• Trek Duration
    8 Days + –
  • Accomodations
    Tea House Trek
  • Max Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Trekkers Numbers
    1-18 but Flexible
  • Best Time of Year
    Spring and Autumn
  • Trek Difficulty
  • Price: 499 or + –

Overview of the short Annapurna circuit trek

Short Annapurna circuit trek is shortened itinerary of the classic Annapurna circuit trek by cutting the some days which can be skipped by the traveling on the jeep. This Annapurna circuit short trek is very good for the hikers who have a short period but still want to do the Annapurna circuit trek. This Annapurna circuit short trekking allows trekkers to enjoy the glimpse of the Annapurna himalayan range.

On this trek trekkers can see the stunning views of mountains such as a Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,544m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Glacier Dome (7,193m), Tilicho Peak (7,134m), Mt Dhulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus peak and many other peaks. Those peaks are located in the Valley of Manag and Mustang which trekkers can see in orders.

As there is easy road access at the beginning of the trekking starting point and ending point the trek duration can reduce to even 7 days. That makes the Annapurna circuit trek very short but still, you can enjoy the Annapurna circuit like the Classic Annapurna circuit trek. Of course, you will miss something on Annapurna circuit short trek but diversified landscapes, local people’s villages and their lifestyles as well as their cultures. With that, you will see the stunning Himalayas, beautiful valleys and landscapes, waterfalls and many other things.

Humde valley, Bhartang Apple farm, Ice lake, Yak Kharka, High camp and Thorong la pass are the place where trekkers will enjoy their journey. The short trekking means there will be some chance of getting AMS but with the experienced guide and their support, everyone can do this Short Annapurna circuit trekking.

Why trekkers like the Short Annapurna circuit trek

  • Due to the short time frame those trekkers who have a short time holiday in Nepal whose can even do the Annapurna circuit short trek
  • In this Annapurna circuit short trek offers the spectacular views of the Marshyandri River Valley and they can see village like Jagat, Chamje, Tal, Dharapani, Bagarchap, Danaque and more villages
  • The Short Annapurna Circuit trek gives the best view of the Mt Annapurna II 7940 Meters, Mt Manaslu 8,153 meters, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, Mt Dhaulagiri 8,167 Meters and many other peaks around the hiking trails.
  • Thorong la pass 5,416 Meters cross during this wonderful trek
  • There is a great availability of the good food and accommodations on the trek as compare to other routes of Annapurna
  • It is the great chance to see the lifestyle, traditions, cultures of the Manag and Mustang peoples

Short Annapurna circuit trek facts

Duration:8 Trek days, 1 day drive back to Kathmandu
1 Day to go trek
Max. elevation:(5416 M/17, 769 Feet) Thorong la pass
Elevation gain/loss10,100 m (33,136 ft) Approx
Length of Trekking trail distanceApprox 70-80 kilometres
StartChame 2600 Meters
EndsJomsom then fly to Pokhara
Best Time:Spring and Autumn Season
Permits:TIMS and ACCAP Permits
AccommodationTea House

Short Annapurna circuit trek cost

Short Annapurna Circuit trek costs vary from 392 $ to 730 $ with our standard plan but this can be more if you want your trek more luxurious. It means if you use private vehicles and make the days longer with more acclimatisation and sight trips then obviously it will be more expensive than we mentioned above. These costs are for the standard travel plan with using of the public bus and sharing jeep on necessary places. If you are a budget traveller, then you use the public bus and share jeep to go Chame which costs you less but is more stressful. If you want less stress and more relaxation, you use the private hiring vehicle to go Chame from Kathmandu. The public vehicle in Nepal is usually crowded and not convenient for the tourist however if you can adjust then you may save the cost. Here is the cost of the Short Annapurna circuit trek cost

Bronze Price 392$
Min 2 Person
Silver Price 678$
Min 2 Person
Gold Price 730$
Min 2 Person
Guide, Porter, Local bus to Besisahar, Sharing jeep to chame, ACCAP Permits, TIMS permits, Government tax and company service charge

Food and Accomodations, Drinks, Tea, Coffee, Drinking water, Desert and all others which not in Includes above
Guide, Porter, ACCAAP Permits, TIMS Permits, Local bus to Besisahar, Sharing jeep to chame, Food and Accomodations and Government tax, Company service charge

Alchoholic Drinks, Tea, Coffee, Drinking water, Desert and all others which not in Includes above
Guide, Porter, ACCAP Permits, Local bus to Besisahar, Sharing jeep to chame, Food and Accomodations, Tea, Coffee, and Government tax, Company service charge

Alchoholic Drinks, Drinking water, Desert and all others which not in Includes above

Note: The Cost is Based on the public bus to besisahar and sharing jeep to chame, if you need the private veichle to Besisahar and private jeep to Chame then the cost will be different.

Short Annapurna circuit trek best time/seasons

Annapurna circuit trek can be done throughout the year but the view and experience can be different as per the season. Spring and Autumn seasons are the best seasons for the Annapurna circuit short trek. Most the trekkers may wonder what it looks like to do the trek on their time, here we have described how the Annapurna circuit trek on their time so that they can decide whether do or wait for another good time.

  • Autumn season

    The Autumn season (October and November) is the best time to do the Annapurna circuit and most of the treks in Nepal. The post-monsoon season is very cristal clear days with the open, blue sky and clear visibility. The temperatures are neither hot nor cold and at this time rainfall is unlikely to happen so it is the best time to explore the mighty Himalayas and the trails to the Himalayas. There are beautiful settlements which celebrate the biggest festival of Nepal at this time so you can also see that if you do the trek at this time. Overall it is the best time to explore the Annapurna circuit trek.

  • Spring season

    The Spring season (March, April and May) is the second-best season to do the Annapurna circuit trek. Stunning weather with the sun shining, clear sky, good temperatures and clear visibility allows hikers to enjoy the Annapurna circuit hike very much. The Spring season is also known as the season of climbing due to the warm temperatures in the mountains. Mountains like Everest and others are climbed in this season. The downhills or valley at this time get pretty high temperatures which you need to consider rest of the things are very good but as long as you move towards the end of the day the weather may get bad sometimes. Usually, it does not rain/snowfalls but sometimes it may happen. Different types of flowers get blooms in this season so it is a good time to do the Annapurna circuit trek.

  • Monsoon season

    The monsoon season starts from june 10 and lasts till September 15 around. This month is also known as the rainy season in Nepal. It rains a lot, the sky is cloudy, very less chance to see the mountain. Leeches, floods and landslides are common on the trekking trails. This is not a good time to do the Annapurna circuit trek but if you are lucky you can see the mountains this time as well.

  • Winter seasons

    These months, generally it’s cold months of the year. Most of the tourist doesn’t do any adventure activities. Doing trek this month is very difficult because of the cold environment snowfall rainfall and sometimes hell-storm as well. The sky is cloudy So you cannot see the beautiful view. For the comprehensive information go to Annapurna circuit trek best time

Where to start and end Short Annapurna Circuit trek

Due to the short time frame Annapurna circuit can not be done completely but still, you can do the Annapurna circuit by skipping some days on lower sections. That is why it is a Short Annapurna circuit trek. Usually, the Annapurna circuit begins from the Ngadi village but to make it shorter we have to reduce the days by using the jeep and skipping the villages.

Start at the Chame

The trek starts from the Chame Village. Chame is a 5-6 hours Jeep ride from the Besisahar and Besisahar is 7-8 hours from Kathmandu so it takes the whole day to reach the Chame. That is the reason trekkers must start their journey to Chame early in the morning so that they can reach Chame in the Evening. Chame is a small village from where you can see the stunning view of the Lamjung Himal just in front of you. A natural hot spring is also there at Chame which you can enjoy. If you start the trek at Chame, it will be short Annapurna circuit trekking.

Ends at the Jomsom

Thorong la pass is the ultimate target of the Short Annapurna circuit trek from where you can either go to Jomsom or Muktinath. Flying from Jomsom saves the time that makes the trek shorter. The 30 minutes flight takes you to the Pokhara and on the same day, you can also fly to Kathmandu as well if you have a lack of time. If you want to continue the trek then it needs 5-6 days more to arrive at the Pokhara or driving options are also possible which takes the whole day but it takes a whole day and the road is not that good.

Permits for Short Annapurna Circuit trek

There are 2 permits which are required to do the Annapurna circuit trek. Checkpost are on the trekking trails where they record your data for safety. You should have a permit before you go to the Annapurna circuit trek. For this, you should have 2 permits which are given here.

  • ACCAP permits

    ACCAP Permits are permitted to trek on the Annapurna Conservation Area project. There are several trekking trails in Annapurna Conservation Area such as Annapurna base camp, Mardi Himal trek, Khopra Trek, Mohare Danda and many others which all require to have an ACCAP permit so as the Annapurna circuit trek. The permits can be obtained from Nepal Trek Hub.

  • TIMS Permits

    Trekkers Information Management System permits are imposed by the Nepal Tourism Board for the tracking and safety of the tourist. The permit fees they collect are also going on for guide and porter rescue in case an emergency happens on the trek. In the check post they also check the TIMS permits.

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