Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Annapurna Circuit
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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek-15 days
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek-15 days
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek-15 days
At a Glance
Duration15 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5416m/17769.03ft
Group Size1-10pax
Travel StylePrivate
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to May

Trip Overview

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is an innovative variation of the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek. This modified package has been carefully designed, considering the current availability of infrastructure and amenities. The Himalayan Trekking Path offers a well-crafted itinerary that ensures ample time for acclimatization while providing a comparable experience to the original Annapurna Circuit Trek with a shorter duration. If you have sufficient time to complete the Classical Annapurna Circuit Trek, then go ahead and make sure to fully embrace the forgotten path.


  • Explore from Kathmandu to Besishahar in a Deluxe Bus, along the riverside through the lush green valleys and charming villages.
  • From Besishahar to Dharapani (the trekking starting point) in a local Jeep, an opportunity to take the finest photos of gigantic waterfalls, stunning valleys, epic clips, and local lifestyle.
  • The trail begins at 800 m and brings to its highest point at 5416m along the various climates, flora and fauna, diverse cultural communities, and foothills of the highest peaks of the region.
  • After the high pass, it brings you into the pristine Tibetan villages and the Hindu and Buddhist shrines at Muktinath.
  • It is an opportunity to explore the trans-Himalayan desert and the surroundings of the lower Mustang region.
  • The photography opportunity at every step of the journey includes villages, valleys, mountains, temples and monasteries, flora and fauna, lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and rivers.
  • The Mountain scenery seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and others
  • Soak in the Natural Hot Spring Pond for refreshment

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned destination for adventure trek trips in Nepal, known worldwide for its breathtaking beauty. Situated in the heart of the Annapurna Conservation Area, this trek offers an exhilarating experience for nature enthusiasts and art lovers alike. This challenging yet fulfilling journey encompasses the entire Annapurna Massif and can be seamlessly connected to other trekking routes, making it a comprehensive adventure. Standing tall at an impressive altitude of 5416m above sea level, Thorong La is the highest point of the trek and one of the world's highest pass treks. Since its opening to tourists in 1977 AD, it has captivated the hearts of many. The short Annapurna Circuit trail spans a total distance of 120 km (74.56 miles), allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the wonders of this remarkable region.

Our exclusive short Annapurna Circuit trekking package and itinerary have been specifically designed for adventure enthusiasts who have limited time but still want to experience the majestic trail. This 14-day journey begins in Kathmandu and takes you through picturesque paddy terraces, lush green valleys, and breathtaking river views as you drive to Besishahar, where your first night will be spent. The next day, after a hearty breakfast, you will continue your journey to Dharapani in a local Jeep. Although we deviate from the traditional trail, you will have the opportunity to explore captivating villages, witness numerous waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the beauty of lush green valleys.

After Dharapani, you will embark on a trek, allowing you to acclimatize to the high altitude. The following morning, after a satisfying breakfast, prepare your backpack for a 6 to 7-hour trek to Chame. Along the way, you will be treated to a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as mesmerizing mountain vistas. Over the next few days, you will traverse through varying climates, passing through charming Tibetan villages and glacier lakes, and enjoying close-up views of the Annapurna Ranges, Alpine landscapes, and Yak meadows.

Upon reaching the summit of Thorong La-5416m, the highest point of the trek, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring panoramas of the Annapurna ranges. As you continue your expedition, you will encounter the sacred Muktinath Temple, a place of immense significance for both Hindus and Buddhists, surrounded by enchanting Tibetan-influenced villages. The landscape on this side of the Annapurna region is typically arid and sandy after the pass, creating a striking contrast to the initial stages of your trip.

Muktinath, Kagbeni, and Jomsom provide a captivating insight into local life, culture, and the majestic Kali Gandaki. Departing from Jomsom, you will embark on a scenic flight to Pokhara, where you can indulge in the breathtaking views of the mountains and the lush Green Valley. Pokhara, the bustling tourist hub, offers ample opportunities for exploration, allowing you to spend a day immersing yourself in its charm. Finally, conclude the moderate-level, difficult trek by traveling from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a comfortable tourist bus, bringing your unforgettable journey to a close in the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

If you require the assistance of a local guide for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, please feel free to reach out to us. Our team is readily available to provide you with our services at any time.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking itinerary is designed to provide a condensed version of the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Round Trek, allowing you to experience the highlights in a shorter time frame. This comprehensive package covers everything from your arrival to departure, including sightseeing in Kathmandu, transportation from Kathmandu to Besishahar and Dharapani (the starting point of the trek), and the trek itself through Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La, Muktinath, and Jomsom. The trek concludes with a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, where you will spend a night in the beautiful Pokhara Valley before driving back to Kathmandu. With ample acclimatization and suitable for beginners and first-time trekkers in Nepal, our 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary ensures a memorable and rewarding experience.

The Cost of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal. However, with the recent development of a road along the trail, the itinerary has been modified to create a shorter version known as the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. Despite the condensed duration of 14 days, this trek still offers an equally immersive experience. The cost of the Short Annapurna Circuit trek varies depending on factors such as group size, service level, mode of transport, and inclusions within the package. In our Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Package, we provide a range of transportation options, including public transport from Kathmandu to Dharapani, a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, and a VIP tourist bus from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. For detailed information on the cost of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, please refer to the following:

  • Solo travelers can enjoy the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek for a cost of USD 1500
  • Traveling in a group of 2 to 6 people? The cost per person for the short Annapurna Circuit Trek is USD1300
  •  For larger groups of 7 to 10 people, the cost per person for the short Annapurna Circuit Trek is USD1100.