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Trip Highlights

  • 5000M+ Thorong La Pass and beautiful Himalayas
  • Amazing high altitude trekking in Nepal
  • One of the most classic and oldest treks of Nepal

Introduction

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is shortened version of the popular and complete Annapurna Circuit Trek which is 20 days long. This trek may not cover the same ground as the original Annapurna Circuit Trek such as Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani and Poon Hill, but it still offers the same stunning and breath-taking scenery.

Trekkers with a limited time for vacation can choose this package so as to soak up the beauty of the Himalayas to the fullest within a shorter time. The trek route is same with complete Annapurna Circuit Trek till Jomsom. From Jomsom we will fly to Pokhara instead of going Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa. Tatopani and Ghorepani. Annapurna Circuit Trek has been the most preferred trekking for several years among a lot of trekkers from all over the world. Approximately 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route, a circular trail through Nepal's most preferred Annapurna region, it has been highly popular route since the trail was opened to foreigners in the early 1980's. Annapurna Circuit Trail is an amazing journey that gets more scenic every day. It's a pleasuring Himalayan adventure that will hardly disappoint you.

With the aspiring beauty of Annapurna Himalayas together with green forests, settlements in the remote cliffs and isolated hamlets Annapurna Circuit Trek is a pure example of the beauty of nature. The new road construction till Manang valley made the trekking trail look ugly however the tremendous nature and breathtaking Himalayan peaks still looks spectacular. Our trek to Annapurna circuit will be led by local guides accompanied by supporting staffs during the whole trek. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. is committed to providing you the best services for Annapurna Circuit Trek at the most reasonable price.

1
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by an air-conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
2
Drive to Bhulbhule

Your trekking guide will pick up you from the hotel in the morning then we will drive to New Bus Park to catch our transport to Besisahar or Bhulbhule. The drive to Besisahar is a scenic experience through small settlements around the sides of Nepalese highway. The drive to Besisahar takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. We will then complete necessary permit checking facility in Besisahar before we start secondary part of the journey to reach Bhulbhule. On the way to Bhulbhule, we will have the first glimpse of Himalchuli Peak. Passing small villages like Samdi, Chanaute, Sera and Khudi we will reach small now near the bank called Bhulbhule; the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 840M
3
Trek to Chamje

From Bhulbhule we will start the trek keeping Marshyangdi River on the left side. It is a pleasant walk through beautiful hillsides, towering waterfalls, and small settlements. It is mostly flat walk until we cross Ngadi and reach Syange. From Ngadi we will cross the Marshyangdi River without climbing uphill to Bahundanda and follow the trail on the left or Marshyangdi River. In Syange we will enjoy our lunch in front of a huge and tall waterfall. From here we will proceed our trek a little further to Chamje. The trail from Syange to Chamje is gentle uphill on the top of Marshyangdi River.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 1430M
4
Trek to Bagarchhap

We will cross thundering Marshyangdi River to go to right side of the river and start climbing uphill with beautiful views of the valley. During the climb, we will be passing small villages named Sattare and Tal Phedi before climbing steady uphill to reach Tal. Tal is a small valley on the bank of Marshyangdi River and Manang region will start from here. Continuing our trek further we will be passing through villages like Karte, Naje, and Dharapani before reaching Bagarchap. This village is small town hosting few families and good views Himalayas.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2150M
5
Trek to Chame, capital of Manang District

We will enjoy our mouthwatering breakfast in Bagarchap before starting flat walk until we reach Danakyu. From Danaqyu the trail starting climbing uphill through the forests of rhododendron and oak with beautiful views of Manaslu on the back. Upon reaching Timang Danda we will have spectacular views of the Himalayas. We will enjoy our tasty lunch with a spectacular Himalayan background. Then we will proceed with our walk towards Chame passing small villages like Latamarang, Thanchok, and Koto. Chame is district headquarters of Manang district with lots of lodges and shops. This place will serve magnificent views of Annapurna II.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2640M
6
Trek to Lower Pisang

We will cross Marshyangdi river once more and enter the forests of pines. The trail enters into the small valley with gentle ups. We will then meet Bratang village. Walking a little some more from Bratang, we will again have to cross the Marshyangdi river. From here the trail goes steeply up before we meet the road to Manang. We will walk on the road for a while then will reach Dhukurpokhari; our lunch spot. From Dhukur Pokhari we will walk flat for another hour to reach lower Pisang where spectacular views of Annapurna range will be served.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3300M
7
Trek to Manang via Higher Route

We will enjoy our meal in front of Pisang Peak then cross the Marshyangdi River once more. The trail enters thin pine forests along with beautiful views of Himalayas. Not many people walk along this trail. 

The higher route to Manang is less visited than the lower route, however, the views can't be compared. The upper route offers a stunning panorama of Himalayas but needs little more energy than a lower route. 

We will stop either in Ghyaru or Ngawal for lunch then continue mostly downhill to Manang. 

The whole trail from Ngawal to Manang will show us stunning Himalayan views. As we will be walking on the high route the views of Hunde and Marshyangdi valley on the bottom also looks fabulous.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3540M
8
Rest and acclimatization day in Manang, hike to Ice Lake

We will stop in Manang one more night for acclimatizing our body. We will have a chance to hike to Ice Lake which is a pretty long day and needs packed lunch. 

If you want easier option then we can hike to Gangapurna viewpoint. Milarepa Cave is another option for hiking today. Consult with your guide for a memorable hiking experience.

The duration mentioned above is for Ice Lake Hiking.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3540M
9
Trek to Yak Kharka

We will enjoy our tasty meal in Manang before we start our gentle uphill climb to Yak Kharka. Our trek will be pretty easy for this day without any steep climbs though high altitude can cause some tiredness. The beautiful views will be always there. We also have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho etc. will be always together with us. It's a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk, we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with a couple of suspension bridges.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4020M
10
Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp

It is another special and breathtaking day. Amazing views, light trail, and the towering Himalayas are together with us. The trail until we cross Kone Khola [stream] is mostly flat. Before crossing this stream we will pass two small villages called Churi Ledar and Ledar. Once we cross Kone Khola the trail will give us sudden steep climb. As we complete steep uphill, the risks of the dry landslide will also become higher. We will need to be aware of stones falling down from the cliffs. Once we cross this risky area the route again becomes gentle up before we reach Phedi.

We can stay here tonight and prepare to cross the pass, or continuing for another 40-45 minutes will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4450M
11
Cross Thorong La (5416M), trek to Muktinath

Either we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning. It is a challenging and special day too. Once we get our breakfast we will start our trek with torches. The walk can be slippery so we have to be aware of risks. With amazing views from us, we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges or hotels along the way so we have to carry some meals with us. There are two tea shops which offer 'world's most expensive tea' but that's special. A warm tea in this altitude and in this place is so special. Walking for few hours we will reach the highest point of the trek named 'Thorong La' means a pass. It won't be difficult to recognize the pass as it's surrounded by praying flags. We will enjoy some hot tea here and start walking steep downhill towards Muktinath. It is a steep downhill walk with some mountain views far sight. Once we walk about 1600 meters down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. Enjoy some lunch here and explore this small town.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3800M
12
Trek to Jomsom, end of the trek

Our trek will start after having a good meal in Muktinath. We will start walking downhill via Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni, and Eklebhatti. The trail is mostly down until Eklebhatti however it's very dusty due to the strong wind after mid-day. From Jomsom, we will also have enchanting views of Nilgiri peak too. Jomsom is the last place for many trekkers on this region. There is an airstrip and also buses going to Beni and Pokhara starts from here. Many trekkers who are time bounded or want to avoid walking on the roads conclude their trek here. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2750M
13
Fly to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel

We will first enjoy our last meal in the Himalayas. We will then proceed to airport to catch our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful beautiful and flies between the Himalayas. It can be taken as a mountain flight. The views from the windows are unimaginable. Once we complete 20-25 minutes flight we will get our transport to take us to Hotel. You can enjoy a free afternoon or go for a sightseeing. There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like world peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum, Devi's Falls etc. Alternatively, you can go boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and celebration of your successful adventure.

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 820M
14
Drive back to Kathmandu

We will follow Prithvi Highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
15
Drive to Airport, end of our services

Enjoy your last morning meal in this beautiful Himalayan country before we conclude our memorable Himalayan experience. We will drop you at the airport prior to your flight.

Altitude: 1310M

What is included?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Bhulbhule and Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by public and tourist bus accordingly
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flights including for the guide with applicable taxes and airline fees
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner / main course] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary during the whole trek
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) registration card & Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit for all members
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, evacuation arrangements in case of emergency
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Daily seasonable fresh fruits as per the availability
  • American Medical Association approved Oximeter to measure your oxygen level in high altitude
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

What is excluded?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees (two passport photographs), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Supporting Information

Experience Required

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to difficult level trekking route starting from Besisahar and ending in Jomsom. This itinerary is the shorter version of original Annapurna Circuit trail starting from Besisahar and ending in Nayapul. This trekking is slightly longer trek that required high effort every day to complete the route. Both in terms of Altitude and Trail, the trek is quite difficult for most trekkers.

Trekking to Annapurna Circuit involves the crossing of Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416M / 17,769FT which can cause altitude sickness to travelers from sea level. An easy, gentle and slow ascending is recommended to reduce the chances of altitude sickness. The trail is wide, clear and astounding due to several factors. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a scenic trekking route that makes you feel the trail less tiring. The trail, especially after Manang, is easier in comparison but as you will be walking in high altitude area, short of breathing, fast heartbeat, continuous tired feeling etc. can occur.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is an enjoyable trekking route, it's a decent trekking experience however numerous hours of walking and high altitude can make the trail hard to many people. One of the highest trekking passes of the world; Thorong La Pass is also a difficult point for many trekkers. Phedi to Muktinath requires long hours of walking without proper meals and any rest places along the way. Even though Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to the difficult level trail, people with previous trekking experiences especially in the high altitude will find the route quite normal/average.

Meals on the Trek

Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek.

Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. Annapurna Circuit Trek is relatively one of the oldest trekking routes and tea houses are well developed that means the quality of the meals will be high compared to newly opened trekking routes. Meals are served in a wide range during the trek.

Even in highest places like Phedi, Yak Kharka and High Camp have an extensive menu that serves numerous items for trekkers. Some places like Manang has well-established hotels standard lodges. You will be served 3 meals a day; i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast are served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be a standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3-star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air-conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are a single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have a special preference for bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a well-established trekking route that has numerous accommodation options in every village. Most places have several lodges for accommodation. Places like Phedi and High Camp has less number of lodges comparing to lower villages. Lodges in higher areas sometimes run out of available rooms for every trekker and ask trekkers to share the rooms (similar sex) and we seek your cooperating during the hard times. However, the guide will be trying his best all the time to ensure you a private room during the trek.

Booking is only available to trekkers traveling in big groups. The lodges will be equipped with basic/cozy rooms. We recommend you to have your own sleeping bag although lodges in high altitude areas supply blankets inside the room. No luxury accommodation is available on this trek. Most rooms are equipped with twin rooms although sometimes 1 big bed is available upon request. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker.

If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same-sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.

Best Season

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a high altitude trekking (about 5,400 meters +) route that is simply stunning and gives pleasuring views of Himalayas. This trekking is doable during the whole year, however, January - May, and October - December are better comparing to other months. Some part of the trek (after Pisang to Jomsom) lies inside Himalayan rain shadow areas. That means rain shadow area experiences less rain than in normal areas even during monsoon season.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is an outstanding trekking route that has been the dream of a lot of trekkers from all over the world. The trek is hard to describe, you can only experience it when you are there yourself. March - April, and October - November are best of the best months for trekking in this area. Annapurna Circuit Trek becomes harder sometimes due to snowing in high altitude which can't be predicted.

We will welcome you to enjoy this trail any time of the year if you are unable to make during best months. During spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear, the views are incredible and the weather is breath-taking. We are unable to describe the route as there are not enough words. You will generally have stunning Himalayan views and green scenery during these months. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is beautiful trek almost throughout the year. The views are simply incredible most of the time. October to December will have more greens in the forest. Come and join us for Annapurna Circuit Trekking and we promise that we will make it your pure adventure!

Trip Highlights

We are out of words to describe Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are a lot of outstanding highlights of the trek that we can't explain with our words. The astounding Himalayan views from close range, remote villages in front of mountains, popular Annapurna Himalayan peaks, thundering rivers coming all the way from Himalayan glaciers, towering waterfalls etc. are some of the attractions of the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the dream of travelers from all over the world to look at its beauty. The trekking trail is wider, clearer and safer which makes the Annapurna Circuit Trek unbeatable to many other trekking routes. Thorong La Pass is one of the highest trekking passes of the world. Imagine sitting down on top of the pass and looking at the close Himalayan peaks surrounded from every side. Enjoy sitting down in the middle of the snowy trail and looking all the Himalayan peaks around you. It's an indescribable adventure that will be your lifetime experience.

Annapurna Circuit Trek, a nearly 2-week trekking around the Himalayas is an outstanding escape from busy schedules, polluted cities, and apathetic crowds. Come and join with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. where we will make your dream come true, we will arrange your journey that will be your lifetime experience.

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