Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days
All Inclusive Price:
- 10 Days
- Trip Level:
DemandingBetween Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
- Max Altitude:
- 5416 Meter
- High Altitude trekking
- Best Season:
- spring (March-May) and autumn (September to November)
Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days glaring at the mountain from the same vantage point or encircling the whole massif and setting your foot on 4 districts of Nepal in a single trek. This 10 days guided trek to Annapurna circuit trek allows you to witness the incredible faces of World’s 10th highest peak, Annapurna as you start your Annapurna circuit trek 10 days start in Besisahar and end in the beautiful city Pokhara.
This short 10 days Annapurna circuit trek 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 rushing Trishuli River. The trail from Chame winds off to the picturesque village of Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorang Phedi and then finally into the Thorang la pass, the highest point of this trek. The journey from Chame to Thorang la pass is made memorable by the amazing landscape, lush forests of Pine and blossoming rhododendron forest 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, walk past cascading waterfalls and prolific woodland all the way long. 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 trek down from here is towards the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath. The journey ahead from here passes through the quaint village of Gurung, Thakalis and Manangis that too with alluring views of Himalayan ranges until you drive to Pokhara, the city of lakes.
The best time to do circuit trek is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September to November). Join us for an exhilarating experience in the Himalayas encircling the giant Annapurna. We are here to provide you with quality services throughout your stay.
ITINERARY Expand All Download PDF Brochure
Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Besisahar (825m) and Drive to Chame (2670m) Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the bus station from where you will catch a local bus to Besisahar. The drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar is 175km and takes around 7 hours along a scenic route. The drive takes you through the most beautiful countryside view and natural scenery. The green hills, tranquil flowing Trishuli River, terraced fields and small villages will leave you awestruck. Another drive from Besisahar to Chame takes around 3 to 4 hours that too through the scenic but bumpy trail. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang and offers majestic views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. Enjoy the ride as you pass small village settlements through lush pine forests.
Day 2 Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m) Duration: 4 to 5 hours
The trek officially starts off today as you walk along the bank of Marsyangdi River making your way to Telekhu via dense pine forest. The pleasant walk along the forest continues to Brathang. As you cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River beneath the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Swarga Dwari, you will be pleased with the view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock that resembles a bowl. The walking trail takes further from here takes you to the small village of Pisang as you pass some more pine forest. The giant Annapurna stands tall in the valley of Pisang.
Day 3 Trek from Pisang to Ngawal (3657m) Duration: 4 to 5 hours
With the alluring background view of tranquil Himalayas, you will pass through rich woodlands of pine and juniper. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Khumi Khola, make a stop at Ghyaru and admire the 360-degree panorama of Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung (6983m), Tilicho peak 7134m), Pisang peak (6091m) and many more. Walking past the Tibetan styled village, you will enter the territory of Ngawal and get the sight of Humde airport and Pisang village as you visit the monastery and get an insight on the cultural richness of the region.
Day 4 Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3540m) Duration: 4 to 5 hoursÂ
The trail from Ngawal drops to Marsayangdi River and then passes through pine and juniper forest along with the sights of the glorious mountain. Walk past the monastery and ethnic settlements before arriving Manang. The vegetation slightly changes after Humde and is mostly rocky ridges, dry and deserted. The village of Manang and Mustang has gained popularity among the local tourist as village beyond the Himalayas and is a most visited place in Nepal.
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Manang
A well-deserved break!! As you have already gained height above 3500, today you will take a day rest. After enough sleep in the lap of Himalayas, hike to the Gangapurna Lake to gain some altitude for the next day or roam around the village and chit chat with locals. Enjoy the views of Gangapurna (7454m), Tilicho Peak (6920m) and Throung Peak (6144m) as you spend the day on your own.
Day 6 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4200m) Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Continuing your journey, today you will leave Marshyangdi River behind and ascend your way to Gunsang via Tenki Manang. Gunsang offers a magnificent panorama of mountains. As you pass some meadows and suspension bridge over Thorung Khola you make your way to the night stop, Yak Kharka
Day 7 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450m) Duration: 3 to 4 hours
The trek to the foothills of Thorong La pass, Thorang Phedi is not very demanding. The trail starts along the bank of Jarang Khola until you cross the suspension bridge to Thorong Phedi. The meadow is surrounded by the cliffs and has special guests sometimes like blue sheep and leopard. You will get their sight if you are lucky enough. Overnight in teahouse.
Day 8 Trek from Thorang Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) Duration: 7- 8 hoursÂ
The most challenging yet rewarding part of the trek awaits you as you hike from Thorang Phedi early in the morning before the hard breeze makes it hard to summit the pass. So hike to the point before the weather worsens. The trail leads all the way to pass and offers panoramic views of Himalayas. Thorang La pass is the longest pass of Nepal and proffers captivating views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang. Descending down the pass you will enter the sacred Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Muktinath. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the temple has 108 water sprouts. The water from the sprouts is supposed to be holy and is believed to wash off the sins.
Day 9 Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (2710m) Duration: 4-5 hours
After a short visit to the sacred site, Muktinath, enjoy the 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,Â Mt. Dhaulagiri together with other snow-capped peaks. As you arrive Tatopani, get on the natural hot spring bath and beat the fatigue and lethargy of the trek.
Day 10 Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (900m) Duration: 4-5 hours
The trek nearly comes to an end as you drive back to Pokhara in a local bus. 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.
WHAT'S INCLUDEDExpand All
- 9 days tea house accommodation during the trek
- 1 day accommodation in Pokhara
- Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
- An expert English speaking guide with his/her food, accommodation, insurance and salary
- Porter to carry your baggage
- Kathmandu to Besisahar by local bus
- Besisahar to Chame in local jeep
- Muktianth to Tatopani in local jeep
- Tatopani to Pokhara in local bus, Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist bus.
- Airport pick up and drop off
- 1 Night Hotel Stay in Pokhara (3 Star)
- Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
- 9 night Accommodations during the trek
- A government license holder guide
- Porter to carry your baggage
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
- Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
- TIMS card(Trekkerâ€™s information Management System)
- First Aid Kit
- Trekking Permits needed
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- Farewell dinner prior to departure
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Tips for trekking staffs
- Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
- Personal shopping and laundry,Â Personal trekking equipments,Â Gifts and souvenirs
- Â All items not listed in Cost included section
TRAVEL INSURANCEProof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to 6000m. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking. We have some suggestions on finding an insurance company on ourÂ Terms of Service Page
EXTRA COSTS AND EXCLUSIONSOur trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive when you arrive in Nepal. Here are additional expenses that you can plan on while trekking:
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- Sleeping Bag Rental $20 and Down Jacket $15 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek â€“ Plan on around 10% of the cost of your trek.
- We donâ€™t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($40/night) and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
SOLO TRAVELERSWe generally donâ€™t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
CANCELLATION POLICIESWe understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancellation fee. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
EQUIPEMENTThe following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotelâ€™s storage room for no extra cost. HEAD
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to â€“ 20Â°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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