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Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek - 11 Days

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Trip Highlights

→ Poonhill and Australian Camp
→ Spectacular mountain views and hot springs
→ Diverse landscapes, traditional villages
→ Moderate trek in the Annapurna region
→ Taste local organic food

Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek or Inner Annapurna Circuit Trek is a short and medium trekking route in the Annapurna region – popular for its insight into rural life in the region. The Annapurna Mini Circuit trek takes you past rivers, peaks, forests, and culturally rich ethnic villages where people still practice ancient traditions. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna range including Annapurna 1, 2, 3, and 4 Himal as well as Machhapuchhre Himal and Lamjung Himal. It’s a great way to break away from your mundane lifestyle by challenging yourself to a shorter version of the entire Annapurna Mini circuit trek in less than 2 weeks. It is a moderate trek of over 3,210 meters and is suitable for people of all age groups as you can enjoy the diverse cultural diversity without facing the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

This is our all-inclusive trek footpath following the Modi River through Birethanti to Poonhill, Pokhara’s famous hill station. There, one can see the sunrise over Annapurna from Poonhill, before descending to Tadapani, the village of Jhindanda. Brief stop at Jhinu Hills for leisurely bath in natural hot springs before proceeding to Landruk village for Annapurna Base Camp trek. The Mini Annapurna Circuit trek is possible throughout the year, although the trek becomes more challenging during the monsoon season.

So come and experience an insight into local village life and taste the best village organic local food. If you want to extend your trip to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this is also possible but requires a few more day.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m) 6 hrs
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2,050m) 6 hrs
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750m) 5 hrs
Day 05: Hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,700m) 6 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Jhinu Danda (1,760m) 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Landruk (1,550m) 5/6 hrs
Day 08: Trek from Landruk to Australian Camp (2,050m) 5/6 hrs
Day 09: Australian Camp to Kande then drive to Pokhara (827m)
Day 10: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu

HOW MUCH DOES-ANNAPURNA MINI CIRCUIT TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for individual/solo trekker; USD 9,95
This cost includes permit, guide, porter, airfare, transport, accommodation and food. But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK IN ANNAPURNA REGION?

Mid-September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring) are the best seasons for trekking in Annapurna region.
June to August (monsoon) are the rainy months but this time is perfect for keen botanists and the skies are sometimes clear. During the trek, it offers magnificent spectacles of rhododendron flowers blooming in March, April and May.
It is recommended to trek in winter (December-February). Temperatures are cool in the mornings but not unbearable and it warms up during day hikes and most days have clear skies with great views.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
Check the equipment checklist.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m) 6 hrs

After breakfast, we will start our journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara at 7:30 AM. It takes 6/7 hours to reach Pokhara by coach. The road follows the river Trishuli where you will see many people rafting in the river. Around 2/3 pm we reach our hotel and get refreshed and familiar with our surroundings. We can go for a walk down Phewa Lake and do some boating. We can also visit the Fall of David and Shanti Stupa. City of Lakes – Pokhara is a wonderful city to visit around.

Day 3
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2,050m) 6 hrs

After breakfast in Pokhara, we headed to Nayapul. The journey from Pokhara will take one hour. We will start our trek from Nayapul, on the banks of the peaceful Modi River. After walking for about 30 minutes, we reach Birethanti village. Birethanti is a picturesque village with tea shops and guest houses in abundance. We head east to Ulleri on the banks of the Burungadi River. On the way to Ulleri (2073m) we will pass through the valley of Hille and Tikhedhunga (1525m) which is a large Magar village.

Day 4
Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750m) 5 hrs

We will climb the stone steps for about 2 hours this morning and slowly climb up to Ghorepani. The route is scenic with views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre Himalayas. On the way, we cross a sub-alpine forest of rhododendron and reach Deurali, which greets us with views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and other mountains. Following the old trans-Himalayan salt trade route we reach the Magar village of Ghorepani. Enjoy the view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains and stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 5
Hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,700m) 6 hrs

Call in the morning to catch and witness the famous and amazing sunrise. Pun Hill is a famous hill station in Pokhara. This short walk to the hill station located at 3210 meters will take an hour. Here we can enjoy the sunrise view of Annapurna. On the hill again we can marvel at the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fistel, and other peaks. After spending quality time in the mountains again, we will descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then we trek for about 6 hours through rhododendron forest via Banthanti to Tadapani where we will stay overnight.

Day 6
Trek from Tadapani to Jhinu danda (1,760m) 6/7 hrs

We will follow the relatively easy trail from Tadapani to Jhinu Danda. On the way from Tadapani, we will arrive at Bhaisi Kharka while enjoying the view of Machhapucchre Mountain and continue through the forest to Ghandruk village which is one of the largest Gurung villages in the region. From Ghandruk, we will descend further through the steep trail to Kimrong River. We will cross the river over a suspension bridge and continue to trek for about thirty minutes to reach Jhinu Danda.

Day 7
Trek from Jhinu danda to Landruk (1,550m) 5/6 hrs

A short walk from Jhinu Danda takes us to a natural hot spring known as hot water. Soaking in this refreshing hot spring is considered an excellent natural skin treatment. After lunch, further descent and crossing the Modi river on a suspension bridge is a sensational experience where we can see the beehives hanging on the rocks. We will climb up to the pleasant mountain village of Landruk.

Day 8
Trek from Landruk to Australian Camp (2,050m) 5/6 hrs

Located along the route to Annapurna Base Camp, Landruk is the Gurung village which is famous for its honey hunting festival. After an early breakfast, we will leave Landruk village by an escalating path uphill through rhododendron and oak forest for a few hours to reach the top of the ridge that promised scenic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Moving further on stone steps, we will arrive at the Australian Camp which is surrounded by great views of the sunset over the mountains. Overnight in Australian Camp.

Day 9
Australian Camp to Kande then drive to Pokhara (827m)

From Australian Camp, we will follow the descending path through the rhododendron forest. Tracing the stone staircases, we will descend to Kande. Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek ends at Kande. Upon arrival in Phedi, we take a 1-hour drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m) 6 hrs

In the morning we can do some last hour shopping. Then we headed towards Kathmandu. We grab the left lane seats of the tourist bus for the best views of the rivers on the highway because this is our last time we will see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we transfer to the hotel; And we spend the day at our leisure.

Day 11
Departure from Kathmandu

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus and other place jeep
  • Twin shared accommodation in Pokhara 3* hotel
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • Trekking Information Management System TIMS card
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your travel insurance company

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • 9 N/10 Days
  • Easy - Moderate
  • 3,210m/10,532ft
  • September - May
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • Tourist Bus & Jeep
  • Hotel/Teahouse
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