1. Travelling to and staying in beautiful Gurung and Magar villages in Ghorepani, Poonhill and Sinuwa.
2. 360 degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna range.
3. Travelling to the Annapurna Base Camp.
4. Walking past the narrow pass between Himchuli and Machhapuchhre mountain.
5. Spotting rare animal and plant life.
Rapid Annapurna Circuit Trek is a shortened version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. While the itinerary is a little shorter compared to the full-length version, there is no compromise in thrill and adventure. We have designed the itinerary so as to maximize your experience in limited time.
Rapid Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the heart of Manang - a small and sparsely populated district in northern Nepal. Manang is famous for its ancient caves, which are a major archaeological site. The caves provide evidence and glimpse of life in prehistory. Manang is arid with desert-like vegetation.
The road to Manang passes through dense rhododendron, oak and maple forests. Rare wildlife like barking deer, Himalayan leopard, mountain goat etc. are spotted on the road. The wild cat in the mountains are smaller in size compared to the Royal Bengal Tiger in the plains. They are also shy in nature. They distance themselves from humans upon sighting. They are not a danger to people walking in groups.
We will enjoy visit to temples and monasteries in Manang before heading to the highest and most thrilling point of our tour - the Thorang-La pass. From Thorang-La we descend towards Muktinath - which is a famous pilgrimage destination for the Hindus and Buddhists. We enjoy hot water bath in the natural springs in Tatopani and travel to Ghorepani from here, where we will enjoy beautiful sunrise and mountain view. We descend to Nayapul from Ghorepani and end our trek.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Pokhara - Poonhill- Chhomrong- MBC- ABC - Pothana- Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame by jeep, 11-12 hours, and overnight in lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Pisang (3,060 m / 10,039 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 04: Trek to Manang (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft).
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Manang (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft). You have options of Gangapurna View Point visit, Ice Lake Hike, Milarepa Cave visit etc.
Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m/ 13,123 ft).
Day 07: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m/ 14,599 ft) / High Camp (4,900 m/ 16,076 ft).
Day 08: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/ 12,467 ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/ 17,769 ft).
Day 09: Trek to Marpha (2,670 m/ 8,759 ft); also known as apple kingdom of Nepal.
Day 10: Drive to Tatopani (1,190 m/ 3,904 ft), 3-4 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/ 9,383 ft), 6- 7 hours.
Day 12: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft), trek to Nayapul (1,070 m/ 3,510 ft) and drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) by private vehicle.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,300 m/ 4,665 ft).
Day 14: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
We will welcome you in Kathmandu today. You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, from where our representatives will transfer you to your hotel. You will freshen up and get ready for a wonderful evening stroll in the alleys of Thamel and Basantapur. We will welcome you with traditional Nepali dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in the evening. Dinner will be followed by live music and cultural show.
Day 02: Drive to Chame
Altitude: 2,650 m
Time: 11-12 hours
We will wake up early in Kathmandu today, have breakfast and board a jeep to Chame - the headquarter of Manang district. Chame (2,650 m) is the starting point of our trek. We will first travel to Besisahar - headquarter of Lamjung district - on a black topped road. The distance between Kathmandu and Besisahar is 173 Km. The road from Besisahar to Chame is mostly off-road. This section is 66 Km long and it takes about 4 hours to complete this part of the journey. The total drive takes about 12 hours, therefore we do not have much time for other activities. We enjoy our evening meal and sleep.
Day 03: Trek to Pisang
Altitude: 3,060 m/10,039 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Pisang is a beautiful village that overlooks the majestic Pisang peak. We will also enjoy the wonderful view of Lamjung mountain from our hotel. Pisang (3,060 m) is famous for its Tibetan style houses and monasteries. The first major settlement we meet after moving ahead from Pisang is Teleku. We travel through dense forests, mostly pine and rhododendron woods, after leaving Teleku behind and reach another village called Bharthang. Bharthang is famous for its apple orchads. We rest a while in Bharthang. In five hours of trek from Chame, we reach Pisang - famous for its mountain view.
Day 04: Trek to Manang
Altitude: 3,440 m/11,286 ft
We have two route options to reach Manang (3,440 m) from Pisang - the ‘high route’ and the ‘low route’. The higher route is beautiful and scenic but the walk is tough. The lower path is easier but comparatively less scenic. You will get a circular view of mountains from Manang valley. Mount Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu, Pisang and other peaks circle the valley from all sides.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Manang
We will explore Manang today. Visit local monasteries, Buddhist shrines and other landmarks in the beautiful village of Manang. The tour of Milarepa cave is mystical. You can also visit the Braga monastery - which is the oldest monastery in the region. You need to walk for 45 minutes to reach Braga Monastery. The most special sight from Manang is the view of Gangapurna Glacier, which hangs over the village.
If you are willing and if time permits, we can hike to the Ice Lake. Ice Lake hike is tough because we will have to climb from 3,440 m to 4,600 m. You need to take plenty of water and some food with you if you are going for Ice Lake hike because there are no shops on the way. There is one tea shop but it does not open all year round. Enjoy warm hospitality, food and cultural shows in Manang. You can taste the Yak meat prepared by the locals.
Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,000 m/13,123 ft
We will leave behind Manang at the break of the day and start a wonderful trek to Yak Kharka. We will follow Jharsang Khola - a tributary of Marsyangdi river - during the initial part of the trek. We will get a close by view of Annapurna and Gangapurna mountains during our journey. Yak Kharka is at the height of 4,000 m and translates into ‘Yak Grazing Pasture’ in the Nepali language. There are a few houses and lodges in Yak Kharka and we will rest in one of these.
Day 07: Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
Altitude: Thorong Phedi (4,450 m/14,599 ft)/ High Camp (4,900 m/16,076 ft)
We have two options for today's destination as we leave Yak Kharka. We can either stay overnight at Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) or at High Camp (4,900 m). You will make the choice depending upon your preference, condition and experience. Staying at Thorong Phedi provides for a good night’s sleep as it is in lower altitude while staying at High Camp makes it easier for the next morning’s trek. Walk along the beautiful Thorong river valley is magical. We will get a panoramic view of the mountains including close by view of Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains.
Day 08: Trek to Muktinath
Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
This is the most difficult and enthralling part of our journey. We enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise and head for Thorong-La pass (5,416 m). We reach Thorong-La in 4-5 hours of trek from High Camp. You will need more walk if you had rested at Thorong Phedi. After conquering Thorong-La and resting for a few minutes there, we descend down towards the Kali Gandaki river valley of Mustang. We rest in Muktinath.
Day 09: Trek to Marpha
Altitude: 2,670 m/8,759 ft
We visit the Muktinath Temple (God of Salvation) and monasteries in the morning. We head for Marpha (2,670 m) after our breakfast. Marpha village is settled by the wonderful Thakali people. It is also famous for its elaborate apple orchards and namesake apple brandy. The Thakali people have unique culture and their food is loved and enjoyed all over Nepal. We enjoy a splendid evening in Marpha.
Day 10: Drive to Tatopani
Altitude: 1,190 m/3,904 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will take a van and drive to Tatopani today. Tatopani translates to hot water in Nepali. There are natural hot water springs in Tatopani, thus the place acquiring its name. The drive takes about five hours. The road is bumpy but the sceneries on the way makes you forget the discomfort. We will stop at a place called Ghasa on the road and have lunch. We relax in the hot water springs upon reaching Tatopani and shed off all the tiredness we acquired in our tour. We rest in Tatopani (1,190 m) tonight and prepare for yet another ascent tomorrow.
Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/ 9,383 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will again be walking today. Our destination for today is Ghorepani (2,860 m). We will walk uphill through green forests and waterfalls. Ghorepani (2,860 m) is a beautiful village with wonderfully managed homestays that provides a great experience of local culture. The region is primarily settled by Magar and Gurung people. We will enjoy a wonderful evening with them tonight. Ghorepani provides panoramic view of mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.
Day 12: Hike to Poonhill, trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 1,850 m/ 6,069 ft
We will wake up before sunrise and head for Pooh Hill (3,210 m). It is a famous spot for sunrise and mountain view. Poon Hill offers wonderful view of the Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and Himchuli mountains among others. We will come back to our hotel/homestay after enjoying a wonderful morning in Poon Hill. We will then have breakfast and head for Nayapul (1,070 m), where we will meet vehicle road. We will drive to Pokhara from Nayapul, boarding a vehicle waiting for our arrival.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will travel to Kathmandu in a tourist bus. The journey takes about 6-7 hours. The road is scenic. We will travel through beautiful green hills. The road, Prithvi Highway, swirls along the banks of Trishuli river. You also have the option to travel by air or car but the service comes at extra pay. Travelling by air provides you yet another opportunity to view the mountains. Enjoy your evening with live music and cultural shows in Thamel.
Day 14: Departure
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,665 ft
We will bid you farewell today. Our staffs will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, following a small traditional ceremony marking your departure. You will head back to your destination from here. You also have the option of taking part in other treks and extending your journey.
Trip Cost (All Price are on group joining basis. Contact us for private Trip or Customize This trip ) | Booking Terms.
1 People (per pax)
2-5 People (per pax)
6+ People (per pax)
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Kathmandu - Chyamche- and Chame by Jeep
- Marpha to Tatopani with Local bus
- Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus
- Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks in a day]
- Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner
- Accommodation in tea houses during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry, battery charge
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Porter is available in extra cost
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tips( as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Regarding personal equipment all trekkers need to bring with you a pair of well broken trek Boot, sleeping bag, down Jacket, pullovers, neck scarf, etc. for Evening/night/morning use, Sun Hat, casual warm clothing for day use, some pairs of good quality socks Apart from above please bring slippers, suntan lotions and personal medication.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.