Annapurna Circuit Express Trek

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 10 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade High
Transportation Private vehicle / By Air
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 999
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 5416m
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season April and September to November
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Trip Highlights

  • You will lose at least 5-10 lbs 
  • One who has limited time frame prefers Annapurna Circuit Express Trekking.
  • Trekkers unanimously talk about the circuit for its scenic beauty of rivers, flora, fauna and mountains.
  • You see at least eight peaks including world’s deepest gorge called Dana.
  • The trek leads to famous Budddhist and Hindu holy sites, significantly Muktinath—a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • The circuit inhabits more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones there.

Annapurna circuit express trek is tailor-made tea house trekking for 10 days. It is best suited for those trekkers who want to enjoy short trekking in the limited cost and time frame. The itinerary is designed in such fashion that one can enjoy Annapurna region circuit hiking in short time period including food and permit. Annapurna Circuit Trek has its own distinct feature. Trekkers unanimously talk about the circuit for its scenic beauty of rivers, flora, fauna, and mountains despite road construction in modern days have threatened this classic trekking site. The trail passes through Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Kaski (Myagdi). The trekking goes anti-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches to Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416 m. It passes series of mountains like, Manaslu which is more than 8000m.

Similarly, it passes Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri passing through the world's deepest gorge (Dana) in between those two 8,000+ meter peaks. The main attraction of this trekking is Ganga Purna glacier, Manang Village, Muktinath Temple, and Jomsom Valley. Muktinath temple is the religious and famous temple of Hindu people all over the world. Thousands of tourists visit this temple every year. You can reach to Muktinath temple from both ways like direct drive or flight (Till Jomsom Only) from Pokhara or be making a circuit loop from Beshshahar (Direct drive from Kathmandu and Pokhara). It is a drive of around 6 hours from Kathmandu and about 4 hours from Pokhara city.

Annapurna region is the second best destination for travelers because of its wonderful landscapes, mountain ranges, glaciers, lakes, and also one the challenging pass (Thorang La Pass) across the world. In those days, Annapurna circuit trekking was famous but nowadays due road accessibility till Manang and in another side up to Muktinath, this trekking is renamed and known as "Annapurna Express Circuit Trekking". The reason behind to develop this itinerary is to avoid the road access part through driving and rest of the trails by walking. Simply you can drive till Manang in one day from Kathmandu but it is not recommended for those trekkers who are planning to cross the thorong la pass due to high chances of altitude sickness.

We recommend you to drive till Chame (District Headquarter) Manang District, ( the ending point of Manaslu Express Trekking) for making easy and comfortable trekking without any high risk of altitude sickness.The tour cost of this trekking becomes little expensive due to more usages of off-road drive and flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Rather than doing a long (Three Weeks) Annapurna Circuit trekking, it's cheap and reliably designed new short trek itinerary for Annapurna Region. Due to the elevations starting from Kathmandu (1340 Meter) to Thorng- La Pass (5416 Meter), the visitors might get the problems of altitude sickness, so guides and porter are highly recommended for your assistance to succeed (100%) the trip in the best manner. The trip ends at Jomsom Valley after crossing Thorong La pass and exploring the Muktinath Temple.  

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Besishahar (760m) - 5 hours
  • Day 02:Drive to Chame (2630m) - 6 to 7 hours
  • Day 03:Chame to Upper Pisang (3190m) - 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 04:Upper Pisang to Manang (3520m) - 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 05:Manang: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06:Manang to Yak Kharka/Ledar (4250m) - 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 07:Yak Kharka/Ledar to High Camp (4600m) - 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 08:High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) and drive to Jomsom (2730m) - 7 to 8 hours trek / 1 hour drive
  • Day 09:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (1400m) - 20 minutes
  • Day 10:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m) - 25 to 30 minutes

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Besishahar (760m) - 5 hours Early in the morning, we drive for Besishahar. While on a journey of around 6 hours we will enjoy countryside Nepal, its greenery, rivers, and hills. We will spend a night in Besishahar.
  • Day 02:Drive to Chame (2630m) - 6 to 7 hours After breakfast at the hotel in Besishahar, drive with local sharing jeep till Chame ( District Headquarters) takes 6 hours. The route to Chame is very interesting and exciting. En route we will get the view of several mountains namely-- Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We will spend some time at hot spring before halting a night at Chame.
  • Day 03:Chame to Upper Pisang (3190m) - 5 to 6 hours Today, our trail goes through a steep and narrow valley. Here, we get the first view of Paungda Dada. It is a curved rock face that rises 1500m from the river. It is a kind of its own view point from where we get memorable view of Annapurna ll at south and Pisang Peak at north-east. Finally, we descend to Manang Valley where we spend our night at Upper Pisang.
  • Day 04:Upper Pisang to Manang (3520m) - 5 to 6 hours We follow the route which goes through Geru. We choose this trail because it gives you an opportunity to view Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, among others. Climate of Manang is cold and dry. In Manang we visit Barge Monnastery. It is a biggest monastery in Manang district. We spend our night at Manang.
  • Day 05:Manang: Acclimatization Day Today is a rest day. We rest in order to keep ourselves fit and to avoid altitude sickness. But, we will be busy doing short hiking to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. We will spend overnight in Manang.
  • Day 06:Manang to Yak Kharka/Ledar (4250m) - 5 to 6 hours Today, we cross a stream to reach Tenki village. Our trail continually moves ahead until we reach at the valley of Jarsang Khola (River) . From Jarsang Khola we move towards Ghunsa. On the way we will see pasture land of horses and yaks. Further, we cross a small wooden bridge near Mani wall to reach Yak Kharka. Ledar is an hour on away from Yak Kharka. In Ledar we will spend our night.
  • Day 07:Yak Kharka/Ledar to High Camp (4600m) - 5 to 6 hours From Ledar we move towards Thorang Phedi. It is a rewarding trip that gives view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. We halt at High Camp as it is an hour away from Thorang Phedi .
  • Day 08:High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) and drive to Jomsom (2730m) - 7 to 8 hours trek / 1 hour drive Today, we cross Thorong La Pass. It is one of the highest passes of the world. To cross this pass we choose the safest and easiest way which is from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). For this, we wake up early in the morning at around 3:00 am. Reaching at the top will assure that your trip is really worthy. We will capture the moment in our camera and head towards Muktinath Valley. From here we drive to Jomsom where we will spend our night.
  • Day 09:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (1400m) - 20 minutes We catch a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Pokhara is a city of lake where you can enjoy your leisure time roaming around lakeside. Or, if you want to fly Kathmandu then you will also get direct flight from Jomsom.
  • Day 10:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m) - 25 to 30 minutes Today, we will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We will have some leisure time in Kathmandu. Today, NTA will organize farewell dinner for you.

Cost Includes

  • Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Trekkers information management system. (Tims Card)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit. (ACAP Permit)
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara. (Tourist Deluxe)
  • All necessary ground transportation as per the itinerary ( Local bus to Besishahar and local sharing jeep till Chame)
  • Trekking Map
  • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
  • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
  • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
  • Foods, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters

Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Rated 5/5 based on 6 reviews
  • A Professional Agency for Annapurna Circuit Express Trek

    A Professional Agency for Annapurna Circuit Express Trek


    The trek was very challenging and adventurous giving me everything I expected from the trek. The views from the highest part of the trek were worth accepting all the challenges on the way and relaxed all the tiredness in us. Thanks for Nepal Trek Adventures for arranging such a beautiful trek in very short notice and giving the best experience for a lifetime. The guide seemed well skilled and very experienced and so did the agency. A well-managed trek towards the beautiful part of Nepal with an amazing team was a perfect journey for me.

  • A lifetime Memory of Annapurna Express Circuit Trek

    A lifetime Memory of Annapurna Express Circuit Trek


    The lovely glances of snow covered mountains with the best team were certainly my most beautiful trip ever. The hospitality of Nepal Trek Adventures was great since the day we had our first meeting. They were friendly and supportive as well and also flexible with our trip dates. due to some reason, we had to prepone our trip and they were okay with that and managed everything on the dates we choose without any faults. Apart from this, their package had a satisfying price that added more benefit to our trek. 10 most beautiful days of my life spent with the most beautiful team.

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days


    Due to lack of time, we decided to go for Annapurna circuit express trek. the trek was only 10 days long but the adventure and views we got from the trek will last forever. Probably the best memory of a lifetime. The snowy path and mountainous views made the trek even more beautiful. Every place was gorgeous and every step was exciting throughout the trek. a beautiful trek satisfying the nature loving and adventurous people. The trek was well managed and was very successful due to Nepal Trek Adventures. I highly recommend NTA team for the Annapurna circuit express trek.

  • Best Magical Views of Annapurna Region
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    Best Magical Views of Annapurna Region


    We had a magical experience traveling into the Annapurna region. The view of the Annapurna Himalayan range was amazingly magnificent. The rhododendron flowers and everything else on the path were amazing. Really a 5 stars deserving trip and the well-deserving team as well. They handled everything very easily and left no complaints.

  • Awesome Experience of Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Awesome Experience of Annapurna Circuit Trek


    Nepal is such a beautiful country with natural and cultural beauty at the same time. The traditional community of people living here and their lifestyles were very unique. The natural beauty of the Annapurna region cannot be described in words. We felt the nature and interacted with different geographical ups and downs, different religions, cultures, and wildlife. The wonderful trek was Guided by an experienced and informative guide provided by NTA. the guide was very caring and enthusiastic that always created a positive environment around us.

  • Best experience

    Best experience


    In 2010, my friends and I visited Nepal. After a long search for a reliable trekking company, we have decided to go with Nepal Trek Adventures to the Annapurna round trek. Binod, the manager, had organized and planned a suitable trip plan for all of out requests. We had an amazing trip with absolutely no complains. I must also recommend Amrit as a very caring and professional porter. I would have no doubt taking their service again!

Size of Trekking Group
For Annapurna Circuit Express Trek, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.

We will spend two nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu and one in Pokhara. While on trek, we will spend 10 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 300 US. But some places in Annapurna region do not allow single accommodations.

During our Annapurna Circuit Express Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, bread and drinks of different variety and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served at the same teahouse or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.

Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get a tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of the visit but regarding the tour, you will get the visa for 15 to three months. For trekking, you need to submit a photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.

Departure Details

The Fixed Departure dates are listed for special quoted price specified on Small Group Joining trip. But we are flexible to receive any dates booking in Private Group Departure or Single Traveler basis for the year 2020, 2021 and 2022 on your suitable dates which can certainly be added by us in our fixed departure list.

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29 March, 2020 07 April, 2020 US$ 999 Guaranteed
30 March, 2020 08 April, 2020 US$ 999 Guaranteed
31 March, 2020 09 April, 2020 US$ 999 Guaranteed
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