Elevation: (5416 Meters)
Duration: 9 Days
The best season to trek to Annapurna Region is during spring (March to May) and autumn (Sept to Nov). These seasons provides the most favorable weather for trekking and offers outstanding views. However, the trials get crowded during the peak tourist seasons. For those who want to avoid the crowd and enjoy the trials to the fullest trekking can also be done during winter (Dec to Feb) with proper clothing and gears. Trekking during summer or Monsoon can be another great way to explore the magnificent beauty and floras of Annapurna region. However, the treks may be affected by the rain.
The accommodations during your stay in Kathmandu will be provided in a standard three star hotels and teahouses or lodges during the trek. All the accommodations are on twin-shared basis and if you want single supplement it will be provided with an additional cost. Single supplements in Kathmandu and Pokhara can be easily available but we may not get it in the higher elevations.
You will get to taste the authentic Nepalese meals during the trek. Every meal during the trek is provided by the company which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea or coffee. However, if you don’t want to have Nepali food then there are also available options of more common Indian and continental foods in the menu.
Day 01: Arrival Day (Kathmandu at 1400M)
Upon your arrival at TIA airport, Kathmandu our representatives will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. We will provide you traditional welcome dinner with cultural shows. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Jeep Besisahar to Chame
On the second day of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek you will drive to Beshisahar after having breakfast in Kathmandu. It takes about five hours to reach Beshisahar from Kathmandu. You can enjoy the beautiful ride to Besisahar where you can explore the picturesque villages, lush green mountains and rivers along the way. You will have lunch at Beshishar and then drive to Chame for more 4 hours. Overnight at Chame.
Day 03: Trek to Manang (3540M/ 4 hours walk)
On the third day of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek today you will have your breakfast at Chame and then begin the trek to Upper Mustang. On your trek today you will cross a river and trek through a forests passing through several Mani stones on the way. You will have spectacular views of the White Mountains beneath the blue sky on your trek today. After trekking about two hours you will reach Bharthang where you can see apple farm and taste the local apples. The trek further continues through a steep trial craved on an overhanging rock wall. You will cross several rivers and walk through the trial that leads you to Dudh Pokhari leaving the forests Behind. Durning the trek you can view the mesmerizing view of beautiful hills and mountains. The trek further goes to Pisang and from here following numbers of ups and downs trial and crossing some typical villages you will reach to Manang. Overnight at Manang.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Acclimatization is very important while trekking in higher altitude especially once you have reached the height of 3500m. You will explore the Manag monasteries, Gangapurna Lake and Manag village. In the evening you can hike to Himalayan Rescue Association office to listen a lecture about a High altitude sickness . Overnight at Manang.
Day 05: Trek to Yak Kharka
On the fifth day of Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 days the trek starts after an early morning breakfast at Manang. You will cross a stream and the trek ascends towards Tenki village and continues further to Jarsang Khola out of Marshyangdi valley. The trial goes northward from the valley and passes through few pastures and juniper trees as you start to gain elevation. The trial further passes by a small village of Ghunsa and then through the horses and yaks grazing lands. You will then cross a small river by a small wooden bridge to an ancient Mani walls and then finally reaches to Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka
Day 06: Trek to High Camp
On the sixth day of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 Days you
will have your breakfast at Yak Kharka and begin today’s trek. The trek begins
with a gradual ascent. The trial today rewards magnificent views of the
mountains like Mt. Gundang, Mt Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. After
a short walk you will cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village.
Walking further you will pass through towering cliffs and then reach to the
last village of Thorang La Pass i.e Thorang Phedi. Overnight at High Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416 Meters.8 hours walking)
On the seventh day of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek you will
be crossing the highest pass of the world Thorang La Pass at 5416m. You will
get up early in the morning at around 3 am and start the trek. It will take
about 4 hours to reach the pass. You can see some small tea houses and walk on
a trials marked by some Chortens and flags before reaching the pass. After
spending few times on the pass you will further continue your trials to
Muktinath Valley. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 08: Trek to Jomsom (5 -6 hours walking)
Today is the eighth day of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 Days. From Muktinath you will trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni. The trek is mostly downhill followed by dusty trials. You will pass by numbers of villages where you can explore the Tibetan lifestyles and cultures. You can also buy the local handmade products made by the women’s of Mustang district on the way. Overnight at Jomsom.
Day 09: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins) same day pokhara to Fly to Kathmandu (30 mins)
The trek has now finally come to an end. On the last day of Upper Mustang Trek 9 Days you will fly to Pokhara from Jomsom and then fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The total duration of the flight is about one hour. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be free for your onward destination.
Strictly speaking, you can easily organize the whole trip on your own and don't even need a guide for the trek - but the extra cost is relatively small and makes the whole trip much more smooth and enjoyable (and also saves you a lot of time). Kedar had organized all the necessary permits beforehand so we were picked up from the airport and taken straight into the mountains as we were on a pretty tight schedule. The trek itself was great, and the guide and the porter were fantastic. Even though the trail is clearly signposted, I'd absolutely recommend getting a guide as you will learn a lot about Nepal - history, culture, geography, cuisine etc. The porter makes it a lot easier as well as you will carry a day pack with water, power bars, some extra clothes while the rest is transported straight to the next tea house. You share one porter per two persons.
In case helpful, this is the itinerary - which was still relaxed in terms of trekking but allowed for covering the Annapurna Circuit as a 10-day vacation, flying in from London:
Day 1: Jeep from Kathmandu airport to Besisahar
Day 2: Jeep Besisahar to Chame
Day 3: Chame to Upper Pisang
Day 4: Upper Pisang to Ngawal
Day 5: Ngawal - Bragha - Manang
Day 6: Manang - Churi Ledar
Day 7: Churi Leday - High Camp
Day 8: High Camp - Thorong la Pass - Mutkinah
Day 9: Jeep to Jomsom; fly to to Kathmandu next morning
This itinerary follows the "high" route through Upper Pisang and Ngawal, with a night in Ngawal which is higher than Manang - this means you're getting good acclimatization and don't need to spend two nights in Manang (as most people do).