Shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek: Best Itinerary

Trip Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek, also called Annapurna Round Trek, is an incredible hiking journey through Nepal’s rugged and awe-inspiring Himalayan terrain. Indeed, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the breathtaking Himalayan mountain range in Nepal. It’s a circular route that typically takes around 10-16 days to complete and offers breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). The trek passes through a diverse range of landscapes, from lush green valleys and terraced rice paddies to high-altitude deserts and glaciers. Along the way, you’ll encounter traditional villages, Buddhist monasteries, and stunning mountain vistas that will leave you speechless.

The shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Chame. Chame is 66.5 km from Besisahar. From Besisahar you will take a drive to Chame. From there, you’ll gradually ascend through oak and rhododendron forests to the alpine meadows of Manang, which offer stunning views of the surrounding peaks. As you continue your journey, you’ll cross the Thorong La Pass (5,416m), one of the highest passes in the world. The Thorong La Pass offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the entire circuit. This pass is a challenging but rewarding climb. Once you’ve crossed the pass, you’ll descend into the valley of Muktinath, a holy site, which is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. In short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will take a drive from Muktinath to Pokhara.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is considered to be a moderate to strenuous hike, with varying levels of difficulty depending on the season. Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done at any time and month of the year. The best time to trek is during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November) when the weather is cooler, and the scenery is at its most vibrant. Be prepared for cold nights and unpredictable weather conditions. Proper acclimatization, appropriate gear, and a flexible itinerary are key to enjoying this incredible adventure.

Shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek/ quickest Annapurna Round Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (Alt. 760m / 2492ft). Driving distance: 176 km. Driving hours 6/7 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 2: Drive from Besisahar to Chame (Alt. 2,710m / 8,890ft). Driving Distance: 66.5 km. Driving 5 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 3: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (Alt. 3,300m / 10,826ft). Walking around 6 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 4: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (Alt. 3,540m / 11,300ft). Walking around 6 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Manang. Hike to side trips around Manang. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 6: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (Alt. 4,050m / 14,275ft). Walking around 4 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 7: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (Alt. 4,525m / 14,525ft). Walking around 4 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 8: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple (Alt. 3,760m/12,623 ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft). Walking around 8 hours. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 10: Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara (Alt. 800 m/2614 ft). Driving 8/9 hours. Driving Distance 174 km.

About Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition: Operator of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Excellent Himalaya Trek is the leading trekking operator of Nepal authorized by the Tourism Ministry, Nepal Government. It is run by local tourism experts and Sherpas of Nepal. We have been organizing short Annapurna Circuit Trek for many people around the world. For further information about the Shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek, and up-to-date short Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost, please feel free to contact us. You may contact us by email: at [email protected] or by WhatsApp at +977 9851203181. Once we receive your message we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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