Short Annapurna Circuit Trek – 7 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek 7 days

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.


In terms of landforms, the Annapurna region has significant variations. The windiest, driest, and wettest paths are all found there. The majority of the hiking routes go around the Annapurna massif. On any of these excursions, you can get stunning views of at least one of the Annapurna peaks. The area has an elevation range from 790 meters to 8091 meters above sea level. The 10th tallest peak in the world, Annapurna I, is the highest point in the area.


Trekking via this area will reveal stunning natural features like gorges and mountain passes. 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.


This trek will take you to popular destinations like Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, and Jomsom, like any other route of Annapurna circuit treks. The trek follows a unique route to the typical hiking route from Chame.


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.


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 such hassle. This itinerary provides a shorter, pollution-free, unique perspective on the Annapurna circuit trek.

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.

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