Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 15 Days

The Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek saves 4 days by flying from Jomsom back to Pokhara while still offering the main highlights of the original Annapurna Circuit Trek. The 16-day Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek  includes the amazing altitude range from 900m to 5416m, climatic zones with distinct vegetation, wildlife, ethnicity and culture as well as the ever-changing panoramas of magnificent mountains.This shorter version of the Annapurna Circuit  Trek has the advantage of avoiding a section below Jomsom which is no longer pleasant trekking because a road has been constructed.  It misses the amazing Ghodepani / Poon Hill, but for those with time constraints, it is the way to go!

The starting point of the trek is Besisahar, from where we head northward up the Marshyangdi Valley, through lush green foothills and terraced rice fields. As we climb higher we leave the beautiful alpine forests behind us, and enter a dry desert region, and remote Tibetan Buddhist villages to the north of the Annapurna massif. The highlight of this trek is crossing the famous Thorong La pass, 5416m.  The descent to Muktinath follows the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Valley.  After exploring the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath there is a short trek to Jomsom, from where we fly back to Pokhara.

The Mini Annapurna Circuit  is is an exciting trek with dramatic mountain scenery. Along the trail, we will get superb views of the Annapurna range; Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung, Himalchuli, and Manaslu. Every day of the journey you will see the mountains from a different vantage point and different mountains come and go from your view.

What can be better than celebrating your precious Christmas and New Year Holiday time with your Family, Friends, Loved ones at Annapurna Base Camp. Dates are available. 


Trip Highlights


  • greatest range of altitude and scenery of any trek of its category
  • stunning view from Thorong La Pass - at 5416m
  • visit Muktinath a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Observe distinct cultural shift in highlands close to Tibet
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive 6hrs to Besisahar, and Trek 2hrs to Bhulbule 820m

Day 3 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Ghermu Phant 1136m

Day 4 : Trek 6-7 hrs to Dharapani, 1946m

Day 5 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Chame, 2800m

Day 6 : Trek 5-6hrs to Pisang 3200m

Day 7 : Trek 5-6hrs to Manang 3540m

Day 8 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m

Day 9 : Trek 4-5 hrs to Yak Kharka, 4000m

Day 10 : Trek 3-4 hrs to Phedi, 4545m

Day 11 : Trek 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m

Day 12 : Trek 5 hrs to Jomsom, 2710m

Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara

Day 14 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road

Day 15 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 11 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Sahar, and Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Best Time to Visit the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. However, it is not the best time for the Annapurna circuit as the Thorung La pass may have too much snow. Click for more detail

Tea Houses on Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek
Village tea house lodges have plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.

Safe Drinking Water on Annapurna Circuit Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Washing and Toilet Facilities for Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day

In Kathmandu we suggest you allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal, although it depends on your spending habits. On the trek, all your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Cultural Aspects
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis come from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom, where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade, in particular the hotel and restaurant business.

Clothing and Equipment

For the Annapurna Circuit Trekking, the following equipment is essential. This list is given as a guideline; you should make adjustments according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc. You can find all of this gear to hire or buy in Kathmandu. The majority of the gear available in Kathmandu is cheaper, as it is locally manufactured. You can also find better quality gear imported from China, as well as some very high quality branded gear. {More detail }

Travel Insurance for Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 15 Days

Price : US $1100 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5416 m

Minimum Height:900 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing,

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights, Tourist Bus



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 night on BB plan

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 11 nights

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