Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5416 Meters
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Pokhara
Highlights
  • Experience a journey through lush forests, terraced fields, and arid landscapes.
  • Immerse yourself in local cultures, as you pass by diverse ethnic communities throughout the trail. 
  • Visit the sacred temple of Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
  • Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the Annapurna conservation area along the route. 
  • Conquer the high-altitude Thorong La Pass (5,416m) and get awe-inspiring panoramic views of the mountains all around. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days glaring at the mountain from the same vantage point or encircling the whole massif and setting foot in 4 districts of Nepal in a single trek. This 10 days guided tour to the Annapurna Circuit allows you to witness the incredible faces of the World's 10th highest peak, Annapurna, as you start your Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days start in Besisahar and end in the beautiful city of Pokhara.

This short version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days Itinerary is prepared for the reckless mountain junkies who have limited time in Nepal but still want to get a close encounter with the massif. 

The journey starting from the city of temples, Kathmandu, will lead you to the beautiful village of Chame after a long scenic ride passing through highway shops, terraced fields, a small village, highland hills, and the rushing Trishuli River. 

The trail from Chame winds off to the picturesque village of Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, and Thorang Phedi, and then finally into the Thorong La pass, the highest point of 10 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Journey from Chame to Thorang la Pass is made memorable by the amazing landscape, lush pine forests, and blossoming rhododendron forests throughout the way. Accompanying the incredible landscape is the captivating views of Himalayan ranges that play hide and seek every now and then as you cross suspension bridges, and walk past cascading waterfalls and prolific woodland all the way. 

Thorang La pass (5416m) waiting for you at a distance; make sure to take your breath away with its unadulterated beauty. The sights of snow-capped Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Gangapurna (7455m) are remarkable from this vantage point. 

The 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek down from here is towards the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath. The journey ahead from here passes through the quaint villages of Gurung, Thakalis, and Manangis too, with alluring views of the Himalayan ranges, until you drive to Pokhara, the city of lakes.

Join us for an exhilarating experience in the Himalayas encircling the giant Annapurna in 2024/2025. We are here to provide you with quality services throughout your stay.

What Can You Expect on the 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Holidays?

You can expect to traverse a diverse range of landscapes, from lush valleys and terraced fields to alpine deserts and snow-capped peaks, throughout the trip. As you trek, you will have a chance to engage with local communities, such as the Manangis and Thakalis, and learn about their traditions, and lifestyle. 

Enjoy a demanding yet rewarding trekking experience as you ascend the Thorong La Pass, crossing its high-altitude terrain and relishing panoramic vistas. Visit the sacred site of Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus, showcasing its spiritual significance.

Relish the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other peaks all along the journey and also encounter ancient monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags that offer glimpses into the spiritual and cultural side of the region.

Is the Ten Days Annapurna Circuit Trek an Ideal Choice for You?

The ten days Annapurna Circuit trek is suitable for you if you have limited time for trekking but want to experience the adventure of the Annapurna Circuit. The 10 days itinerary is ideal for individuals with moderate physical fitness, as the trek involves ascending and descending challenging terrain.

If you have some experience with high-altitude trekking, you can easily navigate the trail, as the journey involves altitudes exceeding 5,000 meters. Also, the trip is more suited for travelers interested in immersing themselves in the local cultures and traditions of diverse ethnic communities.

If you are seeking a condensed yet comprehensive version of the Annapurna Circuit that includes diverse terrains and cultural experiences, this is a perfect choice for you.

The Difficulty Level of the 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Holiday

The 10-day Annapurna Circuit Holiday presents a moderate level of difficulty, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. While the trek involves daily walking of approximately 5-7 hours, the gradual ascents and descents help reduce the physical demand. 

Proper acclimatization is essential, so rest days are included in our itinerary to help your body adjust to the increasing altitude. The trek provides a remarkable opportunity for you to witness stunning landscapes, interact with local communities, and immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of the region. 

It's essential to maintain a steady pace, stay hydrated, and follow the guidance of your guide for a safe and enjoyable experience. We highly recommend you try short hikes and treks before the journey. 

How to Get Ready for 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Hike?

  • Physical Preparation: First, begin with training yourself physically to increase your stamina level and endurance. You can begin with leg-focused workouts. 
  • Altitude Awareness: Research and understand the effects of high altitude, and acclimatization techniques to minimize the risks and also recognize symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Packing Essentials: Pack appropriately for changing weather, including warm clothing layers, waterproof gear, durable trekking boots, and a comfortable backpack that is suitable for varying weather conditions. 
  • Travel Insurance: Have comprehensive travel and trekking insurance coverage that contains medical emergencies, high altitude evacuation. 
  • Positive Mindset: Maintain a positive attitude, be open to adapting to changing conditions, and cherish every moment of this enriching trekking experience.

The Maximum Elevation of the 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

The highest point you'll reach during the 10 days Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. 

This is a significant accomplishment and a remarkable part of your journey. You will gradually ascend through various villages and landscapes, with acclimatization at certain points that allow your body to adjust to the changing altitude. As it is a high-altitude crossing over 5000m, you will need proper acclimatization to have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. 

Route of the 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

The 10-day Annapurna Circuit trek takes you on a scenic adventure around the Annapurna Massif. Starting from Besisahar, you'll pass through diverse landscapes, charming villages, lush forests, and serene valleys. 

Your route will take you to picturesque places like Chame, Pisang, Manang, Thorong Phedi, and Muktinath. One of the highlights is crossing the Thorong La Pass, offering panoramic mountain views. The journey also allows you to immerse yourself in local cultures, visit monasteries, and interact with friendly people along the way. Each day brings new experiences and breathtaking vistas, creating unforgettable memories during the journey. 

Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Itinerary

Our curated itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit 10 days holiday starts in Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara. Taking you through some of the most amazing villages and settlements of the region at high altitudes, the package takes you to the highest point of the trip at Thorang La Pass.This is a short version of our 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Although it is an itinerary designed considering all the factors of the trip, if you wish to customize the given itinerary in any way, then you can directly reach out to us, as we believe in providing each traveler with a personalized experience while traveling. 

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:2670m
  • Time:8-9 Hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will begin your journey with an early morning departure from Kathmandu, as you head to the bus station for a local bus ride to Besisahar. The 175km drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar offers 7 hours of travel through the mesmerizing countryside. 

Along the way, you'll be captivated by the picturesque views of lush hills, the serene flow of the Trishuli River, terraced fields, and charming villages. Once in Besisahar, a bumpy but scenic 3 to 4-hour drive takes you to Chame. Nestled in pine forests, Chame offers a majestic sight of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal peaks. Overnight stay in Chame.

  • Max Altitude:3190m
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your trek officially starts today, as you head towards Pisang from Chame. The walk begins leading you along the banks of the Marsyangdi River towards Telekhu through dense pine forests. The serene forested path continues to Brathang, and as you cross a suspension bridge beneath the sacred Hindu site of Swarga Dwari, you'll encounter the Paungda Dada rock. 

Moving forward, you'll reach the charming village of Pisang, where you'll be surrounded by the towering presence of Annapurna. Overnight stay in Pisang. 

  • Max Altitude:3657m
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This day's journey takes you through rich pine and juniper woodlands toward Ngwal from Pisang. Accompanied by the backdrop of the tranquil Himalayas, you will first cross the Khumi Khola on a suspension bridge. Afterward, you'll pause at Ghyaru to relish a 360-degree panorama featuring Annapurna II, Lamjung, Tilicho Peak, and other majestic peaks. 

After a few hours of walking, you will enter the territory of Ngawal, where you'll catch sight of Humde Airport and Pisang village. Upon arriving in Ngawal, you can immerse yourself in the village's monasteries, gaining insights into the cultural tapestry of the region. Overnight stay in Ngawal.

  • Max Altitude:3540m
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is a day to head toward Manang from Ngawal. You will begin by descending towards the Marsyangdi River, and you'll journey through forests of pine and juniper afterward. 

Passing ethnic settlements and monasteries, you'll eventually arrive in Manang, a village that has gained popularity for its captivating appeal. The vegetation transforms as you walk further into the enchanting landscapes of Manang and Mustang, distinguished by their unique rocky and arid ridges. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Time:3-4 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is the first day dedicated to acclimatization, which allows your body to adapt to an altitude that exceeds 3500m. You can explore Gangapurna Lake or leisurely wander through the village, immersing yourself in the local culture and engaging with the friendly locals. 

This day is an opportunity for you to appreciate the breathtaking views of Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Thorong Peak, ensuring your body is well-prepared for the continuation of your journey in the high altitude. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As you continue your trek, today you'll head to Yak Kharka from Manang. You will bid farewell to the Marshyangdi River and ascend towards Gunsang through Tenki Manang. 

The panoramic mountain vistas from Gunsang will leave you awestruck. Moving forward, you will traverse meadows and cross the Thorung Khola via a suspension bridge, reaching the peaceful Yak Kharka for your overnight stay. It takes a walk of around 4 t 5 hours to arrive in Yak Kharka from Manang. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

  • Max Altitude:4450m
  • Time:3-4 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you will head to Thorang Phedi from Yak Kharka which is comparatively a short walk. Thorang Phedi is situated at the foothills of Thorong La Pass and presents a moderate challenge. 

The trail follows the Jarang Khola, leading you to Thorang Phedi, a meadow surrounded by cliffs. If you're lucky, you might even spot some blue sheep and leopards in this region as you trek through the trails. Overnight stay in Thorang Phedi. 

  • Max Altitude:5416m/3800m
  • Time:9-11 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is a big day for you today. You will begin the journey early in the morning as you prepare for a challenging yet rewarding ascent to Thorong La Pass to take advantage of favorable weather conditions. 

It is a challenging ascend to the Thorang La Pass but it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Khatung Kang. You will spend some time at the pass witnessing and relishing the magnificent sight of the mountains all around. After some time, you will continue descending from the pass, and you'll arrive at Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Vishnu, featuring 108 holy water sprouts believed to cleanse sins. Overnight stay in Muktinath. 

  • Max Altitude:1190M
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a short visit to the sacred site, Muktinath, you will have a scenic ride to Tatopani via the beautiful Jomsom village. Admire the beautiful houses and views of the Himalayan ranges as you pass the village and cross the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki lying between the gigantic mountain range of Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Dhaulagiri. As you arrive at Tatopani, you will have a chance to get on the natural hot spring bath and beat the fatigue of the trek. Overnight stay in Tatopani. 

  • Max Altitude:820M
  • Time:4-5 hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trek comes to an end as you drive back to Pokhara on a local bus from Tatppani today. The drive takes around 5 hours but offers amazing views of the countryside. From terraced fields to highland hills, from mountain views to the views of small huts and houses. The journey is nothing but an exploration of the part of Nepal you have not ever discovered. 

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • Requried transfers by private vehicle in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • 3 standard meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Jagat by local bus, Jagat to Chame by sharing Jeep, Muktinath to Tatopani to Pokhara by Local bus and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Annapurna trip.
  • Porter services during the trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Annapurna National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Sunday May 26, 2024
Ends:Tuesday Jun 04, 2024
Price US$649
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Ends:Saturday Jun 08, 2024
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Know Before You Go

Free Airport pickup and drop-off facilities

As the trek begins from Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara, if you require airport pick-up and drop service, then we at Himalayan Recreation offer you free airport pickup and drop facilities. 

Luggage and storage facility during the trekking

You will have the option to store your luggage while you hit the trail, either at the hotel in Kathmandu or our office in Kathmandu. This option is valid if you have extra baggage that cannot be carried to the trek.

Also keep in mind if you are hiring a porter for the trip, that one porter is allowed to carry a weight of 25 kg, which will be shared by two trekkers. 

Mode of Transport 

You will have a ride on a public vehicle from Kathmandu to Besisahar or Jagat on the first day of the trip. From Besisahar, the journey continues to Chame on a Sharing Jeep. 

Similarly, From Muktinath to Tatopani by Local bus, on the last day of the trek, you will have a ride to Pokhara from Tatopani on a public bus. If you want, you can choose to have a private vehicle for the rides as well, which is possible at an extra cost.

Equipment Checklist for Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

Packing the right equipment is essential for successfully hiking the Annapurna Circuit. Some important items to consider include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing like jackets and fleece, comfortable trekking pants, hats, gloves, and sunglasses to protect against the sun. A reliable backpack, a warm sleeping bag, and a water bottle are also important. If you want to have a more detailed look at the Packing list,

The Best Time to Embark on Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

  • The best time to set off on hiking the Annapurna Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Spring, from March to May, welcomes blooming flowers, lush landscapes, and pleasant weather in the region, making it one of the best times of the year for the holiday. 
  • Autumn, from September to November, offers clear skies, moderate temperatures, and spectacular mountain views, which is another ideal time of the year to embark on the 10 days journey. These seasons provide the most comfortable and enjoyable conditions for your trip, allowing you to fully appreciate the breathtaking scenery and diverse culture of the region.
  • As for winter and monsoon, we suggest you avoid those seasons as there can be risks due to heavy rainfall, snowfall, and harsh cold during these sessions. You should prepare in advance with the help of experts if you want to complete the trek in monsoon or winter. 

Accommodation During the Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Route

  • Throughout your Annapurna Circuit 10 days trek, you'll find various types of accommodation options available along the route. Guesthouses, also known as teahouses, are commonly found in most trekking villages. These guesthouses offer basic yet comfortable lodging, often with shared facilities. 
  • You'll have the opportunity to experience the warmth of local hospitality, indulge in traditional meals, and rest in cozy surroundings. Remember that as you gain elevation, the facilities may become more basic. You will get a bed with a blanket and share bathroom facility along the route. A hot water shower, charging facility and WIFI can be available in some lodges at an extra price. 

Food and Drinking Water Facilities During the 10 Days Trek to Annapurna Circuit

  • You will be provided with three meals during the 10-day Days Trek to Annapurna Circuit. The route offers a variety of dining options to keep you fueled for your journey. Teahouses provide freshly prepared meals, including local and international dishes. You can enjoy dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), and other delightful treats for lunch and dinner. 
  • For breakfast, you can have bread, traditional bread with curry, tea, jam, or honey. Some teahouses also offer dishes like pizza, sandwiches and pasta. 
  • For drinking water, along the trail, you'll find options to purchase bottled water, but it's advisable to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to reduce plastic waste and stay hydrated safely.

Cost of the Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Package

When considering the cost of an Annapurna Circuit 10 days package, it's important to remember that it includes a variety of expenses. These can cover accommodation, meals, permits, guides, transportation, and more. The total cost can vary based on factors like the type of lodging you choose and whether you're traveling privately or in a group. 

On average, the cost might range from USD 600 to USD 1200 per person. If you choose a group trip, then the cost can be comparatively lower as you will be sharing the facilities, and also we provide a discount on group trips based on the number of trekkers. However, if you opt for a private or solo trip, then the price can go up based on the customizations you want.

Permits required for the ten days Annapurna Circuit Trek

For the Trek, you'll need two main permits, which are:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):  The ACAP permit costs USD 30 per person for foreign nationals. As for SAARC nationals (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries), it costs NPR 1000 per person. 
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: The TIMS card costs USD 20 per person for foreign independent trekkers. For foreign trekkers through registered trekking agencies, the price is USD 10 per person and for SAARC nationals, it costs NPR 600 per person. 

Tipping Idea for Guide and Porters

Tipping is a common practice in Nepal to show appreciation for good service. While it's not mandatory, it's a thoughtful way to thank your trekking guides, porters, and support staff who contribute to your memorable experience. 

A general guideline is to give around 10-15% of the total package cost as tips. However, the amount is your choice, and you can adjust it based on the quality of service you receive.

Travel tips for the Ten Days of Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2024 and 2025

  • Research about the trail and weather conditions well in advance.
  • Engage in regular exercise to build stamina and be fit for the journey. 
  • Make sure to pack essentials like sturdy boots, warm clothing, and a good backpack.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and purifying tablets or filters and stay hydrated all along the trek. 
  • Follow the recommended acclimatization guidelines and listen to the advice of your guide to have a safe trekking experience. 
  • Learn about local customs and show respect to communities as you pass by ethnic villages. 
  • Ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance coverage.
  • Respect the environment and local culture; while practicing the leave no trace principle.

Booking Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Package with Himalayan Recreation

Booking your Annapurna Circuit 10 days package with Himalayan Recreation ensures a well-organized and enjoyable trekking experience. With our expertise, you can expect reliable guides, proper acclimatization, comfortable accommodations, and necessary permits to be taken care of. 

For a smooth booking process, we offer payment through various methods, such as online platforms and banking. If you have any confusion regarding the booking process or any other element of the trek, you can reach out to us anytime. 

Last-Minute Booking with Himalayan Recreation

If you're considering a last-minute adventure in 2024 or 2025 for the ten days Annapurna Circuit Trek, Himalayan Recreation can assist you in making it happen. 

While it's recommended to plan ahead, we can accommodate unplanned trekkers, ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Make sure to communicate your preferences and requirements clearly so we can customize the package according to your timeline and preferences. Also, for last-minute bookings, you are required to make the full payment before the journey. 

Embark on an Eco-Friendly Journey for Annapurna Circuit Trekking 10 Days

Preserving the natural beauty of the Annapurna region is essential and it is one of our top priorities as we traverse through the trail of the region. As you embark on your Annapurna Circuit trek for 10 days, we encourage you to adopt eco-friendly practices to minimize your environmental impact. 

Carry a reusable water bottle, say no to single-use plastics, dispose of waste responsibly, and respect local customs and nature. By choosing us for the 10 Days Annapurna Circut Hiking Tour in 2024,2025, you will be choosing to practice responsible travel in the Himalayas of Nepal. 

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