• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Hiking & Trekking
  • Transport: Private tourist vehicle, Local Bus & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel and Mountain Guest House
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Max Elevation: 5416


  • Have scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
  • Trek through the Marshyangdi River Valley.
  • Visit Manang village with Gangapurna Glacier & Lake.
  • Pass over the Thorong la at 5416 M.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the holy place.
  • Trek through Rhododendron forest.
  • Visit the city of Lakes- Pokhara.

About 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is short version Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. The short 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek is best way to complete the whole Annapurna circuit Trek with passing over the Thorong La in short period of time.

Mini Annapurna Circuit Short Trek 12 Days is carefully designed for those trekkers having limited time and want to explore the Annapurna circuit through the most popular Thorong la pass. You follow the route of the Annapurna circuit and take return flight from Jomsom to Pokhara to end the trek in Pokhara.

Annapurna circuit 12 Days trek one of the most popular and best seller trek in Nepal. The circuit trek become more popular after the Manang area was opened for the trekkers In 1980s. You see series mountain views that includes Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) on this Short AC trek. Furthermore, you trek through the communities such as Bramins, Chhetrees, Tibetian Sherpas & Thakalis where you can experience the real lifestyle of the Locals of the area. The Annapurna circuit trail is rich in wild animals such as Himalayan Thars, Leopards, Jackal and many species birds as well.

The 12 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a day drive to Dharapani, you then start the trekking by following the Marshyangdi River valley. The trek goes continue to Manang valley with overnight stay at Chamje, Dharapani, Chame & Pisang. You have rest day in Manang to adopt the high altitude then you continue trek to Thorong La pass by overnight stay at Yak Kharka and Phorong high camp. You pass the Thorong La, the main attraction of the trek. The Thorong La pass is the highest trekking pass in Nepal. You reach Muktinath and visit the Muktinath temple too “the God of salvation” and trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni. You then take morning flight Pokhara to end the trek.

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is available from Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition on both group and private departures. Select your date from the given list to join our group trek and contact us if the set dates are not suitable and you need to trek in different date or you want to do the private trek. The Short Annapurna circuit Trek is available on any date of the year and if you have longer days then we advise you to do the full Annapurna Circuit Trek.


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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel

Arrive at Kathmandu airport and you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, Evening free and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1540

Our guide will come to pick up at your hotel about 6-7 AM in the morning then we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar, From here we will see some of the mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley cross and arrive Dharapani by Jeep/Bus.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Dharapani
  • Altitude:1860

We will start our trekking with narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery.

Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes us to follow steep ascent path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal then the trail goes through flat level until we reach Chame.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Chame
  • Altitude:2670

We start our trekking With Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff.

From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again.

We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vistas the we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang,

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Pisang
  • Altitude:3200

We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible.

Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain.

We will see the village of Braga with its splendid monaster, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Manang
  • Altitude:3540

Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Manang
  • Altitude:3540

Today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, we will see panoramic views all the day. And it seems it is short trekking however we will feel tiring as we are going higher and into less oxygen air.

  • Walking Hours:4
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Yak Kharka
  • Altitude:4050

We start our trekking with climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

  • Walking Hours:4
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Thorong Phedi
  • Altitude:4450

Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined.

The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us.

The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

  • Walking Hours:9
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Muktinath
  • Altitude:5410

This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet.

After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures, we stop at Kagbeni to lunch then trek to Jomaom.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Altitude:2720

We will take early flight to pokhara, and check in to hotel and visit the most beautiful city Pokhara , Relaxing Day.

Note: If there is any problem of the flight to get Pokhara then we will drive to Pokhara and it takes about 7-8 hours.

  • Food:B, L
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Altitude:850

We take tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be fantastic along with many towns and we are able to see the settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. OUTFITTER NEPAL has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday.

Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…takes care!!!.

  • Food:B

Trip Map

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What's Included

  • All the Airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • 2 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transportation Kathmandu – Dharapani and Pokhara- Kathmandu by tourist/local bus.
  • Flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara or by jeep/bus.
  • Arrangement of emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.

Price & Dates

Group Price
No. of peoplePrice P.P
1 - 1 US$ 1200
2 - 5 US$ 1050
6 - 12 US$ 900
Departure Note:
  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna circuit short trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
  • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
DatesStatusPrice FromNote  
07 Dec, 2022 - 18 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$1050
11 Dec, 2022 - 22 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$1050
15 Dec, 2022 - 26 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$1050
19 Dec, 2022 - 30 Dec, 2022AvailableUS$1050
24 Dec, 2022 - 04 Jan, 2023AvailableUS$1050
29 Dec, 2022 - 09 Jan, 2023AvailableUS$1050

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