13 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Circuit

Explore the Annapurna massif, Mt Dhaulagiri and Manaslu and cross the world’s highest trekking pass on Annapurna Mini circuit trek

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18 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5415 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek which is also known as the short Annapurna circuit trek or Thorong la pass trek. Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is perfect for those who are short on timeand still want to explore the Himalayas. The Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is filled with the splendid Himalayan panorama of the Annapurna massif including Mount Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Hinchui and several other mountains of Nepal and gives you an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of the locals of the central Himalayan region.

This trek will be organized as a group of only a few people departing from Kathmandu. Do remember that, we do have the best deals and offers for our early bookings. In case you have any queries, you can feel free to contact us!

With the Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek, you get to explore the assorted ethno-cultures, varied religions, aboriginal people and their ethnic lifestyles, picturesque villages that lie on the lap of stunning Himalayan ranges.

We start the trek amongst the greenery of Besisahar where we slowly move towards Bahundanda. While you're on the road, you will come across the very fine villages that are homes to a wide diversity of inhabitants. All of whom come from varied ethnic groups but live together as a family. On your way, you will be offered marvelous views of the Himalayas. As the trek continues, towards the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and arid Tibetan Plateau, the mountains become more stunning and gorgeous. The route will further lead us to a suspension bridge as we cross the Marsayangdi River. Our first of the many suspension bridges will lead us to the exotic stone village called Jagat. After numerous days of trekking on stony roads crossing several villages, we finally reach the highlight of our trip, the alpine village called Manang. Manang is where we relax for two days to acclimatize our body. Surrounded by the massive Himalayan giants, Manang delivers some of the best hiking points at your foot, to enjoy the views of Annapurna massif. We further trek for another 3 days which will take us over the Thorang La pass(5415m), to the divine and holy temple of Muktinath. Regarded as one of the most spiritual Hindu temples, Muktinath is one of the most phenomenal features of this trek. The eye appealing view of the White Mountains is beyond one's imagination of a blissful and tranquil experience.

The district headquarters of Mustang region, Jomsom is where the Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek comes to an end. The very next day, a short 35 minutes scenic flight takes us to another tremendous and lively town, Pokhara. After a day at the enchanting Pokhara city, we go back to Kathmandu on a scenic drive or a thrilling mountain flight.

Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek short Itinerary

Day 01: arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Rest, shopping and packing day or Sight-seeing of Kathmandu.
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Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule, 9 hours. 
Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Bahundanda 1320m, 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje 1440m, 5 hours walking. 
Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap 2160m, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame 2710m, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3210m, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3570m, 6 hours walking.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Churi Lether 4250m, 5 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from Churi Lether to Thorong Phedi B.C. 4500m, 5 hours walking.   
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath 3800m, via Thorong La pass 5415m, 8 hours walking.
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2700m, 5 hours walking.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 825m, a 35 minutes flight.
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Day 16: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Rest and shopping day at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Final departure.

Trip cost:Please contact us for a fresh cost details.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek - Itinerary

Day 01: arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. In the evening, we settle all the payments and take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for the welcome dinner. Enjoy the local meal with short brief about round Annapurna trek fly out from Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.   

Day 02: Rest, shopping and packing day or Sight-seeing of Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel; today is a rest or shopping and packing day. As per your request, we can organize sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule, 9 hours.  
After an early breakfast, we take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule. The will be by a local bus. Enjoy the views of countryside. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Bahundanda 1320m, 6 hours walking.
We start our walking through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, past a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje 1440m, 5 hours walking.  
A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap 2160m, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The path climbs the river through bamboo groves, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani and walk an hour to Bagarchhap site of our first Tibetan Monastery and with the views of Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame 2710m, 5 to 6 hours walking.
The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. Overnight guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3210m, 5 to 6 hours walking.
The trail follows through the river valley stay at Pisang with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II. Overnight at gust house. 

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3570m, 6 hours walking.
Walk through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna I, III, IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Overnight at gust house.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang.
This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude, time to visit monasteries take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Churi Lether 4250m, 5 hours walking.
We walk through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose. We stay at an elevation of 4250m. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Churi Lether to Thorong Phedi B.C. 4500m, 5 hours walking.   
Since the trail gets higher we walk gradually to Thorong Phedi. While walking, we might see herds of blue mountain sheep. Overnight at gust house.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath 3800m, via Thorong La pass 5415m, 8 hours walking.
We ascend steeply to high camp at 4590m, then along an undulating trail to the flat top of Thorong La Pass 5415m, from here the trail descend steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2700m, 5 hours walking.
We walk gradually through field and popular groves, then in to Kaligandaki valley. Visiting an old Buddhist Monastery at Kagbeni, we walk towards Jomsom. Overnight at hotel in Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 825m, a 35 minutes flight.
After an early breakfast at hotel in Josmsom, we walk towards a tiny airstrip of Jomsom and take a scenic 35 minutes flight to Pokhara.  Free day explore around Pokhara, boating in the Phewa Lake, visit Davis falls, world peace stupa, etc… Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast at hotel, we take a scenic drive to Kathmandu which takes about 6 hours. Enjoy the views of villages, rivers and green hills. Or take a 35 minute mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Rest and shopping day at Kathmandu.
Breakfast at hotel, explore the day on your own doing some final shopping around Thamel. In the evening join the farewell dinner with culture show. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 18: Final departure.
After breakfast, we drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. 

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek:

How can I book Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Round Annapurna trek fly out from Jomsom. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5415m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus or at camp cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Trek Checklist

Equipments & Packing List for Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek.

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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