Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek is a short version of 21 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, enabling trekkers with busy schedule to fix some time to fulfill their wish to complete this expedition. Usually, Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered as the long stupendous detour among Nepal Trekking routes. We became successful in knitting the Round Annapurna Circuit Short Trek Package in Nepal within a week to 11 days because of road reaching to Chame.
Annapurna circuit short Trek course passes via cascading waterfalls, stunning villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and notable mountain vistas. This gives sufficient time to witness the staggeringly lovely peaks of all the Annapurna giants that encircle the basin Mountains in Annapurna region from the imperative center. Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna IV, etc are some of the mountains in Annapurna region that you will witness.
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Sightseeing Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will be taking you to a short walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari’s Palace and the Durbar Square Museum that once used to be a palace where the kings lived.
On this day, we will be having a short briefing on entire journey for the great expedition ahead. We will also be visiting local hire shop to pick up last minute equipment required.
Day 3 - Drive to Chame (2630 m)
Kathmandu to Chame takes approximately 9 to 10 hours of long drive. We can reach Chame via the Benisahar, Dharapani, Dhanaqu to Chame. Along the route, we’ll get some glimpse of green hills, rivers, and a small village with stunning snow-capped mountains.
Day 4 - Chame to Pisang (3300 m)
There is a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests during the 6 hour trek to Pisang. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.
Day 5 - Pisang to Manang (3570 m)
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hiking through the fields of grazing yak and the wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Day 6 - Acclimatization at Manang
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay.
Day 7 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m)
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka is about 4 hrs walking. On this day, we will trek slowly to Tengi (3620m) and steadily walk upwards to Gunsang (3930m) and reach Yak Kharka (4018m). We can observe vegetation consisting of scrub juniper and alpine grasses and even the views of peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) on the trail are magnificent.
Day 8 - Thorong Phedi (4600 m)
It is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi for approximately 3 to 4 hours of walk. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 9 - Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5416 m)
We start early from Thorong Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today for 8 to 10 hours to reach Muktinath. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10 - Drive to Pokhara
Today, we will drive for approx. 10 to 11 hours to the beautiful lake-side city of Pokhara, also known as the “Tourism Capital of Nepal”. It is a gorgeous city that is located on the periphery of the Annapurna foothills beside the tranquil Phewa Lake. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you can spend the rest of your time sightseeing around the city or enjoy the peaceful lake-side boating or enjoying the scenery.
Day 11 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take the Prithvi Highway which is approximately 7 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. You can enjoy spa and massage treatments to soothe the body pain from trekking.
Day 12 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey to Annapurna Panorama Trek has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu. All accommodations are on twin-share basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For our trek, There will be one guide (5 trekkers: 1 guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to Annapurna Region should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)