The Short 8 Annapurna Circuit Trek, One of the best and popular treks in Nepal trekking around the Annapurna. Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges, desolate high Himalayas passes, relaxing hot spring, Buddhist and Hindu temples, delightful farming villages, and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna summits. Explore the Annapurna circuit, one of the most geographically and culturally diverse treks in Nepal, during this 8-day guided trip.
The Annapurna circuit trek trail opened for tourists since the 1980s, the Annapurna Circuit has been recognized as one of the world's best trekking routes. After arrival in Kathmandu, we drive from Kathmandu to Nagdi and start our trek from here. Trek past the villages of Nagdi, Chamje, and Chame to reach Manang, where we will stay for a day to acclimatize ourselves to adjust our body in high altitude. Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district. Afterward, Cross the mighty Thorong La Pass (5416m), which one is world’s widest pass, and descend to Jomsom (2,750m) via Kagbeni. Relax at hot springs in Tatopani, enjoy amazing Annapurna Himalayas views from Poon Hill before back to Kathmandu.
The trek past beautiful mountain hamlets, through colorful rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna I, II, III, and IV as well as Dhaulagiri and Mount fishtail mountains, among others High Himalayan peaks. Cross many beautiful rivers and streams. See amazing waterfalls and natural hot springs as well as the deepest (Kaligandaki gorge) gorge in the world, during this trek.
The Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is curated for trekkers who seeking to experience a more adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya and experience the diversified scenery, geography, and different climate zones of the Annapurna Round.
This morning we head from Kathmandu to Chame via Besisahar. Along the route you will get glimpses of several snow-capped mountains (Annapurna & Manaslu) as we cross rivers and pass through terraced farmland. We will travel by jeep for around 3 to 4 hours from Besisahar to Chame passing through villages such as: Sange, Bhulbhule, Nagdi, Chamche, Tal, Dharapani, Bagarchhap, Dankya, Timang, Thanchowk, and Koto.
Today we head out on the trail following the Marsyangdi River, with our first stop at Bratang and then on to Chemyau Kharka where there is a memorial to Japanese mountain climber Akira Ochiai. Further on we come to Dhukur Pokhari passing through forests along the way until we arrive at lower Pisang from where we will head to Upper Pisang as a means of acclimatizing. We will then return to Lower Pisang for the night.
Pisang is the start of our trek into the upper Manang region. Today we follow the trail to Braga; a Tibetan village with its distinctive architecture and houses constructed one upon the other. One of Manang’s main features is its Gompa (Buddhist temple), being the largest in the Manang region. Manang is also very popular stopping-off point with trekkers who remain here for a day in order to acclimatize before heading to higher elevations. From Manang we have views of Mt. Chulu and Gangapurna.
Today is set aside to acclimatize, something that is essential before heading to higher elevations. This will limit the possibility of suffering altitude sickness. In order to improve the process we will take a short hike to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. The remainder of your time can be spent exploring this fascinating town.
This morning we head out on the trail to Yak Kharka, beginning with a climb through snow covered forests of juniper. The trail is steep until we arrive at Ghustang. The remainder of this trail is relatively easy as we head to Yak Kharka, and along the way enjoy views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho.
This morning we head out on a short 1 hour trek to Ledar and then on to Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is at the base of Thorong Himal. We will either spend the night here or move on to High Camp, depending on the weather conditions. Being at High Camp makes it a little easier to reach Thorong La Pass tomorrow.
Today promises to be full of excitement as we head to one of the world’s highest passes – Thorong La Pass. It is going to be a tough day, firstly because of the altitude and secondly because we have to trek for 4 to 5 hours. On the pass you will have stunning views of many 6000m plus peaks. You will also have awesome views as you gaze down to the Kali Gandaki Valley. We then continue down to Muktinath and is at the beginning quite easy, but does have some undulating part in the middle of the trek. We then head down on a steep descent to Muktinath with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri along the way.
Before heading off to Pokhara we will visit Muktinath Temple, a very sacred temple for Buddhists and Hindus. We will also visit Jwala Mai Sanctuary before heading for Jomson from where we will drive back to Pokhara where our trek ends.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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The Annapurna Circuit Trek is approximately 160-230 kilometers long, depending on the route you take.
The trek typically takes around 15-20 days to complete. However, if you are short on time, you can opt for a 8-day challenging trek, which covers the most essential parts of the circuit.
Yes, the 8-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered challenging due to its shorter duration. You will be covering a significant distance each day, which requires a good level of fitness and endurance.
The highest point on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass, which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).
The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the best weather with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Yes, you will need two permits for the Annapurna Circuit Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Yes, there are plenty of tea houses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. These tea houses provide basic accommodation and meals, making it convenient for trekkers.
Some essential items to pack for the trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, a trekking pole, a first aid kit, a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat. It's also recommended to carry some snacks and energy bars.
Altitude sickness can be a concern on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, especially when crossing Thorong La Pass. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, it's best to descend to a lower altitude.
While it is not mandatory to have a guide or porter, it is highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers or those with limited experience. A guide can assist with navigation, provide valuable insights about the region, and help in case of emergencies. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight on your shoulders.
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Sherpa Expedition went above and beyond to deliver an exceptional trekking experience. The guides were not only highly skilled but also passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for the mountains. The accommodation provided was comfortable and exceeded our expectations, offering a cozy haven amidst the wilderness. Sherpa Expedition's dedication to excellence truly made our journey one for the books.
Our trek with Sherpa Expedition was a testament to their commitment to exceptional quality. From the moment we set foot on the trail, we were impressed by the level of service provided. The guides were not only experienced but also ensured our safety and enjoyment throughout. The accommodation was cozy and comfortable, providing a peaceful retreat amidst nature. Sherpa Expedition's attention to detail truly made our journey unforgettable.
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