Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days Itinerary

Trekking the famous Annapurna Circuit is quite an adventure. Some consider this trek as the best trek in Nepal and amongst the very best around the world.

What if you could complete this trek within a short time?

Many trekkers have limited time to explore Nepal. Having such an experience without a long itinerary is what a trekker dreams of.

Wanna hear something great?

You can complete this trek in a shorter period. The Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary allows you to explore the fantastic circuit in such a short duration. Now, trekkers having less than TWO weeks can give it a try.

And the best part is,

Shorter trek doesn’t mean skipping major highlights or destinations. You’ll have precisely the same experience as the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, this alternative is the best for those who desire to have memories in the least time possible.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary

highlights

  1. Explore the Annapurna Circuit in a short period.
  2. Exceptional vistas of mountain peaks like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.
  3. Beautiful trail that takes you through changing terrains and landscapes.
  4. Rich flora and fauna; home to rare species like the snow leopard.
  5. Come across Tibetan inspired lifestyles.
  6. Settlements of Magar, Thakali, Gurung and many other castes.
  7. Cross the spectacular high pass– Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters from sea level.
  8. Witness views of the World’s Deepest Gorge-Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  9. Get a chance to visit the holy Hindu temple- Muktinath.
  10. Rejuvenate yourself in the hot springs at Tatopani.

Outline Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek in 10 Days

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani

Day 02: Trek from Dharapani to Chame

Day 03: Trek from Chame to Pisang

Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang

Day 05: Acclimatization and Exploration in Manang

Day 06: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

Day 07: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp

Day 08: Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath via Thorong La pass. Then, drive to Jomsom

Day 09: Morning flight to Pokhara

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu

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Detailed 10-Day Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani

Dharapani

Highest Altitude: 1,960 meters

Trek Duration: About 6-7 hours

You begin the trek with a long drive to Dharapani from Kathmandu. As you ride down the roads, you see the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Paddy fields, small cottages, and market places of these areas give an extravagant vibe.

After 6-7 hours of driving, you make it to Dharapani.

Day 02: Trek from Dharapani to Chame

Chame

Highest Altitude: 2,710 meters

Trek Duration: About 5-6 hours

The next day, you head to your next destination– Chame after having a proper breakfast to energize your body for the first day of trekking.

As you trek through the beautiful trail, you pass many small forests along the way. The villages, rivers, and the pristine vistas of Annapurna II; all make this trek worthwhile.

And to note all that, you will relax at two hot springs in a long day of trekking. It takes around 5-6 hours of trekking from Dharapani to reach Chame.

Day 03: Trek from Chame to Pisang

Pisang

Highest Altitude: 3,300 meters

Trek Duration: About 5-6 hours

From Chame, your trek leads towards Pisang.

The 3rd day marks the trek from Chame to Pisang. You hike through some lush jungles and a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River.

As you continue trekking, you come across famous spots like Paunga Danda, Pisang Peak, and the Pisang Village.

You can choose to spend the night at either Upper Pisang or Lower Pisang. Lower Pisang takes less time to reach from Chame. If you stay at Upper Pisang, the next day’s trek becomes more comfortable.

Day 04: Trek from Pisang to Manang

Manang

Highest Altitude: 3,519 meters

Trek Duration: About 6-7 hours

Manang is among the best places you visit on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Pisang, it’s only a matter of 6-7 hours to reach this rural place.

The trail is quite steep, but the views along the way are magnificent. You can see the beautiful Manang valley as well as the Tilicho peak as you trek.

Two routes lead to Manang. The upper way offers a bit of a challenge, but you see better views. On the other hand, the lower course is a bit easier.

After some hours of trekking, you come to Braga, a small Buddhist village along the upper route. You can see different Mani walls and small Gompas here. Then, within a few hours of steep trekking, you finally reach Manang.

Day 05: Acclimatization and Exploration in Manang

Manang

On this day, you take a break from trekking and acclimatize. You need to give your body a proper time to adjust with changes in surroundings.

Also, you get a chance to explore and roam around this valley. Manang is a beautiful place but looks like a dessert. You get terrific views of icefalls, rivers, and Annapurna peak.

You can visit some monasteries and Gompas at Manang. You can also spend the day just roaming around and meeting the local people.

Day 06: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

Yak Kharka

Highest Altitude: 4,110 meters

Trek Duration: About 3-4 hours

Yak Kharka is pasture land where you see many yaks grazing here and there. After a day of acclimatization in Manang, you head towards this place.

The trek is not very long but a bit more complicated than previous days. And, the views of the landscapes refresh you at every step you take. You also reach the small village of Gunsang along the way.

Yak Kharka is above 4,000 meters in altitude. So, you can see stunning views of the surrounding. It is wise to trek slowly and drink enough water to prevent any chances of altitude sickness or other problems at such high elevations.

Only in a few hours of trekking, you reach Yak Kharka.

Day 07: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp

Thorong high camp

Highest Altitude: 4,800 meters

Trek Duration: About 3-4 hours

On this day, you trek towards Thorong High Camp. Some people only spend the night at low camp but staying at high camp makes it easy to continue the trek in the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary.

You trek through trail just beside the Thorong River. You will see the fantastic views of the mountain peaks as you continue.

Day 08: Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass, then, Drive to Jomsom

Thorong La Pass

Highest Altitude: 5,416 meters

Trek Duration: About 5-6 hours

This day is what you’ve aimed for so long. On the 8th day, you cross the Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters. You will trek for long hours today, and it is also a bit more difficult.

You walk through the wild Himalayan terrains to reach the Thorong La Pass. Crossing the pass is the biggest challenge of the whole trek. But, once you make it, you see the best views out of the entire trek. Views of peaks like Annapurna range and many others appear while crossing the pass.

After clicking pictures and observing the views, you start descending towards Muktinath. This famous Hindu temple is another highlight along the trek.

From Muktinath, you walk further for a few hours to reach Jomsom. You stay here for the night.

Day 09: Early morning flight to Pokhara

Flight

On this day, you head to Pokhara, marking the end of your trek. From Jomsom, you take a flight to Pokhara.

After you land, you can enjoy any luxury you want. You can either explore the vibrant marketplaces or take a massage session. It’s all up to you.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

On the last day, you drive back towards Kathmandu. You can choose to stay a few days here or take a return flight back home.

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary

Best Seasons

best seasons

The best trekking and tourism seasons in the country are Autumn and Spring.

Autumn is the best season for trekking as the weather is perfect for any adventure. The weather remains calm while the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. Also, the skies remain clear mostly, and you can see the best views of the Annapurna Circuit.

Spring is also a fantastic season for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You see flowers and greenery everywhere. The climate also remains mild, and the views are equally stunning.

Off-season

Trekking Season in Nepal

With proper preparation, you can still trek the Annapurna Circuit during winter and monsoon. These seasons are the off-seasons as the weather does not remain ideal. You need more preparation and precaution before traveling in these periods of the year.

Winter means cold and sudden weather changes. It means you need to prepare yourself before trekking. Packing all the necessary items and wearing warm clothes is crucial.

On the other hand, monsoon preparation is also crucial. Wearing waterproof clothing and non-slippery boots work wonders against the rainfall.

Also,

The monsoon means a lot of humidity while winter means cold. You need to prepare for all these.

Some parts on the circuit trail yet fall under the rain-shadow area. You can expect incredible views even in these periods. Also, off-season means fewer crowd with chances of getting better services, rooms, and discounts at teahouses.

Trekking the place in any season is very peculiar, but for the Annapurna Circuit 10-Day Itinerary, it’s best to travel during the peak season. The off-season conditions can cause problems to complete the trek within the stipulated time.

Trekking Permits for the Annapurna Circuit

Trekking Permits

You need two types of permits during the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

1. TIMS Card

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card is necessary if you’re planning to trek across Nepal. It is also mandatory for the Annapurna Circuit Trek because the Nepal Tourism Board issues this permit to ensure the protection and safety of the trekkers.

Cost of TIMS Card (other nations):

For Group trekkers: USD 10 (NPR 1,000)

For Solo travelers: USD 20 (NPR 2,000)

Cost of TIMS Card (SAARC nations):

For Group trekkers: USD 3 (NPR 300)

For Independent travelers: USD 6 (NPR 600)

2. ACAP cards

ACAP stands for Annapurna Conservation Area Project. As you trek around the Annapurna Circuit, you pass through some places under the ACAP region.

So, you require the specific permit– ACAP to enter these areas.

It costs around US$ 20-23 per person. You can easily get these permits from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

Complete Packing List- Annapurna Circuit Trek

What to wear- Clothes

what to wear

  • Undergarments (7-10 pairs)
  • 2-3 pairs of moisture-wicking thermals
  • Trekking t-shirts and trousers (3-5 pieces each)
  • Water and snow-proof jackets and trousers (Outer layer)
  • A pair of inner woolen gloves and waterproof outer gloves each
  • Sun-hats, beanies, caps, scarves, bandanas

What to wear- Footwear

footwear

  • A pair of strong and worn-in trekking boots
  • Trekking socks as well as normal woolen socks (7-10 pairs)
  • A pair of sandals or slippers
  • A pair of regular sports shoes or sneakers

What to carry- Necessary Equipment for Trekking

packing list

  • A pair of strong trekking poles
  • High-quality UV protection sunglasses
  • 100% UV protection sunscreen and lip balm
  • A sleeping bag with suitable temperature ratings
  • Long-Lasting power banks
  • A re-usable thermo-seal water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Insurance (Medical, travel or emergency)

What you need- Documents and others

  • Travel Insurance
  • Permits
  • VISA
  • Passport and its copies
  • Money (Nepalese currency)
  • A couple of passport-sized photos

Don’t forget- Day to day essentials

  • A personal toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bar soap or liquid body wash
  • Personal towel
  • Wet wipes, toilet papers, and napkins
  • Other stuff (personal items)

Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  1. Walk at a slow yet steady pace. Hurrying or even taking too many breaks is not a great idea.
  2. Buy high-quality boots and clothing.
  3. During the off-season, pack waterproof clothing and other stuff like raincoats or umbrellas.
  4. Always keep yourself hydrated to prevent chances of altitude sickness. While trekking,  your body needs well over THREE liters of water every day.
  5. If you want to drink water from local taps, use water purifying tablets before you drink it.
  6. Trek with experienced and licensed guides. Hiring porter is also a good idea if you want to travel light.
  7. Make sure you carry enough cash. Also, don’t carry foreign currency as most teahouse owners accept only Nepalese currency.
  8. Avoid alcohol as well as smoking throughout the trek. It tends to dehydrate your body.
  9. Carry a hand-held torch with you. If you need to use the toilets at night, you will need some source of light.
  10. If possible, get some months of physical practice before the trek. This trek is quite challenging.
  11. It’s better to learn some basic Nepali phrases or sentences to help communicate better with the locals.
  12. Always take care of your luggage. Keep important stuff like cameras and mobile phones with you all the time.

Conclusion

In such a short period, the Annapurna Circuit Trek 10-Day Itinerary is one of the most concise yet best ways to explore the Annapurna Region.

The Annapurna Circuit is a treasury in the Himalayas that offers you the rarest moments in the Himalayas. You get to traverse through the changing terrains and see fantastic mountain views. All in all, it’s an adventure you don’t wanna miss!

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