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Annapurna Circuit short trek in 6 days – A Trekking Adventure with Treklanders Adventures

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Published: 6th Dec, 2023

Annapurna Circuit short trek in 6 days is the shortest trek, designed to be completed in just 6 days. Although the standard duration for this trek is 11 days, we have customized it for those seeking a shorter trip. Annapurna Circuit Trek is popular trek which make almost two-third of trekkers than other trekking destinations, ensuring you won’t feel alone and giving you the chance to forge new friendships along the way. In this article, we will delve into the detailed itinerary provided by Treklanders Adventures, explore why the Annapurna circuit is a must-visit, discuss the ideal time to embark on this adventure, highlight of this trek, assess the difficulty level, discuss essential equipment, address altitude sickness concerns, and conclude with information on costs and inquiries.


The Annapurna circuit trek route is the circular route that bypass the whole Annapurna massif where you got opportunity to explore the world’s best mountain ranges. The Trekking in Annapurna region is extraordinary because it offers close-up views of the many highest peaks, beautiful scene with extremely interesting culture of the local people who live there. This six-day trek is designed for those explorer seeking a memorable trek in short time. The challenging part of this short trek is to conquer the high-altitude Thorang La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters, which offers the panoramic views of the peaks around there.

Highlights of the Annapurna circuit short trek in 6 Days

  • One of the most popular trek, and for good reason: the trail step into a steep, wooded pass and spectacular views.
  • Offers the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges accompanied by lush green forest, beautiful villages and terraced fields.
  • Those adventure enthusiast come for the mountains but they go away with the memory of hills, ancient monasteries and unique culture of the both Hindu and Tibetan Buddhists.
  • This route takes you to trekking through Rhododendron forests, nepalese traditional Villages, alpine meadows which creates the harmonious relationship between natural beauty and cultural diversity.
  • Challenging part of the Annapurna circuit six - days short trek is to conquer the high altitude Thorang La Pass standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters, offers a panoramic views of surrounding peaks.
  • Conclude the trek in just 6 days.

When To Go on the Annapurna circuit  Short Trek in 6 Days

There are peak seasons and off seasons, choosing the right time to go on the Annapurna circuit trek is very crucial to gain best trekking experiences. The peak seasons are Autumn which is September to November and Spring which is March to May. In Autumn: generally dry, stable weather conditions and clear skies with breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, although there can be odd freak autumn storm. Walking at Daytime temperatures is cool in higher elevation and at lower elevation it can be distinctly hot, but colder at night higher up .

 In Spring , as warmer weather brings more trekkers but not as many as in autumn because of unpleasant winds in afternoon, the trail comes alive with blooming the most colorful Rhododendrons generally between 2000m and 3000m. During these seasons temperatures are moderate and weather is favorable which makes the stunning views and ensure comfortable journey to the trekkers.

Detailed Itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days

Day 1: Drive from Kathamndu to Besisahar (185) km and then drive to Chame by Jeep (2710m)

Your Annapurna Circuit short trek in six days journey starts from the busiest city Kathmandu. Begin your adventure early in the morning from Kathamndu by minibus. You will have scenic drive on the way where you can observe the beautiful mountains views, greenery, picturesque views of the terraced fields, and in highway you will notice that local people selling their organic product and also you to offer to purchase them like oranges, banana, slice of cucumber, etc. Cross the Marsyangdi river which is the lifeline of the Annapurna region, as you approach Annapurna conservation area. After drive of approximately 5-6 hours you will reach to Besisahar which is the gateway to Annapurna circuit trek. There we stop for some moment and take some food and be ready to heading towards Chame, headquarter of Manang district. Distance between Besisahar to Chame is 66 kilometers. As you ascend to Chame you will experience a shift in landscapes and witness the vegetation from subtropical to temperate and enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range. Crossing the Marsyanghdi river for more than one times via suspension bridges adds your drive more adventurous. Chame is the charming city which is situated at the altitude of 2710 meters from the above sea level, there you can see more fellow trekkers . Stay overnight at Chame in available hotels.

 Day 2: Hike from Chame to Pisang (4 – 5) hours

On the second day of Annapurna Circuit short trek, your hiking time starts from the charming town Chame and in this leg of the trek it is not only about covering distance but immersing yourself in the unique features which defined Annapurna region. From Chame we walk beside Marsyangdi river, ascending through dense woodlands dominated by colorful rhodendrons and pine trees, offering the picturesque views of the entire valley. In route you will encounter Bharatang Village where you can see traditional houses and prayer flags. You will admire their warm hospitality. Engage with locals, experience their hospitality and witness the unique cultural practices of the region. The trail soon lead us to flat-topped mountain Paungda Dada a highlight of the day: often reffered to as the “Great wall of Pisang” . This flat-topped mountain offers the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks including Annapurna II and IV. This breathtaking sight provides the trekkers the perfect vantange point to appreciate the grandeurs of Annapurna region. The trail continues towards Pisang Village , as you ascend through dense forest there will be scenery transitions to open terrains, offering glimpses of the majestic peaks that lie ahead. You will reach to Pisang village which is unique blend of modern and traditional elements. Explore this charming village and we will pick out the hotels to settle down there and enjoy the dinner which is prepared in firewood having a great taste and have a good sleep in between mountains.

Day 3 : Trek from Pisang to Manang (5-6) hours

Begin your day with delicious Tibetian breakfast and afterwards  we will prepare for an exciting trek to Manang, opting for the scenic route connecting both  upper Pisang and Manang through the ghyaru village. Ghyaru, the classic Himalayan village with traditional stone-built homes not only offer a warm welcome by locals but also breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif, Pisang peaks and Gangapurna. It’s also great place to stop for lunch we will grab a bite to eat while savoring the unbelievable panoramic views. Continuing our journey, we'll soon observe a transition in landscape and vegetation, which takes us into the true mountain territory where trees become scarce. As we reach Manang, the picturesque community of Braga unfolds—a photogenic village nestled tightly against the mountains. Take a moment to explore monastery, renowned for housing numerous Buddha statues, we'll then begin on the final stretch to Manang, where the best available teahouse awaits for a restful overnight stay.

Day 4: Trekking from Manang to Leddar/Thorang Phedi

After having a breakfast that ensures you are fueled for the trek ahead, the day unfolds into the mesmerizing territories of the Himalayas. Our accelerated itinerary takes just one day to reach Thorang Phedi, while in some other Annapurna treks, it takes 2 days. Crossing thrilling suspension bridges adds an adventurous element to this trek. Safety is paramount during our journey, and our team of professional guides is dedicated to your well-being on the trail. They possess comprehensive knowledge to handle any emergencies, especially those related to altitude sickness and other potential challenges. Rest assured, our guides are equipped and trained to address any situation, providing you with a secure and enjoyable trekking experience. The day's highlight includes a steep ascent to the alpine meadows of Yak Kharka. Before embarking on the thrilling journey, a well-deserved lunch awaits at Yak Kharka. Crossing yet another suspension bridge initiates the journey to Thorang Phedi, where we will stay for today in available teahouses and prepare for the following day.

Day 5 : Trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath Via Thorang La(7 – 8 ) hours and drive to Jomsom (2 hrs)

We'll be up and ready for the most thrilling day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek—crossing the high-altitude pass of Thorong La—before the first light colours the sky. We'll begin by using torches to guide us as we cautiously make our way through the early night and up switchbacks to the pass. If you arrive at 5,416 metres at daybreak, you will be able to see the sun's rays turning the snow-capped peaks into a breathtaking spectacle. We will go across the formidable Kali Gandaki gorge on our way to the Mustang Valley after partying and making memories. The final part of our Annapurna journey begins with a steep descent that takes us to Muktinath, from where we'll grab a ride to Jomsom. It will take us approximately two hours to get in Jomsom and check into a local teahouse.

Day 6 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

After completing the Annapurna Circuit Short trek in five-days, we will have a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is a bustling city with a wide range of tourist attractions and activities to make your stay more enjoyable. Pokhara offers activities to suit a wide range of interests, from the thrilling thrills of paragliding, extreme flying, and bungee jumping to the tranquil pleasures of boating and cave exploring. The city is full of historic and sacred locations that enhance your trip's cultural richness. We will be happy to provide accommodations for you if you decide to remain an extra two days, guaranteeing a rejuvenating and happy end to your holiday.

We are honoured that you have chosen Treklanders Adventures for your hiking expedition. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you need help or if you have any questions. We constantly have everything ready to deliver top-notch support and guarantee that your entire experience is improved. Happy trekking!

Difficulty Level of the Annapurna Circuit short trek

The Annapurna circuit short trek in six-days is rated as moderate difficulty level. Those who doesn’t have trekking experience also can do this trek. The trail includes some challenging sections, particularly ascents and descents, but Treklanders Adventures has carefully designed the itinerary to be manageable for individuals with a reasonable level of fitness.

Those who are beginners should have proper preparation before the trek. Engage in cardiovascular exercises, training and hiking beforehand will contribute to a more enjoyable and successful trek.

Altitude sickness: A consideration During the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek

Altitude sickness is a concern for trekkers in high-altitude regions, and its crucial to address it during the Annapurna Circuit short trek. The trek reaches elevations above 3,000 meters, requiring careful acclimatization.

 At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body – known collectively as acute mountain sickness(AMS) or altitude sickness. Treklanders Adventures prioritizes this by incorporating gradual ascents and rest days into the itinerary.  

There are three rules of altitude : know the early symptoms of AMS and be willing to recognize when you have them, Never ascend to sleep at a higher altitude if you have any AMS symptoms and last if symptoms are worsening while at rest, descend immediately, no matter how late in the day.

Trekkers are advised to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and listen to their bodies. Symptoms are like headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet. Descent and Diamox is only to cure AMS, to treat AMS the dosage is 250mg every twelve hours it has also unpleasant side effects such as numbness, tingling sensations and light-headedness .The more important is to keep hydrated while taking the medicine. Our experienced guides are trained to monitor and address any signs of altitude sickness, ensuring the safety and well-being of the trekkers.

Essential Equipment for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days

Treklanders Adventures provides a detailed packing list to ensure you have all the necessary equipment for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days. Having the right equipment is obviously important which enhance your trekking experience and contribute to memorable adventure. Here are the list of essential gear you should bring:

Essentials: Sunglasses, water bottle, iodine tablets, toiletries, torchlight, daypack bag, sunscreen, lip balm, first-aid kit and books.

Footwear and Clothing: Sturdy hiking boots, crampons and ice axes, base layer t-shirts, waterproof trousers and jackets, socks, wool sweaters or fleeces, down jacket, thermals, gaiters, sunhat and warm hat, scarf, gloves

Other useful items: Telescoping hiking poles, stuff sacks, plastic bags, pack of cards, snack food, umbrella, mobile phone, camera, Day pack, sewing kit, Whistle, toilet paper, matchstick and candles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days

1: Why choose the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days with Treklanders Adventures?

👉 Annapurna circuit short trek in 6 days is for those who are seeking for short trip which takes you to the Thorang La pass at an elevation of 5416 meters  which completes in just six days. Trekking from Treklanders Adventures benefits you a lot in many reasons. our professional guides monitor you in any situation. In our office we have a good collaboration of our team members our first priority is to make our guest feel more comfortable to go trek with us. We never fail to compromise to provide quality service. So join us today and if you also want to complete this trip in just six days please contact us via mail or whatsApp.

2: When is the best time to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 The ideal time for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods, from March to May and September to November, offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

3: What benefits can I expect from the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek in 6 Days allows you to witness the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region, including panoramic mountain views, dense forests, and charming villages. The main highlights of this trek is to pass Thorang La pass which is situated at an elevation of 5416 meters.

4: How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek, and is it suitable for beginners?

👉 The trek is of moderate difficulty, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. While there are challenging sections, Treklanders Adventures has designed the itinerary to be manageable for those with a reasonable fitness level. Prior trekking experience is beneficial but not mandatory.

5: What tips and training do you recommend for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 To prepare for the trek, it's advisable to engage in cardiovascular exercises, short hiking, jogging, etc. Additionally, practice trekking on uneven terrains and having proper diet to build stamina. 

6: What essential equipment should I carry for the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 Essential equipment includes hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, a backpack, trekking poles, sunglasses, water bottle and a first aid kit. Treklanders Adventures provides a detailed packing list to ensure you have all necessary items for a comfortable trek.

7: How is altitude sickness addressed during the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 Treklanders Adventures prioritizes acclimatization to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. On day 4 of our itinerary, we stay in Manang whole day for acclimatization. Our experienced guides monitor and address any symptoms to ensure your safety.

8: What are the costs involved, and how can I inquire or book the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

👉 For cost details and inquiries, please contact Treklanders Adventures via WhatsApp/Viber at +977 9851019683 or email at Our team will provide comprehensive information and assist you in booking your unforgettable trek and other similar trek.

Anshu Thapa

Anshu Thapa is the Managing Director of a Treklanders Adventures Pvt.Ltd. She is a highly experienced and accomplished trekking and mountaineering professional with ex...

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