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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Group Size 2 to 15 pax
  • Max. Elevation 5416m / 17770ft.
  • Start/End Besisahar / Pokhara
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • The most popular trekking destination
  • A well-managed tea house facilitates warm hospitality.
  • 12-month easily accessible trekking route
  • Exploring different lifestyles, cultures, traditions, and religions.
  • Naturally and culturally beautiful.
  • It is an Annapurna Conservation Area project.
  • Preserving wildlife, flora, and fauna.
  • It seems yaks, Goats, Blue sheep, Musk Deer, Snow leopards, etc.
  • Wilderness beauty and Authentic adventure
  • Crystal-clear white snow mountain’s view.
  • Splendid view of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Typical Manang villages and Buddhist monuments
  • Apple and Windy Valleys of Jomsom, Marpha, and Kagbeni
  • Trekking along the Marshyangdi River and Kaligandaki Riverside
  • Explore Gangapurna Lake, Ice Lake, and Tilicho Lake.
  • Adventure high pass: Thorong La Pass (5416 m/17770 ft).
  • Experienced natural hot springs in Chame and Tatopani villages.
  • Embark on Poon Hill (3210 m/10532 ft.) to watch the final Mountain view.

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations for exploring various things. You will see different people's lifestyles, their typical cultures, and their customs. It has a naturally and culturally unique beauty. First, you visit the Marshyangdi riverside and Manang valley after crossing the highest pass of Thorong La at 5416m. Visit the Kaligandaki riverside along Jomsom Muktinath. It has totally different landscapes: holiness, Apple Valley, a windy valley, and an open valley like a desert. You have a lot of chances to see many kinds of wild animals, such as snow leopards, monkeys, mountain goats, blue sheep, red pandas, and many kinds of birds. Yaks are the main animals; you will see so many yaks, and they produce Yak cheese. There are well-managed tourist lodges and facilities, and they provide excellent services with warm hospitality.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins with first landing at Kathmandu Airport and staying overnight at a nice hotel in Kathmandu, then driving the next day to Besisahar or further. It is such a beautiful nature trek and wilderness high pass along the popular river banks of Marshyandi and Kaligandaki. First, in hilly regions, mixed people live; they are farmers and grow lots of crops. They have an amazing lifestyle, typical of their culture. It is slowly ascending along many beautiful villages, such as Bulbule, Ngadi, Syange, Jagat, Taal, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and beautiful trekking route in Nepal. It is an easily accessible, naturally and culturally beautiful, and authentic adventure high pass at Thorong La, 5416m. We customize a 15- to 21-day perfect itinerary. First visit Manang Valley along the Marshyangdi riverside, then after crossing the high pass, trek along Jomsom Muktinath via Kaligandaki river bank with heavy winds. Jomsom Marpha village has lots of tasty apple gardens, and Tatopani Natural (a hot spring) has an orange garden. Then, finally, you can look back at all of the glorious mountains from Poonhill, and the trek ends near Pokhara. It is a fantastic combination of trekking.

We take you slowly and recommend having a rest in the beautiful village at "Manang," a day excursion to the viewpoint, and exploring the typical village and monastery. It will be great acclimatization for the high pass of "Thorong La." You will see many crystal-clear, white-snow mountains from every ridge. Manang Valley is wonderful because it has less vegetation and an airport.

After crossing the highest pass, Thorong La, at 5416m, there is a big drop to part of the Mustang. It is totally desert and wilderness. Muktinath is the holiness of Hindus and Buddhists, and they respect each other and never quarrel. Jomsom Kagbeni, Marpha Valley, Kaligandaki Valley, or Windy Valley Jomsom Marpha is well known as the capital of Apple products. They produce lots of apples, and it would be very tasty as well. If someone doesn’t have much time, they fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

We recommend continuing the trek to Kalopani, Ghasa, and the world’s deepest gorge," said DANA village. Tatopani, which means natural "hot spring," has been well managed beside the river. After a successful adventure with high passes, treks, and ups and downs, your muscles have got painful and tired. So, if you can drop into a nice, warm pool for an hour or more, it makes for wonderful relief. Then, ascend to the most popular hill, Poon Hill (3210 m), from where you will again see all the Himalayan ranges in 360-degree views. Your trek will end near Pokhara, and you will drive back to the beautiful, the largest city in Pokhara. It has a huge lake. The next day, go from Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight or by comfortable tourist bus and stay in Kathmandu. On the next day's departure, "UNAT" arranges a private vehicle to drop off passengers at the airport.

Annapurna circuit trekking entails discovering new places, learning about the local culture, and gaining valuable experience. Authentic adventure and wilderness beauty, It will be a perfect 15-day itinerary at a reasonable price. There is a short trip to visit Tilicho Lake and Ice Lake, or a week-long extension to visit the hidden valley of Nar Phu. We customize your trip according to your schedule. It is also possible to hike the Annapurna round plus base camp along Ghorepani Poon Hill. Exploring local lifestyle, culture, religion, geographical diversity, white-snow mountain views, crops and fruits, and wildlife animals, flora, and fauna Our Unique Nepal Adventure Treks team is well-trained, first aid-trained, and professional. They provide first-class services and help with every difficulty. Our guide will brief us every evening after dinner about tomorrow's trekking program and share some relevant information about Nepal. They ensure your safety, success, and a pleasant and memorable trip.

How about lodging and food on the Annapurna Circuit trek?

There are well-managed lodges with neat and clean rooms with beds. They provide organic, hygienic, and various meals with respect and warm hospitality.

What is the lifestyle, culture, tradition, customs, festivals, and religion of the locality?

First, till Manang Valley, before Thorong La Pass, the people are mixed, but most are Gurung and Lama.

After completing your Adventure High Pass in Mustang or Kaligandaki Valley, people are living in the mix. Lama Bhotea lives in Muktinath, Kagbeni. Thakali people live in Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, and Kalopani villages. Magar ethnic groups live in Ghasa, Dana, Tatopani, and Ghorepani.

We discovered that many ethnicities are present. They have their own lifestyle, culture, tradition, language, dress, festivals, and religion. They are very rich in their own culture and traditions. Likewise, they speak their own language. They wear their own clothes. They celebrate their own festival very nicely, gathering with each other and relatives. Most of the people are Buddhist, and they have many Buddhist monuments such as Monasteries, Mani walls, stupas, prayer flags, tsorten, etc.

Crossing the Beautiful Villages in Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

You will cross, touch, and pass these beautiful villages in Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Besisahar, Bulbule, Ngadi, Bahun Danda, Syange, Jagat, Taal, Dharapani, Bagarchhap, Danaque, Timang, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Ledar, Thorong Phedi, High Camp, Pass, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Kalopani, Ghasa, Dana, Tatopani, Shikha, Ghorepani, Ulleri, Tikhedungapul, Nayapul, Pok

The Most Attractions: Crystal-Clear Mountains View From Annapurna Circuit Trek

View from Manang Valley Before Thorong La Pass:

  • Mt Manaslu 8163m / 26782ft
  • Annapurna II 7937m / 26040ft
  • Annapurna III 7555m / 24787ft
  • Annapurna IV 7545m / 24754ft
  • Gangapurna 7455m / 24459 ft
  • Khangsar Kang 7485m / 24557ft
  • TIlicho Peak 7134m / 23405ft
  • Pisang Peak 6091m / 19984ft
  • Chulu Peak 6419m / 21060ft
  • Thorong Peak 6144m / 20158ft

View from Kaligandaki Valley of Jomsom Muktinath and Poonhill:

  • Mt Dhaulagiri 8167m / 26795ft
  • Mt Annapurna I 8091m / 26545ft
  • Mt Nilgiri 7061m / 23166ft
  • Mt Tukuche Peak 6920m / 22704ft
  • Dhampus Peak 6012m / 19725ft
  • Annapurna South 7219m / 23685ft
  • Hiuchuli 6441m / 21132ft
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) 6993m / 22943ft

Attractive Lakes and Rivers in the Annapurna Round Trip:

TIlicho Lake (4920 m), Gangapurna Lake (3500 m), Ice Lake (4650 m),  Marshyangdi River in Manang Valley, and Kaligandaki River in Jomsom Valley

Wild & Domestic Animals in Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

Domestic animals are yaks, cows, bulls, sheep, and goats.

The wild animals are blue sheep (Ngaur), monkeys, musk deer, snow leopards, red pandas, eagles, voles, mountain goats, etc.

How About Transportation in the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Before starting and after ending the trek, you should catch vehicles accordingly. Please note it properly.

  • Kathmandu airport picks up and drops off private vehicles.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by comfortable bus or private vehicle such as a car, Jeep, HiAce, or Tourist bus
  • Besisahar, and furthermore, Chame, by local Jeep or private Jeep.
  • After completing the trek, Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • Jomsom to Tatopani or Pokhara by local transportation
  • Private reserve jeeps are also available.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu, returning by comfortable tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight (25 minutes) or private vehicle
  • In the end, airport drop-off is by private vehicle.

Do we need an entry permit for Annapurna Circuit trekking?

Yes, you need it; you are visiting the Annapurna Conservation Area, and you must issue some permits according to the below-mentioned You should send a passport photocopy and a passport-size photo. There are many checks posted by ACAP and the police. If you don’t carry permits, they will not allow you to visit the Annapurna Conservation Area. Our guide manages it during the trek, and then after the end of the trek, he will give it to you.

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Areas Project) Nrs. 3000.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Nrs. 2000.
  • Poon Hill Entrance Fee: Nrs. 200.

When is the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The best time to visit the Annapurna Circuit Trek is in the autumn (September, October, November, and late December) and in the spring (March, April, and May). Those months' weather is always clear, with a good temperature, good visibility, and fantastic, crystal-clear mountain views.

The winter and monsoon seasons are also not bad. In the winter, it is snowing and freezing cold, and in the monsoon, it is most of the time raining, cloudy, and with poor visibility. If you like to trek in the monsoon or winter, it is possible. We plan for your trip to be safe and successful.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December.
  • Winter Season: late December, January, and February
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August.


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15-day perfect Itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trek It is a perfect one, but if you need more or less days of trekking, we can customize it according to your requirements. Please feel free.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu by private vehicle. A Manager will brief you about your trip and check your packing list. Stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 2** Hotel
  • 20 Minutes Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Kathmandu to Besisahar by public sharing bus It takes 7 hours. Drive, then the next transaction will be till beautiful Syange village in 2 hours. It is off-road driving. It will be wonderful to stay at a nice lodge near a waterfall.

  • Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Drive
  • 1080m / 3544ft

It is beautiful walking along the Marshyangdi River and having lunch at a beautiful village in Tal. Then trekking will continue along Khotro and Dharapani. It is 6/7 hrs. walking. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 2260m / 7415ft

It is a wonderful walk with scenic beauty. Walking along the beautiful village of Bagarchhap, the Danaque trail is gradual, and before Timang village, it takes a couple of hours to ascend. It is great viewing and a nice lunch place. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang district. Here is a natural hot spring; you can look around.

  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 2620m / 8595ft

After taking a breakfast trek, head smoothly to Bratang village, where there are nice Apple gardens. The product has lots of Apples. Then, the trek continues along a big road called the Gate of Heaven. Lunch will be at Dukur Pokhari. Pisang has nice Monetary and Mani walls. It is so beautiful. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 3250m / 10663ft

Here are two trails, short and long (5 hours or 7 hours of walking). We recommend you walk uphill and view the trailer. It takes 7 hours, but you will see many white snow peaks. If you follow the lower track, you can see good views. If you follow the upper trail ascending Ghyaru and Ngawal villages, Viewing the Annapurna ranges as Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak Lunch will be at Ngawal village, then the trek will continue along Braka village and arrive at a nice village in Manang. It is a beautiful village. Here is a nice mountain bakery as well. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 5 to 7 hrs. Walking
  • 3540m / 11614ft

A special day in a beautiful village at Manang (3450 m) The day excursion will be on a small hillside in front of Manang village. There is one beautiful lake called Gangapurna Lake, Viewpoint, which explores old villages and monasteries. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 2 hrs. Day Excursion
  • 3750m / 12304ft

It is a short walk, but at altitude, you should walk slowly. It is 4/5 hours. Walking. Most of the trail is easy and gradual, and you will arrive at lunchtime. It is an open viewing trail and moraine. We recommend, after taking lunch, hiking a few hundred meters uphill. It will help with better sleep and acclimatization. Stay at a nice lodge in Yak Kharka or Ledar.

  • Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs. Walking
  • 4100m / 13452ft

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4441 m) by walking (4 hrs.) or Thorong High Camp (4850 m) by walking one more hour. We take you slowly first in Phedi, take lunch, and if all is fine and there are no symptoms of altitude, it is better to ascend an hour to High Camp. It takes an hour to ascend. It is a wonderful viewing. It is a tough night, staying at the highest elevation. You will feel light symptoms, but don’t worry, be confident, and keep warm. Keep drinking, keep eating, and think positively. Don’t think much. It helps a lot. If anything becomes serious, consult with your guide and ask him where he sleeps at night. Stay overnight at a nice lodge in High Camp.

  • Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs. Walking
  • 4850m / 15912ft

Thorong La Pass: early in the morning, you need to start; it is an adventure high pass. Thorong high camp to top 3 and a half to 4 hours, descending 4 hours. It takes a total of 7/8 hours. It is a tough, challenging high pass. Starts early in the morning and arrives in the afternoon. Thorong High Camp is 4950m, ascends to 5416 m, and descends to 3800m. Muktinath has Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries. Lots of pilgrims come to pray here. It is a nice place, and you will find it easy to breathe. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Waking
  • 5416m / 17770ft

It is 5-6 hours. Off-road driving. Tatopani means a natural hot spring that is well-managed and warm enough. You can drop into a warm pool for an hour to get relief from your adventure-tired muscles. It is a nice place to stay overnight.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Driving
  • 1190m / 3905ft

It is beautiful walking almost all the way, ascending and crossing many villages. Shikha is a nice place to take lunch, then continue to Chitre village and arrive at Ghorepani. It is a great viewing camp. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Walking
  • 2874m / 9430ft

Early in the morning, ascend Poon Hill (3210m) for about an hour. We should arrive there before sunrise and have a 360-degree view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, along with Machhapuchhre (Holy Mountain) and many more peaks we will be able to view. Then descend to the hotel to take breakfast, pack our bags, and trek to Ulleri, Hile Tikehdunga, catch a local jeep, and then back to Pokhara. It is a long day of walking, but you will arrive at the beautiful city of Pokhara. Here is a large lake; you can hang around. You can have nice meals and stay at a nice Hotel.

  • Nice Hotel
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 3210m / 10532ft

Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 hours, 202 km) or by flight (35 minutes), or by private vehicle (car, jeep, or Toyota Hiace) You can choose what you prefer. We organize accordingly. Stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 2** Hotel
  • 35 Minute flight or 7 hrs Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.

  • Departure
  • 20 minute drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 Days map

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
  • Two nights in a Kathmandu hotel with a continental breakfast
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, and breakfast)
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodges during the trek
  • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and a well-informed trekking guide.
  • Necessary porters, as you required.
  • All expenses for guides and porters: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (buses or flights), etc.
  • One night in a Pokhara hotel with continental breakfast after the trek
  • The needed transportation is as below-mentioned.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar and same-day transaction to Syange by local vehicle or private vehicle
  • Muktinath to Tatopani by local vehicle or a private vehicle, or fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus or by flight
  • Needed Trekking permits as below-mentioned.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP)
  • (TIMS) Trekking information management system
  • Government and local area taxes, where applicable.
  • First Aid kit bag.
  • Seasonal Fruits such as apples, bananas, etc.
  • Some snacks, such as Cookie’s Nuts, etc.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal's entry visa fees
  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance. Do emergency rescue and evacuation coverage.
  • Drinks as Hot and Cold, Soft and alcoholic, as tea, coffee, mineral water, Coke, beer, rum, whiskey, etc.
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits, etc.)
  • Hot water, a hot shower, a heater charge, a battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, camera, toilet rolls, etc.).
  • In the case of natural calamities, i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flights due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by the travelers themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips to Guides and Porters, Donations to Social Services

Good to Know

Packing List of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

It is a packing list of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Plz prepare it according to below-mentioned for safety, warm and success of your trip. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent it in Kathmandu.


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear’s
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra Items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Ear plugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • John & Larissa
    John & LarissaNetherlands,November 05, 2018

    Great track and amazing experience, well organized !

    My girlfriend and I had an amazing experience exploring Nepal via Unique travel organization from Jaya Gurung. Great supervision, very kind guide and porter for the hike. They organized everything very well - permits, good rooms in the lodges, restaurants. Next to that thanks to the team we were well prepared for the track. We even could borrow down jackets from Jay.

    Would definitely recommend this organization to others!

  • S
    Steve ColeUnited Kingdom,October 23, 2017

    Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Ganesh Himal treks

    I met Jay in April 2007, who guided me on the Gokyo – Cho La pass – Everest Base Camp Trek. As well as wanting to do this trek, I was also out there with a work colleague who was climbing Everest that season (he succeeded with Alpine Ascents). Jay more than met my expectations and assisted me in my needs for the trek, ensuring I could meet up with my colleague at specific places, as we had different itineraries. My personal highlight was meeting him at Base Camp, where his group was carrying out a Puja ceremony, something I hadn’t seen before. Jay found good accommodation in all of the villages and as a bonus I paid extra to get us into the Eco Lodge at Lobuche. In addition he will take into account your physical condition, primarily thinking about your walking speed and not allowing you to ascend the trail too quickly in order to aid acclimatisation.

    He noted that I had some time left in my holiday, which I had set aside for sightseeing and collecting souvenirs in Kathmandu. He asked if I would like to trek to his village, just south of the Ganesh Himal. It gave me a further insight into Nepalese culture, a different way of life in comparison to the ‘commercialised’ regions of the Khumbu and Annapurna.

    He is very friendly and is open, honest and understanding with a great sense of humour. He always seems to be happy, but then he loves his job, which you can probably understand! He has a great knowledge of Nepal’s rich history and culture and was always quick to point this out along the way.

    Jay will pick you up from the airport and will ably assist you in looking for extra gear you may require for the trek.

    Jay is not just a guide to me, he is also a friend. We have stayed in contact since the Everest Base Camp trek and I visited Nepal again in October/November 2010. We first trekked in the Ganesh Himal area back to his village, this time via the start of the Langtang route, catching a bus to Syrabru Besi and west over two passes. A further two days trekking, a Jeep and two buses then led me to the Annapurna Circuit. It also gave me the opportunity to visit Pokhara and carry out some sightseeing in Kathmandu’s districts of Bhaktapur and Patan.

    In March/April 2015 I undertook a long held ambition in trekking the Kanchenjunga region. Jay was unable to accompany me due to other commitments and he assigned me a fantastic guide and porter. I had an amazing time with them and I came back and met up with Jay to do some other things for a few days.

    I can thoroughly recommend Jay as a guide and if you enjoy your trek as much as me, then you will have had one of your best experiences of a life time.


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