Have you ever thought of exploring the beauty of the Annapurna region? If yes, you are in the right place. Today, I will explain to you about the Short Annapurna Circuit trek 10 days in this article.
10 days Annapurna Circuit Trek covers most of the attractive sections of the Annapurna region. The journey offers you a wide range of mountain vistas such as Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and many more. You will get to experience the exotic and magical beauty the region has to offer. The trek to Annapurna Circuit is mostly influenced by Nepali and Tibetan culture. You will get to explore many old monasteries, Mani Walls, glaciers, settlements, and unique landscapes of the Annapurna region.
During your trek to Annapurna Circuit, you will not only get a chance to walk in the beautiful trekking trail but also visit some of the most amazing places of the region. Bathing in the natural hot water spring at Tatopani is an amazing experience to have. Along with this, the journey involves exploring some of the rural villages of Manang, Jomsom, Marpha, etc.
Your 10 days journey to Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The route will take you to the height of 5416 meters at Thorung La Pass which is the highest point of the trek. The trek officially ends after exploring the beautiful city of Pokhara and driving back to Kathmandu.
So, are you ready to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region? If yes, book your trip with us at Exciting Nepal. We promise to make your Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days a memorable one.
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Weather and Temperature during Annapurna Circuit Trek
The weather and temperature during the Annapurna Circuit Trek differ according to the time of the year you will be trekking. It also varies drastically due to different altitude and landscapes. Autumn and spring offer the best weather and temperature for trekking to the Annapurna Circuit.
Weather and temperature of Annapurna region during Autumn
Autumn falls in the month of September, October, and November in Nepal. It is the post-monsoon season in Nepal. The weather is usually neither too hot nor too cold in the Annapurna region during spring. The weather is usually clear and you can expect less rainfall in the region.
The temperature of Annapurna during autumn in the lower elevation ranges between 10- 15 degrees in the lower areas. The temperature decreases drastically above the height of 4000 meters. The nights and mornings are colder than the daytime temperature.
Weather and temperature of Annapurna region during Spring
Sring is the pre-monsoon season in Nepal. It falls in the month of March, April, and May. It is the second most favorite time of the year for Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is pleasant and beautiful in the spring season. Most of the trails become attractive because the wild rhododendrons bloom during this season.
The weather and temperature of the Annapurna region are very favorable during the spring season. The average temperature of the Annapurna region during the spring season range between 18 degrees- 22 degrees. The night and morning temperature range between 5-8 degrees. The weather is usually warm and humid in the lower area and might be chilly in the higher areas.
Weather and temperature during Monsoon and Winter season.
Monsoon and Spring are the off-season time of the year for trekking in Nepal. Monsoon falls in the month of June, July and August and winter falls in the month of December, January, and February.
During monsoon, heavy rainfall showers in the Annapurna region. Most of the trails become muddy and slippery in the monsoon season. The weather becomes very warm and hot in the monsoon season. The average temperature of the Annapurna region ranges between 20-25 degrees.
Likewise, winter in the Annapurna region is cold and chilly. You will feel the cold weather as you move to a higher altitude. The temperature decreases drastically in the higher altitude. The average daytime temperature of the Annapurna region during winter ranges between 7-12 degrees in the lower areas and 2-8 degrees above the height of 2000 meters.
Difficulties during Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days
Annapurna Circuit trek is definitely not an easy trek. It is easy to moderate level trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty also depends upon the type of trekker you are. If you are someone who has a good trekking experience and can walk for hours continuously, this trek may not be difficult for you. However, the trek might be quite challenging if you are not used to trekking at all.
Below are some of the factors that makes the Short Annapurna circuit trek difficult.
Distance and duration of the trek
The 10 days Annapurna Circuit trek covers a total distance of 160- 230 kilometers. On a day, you will have to cover a distance of 8-15 kilometers. The average walking duration during your 10 days Annapurna Circuit Trek ranges between 6-7 hours. The trail mostly passes through dense forest, rocky steps and narrow routes. Trekking the hilly region might be quite easy. But, this may not be the same in the high mountain regions.
The highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek is at Thorung La pass. The pass sits at the height of 5416 meters. So, altitude sickness is very common at such height. Acute Mountain sickness is one of the major difficulty during high altitude treks.
In the higher regions, the amount of oxygen present in the air becomes thinner. This causes difficulty in breathing. Along with breathing problems, you will face difficulties such as headache, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, etc. So, if you see yourself or other trekkers suffer from these symptoms, you should immediately descend to a lower height.
In order to avoid the problem of altitude sickness, you should keep yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is the key to avoid the problem of altitude sickness. Remember, consuming alcoholic beverages will only dehydrate your body.
Proper physical exercise and training also determine the difficulty level of the trek. If you are physically fit and have proper trekking experience, this trek may not be very challenging for you. Therefore, engage in activities which are more into cardio, leg strength, stamina, and flexibility.
It is better to involve in physical activities such as swimming, running, cycling, etc three weeks before your trek. This will make you physically strong and prepare you for the trek.
Packing list for Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days
Packing for the trek is one of the most important things to do. Your trekking gear plays a great role to make your trek easy and comfortable. It somehow reduces the difficulty level of the trek as well.
The things you carry for your short Annapurna Circuit trek depends upon the time of the year you will be trekking. Usually, your backpack becomes heavy during monsoon and winter seasons. It is because you will need to carry a lot of bulky clothes during the winter season.
Likewise, if you are willing to trek during the autumn and spring seasons, you can only carry light clothes with you.
Below is the list of items that you will need to carry during your short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days.
The clothing usually applies to both men and women. But, there may be certain items that women need to carry that man need not. As I have mentioned above, your clothing depend upon the season you will be trekking.
- Trekking socks
- Hiking boots
- Trekking pants
- Fleece jackets
- Down jackets
- Waterproof jackets
- Sports bra (female)
During your trek to Annapurna Circuit, most of the teahouses will provide you with basic accommodation facility. Many teahouses and lodges do not have attached bathroom. The teahouse will provide you water for cleaning purpose. They will not provide you with toilet papers and other toilet facilities. So, it is always better to carry your necessary toiletries when trekking.
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Cotton towels
First -Aid Kit
You cannot take risk of any safety measures when trekking to the Annapurna Circuit trek. There are many uncertainties that might come when trekking. You cannot avoid major problems but minor problems are surely avoidable.
So, first aid kit is very useful to avoid minor injuries or problems that come along the way when trekking. Below are some of the items you will need in your first aid kit.
- Diamox tablets
- Aniti septic cream
- Antibiotic gel
- Mosquito repellent
- Vicks vapor rub
- Hot water bottle
- Hand sanitizers
- Dry foods
- Energy bars
For more details visit Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List
Itinerary of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 Days
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar(760 m): 6 – 7 hours
On the first day of your trek, you will drive towards Besisahar early in the morning. Besisahar is 185 kilometers away from Kathmandu. It will take you around 6 hours to reach Besisahar from Kathmandu.
Besisahar is the gateway and starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. On reaching Besisahar, you will stay at one of the lodges for overnight.
Day 2: Besisahar to Chame (2,710m): 4-5 hours
After having your breakfast at Besisahar, you will drive towards Chame. The route to Chame passes through several beautiful villages and majestic mountains.
Overnight at a lodge in Chame.
Day 3: Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 – 6 hours
You will officially start your trekking journey today. You will follow the route to deep forest and narrow valley. The day involves crossing several bridges through which you will be able to have to first glance of Paungda Danda rock.
After walking for about 5- 6 hours, you will finally take an uphill climb towards Pisang. Pisang offers you with the spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
Day 4: Pisang to Manang via Nawal: 6 – 7 hours
After exploring Pisang, you will head towards Manang via Nawal today. You will climb uphill towards the Tibetan styled village at Braga. The major attraction of today is the Gompa which is the largest in the district.
On reaching Manang, you will be able to witness Mount Annapurna, Chulu peak, Gangapurna, and many more.
Day 5: Day Hike around Manang
Today is the first day of acclimatization during your Annapurna Circuit Trek. On this day, you will go up to the height of 4600 meters for the excursion. It will take you around 5-6 hours back and forth to explore and return back to Manang.
You can also explore around the Praken Gompa today if you want to. It sits to the north of Manang.
Day 6: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 – 4 hours
Today will be an easy journey towards Yak Kharka from Manang. The trek does not require any steep and high altitude climbs. The stunning views of Mount Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, etc will entertain you throughout the journey. You will pass through villages of Tengi and Gunsang. It will take you around 3-4 hours to reach Yak Kharka.
Day 7: Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4,800m): 3 – 4 hours
As you leave for Thorong High Camp, you will be able to see the great Himalayas. You will cross a Kone Khola which will lead you to Churi Ledar and Ledar. You will take a steep uphill climb towards the landslide area. Be aware of the stones falling down from the cliffs! From here, you will take a gentle uphill climb towards Thorung Phedi.
Overnight at Thorung High Camp.
Day 8: Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 5 – 6 hours. Drive to Jomsom (2700m)
After crossing the high point at Thorung La pass, you will descend towards Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the culturally significant Hindu temples. From here, you will descend towards Kagbeni. The walk to Kagbeni is quite simple and rewarding. You will then take a jeep to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large settlement in the Upper Mustang region. It is famous for cheese and apple pie.
Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 9: Early morning flight to Pokhara (820m)
After exploring the beautiful Muktinath Jomsom, you will fly to Pokhara today. It will take you around 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. The plane passes through Kaligandaki valley with the view of some of the magnificent mountains.
On reaching Pokhara, you will transfer to one of the hotels.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1320m)
On the last day of your short Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It will take you approximately 7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. You will have a scenic drive viewing some of the beautiful rivers, mountains, landscapes, and settlements.
Short Annapurna Circuit Trek 10 days is a great experience to have for adventure seekers. You can also hire a guide when trekking to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Exciting Nepal arranges you with an experienced guide who will assist you throughout the journey.
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