Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days

  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Region
    Annapurna
  • Duration
    10
  • Transportation
    Drive
  • Max Height
    5416m.
  • Activities
    Trekking
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Lodges
  • Group Size
    01
  • Best Season
    March-May/Sep-Dec
  • Meals
    B,L & D
  • Start / End Point
    Besisahar/Pokhara

Trip Overview

The 10 Days Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is the classical trekking route of Nepal. Normally, the trip is the detour route of Nepal Trekking that requires 14 – 19 days. However, if you are short on time, you can do the trek in much lesser days as well. After lots of field research, travel planners of Nepal High Trek have knitted the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days itinerary. The itinerary is perfect for travelers without much risk of altitude sickness and hours of walking. Moreover, the construction of a hilly road from Besisahar to Manang has helped in knitting the short itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Can I use Jeep to Manang to further shorten the number of trekking days?

No, it is not appropriate to take a jeep beyond Chame. However, it is possible to use the four-wheel jeep to Manang. The risk of altitude sickness is very high if we take a jeep ride to Manang. Therefore, we highly advise not to take risks by using a jeep to Manang from Besisahar. Our team has put the jeep ride up to Chame in order to avoid any kinds of hassles during the trip.

Acclimatization in Manang

Trekkers take the bus or private vehicle ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar. It takes usually about 7 – 8 hours from Kathmandu to reach Besisahar. The following day, trekkers take a jeep ride to Chame. Trekking through the village of Pisang, trekkers reach the Manang Village. The village is one of the largest villages on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days trail. It is mainly habituated by the Gurung people.

Places beyond Manang are at high altitudes. Therefore, you need proper acclimatization. Acclimatization activity includes the hike to Ice Lake 4600m, Milarepa Cave, Gangapurna Lake, and an authentic village excursion (local houses, farms, and monasteries). This acclimatization activity helps trekkers to avoid any kind of altitude sickness on the journey.

Travel Insurance is compulsory for trekkers. It provides the necessary cover and confidence to the trekkers. Apart from the trekking insurance, trekkers need to prepare their bodies both physically and mentally. Do some cardiovascular exercises in order to increase stamina. These exercises include cycling, walking, swimming, and running. Moreover, adopt good eating habits as well.

When is the best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days?

The most appropriate time to trek in most of the trekking routes of Nepal is either spring or autumn season. For this trekking too, the months of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) are ideal seasons. During this time of the year, the view is clear and the climate is fantastic. The trail has some of the best mountain vista places that require clear weather to enjoy fully.

Accommodation and Meals in Annapurna Circuit Route

The trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days is one of the oldest trekking routes. Therefore, the provision of food and accommodation during the trip is top-notch. It ranges from basic to luxurious. However, in high-altitude places like Thorong Phedi (4600 m) and High Camp (4900 m), trekkers may have to adjust or share a room with the trekkers. In some cases, the dining room is also used for overnight sleeping. The route is probably the most regal in terms of meals. You can find diverse food choices during the trip. The choice of food ranges from Western cuisine to local dishes. Moreover, you can choose to take your own cook and do the camping trek instead of the teahouse package trek. In order to do this, please confirm with the travel planners before booking.

Crossing The World’s Longest Thorong La Pass (5416 m)

Thorang La Pass is the world’s longest and most challenging pass in the Annapurna region of Nepal. There are two options for the trekkers to cross the pass. You can choose to stay at Thorong Phedi or High Camp before the day of the pass crossing. If you stay in Thorong Phedi, night sleeping is much easier but walking is challenging on the day of crossing. However, if you start the pass crossing from high camp, it is comparatively easier. The choice is yours. Moreover, the trekking guide will assess the physical condition of trekkers before crossing the Thorong La Pass.

From the top of the pass, you can see the view of the iconic mountains of Annapurna, Tibetan, and Manaslu Himalayan ranges.

Do you know that Cycling on Annapurna Circuit Trail is also possible?

Yes, some people do the cycling in the Annapurna Circuit Trek route as well. It is slowly gaining lots of popularity among adventure lovers. Nepal High Trek can knit the best itinerary for you to do cycling in Thorong La Pass. Create a momentous and adventurous tale of cycling in one of the high-altitude mountain passes of Nepal.

Muktinath and Lower Mustang Region of Nepal

Upon crossing the Thorong La Pass, trekkers reach the Muktinath and Lower Mustang regions of Nepal. The temple of Muktinath is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. In fact, there is a nunnery next to the temple that signifies the great religious harmony and tolerance in Nepal between these two religions. The temple of Lord Vishnu has 108 taps and two ponds (sin and holy). The landscape in which the temple is located truly is blissful. The mountain on the backdrop and the serene valley in front undoubtedly knit the beautiful travel memories. The Kaligandaki River, Jomsom, and Kagbeni village are the added attractions on the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days trip.

Possible Side Treks from Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days Trail

The trail is one of the most beautiful detours of Nepal Trekking. It passes through gorgeous mountain valleys, villages, lakes, and mountain passes. Therefore, there are countless side treks possible from the trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days.

Some of the notable treks possible to do from the trail are as follows:

  1. Tilicho Lake Trek: If you add 2 – 3 days extra, you can explore the world’s highest-situated lake. Tilicho Lake is located in the Manang district of Nepal, 55 kilometers from the city of Pokhara. It is situated at an elevation of 4,919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. It has occupied 2.5km length and 1.2km with 85m depth. Tilicho Lake is one of the most popular high-altitude lakes in Nepal. Trekkers can rejoin the main trail after visiting the lake. There are provisions of good teahouses and lodges on this alternative trekking route.
  2. Mesokanta La Pass Trek: While doing the Mesokanta La Pass Trek, trekkers have to skip the crossing of Thorong La Pass. After visiting Tilicho Lake, trekkers cross the pass and reach the valley of Jomsom. The trail is popular among wilderness adventure trekking seekers.
  3. Nar Phu Valley Trek: Trekkers can choose to explore two iconic ancient villages of the region. These villages are Nar and Phu. However, you need to get a restricted area permit to explore the region.
  4. Thakali Villages Tour: After crossing the Thorong La Pass, trekkers can choose to explore the various Thakali villages of the Lower Mustang region. These villages are famous for apple farming, monasteries, diverse local delicacies, unique traditions, and spectacular landscapes.
  5. Upper Mustang Trek: Get the restricted area permit and form a group of at least two trekkers to do the Upper Mustang Trek.  It has combined the various cultures, scenarios, and thrilling hikes around the northern part of Nepal. The trek is one of the major restricted area trekking trips to do in Nepal. Additionally, you can do the trek during monsoon season as well.

Embark on the relishing journey of Nepal’s classic trek route. Reward yourself with the majestic mountain views, stunning Himalayan passes, and multiethnic villages. In today’s competitive world getting longer holidays is next to impossible. Therefore, people are constantly enquiring about shorter trekking holiday packages. While searching for short treks, it is of utmost necessity to consider safety and security as well. Therefore, Nepal High Trek & Expedition presents the safe Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days at the best rate. Even though we quote trip itineraries according to your holiday length, physical fitness level, and preference plan. Watch the latest Annapurna Circuit Trekking video and get more information too.

Details Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport get transferred to hotels after being received by our guides and staff, at hotel check-in and join in for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information, with a welcome dinner.

In the morning drive leads you away and beyond Kathmandu valley heading to low warmer areas with views of snowcapped mountains to reach at Nepal Mid-West reach around the Lamjung area in Besisahar. It takes 8 hours by local bus and you can explore the courtyard with the scenic view of Trishuli river and thrilling mountain ranges.

After breakfast, we will drive to Chame. The Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district. The road is unpaved but you can see the stunning sceneries of multi-authentic villages, various landscapes, pine forests, hills, and a delightful view of mount Manaslu. The road goes through the Marshyangdi river and it’s a challenging drive to Chame. From Jagat, the walk begins on a winding path to Chamje. Chame is a small mountain town located at 2670 m above sea level and where you spend a beautiful time.

From here onward walk gets closer to the mountains heading through a beautiful alpine forest, following the Masrsyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village, as the walk heads uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few lodges and views of Chulu and Pisang Peak, after a lunch stop walk downhill to Pisang village for an overnight stop.

Pisang village is situated within Manang valley facing stunning mountain views where altitude gains slowly from here onward, as the walk takes you to a short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu, and Pisang peak to reach Hongde village. From here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes as the walk leads to Manang village on route visit the old Braga monastery enriched with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos, and a superb panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour’s walk to Manang village.

Rest day for acclimatization before heading to high altitude and crossing the Thorang La Pass. We would highly recommend the hike to Gangapurna lake and it’s an extremely beautiful lake in Manang valley. Besides, explore Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

After resting at Manang, walk to Yak Kharka, an interesting high-altitude walk facing views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks.

The morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung River, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climbing the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.

Starting early morning to reach the highest point of the great adventure, after breakfast climbs up to Thorang-la at above 5,416 m marked with Buddhist prayer flags, which offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent to Muktinath at 3,800m. Muktinath is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Today you must long drive to Pokhara. It’s challenging with a scenic drive to explore the various views with the magnificent place too. After Muktinath, the rest of the journey is easier with an exciting scenic drive all the way downhill with a big drop of 1,200m to Kaligandaki river valley, as the ride leads at Kaligandaki river valley, from here heading past Jomsom, the headquarters town of Mustang area with small airstrip above Kaligandaki River, through Marpha village, as drive leads downhill past Lete. The journey enters between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world’s deepest gorge of the Kali-Gandaki River.

Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu en route to observe farm villages and towns and then reach Kathmandu by afternoon, rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Last day in the land of Himalayan Wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel for an airport for your international flight back to your home countries or other respective destinations.

COST INCLUDED

  • All ground transportation.
  • Two night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • One-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 3 times meals included  (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Annapurna Trekking Permit: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by local hiace and Besisahar to Chame by local sharing jeep.
  • Muktinath to Pokhara by local deluxe bus.
  • 9-night good accommodation during the trek.
  • Three cups of hot tea during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit during the trek
  • NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag (If you needed and to be returned after the trek)
  • One Government license holder trekking guide has included his salary, food, and accommodation.
  • One assistance guide will be provided above 7 people.

COST EXCLUDE:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Porter cost $20 per day.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in the mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Client Reviews

Joshep Sheldon

Florida USA

10 Days Annaurna Circuit Trek

If you’re considering going on this trek, you already know how beautiful and fun it will be. I’ll focus on how amazing the team at Nepal High Trek is. We were a group of seven, and we engaged a guide (Arbind) and three porters (Lal, Rajan, and Amar). All of them were knowledgeable, helpful, and proactive in making this an amazing trek. We would constantly point at animals or mountains and ask Arbind what it was called, and he would know the name, the history, and the altitude of the peak. Arbind also had family operating guest houses along the trek — these places were surely the most comfortable and fun! They also take great care of people with limited experience at altitude. Once we passed 3.500m, Arbind regularly checked in about our health and measured our SpO2 levels. Whenever one of our group had the slightest illness, he would check in, and come up with a plan to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe.

I highly recommend this company if you seek a guided experience on the Annapurna circuit.

Guided by: Arbind Tamang

Morgan Linda

USA

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days

I cannot recommend our guide, Arvind, enough. We went on a 10 day version of the Annapurna Circuit. The trek was beautiful and we were able to tailor it to fit our timelines, so we could complete the parts we wanted.
Our guides and porters were incredible. We were a group with mixed levels of backpacking experience. Arvind, our guide, made sure that we were taking care of ourselves with the altitude and always keeping to a pace that would allow us to acclimatize. Previously, I had considered doing this trek unguided. I am so glad I didn’t. Having a guide to set the pace, provide their experience on the trail, their knowledge about the area, and manage the timing for our group was incredibly helpful. Thank you to the entire crew! I would highly recommend the Nepal High Trek to those who planning to do the treks in Nepal.
Cheers,
Morgan

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Ben White

USA

10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

We did the 10 days Annapurna circuit trek and had an incredible time. Our guide Arbind was incredibly kind and knowledgeable — he and our porters (lal, rajan, and amar) were all fantastic. The trip included lunch and dinner and was quite affordable. It was my first time backpacking and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! I would highly recommend the Nepal High Trek Team for your adventures to Nepal.

Guided by: Arbind Tamang

Eric Onno

USA

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Entire tour was very well organized by Nepal High Trek! The guides were incredibly friendly & helpful and arranged nice accommodations for us. The Nepal High Trek provided to us an excellent service with the best trekking geras too. I got this company was very professional with responsible too. We entire fully content and glad too. Guides were also very serious about health/safety while keeping everything fun and enjoyable. If you’re considering trekking to Nepal i would highly recommend the Nepal High Trek for travel partners in Nepal.

Guided by: Arbind Tamang

Ruby Shelchen

United State

Amazing 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

My group of seven had an incredible time on the Annapurna Circuit! Our guides were knowledgeable, professional, and incredibly experienced. The views were spectacular, the tea houses were good quality, and we had no logistical issues at all. I would highly recommend this service and try to get Arbind as your guide! He was amazing.

Guided by: Arbind Tamang

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