Annapurna Circuit Short Trek from Pokhara is one trekking adventure that will give you a taste of a true Himalayan adventure. Regarded as the world’s as well as Nepal’s best classic treks. Annapurna Circuit Trekking from Pokhara takes you through a diverse landscape.
Walk through mountain villages with terraced fields, high passes, ancient Hindu and Buddhist and Tibetan plateaus and complete this once in a lifetime adventure.
Experience the rich culture of the Gurungs, Bhotias and Thakalis en route. Challenge yourself by traversing the Thorong-La pass (5,416m), the highest point of your Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days.
The visits to the Ice Lake and the sacred Multinath Temple complex are other highlights of your trek.
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Route
This incredible Annapurna Short Trekking begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Dharapani, the trailhead of your trek. ‘Dharapani’ which means ‘tap water’ is aptly named because one can find abundant water bodies – waterfalls and rivers – around this village.
Take an uphill trail through a verdant pine forest and alpine scenery. As you reach higher you find a contrast in the landscape as well the culture.
The tree line vanishes and you walk in the stunning bare landscape that’s closer to the Tibetan plateau. The culture and lifestyle of people also resemble that of the Tibetan Buddhists.
A day spent acclimatizing in the ancient village of Manang lets you visit the stunning Ice Lake. Enjoy stunning close up views of Annapurna III and Chulu East peaks and glaciers.
The traverse through the high mountain pass of Thorong La, though challenging is the major highlight of your trip. Here you get as close to Tibet and enjoy jaw dropping views of the Annapurna Range as well as Tibetan peaks.
Descend down to the holy shrine of Muktinath and pay your respects at the abode of a deity revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Your shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek ends with a memorable flight above soaring Himalayan peaks, to Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Difficulty
Graded moderate to difficult this Annapurna Short Circuit Trekking is for trekking enthusiasts who have some experience tackling mountain passes and rough terrain.
Though technical climbing is not involved, the route to the Thorung La high pass, the highest point of this trek at 5,416 metres, is challenging, tough and not for the faint hearted.
Maximum time spent walking on the trail is 7 hours and minimum 3 hours. On average you will be spending around 5 to 6 hours trekking each day.
If you have done some high-altitude trekking, the Annapurna Circuit can be an experience that you can add on to your bucket list of unforgettable treks.