Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days ItineraryJuly 8, 2019 No Responses Mosaic Adventure
Annapurna Circuit trek 14 days is a classic trek in Nepal. The trek is in anti-clockwise direction within Annapurna Massif located in the northwestern region of Nepal.
The trek offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek. It literally takes you through every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer.
Here, you will get the stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many other peaks. Moreover, you will pass through various landscapes that range from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert region of Manang.
The highest point you will cross during this trek, is the Thorong La pass at 5416m which will be a totally out of the world experience.
Below is a detailed itinerary of our 14 days Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal.
Table of Contents
- Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
- Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days Detailed Itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame
- Day 03: Trek from Chame to Pisang
- Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang
- Day 05: Acclimatization in Manang
- Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka
- Day 07: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
- Day 08: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
- Day 09: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha
- Day 10: Drive from Marpha to Tatopani
- Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani
- Day 12: Hike from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Then to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
- Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
- Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
- The Difficulty of the trek
- Altitude sickness
- Accommodation During the Trek
- Trekking Permits
- Packing List for 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
- Breathtaking views of different mountains and peaks like Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), including others mountain
- Thorong-La Pass (5416m), one of the widest pass in the world
- Sunrise and sunset view from a different location
- The Muktinath Temple: one of the most important shrines of both Hindus and Buddhists
- Rhododendron Forests which has more than 440 species of birds and animals like Deer, Langur Monkey, and the exclusive Snow Leopard
- Natural Hot Spring at Tatopani to relax your tired muscles
- Experience the rich culture of Gurung and Thakali settlements in place such as Marpha, and Manang
Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Today is the day you will arrive in Kathmandu. Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and will transfer to your hotel.
Upon reaching your hotel, you will have your time to settle down and freshen up. And in the evening you can stroll around the alleys of Thamel. Passing by various shops and restaurant where you can enjoy your first dinner.
Overnight at a 3-star hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame
Duration: 11 to 12 hours drive
Today you will wake up early in the morning in Kathmandu where you will have your breakfast. Later you will board a jeep to Chame which is the headquarter of Manang district.
Chame lies at an altitude of 2650m and is the starting point of your trek. First, you will drive on a pitched road to Besisahar which is 173 km from Kathmandu. Besisahar is the headquarter of Lamjung district.
Further, the road from Besisahar to Chame is mostly off-road. The distance between Besisahar and Chame is 66 km and it takes about 4 hours to reach. So overall the drive takes about 12 hours which leaves you with not much time for any other activities.
Hence enjoy your dinner and spend overnight at the lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Chame to Pisang
Altitude: 3060m/10,039 ft
Duration of Trek: 5 to 6 hrs
Today is the first day of your trek which starts after breakfast. You will hike through a densely forested valley that runs alongside the Marsyangdi river which you will cross at 2910m on a long suspension bridge.
Further, you will cross another suspension bridge at 3040m and from here you will gain the sight of the soaring Paunga Danda rock face. After about five hours of hiking from Chame, you will get to the village of Pisang.
Pisang is a beautiful village that overlooks the majestic Pisang peak. It is famous for its Tibetan style houses and monasteries. From your hotel, you will also get to enjoy the wonderful view of Lamjung mountain.
Overnight at a lodge in Pisang.
Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang
Trekking duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Today as you start your trek after the breakfast, you will pass through the drier upper section of Manang district. There are two trails on leaving Pisang, the high route and the low route.
The higher route is beautiful and scenic but the walk is tough. The lower path is easier but comparatively less scenic. You will hike the lower easier route or if you are fit enough you can take the more scenic high route.
The lower route is an undulating route through Hondge at 3325m, which has an airstrip. And then onwards through Mungji village to finish at the large village of Manang.
Here you will find Mani wheels and prayer flags. And also get the incredible mountain view of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu, Pisang and other peaks.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Manang
Today is the acclimatization day where you get to explore Manang. You can visit the local monasteries, Buddhist shrines and other landmarks in the beautiful village of Manang.
The tour of Milarepa cave is mystical. You can also visit the Braga monastery which takes about 45 minutes to reach. This is the oldest monastery in the region.
One of the best sight from Manang is the view of Gangapurna Glacier which hangs over the village. Should you feel energetic you can take a hike up to Ice Lake at 3900m.
If you are going for Ice lake hike then you should drink plenty of water and also take some food as there are no shops on the way.
Today will be a special day where you will enjoy the warm hospitality, food and cultural shows in Manang. If you like you can taste the Yak meat prepared by the locals.
Overnight at a lodge in Manang.
Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4020m/ 13123 ft
Trekking duration: 4 to 5 hrs
Leaving Manang is a bit of a watershed as you will now start to feel like you are really ascending into the high altitude mountain hinterland as you make your way towards Thorong La Pass.
During the initial part of the journey to Yak Kharka, you will follow Kharsang Khola- a tributary of Marsyangdi river. On the way, you will get a closeup view of the Annapurna and Gangapurna mountains.
Yak Kharka lies at an altitude of 4020m. There a few houses and lodges here and you will spend the night in one of these.
Day 07: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
Altitude: 4450m/ 14599ft (Thorong Phedi), 4900m/16076 (High Camp)
Trekking duration: 4 to 5 hrs
In today’s trek, you have the option of either staying overnight at Thorong Phedi or at High Camp. The choice is yours depending on your preference, condition, and experience.
Staying at Thorong Phedi provides a better sleep as it lies in the lower altitude while staying at High Camp makes it easier for the next morning’s trek.
As you walk along the beautiful Thorong river, you will get a panoramic view of the mountains which will simply be magical. The views you will get are of Annapurna II and Gangapurna.
Overnight at a lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Altitude: 3800m/12467ft (Muktinath), 5416m (Thorong La Pass)
Trekking duration: 7 to 8 hrs
Today is a long day and is the most difficult part of your journey. As soon as you leave Thorong Phedi, the trail becomes steep for Thorong La. After 2 hours trek, you will get to the High Camp at 4900m.
From there the terrain gets easier but the hiking is no less tough as the altitude starts to wear you off. After another 2 hours of trek, you will finally get to the Thorong La Pass at (5416m) with its plethora of prayer flags and excellent views.
After a quick rest sipping a cup of tea and some food at the pass. You will start to make the rocky descent to the remote town of Muktinath for the much-needed rest and overnight stay.
It won’t be surprising if you find this day’s trek difficult and longer than expected as you will need to adjust with the altitude. And we hope the weather is favorable as the pass is also often covered in snow which will make the trek harder. So prepare yourselves.
Day 09: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha
Altitude: 2670m/8759 ft
Trekking duration: 6 to 7 hrs
In the morning, you will visit the famous Hindu temple i.e the Muktinath Temple and the surroundings. Muktinath is a religious site both for Hindus and Buddhists and many pilgrims visit this place every year.
After breakfast, you will head towards Marpha. Marpha is a village of the Thakali people. It is famous for its elaborate apple orchards and apple brandy.
Here you will get to witness the unique culture of Thakali people. And also get to taste their delicious food. Do not miss out on Thakali Food.
Overnight in the lodge in Marpha.
Day 10: Drive from Marpha to Tatopani
Altitude: 1190m/3904 ft
Traveling hours: 4 to 5 hrs
Today after breakfast, you will take a van and drive to Tatopani. In Nepali language, Tatopani means hot water. There are natural hot water springs in Tatopani. And this is how the place acquires its name.
The drive takes about 4 to 5 hrs. The road to Tatopani is bumpy but the views and sceneries compensate for the discomfort. On the way, you will stop at a place called Ghasa where you will have your lunch.
Upon reaching Tatopani, you can dip in the hot water springs and relax your tired muscles. In the evening, get a good night sleep and prepare for another ascent tomorrow.
Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2860m/9383 ft
Trekking duration: 6 to 7 hrs
You will trek again today. And the destination is Ghorepani at 2860m. You will pass through green forests and waterfalls on the way to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village with many homestays where you will get to experience the local culture.
The people in this region are mainly Magar and Gurung. Hence you will spend a wonderful evening with them getting to know their culture and lifestyle.
Ghorepani also offers a panoramic view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Overnight at one of the lodges in Ghorepani.
Day 12: Hike from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Then to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Trekking duration: 5 to 6 hrs, 2 hrs drive
Today you will wake up early in the morning and head for Poon Hill to catch the sunrise view. Poon Hill is a popular destination for sunrise and 360-degree mountain view. It offers a spectacular view of the Gangapurna, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and many others.
After spending some quality time witnessing the beauty from the Poon Hill point you will head back to your hotel and have your breakfast.
Later you will head for Nayapul at 1070m where you will meet the vehicle road. You will then board a vehicle and drive to Pokhara from Nayapul.
Overnight at a three-star hotel in Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1300m/4665 ft
Travel hours: 6 to 7 hrs
Today you will bid goodbye to Pokhara and head to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The journey is smooth and scenic which takes about 6 to 7 hrs. You will pass through beautiful green hills.
The road you will be driving on is the Prithvi Highway which swirls along the banks of Trishuli river. However, you also have the option to take a flight by paying extra.
Taking a flight also has its own perks. Not only will it save your time but it will also provide you with amazing aerial views of the mountains.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the night with some live music or cultural shows in the lively city of Thamel.
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Altitude: 1300m/4665 ft
Today is the day you will leave Kathmandu. Our staff will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.
We will then share your goodbyes as you head back to your home country.
With this, we come to an end of our 14 days Annapurna Circuit Itinerary. You, however, have the option of extending your journey or taking part in another trek. Also, you can check our Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking.
Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
The best time for a perfect Annapurna Circuit Trek is during Spring from March to May and Autumn from September to November. During these months one can have the most amazing views throughout the trek due to moderate temperature.
You can also participate in the trek during winter. But the temperature can be cold with night time temperatures dropping below freezing. Hence, it might not be suitable for everyone.
And while you cannot trek to most mountains in the wet season, you can trek to Annapurna Circuit even in the monsoon season. Because most part of the Annapurna circuit actually sits within the rain shadow area.
Hence this shows that it is suitable to trek Annapurna Circuit even during summer which is the monsoon season. However, the lower region can experience showers making the trail muddy and slippery.
The Difficulty of the trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a moderate to strenuous trek reaching a maximum altitude of 5416m. Though It doesn’t involve technical climbing, it’s good to have some hiking experience.
You will be walking for 6 to 7 hours each day. And the trek will go through different terrain, rocky steps, steep ascents and descents full of loose rocks, and creeks.
And the higher you climb, the harder it will get due to the altitude. So it is very important to take proper rest in between and to acclimate properly. Also, we recommend prior physical training such as morning jogging and exercise, etc.
While taking the Annapurna Circuit trek, there is a risk of altitude sickness since you will be hiking over 3000m. Not everyone feels the sickness but it may affect anybody.
This is why it is important to educate yourself about altitude sickness and its various signs and symptoms beforehand. Alongside, you must be well aware of the preventive measures as well.
Accommodation During the Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a tea house trek which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some, of course, is better than the other. But generally, most rooms are basic. And they come with shared bathrooms.
All rooms come with a blanket, bed and a pillow. However, it is a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets very chilly in the higher altitude and there are no heating systems inside the rooms.
Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee. In that case, take advantage while you can. Because above Manang, you won’t get the chance to shower until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.
To take the Annapurna Circuit trek you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). And Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS card) which costs USD 20 each for individual trekkers.
You can obtain both of these at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. And for that will need your passport and passport sized pictures with you as well.
Packing List for 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek
It is very important to know what season you are planning to trek and pack accordingly. And the rule is to pack all the necessary items without overpacking.
Packing wisely plays a huge role in making your trekking experience smooth and comfortable.
- Supportive Day Pack
- Packing Satchel
- Waterproof Dry Bag
- Travel Insurance
- A Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Reusable water bottle
- Portable Solar Charger
- A kindle or a book
- A first aid kit
- Sturdy Hiking Boot
- Tea house shoes or flip flops
- 6 pair of underwear, 4 pair of socks
- Thermal tops and bottoms
- 2 pair of hiking pants
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 to 3 pair of T-shirts or tops
- 2 Jumpers (Fleece or woolen)
- Warm Down jacket
- 1 Rain jacket
- 1 pair Waterproof Pant
Essential Accessories / Toiletries
- Hiking pole
- Head Lamp
- A beanie/ a buff
- Warm gloves
- Lip Balm
- Soap, Shampoo
- Tissue Paper
NOTE: Above lists are just guidelines. You can add or remove items according to your needs.
Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 Days
- Choose a suitable season and pack accordingly. And always know the weather condition before trekking.
- Since you will be walking for 5 to 6 hours every day. Make sure you have a good sturdy hiking boot.
- While trekking maintain your own pace because you are not in a competition. And take proper rest whenever you need.
- Trekking over 3000m brings a risk of altitude sickness. So, in order to minimize the risk, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Avoid drinking alcohol as it can cause dehydration and increase the risk of altitude sickness.
- The water from the taps is not suitable to drink. Hence carry water purification tablets or use bottled water.
- Hire a professional guide and porter. They are helpful both for safety and convenience.
- Always reach out for help from the guide or team leader in case of any problem.
- There are no ATMs in the remote areas. So take enough cash that will last you for the trip.
- Keep extra days in case of any unplanned situation such as flight delays and accidents etc.
Annapurna Circuit trek 14 days is undoubtedly one of the best treks Nepal has to offer. With diverse terrain, amazing landscape and scenery, this trek is a journey worth taking.
With this trek, not only will you get the real thrill of being in the mountains. You will also be able to discover your inner strength, willpower, and determination.
Hence, take the opportunity and join on this wonderful and adventurous journey of 14 days Annapurna Circuit trek.
For further question or queries, please feel free to contact us. It is our immense pleasure to guide you in planning the trip and making sure it is a successful one.