Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorong Pass - 11 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March - May and Oct - Dec
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m.| 17769ft.

Highlights

  • A short version of the world-famous Annapurna Circuit trek with an equally rewarding venture
  • Adventurous trek to the Thorong La pass
  • Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area, home to hundreds of flora & fauna
  • Explore the beautiful villages resided by people from different communities
  • Visit ancient monasteries and temples along the way, including the holy Muktinath temple
  • Witness breathtaking landscapes and stunning mountain panorama
  • Experience steep and rough trek in the Annapurna region

​​Join the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 11 Days and explore the Annapurna Conservation Area. Cross the high pass and visit the ancient temple. Enjoy an adventurous trek in the western Himalayas.

We have designed one of the most famous long trekking routes in the Annapurna region, the Annapurna Circuit trek, into a short 11 days trip. Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is for trekkers looking for an alternative to the long trek. This trek is an excellent introduction to Nepal's rich cultural heritage and adventurous Himalayan trekking routes.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 11 Days crosses the challenging Thorong La pass (5,416m.|7,769ft.) and takes you to the holy Muktinath Temple (3,800m.|12,467ft.). The trail ascends through lush forests and gradually reaches the alpine meadows. You pass by lovely remote villages and waterfalls along the way. The route goes along the Kali Gandaki River gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. 

Likewise, the trail passes by apple orchards and narrow alleyways to Jomsom (2,743m.|8,999ft.). There are several steep and rough parts too. While trekking, you get to witness stunning landscapes and visit ancient monasteries. As you spend nights in a different village, you get to interact with the friendly villagers and observe their lifestyle. 

Views during the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 11 Days

Annapurna circuit short trek presents you with the spectacular beauty of the western Himalayas. You can see breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna (8,091m.|26,545ft.), Dhaulagiri (8,167m.|26,794ft.), Manaslu (8,163m.|26,781ft.), Nilgiri (7,061m.|23,166ft.), Hiunchuli (6,441m.|21,231ft.), Tilicho Peak (7,134m.|23,406ft.), Gangapurna (7,455m.|24,459ft.), Pisang Peak (6,091m.|19,984ft.), etc while trekking. Likewise, the top of Thorong La pass also offers a fantastic mountain panorama. 

Why trek with us?

Our no hidden charge, attention to detail, and a reasonable price with high-quality service make us the best trekking partner in Nepal. We are very flexible in organizing tailor-made trips that let you customize your itinerary. Likewise, during the trek, our best guides accompany you. 

We also make sure our treks in the Himalayas are eco-friendly and do not harm nature in any way. Please contact us at any time for more information on the short Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

If you are looking for other short treks, then check out these packages- Mardi Himal TrekLangtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Lake Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, etc.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Today, you will arrive in Kathmandu at TIA. Our NNT representative will welcome you at the airport and drop you at hotel. We will meet you at our office in the evening for trip discussion and Guide meeting.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1400m.|4428ft.

Our trek begins today. We will drive in a jeep to Chame. The beautiful scenarios of the hills, terrain fields, and landscapes are seen from the jeep while traveling to Chame.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2660m.|8725ft.

Leaving the trail of Chame following the trails through Telekhu, we reach Brathang. With the pathway along the bank of Marsyangdi River and ascent over a pine-forested, moving from the upper part of Manang valley to we get to Pisang. On the way, we can see the stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna ranges.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3300m.|10824ft.

Today we are at the starting point of the upper region of the Manang district, Pisang. We begin our trek to Braga, where the major attraction is the Gompa. After a while, we reach our destination for the day, Manang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m.|11613ft.

Manang is a stunning village on the lap of Mt. Gangapurna and Mt. Annapurna III. We need to acclimatize to adapt to the changing altitude and avoid the risk of altitude sickness. We will hike up to Ice Lake or Gangapurna Lake or Monastery then return to Manang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4600m.|15091ft.

As we move forward, we reach fields where horses and several yaks are grazing. The serenity of Yak Kharka is the ideal spot for us to stay overnight.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4050m.|13286ft.

Duration: 4-5 hour

The trek to Letdar allows us to acclimate to the rising altitude as we ascend along the east bank of the Jarang Khola. We eventually arrive at the Thorung Phedi, a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs. Blue sheep and snow leopards are spotted in the area, but Lammergeyers and griffons are more common. We're staying here for the night.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4525m.|14845ft.

It is the most challenging day of the trek. You will be crossing the Thorong La Pass, where there is a strong wind along the way. You will view the eye-catching views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Khatungkang, Dhaulagiri, and many more. After crossing the Thorong La Pass, you will reach Muktinath through the easy path, and after having lunch over there, drive to Jomsom.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5,416m/17,769ft)

We will take a morning flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara. Spend the time strolling around Pokhara city.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 800m.|2625ft.

Duration: 7 hours drive

We drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara, enjoying the greenery of the hills.

 

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast, and Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you a final goodbye.

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    Route Map

    Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorong Pass - 11 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services arrival/departure and local flight schedules
    • Kathmandu and Pokhara Standard hotel, including breakfasts.
    • Best available accommodations during the trek.
    • Standard 3 meals and a cup of tea or coffee
    • English speaking, government licensed, trekking guide 15 years of experience and one porter shared between two trekkers
    • Guide and porter salaries, food, equipment, and insurances
    • All applicable ACAP, TIMS, and Local permits
    • Flight tickets Jomsom to Pokhara and needed transport tourist bus jeep, car, taxi
    • Sleeping bags and down jackets can be use from the Company (If needed)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications tablets
    • Farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.
    • Official expenses and government taxes and VAT. 

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health insurance to cover emergency rescues and evacuations.
    • Day tour and Pokhara to Kathmandu flight tickets
    • Additional snacks, drinks, bottled water, Wi-Fi, etc., during the trek.
    • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except the farewell dinner)
    • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (it is expected)

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    Useful Info

    ​​Short Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty

    Just because we have made the trek short doesn't mean the journey will get any easier. Yes, you'll be spending less time walking, but the terrain and the difficulty are the same. You'll be walking 6 to 7 hours a day in a remote area. The trail is rugged and steep. You get limited modern facilities while trekking. Everything is basic and simple. 

    Similarly, the Short Annapurna Circuit Trekking crosses the Thorong La pass. It is one of the most challenging passes in the Himalayas. The route follows the steep, rocky track. 

    You may also have to walk on snow depending upon the season. This trek is for experienced trekkers who are aware of the hurdles the Himalayas possess and can endure. 

    Altitude Sickness

    During the Annapurna circuit short trek, the risk of altitude sickness is quite low. On the eighth day of your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be at the top of Thorong La pass, which stands at 5,416 meters. 

    Even though you'll be gaining a constant elevation every day before touching the trek's highest point, the change is still huge. Therefore, you have to look out for altitude sickness and make sure you do not see any symptoms. 

    Some of the symptoms are bad headache, difficulty in breathing, loss of appetite, nausea, and insomnia. Take rest days and drink a lot of water to avoid altitude sickness while trekking. 

    Training for the Annapurna Circuit

    To train yourself for the Annapurna circuit trek, we advise you to work on your stamina and walking. The trek demands long walks, so build up long walking hours. Go on a few hikes to do so. Likewise, you can do activities like swimming, cycling, and running to increase your stamina. 

    No advance training is needed for this trek. Only make sure your body, and especially your legs are fit & ready for the trail. If you go to the gym, add cardio to your routine. 

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit

    You have to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and TIMS card for the Annapurna circuit short trek. Our Short Annapurna Circuit Trek cost covers the cost of these permits. We also get the permits on behalf of you to make your time hassle-free in Kathmandu.

    Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit cost:

    NPR 200 per person for SAARC nationals

    NPR 3,000 per person for other nationals

    Kids below 10 years old do not need an ACAP permit

    TIMS Card permit cost:

    NPR 2,000 per person

    Short Annapurna Circuit Trek best time

    Spring (March to April) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek 11 Days. The weather is mostly stable and pleasant during these seasons, which is very important for a successful & safe venture. Likewise, the trail also gets extremely beautiful with a range of flora and vegetation. 

    Low chances of precipitation. The views are clear and stunning. Likewise, the chill breeze and fresh air make the walk fantastic. The temperature fluctuates between 18 to 5 degrees Celsius.

    Accommodation & Meals

    In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you stay overnight in a tourist standard hotel. The hotels are equipped with all modern amenities and services. While on the trail, the teahouse will be the accommodation for your night's stay. The teahouse in this part of Nepal is pretty basic and offers minimal services due to the isolation of the region. The rooms are generally small with a shared or attached washroom. 

    In cities, you will be served breakfast only and a complimentary farewell & welcome dinner. During the trek, three meals a day are given. The meals are served as per the menu of the teahouse. You will get a wide range of dishes to have. However, the taste might be a little different from usual due to species. You are advised to carry snacks and bars with you.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is needed to join Annapurna Short Trek. This is for your safety. Even with all of our efforts, we can not predict the unseen situation in the remote Himalayas. Therefore having well-covered travel insurance will let you explore freely. Your travel insurance must include medical bills, air evacuation, flight cancellation, and loss or theft of personal property.

    Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

    • Annapurna Circuit has no ATM to withdraw money while trekking. Your last chance to withdraw money is in Kathmandu.
    • Electricity is available in the teahouses. You can use the charging stations to charge your devices, paying a few extra bucks. Carrying extra batteries is recommended.
    • Most of the trekking route receives a cellular network. So, you can use the internet. You may get wifi service in some villages at lower elevations.
    • The main luggage during the trek is duffle bags. You have to carry a light day pack that might include your essentials, water bottle, etc. Also, have a lockable suitcase with you so that you can leave extra clothing in the hotel's locker room free of charge.
    • Personal expenses like drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc, are not added to the package cost. If you do not drink alcohol, then USD 12 to USD 15 per day per person is enough on the trail for a hot shower, drinks, snacks, etc.
    • You are always recommended to give tips to tour guides, drivers, trekking guides, and porters. Again it is a matter of your choice. If you like the service, then tipping will be appreciated. The tip is not included in the package cost.

    FAQs

    • It usually takes 18 to 21 days to do the classic Annapurna Circuit. However, we also have a short 11 days Annapurna Circuit trek for travelers with a short time.

    • Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek. The high altitude, rough terrain, and isolation of the region from the rest of the country make the trek difficult. 

    • Yes, Annapurna Circuit is worth a journey. The views are fantastic as well, and the trekking experience is once in a lifetime. Even though there is some road construction, new trails are also outlined to offer the trekker an even more adventurous trip.

    • Yes, you can hike to Annapurna Circuit on your own. This trek is also safe for solo female trekkers. The locals along the trails are friendly, and you'll come across many trekkers as well while trekking. We recommend trekking with a travel company because they make the journey hassle-free. You do not have to carry heavy luggage as the porter will accompany you and the guide will tell you a lot about the region. 

      The journey becomes more managed and smooth if you are trekking with us. We also organize private treks if you wish to trek solo. 

       

    • No, you cannot see Everest from Annapurna Circuit because Mt. Everest is located in the eastern part of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit explores the western part of Nepal.

    • No, you do not need crampons for Annapurna Circuit trekking. There may be a snow walk, but no crampons are needed.

    • The distance you cover during the Annapurna Circuit trek is 160 km to 230 km. It can differ as per your itinerary.

    • Yes, the Annapurna Circuit trek is open. You can now trek in the area freely. Contact us to book your Annapurna Circuit and get the best price.

    Client Reviews

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      AllisonUnited StatesMarch 28, 2024

      Annapurna Circuit -- Bhairus and Sapte Superstars!

      My boyfriend and I just finished our trek through the Annapurna Circuit with trusty guide Bhairus and our porter Sapte. I could not have more good things to say!! Bhairus was extremely knowledgeable about the mountains, quick to point things out and answer my boyfriend and my hundreds of questions on things like rocks, animal sounds, the Nepalese language, Nepalese customs, and (of course) the landscape. Bhairus also clearly takes a ton of pride in his work as a guide. He likes to know which guest houses are best and was always careful to check our rooms before we went in and make sure our food was up to standards. He coordinated the logistics of our entire trip, which meant that all my boyfriend and I had to do was have a great time. He also knows his stuff! He has been working in the mountains for more than 20 years, starting as a porter and then transitioning to a guide. Other guides from other companies were calling him for advice! A good chunk of the Annapurna Circuit involves preparing for the Thorong La pass, in particular the high altitude that crossing it entails. Bhairus was always careful to make sure we were drinking enough water, and he regularly checked for symptoms to make sure that we would not suffer from altitude sickness. We joked that he was our "Mountain Doctor," but it was (no joke) seriously a relief to have him around monitoring. As for the Thorong La pass... it is not easy. I seriously don't think I could have made it through without Bhairus. He knew exactly what to do in every situation. He is patient and unflappable. I really needed his reassuring presence and knowledge to get me through that. Bhairus, thank you! Separately, the guide on these treks basically becomes part of your experience and part of your trekking family, so it's important to have someone that you get alone with. Bhairus was excellent in that way. He made us feel comfortable. He likes to joke and has a humility about him that is very approachable. If I do another trek through the Himalayas, I would 100% choose Bhairus again. After we said goodbye at the end of the trek, my boyfriend and I legitimately missed him. He is a genuinely good person. We need more Bhairus-es in the world.
      And then, of course, we have Sapte! Sapte, our porter, was incredibly kind and helpful. He was always willing to do anything he could to make our trip more comfortable. At one point, my boyfriend's cramp ons broke, and we asked Sapte to ask the guest house if they had pliers, and he tried to fix the cramp ons himself using his own teeth! We luckily stopped him, and the guest house had pliers, but I mention this because it shows the great lengths Sapte was willing to go to to make sure we had a great experience. He is in training to become a guide in the future (guides have to be porters for at least 3 years before becoming a guide), so he was particularly helpful throughout the process. Plus, he is adorable! We all played cards together a few nights, and the expressions on Sapte's face of pure, sweet joy when playing are wonderful. He also seemed to be helpful for Bhairus, who was able to tag team with him when, for example, our itinerary changed and Sapte could run ahead to make sure a guest house was free. Bhairus and Sapte clearly know each other well, and it was cool to see them interact. We loved Sapte and would definitely work with him again.
      Overall, my experience with Nepal Nirvana was excellent from start to finish. I spoke with several agencies prior to booking, and Nepal Nirvana was by far the most responsive to my questions. They were also able to work with different budgets and be flexible on the itinerary dependent on my needs. The owner, KP, called several times during my trek to make sure things were going well. He also obtained tickets for my boyfriend and I to get back to Kathmandu and had helpful suggestions on how to make sure the transfer went as smoothly as possible. Nepal Nirvana is a newer company, and it seems that KP started it after himself working as a guide for many years. That experience comes through with the quality guides and their knowledge of these mountains.
      As to the trek itself, Annapurna Circuit is beautiful, and it is also not for the faint of heart. That Thorong La pass is no joke, and I meant what I said above about needing Bhairus to get me through it. To be honest, if I could have the beauty of the rest of the trek without having to go through the pass, I'd take it. Some people see the pass as an achievement and appreciate it for that reason, so depends on who you are. Also, the Annapurna Circuit involves walking on a lot of road, not trail, which appears to be a rarity among the Himalaya treks. My boyfriend and I chose the Annapurna Circuit because it is so famous, but had I known about the amount of time we'd be walking on road and the true SUCK that is the Thorong La pass, I might have chosen a different trek. But, Nepal Nirvana and KP do many, many treks, and you might consider asking for their advice on which trek to do depending on what you're looking for.
      Bottom line: Highly recommend Nepal Nirvana; Bhairus is the man, and Sapte is awesome.

      Dear Allison, Namaste!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your detailed and glowing review of your trek with us at Nepal Nirvana Trails. We are thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience with Bhairus, Sapte, and our team. We're also delighted that you found our company responsive and accommodating throughout the planning and execution of your trek. Once again, thank you for choosing Nepal Nirvana Trails for your Himalayan adventure, recommending our services and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another unforgettable trek in the future. 
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
      WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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      EllaUnited KingdomDecember 22, 2023

      What amazing Experience!

      We have had the best service from start to finish. Nothing was too much hassle, Nepal Nirvana went above and beyond . Sukhram our guide was amazing, friendly and really did look out for our safety. Our porter Dev was hilarious and very strong. We have had an amazing experience thank you very much .

      Dear Ella, Namaste!
      Thank you for sharing your experience of Annapurna Circuit Trek via TripAdvisor. We’re pleased you enjoyed the trek with guide Sukram and Porter Dev. Thanks for your thoughts on the trek with our Nepal Nirvana Trails team. We wish to see you again soon for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
      WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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