Introduction to Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
If your first love is trekking then Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is for you. An adventure in the desert that you probably don’t want to miss, at any cost. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a wonderful trek among the various trekking in Nepal. Visit temples, monasteries, and some fascinating landscapes that satisfy your hunger and desire for natural and cultural fantasies. Familiarity with the rural lifestyle and unique traditions of ethnic groups encourages you to live happily ever after!
Treks take you from the lush subtropical zone to the desert alpine area to cross the challenging Thorong La Pass. The dramatic views of the Annapurna Range and Mount Dhaulagiri will motivate you to continue your journey. The trail continues through paddy fields, subtropical forests, incredible waterfalls, huge rocks, and many beautiful villages.
The Manang Valley is an isolated valley of the wilderness like the desert area of the Annapurna region. It is a village of ethnic groups such as Tamang, Gurung, and Magar, which are mostly Buddhist. The isolated valley is the perfect place to explore the views of the mountains. From here the view of mountains like Gangapurna, Chulu Mountains, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Peak, and Thorong Peak is beautiful.
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Popular Challenging pass in Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
Likewise, the Thorang La Pass is the highest pass in the world, offering a magnificent view of the mountains of the Annapurna region. The trek starts from the rural central mountains and reaches Thorang La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters which is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the best point on earth to see the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. Crossing the pass, we reach a famous spiritual center of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims – Muktinath.
Depending on the speed of the hiker, the duration of the side trip, and the rest days are taken, the journey usually takes 10 to 15 days. Cozy teahouse accommodation and clean food are available along the trek and apple pies are found in these tea houses anywhere on earth. September, October, November, and December are the best times to trek in this area but you can trek at almost any time of the year.
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Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1,100m) - 8 to 9 hours.
Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Dharapani to Chame (2,630m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Chame to Pisang (3,300m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Pisang to Manang (3,570m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Rest day – Explore around Manang
Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m) – 8 to 9 hours walk.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (1,400m) – 20 minutes.
Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu – 7 hours.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex