Annapurna Circuit Trek Distance: Day to Day Distance Breakdown
Considered by many, Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best long-distance treks in Nepal as well as in the world. Thousands of travel enthusiasts travel to Nepal just to experience the epic journey that Annapurna Circuit Trek offers. The trek begins from the low hills of Chamje at the altitude of 1430 meters in the Marshyandi River valley taking you to the staggering altitude of 5416 meters at Thorong La and concludes at Pokhara.
Depending on your trekking route and mode of transportation you choose, the Annapurna Circuit Trek distance varies accordingly. Thus, the total distance of Annapurna Circuit trek ranges from 160KM to 260KM. In recent years, some parts of the trekking trails have been turned into roads resulting in short trekking distance. However, the total trekking distance depends on whether you choose to trek through the roads or drive through it.
From spectacular views of the majestic mountains, various climate zones ranging from stunning tropical zone to snowy alpine zone, rich biodiversity and cultural diversity, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a full package. And the total distance covered in this Annapurna Circuit is worth every second for what it has to offer to the trekkers.
Not only it takes you to one of the world’s highest pass, Thorong La Pass which is at the altitude of 5416 meters above sea level but also to religious Muktinath temple and the natural hot spring at Tatopani which are the major highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek. The total Annapurna Circuit Trek distance is worth every inch because of the all-rounder trip that you get from this 15 Days Annapurna Circuit trek Itinerary.
Day to Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Distance Breakdown
Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
After you land at Tribhuwan International Airport, our company representative will be waiting in front of the arrival gate for your warm welcome. The representative will take guide you to the allocated hotel at Thamel, Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Chamje
Total Distance: 209 KM
Estimated time: 10-11 hours
Max Altitude: 1430 m
Today, you will cover the most distance than any other day on the entire Annapurna trek. You will reach the starting point of the trek today.
You will be driving from Kathmandu to Besisahar via a tourist bus which will take around 7-8 hours to reach. Upon your arrival at Besisahar, you will have to change the vehicle to get to Chamje which is another 3 hours ride. Chamje is the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Besisahar to Chamje, the road crosses many villages, terrace rice fields, beautiful huts, river gorge, and cliffs. You can get beautiful views of mountains like Manaslu and Himalchuli if the weather favors.
Day 3: Chamje to Dharapani
Total Distance: 14.8 km
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 1860 m
The 14.8 KM trek from Chamje to Dharapani takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete. The trail is filled with uphill and downhill. You will trek along the Marsyangdi River. Crossing many suspension bridges, beautiful waterfalls, and rock cliffs, we arrive at the village of Tal from where Manang Districts start. After having lunch, we will continue toward Bagarchap.
After around 5-6 hours of walking, we will reach Dharapani.
Day 4: Dharapani to Chame
Total Distance: 15.7 km
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2160 m
Dharapani to Chame is one of the enthralling and enchanting parts of this Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trekking distance from Dharapani to Chame is about 15.7 KM which takes around 5 to 6 hours of walking.
The trails go through a rocky path until Tyanja and from there, we will walk through a forest trail. After crossing Kapar River at 2590 meters, we will continue our trek to Chame. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang District.
Day 5: Chame to Pisang
Total Distance: 13.6 km
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,250m
It will take us around 5 to 6 hours to reach the village of Pisang from Chame. The trail from Chame to Pisang is mostly uphills that go through the lush green forests. After crossing the settlements of Bhratang and Dhukur Pokhari, we will arrive at lower Pisang, and with a short uphill, we will reach upper Pisang.
Initially, the path is quite simple but further, it gets quite challenging. From Pisang, you can get a majestic view of the Annapurna II mountain.
Day 6: Pisang to Manang
Total Distance: 17.2 km
Estimated time: 6-7 hours
Max Altitude: 3540 m
The trek from Pisang to the popular village of Manang is around 17.2 KM long which takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach. As we are well above 3000 meters, we should be aware of altitude sickness. Today, we will be trekking in the dry region of Manang.
From Pisang, first, we will get to Ngawal which takes around 4 to 5 hours, and with 2 to 3 hours of walk, Ngawal will take us to Manang village via Ghyaru.
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Manang.
Today, we will take a day rest at Manang Village for acclimatization which is very important to adjust our body to the altitude.
We will explore around Manang village and if you wish we can take a short hike to Gangapurna Glacier (3800m) or even hike up to Tilicho Lake which is at an altitude of 4919 meters.
Day 8: Manang – Yak Kharka
Total distance: 10 km
Time duration: 5-6 hours
Max. altitude: 4,018m
The trek from Manang to Yak Kharka is around 10 km long that takes 5-6 hours. Today’s trek is comparatively easy than other trekking days, with some steep ascend here and there. You will experience unbelievable views of the mountains as we reach the maximum height of 4,018m.
Day 9: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi – High Camp
Total distance: 6km
Time duration: 4-5 hours
Max. altitude: 4,540m
Today’s section of the trek is one of the most challenging in this Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trekking distance from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi is just about 6 KM but it takes 4-5 hours to complete. The trail takes us through the harsh terrains and steep ascents which can be quite hard for first-time trekkers.
Day 10: Thorong Phedi – Thorung La Pass – Muktinath
Maximum altitude: 5,430m (Thorung-La Pass) & 3,800m (Muktinath)
Total distance: 16.4 km
Time duration: 6-7 hours
This is the most difficult section of the trek as we cross the legendary Thorung La Pass at an altitude of 5,430m.
The trail is very steep to reach Thorong La Pass which will take around 4 to 5 hours. We have to cross the pass before 10 am as the wind takes up speed and the climate is unpredictable at the top. After crossing the Thorong La Pass, we will descend to the holy shrine of Muktinath which will take another 3 to 4 hours.
Day 11: Muktinath – Tatopani, Natural hot spring via Jomsom.
Total Distance: 78.4 km
Estimated time: 3-4 hours
Max Altitude: 1190 m
From the religious Muktinath, we will drive to Tatopani via Jomsom. After a scenic ride from Muktinath to Tatopani for 3-4 hours, you will arrive at the natural hot springs of Nepal. It is believed that taking a bath in the hot spring will cure the pain and stress of the trek. Do give it a try but be careful not to burn yourself.
Day 12: Trek down to Ghorepani
Total Distance: 13.1 km
Estimated time: 7-8 hours
Max Altitude: 2850 m
The total distance of our today’s trek is about 13.1 km that takes around 7 to 8 hours to finish. Ghorepani is popular for its awe-inspiring views of sunrise and Annapurna mountain range.
In the beginning, the trail is a very steep uphill that passes through terrace farmland and beautiful Gurung settlements. After crossing a few suspension bridges, beautiful lush green forest, we arrive at Chaitre. From there, the trails get relatively easy. After 7-8 hours of trekking, we arrive at Ghorepani.
Day 13: Early morning hike to Poon hill, descend to Tikhedhunga and drive to Pokhara
Total Distance: 3 km & 35 km(drive)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3210 m
Today is the last day of the Annapurna Circuit trek. We will end our Annapurna Circuit Trek with an hour hike to Poonhill that offers an incredible panoramic sunrise view overlooking the entire Annapurna range. After spending some time at Poonhill, we will descend back to Ghorepani and trek down to Tikledunga from where will drive back to Pokhara which will take us around 2 to 3 hours to reach Pokhara.
You can enjoy the lakes and sightseeing in Pokhara for the rest of the day and experience the nightlife in Pokhara.
Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Total distance: 200 km
Time duration: 6-7 hours drive
Maximum altitude: 1,400m
Annapurna Circuit trek concludes with a drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The total distance from Pokhara to Kathmandu is around 200KM that will take around 6 to 7 hours to cover. The scenery provides you with green landscapes and the view of the snow-capped mountains.
Day 15: Final Departure
It is the last day of your most memorable trek. Our representative will manage and guide you to the Tribhuwan International Airport 3 hours before your departure time.
Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Before going on any treks in Nepal, you first know the best time to visit the trekking destination. As Annapurna Circuit Trek is such a daring and high altitude trek, you need to be well prepared for the trek.
The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during autumn and spring. Although each season has something special to provide to the trekkers, trekking in the best season will offer the best trekking condition with an excellent view of the surrounding mountains.
Learn more about why these seasons are considered the best time to set on the Annapurna Circuit Trek below:
Autumn Season (September to November )
Autumn is the peak season to do trekking in Annapurna Circuit. Since autumn season begins with the end of monsoon season, the weather and temperature are perfect for trekking.
Days are consistently bright and sunny with clear blue skies. Thus, you can enjoy a picturesque view of the massive Himalayas and mesmerizing landscapes. In addition to that, there is very little chance of rainfall during autumn.
However, if you are trekking in early September, you may experience occasional rainfall. The temperature is mild during the day but it can drop below zero at night.
Spring Season (March to May)
Spring is the second-best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Spring is also known as the season of colors. The vegetation during spring is at full blossom. You will walk through a beautiful lush forest filled with different colored wildflowers and Rhododendron blossoms.
The weather and temperature during spring are just as good as in autumn. Days are bright and sunny with white low clouds making the sky look even more beautiful. The weather and temperature also remain stable for the long span of the day.
Trekking during the best season helps you cover the Annapurna Circuit Trek distance with minimum effort.
Is Distance a Major Factor for Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderately challenging trek in Nepal, and the trekking distance is an important factor that determines the difficulty of the trek. You will have several uphill and downhill climbs, along with steep and narrow ridges.
Besides altitude, weather, duration, and temperature, the distance plays a significant role in determining the difficulty of the Annapurna circuit trek. Longer distance means that the treks are longer and thus increase in the overall difficulty of the trek.
You will have to walk for 6-7 hours daily for 12 to 13 days to complete the total Annapurna Circuit Trek distance. If you are a first-time trekker then you may find it challenging to trek continuously for long distances. Hence, trekking distance is a significant factor in the difficulty of the trek.
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Although this 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek is a demanding trek, this trek will let you experience the most magical moment of your life. The accomplishment of successfully covering the Annapurna Circuit Trek distance and seeing the glorious mountain gives you a one of a kind experience
So, if you are in search of a trekking destination that gives you an experience of a lifetime, then Annapurna Circuit Trek is the one for you. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or queries regarding this trek.