10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 10 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2-20 Pax Max
  • Max Elevation: 5416 meters

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Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Trek is a short itinerary package for trekkers with limited time. It is shorter than the standard Annapurna Circuit Trek but covers the major destinations, providing trekkers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Trekkers will not miss any experience of this region's beauty, including the people's nature, culture, tradition, cuisine, and lifestyle.

10 Days Annapurna Circuit Itinerary is the shortest route to explore the Annapurna region and its people, place, culture, and lifestyle. The trek takes you the high-altitude pass, Thorong La Pass to the lowlands of Pokhara, where you will experience diverse natural richness and cultural beauty. Exploring the Himalayan beauty of the Annapurna Region, Gurung & Thakali People and mixed Tibetian culture, natural streams, waterfalls, and dense forest of Rhododendron and Junipers are some notable highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Here are some things you should know before heading towards this region.

Why is This Itinerary Short?

Usually, the standard Annapurna Circuit Trek comprises around 16 days or even more. However, some packages are bound to just ten days. Especially if the trekkers have limited time to explore the Annapurna region, they can opt for this package. But it does not mean they will miss the major destinations during the journey; they can still make the trek enjoyable by exploring the places like Chamje Waterfall, Tal Village, Upper Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, and Pokhara.

On our standard Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary, we will reach Chame on day four, but in this 10 days itinerary, we directly drive to Chame from Kathmandu on day one. Other routes from Chame to Muktinath are the same as the standard 16 days itinerary. Similarly, on this 10 days Itinerary, we will take a local bus to Pokhara from Muktinath, which skips another 3 days and makes the route shorter.

Is 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek For You?

Since the 10 Days of Annapurna Circuit Trek requires physical and strong determination, trekkers with a background in hiking through remote destinations can find it more aligning. If you have prior trekking experience, you can easily opt for this trekking route.

Physical ability is a must since most parts of the Annapurna region are remote and rocky. The trails are rugged and seasonable, so walking through these natural builds can be physically demanding. Besides, the most important thing you should consider is altitude. So if you need help with altitude, you better prepare yourself through prior trekking to high altitude and prepare accordingly. That said, you can still manage to create an enjoyable experience through the support of your guide.

How Difficult is this 10 Days Trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek, 10 Days package, is moderately difficult. This includes 6-8 hours of walking that requires solid physical endurance and stamina. Similarly, a positive mentality is a must, as the physical demands of this trek can be exhausting.

First, this package comprises a multi-day itinerary, which includes hours of hiking through rocky and sloppy landscapes. Besides, it takes you to one of the highest passes in Nepal, Thorong La Pass, at 5416 meters, where you are prone to altitude sickness. The next is that this trek requires extensive research and preparations accordingly so that you can make it more handy and enjoyable. Furthermore, the weather conditions and rugged routes can make this trek strenuous.

When is the Perfect Time?

If you are looking for the perfect time to go for 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May) seasons are the best. During this time, the weather is comparatively stable and clear, with lesser clouds. This allows you to have a transparent view of the Himalayas in the north and the local settlements around the Annapurna region.

Similarly, the temperature is mild and friendly, with less probability of rainfall and snowfall at this time. This will help you navigate through the remote routes of the Annapurna region easily. Besides, you can look deeper into the Nepalese culture and tradition as major festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Nepali New Year, and others fall in the Autumn and Spring seasons.

What Are Permits Needed For Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Circuit is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, so you are not allowed to enter the premises without permission. The main motive for permits is based on conserving the wildlife and plants in the region. Annapurna Conservation Area is a sanctuary of many endangered animals and plant species, such as Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, and many others.

While you embark on our 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary, you will need permits like Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS Card to enter this area. You can obtain these licenses from the Tourism Board in Kathmandu, where you must submit documents like Photographs, copies of your visa, and travel documents.

You have to pay around NRs. 3,000 per person per entry (for foreign trekkers) to get Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. If you are from SAARC countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan, you only have to pay NRs. 1,000 per person per entry

Besides, you don’t have to pay anything or would not need a permit for trekking in Annapurna Circuit if you are under 10. Furthermore, your charge for TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) is NPR 2,000, which you can only get through local trekking companies.

 

What To Consider Before Planning Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Preparation is essential since Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek lasts several days, and your physical, mental, and other capacity matters the most during the journey. You can complete the trek with more enjoyable memories with proper preparation and planning. Here are some aspects where you should put effort into planning before your Annapurna Circuit Itinerary 10 Days package.

Physical Fitness:

With physical endurance, Annapurna Circuit Trek will be easier to embark on. The reason is simple; the trek is a multi-day package featuring several hours of hiking in the sloppy and rocky terrains of the remote areas of the Annapurna region. It means the trek is physically challenging, and you must have a strong physical condition to make it enjoyable. Cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling, and swimming can help improve your endurance, so it's better to focus on the workouts.

Altitude Sickness:

Altitude sickness can be a serious problem during your hike in Annapurna Circuit. You will reach one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La Pass, at 5416 Meters above sea level. And it is where you are prone to altitude sickness and other illnesses like HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema).

You must train yourself physically and your lungs to get rid of altitude-related illnesses. Acclimatization is the best way to prevent health hazards at high altitudes. Similarly, you should take precautions and take safety measures; carry oxygen supplements while hiking through the high altitude regions in Annapurna Circuit. Besides, you should drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to be strong enough to continue the trek.

Packing:

Preparation with the packing list is essential before embarking on Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek. Be aware of the Annapurna region's weather and climate and pack accordingly. The most common packing list includes warm thermal clothes (inner and outer layers), windproof/waterproof jackets, sleeping bags, sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, gloves, hats, sunblocking materials, and first aid kits.

Permits:

As mentioned above, you must obtain permits to enter the Annapurna region. You have to pay certain fees to Tourism Board in Kathmandu and get Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS Card to avoid any permit trouble during the journey.

Accommodation:

Be mindful of the logistics before you embark on the Annapurna Circuit trek. Before reaching that, you should know what accommodation facilities are available in the region and pre-book the services. Remember, accommodation can be very challenging during the peak seasons of Autumn and Spring. You might need help finding a room to accommodate in the tea houses, so plan earlier regarding the accommodation and logistics.

Hiring a Guide or Porter:

It is one of the most essential things to consider before trekking in Nepal. You can only go for Annapurna Circuit Trek with someone; you have to hire a professional guide from the reputed travel agencies in Nepal. The main reason for hiring a guide is to make travel safe and sound as guides have an extensive background in the Annapurna region, and be assured that they always lead you through the easiest routes available.

A professional guide leads you through the local villages and places featured in our 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary. You can experience the traditional culture and lifestyle. Similarly, porters carry your backpack and luggage, allowing you to enjoy the trek. Guides and porters can help you know the people and culture deeply, and they can act as your translator, which helps you in cross-cultural activities.

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Highlights

Our 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal. From natural to cultural richness, you will enjoy everything Annapurna Circuit offers. Here are the highlights of your Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Trek:

  • Explore Tibetan Monasteries in Manang and Braga Village.
  • Cross-cultural activities around the Annapurna Circuit Trail.
  • Explore the Himalayas in the north, like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and many others.
  • Hike to high altitude pass, Thorong La Pass, at 5,416 meters above sea level.
  • Reach Jomsom And Muktinath and explore the cultural diversity of the places.
  • Participate in religious rituals in Muktinath and explore 108 Sprouts and Eternal Flame.
  • Explore Pokhara city and visit Davis Falls, Phewa & Begnas Lake, Mahendra Cave, Mountain Museum, Sarangkot Hill, and World Peace Pagoda.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (2,710 m) by Jeep

    At the commencement of this beautiful experience, you will be picked by our guide from the hotel in Kathmandu. Then it's about a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. You will pass the beautiful, diverse landscapes, lush valleys, sparkling rivers, and waterfalls throughout the experience. After lunch, you will drive in the Chame route, a 65km off-road trip that takes approximately 4 hours.

    You will pass across several settlements, including Dharapani, Danaque Village, and Thanchowk Koto, before making it to Chame, where you will stay overnight at a tea house. After reaching Chame, you will rest in a hotel enjoying an immersive local culture and fascinating mountain wilderness.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Chame
    • Altitude: 2,650 Meters
  • Day 2 Trek from Chame(2,710 m) to Pisang (3,300 m)

    On the second day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will head towards the beautiful village Pisang resting on the lap of the majestic mountains. After a healthy breakfast, you will walk through the dense pine forest scented with Rhododendrons aroma. To reach Pisang, the journey will start slowly toward Bhartang. Today is mostly an easy walk on leveled ground, but you will also cover big rock areas. The views of white snow-capped mountains mixed with the soaring rushing rivers along the trail will introduce you to the beholding beauty of Nepal's mountain region.

    After leaving Bhartang behind, the trail will proceed toward the Dhukur Pokhari, passing several suspension bridges. You will also be able to see the Swarga Dwari, one of the holiest sites in the country, at a distant hilltop. Completing this memorable trip will take around 5-6 hours, and you will finally arrive at Lower Pisang(3,200 m). However, the day's trek only ends after you climb higher to the Upper Pisang (3,300 m). Tonight, you will rest here and call it a day, immersing in what this beautiful Himalayan civilization offers. From its vantage points, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Chulu peaks, Tilichi, Annapurna massifs, and Nawal peaks.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Pisang
    • Altitude: 3,240 Meters
  • Day 3 Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m)

    The journey toward Manag will commence after having a healthy breakfast at Pisang. Manang is one of the most popular civilizations in the trekking routes of the Himalayas; many trekkers take one extra day to explore the beauty of the rich historic high mountain civilization and for acclimatization. Today, trekking will take approximately 6- 7 hours, passing through the flat smooth terrain of Pisang to Manag Valley (3,540 m). Braga a Tibetian village with unique architecture and traditions known for its main attraction Gompa, museum, and Himalayan-styled lodges.

    You will pass through the Tibetian-enriched painted Mandalas, dragon mouth, and Yak grazing fields. You will also enjoy the view of Annapurna II, III, & IV, Gangapurna, and Chulu Peak from Manang. You will enjoy the accommodation and food facility from the best available lodge and rest up for the night.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Manang
    • Altitude: 3,540 Meters
  • Day 4 Acclimatization Day at Manang

    Generally, after trekking higher than 3,000 meters, it is highly recommended to take a rest day to acclimatize to the new environment. Thus, this will be the hard-earned lazy day after covering so much distance. You can wake up late and simply enjoy the high-altitude view sipping a warm cup of coffee with a fresh, healthy breakfast. Most trekkers resting in Manang visit Gangapurna Lake, which is just 15 minutes away from Manang.

    If you are feeling fine and not tired, you can also hike up the Monastery in the hills and check out the majestic view of the Himalayas. Or, just explore the Tibetan-influenced gompas and monasteries. After exploring the beauty and culture of Manang, you will return to the lodge for a warm meal and a goodnight's sleep. The conquest of the Annapurna circuit continued the next day.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Manang
    • Altitude: 3,540 Meters
  • Day 5 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050 m)

    After a day's rest at Manang which aids the acclimatization process, the fifth day of this trek is quite challenging. After a warm and healthy breakfast, you will continue to walk up the trail leaving the Masrysangdi Valley behind. You will first trek uphill to the upper-Manang village, Tanki Manag, and continue towards a tiny Himalayan settlement, Gunsang. Then, you will reach the grassland known as the Yak Kharka.

    The route can be pretty challenging up to the Yak Kharka. However, you will find the terrain relatively easier from this point onwards. The approximately 4-5 hours of trekking, you will reach the resting destination in Yak Kharka. You will rest up enjoying the amazing delicacies amidst the mesmerizing, magical touch of Annapurna massifs, Pisang, Gnagapurna, and other gems of the Himalayas.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Yak Kharka
    • Altitude: 4,120 Meters
  • Day 6 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525 m)

    On the sixth day of your hike, it will be a short trek for you to adapt better to the acclimatization process. Although the journey is about 3-4 hours, the enriching experience is outstanding. You will trek over the suspension bridge and towards the intersects between Jarsang Khola (4,610 m) and Phedi (4,420 m). After covering distance over grassy fields and a rough, pebbly trail, you will reach Thorong Phedi.

    This beautiful high-mountain terrain has much to offer, traditional villages, settlements, and the scenic beauty of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna massifs, Gangapurna, and other Himalayan ranges. If you are lucky, you might even get a chance to witness the wildlife flourishing there, like snow leopards that have been reported to appear on the icy-rock slopes magically.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Thorong Phedi
    • Altitude: 4,560 Meters
  • Day 7 Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416 m)- Muktinath (3,760 m)

    This is one of the memorable days of your Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek. On the seventh day of our Annapurna Circuit trekking, you will start your trek from Thorong Phedi and reach Thorong La Pass and Muktinath. You will be walking through the off-beaten path in the northern region of Nepal, enjoying the scenic views of the mystic mountain ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Himchuli, and many more.

    You will first reach Thorong La Pass, the trek's highest point at 5416 meters. Then, it is a steep downward path toward Muktinath, which takes around 3-4 hours. Muktinath is one of the holiest sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees, with great cultural and religious significance.

    If you are intrigued, you can also participate in the holy cultural rituals in the temple and take a bath in the 108 sprouts in the temple. As per Hindu myth, you can wash off all your sins if you bathe from these 108 sprouts. Besides, an eternal flame alive for millennials is one of the region's most attractive features. After sightseeing activities around the temple, you will head towards the tea house for an overnight stay.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Place: Thorong La Pass/Muktinath
    • Altitude: Muktinath : 3,802 Meters
  • Day 8 Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara by bus

    Most of your activities will be completed on the eighth day of your journey. Now you will return to Pokhara, and we will opt for either bus from Tatopani that takes you directly to Pokhara city. It takes around 6- 7 hours of drive to reach Tatopani and another 3-4 hours to reach Pokhara. Be assured of experiencing the views of the terraced fields, lush green forests, and remote settlements around the Annapurna region.

    After reaching Pokhara, you will be escorted back to your respective hotels, where you will stay overnight with the amenities like hot showers, attached bathrooms, and 24/7 electricity and internet services.

    • Accommodation: Standard Hotel with Breakfast
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820 Meters
  • Day 9 Sightseeing in Pokhara

    After the descent, this hard-earned day will be for relaxing and sightseeing. You will have a full day off to explore the popular landmarks in the bustling city. Pokhara is the top travel destination among tourists, so take your time to enjoy this marvelous city's scenic beauty and peaceful environment at the lap of the Himalayas.

    You can also explore several other popular landmarks and not-to-miss destinations in Pokhara, like the International Mountain Museum, Davis Falls, and Phewa Lake; you can also rile up that adventurous spirit if you are not tired with a hike to Sarangkot Hill, where you can get a clear 360 view of Pokhara and the Himalayas in the north. The view of alluring peaks like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Himchuli is the reward that comes after making it to the top of Sarangkot.

    If you are adrenaline junkier looking for some thrilling adventure, what better idea than going for a paragliding trip in this city of lakes? Paragliding from Sarangkot Hill is a top-tier adventurous activity in Pokhara. You will fly over Pokhara City, the popular lakes the city is known for, and other historic and fascinating monuments. Or, you could just stick to the ground adventures and check out other popular tourist destinations like World Peace Pagoda, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Tal Barahi Temple, and the famous Begnas Lake. Cycling around the peaceful city, immersing in the local culture and fresh-peaceful environment, and boating in the popular lakes are some of the most popular tourist activities in the city.

    • Accommodation: Standard Hotel with Breakfast
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820 Meters
  • Day 10 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus

    On this final day to conclude the Annapurna circuit expedition, you will return to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After soaking in the beauty of the most charming city in the country, you will be escorted back to Kathmandu on a luxurious tourist bus. The drive back to the capital will take around 6- 7 hours. You will trace your way back through Tanahun and Dhading districts, passing along the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers.

    The journey back to the capital will also be equally fun, passing through the lush green forest, terraced fields, and beautiful settlements and enjoying the scenic views of diverse landscapes along the route.

    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,324 Meters

What to Expect

  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide 
  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipment (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance for guides and porters 
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All land transportation
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
  • All the expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips for guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
17 Jun, 2024 - 26 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
20 Jun, 2024 - 29 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
24 Jun, 2024 - 03 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
28 Jun, 2024 - 07 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek?

    A pair of hiking boots, poles, warm clothes, sleeping bags, first-aid kits, Base Layer, Underwear, Trekking Shorts and Trousers, and Hiking socks. However, there might be a variety of items but pack wisely.

    Do I need a permit for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

    To embark on our 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary, you must obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

    How do I get to the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek?

    The starting point of our Annapurna Circuit Itinerary 10 Days Package is Chame, where you can reach by vehicle from Kathmandu. Reaching Chame from Kathmandu on a Jeep will take 7-8 hours.

    How long does the Annapurna Circuit trek take?

    The duration of the trek depends upon the itinerary you choose. It might take 10-16 days, but as the title suggests, this itinerary takes ten days to complete the trek. We can customize the itinerary as per the interests and preferences of trekkers.

    What is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek?

    If you are looking forward to going for Annapurna Circuit Trek, Autumn, and spring are the best seasons. The weather is generally clear and dry during this season.

    How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit trek?

    The Annapurna Circuit trek is moderately challenging - you require good physical fitness and mental concentration to make this journey more enjoyable.

    How high is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek?

    While you embark on Annapurna Circuit Trek, the highest point you will reach is Thorong La Pass, 5416 meters above sea level.

    Do I need a guide for this trek?

    Yes, of course. You have to hire a professional guide for this trek. Now it is mandatory to have a guide for any trek within Nepal, designed for the safety and protection of trekkers worldwide who come to Nepal.

    What is the accommodation like on the Annapurna Circuit 10 Days trek?

    Mostly, you will accommodate in a shared and comfortable Tea House during the trek. You can even find the internet and electricity services in these places.

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