Mini-Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Cost:US$ 1190 (P/P)
  • Duration:17 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Max. Altitude:5416M
  • Grade:Fairly Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To have trekking to the Annapurna Circuit and Thorong La pass.
  • To have sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • To have scenic Drive to Bhulbhule.
  • To view the Marshyangdi and Kaligandaki River Valleys.
  • To experience the Verities of culture and life style of the different ethnic people.
  • To visit the Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier.
  • To have trekkin into the High mountains and high passes of Thorong la.
  • To visit Muktinath holy place and historical place.

Mini-Annapurna Circuit Trek is the shorter version of the full Annapurna Circuit Trek and We at Escape Nepal named Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek for this shorter version of the trek and The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best trek for those do not have enough days to complete the full Annapurna Circuit Trek and they still want to have the wonders of the Annapurna Himalayas,  the Major attraction of the Mini annapurna Circuit Trek is to pass over the Thorong La, mostly, we follow the route of the Annapurna Circuit and  take  return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara instead of all the trekking down to Pokhara.

Mini Annapurna is one of the popular circuit trekking in the world when the Manang region was open for the trekkers In 1980s then the circuit was possible for the trekking for the trekkers/travelers around the world. Basically, You  will see series of mountains in this circuit including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). Furthermore, we will the settlements of diverse communities such as Bramins, Chhetrees, Tibetian sherpas, Thakalis, and The circuit trail is rich in wild animals such as Himalayan Thars, Leopards, Jackal, many species birds such as pheasant and long-tail birds. A part from these, we will visit one of the popular pilgrimage in Nepal “Multipath Temple” God of Salvation, Legends says that once we visit this temple, all the sins will be washed up and become pure, so thousands of pilgrims come here form different parts of Nepal and India.

We at Escape Nepal have designed 17days itinerary for the Mini-Annapurna Circuit trek including your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu and one extra/leisure day in Pokhara in case of flight delay or cancelation on return flights from Jomsom to Pokhara. The Mini Annapurna Circuit trek starts with 7-8hour drive to Bhulbhule and the actual trek will start from Bhulbhule and goes through Chamje, Dharapani then continue trek to Chame and then to Manang valley, where you will have a rest day for acclimitization where you will explore all around the arid cultural mix of varied ethnic groups. Next day, you will continue trekking to Yak Kharka and then via Throng Phedi continue trekking to Muktinath over the Thorong La pass and trek down to Jomsom for the return  flight to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu for your return flight to home.

The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is suitable for those looking for high mountain trekking in Nepal those already have some trekking experience either in Nepal or other countries, we have not fixed any date for the Trek which mean we can departure trek to the Mini Annapurna on any day that is suitable for you so, pelase write us with your own date for the trek , being local company based in Nepal, we can always meet your requirement, can tailor itinerary as per your time and interests:

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to hotel: When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breathtaking, beginning a whole link of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real, long time. Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel; & at your hotel, you will be briefed about your daily program and overnight at hotel, (A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing in historical Kathmandu valley: After having breakfast at hotel, we will take you to the tour of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu is historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. We will take you for guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, the Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and the Kathmandu Durbar Squire and these historical sites you visit are UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites, overnight at your hotel (A, B).

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (870m) - 7 Hours: Our guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar and Bhulbule, it is about 185Km from Kathmandu . From here we will get to view some of the well known mountain peaks, & natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the local folks, overnight at Hotel (A, B, L, D).

Day 04.Trek from Bhulbhele to Chamje (1410m.)- 6 hours: After having breakfast at the lodge we depart our trekking and The trail  goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests, overnight at Guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 05.Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)- 6 Hours: We start our trekking with descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we will see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive Dharapani, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 06.Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)- 5 hours: We will start our trekking with narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes us to follow steep ascent path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal then the trail goes through flat level until we reach Chame, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 07.Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m0- 5 Hours: We start our trekking With Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. we now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vistas the we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)- 5 Hours: We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monaster, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 09.Rest day at Manang for acclimatization: Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)- 3 Hours: Today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, we will see panoramic views all the day. And it seems it is short trekking however we will feel tiring as we are going higher and into less oxygen air, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 11.Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)- 3 Hours: We start our trekking with climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 12.Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass- 8 Hours: Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 13.Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2650m.)- 6 Hours: Today is our last day walking of our trekking and we begin with the doen path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as in Tibet, after walking about 6 Hours, we will arrive at Jomsom, The Administrative center of this region, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 14.Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes: We will take early flight to pokhara, and check in to hotel and visit the most beautiful city Pokhara , Relaxing Day and overnight at hotel, (A, B, L).

Day 15: Leisure day in Pokhara: It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Pokhara and Jomsom and we could not fly on scheduled date and time which happen some times, or if the fights are on time then some tours and exiting activities like Paragliding  in Pokhara and Ultra flight in Pokhara, you can shop and visit Pokhara City little more as the Pokhara is beautiful city and you will truly enjoy it, ( A, B).

Day 16. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours): We hope our tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satell te towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel, then we would offer you to have dinner with us for your last night stay in Nepal, overnight at hotel, ( A, B ).

Day 17: Transfer to the airport for your departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!!  (B).

A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the Airport Transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks on twin sharing basis.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, monument entrance fees and TIMS permit.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast on twin sharing basis:
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu- by bus and flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara with domestic airport tax.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide nd porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (returned after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge. 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, Nepal Visa information.
  • Your Travel insurance ( compulsory).
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Trip Note

Itinerary for the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek: The itinerary given for the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is standard itinerary that we offer however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Price For the Mini Circuit Trek: The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Trip extension after the Circuit Trek: If you have time and are interested take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, Kali Gandaki river Rafting or Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of trekking and  holidays reasonably demanding trekking and you are required to have experience of trekking in mountain, at the same time you need to have physical fitness and strong desire to go.  These treks also involve several nights stay above 4000m. These trek holidays includes some trek on Everest Region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region regions plus some village trekking and adventure trek holidays and some 4+ grade River Raftings:

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