Short Annapurna Trek

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destination Annapurna
duration 10 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 3,200m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,090
Pax 2 USD 990
Pax 3 USD 950
Pax 4 to 6 USD 890
Pax 7 to 12 USD 850
Pax 13 to 18 USD 790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 750
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Short Annapurna Trek

The 10 days Short Annapurna Trek is perfect for those people who are short on time but still want to experience the amazing Annapurna Conservation Area scenery and the fascinating lifestyles of the Gurung culture & villages. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) (4130m) is often referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. This trek offers to close up views of colossal mountain ranges and peaks, including Hiunchuli, Machapuchare (Fishtail) and Annapurna South peaks.

The best time of the year to do this trek is in spring when the Rhododendron forests are in full blossom (red, pink & white). However, this trek can be taken at any time of the year. Here are some of the  peaks you will see along the trail to ABC: Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Machapuchare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). This region is rich in Tibetan Buddhist influence and is noticeable by the many chortens (Buddhist stone monuments), and prayer flags along the trail. You will come across yaks grazing, trek through bamboo forests and witness the distinctive Tibetan style architecture in the villages of this region.

Your adventure begins at Kathmandu from where you will drive to Pokhara and then to Nayapul (1050m) where we begin our trek with the Modi Khola River below and terraced rice fields above. Our next destination is Chomrong (2170m) and then the Himalaya Lodge at Ghandruk (1940m). The following day we follow the trail to the Himalaya Lodge at Ghandruk where you will have time to explore this mountainous town and learn about their distinctive Buddhist culture and traditions.

Sherpa Teams has had more than 40 years in the trekking business and has an excellent reputation. We will take care of all permits (required in this region), accommodation and meals throughout the trek.

ITINERARY

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A representative from Sherpa Teams will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. There will be a brief introduction to the trek and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions.

A representative from Sherpa Teams will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the tourist bus station from where we leave for Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city located next to Phewa Tal (lake). From Pokhara, you have some amazing views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (Fishtail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu in the east. You will stay overnight at a hotel near Lakeside.

Our day begins with a 3-hour drive from Pokhara to Kimche via Nayapul and Birethanti (a tourist checkpoint). We then follow the trail to Kimche, passing through the charming villages of Sauli Bazaar and Chane and then cross the Khumnu Khola (river) before reaching the Gurung town of Ghandruk where we will stay overnight. From Ghandruk we have incredible views of Machapuchare (Fishtail 6993m)), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m).

For two hours we follow the trail to Ulleri (2070m) passing the Magar village of Banthanti from where we have spectacular views of Mt. Machapuchare (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). The trail then leads through a rhododendron forest, across a small bridge, and then on to the village of Ghorepani from where we can see Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and other snow-capped mountains.

To truly appreciate the view from Poon Hill, we have to get up before sunrise. It will take an hour to reach Poon Hill (3,210m) where the views are absolutely astonishing. The mountains are radiant in the pure morning light, reflecting various colors of the snow-white peaks. After madly snapping photos we will head back down to Ghorepani (2960m) for breakfast. From Ghorepani, we climb along mountain ridges, through rhododendron and pine forests before arriving at Deurali (2,960m). After heading downhill we come to a cross-road at Banthanti and then head to Tadapani where we will stay the night at a guesthouse.

Our trek today is quite easy as we follow the trail through oak and rhododendron forest among alpine flowers which takes us to the Sherpa village of Ghandruk. From Ghandruk we have some stunning views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, and other massive snow-covered peaks. Gurung has a cultural museum and a Buddhist monastery. Ghandruk is unique in that its houses are constructed of stone with stone roofs.

Today’s trek will take about 4 hours, but is fortunately mostly downhill before arriving at  Jhinu Danda where we can sit in the therapeutic natural hot springs on the bank of the Modi Khola River. If you are brave enough you can plunge into the freezing waters – depending on conditions of course!  Tonight you will sleep like a baby!

This is our final day on the trail and after leaving Jhinu Danda we follow an easily traversed trail alongside the Modi Khola River for about 4 to 5 hours before reaching Birethanti Village. We then continue to Nayapul before driving back to Pokhara. Today’s trek and drive is about 6 to 7 hours.

This morning we will travel by tourist bus, or in the private vehicle depending upon the group size, to Kathmandu where you will be taken to your hotel close to Thamel. In the evening you may wish to stroll around Thamel and do some souvenir shopping before you leave Nepal.

A representative from Sherpa Teams will take you to the airport three hours prior to your flight departure. Once airborne you can reflect on your time in the awesome Annapurna region – and maybe plan your next big adventure to this lovely country.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • International Airport pick-up and drop by car.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
  • Two nights’ standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu in a twin-sharing basis including 2 breakfasts.
  • 2 nights’ standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara in a twin-sharing basis including 2 breakfasts.
  • An experienced and Knowledgeable English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • All Food, Accommodation, Insurance, and transportation for porter and guide.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit 
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) throughout the trek.
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 8 people in a group.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu by bus.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day 
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Sherpa Teams company T-shirt
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic such as Fanta, Coca-cola, sprite, water, beer, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, tea, coffee, hot water, WIFI, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a trek.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency rescue evacuation from the high-altitude 
  • Personal trekking equipment for this trek 
  • Tipping ( traditional way and expected by guides and staff) 
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek.

EQUIPMENTS

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.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

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.

Transportation

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. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t 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. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Yes, you can as it’s a short and sweet. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphill, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Short Annapurna Trek into reality.

The pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) are considered the best for the Shor Annapurna trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Short Annapurna trekking.

No, there is no age limit for the trek to Short Annapurna but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Short Annapurna trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house (Local lodge) and have wholesome food and neat and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Annapurna panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local people.

Most of the teahouses on the Short Annapurna trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 2 to 5 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the Short Annapurna trek.

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Short Annapurna trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.

During the Short Annapurna trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.

Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Short Annapurna trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

It takes 4 to 11 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.

We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

You can either trek on foot or by a flight. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable flight to Pokhara for 4 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.

The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking tourist bus will be arranged.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Annapurna region, basically to Pokhara is a total of 20 kgs including hand bag and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 20 kgs with your hand bag.

Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.

ATM services are available only in Pokhara. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,090
Pax 2 USD 990
Pax 3 USD 950
Pax 4 to 6 USD 890
Pax 7 to 12 USD 850
Pax 13 to 18 USD 790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 750
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  • Hassle-Free Booking
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Per Person

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Gregory Stiefel

France

November 13, 2023

A Cultural Exploration

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The Short Annapurna Trek offered a unique opportunity for cultural exploration, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the rich traditions and heritage of the region. The trek took us through traditional villages, where we had the chance to interact with the local communities and learn about their customs and way of life. We witnessed colorful festivals, tasted traditional cuisine, and visited ancient temples and monasteries, gaining insight into the spiritual practices of the region. The trek was a blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion, providing a deep appreciation for the cultural diversity of Nepal. Short Annapurna Trek is a cultural journey that should not be missed by any traveler seeking to connect with the heart of the Himalayas.

Nancy Gilbert

Australia

October 17, 2023

Personal Growth

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The Short Annapurna Trek was not just a physical adventure but also a journey of personal growth and self-discovery. The trail challenged us both physically and mentally, pushing us beyond our limits and teaching us the value of perseverance. As we hiked through the rugged terrain and faced the steep ascents, we learned to trust our abilities and embrace the power of determination. The trek also provided moments of solitude and reflection, allowing us to connect with our inner selves and find a sense of peace amidst the grandeur of the mountains. The Short Annapurna Trek is a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impact on the mind, body, and soul.

Santiago Torres

United Kingdom

August 2, 2023

Spiritual Pilgrimage

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The Short Annapurna Trek not only offered a physical challenge but also provided a spiritual pilgrimage through the Himalayan foothills. The trail passed through ancient villages, where we encountered sacred temples and monasteries. The serene atmosphere and the sound of prayer bells created a sense of tranquility and peace. As we hiked towards Ghorepani and Poon Hill, we were greeted by panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, which served as a reminder of the divine power of nature. The trek provided moments of self-reflection and connection with the spiritual essence of the mountains. Short Annapurna Trek is a journey that nourishes the soul and rejuvenates the spirit.

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