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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

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        The short Annapurna Circuit Trek route is a fascinating journey with daily constant views of snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna-Manaslu Himalayas. The walk progress higher overlooking the Dhaulagiri range of mountains.

      Annapurna Circuit Trek is an awe-inspiring adventure considered as the world’s top ten adventure destination. You can have an excellent time with clear views of above eight thousand high mountains in the comfort of nice local lodges. The rooms are facing dramatic landscapes and mountains in the harmony of the high Manang people. The village is enriched with old cultures and customs of the Buddhism religion.

     Besides the awesome mountain, the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek offers green vegetation with enchanting woodland. Therefore it is equally fascinating of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines-oaks and fir tree lines. In addition, exploring high scenic Manang village of great interest with its ancient impressive monasteries.

        This Short Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary begins taking an overland of the exciting drive to reach Nepal Mid West around warmer areas of Lamjung at a Beshisahar town. The drive continues at the foot of the hills to follow the raging Marsyangdi River right up to its glacial source at Manang and beyond.

    A pleasant walk continues with some strenuous uphill past charming villages of Jagat-Dharapani-Chame.  The headquarter town of Manang to enter Pisang and Manang villages within massive Annapurna mountains.

      After Manang heading high to cross a scenic Thorang-La Pass, the highest point of the adventure above 5,416 m with sweeping views of Dhaulagiri-Mustang Himal-Annapurna with Damodar peaks. Then reaches the holy Muktinath area, regarded as the holiest of all holy places of the temple of Muktinath.

      From Muktinath heading towards warmer areas of Tatopani village after a drive through lovely villages and town of Jomsom, Marpha to enter world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River.

      Drive to scenic and beautiful Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake. There is the marvelous adventure of a lifetime experience on    Annapurna Trek completes. If you want to explore the Annapurna Base Camp  Trek package here.

    If you have enough time and want to explore this trek in 16 days, then we have another 16-day Annapurna Circuit Trek Package here.

Outline  Itinerary for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu at 1,345 m

Day 02: Drive to Dharapani 1960 m 7/9 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Chame 2710 m – 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Pisang 3310 m – 05 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Manang Village 3,540 m – 05 hrs

Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion

Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,050 m – 05 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,850 m – 05 hrs

Day 09: Crossover Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara via Jomsom/Marpha  Duration: 09 -11 hours

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu and then transfer to Hotels

Day 12: International departure for homeward bound or to the respective country.


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
      On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located. After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant. 

Day 02: Drive to Dharapani (1960 m), Duration: 09-11 hours

       Kathmandu, you will have a scenic but very long drive to Dharapani. The road is laden with beautiful natural sceneries and you will get to experience the quintessence of Nepal’s countryside. Crossing forests and clearings, you will reach Dharapani after passing several rural villages on the way. It is a great way to get a quick glimpse of the local people who reside in natural villages away from the bustling capital. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dharapani. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Trek to Chame 2710 M - 05 hours.
    After Dharapani walks on the wide winding trail with rhododendron and pine forest past Bagachap and Danque village, and then uphill to Timang village, from here onwards entering more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu. From Timang a few hours trek to Koto and then to reach Chame town for the overnight stop, Chame is a large headquarters town of Manang district. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Pisang 3250 M - 05 hrs.
       From here onwards air gets cooler and fresher as the walk leads close to mountains, a morning walk through the alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with a few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride top small village of Dhukure Pokhari with a few teahouses and lodge overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then an afternoon walk descends to reach lower Pisang village for the overnight stop. Meals includedBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Manang Village 3,540 M - 05 hrs.
        Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains slowly as the walk leads into a small forested area with short uphill offering views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s, and Pisang peak. From the ridge top entering a flat valley at Hongdae village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with a cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings, frescos, and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour's walk reaches Manang village. The houses were built in the traditional Tibetan style, Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion. 
        A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher altitude towards Thorang - La pass, at Manang taking short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley, Manang the main and a large village of the areas placed on the windswept valley by the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,050 M - 05 hours. 
        After a good rest at Manang, a morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trekking with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with grand views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,850 M - 05 hrs. 
   As the walk advances to a higher area, getting closer to the base of Thorang-la where walk leads to crossing a bridge and then a climb along the riverbank of Jarjung, as the walk leads at Thorang Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Crossover Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs. 
      Our hardest and main adventure of the trek having an early breakfast walk leads to the long steep climb to reach on top of Thorang-la at 5,416 m. The top of the pass is marked with Buddhist color prayer flags and a signboard with the name and altitude of Thorang-La Pass, with views of dramatic landscapes and high snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent takes you to Muktinath at 3,800 m. In holy Muktinath areas for the overnight stop, regarded as the most sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists, the name Muktinath literally means ‘place for Nirvana or Liberation. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara via Jomsom 2,715 and Marpha 2, 670 m - 08  hrs.
       Depending upon the size of the group whether travel on Tourist Coach or in a private car to reach Pokhara, the morning after breakfast in Muktinath Hotel, the rest of the journey is much easy on downhill hills where our walk stops for short intervals due to the motorable road, Our adventure finally ends onboarding into a vehicle for the drive to Pokhara by the Phewa Lakeside after completing a grand adventure on Annapurna Circuit trekking. Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 11: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs.
     After a wonderful time around high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with an afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 12: International departure for homeward bound or to the respective country.

     Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable time on Annapurna circuit Trekking with wonderful adventure and experience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries.  Meals included: Breakfast 


  • Airport Pick up & drop by private car in Kathmandu
  • Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
  • 2 Nights of standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 3 Times Meals with Cup of Tea Or Coffee (Break Fast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, private room with shared toilet)
  • An experienced, helpful, friendly and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS )
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups of over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance 
  • Guide salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • 1 Well Plan Trekking T-shirt 
  • All Ground Transportation by tourist bus 
  • A strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people - porter will carry a maximum of 25 kilos )
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits as per the availability
  •  All land transportation wherever applicable
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Worst-case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the cultural restaurant


  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Your personal expenses. (Phone call, Wifi, Laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, a bottle of water or hot water, Mineral water,  Hot  shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure. early arrive from the mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • Services not mentioned in the 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
  • Kathmandu  and Pokhara-  lunch and Dinner 
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Physically  condition & experience requirements 

For physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between.  The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.

Accommodations  on the trek

In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, the teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also  note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals  during the trek

In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).


Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.

Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.

Climate and Weather 

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.


Recommended equipment list
This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

• The warm hat that covers your ears
• Sunglasses
• Sun hat
• Headlamp with extra batteries

Upper body
• T-shirts
• Fleece jacket or sweater
• Fleece wind –stopper jacket
• Waterproof shell jacket
• Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
• Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower body
• Underwear
• Hiking trousers
• Fleece or woolen trousers
• Lightweight thermal bottoms
• Lightweight cotton pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
• Thin lightweight inner socks
• Heavy poly or wool socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)

• Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
• Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

• Toothbrush /paste
• Multi-purpose soap
• Nail clippers
• Deodorants
• Medium-sized quick-drying towel
• Face and body moisturizer
• Small mirror
• Female hygiene products

Personal hygiene
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue/toilet roll
• Antibacterial hand wash

• Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
• A cough and /or cold medicine
• Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
• Stomach antibiotic

Extras /luxuries
• Reading book
• Trail map /guidebook
• Journal and pen
• Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
• Modest swimsuit
• Binoculars
• Camera

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