15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights
- You will get to cross the highest pass in the world, Thorong La Pass.
- Tibetan Buddhist culture and its old monastery.
- World deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River
- Visit the holy site of Hindu and Buddhist, Muktinath Temple.
- Tatopani village with hot spring(Natural hot water).
- Sunrise over range of mountains Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna to Manaslu range.
- Rhododendron-oaks-pines and fir trees.
- Awesome scenery of mountains and unique landscapes.
- Enjoy the local foods with tea houses and camp a few days.
- Tibetan Buddhism and the Hindu culture.
- Beautiful Phewa Lake with clean Pokhara city.
Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 Days
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
As you arrive in Kathmandu, our representatives will receive you and welcome you. Then they will take you to the hotel from the airport. You will go to your hotel in a private car. Once you reach the hotel, he will give you detailed information about the trek. You can rest for a while after check-in and enjoy the city on your own.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and trek to Bahundanda for 2 hours.
On this day your 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek journey will start. You will go through a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. The journey is about 8 hours. After reaching Bhulbhule you will go through the first part of the trail passing through a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. After walking for 2 hours and going steeply upwards on the trail you reach Bahundanda. On your way, you can enjoy the scenery and explore the local culture of the Gurung community. Overnight in Bahundanda.
Day 3: 7 hours Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje.
Early in the morning, you will start your trek towards Chamje from Bahundanda. You will walk along the steep trail that goes through rice terraces in a flat path. You will make your way towards the Marsyangdi river and through Syange where there is a beautiful waterfall. Eventually, you will descend towards Jagat situated on Marsyangdi valley. Finally going through small ups and down and walking for 7 hours you reach Chamje.
Day 4: Trek to Bagarchap from Chamje
You will start the trek from the trail of Chamje that descends to the river and crosses a suspension bridge. You will reach the plain of Tal after climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill. Tal is located at 1700m. It is also the border between Manang and Lamjung district. You descend your way to a riverbank and move towards Bagarchap. After walking for nearly 6 hours, you will reach Bagarchap. Overnight in Bagarchap.
Day 5: Trek from Bagarchap from Chame for 5 hours.
Early in the morning you start your trek from Bagarchap and move towards Chame. You can see the south face of Manaslu as you move along the trail. You reach Danaque as you pass through a Bhote village with colorful prayer flags kept around the Buddhist monastery. You will walk a flat level trail until you reach Chame which is the headquarters of Manang district. Here you will find shops, government offices, and hotels.
Day 6: 4 Hours Trek from Chame to Pisang
You start your trek from Chame towards Pisang with Lamjung Himal shining from the sun. The mountain disappears as you move along an apple orchard. You continue your walk through a rocky area. You will move along the trails and go through different pine forests. As you follow the path to Bhratang, you will walk along the steep-sided part of the valley. You can see the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak to the north-east after you walk for 4 hours. Finally, you reach Pisang. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang
You start your trek early in the morning from Pisang. You can enjoy the amazing view of the Tilicho peak and Manang Valley as you make your way along a steep ridge. You can also get a view of Annapurna IV from the plains of the Sabje Khola Valley. You cross the Marsyangdi Khola and move to the small village of Mungji. You can also see an amazing monastery at Bryaga village. Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak can be on your way. Finally, after walking for 5 hours you reach Manang village located at 3540m.
Day 8: Rest day at Manang
Today we rest at Manang and explore the town. You can cross the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurnas. You can also get a full panorama view of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley by climbing high above the village. If you have some spare time, you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post in the village. Moreover, you can also make your rest day more fun by visiting Gangapurna Glacier Lake.
Day 9: 7 hours Trek from Manang to Thorong High Camp
On this day, you climb up to a ridge before crossing the Marsyangdi headwaters along with a covered wooden bridge. Before descending to Thorong Phedi, you will follow the trails across the slope which is unstable. It takes 7 hours from Manang to reach Thorong High Camp. Overnight in Thorong High Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass and trek to Muktinath
You start early on this day as you will be crossing Thorang La Pass located 5416m. The trail becomes steep as you leave the camp. You will walk in a well-defined path as the local people have used it for many times. You will explore amazing views of the snow-covered mountains as you move towards the Kali Gandaki. As you move along, you can enjoy the hills of Mustang ahead of you. As you descend to Muktinath, you can move along with the incredible views of Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
You will start your trek from Muktinath towards Jomsom. You will pass through the bank of the Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. After the walk of 7 hours, you finally reach Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through the Kali Gandaki river. You can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak from Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 12: Drive or take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
From Jomsom, you can either take a flight to Pokhara or go on a scenic drive. After going on the roads for 9 hours you finally reach Pokhara. You can rest for the night or relax by the side of Phewa Tal. Exploring the nightlife in Pokhara is a must.
Day 13: Sightseeing in Pokhara
This is a free day in Pokhara. You can go to the famous different caves and temples. You can also go to the Fewa lake for boating. You can go to the World Peace Stupa in the afternoon from where you can get a view of the whole Pokhara valley. You can enjoy the nightlife or do some shopping in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14 Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
You will make your breakfast and go through a scenic drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, you can once roam around the city and buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home.
Day 15 Final departure
On this day, your 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek comes to an end. Our representative will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination.
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Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 Days
Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done at any time of the year. But, you might face many challenges if you visit this region during the wrong season.
June, July, and August are the monsoon season. During this time it is mostly raining and brings the risk of flooding the rivers in the circuit’s lower sections. There are also chances of landslides. It doesn't rain every day but the scenery becomes lush and green. However, views of the Himalayas will not be so clear. People who have been there recommended to avoid the trek during this season.
Autumn i.eSeptember, October, and November are the best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit. The sky is clear and you will enjoy the clear views of the mountains. The trails remain dist-free. However, you will find many people in the teahouses and it might be full during the peak season.
The other options for the pack autumn season are February, March, and April. The days are warmer and longer during this time. The trails are filled with blooming rhododendron.
May is the warmest season of all but there is a risk of rainfall during this time. So you must always prepare yourself with rain gear.
During November and December, you will be welcomed with a lot of space in the trails and tea houses. During this time you must always prepare yourself for colder days and nights. However, there is always a possibility of delays in the tour due to heavy snow.
Trekking in January makes the roads slippery and is dangerous to trek due to heavy snow. So it might be difficult to trek during this time. The route to Thorang La Pass will also be closed during this time.
How Difficult is Annapurna Circuit 15 Days Trek?
Going in the Annapurna Circuit Trek is known as the moderate level trek. It is neither too difficult nor too easy. This trek is also known as the longest trekking route in the Annapurna Circuit. It can be physically challenging for a beginner without training and preparing themselves for the trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is also known as one of the adventurous trekking journeys. The major highlight of the trek is crossing Thorong La Pass which is standing at 5500 meters above sea level. Crossing the Thorong La Pass is also one of the most difficult parts of the trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking routes cover 160 km to 230 km, depending on which types of transportation is used and where the trek ends.
During the trek, you will be walking around 8-15 km per day. The trekking duration of the trek is around 5-6 hours a day from normal healthy people. But the time could vary if you spend lots of your time on personal Photography, resting or wishing to spend more time on your trekking trail.
You need to do some hiking and spend time at a higher altitude before trekking. Doing so can be very rewarding and beneficial. Having a positive mindset can also make your trek less difficult.
Annapurna Circuit Trek’s total cost ranges from USD 900 to USD 1200. However, the cost differs from agency to agency. This package includes your trekking guide, permit fees, accommodation, taxes, and all service charges. Shopping, your flight tickets, porters services, all your other personal expenses, and any tips are not there in the package.
You can choose the places you want to visit and customize your trek accordingly. But, the cost may vary according to the places you want to visit. It is in your benefits to booking a package treks. You can prepare yourself for the trek without worrying about the package.
How many hours should we walk a day during the trek?
You should walk around 6-8 hours a day. But some days you will walk for 4-6 hours a day only.
What is the highest altitude in this trek?
You will cross the Thorong La Pass which is the highest altitude of this trek. It is located at an altitude of 5416m.
How fit do I need to be for the 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Trek to Annapurna Circuit is a difficult trek. Anyone with normal fitness can go on this trek. Previous trekking experiences are not required. You should prepare yourself mentally and physically to complete this trek.
Do I need a guide/porter for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
No, taking a guide or porter depends on you. If you want to go solo on this trek or through an agency you can book it by yourself. If you want a guide or a porter you can hire them by yourself. However, it will be dangerous if you are trekking in the off-season.
Will I find any ATM on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
No, you will not find any ATM machines along the trails. Before the trek, you have to withdraw cash required for the trek from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You should always carry Nepali currency during the trek.
Note: This is a full trekking detail for Annapurna Circuit trek 15 Days. You can also book the complete package for the trek with Index Adventure. The itinerary can be customized according to the appropriate timings and your choices. You can email us at [email protected] if you have any queries.