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks and high-altitude landscapes. 

The air gets thinner as you move closer to the Thorong Phedi. After a walk of around 4 to 5 hours, you will arrive in Thorong Phesi which is a vital rest point that allows you to acclimatize and gather your energy for the challenging day ahead. Overnight stay in Thorong Phedi.

  • Max Altitude:5,416m/2,743m
  • Time:9-12 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today is the big day as you head toward the mighty Thorong La Pass. It's an early start as you embark on the uphill climb to the pass, standing at a high altitude. It takes a long challenging walk of around 4 to 5 hours for you to reach the pass. 

The breathtaking views from the past make every step worth it. You can get up a 360-degree range of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges along with several other peaks from the top of the pass. After celebrating your achievement, the descent takes you to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. 

After touring around the temple, from Muktinath, a scenic drive takes you to Jomsom, a charming town in the Kali Gandaki Valley. It takes 2 hours of drive to reach Jomsom. Overnight stay in Jomsom.

  • Max Altitude:820M
  • Time:8-9 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast And Lunch

The final day of your journey brings you back to Pokhara, a city known for its serene lakes and relaxed atmosphere. The drive takes you through diverse landscapes, from dry valleys to lush hillsides. 

Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages and enjoy glimpses of local life. As you arrive in Pokhara, you can spend the remaining day either taking a rest at the hotel or going for a walk around the lakeside. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Flight option available from jomsom to pokhara in extra costs.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • Free Aairport transfers
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • 3 standard meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Kathmandu to BESHISHAR local bus then Share Jeep to Chame,
  • Muktinath to Jomsom to Pokhara by Local bus
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the trip.
  • Porter services during the trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag and down jacket to use on trek on request (optional)
  • An oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trekking
  • Required Annapurna National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a Pokhara or Kathmandu
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Saturday Apr 27, 2024
Ends:Friday May 03, 2024
Price US$599
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Ends:Saturday May 04, 2024
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Ends:Sunday May 05, 2024
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Know Before You Go

Free Airport Pick Up And Drop Off

We offer you a free airport pick-up service during your arrival in Kathmandu where one of our representatives will be there to pick you up at the airport and then escort you to the hotel. Similarly, after the completion of your journey, you will be dropped at the airport. 

Transportation During the Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 Days

The transportation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 Days includes a combination of Share jeep and public transportation. The journey begins with a drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek, Besi Shahar. From Besisahar, you will have a change of vehicle from public to Sharing Jeep for further ride to Chame. As you complete the trek, you will have a Local bus drive from Muktinath to Jomsom and then to Pokhara.

Packing List and Essentials for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking:

Packing right for the Annapurna circuit short trekking is crucial and some of the must-have essentials include; sturdy hiking boots, a good backpack, layers of clothing suitable for the varying weather conditions, personal medications, rain gear, trekking poles, suncreens, and sunglasses. 

Also, if you do not have the necessary gear and equipment, you can rent or buy it in Kathmandu for which our team will assist you. You can further check our blog for more information on the Packing List and Essentials for Trekking in Nepal.

Best Time for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trip

The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trip is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making trekking conditions best for trekking. 

The views are breathtaking, and the trails are at their most vibrant during these times. Spring brings the colorful rhododendron trees all along the trail and autumn brings the foliage color along with the clear blue sky. 

Winter (December to February) can be chilly and challenging due to snow, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and limited visibility, making trekking less favorable. If you are planning to trek during this season then make sure to prepare well in advance. 

Accommodation Facilities on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking Package

Accommodation on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking varies from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. These accommodations provide you with simple yet cozy rooms with beds, blankets, and shared facilities. 

Some lodges may offer hot showers for an additional cost. While the facilities are relatively basic, they cater to your needs, offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere after a day's journey. The higher you go, the limited services and facilities can be. 

Food and Drinking Water During the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

You will be having three meals a day during the journey. Teahouses and lodges along the short Annapurna Circuit Trek offer a variety of meals, including local Nepali dishes and international options. 

You can expect items like dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), noodles, vegetables, and more for lunch and dinner. It's advisable to choose well-cooked and hygienic meals to maintain your energy levels during the trek. 
Some lodges also offer dishes like pizza, pasta, fries, and sandwiches depending on the location. 

Bottled water is available along the trail for having safe water during the trek, but it's more eco-friendly and cost-effective to carry a reusable water bottle and use purification methods. Thus, a purification tablet or water bottle can be used for safe drinking water access. 

The Price of the Annapurna Circuit Short package

The Price for the Annapurna Circuit Short Package varies depending on whether you opt for a group or a private trip and also according to the services including itinerary and route. On average the price can range from USD 600 to USD 1500. 

Group trips generally offer a more budget-friendly option, as the costs are shared among multiple participants. On the other hand, a private trip provides a more personalized experience and can be tailored to your preferences. Both options cover services such as accommodations, meals, permits, guides, and transportation during the trek. 

Permits Required for the 7 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

For the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you'll need two permits:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit Price is around $20 for foreign nationals.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: This card is priced at about $20 for individual trekkers. 

Travel Insurance for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Package

Travel insurance is highly recommended for the short Annapurna Circuit trek package. Travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, evacuation, and more is necessary as it is a high-altitude trekking. 

Make sure your insurance includes trekking at high altitudes and emergency evacuation. As our package does not include insurance you will have to provide us with a copy of the insurance during your booking. 

Useful Info and Tips for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trekking:

  • Take your time to acclimatize and ascend gradually to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the high-altitude environment.
  • Carry a reusable filter water bottle or purification table for safe drinking water along the trail. 
  • Respect local customs and traditions, especially in villages and religious sites.
  • Carry enough Nepali cash for the journey. 
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions and dress in layers.
  • Leave no trace behind and practice sustainable travel. 
  • Listen to the instructions of your guide and inform them as soon as you feel any discomfort. 

Luggage and Storage Facility

You can leave excess luggage or belongings not needed during the trek at your accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can also leave it at our office in Kathmandu. Remember to pack only what you'll need on the trek to keep your backpack light and manageable.

Also, if you are planning to hire a porter for the trek, keep in mind that a single porter can carry 25 kg of weight for the 2 trekkers. 

Booking Short Annapurna Circuit Tour with Himalayan Recreation

Booking the Short Annapurna Circuit Tour with Himalayan Recreation provides you with the best trekking experience. You can contact us directly for the booking. As for payment, you can use inter-bank platforms or online platforms. As we make sure to stay online 24/7 to help our clients, do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Last-Minute Booking for 7 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

If you're considering a last-minute booking for the 7 Days Annapurna Circuit trek, we are here for you. Keep in mind that accommodations and transportation might have limited availability, especially during peak trekking seasons. Also, you should provide full payment before the trek in case of a last-minute booking. 

Travel Eco-Friendly to Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 Days with Himalayan Recreation

Himalayan Recreation highlights eco-friendly practices to minimize the impact on the environment during the 7 days Annapurna Circuit trek. We promote responsible trekking, including carrying reusable water bottles, avoiding single-use plastics, and adhering to Leave No Trace principles. By choosing to trek with us, you will be taking part in sustainable travel practices that preserve the natural beauty of the Annapurna region. 

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