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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek – 15 Days

Trip Overview

Short Annapurna Circuit trek 15 days is carefully designed for those trekkers those who desire to explore the Annapurna circuit encountering most popular Thorong la pass within a limited time.

15 days short Annapurna circuit trek starts by driving from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. Starting trek moves towards high altitude village such as Tal, Chame, Pisang, Manang and high camp to step Muktinath by crossing Thorong la pass at height of 5,416 m. Continuous walk towards Jomsom and flight to Pokhara to Kathmandu end your trip. 360° vista throughout magnificent towering Mountains including Annapurna and Manaslu and many more from high elevation is really stunning. Major highlights of this trek include Annapurna range, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, Nilgiri, Tilicho along much more other rocketing mountains with popular Thorong la pass at high elevation and famous Muktinath temple. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

Following your arrival time at Tribhuwan International Airport, our company representatives will be there for your warm welcome and to shift you towards luxury tourist standard hotel. Therefore, we plan on gathering at our office discuss upcoming trek.

Day 2: Drive to Bhulbhule (840 m)

After attending morning breakfast, you will be shifted to the bus station by our private vehicle to catch a tourist standard bus towards Bhulbhule. Leaving Kathmandu behind, bus heads towards the west of valley following Prithvi highway to reach Pokhara. Finally, after steeping Pokhara, a bus will further continue its journey catching another secondary road until we step Bhulbhule. This night will be spent at a lodge in Bhulbhule. 

Day 3: Trek to Ghermu Phant (1,117 m)

This day before developing our trek forward, we complete some necessary considerations and formalities at the office of ACAP there. Walking through easy trail passing numerous of green forests, fields, and settlements takes to Ngadi along further continue walk following trail offers Hydro project to inspect. After that long steep climb along the terraced farms takes to Bahundandha and from there walking down through stone steps passing green fields and waterfalls finally Ghermu is steeped.

Day 4: Trek to Tal (1,700 m)

 Soon after leaving Ghermu, the trail descends towards suspension bridge to cross over Marsyangdi River and continue walking through the George takes to Jagat. After that, bypassing few crests and overhanging rocks, Chamje is offered. Crossing the bridge and walking through the bamboo forest by following the steep stone trail from Chamje a wide valley with a few houses, Tal is steeped for staying overnight.

Day 5: Trek to Danakyu (2,300 m)

Triggering our trek forward, we enter through alpine grassland and pine forest area. Therefore, crossing the bridge across Marsyangdi River and passing many settlements along viewing traditional stone houses and sharing a road with the caravan of donkeys transporting goods on way takes to Danakyu. Evening hours can be utilized by exploring throughout and night will be spent at the lodge in Danakyu.

Day 6: Trek to Chame (2,670 m)

Today, we continue our walk by catching upward steep stone case to reach beautiful Tamang village (vantage point of Annapurna Circuit) above Danakyu to sight 360° view throughout towering snow-capped mountains including Annapurna and Manaslu. After that passing several pine and rhododendron forests, bridges and settlements including Koto, we reach Chame. This night will be spent at a lodge in Chame.

Day 7: Trek to Pisang (3,060 m)

After enjoying breakfast, our beginning trail is fairly easy till Bhartang thereafter we continue up the steep into the dense oak forest to step Dhikur Pokhari for inspecting spectacular view of Pisang peak and Annapurna. Leaving Dhikur  Pokhari behind, we head forward passing lower Pisang towards upper Pisang. We can explore nearby monastery after steeping destination of the day and night will be spent at the lodge in Pisang.

Day 8: Trek to Manang (3,440 m)

Early morning developed trek enters the drier part of Manang district by catching the easy route via Humde. During the walk through the wide and dusty trail, you will be accompanied by stunning mini walls and a magnificent view of Pisang peak and Annapurna till we reach Manang. Finally, after steeping Manang, you can explore large Tibetan village with the best sunset view at evening time. The night will be spent at a lodge in Manang.

Day 9: Acclimatization day

As we are already above the height of 3,400 m above sea level so acclimatization is very essential before adding more elevations. This day we don’t develop our trek forward but we stay active and we also plan to hang out on different options like exploring settlement, inspecting ancient monasteries or climbing Chhongar viewpoint to enjoy views of towering mountains throughout. This night will also be spent at same lodge in Manang.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050 m)

After full day acclimatization leaving Manang behind, we join steep climb through alpine and juniper forests leaving Marsyangdi River and crossing numerous of pleasing settlements with a giant view of high mountains including Annapurna and Tilicho peak takes to Yak Kharka. More chance to enjoy drove of blue sheep and herds of yak on way, which makes you amazing. This night will be spent at the lodge in Yak Kharka. 

Day 11: Trek to High camp (4,833 m)

Quickly after enjoying morning breakfast, we move forward by following the wide and steep trail leading towards Ledar by passing trail to Chulu peak. Continuing to ascend the trail; we also cross bridges and slope along walk up to Thorung Phedi to step high camp for sighting panoramic view of Annapurna peaks throughout. This night will be spent at the lodge in high camp.

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La pass (5,416 m)

Early morning, we move forward to cross the most awaited and challenging day. Developing out walk through thin steep trail takes to the base of Thorong La pass and after crossing difficult way to reach on the top of the pass offers praying flags with a pleasing view of Kali Gandaki valley along numerous of high peaks around. Therefore passing long descent walk with a great view of stunning mountains takes to Muktinath for stay overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m)

Our day begins with exploring Muktinath and descending towards Jharkot for inspecting original palace of the king of Mustang. After that, we walk continue downward to reach Kagbeni and continuously following the old trading route of Mustang and Tibet Caravan takes to Jomsom. Remaining, evening hours can be spent by exploring Jomsom and night will be arranged at the lodge there.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu

Early morning hour, we move to Jomsom Airport to catch (25 to 30 min) scenic flight towards Pokhara. According to your wish, we plan to explore attractions of Pokhara then flight will be scheduled at evening time otherwise we directly board a flight to Kathmandu. Finally, after landing on Kathmandu, our private vehicle will pick you up and escorts to fine tourist inn to spend our night. For evening hour, we arrange for farewell dinner in popular Nepalese restaurant enjoying ethnic dance and music with Nepalese food items.

Day 15: Departure day

Managing your time, you can go out for shopping to collect gifts for your loving ones. We help you with your arrangements and our private vehicle will be there to transfer you to the airport focusing departure time. Well-wishers and representatives will be there to wish your safe journey at the airport.

Equipment List

  • Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
  • Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
  • T-shirts and hiking shorts
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel.
  • Water bottle and water purification tables
  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)

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Useful Info

Visa Information

All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.

Weather Information

Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict.  Nights are generally cooler and days are warm.  Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.

Best time to travel

Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.

Physical Fitness

Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal.  Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less.  And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.

Travel Insurance

Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.

Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or 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 a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.

Booking Process

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
  • You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
  • Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
  • Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
  • Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
  • Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
  • Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
  • Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
  • Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.

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Duration 15 Days
Transportation Flight, Private vehicles or tourist bus
Group Size 2+
Difficulty Moderate
Max Elevation 5,416 m
Accomodation Hotels/Mountain Lodges
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