Mini Annapurna Circuit

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Trip code: 
TNH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point
Min age:
16
Group size:
2–12

Experience a condensed version of the Annapurna Circuit in just two weeks. 

The perfect trek for those who would like to experience Nepal’s classic Annapurna Circuit trek in just two weeks. With superb views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and the chance to cross the formidable Thorong La Pass it's no wonder this remains one of Nepal's classic treks. A demanding yet excellent introduction to walking in the Himalaya.

Highlights

  • The Annapurna Circuit in 2 weeks
  • Sunset and sunrise from Manang over Gangapurna and the Annapurnas
  • Cross the formidable Thorong La
  • Dramatically changing scenery

Key information

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouses
  • 11 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 2 to 12 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5416m, average 2800m
  • Travel by private bus and 2 internal flights
  • Snow and ice may be encountered

What's included

  • All breakfasts 
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouses
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek) 
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu and Pokhara only)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire in advance from £35*)
  • Down jacket (hire in advance from £35*) 
  • *Hire package incl. down jacket and sleeping bag from £49
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

11

Pace:

Approximately 7hrs walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 420.0km/12.0miles
Day 520.0km/12.0miles
Day 619.0km/11.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.0miles
Day 817.0km/10.0miles
Day 92.0km/1.25miles
Day 109.0km/5.0miles
Day 118.0km/4.0miles
Day 1213.0km/8.0miles
Day 1314.0km/8.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has a longstanding relationship with our local partner in Nepal, having worked with the family business, passed from father to son, for over 30 years. We employ local leaders, guides and staff throughout and work with family-run hotels, such as the Hotel Royal Singi wherever possible.

Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves (a safer means of cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems), to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (in the Annapurnas) and helping supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.

Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds thanks to our loyal customers and friends. This enabled us to provide emergency relief (shelters, food and medical supplies), to rebuild homes and schools, and to run a medical camp in spring 2016 in the remote village of Thulopatel in partnership with volunteers from Nepal Medical College. Over 1,500 patients from rural communities were treated for a variety of ailments, to whom medical facilities are not normally readily available. Many of our previous projects (both water pipes and stoves) were damaged in the earthquake - in 2017 we started repairing and replacing these.

Exodus also worked with Health Partnership Nepal and sponsored their medical camp in Charikot in 2017 as well as sponsoring more than 400 Freedom Kits (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal – we will be continuing with this project in 2018.

To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flight is an overnight flight departing London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kathmandu.

    Those on the group flight from London will arrive into Kathmandu in the evening and will be transferred to our hotel. Those not travelling with the group from London will meet us in the hotel. There will be a full trek briefing at the hotel tonight.

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

  • Day 3

    Scenic drive to Besisahar; trek to Bhulebule.

    We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Pokhara. After leaving the Kathmandu Valley the road snakes its way westwards along the Trisuli Valley. We get superb views of the mountains, particularly the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu as we follow the river to Mugling. We then turn off the main road at Dumre and continue to Besisahar where we begin our trek. From Besisahar we walk down to the river and cross to the east side to avoid the new road which is currently under construction. Our trail undulates above the river, continuing northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon. We pass through rice paddies and villages for two hours until we meet the main trail at Bhulebule.

    Teahouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Start the slow ascent of the Marsyangdi Valley; overnight in Jagat.

    The trail continues up the east bank of the river to Ngaddi, where a hydro project is being built. From here we begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. A final short sharp ascent brings us to the village of Bahundanda, perched on a ridge at 1,311m. From the ridge we descend to the river at Syange (1,136m) where we once more cross the river. The trail then follows the river to Jagat.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Reach the village of Dharapani.

    An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, after which we cross a suspension bridge and climb through oak forest. The trail then emerges into a level valley where 'Tal', the next village, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall (1,700m). Crossing the river a couple of times we reach the village of Dharapani at 1,943m.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Steady climb through forest to Temang, then descend to Chame.

    Beyond this village, we continue our climb over a spur to Bagarchap, at 2,164m. The name of this village means 'butcher's place' and, although Buddhist, the people of this region do hunt animals. Continuing we follow the trail through forest to Dhanagyu and climb up to Temang, where we have lunch with magnificent views of Manaslu and Peak 29. The trail then descends through fir and pine forests to Koto and Chame (2,713m), the administrative centre of the Manang district.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Continue ascending through forested hillsides past the rock face of Paungdi Danda to Upper Pisang.

    We now experience a dramatic change of scenery. Leaving the forests and vegetation of the alpine regions behind we enter the upper district of Manang, known as Nyeshang. At first, our trail follows the river closely through a deep canyon before coming to Brathang at 2,919m. The trail then crosses the river and climbs through deep forest from where the impressive curved rock face of Paungda Danda rises nearly 1,500m from the riverbank to Dukha Pokhari, where we stop for lunch. From here we take the trail that climbs away from the road track to Upper Pisang village, where we stay for the night. There is an impressive monastery in the village which we can visit in the afternoon.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Trek on to Braga and visit the 500 year old gompa and small tree nursery that Exodus supports.

    From Upper Pisang we take the high-level route to Braga via the villages of Gyaru and Ngawal. This is a wonderful walk with great views across to the Annapurnas. We start with a steep climb up to Gyaru. From here the trail undulates up the valley with magnificent views across to the Annapurnas to Ngawal, where we have lunch. We descend from Ngawal to Mungi and drop down to the main trail just before Braga, a picturesque village dominated by a large ancient gompa. We stay here for the night and can visit the 500-year-old gompa and the small tree nursery, a project that Exodus has supported for many years.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Short walk to Manang; rest of day free for acclimatisation.

    It is a short 2km (1hr) walk on the main trail into Manang, passing some beautifully carved mani walls. We spend this day around Manang acclimatising to the altitude. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. This is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Across the valley the huge bulk of Gangapurna and the Annapurnas tower way above us- the sunset and sunrise over this great amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country. There is also a chance to walk up to the huge glacial lake below Gangapurna. Manang has many bakeries and coffee shops and is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Start heading towards the Thorong La. Half day trek to reach the lodge in Yak Kharka; afternoon acclimatisation walk.

    Leaving Manang we head towards the base of the Thorong La. We climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley and turn northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. We are above the forests now and pass through dry, alpine country, with scrub juniper and occasional clumps of birch. We spend tonight at a lodge in Yak Kharka. We will reach the lodge by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will have an acclimatisation walk onto the surrounding hills. Look out for the Blue Sheep that inhabit this cold, windy spot.

    Teahouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Short half day walk to Phedi, at the foot of the Thorong La.

    Another short day to aid acclimatisation. The scenery becomes wilder as we continue ascending the valley. At one point we descend to cross the Jarsang Khola, and traverse a scree slope to the lone teahouses at Phedi (4,420m) at the foot of the Thorong La. Thorong Phedi can be very cold and windy. In the afternoon we can go for a walk up to Thorong High Camp which is the last lodge and is about an hour above Phedi.

    Teahouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Cross the mighty Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath, a place of pilgrimage.

    A long day as we leave Phedi very early the next morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach the pass itself at 5,416m. Ahead there is a magnificent panorama of snow-capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. Directly in front of us is the great chasm of the Kali Gandaki, 2,500m. It's a very very long descent that begins gently and becomes steeper, as we follow a series of switchbacks down to the grassy slopes, before easing off to a gentle descent to Muktinath (3,802m).

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Trek via Lupra to Jomsom.

    From Muktinath, we pass through a landscape of bare, eroded hills with a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks. After visiting the temples we take an off the beaten track trail uphill for about an hour to a small col with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Descending steeply we come to the isolated village of Lupra with an ancient Bon monastery. After lunch, we follow a fantastic gorge down to the Kali Gandaki Valley. The last couple of hours we follow the main trail into Jomsom.

    Teahouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to Pokhara; afternoon free to explore the lakeside.

    The flights from Jomsom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short but very spectacular flight takes us all the way down the Kali Gandaki Valley with great views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. We fly to Pokhara, where we transfer to a small guesthouse for the night. The rest of the day is free to explore this lakeside resort. You can hire a bike and cycle around the lake, shop or simply relax in one of the lakeside cafes.  

    Please note that flights from Jomsom are dependent on good weather. If the flight from Jomsom is cancelled, we will return to Pokhara by road.

    Hotel Lakefront / Hotel Dahlia (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly to Kathmandu. If the weather is good there should be good views of the western end of the Nepal on this flight. The rest of the day is free to explore Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. Various sightseeing tours can be booked and paid for locally at the hotel in Kathmandu. For details see the Optional Excursions section. (Very occasionally it may not be possible to fly, in which case we return to Kathmandu by road, arriving in the evening).

    Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to London.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those not on the group flight will leave us after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge, toast and egg. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

Some villages along the Annapurna Circuit route have safe drinking water stations selling UV treated water for Rs40-50 per litre but these are not always open.

All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

The crossing of the Thorong La can be cold at any time of year. There is sometimes a high wind over the pass which makes the crossing extremely cold and you must have adequate protection for very cold temperatures whilst crossing the pass.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 5ºC at the higher altitudes.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the colder conditions, this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at the time of year. In Kathmandu maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes above Manang. Very occasionally the Thorong La may be blocked by snow. If this happens we can spend one day waiting, and then if it is still not possible to cross the pass we must retrace our steps to Besisahar.

Nepal, Kathmandu

Nepal, Kathmandu

Is this trip for you?

This is a Challenging (Activity Level 5) trek with 11 days walking. The maximum altitude is 5,416m, and the average altitude is 2,800m. Please read a description of our Activity Levels, found on our website.

Apart from the Thorong La, a high pass with a steep approach, the walking on this trek is generally quite moderate, and the first few days do not involve any long or steep ascents. We recommend this trek to those who want a thorough overview of the Nepalese Himalaya. We schedule this trek for the best times of year for crossing the Thorong La. However, it may very occasionally be impossible to cross the pass if there is an unseasonable snowfall, and in this event, we would have to retrace our route back down the Marsyangdi River.

The Mini Annapurna Circuit trek involves walking on almost entirely well-established trails. Apart from the crossing of the Thorong La the walking is at intermediate altitude, but it is likely to be below freezing on several nights. During the crossing of the Thorong La it will be extremely cold! Some snow or ice may be encountered on the pass.

The trail crosses numerous modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys; all have mesh sides and none are especially high, however, anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

You may find our Walking & Trekking Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning under the 'Practical Information' section below. 

Internal flight delays

Please note adverse weather conditions at Jomsom airport may occasionally mean that your flight to Pokhara cannot operate and we may have to return to Pokhara by road. Exodus has built in an additional day to the itinerary to accommodate this. Ultimately any prolonged delay of your return to Kathmandu may result in missing your international flight; in such circumstances, Exodus will make every effort to rebook flight inclusive package clients onto the next available flight (in the appropriate booking class and with the same international carrier). Land only clients should be aware that in these circumstances we cannot be held responsible for you missing onward travel arrangements.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• 99% of clients who did this trek with Exodus in 2016 would recommend us.
• 'Ask an expert' - talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Small group size (max. 12 clients) and all departures guaranteed on 2 people.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen, a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC bag) and first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.

 

 

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Teahouses

We spend three nights in standard hotels and eleven nights in lodges (teahouses).

In Kathmandu, we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. In Pokhara we usually stay at Hotel Lakefront or Hotel Dahlia.

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. We ask that you read our Nepal Destination Guide for further details about the lodge facilities.

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). All teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Most lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Please note that many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

The bedrooms are mostly twin-share but occasionally during peak seasons you may be asked to share a dormitory room (3-5 people max) for the odd night. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have gas or solar hot showers (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower) but don’t expect them every night. Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation either before or after the trip in Kathmandu, we can book this for you (subject to availability), provided you notify us at the time of booking.

Single Accommodation

There is no single supplement available whilst on trek. (If you require a single room on trek please ask your leader and if there is one available it is possible to arrange and pay locally on a day to day basis).

If you would like a single supplement for the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara (3 nights in total) please enquire at the time of booking.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed November 2017
    Billy Martin

    Mini Annapurna Circuit - October 2017

    A wonderful trip with beautiful mountain views of the Annapurna region. The trip starts at a low altitude (approx 600m) and you get a variety of scenery, rice paddies and villages at the lower levels to high mountains at altitude. The tea houses and food were excellent and were of a higher standard than I had expected. Hot showers were available at all stops.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After a 4.30 am start, getting to the Thorong La Pass with wonderful mountain views all around. The group were absolutely fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chandra was a fantastic group leader, was very knowledgeable on the Annapurnas. He did everything with a great sense of humour and his evening briefings were very entertaining. He had a wonderful support team in Ming Ma/Pema/Pemba. Ming Ma regularly set the pace at the front of the group which we could all keep up with, this was very important when we started trekking at high altitude.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Drink plenty of water, follow the pace of the guides, this will help to acclimatise at altitude. Using a steri-pen or purification tablets helps reduce the plastic bottle waste in Nepal and is also cheaper than buying bottled water every day. Having previously done the EBC trip, I can say the tea houses on the Mini Annapurna Circuit were of a higher standard compared to those on the EBC trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only negative is the amount of time spent walking on the dusty road, would be great if a trekkers path could be developed away from the road. Not an issue at the higher altitude as you're on mountain paths. Would have no hesitation in recommending this trip and Exodus to others.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Keith Tilley

    Mini Annapurna Circuit (Tour code TNH 161030)

    An outstanding experience. The trek was extremely well organised and led by an outstanding tour leader and assistant guide and guides. After reaching Thorung La and following a long and physically challenging day it would have been good to have stayed in a more comfortable tea house and one that had some heat in the main communal room.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Thorung La pass. A truly inspirational achievement. The varied and changing scenery was also spectacularly beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ajay was outstanding - so much so i have nominated him 'tour leader of the year'. Please see my comments about him on my submission. He had everything, professionalism, enthusiasm, knowledge and encouragement. A truely inspirational leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do the trek - it's amazing!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some accommodation could have been more comfortable.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Gillian Clayton

    Mini Annapurna Circuit

    An amazing experience. The guides and porters ensured the group were supported, prepared, guided and encouraged throughout the trip. The views were incredible and sharing the experience with the group helped form wonderful friendships and memories

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the Thorong La Pass together as a group

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A great group leader. Knowledgeable, approachable, enthusiastic and supportive of all group members

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train for the challenge

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Loved Nepal and am looking to plan next years trip with Exodus
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Sharika Chauhan

    Miss

    The mini Annapurna circuit was my first long trek and it was definitely one of the most challenging experiences to date but also the most fulfilling, with breathtaking views and meeting amazing people. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and and looking for a life changing challenge.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting pass the Thorongla pass was definitely an inspirational moment but the whole trip was inspirational. Walking through the different terrains, getting to know the incredible guides and porters and making it through the highest trekking pass in the world all accounted for the whole trip being inspirational. With the weather on our side for the duration of the trip I got to see 3/10 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant, attentive and very knowledgable about Nepal and the mountains. Very confident.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Naivety helps a lot! For those less experienced in trekking like me! Take a metal water bottle holder, very handy as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag on those cold nights! Enough toilet roll, hand sanitiser, don't skimp on the boots and socks (I got no blisters!) and a good merino wool and layers! Fish oil tablets help the blood circulation. Go with an open mind and and enjoy each step, it's an amazing experience!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go pro cameras to capture pics and videos! Def worth it! Portable battery charger is very useful. Crampons or yak tracks are optional on the kit list but I would def invest in a pair. Try and bring some old trek gear which you can leave with porters or guides after the trek is finished, they will really make use of it and appreciate it as a thank you gift. Or pens and study material for kids is a good idea.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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