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Short Annapurna Circuit Trek - Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking 14 Days

Short Annapurna Circuit trek is carefully designed package for those who don’t have enough vacation but still want to explore the Annapurna circuit via most popular Thorong La pass (5,416m). We follow the Annapurna circuit trekking route and take a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom instead of trekking all the way down to Pokhara.

Annapurna circuit short trek follows the deep valleys and canyons that continues through anti-clock wise route behind the 50km Annapurna massif. As we gain altitude, the lowland Hindu communities give way to Tibetan group and the geography changes into mountainous landscapes with magnificent views of Annapurna ranges.   

The Upper Pisang to Bagra route is very rewarding with magnificent architecture and mind-blogging view of Annapurna II and IV. Manang, the largest village of the region, has picture-perfect views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III.  Two days of rigorous hike to Thorong Phedi is followed by challenging and adventure climb to Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,770ft) – a contrasting scenery. Climb down to Muktinath – a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

After exploring the temple and revered shrines of Muktinath, we move down the steep and arid hillside to Kagbeni. Kagbeni and Jomsom are small medieval village with closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels.

14 Days Mini Annapurna circuit trek is challenging high altitude pass trek in Nepal; which demands per-fitness, walking experience and proper acclimatization.Our mini Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary is as follow. This itinerary can be customizable as per your requirements.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat on private car

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2720m).

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m).

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4210m).

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi (4450m).

Day 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass (5416m).

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2780m) to Jomsom (2725m).

Day 12: Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara.

Day 13: Early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Day14: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival we welcome you at the international airport and transfer you to our hotel. Enjoy the welcoming program and rest overnight.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat on private car

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar through Pokhara by private vehicle. Besisahar is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As a cultural hub with different castes and religions, there are several places you may explore during free time, including Udipur Kalika Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Chandimai Temple. Stay overnight at the tea house of Besisahar.

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

After breakfast, we start our trek gradually with a descend down to the river and then enter to the lush forest trail. We then make ascend to the sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chuamje comes into the picture in an amazing backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing suspension bridge, we rise steeply through a slippery and physically challenging route to Sattale. We then walk along a boulder strewn trail and climb down to grassy riverbank that takes is to Tal. As we walk beyond the Tal, we negotiate the winding path to reach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Treading along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani crossing the suspension bridge.

Overnight in Dharapani

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2720m).

After breakfast, we walk through the forested ridge to reach Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang District. On the way, we get the excellent view of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. On today’s trail, we walk across the small hot springs where we get the dip in and bath to relax our tired muscles.

Overnight in Chame

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m).

A narrow and steeply trail through the lush forest takes is to the dramatic curved rock face which rises 1,500m from the river. It is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail negotiates a vertical rock. After crossing the rock, the valley widens up and offers the majestic views. We trek to Lower Pisang where we stay overnight.

Overnight in Pisang

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m).

There are two trail route that connects us to Manang. We follow the Upper Pisang trail via Geru. The Upper Pisang trail offers wonderful views of mountain vistas and highland landscapes. We begin noticing a contrast in landscapes; vegetation starts getting thinner and mountain views comes into full view. Today we make a short visit to Barge Monastery, the largest monastery of Manang.

Overnight in Manang

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.

Today we halt at Mangang to acclimatize our body at higher altitude. We keep ourselves busy and enjoy a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If time permits, we enjoy a hike to Braga village where we can visit Himalayan Rescue Association which offers some knowledge about altitude sickness.

Overnight in Manang

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4210m).

From Manang, we continue through stream, rise through Tenki and climb out of Marshyangdi Valley. The trail follow the valley northward, pass a few pasture and scrub of juniper trees to reach Yak Kharka. The trail passes the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead.

Overnight in Yak Kharka

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung- La Phedi (4450m).

Today we trek for 4 hours uphill to the snow-covered Thorang –La Phedi. Explore around and experience the challenging climate of high Himalayas. Rest overnight.

Overnight in Thorung-La Phedi

Day 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3710m) crossing Thorang La pass (5416m).

Today we will cross Thorong La pass, the mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 ft), with the holy Muktinath being our destination of the day. Situated at an altitude of 3710m, Muktinath Temple is one of the most ancient and sacred temples for God Vishnu in Nepal. Besides spending time to explore around and learn more about the history of this special place, you can also enjoy the mountain view of the Annapurna southern range and the Tibetan plateau. Rest overnight at teahouse.

Overnight in Muktinath

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2780m) to Jomsom (2725m).

For today’s 4-hour trek, we head from to Kagbeni, the village that lies in between Lower and Upper Mustang. As one of the convergence point of historical trading routes, you can find fortress ruins from the 16th century in this little villages with little mud and stone houses. This place is also famous for the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery, the red monastery with a history almost over 600 years. Experience the Buddhism culture of the place and trek to Jomsom.

Overnight in Jomsom

Day 12: Drive or Fly from Jomsom all the way to Pokhara.

Drive or fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to hotel and take a rest day off. Enjoy boating in Phewa Lake in the evening to admire the serenity of Lake and city.

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 13: Early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Early morning, enjoy a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Seize the last minute to enjoy the vibes of Kathmandu and grab the last chance to capture memorable moments in Nepal.  Enjoy farewell dinner and rest overnight at hotel.

Day14: Final Departure

At the assigned time, you will be taken to the airport by our vehicle. We are delighted to serve you in any means. Goodbye and may we meet again.

Cost includes

  • “Everything you need actually”

  • Airport Pickup & Drop with Private Vehicle

  • All  accommodations and breakfast in city,

  • Tea house - during trek,

  • Meals 3 times a day during trekking

  • All transportation land and flight transportation as per itinerary

  • Helicopter flight to Pokhara or Kathmandu

  • Trekking Permit and TIMS card

  • Local trek guide and a Sherpa porter (salary, insurance, equipment, flights, food and lodging) one porter is provided for two people

  • Certificates

  • Comprehensive medical kit, Travel and rescue arrangement

  • Government and local taxes

  • Farewell dinner

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal VISA fees

  • Travel Insurance & Rescue Management,

  • Trekking equipment

  • Additional potter

  • Personal expenses, Tips and Shopping Cost

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