15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking

15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost and Itinerary for Private and Group Join
15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking
What to see & doSpecific information about 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking
  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5416m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Tourist Vehicles
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 15 Days is an adventure-filled trekking journey that takes you to all major attractions of the Annapurna region within a time frame of 15 days. What makes this trek different from the classic Annapurna Circuit is that you'll be taking road transport whenever possible, reducing the total number of hiking days. Perfect for time-bound trekkers, this AC trek offers the experience of your lifetime. The close-up vistas of the great Himalayas over 7000+ meters in height, tiny villages at the base of these giant mountains with rich historical culture, and extreme landscapes with varying vegetation are all yours to enjoy!

The Annapurna region is known worldwide for its beauty. The 15 Days Annapurna Circuit, among other trekking routes in the region, is considered the most beautiful trail one can set foot on. If you're doing only one trek in Nepal, it must be the Annapurna Circuit. No words can better describe the allure of the trek.

Located in the central Himalayas of Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit is a long 160 – 230 km trekking journey featuring the great views of the world's 7th and 10th tallest mountain peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mt. Annapurna I (8,029m), respectively. After traversing through the deep valley of the Marshyangdi River, you'll reach the Kali Gandaki River Valley, where you'll witness the world's deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge.

Beginners or experts, the Annapurna circuit trekking is suitable for all kinds of trekkers, which is another reason for its widespread popularity. From the beginning of our walk at Chamje (1430 m), we take 8 days to reach the highest landmark of the trek at Thorung La Pass (5416 m), ensuring a gradual ascend with enough acclimatization. Hence, Annapurna Circuit is acclaimed as a beginner-friendly trek despite having to hike in the snowy and icy terrain of the high Himalayas. Experienced trekkers enjoy the trek just as much because of how close the trail takes them to the snow-clad mountains.

Trekking in the Annapurna Circuit is not just a natural experience; it's equally a cultural affair. The epic Annapurna range, with the surrounding mountains and wonderful scenery, makes the Annapurna Circuit the best. But it's the locals and their hospitable nature that add the cherry on top. Staying with the ethnic people of Magar, Gurung, Manange, and Thakali communities settled in small villages along the trail gives you a sneak peek of their celebrated culture and lifestyle.

The Annapurna region's varying climatic zones and landscapes, ranging from lush green forests of the sub-tropical region to barren rocky lands of the alpine region, make the journey interesting. There's something new to see each day of the trek. Waking up with the sun every day and watching the golden sunrise cast its magic over the snow-covered mountains sets the tone for the day. It is a feeling you only get to experience in real-time. Are you ready for this lifetime experience?

Join Outfitter Nepal's 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking today. Want more information before booking the trip? Here you go. Let's discuss some of the highlights of the trek in detail.

Best Features of the 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • High-altitude trekking adventure in the rugged terrain of the central Himalayas
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chamje, Muktinath to Tatopani, and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Hike through the lush green forests of Rhododendrons, oak, birch, and juniper
  • Surround yourself with 7000+ meters of mountain peaks
  • Interacting with the locals of Manang village while acclimatizing
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing view of Gangapurna Glacier from Manang
  • Crossing the strenuous Thorung La Pass, the trek's highest point at 5416 meters
  • Visiting the sacred Hindu and Buddhist shrine, Muktinath Temple, in Mustang
  • Soothe your tired muscles at a hot spring in Tatopani
  • Watch the glorious sunrise view of the Annapurna range from Poonhill

Fascinating Himalayan landscape with varying vegetation

The 15 days journey to the Annapurna Circuit starts in a subtropical region with dense forests and roaring rivers. You walk through countless terraced fields and paddies while taking in the warm weather. The alpine vegetation with dry slopes and desolate ravines encircled by snow-capped mountains can be seen after a few days. You will reach the desert-like countryside with dry soil devoid of any vegetation after passing through Thorung La Pass. Before ending the trek, you'll travel down to the tropical vegetation once more. Overall, a constant shift in the scenery you'll be looking at while trekking makes the journey intriguing with each passing day.

Glorious vistas of the Annapurna range, among other high mountains

It is obvious that you'll see the Annapurna range's mountains from the beginning to the end of the trek since you'll be encircling the entire range. This 55-kilometer-long massif is home to many summits, including the 10th highest peak, Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre/Fishtail (6993 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7455 m), Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Tilicho Peak (7135 m), and others. You'll also get to see the world's 7th highest peak, Dhaulagiri (8167 m), and its range, Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986 m), and other 7000+ meters tall mountains in the distance. You'll actually be surrounded by snow-topped mountains all around you.

Explore Manang village and its beautiful surrounding

Manang is a beautiful mountain village situated north of the Annapurna Range at an altitude of 3519 meters. The locals living in Manang are Tibetan descendants who practice Buddhism and speak the Manange language, a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in the northern Himalayas in Nepal. They are humble people who rely on tourism, a little agriculture, and yak herding for a living. You'll be spending an entire day in Manang for acclimatization, which is a good opportunity to explore the surrounding and indulge in the interaction with the locals and learn about their unique, age-old culture and tradition. For nature lovers, the view of Gangapurna Lake and Glacier would be enough.

Crossing the high mountain pass, Thorung La Pass

Between the summits of Khatung Kang and Yakwa, at the height of 5416 meters, stands the imposing Thorang La Pass. It is regarded as the most challenging part of the trekking journey because of the rocky, uphill path to the top of the pass, with limited oxygen in the thin air of high altitude. When you eventually reach the top and take in the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, you will feel as though your perseverance and effort were justly rewarded. The sense of accomplishment you experience after taking in the stunning view from the pass cannot be described in words. You have to see it for yourself.

Pay a visit to the holy Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is located at the base of Thorong La Pass and is one of the most revered Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage places. The Muktinath temple, also known as Mukti Kshetra (place of freedom), is thought to cleanse all sins and bestow good fortune by bathing in the holy pond and taps in the temple premises. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the temple from various parts of India and Nepal to take a bath in the temple's pond and taps and wish the water washes off their sins. It is a wonderful chance to ask for blessings for yourself in Muktinath temple while on your adventure trip in the Annapurna Circuit.

Plunge into the hot water spring of Tatopani

Tatopani means "hot water" in Nepali. Named after a natural hot spring present in the area, Tatopani is one of the major attractions of this 15-day Annapurna Circuit trip. The spring water is believed to have a unique capacity to alleviate discomfort and foster healing. Legends say that taking a hot spring bath can even cleanse your soul. So, before beginning an uphill hike to Ghorepani, we advise you to take a quick dip in the hot spring. We can't guarantee soul cleansing, but it will surely help relax your muscles and relieve pain.

Enchanting sunrise view from Poonhill

Also a part of the Annapurna Circuit, Ghorepani-Poonhill is a distinct trekking route in itself known for stunning sunrise views against the Annapurna range and the nearby mountain peaks. The Annapurna Range, Mt. Machhapuchre, and Mt. Dhaulagiri all appear golden during the magnificent Himalayan sunrise. It is only a brief uphill walk early in the morning from Ghorepani to the hilltop, Poonhill, where you can relish this splendid panorama. This trail's inclusion in our 15-day short trek to the Annapurna circuit is the icing on the cake.

Meet humble locals of different ethnic groups

The trek provides an intriguing look at the cultural practices and rituals of the area, in addition to providing a breathtaking view of some of the world's highest mountain summits. While on the trek, you will get a chance to see how the Gurungs, Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, and Magars live their simple life. With the help of the welcoming locals, you will be able to learn about the region's traditions, beliefs, and long-lasting customs. The area's cultural diversity can be seen in the numerous age-old temples, stupas, gumbas, and chortens that are still present and preserved.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The experts at Outfitter Nepal have created this 15 days Itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit to give you the best out of the trek in a short time frame. We're hopeful that you'd enjoy the trek just as much as we've enjoyed crafting this special 15 Days Trek to the Annapurna Circuit.

Our airport facilitator will welcome you upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. They will take you to a 3-star hotel in Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu that is home to a large number of hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, bars, and pubs. Most tourists and hikers prefer to stay here because of its location, which occurs to be in the middle of the city.

After settling into your hotel, you might relax or go tour the neighborhood. It is an excellent time to buy any hiking equipment you might need. You'll find many shops selling it on Thamel's streets. In order to be prepared for the adventure the following day, make sure to get a good sleep and get over your jetlag.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m / 4,429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

You will be picked up by your trek guide from the hotel at around 7 AM and driven to the bus terminal to catch a bus for Besisahar. Make sure to have breakfast and get ready before 7 in the morning. It is a comfortable bus journey following the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway until Dumre. The road is thrilling after Dumre. You cruise along a paved route with the Marshyangdi River by your side to get to Besisahar. You get down in Besisahar and catch a local jeep to Chamje, the location of your overnight stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,410m / 4,625ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 60m/196ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We start our walk after a filling breakfast at the guest house before descending to the river and passing through a suspension bridge. Next, we start the ascent to Sattale (1550 m), which is up a steep slope that makes it seem like one slip could send you tumbling down the valley. But don't worry. With our guide by your side, you'll be safe on the trail.

After climbing a winding trail to the hill's summit, you can see the plain surface of Tal (1700 m). After Tal, the valley becomes more condensed, and the path becomes more twisted. The trail appears to have been carved out of the rock itself in some spots. To get to Dharapani, we must continue walking along the cliffs past the tiny community of Karte (1900 m) before the trail descends to the river again and we cross a second suspension bridge.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1,804ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11.2mi

We begin the hike from Dharapani by heading toward a small grassy area. The Annapurna II can be seen in the background as the Marsyangdi River turns left. When you finally arrive in Bagarchhap, a Bhote village near a Buddhist monastery, prayer flags can be seen flirtatiously flapping in the wind.

We continue up through pine and oak woodlands, passing Danaque. (2210 m). At the foot of Lamjung Himal, is the village of Timang, which we reach after passing by a small wooden bridge and a tricky slope. The trail is leveled until we reach Chame, where we stay the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,710m/8,891ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 750m/2,461ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 25km/15.5mi

We start our journey to Pisang after a delicious breakfast at the tea house. You'll be pleased by the sight of Lamjung Himal (6893m), which sparkles in the morning light. The mountain disappears as we climb up the valley, past an extensive apple orchard.

As we proceed on the path to Bhratang (2950m), the valley begins to rise drastically. We reach a rock-strewn area after a little ascent from Bhratang. At this point, we cross a wooden bridge and continue on a difficult, twisting trail. As we continue hiking through a pine forest, the valley's V-shape gradually transforms into a U-shape, revealing an amazing outlook. Then, close to the bridge, we arrive at the little settlement of Pisang, identified by a lengthy Mani Wall.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,300m/10,827ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 590m/1,935ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

From Pisang, we start our day by climbing a high hill that provides fantastic views of the Manang River and Tilicho Peak (7145 m). As we walk down past the airstrip of Manang at Humde (3320 m), we arrive at a flat area from which the northeastern face of Annapurna III towers gloriously above us. Annapurna IV (7525 m) is also visible from the vast flat land of the Sabje Khola Valley.

We travel a short distance beyond this to the tiny community of Mungji by crossing the Marsyangdi River on a wooden bridge. The residents grow crops in the fields on either side of the trail. Next, we see the settlement of Braga, surrounded by the spectacular monastery, countless large chortens, and Mani walls. Shortly after a challenging ascent, we reach Manang.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 240m/787ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

Before traversing the Thorung La Pass, it is essential to acclimatize properly. Manang is a great place for acclimatization because it offers a variety of optional day hikes. One such hike involves walking across a river to see an enormous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas. Another involves climbing far above the village to get a comprehensive view of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.

It is worthwhile to stop by the Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid station in Manang. If you want to spice up your rest day with some unique adventures, you can also visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1080m/3542ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1080m/3542ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After a well-earned day of rest, you wake up in Manang eager to tackle Thorung La Pass. But it's still a couple more days until we reach Thorung La. So, we go as far as Yak Kharka today.

From Manang to Yak Kharka, the trail gradually ascends while going through the hamlet of Gunsang. (3960 m). We will trek all day, admiring the vast mountain vistas all around us. The altitude will exhaust us even though it seems like a brief hike. Breathing is challenging as we climb to an even higher altitude of 4050 m at Yak Kharka. So, we proceed slowly and cautiously.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 570m/1,870ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

After a filling breakfast in Yak Kharka, our pursuit of Thorung La Pass begins. The journey starts with a gradual ascent to a hilltop, then descends to Marsyangdi's headwaters. We then cross a concealed wooden bridge. Before climbing a perilous hill on a narrow path and ultimately descending to Thorung Phedi, we first scale the mountain way on the right side of the Marsyandgi for a short distance. Finally, we make it to the base of Thorung La Pass, Thorung Phedi, and rest well at a mountain lodge overnight to prepare our bodies for the next day.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,600m/15,091ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 490m/1,607ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

It's the day we have all been anticipating. Today, we'll cross the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit, Thorung La Pass, at an elevation of (5416 m). We begin our difficult but well-marked trail to Thorang La Pass early in the morning. After 4 hours of steady ascent, we approach the prayer flags and chortens of the renowned pass.

As soon as we reach the top, dazzling views of the brown and purple hills of Mustang as well as the snow-capped peaks at the top of the Kali Gandaki valley, stretch out before us. Standing at the summit of the Thorung La Pass, the breathtaking scenery around you fills your spirit with pride and accomplishment.

After a short moment of appreciation for the insanely beautiful Himalayas, we continue our trek. The enticing view of Dhaulagiri makes the painful 1600 m descent to Muktinath worthwhile. After grassy slopes finally replace the moraines, we reach Muktinath by taking a pleasant stroll upward through Jhong Khola Valley.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 816m/2,677ft,
  • Elevation Loss: 1,616m/5,302ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/9.9mi

Right after you get up and freshen up, you'll head towards the renowned Muktinath to pray for yourself and your friends and family. Breakfast will be ready for you when you return back to your lodge. Enjoy your meal, collect your things, and brace yourself for another adventurous jeep ride from Muktinath to Tatopani along the Kali Gandaki River.

There is a hot spring in Tatopani that is said to relieve pain and heal your sore muscles. After checking in to the lodge at Tatopani, you can visit the hot spring and take a bath to relax your body after the taxing 11 days of your adventure trip in Nepal.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,200m/3,937ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 2,600m/8,530ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we start our journey by strolling through a flat area for a while. The trail then begins a steep ascent that lasts for at least an hour, going through a number of villages with people of different ethnic backgrounds and an abundance of agricultural land. The majority of the people here are Gorkhali families who serve in the Indian army.

The route then passes through several small towns, including Phalate, Chitre, and others, before a steady ascent to Ghorepani. You can see various wildlife as you hike through rhododendron woods and take in the expansive views of numerous mountains around you.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,850m/9,350ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1,650m/5,413ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 17km/10.6mi

It's time for another highlight of the trek. Today we go for an early morning hike to Poon Hill, which is famous for its glorious Himalayan sunrise. We hike for an hour and a half before dawn to reach the summit of Poonhill, a great vantage point with a spectacular sunrise against the Annapurna range and nearby mountains. You'll be mesmerized by the warm golden sunrise reflecting off the snow-capped Annapurna range, Mt. Machhapuchre, and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

We have breakfast at the Ghorepani lodge after coming down from Poonhill and prepare to leave. Today is also the last hiking day. We walk past a dense forest and cross a small water stream, hearing birds sing their melodies before reaching Ulleri, another Magar village. We continue on a steep downhill trail for a while to reach Tikhe Dhunga, and a brief hike featuring a couple of suspension bridges takes us to Hile.

We board a local jeep in Hile that takes us to Pokhara in 2 hours. After checking in to your hotel in Pokhara, you can head out for an evening stroll in the Lakeside. Celebrate the completion of the trek with a couple of drinks before heading back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,210m/10,531ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Elevation Gain: 360m/1180ft
  • Elevation Loss: 3290m/7839ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

You are expected to board a luxury tourist bus to Kathmandu at 7 AM, following an early breakfast at your Pokhara hotel. As you travel through several small towns, you get to see the countryside, rushing rivers, terraced fields, and lush rural scenery. The 6/7 hour bus journey will be an incredible experience.

After checking in at the hotel in Thamel, relax or grab some souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Come to your farewell dinner with us on your final evening in Kathmandu. Let's celebrate your successful trek before you leave.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 530m/1738ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

You'll be taken to Kathmandu International Airport on your last day in Nepal for your last journey home. Have a safe trip!

Serving you over the past 15 days has been an absolute pleasure for OUTFITTER NEPAL. It was great meeting you, and we sincerely hope you made wonderful memories in Nepal. We wish to meet you again in the future. Remember us for your upcoming trips to Nepal.

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The experts at Outfitter Nepal have created this 15 days Itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit to give you the best out of the trek in a short time frame. We're hopeful that you'd enjoy the trek just as much as we've enjoyed crafting this special 15 Days Trek to the Annapurna Circuit.

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What's Included
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Ground transport (Kathmandu - Chamje, Muktinath - Tatopani, Hile – Pokhara, Pokhara - Kathmandu)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek
  • Accommodations in basic mountain lodges or tea houses on the trek
  • A guide and potters (1 potter carries a total of 22 kg from 2 trekkers)
  • Paperwork, National Park Entry Permit, and TIMS card
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service paid by your travel insurance company
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag – if necessary (return after trek)
  • Farewell dinner in last night in Kathmandu.
  • Treking map, T-short, Cap will provide you.
  • Well Equiped first aid kit with oxymeter.
  • All the Government Tax, Vat etc.
What's not Included
  • Nepal Visa Fee (easily issuable upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Personal expenses (snacks, drinking water, beverages, bar bills, etc.)
  • Laundry and telephone bills
  • Hot shower, hot drinking water, battery charging, internet charge while on the trek
  • Tips for guide and potters (expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Included section
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Maximum Altitude

The Annapurna Circuit 15 Days Trekking traverses the biggest protected area of Nepal, the Annapurna Conservation Area. With its elevation ranging from 790 meters to 8091 meters at the summit of Annapurna I, the tenth-tallest mountain peak in the world, Annapurna Conservation Area offers you the best high-altitude trekking experience. We ascend and descend, varying our elevations, throughout the 15-day trek.

The highest point we ascend during the Annapurna Circuit hike is Thorung La Pass, at 5416 meters. The pass is renowned for being the highest trekking pass in Nepal. Additionally, Thorung Phedi, the starting point of the Thorung La Pass, is where we spend the night at the highest altitude, which is 4450 meters.

Trek Difficulty

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in 15 Days is considered to be strenuous due to the length of the journey and the amount of elevation acquired. The trail has a balance of challenging, moderate, and easy hikes. It will be a little difficult for your body to adapt to the decreasing oxygen level due to the continuous ascend at the beginning of the trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious concern as you will be trekking 5000 meters above sea level.

You'll need to be in the best physical and mental condition as you trek for 6 to 8 hours each day through the challenging Himalayan landscape. The unpredictability of the weather at high altitudes also raises the bar for the challenge. Compared to other shorter treks in the Annapurna region, this 15 day AC trek is undoubtedly more challenging. However, it's just another challenge for a real adventurer.

Weather Condition

The season you're trekking in, and the elevation determines the weather condition and temperature level in the Annapurna region. The lower regions are comparatively warmer than the higher ones. The winter (December, January, and February) is freezing, with heavy snowfall in the highlands. While the mornings are somewhat stable, it gets very windy in the noon and afterward. Spring (March, April, and May) follows winter with clear skies and a warmer atmosphere. However, monsoon/summer (June, July, and August) is harsh, with heavy rainfall and landslides. Autumn (September, October, and November) is again pleasant, with the cool breeze, warm sun, and clear visibility.

Transportation

In addition to walking on the trekking trail, this Annapurna Circuit trip includes road transportation at a few points. We initially travel by bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar, then take a local jeep up to Chamje. After 8 days of walking on the trail, we again take a bus or jeep from Muktinath to Tatopani, where we continue the hike. Finally, we take a local jeep from Hile to Pokhara, and from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we take a luxury tourist bus. All airport transfers are done by private vehicle.

Accommodation

Similar to any other trekking route in Nepal, the accommodations during the trek will be in a guest house, a mountain lodge, or a tea house. These inexpensive, locally run hotels provide simple meals and rooms with two to five beds, based on the size of the room. As a result, you might have to share a room with other hikers during the busiest trekking season. You will find a comfortable mattress, sleeping linens, pillows, and blankets in the rooms.

Due to hygiene concerns, we advise bringing your own toiletries because you will have to share a restroom in the lodges, particularly at higher altitudes. Additionally, familiarize yourself with Asian-style squat toilets since you'll likely be staying at lodges with these toilets.

However, accommodation in a 3-star hotel, including complimentary breakfast, will be offered in Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Meals

As lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in our package, you are free to eat whatever you want while you are there. Both Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara offer a wide variety of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. You might as well find some vegan cafes.

However, there won't be many choices on the menus at the tea houses along the trekking path. You'll be served Daal Bhat, a traditional Nepalese dish consisting of white rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pickles for dinner and possibly lunch. You will have enough energy from the meal's high carbohydrate content to hike all day. Tea, coffee, boiled eggs, curries, and Tibetan bread are typical morning fare. Additionally, you can sample some local specialties like noodles and momo.

To remain hydrated and prevent altitude sickness, consume lots of fluids, such as hot water and ginger lemon tea.

Drinking Water

Due to the increased plastic waste on the path, we discourage the consumption of water packed in single-use plastic bottles. It's better to take a thermos flask with you and fill hot water at the tea houses along the path. If you are worried about the purity of the water, you can use water purification tablets to purify it. Investing in a high-quality water bottle with an integrated filter system is the best choice. You can fill it up with clean water from nearby natural sources, filter it, and drink as you go.

Battery Recharge Facility

You can charge your devices' batteries for a minimal fee at the tea houses on the trail. The tea house where you spend the night may offer the service for free. Batteries are charged using solar energy. Due to less sunlight at high elevations during the winter and even other months, you can't entirely rely on it.

Always be secure and carry extra batteries with you. Reduce the time you spend using your devices in the cold because the batteries tend to drain quickly. Also, keep them near your body to keep them warm so the battery lasts long.

Internet and network availability

In the isolated, remote locations of the Annapurna region, let's not expect speedy WiFi and excellent phone reception. While tucked away in the heavenly world of the Himalayas, you won't really feel like communicating with the outside world. If necessary, you might be able to pay extra to access WiFi with spotty service at the tea shops along the route.

You can use mobile data anywhere the network allows, which is usually the lower regions. Before you leave for the journey, get a 4G SIM card from the NTC or NCell phone networks in Kathmandu. It is said that the NTC network performs better in outlying locations.

Guides and Potters

Our 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package provides a guide and potters.

It is mandatory to be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide while trekking in the Annapurna region. We provide a knowledgeable trekking guide who has experience leading groups up the Annapurna mountain range and is acquainted with the weather patterns along the particular route. A qualified guide is crucial to the success of the trek because they can rescue you in an emergency, help you navigate the path, and communicate with locals.

One potter is paired with two hikers, carrying 20–22 kg weight from the two. You can avoid paying the potter's salary by carrying your own rucksack if you're an experienced hiker and happy doing so. But keep in mind that this is not your typical hike. For 15 long days, you'll travel along the challenging trail at high altitudes in the Annapurna area. So, before deciding not to hire a potter, give it some thought.

Permits Required

Trekking in the Himalayas is an adventure activity in remote locations, so it is necessary to acquire some permits. You'll require the following two permits for this particular trek.

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit

These permits will be secured for you by us before the journey. You don't need to think about the permits' cost because the price of our package also includes the purchase of these two permits.

Packing List

While trekking in the Himalayas, always carry only the essential items as it is difficult to carry the baggage all the way up to the top and back. Here's a rough idea of what you should bring for the trek.

  • Trekking boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Several pairs of socks and underwear
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Trousers and t-shirts
  • Thermal wear
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack and a daypack
  • A woolen cap
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle and purifying pills
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, tissues, etc.)
  • An average-sized towel
  • Protein bars and snacks
  • Basic medicines
  • Raingear
FAQs15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking frequently asked questions
  • The Thorang La Pass is one of the most challenging places to traverse in this trekking journey. You must get going early in the morning and climb over 5000 meters in elevation. You might experience difficulties at such a height, especially if it becomes too windy. Other than that, most trekking days require more than 6 hours of walking, which you may grow accustomed to over your weeks of traveling.

  • We have been in the industry for more than 15 years, so we are well-versed in the expectations that trekkers have for their trek. So, we go above and beyond to meet those standards. Our experienced English-speaking guides will look after you during the journey while we secure all the permits in advance so you can begin your trek without hassle. We always prioritize your safety and satisfaction while providing you with the best services at an affordable cost.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us via email or Whatsapp if you have any questions about our services. We are here for you at all times. See you in Nepal shortly.

  • Of course! If you book a private trip, we are willing to make any adjustments to your itinerary and accommodations. We are unable to modify the group departure trips, though, as doing so might be unfair to other members of the group.

  • No, you don't need any crampons for this trek. Quality trekking boots with a good grip are enough to trek on a few icy surfaces during the hike.

  • There are many shops selling hiking equipment on the streets of Thamel. You can buy anything from a rain jacket to hiking boots in Thamel. The price is also very reasonable compared to the one in your country. They won't be of the highest quality, but they are suitable for the Himalayan climate.

  • You can exchange foreign currency for Nepalese rupees in Kathmandu if you are traveling with cash from your home country. Money changers abound in Kathmandu, particularly in Thamel, where our workplace is situated.

  • There are no ATMs along the Annapurna Circuit Trail. Since ATMs are abundant in Kathmandu or Besi Sahar, make sure you withdraw enough cash before beginning the trek.

  • Our trek package includes three basic meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trail and lodging in a mountain lodge. You are responsible for extra expenses like snacks, beverages, tea, coffee, etc. Because the remote lodges do not take other forms of payment, bring some cash with you.

  • Since there are no hospitals along the journey, it is essential for your safety that you pack a medical kit with basic medications like pain relievers, tablets for diarrhea, cough syrup, bandages, regular medicines, etc.

  • There is no specific method to get ready for any trek. You can complete the trek if you are mentally and physically fit. Given the length of the hike, it is preferable to have prior high-altitude trekking expertise. If not, you can start getting ready by scheduling daily cardiovascular workouts. Try swimming, hiking, or running around your community.

  • With the experience of 15 years of planning treks in the Himalayas, our trip planner has crafted this 15 days itinerary to the Annapurna Circuit, including all major attractions and enough acclimatization. Rest assured that you won't miss anything doing this shorter AC trek.

  • Going on the 15 days Annapurna Circuit trekking journey doesn't require prior experience. So, you can opt for this hike even if you're a newbie. However, the trek involves hiking at high altitudes on the rugged Himalayan trail. So, you should be in sound health.

  • Nepal is one of the safest places to travel. Women traveling alone are safe in Nepal. However, it always helps to be cautious while traveling alone. Several traditional villages that we will travel through on our Annapurna Circuit hike are somewhat superstitious, so it is advised that you dress modestly and show some consideration for the locals. You'll be accompanied by a guide during the hike. He will watch out for you and serve as your guard.

  • Yes! It is mandatory. Travel insurance typically pays for missing luggage, canceled or delayed flights, and medical expenses for travel accidents. When trekking in the high Himalayas, a rescue helicopter may occasionally be needed to fly you to safety due to a natural disaster or an urgent medical crisis. In such cases, travel insurance becomes very helpful. Therefore, be sure to purchase insurance that includes helicopter emergency coverage.

  • If the emergency is manageable at the site, your trek guide will take care of your safety. If the condition needs immediate attention, you will be accessed in accordance with where you are during the journey. If the location has access to road transport, a jeep will be sent to rescue you from the site. In case of a remote location, an air ambulance will lift you up and transfer you to Pokhara or Kathmandu. You will then be taken to a well-equipped hospital. During the trek, working staff from Outfitter Nepal will be on call 24/7.

  • It is possible to manage the symptoms of altitude sickness by drinking enough fluids, getting enough sleep, and following a healthy diet. Adequate acclimatization also plays a significant role in preventing AMS. Avoid alcoholic drinks at all costs while ascending.

    The patient should be transported right away to a lower elevation if their health worsens. In dire circumstances, the patient will be airlifted to safety and taken to a prestigious Pokhara or Kathmandu hospital.

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness, is a frequent risk when traveling above 3000 meters. Since the trek reaches above 5000 meters, there's a chance you might be affected by AMS. Headaches, shortness of breath, exhaustion, dizziness, and lack of appetite are some main symptoms, though each person is affected differently.

  • Although the Annapurna Circuit is a popular hiking and trekking location for millions of hikers, camping is rare because of unexpected weather. The camping can go wrong if there's a sudden change in the weather. Since it is a tea house trek, the tea houses on the trail are far safer than camps.

  • No, this trek doesn't take you to the Annapurna Base Camp; rather takes you around the Annapurna range in the opposite direction. If you want to do ABC along with this trek, we can extend the trek for you. Just reach out to us with your request.

  • The ideal time to go for the 15-day Annapurna Circuit hike is in the spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). The Annapurna region is best experienced during these times of the year.

    On warm, sunny spring and autumn days with clear skies, the landscape looks more beautiful than ever, making for a lovely hiking day. During winter, the weather is mild at lower elevations and cold at higher altitudes. Rain and snow are rare in spring and autumn, ensuring a safe and joyful trek.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    Constanze BannholzerWien, Austria,October 19, 2023
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    Professional and kind!

    The Annapurna circuit was a big and wonderful adventure. Me and my boyfriend are so happy that we booked this challenging adventure with Outfitter Nepal. We had the best guide you could imagine: Rabi. He was helpful, supportive, sooo knowledgeable about culture, religion and the country

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