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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

10 Days

Trip Grade:

Moderately to Strenuous

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge

Group Size:

1+

Destination:

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is a shorter version of the classic Annapurna Circuit trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.  The shorter route usually skips the eastern (starting point) and western (ending point) section of the classic Annapurna circuit Trek. Annapurna Circuit Short Trek 10 day’s itinerary is carefully designed by our experienced trekking guide.  It brings you to Thorong-La Pass (5416 meters) from the low elevations, so it provides a taste of the high altitude trekking experience  and cultural diversity in a short  timeframe.

High Pass Adventure Trekking  planned this Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary making it shorter. Shorter itinerary doesn’t mean skipping major highlights or places.  You will have specifically the same experience as the regular Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, this option is the best for those people who have limited time to explore without a long itinerary in Nepal. That's why the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Days Itinerary is one of the best ways to explore and mountain circle trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days is one of the best and most different spectacular tea-house treks in Nepal Himalayas that offers you the unbelievable views of 8000-meter peaks including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Mustang Valley, Manang Valley and many more others mountain because the region is a capital in the Himalayas.  Beside the mountain views, the region is rich with religion and culture, wildlife and flora. There are Tibetans Buddhist religions and cultures. You will visit the oldest Braga Monastery at Manang and the popular temple in  Muktinath village. Muktinath is a popular place for Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage because it is the only place worshiped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees together.

We start this 10-day Annapurna Circuit Trek from Dharapani after a drive from Kathmandu and end in Pokhara, where you can enjoy some luxury after completing the trek. The trekking trail passes through Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, Thorong La Pass, and Muktinath. These places make this trip an extraordinary experience of a lifetime. After arriving in Pokhara, you will visit the beautiful city and Fewa Lake before heading back to Kathmandu, concluding the exciting and rewarding 10-day Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Highlights of short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Thorong La Pass: At 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), this is one of the highest and longest trekking passes in the world. Crossing Thorong La Pass is a challenging yet rewarding experience during the Annapurna circuit Trek, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

  • Scenic Villages: The short Annapurna Circuit trek passes through picturesque villages such as Chame, Pisang, and Manang. These villages offer insights into the traditional lifestyles and cultures of the Gurung and Manangi people.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The trek covers a wide range of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to high alpine meadows and arid, desert-like regions. This diversity makes the short Annapurna Circuit trek visually captivating.
  • Tilicho Lake (Optional Side Trip): Known as one of the highest lakes in the world, Tilicho Lake is an optional side trip that offers stunning alpine scenery and is a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Muktinath Temple: This is the sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists is located in the Mustang region. The temple is known for its eternal flame and 108 water spouts, believed to cleanse sins.
  • Natural Hot Springs in Tatopani (Optional to stop): While not always included in the shorter itinerary, if you have enough time allows, a visit to the hot springs in Tatopani will be a relaxing end to the trek.
  • Spectacular Mountain Views: Throughout the short Annapurna circuit trek, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of peaks such as Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. 
  • Cultural Experiences: Interactions with local communities, visits to monasteries, and experiencing the unique culture and traditions of the Himalayan people are integral parts of the Annapurna Circuit Short trek.
  • Manang: This village is a popular acclimatization stop with stunning views, cultural sites, and opportunities for short hikes to nearby viewpoints or glaciers.

Why choosing the short Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular choice for trekkers who want to experience the Annapurna region but have limited time. Choosing this trek offers numerous benefits, making it an attractive option for trekkers. Here are several compelling reasons to choose the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Time-Efficient: The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is designed for those who have limited time but still want to experience the beauty and diversity of the Annapurna region. Typically, the short Annapurna circuit trek can be completed in about 8-12 days, compared to the full circuit which can take about 15-18 days.

Flexible Itinerary: The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek offers flexibility in terms of starting and ending points. Many trekkers start the trek from Chame or Pisang and end at Muktinath or Jomsom, from where you can drive or fly back to Pokhara, saving time.

Challenging yet Accessible: The short Annapurna Circuit trek includes challenging sections, such as crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/17,769 feet) within a shorter time period, so it requires trekkers to have good fitness levels and some previous trekking experience. The shorter duration also means less physical strain compared to the full circuit.

Well-Established Infrastructure: The Annapurna region has a well-developed network of tea houses and lodges, providing comfortable accommodations and meals. This infrastructure makes the short Annapurna Circuit trek more suitable and enjoyable.

Adventure and Acclimatization: The short Annapurna Circuit trek includes high-altitude trekking and the adventure of crossing Thorong La Pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world. The route also allows for proper acclimatization, reducing the risk of altitude sickness.

Why choose the short Annapurna circuit Trek with us?

Choosing High Pass Adventure Trekking agency for your Short Annapurna Circuit Trek offers several advantages, which make sure to your trek memorable and hassle-free trekking experience. Here are some reasons why you should trek with High Pass Adventure:

Expert Local Guides: High Pass Adventure employs knowledgeable and experienced local guides who are well-versed in the trails, culture, and geography of the Annapurna region. Their insights and expertise will enhance your trekking experience.

Customized Itineraries: High Pass Adventure offers flexible and customizable itineraries to suit your preferences, fitness level, and schedule. Whether you want a shorter trek or additional side trips, we can tailor the trek to your needs.

Safety and Comfort: Safety is a top priority for High Pass Adventure. We provide well-maintained equipment, ensure proper acclimatization schedules, and have protocols in place for emergencies, including access to medical care and evacuation if needed.

Cultural Immersion: Trekking with High Pass Adventure offers an authentic cultural experience. Our guides facilitate interactions with local communities, providing insights into the traditional lifestyle, customs, and traditions of the people living in the Annapurna region.

Comprehensive Services: High Pass Adventure takes care of all logistical aspects of the trek, including permits, transportation, accommodations, and meals. This allows you to focus on enjoying the trek without worrying about the details.

Positive Reviews and Reputation: High Pass Adventure has a strong reputation for providing excellent service and unforgettable trekking experiences. Many trekkers have praised their professionalism, friendliness, and attention to detail.

Competitive Pricing: High Pass Adventure offers competitive pricing without compromising on the quality of services. We provide good value for money, ensuring that you get the best experience within your budget.

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Altitude Profile

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High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Dharapani.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1900

Today is a beautiful trekking day to get Chame. You are hiking gently up to Danaqu and ascending through pine and rhododendron forest towards Timang. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu. After crossing Timang, Thanchok, and Koto you reached the Chame.  Chame is Headquarter of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks as well as roads connected from Besisahar.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2710

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathand and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal along with the rays of sun over the peak, Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and others snow peaks and hills as well as cross some suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea house
Elevation
3200

Today there are two options to get to Manang one is the lower trail, and another is the upper trail. Lower trail is already road constructed so your guide leads to the upper trail. Upper trail is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

Today is a rest day to acclimatize at Manang because you are above 3500 meters. It is necessary for all trekkers before climbing further. There are many places to visit such as ice lake, Gangapurna lake, few caves etc.  You can make a short hike around the village or hike up to an ice lake to increase altitude to cross Thorong la pass. From Manang, you will see splendid views of Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other mountains. 

Today is quite a short day but you feel difficulty due to high altitude. The trekking trail is ascending up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village. We left the Marsyangdi valley and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You hike further up to reach Yak Kharka. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4050

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass, and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual and walking is easy, slow and takes a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4450

Today is an exciting, long and difficult day as well as crossing the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have to wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   down the other side and make your way into the Mustang district. After a long descent, we get the first teahouse in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5416

Drive all the way to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to the hotel and take a rest day off. You can explore Pokhara City and Fewa Lake if you have time while you're there. The walk finishes in the lovely city of Pokhara, where you may take a shower, eat delicious food, and relax. Hotel stay overnight.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. 

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops (domestic / International)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar by bus/Jeep
  • Jomsom-Pokhara by flight
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

FAQs

The 8-10 days is the shortest time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek for experience and fit trekkers.  The Annapurna Circuit usually takes around 12 to 18 days to complete, depending on various factors such as your pace, acclimatization needs, and the specific route taken.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Mardi Himal Trek and Ghandruk Village Treks are easier treks in the Annapurna region. It typically takes around 4-6 days to complete and doesn't involve significant altitude gains. The trail offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges without requiring extensive trekking experience or a long duration. The trek passes through beautiful rhododendron forests, traditional villages, and culminates at Poon Hill, providing a breathtaking sunrise and sunset view over the Himalayas.
 

The 6-7 days is the shortest trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) but it depends on the starting point and the pace of the trekker. One common shorter route is to start walking from Jhinu Dada to ABC and back the same way. This route offers a condensed but still rewarding experience of the Annapurna region, taking trekkers through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary with its stunning mountain views at ABC.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal is a challenging trek for beginners because of high altitude terrain. With proper preparation, physical fitness, and determination, beginner trekkers can tackle this trek. However, it's essential to be aware of the altitude and the physical demands of the journey. Anyways, many beginners successfully complete the Annapurna Circuit trek every year.
 

The Annapurna Circuit is considered a moderately difficult trek. It's a challenging but incredibly rewarding trek that usually takes around 10-18 days to complete. The difficulty can vary depending on factors like your fitness level, altitude acclimatization, weather conditions, and the specific route you take. The high altitude and changes in elevation along the route can present challenges, but with proper preparation, acclimatization, and a moderate level of fitness, many trekkers successfully complete the Annapurna circuit and enjoy its stunning scenery and cultural experiences.

The short version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Dharapani and ends at Muktinath.  The Annapurna Circuit Trek normally takes around 8 to 14 days to complete and focuses on crossing Thorong-La Pass (5416m), offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes in a shorter time frame compared to the full Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's the best trekking for those with limited time but still seeking a rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

The cost of a Short Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary based on several factors, including the trekking agency or guide you choose, the duration of the trek, the services included (such as accommodation, meals, permits, transportation), and whether you're hiring porters or not. On average, a Short Annapurna Circuit Trek lasting around 8-12 days could range from $700 to $1500 USD per person. This estimate typically covers permits, guide services, accommodation, meals, and some basic amenities. However, the cost can change depending on the specific inclusions and the level of comfort or luxury you seek during the trek.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive to Dharapani
Day 3: Trek to Chame
Day 4: Trek to Upper Pisang
Day 5: Trek to Manang
Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Day 7: Trek to Throng Phedi
Day 8: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 9: Drive to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
 

The best time for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is usually stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The temperatures are also moderate, making it comfortable for trekking.

Traveller Useful Information

How to preparation for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging destination for beginners due to its high altitude within a short time frame. Therefore, careful preparation is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. If you are planning to do the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you must follow these rules:

Physical Fitness: The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderately challenging, so it's important to be in good physical condition. Cardiovascular exercises like hiking, cycling, swimming, running, or jogging will help build stamina. Engaging in activities such as trekking or hiking in the months leading up to your trip will also help build strength and endurance.

Packing: You need to pack according to the season you're trekking in Nepal. Essentials include trekking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, a backpack, a sleeping bag, an electric device charger, a power bank, and personal items. Make sure to pack light because heavy gear is onerous for porters. We recommend a maximum of 15 kg in total gear for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities up to Thorong La Pass (5416m), including helicopter evacuation if needed. Sometimes, helicopter evacuation is necessary for trekkers due to altitude sickness. Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness during the ascent in the Himalayas.

Health and Safety: Pack a basic first aid kit and any personal medications. Follow proper hygiene practices and drink only treated or bottled water. Your guide will also have some basic medicine for emergencies, but we highly recommend bringing your own.

After starting the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, your trekking organizer will provide you with all the necessary information. Your guide will explain the itinerary and trail map, and will manage the permits, transportation, accommodations, and any unforeseen issues during the trek. This ensures a hassle-free, safe, and enjoyable trekking experience.

Classic Annapurna circuit trek vs Short Annapurna circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek both offer unique experiences, but they differ significantly in terms of duration, route, and highlights. 

Choose the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek: If you have the time and want a thorough experience that includes diverse landscapes and cultures, and prefer a more gradual ascent, the full Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal. This trek typically takes 16-20 days and offers:

  • A comprehensive experience of the entire circuit.
  • Greater diversity in landscapes and cultural encounters.
  • More gradual acclimatization, which helps in successfully completing the trek.

This extended duration allows you to immerse yourself fully in the region, enjoy varied scenery, and interact more with local communities.

Choose the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek:  If you have limited time but still want to experience the highlights of the Annapurna Circuit, including the Thorong La Pass and key cultural and scenic points, the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal. This trek typically takes 10-12 days and offers:

  • A shorter duration, making it more accessible for those with limited time.
  • Inclusion of key highlights of the circuit, such as the Thorong La Pass.
  • Potentially lower costs compared to the classic Annapurna Circuit trek.

This shorter trek still provides a fulfilling experience, allowing you to enjoy the best of the Annapurna region within a more manageable timeframe.

Best Time for short Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are two main trekking seasons for trekking in Nepal: the autumn trekking season (September to December) and the spring trekking season (March to May). These are the best times for trekking, including the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, as the weather is usually sunny and warm with clear mountain views, clean air, and minimal rain or snow compared to other seasons.

The period from early September to the end of May is generally very good for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some solitude with nature and culture, trekking during the winter (January and February) is also an option. While the temperature can be quite cold, the visibility remains good.

During the summer season (June to August), it tends to rain, but it is the best time for nature lovers due to the lush green landscapes.

You can choose the best season for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek based on your vacation schedule.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to challenging trek where you will walk 5-8 hours a day, gradually ascending to higher altitudes and descending from the top of Thorong-La Pass (5416 m). If this is your first trek in Nepal, it can be quite challenging because you need to be physically and mentally fit to reach an altitude of 5416 meters.

The trek starts at an altitude of 1800 meters in Dharapani, where you will spend the first night, and within 7 days, you will reach 5416 meters at Thorong-La Pass. The rapid gain in altitude adds to the difficulty of the trek.

While the trek is not easy, some parts of the trail are moderately tough with narrow slopes and rocky paths. The varied landscape includes local villages, agricultural farmland, subtropical forests, waterfalls, and green forests rich in flora and fauna. Despite the challenges, the stunning scenery makes it worthwhile, and you will feel a great sense of accomplishment upon reaching Thorong-La Pass.

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek completed by trekkers of all levels, but you need strong courage and willpower to finish this trek.

Food and Accommodation in short Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are many accommodations and restaurants along the Short Annapurna Circuit trekking trail, with new houses and additional rooms being added each year to cater to trekkers. This makes it easy to find comfortable accommodations during the trek. Most tea houses strive to provide the best service to all travelers.

Typically, lodges offer private rooms with two beds per room and shared indoor bathrooms. For those seeking more luxury, some lodges offer better facilities, although availability are limited in certain areas. The quality of lodges varies by location, so you can choose based on your budget.

Regarding food, every lodge has a menu with similar items. We strongly recommend trying the typical Nepali dish “Dal Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetables, and lentil soup), but you can choose other items from the menu if you prefer. Most lodges grow fresh vegetables in their gardens and serve them to customers. While the cooks are trained, the food may taste a bit different from what you're used to in the West.

It's advisable to be vegetarian during the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, as meat is not always fresh in the mountain areas. This is true for all trekking routes in the Nepal Himalayas.

You can purchase various types of drinks at every lodge, but prices increase with altitude. You can drink normal water using purification tablets. Avoid alcoholic drinks as you ascend to higher altitudes.

Requires Permits and Cost for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is situated in the Annapurna Conservation Area, so you need to obtain an entrance fee for the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for trekking in the Annapurna region.

You can purchase these permits either from a registered trekking company or the Nepal Tourism Board office in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu. You must carry both permits with you throughout the trek and present them at every check post along the Short Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. If you attempt to trek without these permits, you will be required to buy them on the spot at double the cost (penalty) or you may be forced to turn back.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):
Cost:
NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 25) for foreign nationals. For SAARC nationals, it is NPR 1000.
Where to Obtain: uselly your trekking organizer provides all applicable permits for your trekking. If you are doing independent, you can get the ACAP at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) office in Kathmandu or Pokhara or at the entry points to the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card:
Cost: NPR 2,000 (approximately USD 17) for all trekkers.
Where to Obtain: TIMS cards are available at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and it is compulsory to obtain them through registered trekking agencies.

Required Documents:

  • Passport Copy: You'll need a copy of your passport.
  • Passport-sized Photos: Two passport-sized photos for the all permits
  • Permit Fees: Ensure you have the required amount in Nepalese Rupees to pay for the permits.

Communication in the short Annapurna Circuit Trek 

There is good mobile network coverage and Wi-Fi internet services along the entire Short Annapurna Circuit trekking route. While internet service is available throughout the route, tea houses and lodges often charge an extra fee for access. We highly recommend that all trekkers buy a Nepali SIM card to communicate with family and use mobile data.

If you do not have a Nepali SIM card for communication or internet access, our guide will help you pass messages, as they always carry a cellular phone. The guide can contact our Kathmandu trekking office to update them on your trek and health condition and assist with any problems during the trek.
Traveling is an important aspect of life, and we ensure your safety and health during your trek in Nepal.

Nowadays, you can get a local SIM card at Kathmandu airport upon arrival, enabling you to use 3G and 4G internet services, as most trekking routes in Nepal have mobile network service. If you need a Nepali SIM card, we can provide one for your trek, but please let us know before you start the trek.

Acclimatization during the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek:

High altitude sickness is a common problem in the high Himalayan areas, including the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek. It can appear very quickly, but its symptoms are preventable. Acclimatization is crucial during the trek to prevent altitude sickness. Even though the trek is relatively short, you will reach significant altitudes where acclimatization is important.

To prevent high altitude sickness, it is essential to take suitable acclimatization days, even if you have not trekked above three thousand meters before. Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, ascend gradually, and sleep at lower elevations whenever possible. It is also recommended to spend two nights for every 500 meters climbed above 3500 meters.

All our trekking itineraries are flexible and include acclimatization days, prioritizing your health and safety to ensure you complete the trek without any problems. We provide basic medicine to support emergency situations and can arrange for rescue if necessary.

Make sure to inform your guide or trek leader about your health condition daily. They will monitor your condition and decide whether to continue the trip or return based on your overall health and safety.

General Tips for Acclimatization:

  • Ascend Gradually: Increase your altitude slowly to allow your body to adjust. Avoid rapid ascents.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate altitude sickness.
  • Eat Well: Maintain a balanced diet with adequate calories to keep your energy levels up.
  • Rest: Take regular breaks and avoid overexertion, especially on higher-altitude days.
  •  Avoid Alcohol and Smoking: These can interfere with the acclimatization process and worsen symptoms.

Tipping information for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Guides, porters, drivers, and all workers for foreiners in the tourism field in Nepal, including those on the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, expect some tips at the end of your tour or trek. Tipping is a common practice and an important part of trekking culture in Nepal, as it shows appreciation for the hard work and service provided.

Typically, travelers tip around 10% of their payable amount, but you can adjust this based on the quality of service. Tipping is a gesture of gratitude and helps motivate the High Pass Adventure team, who take care of you throughout your visit to Nepal and strive to offer an inspiring and memorable trip.

It's important to recognize and reward the outstanding service provided by the guides, porters, and other staff who contribute to making your trekking experience a lifetime adventure.

Packing list for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

Packing for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need while keeping your pack as light as possible, so only bring the necessary things. You can also rent or purchase trekking gear in Kathmandu if you don't have everything you need. Here's a recommended comprehensive packing list:

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts (2-3)
  • Long-sleeve moisture-wicking shirts (2)
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Waterproof and windproof pants
  • Lightweight trekking pants (2 pairs)
  • Trekking shorts (1 pair)
  • Comfortable clothes for evenings and sleeping
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • Gloves (inner and outer)

Footwear:

  • Sturdy, waterproof, and broken-in trekking boots
  • Moisture-wicking socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Warm thermal socks (2 pairs)
  • Lightweight, comfortable shoes or sandals for evenings

Accessories:

  • 20-30 liter daypack for daily essentials
  • Rated for temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Reusable water bottle or hydration bladder (2-3 liters total capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or filter

Personal Items:

  • UV protection sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Basic first aid supplies (bandages, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, pain relievers, personal medications)

Toiletries:

  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel

Electronics:

  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Portable charger/power bank
  • Mobile phone with charger
  • Documents 
  • Passport (and copies)
  • Insurance details

Additional Gear (optional):

  • Gaiters: To keep snow and debris out of your boots
  • Stuff Sacks: For organizing clothes and gear
  • Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits
  • Books/Journal: For entertainment and documenting your trek

Client Reviews

David and friends

David and friends

United Kingdom

Best Trekking Company and Guide

18th June, 2023

We just finished Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days in November 2017. High Pass Adventure service was nothing but outstanding. Sunder was professional Guide helpful friendly and answering all my questions during the trek. I enjoyed his many interesting stories about Nepal and this area and his trekking experiences. Our porter subhas and Tika were both supper friendly and funny. We learn lots of Nepali word from them. I highly recommended this trekking company and again I will come with them for do next adventure in Nepal.


Scotland

Andy Chan

Andy Chan

Australia

Big Purna of Annapurna a truly great guide

10th March, 2024

Had a 10 day trek with Purna doing the Annapurna track and I honestly couldn't rage a better trip. The views were astounding and the trek amazing! Purna and Bibek were two of the nicest guides I've ever met and both were very accommodating. This was my first ever multiday trek and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to try (though make sure to be physically fit otherwise the trek is still doable, but challenging)

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