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 a great view of Manaslu 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 views of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range onto 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 Tibetan 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 are narrow and forested, the valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages, and high altitude grazing settlements.
Highlights Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Ascending the Marshyangdi valley
- Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli
- Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga
- Explore beautiful Manag village
- Crossing the Thorung-La(5416m)
- The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
- Beautiful city Pokhara