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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek – 7 Days

Nepal, Annapurna Trek

7 days Annapurna Circuit trek
Trip Facts
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Trip Duration 7 Days
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Maximum Elevation 5416 m
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Best Season October / November And March / April
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Trip Grade Hard
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Service Start Kathmandu
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Service End Pokhara


You must not have heard of the Annapurna circuit trek 7 days itinerary, but yes, it is possible. We Adventure Great Himalaya have created a short Annapurna circuit trek package who has few days for trekking and want to skip the dusty road trails. Let us give us some information before showing you the itinerary.

If you are planning your first visit to Nepal, let us brief you about this trek. The Annapurna mountain range is a popular attraction located northwest of Nepal. The mountain has a high number of admirers within the mountaineering community. Trekking around the mountain range is also quite popular worldwide. The Annapurna mountain range offers almost two-thirds of Nepal’s mountain trail trek options. The number of days for the treks is also diverse. It could take 7 to 20 days to finish based on itineraries and routes.

Generally, you will find this route itinerary 14-21 days long, and you might think the Annapurna circuit trek of 7 days may be a bluff. But a BIG YES, you can easily finish the trek just in 7 days. The itinerary gets shorter when you start the trek from a drive to Manag through the jeep.

The Annapurna circuit trek 7 days trip is unique as it immediately gains significant altitude. The Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Manang is a gain of 2119 meters of altitude. Although most Annapurna circuit treks follow a similar itinerary, this one takes you up to Manang through a jeep. While trekking on foot, people have to face a lot of dust and pollution on the road. But jeep travel will prevent the such hassle. This itinerary provides a shorter, pollution-free, unique perspective on the Annapurna circuit trek.

During 7 days Annapurna circuit trek, you will pass through many gorges, and high altitude mountain passes like Thorong La Pass. You’ll get a stunning view of the main peaks of the Annapurna Massif. There are also monasteries, temples, adorable small villages, and the villagers of different settlements.

The trip starts from Kathmandu as you drive to Manang through a Jeep. You will trek to Ledar after acclimatizing for a day in Manag. The trail takes you to High Camp from Ledar. You shall cross the Thorong La Pass from High camp to reach Muktinath. After Muktinath, the itinerary takes you on a trek to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you get a flight to Pokhara, ending the Annapurna circuit trek in 7 days.

Trek Highlights

  • A drive through the remote trails of Nepal to reach Jomsom via Jeep.
  • Visiting Mustang’s headquarter of Jomsom.
  • Explore the eternal flame and 108 faucets of the Muktinath temple.
  • Learn about various Hindu and Buddhist cultures through Muktinath.
  • Cross the Thotong La Pass at 5416 meters above sea level.
  • Enchanting view from the trekking trails. These include Thorung peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and east, Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and IV
  • See the fantastic views of the beautifully flowering rivers of Marsyangdi Khola.
  • You can bathe in Tatopani’s natural hot water springs, which carry legends that say to have healing properties.
  •  Beautiful lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls are throughout the roads.
  • The biggest monastery in the Manang district is Barge Monastery; pay a visit there.

Difficulties of the trek

Annapurna is on the grade three difficulty, a step lower than most challenging hikes. The trek’s lowest point would be 300 meters above sea level. But to reach the trek’s summit, which would be at about 5416 meters, you will have to ascend higher each day. Let’s discuss some of the challenges you might have to face on the Annapurna circuit trek 7 days long.

Altitude sickness

The first and foremost difficulty this trek brings is altitude sickness. In this itinerary, risks of minor altitude sickness like AMS are more probable. The beginning of the trek gains a lot of altitude at once. You move from Kathmandu’s 1400 meters altitude to Manang’s 3519 meters altitude. This rapid change of elevation might result in symptoms of altitude sickness. So the itinerary has a day in Manang to rest and accommodate the altitude.

Crossing  Thorong La pass

The highest point of this trek will be the Thorong La pass. This structure stands at a height of 5,416 meters and is infamous for snowstorms. You need to immediately halt your hike if there are forecasts of potential snowfall in the region. These avalanches are almost always the result of heavy snowfall and are life-threatening.

The trail along the Thorong La pass is also very tricky. You go through some of the most challenging landscapes, which are frequently rocky, dry, and steep. When the weather is icy, the slope can be rather steep, making it difficult to descend from the Pass. If the weather is humid or warm, then the trails become slippery. So either way, the icy paths of Thorong La pass need to be crossed with caution.

7 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu to Manag by Jeep

Manang’s altitude: 3519 meters
Drive hours: 10 hours to 12 hours
Distance traveled: 270 km
Overnight stay at Manang

The trip of Annapurna circuit trek 7 days long, begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Manang. Although there are options for traveling through local buses or other massive vehicles, the jeep is the safest. The routes to Manang are narrow, slippery, and quite uneven. You cannot just take any vehicles and hope for a comfortable drive. So we take a jeep with small size, strong engine and parts with good tires.

After a whole day of the drive, Manang will welcome you with amazing vistas of the Himalayas. You can find Annapurna and Gangapurna glaciers in Manang. Also, there are various monasteries and Gompas to explore.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with Private Bathroom

Day 02

Manang acclimatization

Manang’s altitude: 3519 meters
Overnight stay at Manang

The massive altitude gain from the first days of the trek needs you to get some rest. The second day of the itinerary covers the much-needed altitude accommodation. You will visit the local attractions and not hike further. Manang offers you many cultural as well as natural attractions. You will spend the day exploring these without much stress.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with Private Bathroom

Day 03

Trekking To Ledar

Ledar’s altitude: 4200 meters
Manang  to Ledar distance: 14 km
Walking hours: 6 hours to 8 hours
Overnight stay at Ledar

On the third day, you will start walking part of the trek. On this day, you will head towards Ledar, leaving Manang behind. This trek takes you to significant places in Gunsang and Yak Kharka. The settlement area is sparse in these areas of higher altitude. The roads leading to Yak Kharka houses many Yaks and horses for local travels. Such observation is a great way to learn about the local’s way of transportation. This is how the people in high altitudes rely upon daily economic activities.

The trek to reach Yak Kharka takes about 5 hours and around another hour to reach Ledar. Ledar also goes by the name of Churi Ledar. This hamlet will be your stay for the day before heading for high camp the next day.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with  Sharing Bathroom

Day 04

Trekking To High Camp

High camp’s altitude: 4880 meters
Walking distance: 6.5 kilometer
Walking hours : 6 hour
Overnight stay at High camp.

You will depart Ledar to reach Thorong La Phedi and to High camp on the fourth day. The hike requires you to cross a suspension bridge along the way. The Thorung Phedi is reached after navigating a muddy route and a grassy field.

You will ascend to High camp once you reach Thorong La Phedi. The high camp is around an hour’s worth of walk away from the Thorong La Phedi. From the summit of the camp, you can see many snow-covered mountains, including Thorung Peak.

The fourth day’s activities will end as you take a rest at the high camp.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with Sharing Bathroom

Day 05

Cross Thorong La and Trek to Muktinath

Thorong La pass’s altitude: 5416 meters
Walking distance: 14 km
Walking hours: 6 hours to 8 hours
Overnight stay at Muktinath

On the fifth day of the 7 days Annapurna circuit trek is crossing the Thorong La pass. This walk will be the highest and most challenging part of the trip. Crossing the Thorong La pass, a rocky elevated path, will take you to Muktinath.

The Dhaulagiri Massif, west of the Pass, is visible throughout this route. You will reach Chirabu village at the lowest point of the Pass. Then you travel to Muktinath, a little farther from the hamlet. You will visit the Muktinath temple and explore the region for the rest of the day.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with Private Bathroom

Day 06

Trekking To Jomsom

Jomsom’s altitude: 2743 meters
Walking distance: 20 km
Walking hours: 6 hours
Overnight stay at Jomsom

On the sixth day of this trip, you set out for Jomsom. To reach Jomsom must descend a slope in the direction of Kagbeni. You can enjoy a mesmerizing environment and a stunning view of the tropical vistas on the trails.

Beautiful villages that mimic pre-medieval communities lie within routes at Kagbeni and Jharkot. These places have a rich history; the beauty and inventiveness of the settlement area are remarkable. You’ll need to walk farther to cross through the busy Kagbeni lane. After that, make your way quickly to the windswept Manang valley. This road will ultimately lead to Jomsom.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Lodge with Private Bathroom

Day 07

Fly to Pokhara

Pokhara’s altitude: 822 meters
Flight hours: 20 minutes

The seven-day Annapurna Circuit Trek includes a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara on the final day. You’ll need to go to the airport in Jomsom to catch a flight to Pokhara, which will be comfortable and short. The flight will show you Jomsom’s breathtaking scenery during the journey. The landing at Pokhara airport will greet you with mesmerizing lakeside winds. You can see the Machhapuchre Himal and its reflection in the Phewa lake. Lakeside’s atmosphere is constantly fairly festive.

Meals – Breakfast only
Accommodation: No

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS Card
  •  3  Meals a day during the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Transportation  Kathmandu To Manang  By  Jeep
  • Jomsom  / Pokhara flight ticket
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  •  Trekking guide
  • Trekking porter ( one porter for two members)
  • Adventure Certificate.
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

What’s excluded

  • International airfare  and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and also rescue evacuation in case of emergency
  • Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the bar bills like coke, beer, bottle of water, hot water etc.
  • International airfare
  • Tips
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