Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. Northern Trekking Team will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and will transfer you to the hotel.
You can stroll around the streets of Thamel if time permits. Thamel is the key touristic site in Kathmandu.
We will introduce you with the guide who will get you to Annapurna region under Annapurna Short Circuit package. He will assure all the requirements prior to the trek.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat (1,300m)
We will reach Jagat by road. It will take nearly 10 hours to get there from the capital, Kathmandu. You will get an opportunity to acquaint with countryside Nepal while on this ride.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1943 meter)
Here begins our trekking! After breakfast, we proceed toward Dharapani. We will be entering into Manang district and is also known as the desert area of Nepal due to least rainfall. Waterfalls on the way to Dharapani is quite fascinating for trekkers. Crossing Kodo and walking for a few more minutes, we reach in Dharapani.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2713 meter)
Trek today will allure you as you will get an astounding view of a couple of minor peaks while on the way to Chame. It (Chame) is the headquarter of Manang district. Gurungs are the major inhabitants of this place. There are popular for valor and unique culture and traditions.
Before arriving in Chame we have to experience a steep climb for roughly two hours from Danakyu. It will lead us to Tamang village followed by Chame.
Day 05: Trek to Upper Pisang (3185 meters)
Ah! What a pleasant hike! As we proceed toward Pisang, we will start getting closer views of Annapurna II at South and Paung Danda at north-east. Despite a few up and down, we will be walking on a flat trail.
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3545 meters)
Nawal is the first on the way destination to Manang. Gurung, Magar, and Ghyarung are the major natives of this small settlement, Nawal. As we head further, the site will gradually unfold the majestic view of mountains.
Manang will present the beauty of Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak. Gangapurna and Tilicho glaciers.
Day 07: Acclimatization at Manang (visit Chonkor View Point)
Acclimatization is most while on the trek as it will help your body to adjust with increasing elevation. Despite the rest day, we will be going for a short hike. You will be visiting monasteries that will reveal the grip of Tibetan Buddhism in this part of the country. We will also pave the way to Ice Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (41,50 meter)
Hold your breathe and have patience! You will be passing through challenging trail today. The path is not even of a foot at some places and you have to cautiously put your feet. But the best part of mastering this trail is that it will reward you with an astounding view of Tilicho Peak.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919 meters) & Back to Base Camp
We will start our hike early in the morning as this will help us to avoid wind that blows harshly during noon. It will take us nearly four hours to get in Tilicho Lake. We return to Base Camp after spending a couple of hours hee witnessing majestic Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Peak.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters)
It is a relatively easy trail as we will be a following ascending trail. We cross Jarsang Khola Valley and arrive at Yak-Kharka leaving Marshyangdi Valley beyond. The view of Annapurna III is truly mesmerizing.
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi / High Camp (4500meter/4700meter)
The initial part of the trek is uphill climb which will bring us to Ledar village. We walk for a few more hours to enter the village of Thorong Phedi which is the last settlement before Thorong La Pass. Major attractions of this place are Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800meter) after crossing Thorong La (5,416m)
So, are you ready for the pass, Thorong La Pass? You have to be because uneasiness will lead you nowhere and the only way out is to master the challenge. We will be crossing the pass from Manang to Muktinath—east to west. The spectacular view that you will experience from the pass—highest point of the trek—is something which could not be expressed in words. In short, marvelous.
Muktinath is a religious site of this country. It is a common shrine of both—Hindu and Buddhist. Lord Bishnu (Hindu god) is worshipped here and the priest performs rituals based on Buddhism.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meter)
Trek to Jomsom is really a great experience and quite easy. The destination, Jomsom, is popular for an apple orchard and local wine made of apple. You can enjoy the wine today.
Day 15: Drive to Pokhara (720 meters)
It is scenic but thrilling drive as the road is uneven at some places. Despite this, the experience of a ride at this part of the world is worth. We will be in Pokhara by late noon.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will catch a tourist bus to get in Kathmandu. By 2 pm you will be in a capital where you can roam around. We will offer you a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 17: Back to your Destination
Here ends your Annapurna Short Circuit Trek and with it, here ends your Nepal stay as well. We will drop you in TIA three hours prior to scheduled flight. See you next season for another trip in a different destination as Nepal is a country with more than 100 trekking trails!