Want to embark on an adventurous journey surrounded by tall mountains in remote lands? High altitude trekking is the best thing for travel enthusiasts like you. With nothing on your minds other than the beautiful views of the mountains surrounding you, your days will be filled with bliss. Adventurous climbs combined with the beauty of nature, is that not the true paradise?
What better place to visit for such an adventurous beautiful journey other than the Annapurna Region. Also, to satisfy the wanderlust in you, we have brought the Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days providing you the best opportunity to explore the Annapurna Region.
Following our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary, you will get the best of the Annapurna Region in a total of 15 days. Your 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek will be made safe and adventurous with our trek itinerary.
As per our itinerary, you will leave Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Besisahar. Your trek starts from Besisahar as you walk down the remote trekking trails to Bhulbhule. Your trek then leads you to the beautiful village of Chyamje through many waterfalls and suspension bridges.
From Chyamje, you will trek uphill to Bagarchhap where you will get the chance to experience the beautiful culture and traditions of the locals infused with the Tibetan culture. Walking further down the trekking trails, you will reach the beautiful valley of Chame with great views of the Lamjung mountains.
Crossing the Marsyangdi river following the Annapurna Circuit Trek route, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the mountains and landscapes including the bowl-shaped rock, Paungda Danda. We will then head towards Manang and take an acclimatization day for our safety and avoid any altitude sickness.
After an acclimatization day, you will continue your trek following the Thorong La Pass trail to Ledar and finally reach Pedi or High Camp crossing the highest point of the trek. Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters altitude, you will descend to Pedi and finally reach the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath.
From Muktinath, you will make your descent to Jomsom through the beautiful valley of Kagbeni witnessing the highest gorge in the world. You will also get a chance to experience the popular trekking destination, Tatopani where natural hot springs will rejuvenate your energy for further treks.
Our trek will now slowly come to an end as the Annapurna Circuit Trek Route leads us to Ghorepani and Poon Hill for the eye-pleasing sunrise view over the mountains. We will then head back down to Nayapul and finally drive back to Pokhara. You can enjoy sightseeing in Pokhara if you would like to. The very next day you will return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus ending our Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 days.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights
- The highest pass at 5416 meters, Thorong La Pass
- Muktinath Temple
- Natural Hot Spring, Tatopani
- Poon Hill Sunrise Viewpoint
- Diverse Culture
- Jomsom and Kagbeni
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Maximum Altitude: 1400 meters
Total Distance: 192 km
Ride Duration: 7.5 hours
Trek Duration: 3 hours
As you land in Kathmandu, your Annapurna Circuit trek Itinerary takes into place. Your first day of 15 days Annapurna Circuit Trek takes place as you take your leave form Kathmandu heading towards Bhulbhule.
Leaving the beautiful city of Kathmandu, you board the tourist bus that will take you to Besisahar. The drive is beautiful as you slowly drift away from the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You will see beautiful landscapes and views of the valley as you leave for Besisahar.
On the way, you will see many lush green forests and the 7.5 hours of drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar will finally end. This leads us to the first trekking expedition of our Annapurna Circuit trek.
The trail from Besisahar to Bhulbhule is a short hike that takes around 3 hours. The trail consists of many suspension bridges along with beautiful views of rice fields and terrace farming.
The 3-hour hike will finally take you to our destination, Bhulbhule. The small village of Bhulbhule provides you with the best views of the Himalchuli and Manaslu mountains on the north. We shall spend the night in a tea house in Bhulbhule and prepare for our next trek tomorrow.
Maximum Altitude: 932 meters
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Our second day of Annapurna Circuit trek starts with a warm breakfast at the teahouse at Bhulbhule. We shall leave BhulBhule as we look at the beautiful views of the mountains glowing in the sun.
Our next destination on the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary is Chyamje at an altitude of 1400 meters. The trek from Bhulbhule to Chyamje is comparatively a short trek and the trails start off as an easy trek.
As you reach Bahun Danda, the ascent starts and you reach the beautiful settlement of the Brahmin inhabitants. As you cross the Bahun Danda and its beautiful settlement, you will descend down to the Marshyangdi River. The trail then continues past cultivated lands and beautiful mesmerizing waterfalls. Shortly after, you will have to cross many suspension bridges to cross the Marshyangdi River.
A short walk from the suspension bridge will take you to our destination for the day. Walking 5-6 hours, you will finally reach Chyamje and enjoy dinner in a teahouse. You will spend the night in Chyamje.
Maximum Altitude: 2160 meters
Total Distance: approx.15 km
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Our next destination is Bagarchhap. Leaving Chyamje with a full stomach, we will make a short uphill climb. Walking through the beautiful trails with great landscapes, we will walk towards Tal.
Crossing Tal, we will cross a suspension bridge right after enjoying the beautiful view from the ridge across Tal. the trail gets narrow but beautiful as you get to see many waterfalls.
Walking further, you will enter the Manag district. Climbing a stone stairway, you will reach Dharapani with a few uphill and downhill trails. On the way from Dharapani to Bagarchhap, you will have the opportunity to see many chortens and stupas which are many years up to a century old.
From Dharapani, we will now set to Bagarchhap and reach the beautiful Buddhist community at Bagarchhap. We will spend the night in one of the stone houses among the Tibetan culture-infused locals.
Maximum Altitude: 2630 meters
Total Distance: 13.5 km
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
After getting rested up in Bagarchhap, we shall now leave for Chame. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang district. The trek from Bagarchap to Chame covers a total distance of 13.5 km and takes around 6-7 hours.
Chame is a beautiful village with great views of the Lamjung Himal along with great markets for you to explore. The trail from Bagarchhap to Chame is a beautiful one with uphills and downhills. With beautiful views of the mountains and the lush green forests surrounding the trails, you won’t even notice the time pass by.
You will have to cross a river as you reach Kopar, and the trail ahead of you will take you straight to Chame. We shall spend the night at Chame and prepare the next journey.
Maximum Altitude: 3300 meters
Total Distance:13.6 km
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
The next destination on our Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary is Pisang. As we leave Chame after a warm breakfast in the morning, we will be crossing the Marsyangdi river bridge. The trek will continue towards Bhartang.
Taking a short break we will head towards our destination through the narrow trails. The trails will lead you to the Marshyangdi River Valley through the dense beautiful forest of Pine trees and Hemlock.
With the beautiful meadows and the distant mountains in a clear view, we will walk to Bhartang. The way from Bhartang is mostly uphill till we reach the beautiful place known as Dhukur Pokhari.
Continuing our journey from Dhukur Pokhari we will soon witness the infamous rock shaped like a bowl known as the Paungda Danda Rock. following the trail straight forward, we will reach Pisang. The small village is covered with tourists and lodges for these tourists.
You can take a short hike and reach Upper Pisang which has great views of the mountains nearby mainly Annapurna II. we will spend the night at one of the comfortable lodges for the night.
Maximum Altitude: 3519 meters
Total Distance:17.2 km
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
With a full stomach and a great view of the mountains as the sun shines upon them, we will leave Pisang today. Heading towards Manang, we will start our journey for the day.
The trail towards Manang is a beautiful one filled with great views of the peaks like Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, and Annapurna III. You can also enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna from the trails.
Walking through the lush jungle and beautiful landscapes, we will enter the dry region of Manang. You will come across a lama school along with some beautiful stupas on the way.
Coming at a crossroads, you can choose either way as they both lead to a small village known as Barga. The north route is beautiful and scenic but a longer alternative to the south short one. We shall visit the 900-year-old monastery in the village of Barga and head towards Manang. After a 6-7 hours walk, we will finally reach Manag and end the day in a teahouse or a lodge nearby.
Maximum Altitude: 3519 meters
Today is an important day in the Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary. Acclimatization day in Manang means we will let our body rest and adjust to the changing altitude. Reaching an altitude of 3500 meters in Manang makes it a great acclimatization destination.
Acclimatization is an important part of any high altitude trek as it helps to prevent you from suffering altitude sickness. With proper acclimatization, your body will be well adjusted and won’t suffer any complications from high altitude.
Acclimatization in Manang is an exciting stop as you can do many activities on your acclimatization day. You are free to explore the village of Manang or just provide your body with some much-needed rest.
One of the main attractions during your acclimation stay in Manang is the hike to Khangsar. Khansar Hill provides you with a mesmerizing view of the famous Tilicho Lake. If you don’t want to hike on your rest day, you can also opt for visiting the Milarepa Cave or the Gangapurna Glacier Lake.
Maximum Altitude: 4250 meters
Total Distance: 9.1 km
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
Spending a day in Manang and making many great memories, we will now head towards Ledar. Filling our stomachs with breakfast in the teahouse, we shall now leave for Ledar which follows an uphill trail.
The trail follows uphill to Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416 meters. As we walk through the trails to Thorong La Pass, we can see the beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountains along with glaciers formed.
Following a steady uphill trail to the Thorong La pass, we will reach Tenki. Further from Tenki, we will finally reach the beautiful Marshyangdi River Valley. Continuing towards the Jarsang Khola, we will be able to see the beautiful Jarsang Khola Valley. You will soon reach Ledar with a short walk from the beautiful river valley.
The greenery and unique vegetation and landscapes from Ledar will surprise you. However, the deeper you walk into Ledar, the vegetation and greenery get sparse.
We shall spend the night at a teahouse in Ledar and rest up for the next day.
Maximum Altitude: 4600 meters
Total Distance: 7.3 km
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Today is a short hike from Ledar to Phedi. Phedi is also known as the high camp to most trekkers in the region.
The trail from Ledar to Pedar is a rough uphill road going through a river. You will have to cross a river along the way to reach the High Camp. Apart from the river crossing in an uphill trail, the trail is fairly nice and beautiful with great views of the neighboring mountains and villages.
You will reach Phedi as you walk the trail from the river crossing. The settlement at Phedi is not a big one but it provides you with basic facilities of a guest house where you will be staying the night.
Maximum Altitude: 5416 meters
Total Distance: 16.4 km
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours
We shall now enter a more intense trekking course for the day. Today, our Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary takes you to the highest point of our trek.
Starting from early morning before sunrise, we will head towards the highest point of our trek, Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters. we should cross this high point early in the morning as it gets next to impossible to cross this pass later in the day due to the strong winds.
Crossing the Thorong La Pass before 10 am we can also get a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise hitting on the mountains along with the small villages from the pass. The path to the pass is tough as you get to the rocky steep trails. Also, there may be some icy rocks that will be slippery so watch your step.
After around 4 hours of climbing, you will reach the pass and enjoy the view. You will also notice the prayer flags rustling from the wind. This moment is complete bliss.
We shall now make our descend to yet another highlight of the day. We will now head towards one of the most popular pilgrimage sites i.e, Muktinath Temple. Another 4 hours of descending will lead you to the infamous temple in the lower mustang region, Muktinath Temple. We shall spend the night in a tea house or guesthouse in Muktinath.
Maximum Altitude: 3710meters
Total Distance: 21 km
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours
Today we shall have a short spiritual and cultural tour of the Muktinath Temple and then head back to Jomsom via Kagbeni.
Starting our short tour of the Muktinath Temple, you will get a chance to experience the culture and devotion of the people first hand. This temple is a famous pilgrimage site to both the Hindus and the Buddhists. With the infamous 108 water sprouts known to purify your soul of any impurities, many devotees come from around the world to get their souls purified.
Apart from the water sprouts, the temple of Lord Vishnu along with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara attracts devotees from everywhere. The devotees worship the temple and leave with some of the water from the sprouts for their loved ones as a blessing.
You can enjoy this site and get some blessings for yourselves. Also, you can also witness the eternal flame that is fueled by a natural source of gas at the Jwala Mai Temple.
After receiving your blessings, you will now head down to Jomsom. On the way, you will pass through the beautiful sight of Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a small valley that sits in the middle of two rivers of KaliGandaki and Jhang Khola.
Passing through this beautiful valley at the deepest gorge of the world, you will reach Jomsom in an hour. We will spend the night at Jomsom.
Maximum Altitude: 2743 meters
Total Distance: 67.1 km
Drive Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Today is more of a relaxation day for you. We will take a short ride from Jomsom to Tatopani. The ride from Jomsom to Tatopani is a scenic one. You can enjoy the view from the ride as you stay seated comfortably.
With the 3-4 hour bus ride, you will reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a popular attraction for tourists mainly the trekkers. With natural hot springs that claim to cure your body aches, trekkers come here to relax and get rid of the fatigue from the trek.
After rejuvenating yourselves from the natural hot springs, you can rest at the tea house or lodge, where you will be spending your night.
Maximum Altitude: 2874 meters
Total Distance: 16.9 km
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
After enjoying the relaxing natural hot springs the day before, you must be feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Well, now it’s time for another trek. Today we shall head up to Ghorepani.
Ghorepani is a small beautiful village with great views of the mountains. Apart from the great views, the route to the village along with the village itself is rich in tradition, culture, and tribes.
The cultures and traditions of the locals all throughout the trails are amazing. You will pass through various beautiful small villages along the way like Ghara, Gharkhola, Shikha, Phalante, and lastly Chitre before reaching Ghorepani. These villages each have their unique tribes and culture and traditions.
You will finally reach Ghorepani village after 7 long hours of trekking but the route will be worth the walk. Also, you will see mostly Magars and Gurungs in the village of Ghorepani.
You will stay the night at a lodge in Ghorepani where you will be provided with dinner and breakfast in the morning.
Maximum Altitude: 3210 meters
Total Distance:14 km
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
After proper rest, we shall make a short detour to Poon Hill in the morning today. As we are nearing the end of our Annapurna Circuit Trek, today is our last trek.
We will leave Ghorepani early morning for a short hike. Today, we shall enjoy our sunrise from one of the most popular sunrise viewpoints. Reaching Poonhil from Ghorepani will take around an hour or two. We will enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sun rays hitting the mountains making them glow in our eyes along with the valleys. The view is very picturesque and will be etched in your memory for a lifetime.
After admiring this beautiful view of the mountains under the glowing sun, we will return back to Ghorepani. After enjoying a warm breakfast, we will leave again for another trek. Now we will make our way back to Nayapul.
The trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul has many beautiful scenic moments. It will take you around 5-6 hours. The descent is not as steep so you can complete it easily. As you reach Nayapul, you will take a bus ride from Nayapul to Pokhara.
Today you will spend the night in Pokhara. If you have enough time after dinner you should check out the nightlife of Pokhara.
Maximum Altitude:1400 meters
Total Distance: 200.9 km
Drive Duration: 7 hours
Today marks the very last day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. with a beautiful and scenic ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu, your trek will finally end today.
You will leave for Kathmandu on a tourist bus and exit Pokhara comfortably on your bus enjoying the beautiful views from your window seat.
The ride will get you to Kathmandu in around 6-7 hours.