Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular classic treks of Nepal. It is in the top 3 most visited trekking destination of Nepal.
This trek encircles the Annapurna massif and covers a distance between 110-130 miles by walking. And the Annapurna Circuit Trekking itinerary follows different routes depending on what and where you wish to explore.
With higher accessibility to the region, you can now shorten or lengthen the Annapurna Circuit trek. You can do this trek between 9-28 days.
Hence, there is a wide range of itineraries available for you to choose from.
Due to the construction of the roads, the Annapurna Circuit region is more accessible to the visitor.
You can reach different points of your actual trek by car, jeep or bus. Hence, you can lengthen or shorten the itinerary of your Annapurna Circuit trek.
- 18 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03: Drive to Besisahar and Trek to Bhubhule
- Day 04: Trek to Chamje
- Day 05: Chamje to Bagarchhap
- Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame
- Day 07: Trek to Pisang
- Day08: Trek from Pisang to Manang
- Day 09: – Acclimatization Day at Manang
- Day10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
- Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
- Day 12: Cross Thorong La Pass to Muktinath
- Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
- Day 14: Drive to Tatopani
- Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani
- Day 16: Trek to Poon Hill, Trek Down to Nayapul, and Drive to Pokhara
- Day 17: Drive Back to Kathmandu
- Day 18: Fly Back to Your Country
- How to Modify Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary?
- Final Say,
18 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,400m/4,593 ft
On arrival, you will meet your guide and driver. You will then drive to the hotel.
After you freshen up, you will get a brief about your trip. You will also go through the equipment and supplies needed for the trek. You will also prepare the documents required for the trekking permits.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you can either rest at the hotel or explore the city. You can also shop for any trekking equipment and supplies you need for the upcoming trek. You can choose to rent or buy them in Kathmandu.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
If you arrived late on the day of your arrival, you will have your tour briefing in the morning.
After breakfast in the hotel, you start your Kathmandu City tour.
Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples. You will visit some of the UNESCO-listed heritages of Nepal.
The tour for today includes temples and stupas like Pashupatinath, Swayambhu Stupa, and Boudha Stupa. You will also visit the old palace areas like Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square.
Visits here give you an idea about the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. The Durbar Square are on their way to reconstruction after the damage done by the 2015 Earthquake.
You will spend the evening resting in the comforts of your hotel. Else, you can choose to explore the market area of Kathmandu like Thamel. Here, you will find a range of cafes, restaurants, and pubs along with whole lanes of shops.
Depending on your likes, you can choose how to spend the evening.
Overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar and Trek to Bhubhule
Altitude: 760m/2,493 ft, and 840 m/2,756 ft
Duration: 6-7 hrs bus journey and 2 hrs trek
Distance: 173 km drive and 14.9 km
After breakfast at the hotel, you start your journey to Western Nepal via a bus or jeep. Depending on the size of the group, the mode and choice of transportation can vary.
You begin with a drive through Prithvi Highway to Besisahar.
Besisahar is the district headquarter of Lamjung. Besisahar is also the start of your actual journey on foot.
You begin by walking through the beautiful countryside to Bhulbhule.
This route goes through the dusty road. Else you can choose to take the same bus here. It adds an extra hour to your bus journey. Bhulbhule lies close to the Marsyangdi river.
Bhulbhule also offers views of Lamjung Himal (6931m), Manaslu (8156m), Peak 29 (Nadi Chuli) on clear days.
Overnight at a guest house or lodge in Bhulbhule.
Day 04: Trek to Chamje
Altitude: 1,410 m/4,626 ft
Duration: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 22 km
Today, you make your way to Chamje. After breakfast at the lodge, you begin your trek with an ascend.
Once you reach Bahundanda, you descend down to the river. You cross the Marsyandi River a few times via suspension bridges, to move forward.
After a few hours of walking, you reach the beautiful village called Syange. You pass beautiful waterfalls, streams, rice paddies and lush forests on this day.
Then you climb a cliff to reach Jagat. Here you get exceptional views of the Marsyangdi river and the surrounding rocky hills. Here, you stop for lunch while enjoying the beautiful view. From here, you walk to Chamje to stay for the night.
Day 05: Chamje to Bagarchhap
Altitude: 2,160m/ 7,087ft
Duration: 4-6 hrs
Distance: 15.1 km
You begin your trek with a steep ascent to reach Rock Tooth.
It takes an hour to reach here from Bagarchhap. You then continue onwards to the village of Tal. You can witness the beautiful waterfalls from here.
From here, you cross another suspension bridge passing through farms of barley, wheat, and potato. You continue towards Bagarchhap via the villages of Dharapani and Karte.
You also walk across fir and pine forests on this section of the trek.
Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame
Altitude: 2,650m/8,694 ft
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 13.5 km
You will cross villages like Timang, Tanchok, and Koto before reaching the village of Chame.
The highlights for today’s trek are- fabulous views of Mt. Kailash, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Manaslu, Lamjung, and other peaks along with Rhododendron forests.
Chame is the last stop for the local buses. Hence, to make the trek shorter, you can take a direct bus to this place from Pokhara.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 13.6 km
Your trek begins with an amazing view of Lamjung Himal from the suspension bridge. You pass through beautiful chorten and mani walls and walk westward.
You pass through a field of buckwheat to enter the tiny village of Telekhu (2840m). You will walk through a deep gorge as well as pine forests. You will see a marvelous waterfall before you reach the village of Bhrathang.
Once you cross the village, you walk through a path made on the walls of a steep canyon.
Here, you get your first views of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. You will walk through its base and continue your steep ascent to the Upper Marsyangdi.
Along with this part of the trail, you get amazing views of Pisang peak and Annapurna II. You will also see the icy Lamjung ridge on the way. From here, you reach the valley of Pisang. Pisang has two parts: Upper and Lower Pisang.
Lower Pisang has many lodges. During peak season, it is better to rest here as you are sure to find rooms if you don’t have bookings.
If you arrive early, you can make your way to Upper Pisang. It is only a short distance from Lower Pisang. It offers great views of Lower Pisang. You can also visit the old Buddhist monastery located here.
Day08: Trek from Pisang to Manang
Altitude: 3,540 m/ 111,614 ft
Duration: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 15.6 km
You continue your trek through the pine-scented trails. You begin your hike to Manang with a hike up to Ghyaru village. This village offers an excellent view of the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East.
You can also see the glacial wall of Annapurna IV from here. After lunch here, you continue your journey. You will then reach a mani wall with many prayer wheels. This marks the entrance to Ngawal. Once again, you get breathtaking views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna peaks during the trek.
Humde Village lies below Ngawal. There is also a domestic airport here.
Then, you descend down to Bhakra (Braga) before continuing on to Manang. Braga is home to the largest gompa (monastery) in Manang. It is worth a visit with its vast arrays of statues and views of the entire village.
On the way, you walk past pine forests, villages and farming terraces. There is another route to Manang. This route will take you through the village of Hongde and onwards to Manang. It involves less climbing.
Overnight in Manang
Day 09: – Acclimatization Day at Manang
This is a rest/acclimatization day at Manang. This is important to allow your body to adapt to the changes in elevation.
You can spend the day in different ways.
- Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. It is the last stop before you reach Mustang. Consult a doctor, if you need to. This Association also holds daily talks on high altitude sickness, dangers of high altitude treks among others.
- Explore the places in and around the village of Manang. It includes the spectacular Gangapurna icefall, Khangsur Village, Tsamkhang Village. It also includes visits to Kecho Lake or Milarepa Cave.
Stay overnight in Manang.
Day10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,120 m/13,517 ft
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 10.4 km
After breakfast in Manang, you continue your trek for the day.
You begin by passing through the old village of Manang- Tenki Manang. It offers a good view of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks.
The trail for today is quite easy with no steep climbs.
The trail goes flat after crossing the villages of Tenki Manang and Gunsang. After this, you ascend to reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka means grazing pasture in Nepali.
On the way, you can spot blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. You can see meadows with a few horses and yaks grazing around.
On peak months, if you don’t find tea houses to stay at here, continue onwards to Letdar. It also has decent tea houses.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Altitude: 4,560 m/14,960 ft
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 7.3 km
Today you will have amazing views, light trail, and towering Himalayas as your trekking partners.
You continue on almost flat trails until you cross Kone Khola (stream). On the way here, you cross two small villages of Churi Ledar and Ledar.
After crossing the stream, you take the steep uphill climb. This part is prone to dry landslide and stones falling down the cliff. Hence, you need to pay extra attention to the trails.
Once you reach the gentle slopes which take you to Thorong Phedi, you have passed the risky area.
Overnight at Thorung Phedi.
Day 12: Cross Thorong La Pass to Muktinath
Altitude: 5,416 m/ 117,769 ft, and 3,802 m/12,474 ft
Duration: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 16.4 km
This is the most difficult yet rewarding part of your entire trek. You wake up early to walk uphill for about 4 – 5 hours to reach Thorong La Pass.
At 5,416m, it is the highest point of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can enjoy the panoramic views while sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea. There is a small tea shop here.
After spending time on the Pass and patting yourself for a climb well done, you begin your descent.
On the way down, you get beautiful sceneries of the Kali Gandaki valley and restricted Upper Mustang range. You can stop for lunch in the small village of Chabarbu. After lunch, you continue onwards to Muktinath.
Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts both domestic and international tourists. You will spend the night in the town of Ranipauwa. This town is incorrectly called Muktinath as well.
If you arrive early and up for it, you can explore the Muktinath Temple.
This temple has a beautiful Jwala Mai temple with a spring and an eternal flame. It also has 108 water sprouts. The water from the Gandaki river flows through these stone spouts.
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
Altitude: 2,750m/9,022 ft
Distance: 23 km
You continue on your trek through beautiful fields and meadow before reaching the beautiful town of Kagbeni. Here on, you get amazing views of Mt. Nilgiri from the trails.
You also pass through the village of Jharkot, Shakya Monastery, a traditional medicine center on your way to Jomsom.
Jomsom is a lively town. It has an airport, schools, hotels, banks, shops, museum. You can also choose to trek further to the wonderful village of Marpha. Famous for its local grown apples and apple products, it is a village worth visiting.
For those who are short on time, there are buses, jeeps that take you to Jomsom.
In Jomsom, you can catch a direct flight to Pokhara and onwards to Kathmandu. On the way, be sure to catch your last glimpses of Tilicho and Nilgiri Peaks.
Day 14: Drive to Tatopani
Altitude: 1,341m/4,400 ft
Duration: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 237 km
From Jomsom, you will take a bus or jeep to Tatopani (Natural hot spring). You will walk across the beautiful villages of Marpha, Kalopani, and Chokhopani.
You can stop to enjoy the local apple products in Marpha. Be sure to check out the panoramic views of the Himalayas on the way. You can see mountain peaks like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow capped peaks.
Once you reach Tatopani, relax and take a dip in the natural hot spring. This can help relax your tired muscles and rejuvenate you for the next part of the trek.
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,874 m/ 9,429 ft
Duration: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 16.9 km
After winding down in Tatopani, you resume your trek. You pass through villages of midland Nepal.
These provide views of lush green terraced fields and inclined farmlands. You also pass forests of rhododendron, magnolia and other vegetation of the area.
Once you reach Ghorepani, you can get a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain peaks. From here, you can see Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks.
Day 16: Trek to Poon Hill, Trek Down to Nayapul, and Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 3,193m/110,475 ft), (1,070m/3,510 ft), (1400m/4,593 ft)
Duration: 1 and half hr
Distance: 43.9 km to Pokhara and 14.9 km (Ghorepani-Poon Hill- Ghorepani-Nayapul)
The day begins early with a short hike to Poon Hill. The fabulous sunrise views among the mountain peaks are one of the most amazing highlights of treks in the region.
Poon Hill provides excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South. You can also see other, surrounding mountains peaks.
For those who have less than a week in Nepal, you can opt for the short PoonHill Trek.
After a time well spent here, you trek down to Ghorepani for breakfast.
After breakfast, you begin your descent down Nayapul. You pass several villages, farms on the way. After lunch in Nayapul, you drive back to Pokhara- the city of Lakes.
Depending on the time of arrival, you can choose to relax by the lake or explore the city.
Overnight at a hotel or lodge in Pokhara.
Day 17: Drive Back to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1400 m / 4,593 ft
Duration: 6-7 hrs. drive or 25 min. flight
Distance: 204-206 km
You can take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu. Be sure to enjoy your last day in Nepal.
Both the drive and flight provide great views of the hills, mountains, and villages. Once in Kathmandu, you can relax or roam the city till the wee hours.
Day 18: Fly Back to Your Country
You will drive to the International Airport as per your flight schedule. Make sure to reach the airport 2 hours before your flight time. Depending on the time of your flight, you can spend the day exploring the city.
And, a 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek is also possible.
How to Modify Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary?
Decrease the Number of Days
- Drive directly to Chame from Kathmandu.
- Drive directly to Kathmandu from Muktinath.
- Drive between different trek points.
- Take flights to and from Pokhara.
- Skip different points of the trek. You can skip the difficult parts of the trek like Thorung Phedi. You can also drive directly from Tatopani to Kathmandu.
Increase the Number of Days
- Include popular trek destinations near the Annapurna Circuit. This can include the beautiful Tilicho Lake, Nar Phu Valley. You can include either one or both of them. You can also include Upper Mustang– the forbidden kingdom of Nepal in your itinerary.
- Include other beautiful villages to spend the night or explore. You will find many options. Some popular options are Marpha, Kagbeni, Ghandruk, Poon Hill among others.
- Explore different places or the cities of Nepal. You can do sightseeing tours in Pokhara, Kathmandu. You can also include Jungle safari in Chitwan, river rafting to your itinerary.
- Trek the entire way. Do not drive to Tatopani. Walk there.
There is an itinerary that can suit almost anyone to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can shorten it to less than 8 days or extend it as much as you please.
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