About Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days
Certainly a great adventure that one can complete within ten days duration, an opportunity for interested people with limited time in Nepal but with urge and dreams to be within beautiful areas of Manang and lower Mustang valley around Kaligandaki.
Annapurna Circuit Ten Day Trekking certainly fulfills your wish where drive leads from low warm paddy fields of Nepal Mid West to reach high and cooler hills following raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source near around Manang valley.
Where four-wheel drive takes you to Dharapani within Manang district a nice village adorn with Buddhism religion and interesting cultures, where route of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu meets at Dharapani village.
From Dharapani walk begins within serene woodland of tall rhododendron, oaks and pine tree lines past Bagarchap and Danque village a place with apple orchard and views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and peaks of Annapurna II and IV.
Slowly walk leads to a climb to Timang village and then to reach at large settlement and town in Chame, the administrative and headquarter of Manang district.
Adventure continues into cool shade of pine and rhododendron tree lines then short up to a ridge with downhill to enter into Manang valley at Pisang village, facing views of Pisang peaks with group of Chulus and Annapurna mountains.
Walk within beautiful and scenic Manang valley enclosed by array of mountains where tree lines drops for short alpine bushes as trek reaches at main Manang village after a time in an old Braga monastery of great interest.
Manang village having rest day to support acclimatization with short excursion to some view point near Gangapurna and Annapurna III glacier, as well visiting around Manang to witness local impressive culture.
After Manang heading at the end of the valley within higher elevation to reach and traverse from Manang to Mustang area crossing over high Thorang-la pass at above 5,416 m with super views of Chulus, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range with Mustang Himal.
Finally our walk completes at Muktinath around holy its temple premises regarded a sacred spot for Hindu religion, where the word Muktinath means to be free and liberation.
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu one of famous three main gods of Hindu after Brahma and Shiva, from Muktinath ending our walks taking a drive to reach down towards Kaligandaki River valley past Jomsom.
Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang area and hub of Thakali people who have been in trade with Tibet on this old Trans Himalaya salt and caravan route of Nepal to Tibet that extends beyond Upper Mustang to Karo-la pass.
As drive leads past interesting villages of Marpha, Kalapani to reach at low warm farm village at Tatopani a place with natural hot spring where travelers can refresh in warm pools at Tatopani.
From Tatopani where our Annapurna Circuit Ten Days Trekking completes as drive continues to reach at famous touristic city in Pokhara, a beautiful place blessed with marvelous scenery of high Annapurna Himalaya and majestic Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ peak that reflects on its calm Phewa Lake.
Best Season for Annapurna Circuit 10 Days Trek
Best times from March to May and mid September to November months, March to May during Spring season when days are longer with much sunlight hours, much warmer around low areas, but cooler on high hills with cold morning and night time including in shades.
March to May although clear and sunny most of the days with chances of late afternoon shower and can snow in higher elevation sometimes.
Mid September to November months during autumn / fall clear day for views and walks where temperatures drops to freezing cold in the morning and night time as well in shady areas.
Chances of snow sometimes on higher side of Manang valley and with short sunlight hours due to mid autumn season, but most of the days are fine with crystal clear blue sky with mountain views.
What makes Annapurna Circuit Trek special?
The main reason is that it is one of most dramatic and scenic country walks with gain of high altitude, where trekkers can get well acclimatized on day to day walks with overnight stops at certain heights.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking offers marvelous walks where people, climate, culture, vegetation and landscapes changes almost every day on the journey to reach at high and scenic Manang valley.
Due to its beautiful scenery covered within high snow capped peaks along with local impressive cultures and age-old traditional custom makes Annapurna Circuit as world top adventure destinations and so special than any other region around Himalaya.
Scenic views with cultural walks and slow gain in altitude makes Annapurna Circuit worth visiting and to experience local culture along with close backdrop of mountains.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
The Grade for walks as moderate in the beginning as route lead to high elevation becomes adventurous due to high altitude, especially steep long climb of few hours to reach on top Thorang-la pass.
Where all Himalaya destination including Annapurna Circuit with ups and downhill walks with some gradual sections, the only tough bit is on walk to the pass with long descend to Muktinath rest of the journey is pleasant with scenic views.
For some people might be tiring on overland journey to reach the start of trek from Kathmandu to Dharapani, even though a long drive but interesting as you can observe Nepalese rural farm life driving past town and villages.
Outline Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Ten Days Trek
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani 1,860m- 09hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Pisang village 3,230 m -06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Day 05: At Manang acclimatization, day hike around Manang
Day 06: Trek to Yak kharka 4,120 m .
Day 07: Trek to Thorang phedi Camp 4,500 m- 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 /12467 ft crossing high Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m 08 hrs.
Day 09: From Muktinath drive to Tatopani 1,100 m - 04 hrs
Day 10: After Tatopani drive to Pokhara 860m - 04 hrs
Annapurna Circuit Ten Days Trekking one of most scenic walks where all types of people can enjoy with varied landscapes, culture and views of high mountains where walk takes you from warmer low areas to cooler alpine hills to arctic zone of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers beyond Manang valley.
Where walk follows a river right up to its glacial source near at Manang valley, truly an adventure not to missed in your lifetime experience, no other countries in the Himalaya or around the world can offer great dramatic views with varied bio-diversity of people and culture along with climate.
Truly a short and rewarding adventure where all interested people can join in this wonderful Annapurna Circuit Ten Days Trekking.