Annapurna Circuit – Planning Your Days

The Annapurna Trail can be completed in 14 – 21 days, depending on the amount of vehicle traveling you do along the route and the pace of your hiking. (The common estimation for completing the trip by foot is 17 – 21 days.)

Below are three ideas of possible trail plans. Read about the trail ahead of time, know your necessary target points and dates (based on your allotted time for the trail), and leave yourself (at minimum) two spare days.

The trail is most commonly hiked counter clockwise from Besisahar to Naya Pul, due to the acclimation needed for the Throng La Pass. There is an airport in Jomsom if you do not have the necessary days to complete the trail, another option to make the trail shorter.

Remember to not push too far or hard when you get to higher altitudes. Some days might seem like a short hike, but it is all that is possible with the altitudes. The common rule of thumb is: no more than 500 m in a day. This does not include ascents and descents during your day, but rather from where you woke up compared to where you are going to bed. If you are going to break this rule, as some days on the trail will force you to do, make sure you are well acclimated, listening to your body, and do not break the rule day after day.

Common Trail Plan

Alternative Trail Plan via Tilicho Base Camp

Sara & Tzachi’s Trail Plan

via Tilicho Base Camp

1. Besisahar to Bhulbule

(by foot)

1. Besisahar to Bhulbule

(by foot)

1. Besisahar to Jagat
(bus from Bes. to Bahund., and on foot to Jagat)

2. Bhulbule to Ghermu

2. Bhulbule to Ghermu

2. Jagat to Dharapani

3. Ghermu to Tal

3. Ghermu to Tal

3. Dharapani to Chame

4. Tal to Chame

4. Tal to Chame

4. Chame to Lower Pisang

5. Chame to Pisang

5. Chame to Pisang

5. Lower Pisang to Manang via High Route

6. Pisang to Manang

6. Pisang to Manang

6. Acclimation day in Manang

7. Acclimatisation Day in Manang

7. Acclimatisation Day in Manang

7. Manang to Tilicho Base Camp

8. Manang to Yak Kharkha or Letdar

8. Manang to Tilicho Base Camp

8. Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake, and back to Siri Kharka

9. Letdar to Phedi

9. Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake, and back to Siri Kharka

9. Siri Kharka to Phedi

10. Phedi to Muktinath
(Throng La Pass)

10. Siri Kharka to Letdar

10. Phedi to Muktinath

(Throng La Pass)

11. Muktinath to Kagbeni

11. Letdar to High Camp (past Phedi, which allows you to have less of a morning climb across the Throng La Pass)

11. Muktinath to Marpha

(jeep from Muktinath to Josome, and on foot to Marpha)

12. Kagbeni to Jomsom

12. High Camp to Muktinath
(Throng La Pass)

12. Marpha to Tatopani

(bus from Marpha to Tatopani)

13. Jomsom to Marpha

13. Muktinath to Kagbeni

13. Tatopani to Gho Repani

14. Marpha to Kalopani or Ghasa

14. Kagbeni to Jomsom

14. Gho Repani to Birethanti (1 village befrore Naya Pul) and taxi to Pokhara

(with morning hike to Poon Hill)

15. Kalopani or Ghasato Tatopani

15. Jomsom to Marpha

16. Tatopani to Gho Repani

16. Marpha to Kalopani or Ghasa

17. Gho Repani to Naya Pul
(bus/taxi from Naya Pul to Pokhara)

17. Kalopani or Ghasa to Tatopani

18. Tatopani to Gho Repani

19. Gho Repani to Naya Pul
(bus/taxi from Naya Pul to Pokhara)

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