The 15-day Annapurna Circuit Trek following the route from Besisahar to Jomsom is a medium-duration one of the newly discovered trekking trails encircling the Annapurna region, dominated by the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091m).
The perfect amalgamation of the cultural and natural elements of the Annapurna Base Camp expedition and the Jomsom Muktinath voyage makes this adventurous journey traversing within the Annapurna Conservation Area extremely epic and unique.
It will truly be an experience of a lifetime trekking the Annapurna Circuit, which stands second to none of the other pilgrimages such as the Everest Base Camp Tour or climbing the tallest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest (8,848m) itself.
The Annapurna Circuit from Besisahar to Jomsom is more rewarding and pleasing in that it is undoubtedly on edge as the best beginner-friendly Himalayan odyssey as compared to some other higher Himalayan adventures.
Therefore, the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) is the most fascinating outdoor and adventure first choice that leaves you with priceless memories of daring adventures, enthralling cultural appeal, and a diverse population possessing their customs, language, and traditions blending spectacularly with the jaw-dropping mountains of the Annapurna Himalayan region.
What to expect at the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) trip?
In terms of popularity, the Annapurna Circuit trekking route is three times more popular than others in Nepal’s Himalayas, usually beginning at Besisahar, which continues up to Jomsom, offering a never-before-seen breathtaking aura and views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.
To be precise, this circuit trek to Annapurna is a must-do hike where one can take in all the serenity, natural beauty, and cultural richness of the Annapurna trekking region, venturing deep into the classic dramatics of some of the largest canyons, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and charming traditional village communities. The following key features add much to make this 15-day Annapurna Circuit exploration special:
Easy accessibility to the Annapurna region
As compared to some other infamous trekking sites in Nepal, the Annapurna trekking region is more easily accessible and takes place around the middle of the Annapurna mountain ranges, covering a distance of 160 to 230 km (100 to 145 miles) depending upon the starting and ending points of the Annapurna Circuit excursion.
This famous trekking route to explore the naturally and culturally treasured Annapurna ranges has a good and stable road as well as an air link to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu where you be making an entrance into the country from the Tribhuvan International Airport.
The most cost-effective method to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area is via road. You can take a local bus, hire a private vehicle, or ride a lavish tourist bus in a group-organized journey to the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) from Kathmandu to officially begin the hike from the common starting point, Besisahar, which is also an authentic way to start several treks in the Annapurna region, including the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Suppose you are hopeful to begin the ramble from Pokhara. In that case, it also won’t be a problem, as this is another tourist hub of the city and has a direct connection to the urban valley of Kathmandu via the wide highway named Prtihiv, so you walk typically from Nayapul or Ghorepani.
Similarly, both the towns of Pokhara and Jomsom that can be used as the starting or ending points of the Annapurna Circuit Adventure have airports that operate flights to Kathmandu and vice versa, which has greatly enhanced the experience of trekkers and travelers seeking an enjoyable holiday amidst the Himalayas of Nepal.
The less trodden trail from Besisahar to Jomsom to circle Mt. Annapurna (8,091m)
It is no secret that the Annapurna Circuit has feasible multiple routes to traverse around its encompassed area, among which the trekking track beginning from the Besisahar and ending at the Jomsom within the outskirts of the Annapurna Conservation Area is a more distant and less frequented one as compared to some other trekking trails, which are flooded with tourists and trekkers and severely commercialized.
Therefore, you would not have to compromise with the tranquility and the best authentic tea house trekking experience in the solidarity as promised by the trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, which cannot be said to be true for some other routes to trek the Annapurna Circuit in 2024. Hence, if you are looking for the true raw Himalayan wilderness trek in the Annapurna Circuit, the one commencing from Besisahar and making a final descent at the apple city of Jomsom is the best in the itinerary.
Visual feast at Yak Kharka in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route
Regardless of which route you have decided to take to the Annapurna Circuit, you will pass by the picturesque land of Yak Kharka at an altitude of about 4,000 m (13,123 ft) along the trekking path of the Annapurna Circuit, which features larger alpine meadows filled with grazing yak and other livestock.
Beautiful vistas of snow-capped peaks, such as Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna, and others, can be seen from the vicinity of Yak Kharka beside the craggy landscape, which makes it one of the best dramatic and picturesque places to come across.
Adventurous Thorong La Pass
Serving as the highest elevation you will pass through in the Annapurna Circuit Voyage, Thorong La Pass amidst the Damodar Himal region north of the Annapurna Himalayan range in central Nepal is also the major challenge you will be facing in the entire tour of the Annapurna Circuit.
The height of this high mountain pass, Thorong La, is 5,416 m (17,769 ft), which connects the Himalayan district of Mustang to another Himalayan town of Nepal, Manang, playing an important role in balancing the overall journey to be called a moderately difficult trekking adventure due to its location at a high altitude, which poses a threat of acute mountain sickness, also known as altitude sickness.
Crossing through Thorong La Pass is a significant milestone towards finishing the Annapurna Circuit expedition, which is potentially strenuous both physically and mentally on ascending to such high altitudes coupled with awe-inspiring Himalayan landscapes, creating a tremendous sense of contentment and success on making it through the pass.
The spiritually awakening journey to Muktinath Temple
The Annapurna Circuit trek is also a spiritual journey and hence is incomplete without a visit to the highly revered Hindu and Buddhist sacred shrine of Muktinath. Situated at an elevation of 3,710 m/12,171 ft above sea level, this ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Hinduism and Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) in Buddhism consists of a pagoda-style temple with golden statues, an eternal flame, a natural spring, and 108 water sprouts.
To conclude, Muktinath is a legendary temple in the Annapurna region that is believed to absolve all your sins and grant you good fortune on bathing in the water flowing from 108 stones representing the various manifestations of Lord Vishnu, which is not mandatory unless you possess a strong faith. However, you will be impressed by numerous pilgrims from all across Nepal and India taking a dip in the pond.
The Crown Jewel of the Annapurna Circuit, village of Manang
Manang is one of the famous tourist destinations in the Gandaki province of Nepal, located at an elevation of 3,519 m above sea level and sharing a border with Tibet. It is known mostly for its surreal natural scenery, including rough terrain, deep valleys, and snow-capped mountains.
It also serves as one of the main gateways to the Annapurna Circuit, often frequented by trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts, where you will be spending the day touring on the eighth day with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.
Furthermore, due to Manang’s closer proximity to Milarepa’s Cave, Braga Village, Bhojo Gompa, and Braga monastery, you will appreciate each time spent here for sure in the village, surrounded by snow-clad mountains all over, set like the jewels of a crown.
Therefore, the district of Manang is known as the crown jewel of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Area, and one must not miss visiting this traditional mountain village that has a population of 6,538 and where you can see the hard-working lives of the locals from the Himalayas.
15 Days Best Itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) Trail
There are several factors influencing the itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit trekking, such as the length of the journey, individual preferences for adventures, fitness level of the trekkers, acclimatization, and the number of rest days or contingencies separated for comfortable hiking.
For an amateur traveling for the first time in Nepal, it is likely to be a hectic experience where the expertise of a well-versed travel and tour company such as Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks comes to the rescue with our customizable 15-day itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit excursion.
It is a carefully crafted route to ensure the best Himalayan traversing via the off-beaten path considering the safety, hiking goals, and experience of the participant. This itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Expedition begins with an incredibly scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar after viewing some of the most culturally and religiously significant UNESCO heritage sites in the valley of Kathmandu.
The following days, you will involve yourself in climbing to the villages of Dharapani, Chamje, Pisang, and lastly Manang upon riding a jeep up to Syange on the same day upon making up to Besisahar, thanks to a recently built roadway shortening the walk by a few days. Regardless, a day of acclimatization in Manang would be joyful, which is much needed to adjust yourself to the rising altitude to avoid getting acute mountain sickness.
The consecutive day after acclimatization in Manang, the 15-day itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit Voyage takes you to the foot of the most challenging feature of the entire Annapurna Circuit Trek, Thorong La Pass’s base called Thorong Phedi, which eventually crosses the high pass the very next day to arrive at the temple of Muktinath.
The divinity of the Vishnu shrine’s surroundings is notable, whether you are a Hindu, Buddhist, or none. Spending an amazing night at the Annapurna Himalayas, the trek thereafter descends to Jomsom, which has an airway connecting to Kathmandu or Pokhara, and since we do not want you to leave you with the regret of not being able to see the tourist haven, you will be boarding to Pokhara at first before making a final driveaway to Kathmandu.
This route for the Annapurna Circuit trek guarantees a fulfilling and memorable trip across the mind-blowing Nepalese Himalayan scenery, which is an intermediately lengthy journey as compared to other classic long Annapurna Circuit treks such as Thorong La Pass and Tilicho Lake Trek - 17 days, and hence is the best trail to climb the Annapurna Circuit.
The Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom)Trek Cost
It is bound to cost you more if you choose a foreign operator for the Annapurna Circuit expedition, which could range from USD 1500 to more than a standard package price. Therefore, locally based travel and tour organizers such as Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks in the center of the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, Thamel are the best ones if you are hunting down the most cost-friendly method to go on an unforgettable journey to the Annapurna Circuit via Besisahar.
We are offering a group discounted special trek targeting 2024 and 2025 at the best price of:
- USD 1,150 for 1 pax
- USD 1075 for 2-3 pax
- USD 1025 for 4-6 pax
- USD 975 for 7-10 pax
It is one of the reasonable expenses to traverse the Annapurna Circuit in the years 2024 and 2025, while us being a locally operating travel agency keeps you hassle-free from having to encounter any middlemen, which is one of the major causes of increasing expense to go the Annapurna region trekking, including the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or other short trek within the region such as:
- Jomsom Cultural Trek - 9 Days
- Ghorepani Poon Hill - 10 Days
- Ghorepani Poon Hill with Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days
Otherwise, like the majority of the local operators in Nepal, who provide essentially the same service as the international travel and tour organizers, we are providing you with the best budgeted 15-day package to go to the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) trek, excelling in customizing more personalized services as per the needs of trekking aspirants. Much to the delight, this cost to venture around the tenth highest mountain giant, Mt. Anna[urna (8,061m) in the world covers all the expenditure for necessary logistics such as:
- Comfortable accommodation throughout the trekking days
- Nutritious meals as per the menu
- Local agency/guide and porter fees
- Salary, food, accommodation, and other trekking-related equipment for your travel guide and porter
- Required trekking permits, such as the TIMS card (ACAP),
- Cost of domestic travel, etc.
To know more about what our trekking package to the Annapurna Circuit covers please kindly visit the cost include or exclude section thoroughly.