Trip Facts
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Grade
    Moderate
  • Country
    Nepal
  • Arrival
    TIA, Kathmandu
  • Departure
    TIA, Kathmandu
  • Group Size
    2 - 15
  • Max Altitude
    820m - 5416m
  • Meal
    Breakfast in kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This two weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

The highest point of the trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent. The Nar and Phu valleys are newly opened, spectacular regions of ethnically Tibetans inhabitants for those of you who think that you trekked all. This is a trek that combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures. Trekking to the standard Annapurna circuit, the bridge leading over the Maryland River to the steep portals of the Nar/Phu valley system is easily missed, but although the entrances is narrow and forested, the valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements.

trip highlights

  • Ascending the Marshyangdi valley
  • Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli
  • Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga
  • Explore beautiful Manag village
  • Crossing the Thorung-La(5416m)
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • Beautiful city Pokhara.

 

Your Safety is our concern

The safety and the well being of our groups are of paramount importance to us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional guides, who are well trained by our Government. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, because your holiday is ours. In this regards, we work honestly and effectively to provide you the Himalayan experience that suits your interest. We encourage you to question us freely and contribute in the planning stages of your adventure.

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek glimpse

Itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer we will follow accordingly.

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  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast.

  • Day 02

    Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m/2723ft). Driving 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house. [B L D Plan].

  • Day 03

    Drive to Chyamje by local transport either by bus or Jeep then trek to Dharapani (1810m) Driving 2:30 hours and Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house, [B L D Plan].

  • Day 04

    Dharapani to Chame(2725m). Walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house,[B L D Plan]

  • Day 05

    Chame to Pisang (3190m). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house. [B L D Plan].

  • Day 06

    Pisang to Manang(3500m) walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house,

    [B L D Plan].

  • Day 07

    Rest in Manang for acclimatization, O/N at guest house,[B L D Plan].

  • Day 08

    Manang to Yak Kharka (4090m/13418ft). Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house. [B L D Plan].

  • Day 09

    Yak kharka to Throung Phedi(4441m/14570ft) walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house,[B L D Plan].

  • Day 10

    Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes (5416m/17769ft). Walking 8:30, O/N at guest house,[B L D Plan].

  • Day 11

    Trek to Jomsom, Walking 4:30, O/N at guest house,[B L D Plan].

  • Day 12

    Flight to Pokhara then transfer to the hotel.  O/N at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast. Flying time 25 minutes and diving 5:30 hours. O/N at hotel. [B L D Plan].

  • Day 13

    Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus then transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level. [B L Plan].

  • Day 14

    After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

  • 01 Day
    Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel

    There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.

  • 02 Day
    Drive to Besisahar by bus (830meters). 6 hours.

    Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besisahar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 03 Day
    Drive to Chyamje and trek to Dharapani (1810m). 5:30 hours

    Drive to Chyamje by local transport either by bus or Jeep then trek to Dharapani (1810m) Driving 2:30 hours and Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house,

  • 04 Day
    Dharapani to Chame(2725m). 6 hours.

    The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 05 Day
    Chame to Pisang (3190m). 5:30 hours.

    The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 06 Day
    Pisang to Manang(3500m) 5 hours.

    Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 07 Day
    Acclimatization day at Manang village.

    Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 08 Day
    Manang to Yak Kharka (4090m). 5 hours

    Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 09 Day
    Yak kharka to Throung Phedi (4441m) 6 hours.

     After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 10 Day
    Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes (5416m/17769ft). Walking 8:30,

    Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • 11 Day
    Trek to Jomsom, Walking 4:30

    Trek to Jomsom, Walking 4:30, O/N at guest house,

  • 12 Day
    Flight to Pokhara

    Flight to Pokhara then transfer to the hotel.  O/N at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast. Flying time 25 minutes and diving 5:30 hours. O/N at hotel.

  • 13 Day
    Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus then transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level.
  • 14 Day
    After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note of above trekking package plan:: B L D Plan = Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included. B L Plan = Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Trip FAQ

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  • How can I enter in Nepal?

    Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-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.

  • Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Unique Path trekking company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

  • 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.

    While briefing, please bring Passport, 3 copies of Passport size photos, travel Insurance, writing pen and notepad.

  • What is our daily routine while in trekking?

    We wake-up call at 7 am an early morning. After a breakfast, we repack our duffel bag and leave it with our Sherpas.

    We are normally on the trail before 8 a.m. Trek at your own pace; all you need carry is a daypack and camera. Sherpa guides hike along to point out interesting flora, fauna and sights. Along the trail are spots to relax, purchase a snack or soda, use toilet facilities and shop for souvenirs.

    We will have lunch between 11:30 am to 12:30 afternoons. A typical day’s hike usually ends in the early afternoon about 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner.

    After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

  • Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

    There are telephones service in all trekking routes and internet service in Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas.

  • Can I re-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).

client references

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Our third trek with unique path and this time off to the Everest region 2013-4. Trek 1 – the Annapurna circuit 2008. Trek 2 – Langtang Valley and Gosainkund Pass 2011. We arrived into Kathmandu 23 December as arranged excited about flying over to Lukla and hiking in the Everest region. We spent 24 December waiting for our flight to Lukla – delayed then cancelled. They rebooked us into the same lovely hotel for a second night. 25 December we tried again to fly to lukla. Unfortunately again delayed due to high wind, then finally cancelled. Do we try again tomorrow 26 dec?? Some Trekkers had been waiting for five days, do we?? Our guide Raj suggested it would be wise to do an alternative trek. So it was decided to do Poon Hill and ABC (Annapurna base camp). Flights to pokhara were also cancelled due to fog there. So, 6 hours later still Christmas Day we arrived by private car to Pokhara and spent the night in a hotel near the lake. On 26 December we set off for the 10 day circuit. Absolutely amazing and beautiful!!. Back to Pokhara and to the same charming garden hotel. The next day we flew back to Kathmandu, and back to our hotel where we spent the first two nights. Unique path re organized everything!! There was absolutely no stress or worries. Our set itinerary included only two nights hotel accommodation and return flights to Lukla, plus all the guest houses, guide, porter etc. We spent an extra three nights in hotels, had a private car, and managed to get one flight. Would you believe on our departure to Australia we were given a refund for the airfare that was cancelled. We did not expect this, as we received all the other extras. This shows that this company can be trusted. They are flexible, and they know how to treat their customers. This is a company that I can certainly recommend. We will be coming back for our fourth trip, because we still have the Everest region to explore!!

Cheers Sylvia and EckartAustralia

Seasons & deals

February to May and September to November are the high seasons in Nepal. In this regards, we need to book hotel, purchase domestic flight tickets and arrange good guide and porter in advance. So we kindly request to confirm your trip an early as possible for the best deal and good trip management.

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Price for Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek on full board basis USD 1175 per person

Short Description Mode Of The Packages: What Are Included In The Packages?

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3 stars level, Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara, Domestic flight tickets with tax, Twin sharing comfortable private room in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and all the necessary permits, please find in details below what are included and excluded in the price as follows:

Service includes in details

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you. (Sample of Trekking Menu)
  • Seasonal local fresh fruits as available.
  • Twin sharing comfortable private room in trekking.
  • Domestic flight tickets with tax.
  • Annapurna trekking Map.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate and Trekking Cap. (Sample of Certificate and Trekking Cap)
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly English-speaking Government license holder trekking guide.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide.
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • All necessary officially paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

service excludes in details

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Your Personal equipment.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Want to customize above package?

Above package is based on standard full board. Beside standard full board package, we do offer budget package according by your desire. Price can be varied with a number of the participants, we kindly request to inquire for the latest pricing and up to date information.

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