Short Annapurna Trek

Short Annapurna Trek
Trekking, Hiking and Tours
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    1990 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    Jan- May & Sept - Dec 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $590USD

Trip Overview

Short Annapurna Trek is a short-distance hiking trail through an exceptionally charming landscape of the Annapurna region. This trail runs through surrounding best-hiking destinations around Pokhara valley and offers captivating scenery. This is a short and rewarding journey for people looking to unwind in Mother Nature in a short length of time. Besides, this trekking trail being a truly convenient way to relax and rejuvenate, this also explore the culturally rich towns and communities. Thus, this journey lets travelers endeavor the natural and cultural beauty of the Annapurna region in just 5 beautiful days.

After the scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu, the trekking trail follows the forested road paths to Australian Base Camp. Australian Camp is quite popular as a weekend gateway and to relish the majestic peaks of Annapurna. The trek from charming Australian Camp continues to Sarangkot, about 10 km away from Pokhara city. Sarangkot is one of the best viewpoints around Pokhara to watch orange rays of sun hitting the heads of Annapurna peaks. The scenes are simply tantalizing and mesmerizing. After watching the splendid mountain scenes, hike down to Pokhara, witnessing semi-urban life in the hillside. All the more, Annapurna Short Trek is the best way to explore the delights of the Annapurna region in the quickest way possible.

Annapurna Short Trek includes traversing the wooded area with various trees and passing fine small farming villages. With that splendid panoramic mountain views are added bonus in this fantastic journey. It is an easy hike; thus, it is a doable trek despite age and experience. Moreover, it is a suitable trek for the short and relaxing gateway in the lap of mountains and Mother Nature. Through this short walking trail, discover the unique views and picturesque villages on foot and unwind in the serene natural beauty.

Best time for Short Annapurna Trek

As this is a short trekking journey and takes place at a comfortable height, Short Annapurna Trek is doable all year round. Hence, there is no restriction of time. Whenever time suits you, one can sign up for this trek. However, it would be spring and autumn if you wish to do Short Annapurna Trek during its best times. These two seasons generally are the best time for all treks in Nepal. Thus, there is no doubt why it wouldn’t be an ideal time. Spring in Nepal is from March to April, and it is a post-winter season; mornings and nights still remain chilly with winter air. However, daytime is the loveliest because the weather is pleasant for trekking purposes. Likewise, it is flower blooming time, and the foothills of Annapurna are covered with rhododendron blooms. The red and pink shades of rhododendron flower make the setting gorgeous and genuinely fabulous. Similarly, the mountain scenery is quite vibrant at this time.

On the other hand, autumn, which falls from September to November, offers excellent weather and ambiance for this trek. It is the post-monsoon/summer season; thus, there is freshness and clarity in the environment. Similarly, the weather is perfectly mild and comfortable for trekking during this time, and mountain views are simply breathtaking. As the skies remain blue and clear, the mountain views come even more alive at such time. On the other hand, winter falls from December to February, and most think it is not a suitable time for trekking in Nepal due to cold weather conditions. However, it is one of the fantastic times for Short Annapurna Trek. Since the trek takes in the lower altitude, the weather is bearable in such heights.

Similarly, the skies are best during the winter season; thus, the mountain glistens brightly and vibrantly. Similarly, from June to August is summer/monsoon, which is also a good time for this trek despite rain might cause some hindrance. On the flip side, summer/monsoon offers a tranquil ambiance because pretty and colorful flowers cover the hills.

Highlights of the trek:

  • A chance to taste the cultural and natural pleasantries in the shortest way possible.
  • The beautiful lake city of Pokhara and its bustling nature
  • A natural abundance to explore from the Australian Camp and panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and many others
  • Explore the locals and their culture while traversing through terraced fields and picturesque villages to dense forests of rhododendron and oak
  • A stopover in Sarangkot to witness the golden sunrise view amidst the Annapurna range and many more.

Short Annapurna Trek Difficulty

Short Annapurna Trek is an easy and relaxing hike, so one should not worry about having difficulty on the trek. As much as it is low altitude trekking journey, it is also a gently progressing journey. Thus, it offers plenty of chances to accommodate the surroundings if trekkers feel tough to adapt. Besides, on this trek, you will be walking for about 6 hours each day. On the whole, it is an easy trek feasible for kids, adults, and elders.

Alternative Treks

There are several other exciting trekking trips if you think this is not the journey for you. NHT also offers 14 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek for trekkers looking for a bit more daring journey. Or take on an even more adventurous trek by participating in the Annapurna Circuit Trek that showcases the different terrain of Nepal.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (910m) 30-min then trek to Australian Camp

Day 03: Australian Camp to Sarangkot (1991m) 2 Hours Hike and 1 Hour Drive

Day 04: Trek to Pokhara 2 hrs and fly back to Kathmandu

Day 05: Farewell/Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private car including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee  (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara - Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag to put your trek belonging
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.


Tim Schmidt, Bern, Switzerland

A very well organized and precisely chosen tour into the area around Pokhara. Green rice fields, mountain views and nice mountain lodges are visible, even in the inferior trekking season in late August. The guide is able to speak better english than many Europeans and can help with nearly everything, you might need. We would recommend this trip to anyone with a tighter schedule.

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)