The picture from Thorang La PassThe picture from Thorang La Pass

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration9 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 5,416 m/17,756 ft (Thorong La)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Drive Kathmandu-Chame & Muktinath-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Do one of the most famous long treks in Nepal in 9 days
  • Explore the stunning beauty of the Annapurna region
  • Come across a wide range of vegetation and fauna while trekking through the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals while spending nights in the beautiful villages along the trail
  • Trek through lush rhododendron and pine forests, crossing thrilling bridges over the Marsyangdi river
  • Get to see the daily life of the mountain communities and their rich cultural heritage
  • Witness diverse landscapes throughout the trek
  • Visit ancient monasteries and go on a short hike to Ice Lake
  • Cross Thorong La pass and explore Muktinath Temple
  • Witness breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, Ganggapurna, etc

On the short Annapurna circuit trek, you can explore the beautiful Annapurna region and cross the challenging Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft) in just 9 days. The first day of the itinerary includes a ride from Kathmandu to Chame, from where the trek begins. So, you have to be in the city at least one day before the trek commences. This is a fantastic alternative to the usual 16 to 18 days long Annapurna circuit trekking package.

Our short Annapurna circuit trek itinerary does not include arrival or departure from Kathmandu, but you are free to extend the itinerary at an additional cost. 

This trekking package takes you to the western Himalayan section of Nepal, where you will come across the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You will start trekking from a beautiful mountain village and follow a rugged trail via rhododendron forests and picturesque villages. Marsyangdi river flows along the initial part of the trail. The short Annapurna circuit trekking route is full of suspension bridges, stupas, and waterfalls. 

With adventure, the Annapurna circuit short trek also offers a cultural experience. On this trek, you will get to meet with many different Nepali communities, including Chhetri, Brahmin, Gurungs, Magars, etc. While spending nights in the villages, you will have a glimpse of their daily lifestyle and culture. The warm gesture and welcoming nature of the locals will win your heart. The small interactions with them make the journey more incredible. 

You will see breathtaking landscapes and spectacular views of the Annapurna range (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943 ft), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,459 ft), Pisang Peak (6,091 m/19,984 ft), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m/23,406 ft), Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781 ft), Tukuche (6,920 m/22,703 ft), and many others during the short Annapurna circuit trek. 

Short Annapurna circuit trek itinerary summary

From Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,600 ft), drive to Chame (2,650 m/8,694 ft) via Besisahar (760 m/2,493 ft). While trekking to Pisang (3,115 m/10,200 ft) from Chame, you will come across a huge rock rising 1,500 meters from the Marsyangdi river- Paungda Danda Rock. It is quite intriguing. After the final descent to the Manang valley floor, you will ascend to reach the upper part of the Pisang village. From here, the trail continues along the upper trail via Geru to Manang village (3,540 m/11,300 ft). 

This route is extremely stunning. Green hills and snow-capped mountains decorate the entire route. On the way, you will visit the ancient Barga monastery. In Manang village, we have an acclimatization day, so you will spend two nights here. Acclimatization is a crucial part of trekking at a high altitude. These rest days will help you adjust to the elevation as you trek and give you a break to relax and recover. 

For an acclimatization hike, you will visit the stunning Gangapurna lake. From Manang, the trail ascends to Ledar (4,200 m/13,779 ft) via Yak Kharka (4,050 m/14,275 ft). In this part of the trail, you will leave Marshyangdi valley and enter Karsang Khola valley. The region beyond Manang changes to juniper forests and pastures. You will cross a small wooden bridge along the way and gradually ascend, following a rugged path to Ledar. 

High Camp (4,600 m/15,092 ft) is the last place we will spend the night before reaching the Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft). Ledar to High Camp is a short trekking route and mostly involves walking steep, rocky tracks. On the 7th day of the trek, you will cross the famous Thorong La pass. To cross the pass, you will wake before the dawn breaks and follow the lead of your guide to the top of the pass. This place offers spectacular mountain views and further descends to Muktinath temple (3,760 m/12,623 ft). 

Muktinath is a pilgrimage site and carries great importance for Hindus and Buddhists. The short Annapurna circuit trek of 9 days ends in Muktinath. From here, you will take an adventurous and scenic jeep ride back to Pokhara (822 m/2,697 ft). The following day, drive back to Kathmandu. The ride will be comfortable and offer beautiful scenery. In Kathmandu, you will have the last day free. Explore local markets and later do window shopping in Thamel. We will meet in the late evening for a farewell dinner and end the trip. 

Short Annapurna circuit trek cost

Our short Annapurna circuit trek cost starts at USD 1,200 per person. Trekking in a group will allow you to get an additional discount as well. Along with the package cost, you also have to budget for personal expenses, international flights, trekking clothes, travel insurance, shopping, etc. Kindly check out the cost include section for more information. 

Join the short Annapurna circuit trek with Nature Excursion

We have the best short Annapurna circuit trek cost in Nepal. This guided trek with our expert mountain leaders will make the journey a lifetime venture. Join us on our short Annapurna circuit trek 2024/2025 departures, or contact us to craft a private trek as per your wish. 

With many years of trekking experience, our team will provide you a perfect consultation to help you choose the best trek in Nepal, including the short Annapurna circuit trek. Our short Annapurna circuit trek guide is a native of the region, so you will be getting to know the locals and region closely while supporting the local community. 

This trek is a harmonious blend of nature's splendor and cultural immersion, catering to those who crave both adventure and religious experience. Whether you're a brave explorer, a nature enthusiast, or someone seeking a deeper connection with nature, our short Annapurna circuit trek has something extraordinary to offer.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this transformative expedition. Contact us today to embark on a journey that will not only challenge your limits but also leave you with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the stunning landscapes and diverse cultures of the Annapurna region. 

Benefits of doing short Annapurna circuit trekking with us and add-ons

Experience the short Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal like never before with our all-inclusive trekking package, carefully designed to provide you with the best value. When you choose to trek with us in Nepal, you can explore with peace of mind, knowing that every detail of your journey has been meticulously taken care of by our dedicated team.

We believe in transparency, which is why our pricing is straightforward, and you won't encounter any hidden costs or surprises along the way. We are committed to making your trek hassle-free, so you can focus solely on soaking in the breathtaking landscapes and cultural wonders of the Annapurna region. 


Below are some of the benefits you will get by trekking with Nature Excursion:

  • Free farewell dinner
  • Free airport pickup and drop off
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Budget-friendly trekking packages
  • Duffel bag and company t-shirt (you have to return the duffel bag at the end of the trek and keep the t-shirt with yourself)
  • Fix departure
  • 24/7 support
  • No hidden costs
  • Native guides & porters

These are some of our add-ons that you can combine with your package:

  • Extend the itinerary to other nearby trails such as Tilicho Lake, Annapurna base camp, Nar Phu valley, Dolpo region, etc. 
  • Add day activities in Kathmandu like helicopter tour to EBC, Everest experience flight, cooking class, local market tour, etc.
  • Add day activities in Pokhara, like paragliding, bungee jumping, ultra-light mountain flight, etc.
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From Kathmandu, we will take a scenic long drive early in the morning to Chame via Besisahar. The drive follows the Trishuli river and rolling green hills. During the ride, you will get to enjoy serene landscapes. As we cross Dumre, the road gets bumpy till Besisahar. Further, we follow the uneven path alongside verdant hills to Chame.

  • Max. Altitude:2,650 m/8,694 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:8-10 hours

Chame to Upper Pisang, the trail follows a steep, narrow valley. We will come across a massive rock on the way, which is known as Paungda Danda Rock. It is a sacred rock for locals that rises 1,500 meters from the Marsyangdi river. From here, we will trek, enjoying beautiful views of Pisang Peak in the northeast and Annapurna II in the south direction. Before reaching Pisang village, we will descend to the Manang valley floor and ascend to the village.

  • Max. Altitude:3,115 m/10,200 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours

Leaving Upper Pisang, we will trek via a scenic route to Manang village. There is also an alternative route to Manang from here. However, the upper trail offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks like Gangapurna, Tilicho, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, etc. As the elevation rises, you can notice changes in air and view. We will trek past old Tibetan settlements and Barga monastery on the way. Barga is the biggest monastery in Manang valley. The later part of the trail is dotted with shrines and stupas.

  • Max. Altitude:3,540 m/11,300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6 hours

Manang is a big village and offers many facilities. It is like a tourist hub. Here, we will spend one more day acclimatizing. In the early morning, get ready to go on an adventurous hike to Gangapurna lake, which is also known as the Ice lakes. The hiking route offers surreal mountain views of Annapurna III, Chulu Peaks, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, etc. After the hike, we will return to Manang and explore the nearby areas.

  • Max. Altitude:3,540 m/11,300 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge

Today, we will trek out of the Marshyangdi valley and trek along the Karsang Khola valley to reach Ledar. The trail goes past pastures and juniper forests. We will trek through a settlement called Gunsan and cross a small river on a wooden bridge. Further, we will follow a peaceful trail that leads us to the green meadows of Yak Kharka. From here, the trail ascends to Ledar. The vegetation is sparse from here onwards.

  • Max. Altitude:4,200 m/13,779 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5 hours

We have a short trekking day from Ledar to High Camp. From Ledar, the trail steeply ascends to Thorong La Phedi at 4,420 meters. Many trekkers spend a night here before crossing the pass. However, we will hike up to the High Camp at 4,600 meters for the night stay. The view of Thorong Peak is superb from here.

  • Max. Altitude:4,600 m/15,092 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

We will cross one of the most challenging mountain passes in the Himalayas on this day. Our day starts quite early in the morning with a big breakfast. Leaving the High Camp, we will steeply climb on an uphill trail that leads to the top of the pass. The top offers a heavenly mountain view of the Dhaulagiri range and other surrounding peaks.

Further, the trail descends and passes by a small village called Chirabu. It is located at the bottom of the pass on the other side (way to Muktinath). From Chirabu, we will walk on a loose rocky trail and pass by landslide debris before reaching Muktinath, where our short Annapurna circuit trek ends.

  • Max. Altitude:5,416 m/17,756 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-9 hours

Muktinath is a pilgrimage site in Nepal with great importance for Buddhists and Hindus. In the morning, we will visit the temple and explore its surroundings. Pilgrims travel here to get rid of their sins and be blessed by the deity. You can buy the holy Saligram here as a souvenir. After our breakfast, we will pack our backpacks and hop on a local bus to drive back to Pokhara.

The drive from Muktinath to Pokhara is very long and thrilling. Following rugged mountain paths, we will drive along the edge of the cliffs, relishing wonderful landscapes. We will drive past many villages and towns before reaching Pokhara. You have the remaining night free in Pokhara. Rest and enjoy your time around Phewa Lake.

  • Max. Altitude:822 m/2,697 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:9/10 hours

Another scenic drive from Pokhara will take us back to Kathmandu. This ride will be very comfortable though. Today is your last day in Kathmandu, so visit tourist sites near you & the window shop in Thamel. In the late evening, we will gather to celebrate our successful trek and also have a farewell dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7 hours
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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 Days map
Cost Details
  • Airport pick up and drop off services on a private vehicle (car/jeep/hiace ldelux bus) as per group size during arrival and departure time
  • All the transportation cost during the trip
  • 7 nights’ accommodation during the trek,( 6 nights mountain basis cozy room, 2 nights twin sharing common room)
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara with Ace room
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Besisahar-Chame, and Mutinath-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • All healthy meals during the trek 
  • Government licensed, Well English speaking Nature Excursion's native guide with his meals, salary, flight cost, insurance and other necessary equipment. We provide an assistant trek guide group of 6 or more trekkers.
  • Porter to help trekker's luggage. Tow trekkers can share one porter, luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekkers.
  • You can store non-essential stuff in your hotel or Nature Excursion's store
  • For safe drinking- Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd provides water purification tablets.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit as per the availability.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fees
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card fees
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • First aid Kit with Diamox (preventative measures to avoid altitude sickness) carried by the guide. Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level in your body.
  • We provide sleeping bag and down jacket as per your request. Has to return after the trek.
  • Appreciation certificate after the completion of trek.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
  • Assisting, if any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (incur charges should be covered by your travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fees depending how much time you want to spend in Nepal ($25-15 days, $40-50 for 30 days and $100-110 for 90 days.)
  • Your meals and hotel in Kathmandua due to early arrival, late departure or early return from the trek than schedule itinerary
  • Your personal clothing and gear.
  • Personal nature expenses like- energy bars, hot and cold drinks, laundry, internet, battery re-charge hot shower, extra porters etc.
  • Your travel insurance which covers your emergency evacuation.
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, weather condition, illness, change of government policies and strikes
  • Extra expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Tips for guide and porter (Expected)

Clients Reviews

  • Thrilling Adventure with Nature Excursion in Nepal!

    I recently embarked on an adventure tour with Nature Excursion in Nepal, and it surpassed all expectations! The professional guides were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, ensuring a safe and exhilarating experience throughout.

    Nature Excursion offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all skill levels. From mountain treks to relaxing dips in hot water springs, every moment was filled with excitement and adrenaline. Their attention to detail in logistics, including accommodations and meals, was commendable.

    What sets Nature Excursion apart is their commitment to environmental conservation. They promote responsible tourism and encourage participants to minimize their impact on the natural beauty of Nepal. I highly recommend Nature Excursion for an unforgettable adventure. Can't wait to join them again in the future!

    Omar Al Zeidi
    Omar Al ZeidiOmanJul 08, 2023
  • Fantastic guide-Karan

    We had a great time trekking through the Himalayas. Everything was taken care of. We didn't have to worry about anything. Our guide Karan Gurung was amazing. Such an experienced guide. We always felt safe and also had a lot of fun while trekking. We were so glad to have Karan, our dedicated guide and Taran Gurung, our very strong porter with us. Especially on the way to Tilicho lake with the landslide areas. Everything was tailored and flexible to our preferences before and during the trek. In the teahouses during the trek we also didn't have to worry about anything. Karan and Taran made sure we had the nicest rooms and best experiences in the mountains. We enjoyed the company and also our own spare time. I have celiac disease, so I eat glutenfree. Anytime we had food, Karan made sure to communicate it well with the kitchen. Even with my weird request with egg with bananas. We were blown away by the beautiful nature of Nepal as well as the variety which you encounter on the Annapurna Circuit. Each day was a different experience altogether. We did Poonhill as a beautiful end to the trek. In April the Rhododendrons were absolutely gorgeous. We did our trek end of March/start of April.

    Pieternel Kers
    Pieternel KersNetherlandsJun 20, 2023
Useful Information

Last-minute short Annapurna circuit trek booking

For last-minute bookings, you have to send us your general information, valid passport information, and full payment of the package. Once we receive the payment and your details, our team will begin the booking process. We will try our best to arrange all the accommodation, meals, and permits on time for the trek. You have to be present in Kathmandu at least one day before the trek begins.

Short Annapurna circuit trek difficulty

During the Annapurna circuit trek 9 days, you will go through diverse terrain and elevation. The trek route is considered strenuously difficult. The difficulty level may differ slightly depending on factors such as your fitness level, previous trekking experience, and how well your body acclimatizes to the changing altitudes. The Annapurna circuit short trek involves several days of uphill and downhill hiking, often on uneven and rocky paths.

During the Annapurna circuit short trek, you will cover a distance of approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles). Each day, you will trek for a minimum of 5 to 6 hours. You'll encounter lush forests, terraced fields, picturesque villages, suspension bridges, alpine meadows, and high mountain passes. The paths can range from well-defined trails to rocky and steep ascents and descents. Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek, presents a challenging climb through snow and ice.

Altitude Sickness

As altitude sickness is common during high-elevation trekking like the Annapurna circuit, however it is also easy to avoid if you follow the proper measures. From the starting point of the trail at 2,650 meters (8,694 ft), you will go up to 5,416 meters (17,756 ft) during the short Annapurna circuit trekking. Given the high altitude, there is a chance you may get altitude sickness if your body does not acclimatize.

To avoid altitude sickness during trekking, maintain your pace and drink plenty of water (at least 2 liters a day). Keeping yourself hydrated will help you a lot to avoid altitude sickness. Be aware of symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. Take the necessary medicine in the presence of your guide and follow his instructions.

Accommodation & meals during the short Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal

Accommodation and meals during the Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal primarily consist of staying in local tea houses or lodges along the trail. These accommodations are basic but provide essential amenities for trekkers. Meals are typically available at these lodges, offering a variety of local and basic international dishes to fuel your journey.

Along the short Annapurna circuit trek route, you'll find a network of tea houses or lodges situated in villages along the trail. These are simple accommodation providers that offer basic rooms with varying levels of comfort. Rooms often include a bed, blankets, and sometimes a shared bathroom. Heating and hot showers might be available at an additional cost.

Depending on availability, you might need to share a room with other trekkers, especially during peak trekking seasons. Private rooms are also available at most lodges but come at a higher cost. So, do let us know in advance if you need a single room during the trek. As the services are basic you might have to pay a few additional bucks for extra services like charging, WiFi, hot shower, etc.

Dining halls are common areas in the lodges and teahouses. These halls often have a cozy atmosphere with wood-burning stoves to keep you warm. You will get clean and hygienic meals three times a day during trekking and are free to buy extra snacks and drinks on your own. The menu has decent variations ranging from dal bhat, momo, thukpa, and chapati to burgers, pasta, chow mein, curries, soups, mashed potatoes, etc.

Bottled water is available at teahouses, but reusable water bottles are better for the environment. Lodges usually provide boiled water that you can fill your reusable bottle with for a small fee. Boiled water is considered safe to drink after cooling. You can use water purification tablets for double safety.

*Note: Keep in mind that as you ascend to higher altitudes, the cost of accommodation and meals increases due to the logistical challenges of transporting goods to these remote areas.

Best time to do Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the two main seasons you can do a short Annapurna circuit trek without worrying about unpredictable Himalayan weather. These two seasons provide a great balance between clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and manageable trekking conditions.

Short Annapurna circuit trek in autumn

Autumn is widely regarded as the best time to trek the Annapurna circuit trek 9 days. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and relatively low chances of precipitation. The stunning mountain views are often at their best, and the trails are well-defined and easily navigable. The surrounding landscapes are lush and vibrant due to the post-monsoon greenery, making for a visually pleasing and rewarding trekking experience.

Short Annapurna circuit trek in spring

Spring is another excellent time for the Annapurna circuit short trek. The weather begins to warm up, and the days become longer, allowing for comfortable trekking conditions. The rhododendron and other wildflowers are in full bloom during this season, adding bursts of color to the landscape.

Like autumn, spring offers clear views of the mountains and relatively dry weather. However, keep in mind that as the season progresses, the temperatures may start to rise, and some haze might obscure distant mountain views.

While autumn and spring are the peak trekking seasons, other times of the year can also be considered for the short Annapurna circuit trekking:

Winter (December to February)

Winter brings colder temperatures and the possibility of snow at higher elevations, which make crossing the Thorong La pass very challenging. However, if you are well-prepared for cold weather and snow conditions, you can still enjoy a quieter trek with fewer tourists. Sometimes the pass gets closed due to excessive snowfall. The winter mountain views of the western Himalayas are out of this world.

Monsoon (June to August)

The monsoon season is generally not recommended for trekking the Annapurna circuit. The trails can be muddy, slippery, and prone to landslides. Heavy rainfall and overcast skies also obscure the mountain views. However, some trekkers do opt for routes that are less affected by the monsoon, such as the Upper Mustang area, which lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas.

Annapurna circuit trek tips

  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering emergency air evacuation and medical bills are necessary for short Annapurna circuit trekking. Trekking at high altitudes involves risks, and having appropriate coverage can provide peace of mind. Make sure your insurance covers medical emergencies, altitude-related issues, and helicopter evacuation if necessary. Confirm that your policy is valid for the altitudes you'll be reaching during the trek.
  • Passport & Visa: A six-month valid passport is needed for Annapurna circuit trekking. You can obtain a Nepal travel visa upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport. Do check the visa status for your country before leaving, as some countries are not eligible for on-arrival travel visas in Nepal. Our company is not responsible for travel visas.
  • Trek Group: You can do a private trek with us or join a group departure to trek with fellow trekkers from around the world. Group trek offers you a bit of a discount on per head cost. However, a private trek will allow you to customize the journey as per your needs.
  • Luggage: Pack wisely and efficiently, prioritizing essential trekking clothing and gear. Consider weight limits for porters (10 kg per trekker), and be prepared to carry a daypack with your personal items during the trek. Store any excess luggage in Kathmandu in our office. Keep your belongings organized and protected from moisture in waterproof bags.
  • Charging & Internet: Electricity availability may vary along the Annapurna circuit trek route. Charging your devices might come at an additional cost, and power sources may be limited or unreliable in higher altitudes, so carry a power bank or a solar charger. While some lodges offer Wi-Fi, internet connections can be slow and irregular. Plan ahead for keeping your devices charged and stay connected.
  • Tips: Tipping guides, porters, and other support staff is customary in Nepal. It's a way to show appreciation for their services. Trekkers usually tip 10% of the package cost to the mountain guide and porters, whereas USD 5 to the tour guide and USD 2 to the driver.
  • Personal Expenses: Budget for personal expenses beyond the trek package cost. This includes meals not covered by your trek package in Kathmandu, snacks, drinks, hot showers, and any additional purchases or services along the trail. Having a clear idea of potential personal expenses helps you manage your finances and enjoy the trek without any unexpected financial stress.


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pant


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)


  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degreis sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 9 Days FAQs

  • There is no shortest route to the Annapurna circuit, however you can do this trek in 9 to 12 days. There are no shortcuts for this trek. You can adjust the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • Usually, it takes 16 to 18 days to do the standard Annapurna circuit trek. However, we have crafted this 9-day Annapurna circuit trek for travelers who are short on time. This itinerary is for trekkers who can walk long hours and have previous trekking experience.

  • The Annapurna circuit is a challenging trek in Nepal. The trekking route is offbeat and has a bare minimum tourist infrastructure. The terrain is steep and rugged in many places. Similarly, the elevation gain is also high.

  • For beginners, the Annapurna circuit can get very difficult. If you are physically strong and capable of handling all the hurdles, you may do the Annapurna circuit trek with us. Do understand that this trek is not for new trekkers.

  • No, you cannot hike to the Annapurna circuit without a guide, as trekking with a licensed Nepali guide is compulsory.

  • Yes, the Annapurna circuit trek is totally worth your time and money. It is an adventurous trek in the remote Himalayas that offers you superb views and challenges to push your limits.

  • Annapurna circuit trek is not recommended for children. It is a long trek with several long steep climbs and descends, which can get very demanding for children.

  • You have to be fit to walk 6 hours a day with a backpack weighing 5 kg on you. Your endurance and stamina should be good for this trek.

  • No, you cannot see Mt. Everest during the Annapurna circuit trekking. However, you can see Mount Manaslu, Mount Dhaulagiri, and Mount Annapurna on this trek, which are the fifth, seventh, and tenth-highest mountains in the world.

  • The Annapurna circuit trek explores the lower and upper part of the Annapurna region and crosses a pass called Thoron La. Whereas the Annapurna base camp trek takes you to the lap of the tenth-highest mountain in the world. The circuit trek is more difficult than the base camp trek and long as well.

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