Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular treks located in the Annapurna region and is perfect for solo and small group adventure trekkers. The major highlight of this trek is diverse of flora and fauna, a wide range of climatic zone, untainted mixed culture, a glorious Himalayan range, cascading waterfalls, the world highest pass Thorong La (5416m) to the most unfathomable Kali Gandaki gorge comparing two 8000m in addition to mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Annapurna Circuit Trek (15 Days) around the world's tenth tallest mountain Annapurna offers you a feeling of an unforgettable experience of nature's serenity and true form.
This Annapurna Circuit 15 days Trek follows the Marsyangdi River toward the north of the beautiful mountain peaks and crosses the amazing 5416-meter Thorong La from the sea level then, after that, quickly descends into the sensational desert-like beautiful Tibetan style scenery of upper Kali Gandaki valley. The climb passes pleasant villages home to Manangis, Gurungs, and Thakalis offers mesmerizing mountain views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhare, Nilgiri, Manaslu, Tilicho along many more other mountains and flaunts the absolute best trekking lodges in Nepal.
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days Outline Itinerary
|Day 01:||Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)|
|Day 02:||Sightseeing Meal: Breakfast.|
|Day 03:||Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar Drive: 6/7 hrs | Meal: BLD|
|Day 04:||Jeep drive to Chame (Stopover for acclimatization) Altitude: 2670 m/8810 ft. | Drive: 4/5 hrs | Meal: BLD|
|Day 05:||Trek Chame to Pisang Altitude: 3200 m/10524 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs | Meal: BLD|
|Day 06:||Trek Pisang to Manang, Overnight at the local lodge Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. | Trek: 5 to 6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 07:||Rest day at Manang for acclimatization Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 08:||Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka Altitude:4,050m/13,287ft | Trek: 4-5 hour | Meal: BLD|
|Day 09:||Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi Altitude:4,833m/15,856ft | Trek: 5 hours | Meal: BLD|
|Day 10:||Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath Altitude:3,760m/12,335ft via Thorung La Pass - Altitude: 5,416m | Trek: 8 hours. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 11:||Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni Altitude: 2,804 m/9,199 ft | 4-5 hour. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 12:||Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom Altitude: 2810 m. Trek: 3-4 hours. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 13:||Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Meal: BLD|
|Day 14:||Drive back to Kathmandu Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. | Meal: B|
|Day 15:||Departure transfer Meal: Breakfast|
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days Detail Itinerary Expand All
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
The first view of Nepal from the window of your plane could be a lifetime memorable view as the clear wide and white range of Himalayas shine straight in-front of your eyes. The ecstatic beauty is so rare that you won’t be able to blink your eyes. Welcome to Nepal; large heaven within this small planet Earth. As you step out of the airport our representative and a driver will receive you with a pleasant smiling welcome. Then, you will be escorted to the hotel and take complete care in processing your check-in into the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing | Meal: Breakfast
After breakfast the day will start with our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with a temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar Drive: 6/7 hrs | Meal: BLD
After having breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel to drive to Besisahar. Recheck your luggage and be ready for a drive. Following the River Marshyangdi, you will reach Besisahar. On the way, you can explore the Green Mountain, a scattered village, and refreshing landscape. Stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 04: Jeep drive to Chame (Stopover for acclimatization) - Altitude: 2670 m/8810 ft. | Drive: 4/5 hrs | Meal: BLD
From Besisahar, catching a local bus, you will start to drive on a bumpy road towards Chame. It is a small village of the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 m. You can enjoy the waterfall that attracts both the local and tourists. Stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang - Altitude: 3200 m/10524 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs | Meal: BLD
Today, you will have a steep walk through dense forest into a narrowed valley. Crossing the raging Himalayan River at two points 2,910m & 3,040m are absolute highlights of the trek. Just crossing a 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. Stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang, Overnight at the local lodge - Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. | Trek: 5 to 6 hrs. | Meal: BLD
After breakfast, you will walk through the arid & higher region of Manang. As you trek higher, the region affected is at the rain shadow of Annapurna comes into sight. Natives of this county flock yak most of the times of the year and cultivate crops for a very short period of the year. 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 at Munchi. Beyond Munchi, the trail passes the charming and the authentic village of Braga 3475m. The last push brings to Manang.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization - Altitude: 3400 m/11152 ft. | Meal: BLD
Starts a day with morning tea and explore the surrounding. Today, you will take a rest day. Hence, it is your time to use as you like. You can hike for a while to get familiarize with altitude. You can go nearby Gangapurna glacier or visit the Manang village, Gompas, and cave exploring native people and culture. Spend overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka - Altitude:4,050m/13,287ft | Trek: 4-5 hour | Meal: BLD
Today, you will trek to the higher altitude. After a day rest in Manang, you will not have acclimatization issue. However, gaining 500 m height trekking along the gradual uphill climb is quite an adventure. As the trek begins, you will cross 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 pass 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 encounter a series of mani wall, eventually, you reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Yak Kharka is the yak graze the land and hence signs of yak herders and thin vegetation can be seen there. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi - Altitude:4,833m/15,856ft | Trek: 5 hours | Meal: BLD
Today, you will walk uphill to the Thorang Phedi. 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 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. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath - Altitude:3,760m/12,335ft via Thorung La Pass - Altitude: 5,416m | Trek: 8 hours. | Meal: BLD
Here comes the most exciting and adventurous time as you are going to cross the world’s largest pass- The Thorong-la pass. Hence, today’s trek will be lengthy, you will starts trek early. Five hours of steep strenuous walk from the camp at Thorung Phedi 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 the Himalayas that include Annapurna at its best.
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni - Altitude: 2,804 m/9,199 ft | 4-5 hour. | Meal: BLD
After breakfast, we'll first descend through a desert-like trans-Himalayan landscape to the dramatic village of Jharkot (3500m), with its large chörten, a gompa, and atmospheric animist totems. The trail continues to Khingar (3400m) and then follows the road down steeply to the medieval-looking village of Kagbeni (2840m), situated at the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Jhang River and stay there overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom - Altitude: 2810 m) 3-4 hour. | Meal: BLD
You will descent through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom, the windy city & the home to the apple orchard of Nepal. Coming downhill, you always have to be cautious and not be excited to reach the destination. Spend overnight at the local lodge.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. | Meal: BLD
From the windy city, Jomsom and you will take a flight back to Pokhara. Leaving the tranquil isolation, as you land at Pokhara, you will be once again transferred to your hotel in the city. Rest of the time at your own.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu - Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. | Meal: B
While driving back to Kathmandu the 1st half of the trip is along the highway above Seti and Marsyandi Rivers and the latter half winds along Trisuli River. Green hills along the spiral roads, stopping in between for snacks (fish) are the trip highlights. Upon arriving at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel in the city.
Day 15: Departure transfer | Meal: Breakfast
Our tour officer will pick you up from your hotel three hours prior to your departure time. You will be escorted in a private vehicle to the airport for your final departure. Have a safe flight home.
- Ground Transportation: Airport pick up and drop off service in private vehicle
- Ground Transportation: Kathmandu/Bhulbhule drive in the local sharing bus.
- Domestic Airfare: Jomsom to Pokhara and airport tax
- Accommodation during Trek: 12 Nights'basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms. [Few nights in an attached bathroom in available places ]
- Accommodation in Pokhara: 2 Nights' accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing accommodation with Bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals: 3 Meals per day during the trek (BLD: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. Each meal consist of one course of the meal)
- Guide: Nepal Government licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Porter: The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permit and Trekkers' Information Management Systems [TIMS] Card
- Souvenir: Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Trekking Maps
- Equipment: Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket during Trek (upon request)
- Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
- Exclusive medical kit bag carried by trekking guide
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses
What's Not Included ?
- Nepal arrival visa
- Your personal expenses for mineral water, soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, hot drinking water, bbar bills showers etc.
- Internet facility, battery chargers, multi plugs etc.
- Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
- Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
- Any other extended trips and accommodation.
- Tips of ga guides, porters and driver as a token of appreciation.
- Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in “cost includes” list.
PASSPORT AND VISA:
All the foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to display Visa while entering Nepal. Nepalese Visa can be obtained either at the Nepalese Embassy of the respective country or can be obtained during your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu or from Nepal’s border entry point in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Certain nationals are requested to arrange Visa prior to arrival in Nepal. The listed countries are- Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and cannot secure Nepalese Visa on arrival.
VISA FACILITY DURATION FEES
Multiple Entry 15 Days US$ 75 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 30 Days US$ 90 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 90 Days US$ 150 or equivalent convertible currency
You can also download the VISA form and fill it up. Please go through the link as below: http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
MONEY & CREDIT CARD INFO
Most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in a problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. Be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. If you want to exchange money, we provide you with the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel.
While traveling to Nepal, you are requested to have 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.
Traveling 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. You must ensure that the policy you do take provides an adequate level of protection, well familiar with your itinerary and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday or send us a scanned copy and it must be issued from your homeland.
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Please, kindly note, these given references of the insurance company above is only a recommendation, which based on the recommendation of our previous travelers. You could review their update insurance policy by contacting them directly.
VACCINATION FOR NEPAL
Travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or the health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities). For traveling to Nepal, we recommend you to take vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, etc. However, it is not mandatory but recommended.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (acute mountain sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,000m). It occurs as the result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.
PREVENTION OF AMS: Go slowly, drink a lot of water, and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur you have climbed too far for the day. Rest at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms.
MILD SYMPTOMS: Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, and mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or lightheadedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling.
SERIOUS SYMPTOMS: The inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination. These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude.
The key is to trek slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.
Upon your arrival at TIA International Airport, our company's representatives are stationed to pick you up. They will be holding your name sign along with the company's name in it. Our office representative will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days Departure dates and price
Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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Amazing Trek experience !!
I completed the Annapurna Circuit and had a fantastic time. The circuit is a little touristy, but the scenery is breathtaking, and it is much less crowded in the off-season; the weather is still pleasant in May. I always had a nice vibe traveling with Alpha Adventure Treks because everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming.- Jose S. ( )
Great Trek with Amazing Landscape
We had a group of 5, and AAT helped us manage everything from accommodation to duffle bags as we had no past trekking experience. The guide was very helpful and entertaining.- Sushil K. ( )
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trek
The trekking is fantastic! It went just as planned, the organization was flawless, and Puru was extremely helpful and accommodating. He responds quickly and clearly, and he knows what he's talking about. We strongly advise you to travel with his firm!- Sunny T. ( )
On the Annapurna Circuit, you'll have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
I had a fantastic time with Alpha Adventure! Despite the challenging weather that comes with hiking in the off-season, my guide made sure that I was able to fulfill my dream of reaching the Thorong la pass! As a solo female tourist, I felt quite safe with his extensive trekking knowledge and accommodating nature. Without the AAT crew, I would not have had the once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience. I wholeheartedly endorse it!- Jean R. ( )
Amazing Experience, Highly Recommended !!
This is the most unforgettable trip we've ever taken. We didn't think 11 days would be enough to see the Annapurnas, but the way this trip was organized and carried out was incredible. Because the tour was so well-organized, we thoroughly loved every minute of the trip and didn't feel like we were missing out on anything because of the time constraints. We didn't have to worry about our pace because it was a private guided trip. We saw the beautiful Annapurna foothills, visited towns, and met some new acquaintances along the route. I'll be eternally grateful to AAT for this quick yet well-organized trip.- Kristen A. ( )
Fabulous Trek !!
Trekking to Khopra Ridge was an incredible adventure! We liked how it was a little off the beaten road. It was not at all crowded. We had the impression that we had the mountains to ourselves.- Hazel L. ( )
My First Trek Experience !!!
A trip to remember! My first trek was so much fun and exciting thanks to all of your aid from "Alpha Adventure Treks" and their excellent management! A kind and professional guide who knows practically everything there is to know about the area. I hope to see you guys again soon! incredibly pleased with the staff.- Randy W. ( )
Visit to ghalegaun village homestay
We had a fantastic time at Ghalegaun Village Homestay. The locals in the village were quite nice and created a lovely and welcoming atmosphere, as well as excellent food. Our overnight stay at the homestay was equally fantastic and unforgettable.- Maggie Shah ( )
A fantastic guide and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
With Yuvi as our guide, we had the most incredible tour. Everything was taken care of by the firm, from hotel pickup to excursions like a sight-seeing flight to Everest. We were in wonderful hands the entire time and felt protected.- Coco X. ( )
A lifetime experience
It was the most unforgettable trekking trip I've ever taken. ABC is really gratifying in every way. This is the second time I've done it. Maybe one day I'll do it again. Every time you take a different route, you'll get a new experience. From Himalaya to ABC, the vista is incredible.- Anna J. ( )
Almost too much to comprehend
We had a good view of this spectacular mountain from afar, which added to its majesty. Our Nepalese guide spoke about it with reverence, and we were enslaved by it as well. Climbing this behemoth is both awe-inspiring and terrifying, and neglecting to be humble can lead to death.- Elijah A. ( )