Heading out to Nepal to do the infamous Annapurna Circuit?! Wondering where to stop and stay on the Annapurna Circuit? Well no worries, we have a day-by-day route on our recommended stops.
Where To Stop And Stay On The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
Plus, if you want to know what to pack, what permits you need and basically anything else give our guide, Trekking The Annapurna Circuit, a read! But for now, we’re talking trekking routes, so let’s get to it!
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How Long Do I Hike Everyday?
Up to you. It depends on your stamina, and the time you have in Nepal.
Here is what we did to give you a guideline when planning your route. We trekked 6-8 hours a day.
Usually, we woke up at 7:00am everyday and by the time we got dressed and ate breakfast, we usually left around 8:00am – 8:30am to start our day.
A good rules to stop the days hike and find a place for the night before the sunset – between 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
VERY pleased with our route and recommend it to anyone heading out on the circuit.
Where Do I Stay At Night?
Teahouses, Teahouses. Oh, and teahouses.
What do we mean by teahouses? Well just think of them as a boarding school for trekkers.
A teahouse is a family run establishment that offers beds and hot meals to trekkers for a price. Basically, a mom and pop run hotel.
Do you need to book ahead?
Depending what village you stop in, you’ll have plenty of options to pick from. However, were hiking in the spring which is not the highest peak season and never had any issues with not being able to find a place to stay the night.
If you are trekking in the fall (high-season) we’ve heard you may have issues with finding places to sleep. However, we don’t think booking ahead is still needed.
Consider stopping early to secure a spot at a teahouse.
How Much Should I Pay:
There is no definitive answer we can give you for this except our experience and that was, we did not pay 🙂
We had a group of 6-8 people and we used the power of numbers to get a free stay.
The terms and conditions were we could stay for free if every person in our group bought dinner and breakfast from the teahouse.
Trekking Route & Itinerary for The Annapurna Circuit
Alright, so below is our route or we should say our “intended route.” A freak snow storm hit the region and we were snowed in Manang for 4 days.
Due to the several feet of snow that feel, avalanches were high risk and Thorong La pass become impassible. The pass was closed “until further notice”.
If you’ve been to Nepal, further notice could means days or weeks. Sadly we didn’t have days or weeks to wait, so we had to turn around.
Biggest upset of our 8-month backpacking trip!
Starting on Day 10, that is the section of the trek we were unable to complete. However, we want to share our intended route for those curious.
- Day 1: Morning bus from Pokhara to Besisahar. Besisahar to Ngadi
- Day 2: Ngadi to Jagat
- Optional: Hotspring right outside of Jagat
- Day 3: Jagat to Tal
- Day 4: Tal to Danaque
- Side Trip: Odar (for lunch)
- Day 5: Danaque to Chame
- Optional: Hotspring in Chame
- Day 6: Chame to Upper Pisang
- Day 7: Upper Pisang to Mungii
- Day 8: Mungii to Manang
- Side Trip: Ice Lake (acclimation day)
- Day 9: Manang (rest day)
- Optional 4-5 Day Side Trek & Acclimation Day
- Day 1: Manang to Khangsar
- Day 2: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp
- Day 3: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake back to Tilicho Base Camp
- Day 4: Tilicho Base Camp to Kangsar
- Day 5: Kangsar to Yak Kharka
- Optional 4-5 Day Side Trek & Acclimation Day
- Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka
- Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
- Day 12: Thorong Phedi – Cross Thorong La Pass – to Ranipauwa
- Day 13: Ranipauwa to Kagbeni
- Day 14: Kagbeni to Jomsom
- Day 15: Jomsom to Tatopani (by bus)
- The scenery is not super great in between Jomsom and Tatopani. You can take a bus from Jomsom to Tatopani and resume walking or you can bus it from Jomsom to Pokhara.
- Day 16: Tatopani to Beni
- Day 17: Beni to Pokhara (by bus)
Teahouses To Stay At On The Annapurna Circuit
Again, since we were unable to complete the entire Annapurna Circuit due to the snow storm, we can only give you the places we stayed at from Ngadi to Manang.
- Ngadi: Holiday Trekkers Lodge
- Jagat: Hotel Mont Blanc
- Tal: Potala Guest House
- Danaque: Motherland Hotel & Restaurant
- Chame: New Tibet Hotel & Restaurant
- Upper Pisang: Hotel Tukuche
- Mungji: Trekkers Hotel Restaurant and Bakery
- Manang: Hotel Mountain Lake
Important Things To Mention About The Annapurna Circuit
As you will see our route, without the Tilicho Lake trek, is 17 days.
However, if you are interested in doing Tilicho Lake, the APC Trek becomes 21-22 days so please take all side treks into consideration when planning.
A BIG THING TO NOTE, our route above takes into consideration the appropriate meters you can climb in a day after reaching 3,000 meters.
Safety first guys and gals! We’d hate for you to get altitude sickness and endanger yourself.
Please brush up on altitude sickness symptoms and come prepared.
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