Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

5 reviewsAnnapurna Circuit Short Trek
Trip Fact:
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5416 m / 17769 ft ( Thorong la pass)
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndBesisahar/Pokhara
  • Group Size1-30 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek has been recognized as marvelous trekking track in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Simply imagine the ways stroll through planet’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I (8091m) in the east and Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west. The Annapurna Circuit is a hike through central Nepal’s towering Himalaya that will actually and symbolically blow your mind.

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered as Nepal’s classic trek offering more mixture than any possible relative length trek, taking us through almost every sort of view that Nepal offer. This grand trek heads you to the fine villages, offering tremendous and glorious perspectives of the Himalayas.

The short Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek of the Marsyangdi River gorge will take you almost to the base of Gangapurna and into the Manang valley where you will use outstanding looking at the snow-secured tops above and the excellence of the scene around, Manang, the Himalayan Shangri-La. This Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days additionally offers opportunities to Visit Ice Lake and Tilicho Lake.

To top the lot, the junction of the Thorong La pass (5,416m) is a testing rising, encompassed by a portion of the most grand. After Thorong La pass you will visit Muktinath, one of the celebrated internationally sanctuary of Hindus and Buddhist. This track heads you step by step with unique scene and landscape and numerous social aggregations.

Memorable deep canyons, High Mountain passes Buddhist sanctuary, pleasant cultivating villages and every step of the way an alternate viewpoint of the Annapurna summits. This Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins from a skull to Besishar and wings through rich, subtropical forests and traditional farm villages of west Nepal.

    How Difficult is the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    The Mini Annapurna Circuit trek, winding through the heart of the Himalayas, has long been a bucket-list item for trekkers worldwide. But as captivating as its snow-capped peaks and lush terraced fields are, it's essential to grasp the challenges it presents.

    Spanning approximately 160-230 km, depending on one's chosen route, the duration of the trek typically ranges between 10 to 20 days. This variance in daily distance can either ease or heighten the challenge, making your route choice crucial.

    The looming concern for many is altitude. The trek’s zenith, Thorong La Pass, reaches a staggering 5,400 meters. At such elevations, altitude sickness can become a real threat, emphasizing the importance of steady acclimatization.

    Terrain diversity is another factor. Trekkers transition from quaint lowland villages to dense alpine forests, and finally to the arid plateaus of the high Himalayas. This ever-changing landscape demands adaptability.

    Physical and mental preparedness can't be overlooked. While one doesn't need Olympian fitness levels, a combination of cardiovascular endurance, leg strength, and mental grit is essential.

    The Best Time to Go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Every season unveils a unique facet of the Annapurna Circuit, offering trekkers varying experiences. However, certain times of the year are undoubtedly more favorable for this adventure.

    Spring, stretching from March to May, is a trekkers' delight. The skies are usually clear, and the trails are painted in hues of pink and red, thanks to the blossoming rhododendrons. Temperatures are moderate, ensuring comfort at both higher and lower altitudes.

    Post-monsoon, from late September to November, is arguably the prime time for the trek. The monsoon rains wash away the summer dust, resulting in crystal-clear views of the imposing Himalayan range. However, this popular window also means trails can be busier.

    Winter months, from December to February, come with their own set of challenges and rewards. The mountain views are unparalleled thanks to the clear skies. But the bone-chilling cold, especially at higher altitudes, and potential trail-blocking snowfalls make this season suitable for only the most adventurous.

    Lastly, the monsoon season from June to early September is least favored by many. The heavy rains bring with them risks of landslides and slippery trails. However, for those seeking solitude and the verdant beauty of the monsoons, this might just be the ideal time.

    Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights 

    • Experience the thrilling rush of the Kali Gandaki River, and marvel at the lushness of dense rhododendron forests on the Annapurna Circuit Short Trek.
    • Absorb the breath-taking panoramic views of majestic mountains including Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Pisang, Tilicho, and Nilgiri.
    • Conquer the challenging Thorong La Pass and be awestruck by the stunning glaciers and icefalls along the route.
    • Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of tranquil pine forests and carefully carved terraced paddy fields.
    • Delve deep into Nepal's rich culture and heritage by visiting remote villages and ancient monasteries, an integral part of the trek's allure


    Kickstart your Himalayan adventure as you touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. After freshening up from your journey, attend an informative briefing that will detail the trekking route, equipment, altitude sickness precautions, and answer any queries you might have about the adventure that lies ahead.

    • Hotel in Kathmandu
    • 1400m

    Bid goodbye to Kathmandu's cityscape and embark on a 6-hour drive to Besisahar, nestled amidst stunning green valleys and towering hills. After a short break, continue the journey by jeep for another 4 hours until you reach Chamje. This charming village, with its cascading waterfalls and lush terraces, will be your first taste of the mountainous landscape that characterizes the Annapurna region.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 1430m

    Experience a harmonious blend of drive and trekking. Start with a 4-hour jeep drive through serpentine mountain roads from Chamje to Chime, soaking in the vistas of towering hills and flowing rivers. Upon arrival in Chame, lace up your boots for a 3-4 hours trek to Dhukur Pokhari. The trail winds through dense rhododendron and oak forests, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna range. The evening will be spent in a cozy teahouse nestled in the tranquil village of Dhukur Pokhari.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 2170m

    Today's trail takes you through the arid highlands of the Manang district. As you trek further, you'll notice the landscape changing, with the lush greens giving way to brown and grey hues. Yet, the breathtaking views of mountain peaks, including Annapurna and Pisang, remain constant, making every step worthwhile. This day marks the moment when you truly immerse yourself in the Himalayan environment, as you cross ancient trade routes and meet local villagers along the way.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 3540m

    Rest and acclimatization are key to a successful high-altitude trek. Manang, with its rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery, is an ideal place for a day of respite. Spend the day exploring the nearby village of Vraga and its ancient monastery. You'll get a chance to understand the local culture, tradition, and way of life, which is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Take this opportunity to relax, hydrate, and prepare yourself for the more challenging sections of the trek ahead.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 3540m

    As you continue your trek, you will ascend through alpine landscapes towards Yak Kharka. The path leads you alongside the Marshyangdi River, then turns northwest up the Jarsang Khola. The trail passes through an ancient Mani wall, testament to the spiritual heritage of the region, before reaching the picturesque village of Yak Kharka. Enjoy the serene environment and look out for herds of yaks grazing in the pastures.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 4010m

    Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading out to Thorong Phedi. The trail traverses steep slopes and the rocky terrain makes the journey challenging but rewarding. Thorong Phedi, translated as "the foot of the hill," is a busy little settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. This day will require patience and persistence, but the prospect of what lies ahead keeps the spirits high.

    • Guest houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 4220m

    This is the day you've been preparing for. Begin your ascent to the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world. Although challenging, the pass offers unforgettable panoramic views of towering snow-capped peaks. From the summit, you'll descend to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Rest your tired legs and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred place.

    • Guest Houses
    • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • 3800m

    After visiting the holy temple of Muktinath in the morning, you'll start your trek towards Jomsom. The trail descends through scenic landscapes of barren hills and rugged mountain views. Jomsom, located in the Kali Gandaki valley, is known for its strong winds and remarkable views of the Tilicho Mountain. Rest and relax in Jomsom as you look back on the incredible journey you've made over the past few days.

    Jeep driving option also available from Muktinath to Jomsom.

    • Guest Houses
    • Breakfast/lunch/Dinner
    • 2715m

    Begin your day with a spectacular flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The 30-minute journey offers unparalleled views of the gorge between the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Once in Pokhara, you'll be charmed by its serene lakes, lush greenery, and views of the Himalayas. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city's attractions, such as Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, or the World Peace Pagoda.

    • Hotel in Pokhara
    • Breakfast
    • 800m

    After soaking in the natural beauty of Pokhara, it's time to return to the bustling city of Kathmandu. Choose to travel by a scenic 6-7 hour bus ride or opt for a quick 30-minute flight. Spend your last evening in Nepal reflecting on your journey through the majestic Annapurna region.

    • Hotel in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 1400m

    As your Annapurna Circuit Short Trek comes to an end, it's time to bid goodbye to the beautiful country of Nepal. After a final breakfast in Kathmandu, our team will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home. As you depart, you'll carry with you not just memories of a thrilling trek, but also a piece of the Himalayas in your heart.

    • Breakfast

    Cost Details


    • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Tribhuvan International Airport by car, van, or hiace.
    • Two nights' stay in Kathmandu and one night's stay in Pokhara with breakfast, on a twin-sharing basis.
    • Full-board accommodation during the trek, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • A comprehensive sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley, inclusive of guide services and transportation.
    • Services of an experienced, English-speaking, government-certified trekking guide (includes their salary, insurance, airfare, meals, and accommodation)
    • Services of a trekking porter, which includes their salary, insurance, airfare, meals, and accommodation (basis of one porter for every two trekkers).
    • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits, and TIMS card.
    • Comprehensive medical kit for emergencies.
    • All required trekking equipment for the trekking staff.
    • All applicable government and local taxes.
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to the trek starting point ( as per the itinerary)
    • Return transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu via a tourist bus ( flight option also availabe by paying extra).


    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Additional accommodation nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara beyond those specified.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry services, battery recharges, bottled water, hot showers, etc.
    • Gratuities/tipping for guides and porters.
    • All kinds of beverages including hot water, alcoholic, and soft drinks.
    • Any other expenses not specified in the 'Included in the Price' section.


    • Q1. What is the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek?

      The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is a condensed version of the full Annapurna Circuit Trek. It takes you through a variety of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to dry alpine regions, while offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range.

    • The Annapurna Circuit Short Trek typically takes about 10 days, depending on the specific route taken and your pace.

    • The best time to do the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to November) periods, when the weather is generally clear and the mountain views are spectacular.

    • The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate trek. It's recommended that trekkers have a good level of fitness, as the trek involves several days of hiking in mountainous terrain, often at high altitudes.

    • It is mandatory to have a guide on any treks in Nepal. Also, a guide can be beneficial especially if you're unfamiliar with the terrain. They can help with navigation, provide insight into local culture and history, and assist in case of emergency.

    • The trek has numerous tea houses along the way where trekkers can rest, eat, and sleep. Accommodations are basic, but generally clean and comfortable.

    • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be a concern on this trek due to the high altitude. Trekkers should acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend slowly. Having a guide or being aware of the symptoms is important.

    • Essential gear includes sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, a hat and sunglasses, a good quality sleeping bag, a water purifier, and a basic first aid kit.

    Client Reviews

    • Fernando Domingo
      Fernando DomingoSpain |October 28, 2018

      Mini trekking in Anapurna

      We met gyan and the group of Spanish peoples in the trekking. We feel very lucky of knowing Gyan, he is an excellent guide, very open minded, friendly, communicative. We will recommend him without any doubt. We are very proud and happy of having a good Nepali friend.

    • Ivan Elias
      Ivan EliasSpain |October 24, 2018

      Annapurna Circuit Mini

      The trekking with your company "Dream Heaven Adventure" has been an amazing and challenging experience, basically because of GYAN, who has made a proper journey for us, always paying attention to all the details, very helpful, very good professional, always showing a smile, and helping us all the time with everything, taking care of our health, explaining all the history of the places, it cannot be a better guide than Gyan. We definitely will recommend your company and Gyan for future friends and when we come back to Nepal. Thank you very much for everything, always in our hearts.

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      Marcony KGermany |May 17, 2018

      Trip to annapurna

      It was a nice experience booking with Dream heaven adventure. They provided me with a good hotels first and gyan our guide went us with all the way to the Annapurna circuit. they help me arrange everything and from accommodations to food and all the stuffs.

      Without him it wouldnt have been possible. Suman helped me arrange everything and he is a very generous man. If I come again I will surely contact you again. I recommend it to all !

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      Yusei HoshinoJapan |October 13, 2017

      Amazing Annapurna Trip in September

      Did 10 days Annapurna circuit trek which was recommended by Suman, a man from DHA company. A blessing from heaven and the knowledge of a lifetime. Nima is an exceptionally exceptional guide and considered very well about Nepali society. He provided each services to us along the way. Our Porter Dinesh and Sujan was a splendid watchman. The food and hotels were great.The mountain perspectives are stunning and every living soul enowed that our best investment was top necessity. I am now arranging and anticipating my next trek to Nepal and will assuredly utilize Dream !

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      Gert JunghannsGermany |October 10, 2017

      Everthing perfect

      Suman- the owner- is a very realiable person. Each mail was answered quickly. We changed our trekkingprogramm wihtin 2 hours because of a flight cancelation. Suman was so helpful and organised everthing for us. Even we had problems at night he was reachable every time. A big applaus!!! we would recommand him to other travellers

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