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Annapurna Circuit Trek [Short]

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a varied trek in terms of nature, valleys, waterfalls and rivers, villages and Himalayan peaks. Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is shorten version of the popular and complete Annapurna Circuit Trek which is 20 days long. This trek may not cover the same ground as the original Annapurna Circuit Trek such as Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani and Poon Hill, but it still offers the same stunning and breath-taking scenery. Trekkers with a limited time for vacation can choose this package so as to soak up the beauty of the Himalayas to the fullest within a shorter time. The trek route is same with complete Annapurna Circuit Trek till Jomsom. From Jomsom we will fly to Pokhara instead of going Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa. Tatopani and Ghorepani. Annapurna Circuit Trek has been the most preferred trekking for several years among a lot of trekkers from all over the world. Approximately 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route, a circular trail through Nepal's most preferred Annapurna region, it has been highly popular route since the trail was opened to foreigners in the early 1980's. Annapurna Circuit Trail is an amazing journey that gets more scenic everyday. It's a pleasuring Himalayan adventure that will hardly disappoint you. With aspiring beauty of Annapurna Himalayas together with green forests, settlements in the remote cliffs and isolated hamletsthe Annapurna Circuit Trek is a pure example of beauty of nature. The new road construction till Manang valley made the trekking trail look ugly however the tremendous nature and breathtaking Himalayan peaks still looks spectacular. Our trek to Annapurna circuit will be led by local guides accompanied by supporting staffs during the whole trek. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. is committed to provide you the best services for Annapurna Circuit Trek at the most reasonable price.

Total Duration : 16 Days

Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult

Highest Altitude : 5,416M / 17,769FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Public / Private Vehicles

Best Months : February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Group Size : 01 to 14 People

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Day 02: Drive to Besisahar, Trek to Bhulbhule

Your trekking guide will pickup you from the hotel in the morning then we will drive to New Bus Park to catch our transport to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar is a scenic experience through small settlements around the sides of Nepalese highway. The drive to Besisahar takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. We will then complete necessary permit checking facility in Besisahar before we start secondary part of the journey to reach Bhulbhule. On the way to Bhulbhule we will have first glimpse of Himalchuli Peak. Passing small villages like Samdi, Chanaute, Sera and Khudi we will reach small now near the bank called Bhulbhule; the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day 03: Trek to Chamje

From Bhulbhule we will start the trek keeping Marshyangdi River on the left side. It is a pleasant walk through beautiful hill sides, towering waterfalls and small settlements. It is mostly flat walk until we cross Ngadi and reach Syange. From Ngadi we will cross the Marshyangdi River without climbing uphill to Bahundanda and follow the trail on the left or Marshyangdi River. In Syange we will enjoy our lunch in front of huge and talk waterfall. From here we will proceed our trek a little further to Chamje. The trail from Syange to Chamje is gentle uphill on the top of Marshyangdi River.

Day 04: Trek to Bagarchap

We will cross thundering Marshyangdi River to go to right side of the river and start climbing uphill with beautiful views of the valley. During the climb we will be passing small villages named Sattare and Tal Phedi before climbing steady uphill to reach Tal. Tal is a small valley on the bank of Marshyangdi River and Manang region will start from here. Continuing our trek further we will be passing through villages like Karte, Naje and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchap. This village is small town hosting few families and good views Himalayas.

Day 05: Day 05: Trek to Chame

We will enjoy our mouth watering breakfast in Bagarchap before starting flat walk until we reach Danakyu. From Danaqyu the trail starting climbing uphill through the forests of rhododendron and oak with beautiful views of Manaslu on the back. Upon reaching Timang Danda we will have spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will enjoy our tasty lunch with spectacular Himalayan background. Then we will proceed our walk towards Chame passing small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok and Koto. Chame is district headquarters of Manang district with lots of lodges and shops. This place will serve magnificent views of Annapurna II.

Day 06: Day 06: Trek to Lower Pisang

We will cross Marshyangdi river once more and enter the forests of pines. The trail enters inside small valley with gentle ups. We will then meet Bratang village. Walking a little some more from Bratang, we will again have to cross the Marshyangdi river. From here the trail goes steep up before we meet the road to Manang. We will walk on the road for a while then will reach Dhukurpokhari; our lunch spot. From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be served.

Day 07: Trek to Ngawal via Ghyaru [Upper route to Manang]

We will enjoy our meal in front of Pisang Peak then cross the Marshyangdi River once more. The trail enter thin pine forests along with beautiful views of Himalayas. Not many people walk through this trail. The higher route to Manang is less visited than lower route however the views can't be compared together. Upper route offers stunning panorama of Himalayas but needs little more energy than lower route. Walking some gentle uphill we will cross small stream before starting steep uphill walk to Ghyaru. From here our magnificent day starts. Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna range just in front of us. We will enjoy some drinks here before proceeding ups and gentle flat before we reach Ngawal; another magnificent village. Ngawal has few lodges for trekkers. As many trekkers don't walk this route the lodges are basic as well.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Ngawal

Ngawal is magnificent place to take some rest. It is a small village with towering Himalayas just in front of you. We wouldn't mind to stay here even for a month. Peaceful places, magnificent views, smiling people and optional short hikes around the village are available from here. On this day we won't struggle a lot but will enjoy and play with nature. If interested then we can hike a little higher from the village from where even breathtaking views of huge snowy peaks will be welcoming us.

Day 09: Trek to Manang

We will enjoy our breakfast with beautiful views in Ngawal before we start our downhill walk to Manang. The whole trail from Ngawal to Manang will show us stunning Himalayan views. As we will be walking on the high route the views of Hunde and Marshyangdi valley on the bottom also looks fabulous. Passing through the ridges we will meet Bhraga from where regular trekking route to Manang will be followed. Manang is one of the biggest towns in the region. The views from here are amazing as well. Finally we will be enjoying our memorable night in this authentic place.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka

We will enjoy our tasty meal in Manang before we start our gentle uphill climb to Yak Kharka. Our trek will be pretty easy for this day without any steep climbs though high altitude can cause some tiredness. The beautiful views will be always there. We also have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho etc. will be always together with us. It's a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with couple of suspension bridges.

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp

It is another special and breath taking day. Amazing views, light trail and towering Himalayas are together with us. The trail until we cross Kone Khola [stream] is mostly flat. Before crossing this stream we will pass two small villages called Churi Ledar and Ledar. Once we cross Kone Khola the trail will give us sudden steep climb. As we complete steep uphill, the risks of dry landslide will also become higher. We will need to be aware of stones falling down from the cliffs. Once we cross this risky area the route again becomes gentle up before we reach Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare crossing the pass, continuing for another 40-45 minutes will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong Pass

Either we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning. It is a challenging and special day too. Once we get our breakfast we will start our trek with torches. The walk can be slippery so we have to be aware of risks. With amazing views around us we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges or hotels along the way so we have to carry some meals with us. There are two tea shops which offers 'world's most expensive tea' but that's special. A warm tea in this altitude and in this place is so special. Walking for few hours we will reach the highest point of the trek named 'Thorong La' means a pass. It won't be difficult to recognize the pass as it's surrounded by praying flags. We will enjoy some hot tea here and start walking steep downhill towards Muktinath. It is steep downhill walk with some mountain views far sight. Once we walk about 1600 meters down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. Enjoy some lunch here and explore this small town.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom [2,750M / 9,022FT]

Our trek will start after having a good meal in Muktinath. We will start walking downhill via Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni and Eklebhatti. The trail is mostly down until Eklebhatti however it's very dusty due to strong wind after mid-day. From Jomsom we will also have enchanting views of Nilgiri peak too. Jomsom is last place for many trekkers on this region. There is a airstrip and also buses going to Beni and Pokhara starts from here. Many trekkers who are time bounded or want to avoid walking on the roads conclude their trek here. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel

We will first enjoy our last meal in the Himalayas. We will then proceed to airport to catch our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful beautiful and flies between the Himalayas. It can be taken as a mountain flight. The views from the windows are unimaginable. Once we complete 20-25 minutes flight we will get our transport to take us to Hotel. You can enjoy free afternoon or go for a sightseeing. There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like world peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum, Devi's Falls etc. Alternatively, you can go for boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and celebration of your successful adventure.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

We will follow Prithvi Highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Enjoy your last morning meal in this beautiful Himalayan country before we conclude our memorable Himalayan experience. We will drop you to the airport prior to your flight.

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.

Services Includes / Excluded

Services Included:
  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets including for the guide
  • Domestic Airport taxes where applicable
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
Services Excluded:
  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Chart

Experience Required

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to difficult level trekking route starting from Besisahar and ending in Jomsom. This itinerary is the shorter version of original Annapurna Circuit trail starting from Besisahar and ending in Nayapul. This trekking is slightly longer trek that required high effort everyday to complete the route. Both in terms of Altitude and Trail, the trek is quite difficult for most trekkers. Trekking to Annapurna Circuit involves crossing of Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416M / 17,769FT which can cause altitude sickness to travelers from sea level. An easy, gentle and slow ascending is recommended to reduce the chances of altitude sickness. The trail is wide, clear and astounding due to several factors. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a scenic trekking route that makes you to feel the trail less tiring. The trail specially after Manang is easier in comparison but as you will be walking in high altitude area, short of breathing, fast heartbeat, continuous tired feeling etc. can occur. Annapurna Circuit Trek is an enjoyable trekking route, it's a descent trekking experience however numerous hours of walking and high altitude can make the trail hard to many people. One of the highest trekking passes of the world; Thorong La Pass is also a difficult point for many trekkers. Phedi to Muktinath requires long hours of walking without proper meals and any rest places along the way. Even though Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to difficult level trail, people with previous trekking experiences specially in the high altitude will find the route quite normal / average.

Meals on Trek

Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. Annapurna Circuit Trek is relatively one of the oldest trekking routes and tea houses are well developed that means the quality of the meals will be high comparing to newly opened trekking routes. Meals are served in wide range during the trek. Even in highest places like Phedi, Yak Kharka and High Camp has extensive menu that serves numerous items for trekkers. Some places like Manang has well established hotels standard lodges. You will be served 3 meals a day; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a well established trekking route that has numerous accommodation options in every villages. Most places has several lodges for accommodation. Places like Phedi and High Camp has less number of lodges comparing to lower villages. Lodges in higher areas sometimes run our of available rooms for every trekkers and asks trekkers to share the rooms (similar sex) and we seek your cooperating during the hard times. However the guide will be trying his best all the time to ensure you a private room during the trek. Booking is only available to trekkers traveling in big groups. The lodges will be equipped with basic / cozy rooms. We recommend you to have your own sleeping bag although lodges in high altitude areas supply blankets inside the room. No luxury accommodation is available on this trek. Most rooms are equipped with twin rooms although sometimes 1 big bed is available upon request. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.

Best Season

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a high altitude trekking (about 5,400 meters +) route that is simply stunning and gives pleasuring views of Himalayas. This trekking is doable during whole year however January - May and October - December are better comparing to other months. Some part of the trek (after Pisang to Jomsom) lies inside Himalayan rain shadow areas. That means rain shadow area experiences less rain than in normal areas even during monsoon season. Annapurna Circuit Trek is an outstanding trekking route that has been dream of a lot of trekkers from all over the world. The trek is hard to describe, you can only experience it when you are there yourself. March - April and October - November are best of the best months for trekking in this area. Annapurna Circuit Trek becomes harder sometimes due to snowing in high altitude which can't be predicted. We will welcome you to enjoy this trail anytime of the year if you are unable to make during best months. During spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear, the views are incredible and the weather is breath-taking. We are unable to describe the route as there are not enough words. You will generally have stunning Himalayan views and green scenery during these months. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. Annapurna Circuit Trekking is beautiful trek almost throughout the year. The views are simply incredible most of the time. October to December will have more greens in the forest. Come and join with us for Annapurna Circuit Trekking and we promise that we will make it your pure adventure!

Highlights of the Trip

We are out of words to describe Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are a lot of outstanding highlights of the trek that we can't explain with our words. The astounding Himalayan views from close range, remote villages in front of mountains, popular Annapurna Himalayan peaks, thundering rivers coming all the way from Himalayan glaciers, towering waterfalls etc. are some of the attractions of the trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek is dream of travelers from all over the world to look at it's beauty. The trekking trail is wider, clearer and safer which makes the Annapurna Circuit Trek unbeatable to many other trekking routes. Thorng La Pass is one of the highest trekking passes of the world. Imagine sitting down on top of the pass and looking at the close Himalayan peaks surrounded from every side. Enjoy sitting down in the middle of snowy trail and looking all the Himalayan peaks around you. It's indescribable adventure that will be your lifetime experience. Annapurna Circuit Trek, a nearly 2 week trekking around the Himalayas is an outstanding escape from busy schedules, polluted cities and apathetic crowds. Come and join with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. where we will make your dream come true, we will arrange your journey that will be your lifetime experience.

Equipment and Packing List

Annapurna Circuit Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in middle to high altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible. The trail specially after Phedi or High Camp towards Thorong La pass can be icy and slippery most of the time. Having own crampons are highly recommended by novice trekkers.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!