Short Annapurna Trek- 10 Days

The Short Annapurna Trek, though considered the easiest trek, offers superb mountain scenery.   This trek doesn’t go very high, distances can be covered at a relaxed pace.  It is a good family trek that even the younger children will enjoy. Each day you will be surrounded by nature, amazing mountain scenery and the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people.

The Short Annapurna Trek begins from Pokhara. The first night is spent in the hilltop village of Sarangkot, 1592m from where there are dramatic sunset and sunrise views of the mountains from a viewpoint on a hill just above the village.  From this vantage point we can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchure, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m and Annapurna IV, 7525m. You can also look down on the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful city settled on the shores of Fewa Taal Lake.

We hike through terraced hillsides and typical Gurung villages with charming slate-roofed houses. The Gurungs are the predominant ethnic community in this area. They have earned world recognition as fearless and loyal Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian armies.

There are more amazing views of the snowcapped mountains from Pothana, 1990m, a small village on the path to Annapurna Base Camp.

The trail to Landruk, 1619m, leads through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests. From Landruk we can look across the valley to Ghandruk, 2012m, our next destination.  Gandruk is approximately 400m higher than Landruk, with a river in between which gives us an idea of what is ahead:  a quick descent to the Kimlong Khola (river), over a bridge and then a pretty grueling climb up a steep stone stairway to Ghandruk.

The final day descends to Nayapul where the vehicle will meet us to take us back to Pokhara.



Trip Highlights


  • an ideal choice for those with limited time or stamina
  • enjoy incredible views of the Annapurna range
  • experience Gurung culture
  • learn about rural Nepal

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Sarangkot, 1592m, via Pokhara, 6-7 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Pothana, 1990m, 4-5 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Landruk, 1619m, 4 hours

Day 6 : Treks to Ghandruk, 2012m, 4-5 hour

Day 7 : Trek to Nayapul,1010m, 3hrs; drive to Pokhara

Day 8 : Tour Pokhara City or Just Relax

Day 9 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road

Day 10 : Depart Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportations from Airport – Hotel – Airport Car, Van, Hiace and Coaster
  • All ground transfers by Tourist Bus Kathamndu – Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  • Porters ( One porter for 2 persons basis, Max 30 KGS per porter from Pokhara – whole Trek Pokhara
  • Local Transportations Pokhara Phedi - Nayapul - Pokhara Car, Van, Heice and Tourist bus for pick up and drop
  • Accommodation during trek :local lodges 5 days (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, two night (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Lake Star or Hotel Meera
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, three nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel categories are the two star, eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Annapurna conservation fee, TIMS permits & any required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa,(guide assistance) group size more than 4
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staffs.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Beverages ( Coca, mineral water and beer )
  • (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu / Pokhara - keep $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurant
  • Tips for driver and guide (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance,
  • Personal expenses, what are not mentioned in above services?
  • International roundtrip Airfare.

The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Region

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. 

This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough.

Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. 

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 10 Days

Price : US $500 p/p

Trip Grade : Easy


Maximum Height:1800m

Minimum Height:900m

Transport:By Road



Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 5 days (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

Minimum Group Size::2 Persons

Maximum Group size:12 Persons

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