Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is for travel lovers who are seeking an adventurous and challenging trek in the gorgeous Annapurna region in a short time. Enjoy the tranquility of the Himalayas and visit remote villages, centuries-old monasteries, and caves.
No doubt Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best ways to feel the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas. However, it is a short trek and demands 12 Days to complete, We have longer 20-day itineary for Annapurna Circuit Trek for those have longer holidays. And we are fully aware that some of you want to do this trek in a short time, so here we are presenting a Short Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary to you. The trail goes through verdant forests, fine mountain villages, pastures, and gorges. You will cross lovely streams, suspension bridges, waterfalls, ancient monasteries, and mani walls along the way.
You dwell in the tranquility of the Himalayas and unwind your worries on this short Annapurna circuit trek. Fill up your lungs with fresh air and heart with the chirping of birds. Spend time with locals and get to know their unique lifestyle. As the trail gains elevation, the views get breath-taking. Explore the fine Manang village (3,519 m) and visit centuries-old monasteries & caves. You will ultimately reach the top of the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), the highest pass in Nepal. The trail is steep, slippery, and full of boulders. You have to be extra careful while pushing towards the pass.
Then get your blessing at the sacred and divine Muktinath Temple (3,800 m). It is a significant temple for Hindus and Buddhists. The route winds along the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest in the world, and passes by narrow nerve-racking uneven road to Pokhara. Pokhara, the city of lakes. Tourists love the laid-back ambiance of this city. Bustle and peace go hand in hand in this beautiful city. Have a serene time on the Phewa Lake while boating and stroll on the vibrant Lakeside Market.
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is an equally rewarding journey. You will get to see stunning views of the western Himalayan Mountains, rich cultural heritage, and diverse flora & fauna. The trek crosses a challenging pass. Therefore, you have to be in good shape to go on this trek. Plus, previous trekking/hiking experience will help you a lot. To know more about this Amazing venture, send us your queries anytime.
Major Attractions of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek
A scenic drive from/to Kathmandu
From Kathmandu, you will drive to the starting point of the trek Dharapani. It's a long and pleasant drive. You get to see rivers, terrace fields, waterfalls, and rolling green hills. Likewise, from Muktinath, you drive to Pokhara, enjoying snow-capped mountain views and tempting landscapes. Another scenic drive from Pokhara takes you back to Kathmandu. If you love long beautiful rides, then you are going to love these drives.
Trek through dense forests and remote villages
The trail from Dharapani onwards goes through dense forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper, etc. You will cross many streams and pastures as well. Likewise, pass by picturesque remote villages like Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, etc. The villages offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of mountain people. You will see diverse cultures and traditions.
Explore Manang village
Situated at 3,519 meters, Manang is a beautiful village known for the breath-taking views. It is like a tourist hub in the middle of the trail. You can find snacks and bars here. Likewise, the village has a theater that plays old movies and documentaries. Visit the museums and monasteries around the village. One of the oldest monasteries comes along the trail to Manang, Braga monastery. Also, there are many hanging caves and short hike options like Gangapurna Lake, etc.
Cross Thorong La Pass
With an elevation of 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass is the highest pass in the world north of the Annapurna Himal. The pass connects Manang village in the east and Muktinath Temple in the west. The trail that leads to the top of the pass is challenging and demands proper supervision from a professional guide. The route is steep and rugged, with many slippery sections covered with boulders. After a strenuous walk and lots of effort, you will get rewarded with a sensational view from the top of the pass.
Get blessed in Muktinath
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Muktinath temple is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. Situated at the west foot of Thorong La Pass at 3,800 meters, Muktinath temple is one of the highest temples in the world. Buddhists call Muktinath Chumig Gyatsa, which means "Hundred Waters" in Tibetan. There are many small temples and shrines around the principal temple devoted to other deities. Every year, hundreds and thousands of pilgrims visit this temple to get blessings.
Witness stunning Himalayan Mountains
During the Short Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you will see numerous western Himalayan mountains on the trail like Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Fishtail, (6,993 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m), etc. Likewise, the sceneries along the route are also breath-taking.