Annapurna Circuit Short Trek-10 Days

"Annapurna Circuit is a top destination for adventure, long walk, and trekking, where snow-capped peak remain constant with dramatic variation of altitude."
Good to Know
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5416m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and private
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season March to May and Sept to Dec

Highlights

  • Listed as the one of the world's best circuit trekking as well for other exciting adventures.
  • The dramatic change in altitude, climate, vegetation, landscapes, culture, and people.
  • Great bio-diversity and temperatures on daily walks around Annapurna Himalaya.
  • Adventure from low-warm and cooler alpine hills to the arctic cold of ice/glaciers.
  • Within North / South Annapurna Himalaya mountain range facing great scenery.
  • Superb panorama of snow-capped mountains from high and scenic Thorang-La.
  • Lovely cultural villages in harmony with beautiful landscapes and high peaks.

 

An advantage  of booking a trip with Nepal Trekking Planner

  • Private vehicle for pick up and drop service to both domestic and international airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Annapurna Circuit Short Trek 2024/2025

Annapurna Short Circuit Trek allows interested trekkers to enjoy incredible dramatic scenery and excellent views on this unique and beautiful adventure. The Circuit of Annapurna is a dream destination for many trekkers. It offers majestic mountain views, diverse vegetation which includes rhododendrons and alpine forests, spectacular landscape views, and culturally rich communities.

Similarly, Nepal Trekking Planner has designed this wonderful Annapurna short circuit package for those who want to visit the marvelous Annapurna Region of Nepal around the excellent and massive Annapurna Himalayan Range. This adventure allows trekkers to fulfill their mountain dreams in a short duration of time of ten days .

Since last decades, the Annapurna Circuit route where motorable roads have been constructed makes it easier to encounter the whole Annapurna Circuit in 10 days or maybe within a week. During this period visitors can experience the region's beauty facing excellent views throughout the magnificent journey on drives and walks.

The area around Annapurna Circuit is regarded as the world’s Top Ten destination for adventure, long walks, and trekking where views of white snow peaks remain constant, with dramatic variations of temperatures. The majestic mountains like Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and many other peaks can be seen.

Thorang La Pass

From where does The Annapurna Short Circuit start and end?

Annapurna Circuit Short Trek begins with an exciting overland journey towards Bulbul within the low and heavily farmed areas of Lamjung. Then it continues heading higher to more excellent alpine hills at Chame within Manang district.

Chame is the main town and headquarters of the Manang area where our actual walk begins heading into lovely woods of tall rhododendron and pine trees following the raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at Manang Valley.

As the trek progresses with an uphill climb enter into scenic high Manang Valley enclosed with snow-capped peaks of Annapurna Range with Chulu group(Chulu East and Chulu West) and Pisang peak in view.

From Pisang village, the starting point of Manang Valley, the walk leads to short ups and downs until reaching Braga. Upon reaching Braga visit a lovely old interesting monastery enriched with ancient Buddhist treasures of relics and colorful religious paintings. This is also known as Braga Monastery. Braga is a popular destination in the region which contains statues of Buddhist deities, ancient sculptures, and paintings, The monastery is covered with prayer flags giving insight into the Buddhist culture of the region.

After a wonderful time visiting the monastery with spectacular views of Annapurna and Chulu peaks, we reach the main Manang village enclosed by an array of peaks. Manang is a lovely spot for an overnight stop to enjoy and witness the immense local culture.

From Manang village, the adventure takes trekkers to the end of the valley rim with a climb over the highest point of the journey to cross and traverse Thorang-La Pass above 5,416 m and 17,769 ft high. The top of Thorang-La rewards visitors with the spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri, Mustang, and Damodar Himal with the Chulu and Annapurna range.

Our tough walk of the adventure moves further on a long journey to reach the Mustang area at holy premises in the Muktinath temple area and its lovely villages facing beautiful views of Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Dhaulagiri Mountain range.

Muktinath temple is an important holy pilgrimage spot for Hindus, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the name Muktinath means a place to Liberate or free yourself from your sins by praying and paying homage at the temple.

From Muktinath temple, our walking adventure completes where the drive takes you down Kali-Gandaki River Valley with a drop of nearly 1,200 meter or more to reach the nice town of Jomsom, and then past lovely villages of Marpha, Tukuche to reach the low warm area in Tatopani, a village with refreshing natural hot-spring.

After an enjoyable overnight in Tatopani drive leads to the end of our journey at the beautiful and scenic city of Pokhara, regarded as a leading and renowned tourist of Nepal and around Himalayas for its natural beauty of mountains and lakes.

A great place to conclude our marvelous adventure in Pokhara after an overwhelming experience on the Annapurna Circuit Short 10 Days Trekking with unforgettable moments around both beautiful sides of the massive Annapurna Himalaya.

muktinath

Why to select Annapurna Circuit Short Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular treks among the trekking routes of Nepal. It lies in the western part of Nepal and provides the best experience of the beauty and culture of the Annapurna Region of Nepal. Some of the reasons to go for Trekking In Annapurna region are:

  • Magnificent view: The trek offers you the provides breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range, featuring peaks such as Annapurna South 7,219 m, Hiunchuli 6,441 m, Machhapuchhare (also known as "Fishtail") 6,993 m, Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, Nilgiri 7,061 m, Lamjung Himal 6,983 m.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek takes you through traditional Nepali villages, where you will have the opportunity to connect with the inhabitants, learn about their customs and traditions, and try their food. You'll also see vital religious sites like Muktinath Temple, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Challenging But Rewarding: The trek is challenging and needs a decent degree of fitness and endurance, but the spectacular sights and sense of accomplishment make it worthwhile. Trekking across high altitude places such as Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) can be a physically and mentally taxing journey, but it is a great accomplishment.
  • Accessibility: The trek is very easy to reach when compared to other treks in the vicinity. It normally starts from Nayapul, which is about 40 km west from Pokhara. The origin can be reached by roadways or by airways. The Annapurna Circuit Trek trail is well-maintained and equipped with basic amenities such as tea houses and lodges for lodging.

Is Annapurna Short Circuit right for people?

Annapurna Short Circuit is a wonderful option for those who are in good physical condition and have prior hiking expertise.

It is important to remember that the Circuit Trek involves high-altitude trekking route, so individuals planning to embark on this trek should take care to preserve your safety and health. This involves staying hydrated, acclimating correctly, and being mindful of altitude sickness signs.

Before embarking on the Annapurna Circuit Trip or any high-altitude trip, Trekking Planner Nepal recommends to prior check with doctor or health personnel to know about the health conditions. Necessary precaution might be needed to follow before or during the trek. We also facilitate with well-trained guides so that you don’t need to worry much about the trek.

How should you prepare for Annapurna Short Circuit ?

You must be mentally fit and positive in order to prepare for any expedition. Preparing for Annapurna circuit requires both physical and emotional strength. Here are some tips and tricks to follow that might help you for the trip:

  • Increase your fitness level: The trekking trail can be physically demanding. So, you must start increasing your fitness level well in advance. You can start with frequent aerobic workouts such as hiking, cycling, or jogging to condition your heart and lungs. To build endurance, gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
  • Select the Appropriate Equipment: You should purchase high-quality trekking equipment and gears such as boots, socks, a backpack, and clothing. You must check that your equipment is comfortable, strong, and appropriate for the terrain and weather conditions you'll be encountering. Also, in case you lack the equipment or don't want to carry the heavy stuffs, Trekking Planner Nepal helps you to get all the equipment you may require during the trek and visit the suggested equipment page for all the essential trekking.
  • Practice Trekking on Uneven Terrain: Annapurna Circuit treks trails can include steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and small roads; practice trekking on uneven terrain. Trek on rough terrain to improve your balance and stability.
  • Acclimate correctly: This is the most important task in the entire trek. As the altitude sickness may be a severe issue on circuit treks, you must acclimate appropriately. You must always take your time and walk in the same pace rather rushing. You also need to stay hydrated, take periodic breaks and drink plenty of water. It is also requested to avoid meat items after reaching to certain heights and alcohol and smoking is totally avoided.
  • Mental preparation: Circuit trek can be mentally draining, especially if you're not used to being outside for extended periods of time. Mentally prepare yourself by having reasonable expectations, being happy, and remembering why you're doing the walk in the first place.
  • Get Enough Rest and Nutrition: Before embarking on your journey, make sure you're well-rested and well-nourished. Consume a well-balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated.

Best Seasons for Annapurna Circuit 

The Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons are ideal for Nepal's Annapurna Circuit. The weather is usually dry and clear throughout these months, and the skies are often blue, making it easier to observe the breathtaking vistas of the mountains and landscapes. However, it's important to note that weather patterns can be unpredictable, and variations may vary from year to year.

Climate and Weather during Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal has varying temperatures throughout the year. Trekking Planner Nepal shares some of the weather updates for all four seasons:

  • Spring (March to May): Temperatures in the lower elevations range from around 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F) during the day and 5°C (41°F) to 10°C (50°F) at night. Temperatures at high altitudes range from 0°C (32°F) to 10°C (50°F) during the day and may drop to -5°C (23°F) to -10°C (14°F) at night.
  • Summer (June to August): Temperatures in the lower elevations range from around 12°C (53°F) to 23°C (73°F) during the day and 8°C (46°F) to 15°C (59°F) at night during this season. Temperatures at higher elevations range from 5°C (41°F) to 13°C (55°F) during the day and -5°C (23°F) to 5°C (41°F) at night.
  • Autumn (September to November): In the lower elevations, temperatures range from around 8°C (46°F) to 18°C (64°F) during the day and 5°C (41°F) to 10°C (50°F) at night. Temperatures range from roughly 0°C (32°F) to 10°C (50°F) during the day and can plummet to -10°C (14°F) to 4°C (39°F) at night at higher elevations.
  • Winter(December to February): During the winter, temperatures in the lower elevations range from around 5°C (41°F) to 15°C (59°F) during the day and can drop to 0°C (32°F) to 5°C (41°F) at night. Temperatures at higher elevations range from -5°C (23°F) to 5°C (41°F) during the day and can plummet to -18°C (0°F) to 0°C (32°F) at night.

Best weather & Climate for annapurna circuit trekking

Local culture and religion around the trail of Annapurna Circuit

Gurung people are the main natives of Annapurna Himalaya Region, around Nepal Far North and Mid-West as far towards Lamjung Area and further West of the country.

With two main types of Gurung and Ghale the higher Manang valley and around low and mid hills, practice Buddhist Religion as well as ancient Bon Culture of pre-Buddhism respecting and worshiping nature and the spirit of ancestors where five elements are of fundamental importance Sky, Cloud/Water, Thunder/Fire, Vegetation and Earth/Soil.

Gurungs are farmers and cattle herders known as the leading traditional occupation of ancient heritage, where lower Mid Hill Gurung menfolk are also known as famous and brave Gorkha soldiers winning much respect and valor in the British and Indian Army and Singapore Police.

Every house is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags which you can notice on this beautiful walk from Lamjung onward around Tal, Chame, Pisang, and Manang all the way to Pokhara city.

Washing, Toilets, and Accommodation at Annapurna Circuit Trek.

  • Washing Facilities: Most teahouses and lodges in the Annapurna Region provide hot shower facilities, but the fee for hot showers varies based on altitude and remoteness. Trekkers may need to take bucket showers and clarify that the showers may not be available all the place and somewhere the hot showers may lack.
  • Toilets: Normally, the toilets are mostly squat-style. They are basic, so carrying your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer is advisable. Higher up in the trek, you may have to use outdoor pit toilets, which are less comfortable but are still functional.
  • Accommodation: The trek offers a range of accommodation options, including teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses. Teahouses are the most common type of accommodation on the trek and offer basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and pillow. Lodges and guesthouses offer more amenities such as hot showers, western-style toilets, and Wi-Fi, but they may be more expensive than teahouses. Also, during the high season the lodges may get crowded so, Trekking Planner Nepal facilitates with the pre booking of the lodges, to make you easy during the trek.

Accommodation in Annapurna

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: From Kathmandu drive to Bulbule 845 m / 2,815 ft and 200 km distance ride of 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 2: Drive to Chame 2,710 m/ 8,890 ft on Local Bus 5 to 6 hrs.
  • Day 3: Trek to Pisang 3,115 m / 10,200 ft - 05 hrs.
  • Day 4: Trek to Manang 3540 m/ 11,300 ft- 04 hrs.
  • Day 5: Trek to Ledar 4, 200 m/ 14, 206 ft - 04 hrs.
  • Day 6: Trek to High Camp 4,900 m / 15, 091 ft -04 hrs.
  • Day 7: Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m /12467 ft via Thorang la pass 5,416 m /17,769 ft - 07 hrs.
  • Day 8: Drive to Tatopani 1,200 m/ 3, 940 ft on local bus – 05 hrs.
  • Day 9: Drive to Pokhara 850 m / 2,788 ft -05 hrs.
  • Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu 1,350 m/ 4,450 ft. – 06 hrs.
Itinerary
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Annapurna Circuit Short Trek of 10 days provided with standard Itinerary, where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal.
 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsLunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time845 m / 2,815 ft

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to reach around Nepal Mid-West as journey heads on main Kathmandu and Pokhara highway past many farm villages and towns, and then route diverts from Dumre town leaving the main road.

From here drive enters low warm agricultural area within Lamjung district and at Besisar headquarter town of the district, where journey continues heads following Masrsyangdi River to reach at Bulbule village for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,710 m/ 8,890 ft

From Bulbule village after a pleasant overnight halt, morning drive continues on the bank of Masrsyangdi River to reach Syange village from here up to Jagat, and then into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

Drive continues to Tal Besi village, another hour brings at Dharapani village and then finally at Chame for overnight stop, Chame a large, major town and headquarter of Manang district.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,115 m / 10,200 ft

From Chame our actual adventure continues walking into cooler area from here onward heading closer to mountainous region, trek through nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.

From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, after lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3540 m/ 11,300 ft

Pisang village with great views of mountains walk leads through woodland with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.

As walk leads to Hongde village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village.

The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions. With time here to explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4, 200 m/ 14, 206 ft

After a good rest at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Ledar past Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trek with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka.

After a short refreshing break an hour walk reaches you on a small settlement at Ledar for overnight stop offers tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4,900 m / 15, 091 ft

Morning heading much higher area, towards Thorang-la after a climb along the river bank, walk leads at Thorang Phedi, from here an hour of steep climb brings at Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3, 800 m /12467 ft

Our main Big-Day! Of the adventure, with early breakfast trek follows a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul on the winding path to Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft.

The highest point of the trip, the pass offers super views of awesome sceneries of snowcapped peaks after feeling high reaching the main highlight, and then a long descend leads to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’. Our walk ends at Muktinath from here onwards overland drive to Tatopani and then ending at beautiful and scenic Pokhara city.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,200 m/ 3, 940 ft

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is pleasant with long overland drive rewards you with amazing views of Nilgiri-Tukuche-Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range as the drive leads downhill to warmer past world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River and then reaching at Tatopani for overnight stop.

Enjoy refreshing time taking a dip in natural hot-spring at Tatopani village which means Hot-Water / spring located near the village on the bank of Kali-Gandaki River.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude/Time850 m / 2,788 ft

Last day journey takes you to Pokhara, after a most enjoyable and scenic time on Annapurna Circuit Trekking, drive follows Buri-Gandaki downstream to large town at Beni, headquarter town of Mygdi district.

Entering into much semi-tropical climate and then on main highway as drive takes you to Pokhara facing amazing views of Annapurna Himalaya all the way to Pokhara for overnight stop near the shore of Lake Fewa.

Included deluxe accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch), Tea/Coffee

  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m/ 4,450 ft

Morning an overland journey to reach Kathmandu from beautiful Pokhara drive on same interesting highway to reach at Kathmandu and back to your hotel, with afternoon free to enjoy personal activities.

(Options for flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 minutes air journey)

Included standard meals (Breakfast), Tea/Coffee

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Trip Map
Annapurna Circuit Short Trek-10 Days Map
Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle.
  • 01-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a three-star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar to Chame and Muktinath to Tatopani to Pokhara by public bus (if you want a private vehicle from Kathmandu also available at additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus  (if you want a flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available on additional cost).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers' Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • Twin/Double sharing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s a sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu.
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Pokhara.
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
Departure Dates
  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with US (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
  • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a beautiful experience. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
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Departure DateDeparture DateJun 01, 2024 Jun 10, 2024Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$799
Departure DateDeparture DateJun 05, 2024 Jun 14, 2024Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$799
Departure DateDeparture DateJun 08, 2024 Jun 17, 2024Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$799
Essential Info

Equipment and Gear List

trekking iconGeneral

  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

HeadUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses

TorsoTorso

  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

PantLower Body

  • thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts

GlovesHands

  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

FeetFeet

  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

(Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

Other essentialsOther Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • water bladder for the day bag
  • small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

FAQs
  • It is a must one needs to purchase travel and medical insurance for one safety and precaution. Unfortunate thing can take place anywhere, such as bad sudden weather, even in the best time of the seasons.

    Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometime, where crossing over Thorang-La pass could be not possible on heavy deep snow. Where the company might have to re-route towards other destinations, as well in case of political situation and road-blocks. 

    Your travel insurance will cover for extra expenses, as well if one gets very sick due to high altitude or other cause. In serious medical condition one needs immediate evacuation by fastest means of transport like Helicopter Service to bring the victim to nearest good hospitals or at Kathmandu. In this situation your medical insurance will support with extra expenses occurred.

  • Yes, all cell services will have good networks, at present most part of Nepal mountainous area do have towers for receiving good networks services. Sometimes the cell service can be disturbing due to bad weather with dense clouds. As well in deep gorges hidden behind high mountains and hills. But in most places all types of cell service works, where some lodges on route do have Sat-Phone, as well STD and ISTD service as well.

  • Most big villages and towns do have WiFi like in Dharapani, Chame, Pisang and Manang. The only places where WiFi will not be available is at Yak Kharka, Ledar and High Camp before Thorang-La Pass. If it’s available it will have disturbing service due to the area of cold climate or in cloudy days. Rest of the area on treks are good for WiFi and available all around the route on overnight stops.

  • Most lodges around villages do have good electricity power, where one charge any types of electronics gear or items, some places like Yak Kharka and High Camp, after Manang will have electricity run by solar power. For charging every items one needs to pay as per hour, the price can differ from one village to another.

  • Showers hot or cold available throughout the trek, except at High Camp before the pass of Thorang-La. On best good lodges showers and bathrooms are of western standard, only in few places around smaller villages or settlements have basic and simple bathrooms.

  • All kinds of snacks are available on route trekking from potato chips, dry cheese ball from the packets to biscuits and chocolates. Including nuts or bakery products in larger villages and town of Chame and Manang, as well at Jomsom, Marpha and Tatopani.

    One can order snacks at restaurants for French fry, noodles to dumpling called Momo and etc.

  • Not in the beginning of the trek as you will be going highest destinations, where alcohol can be risky. As it de-hydrates you and can make your health weaker. The best is not to drink beer or alcohol before crossing high Thorang-La pass which is at 5,416 m high.

    After the pass, one can enjoy all types of hard and having party all the way to Pokhara, as you will be heading down on return trek.

  • Extra baggage or luggage with unwanted clothing or items not required on trek, can leave in the hotel store room or Trekking Planner will take care of it. As well some valuables that you do not want to take on trek, can leave in the hotel safe deposit box.

  • If it is too much to carry from home as per the weight allowance on international flights. One can buy any types of trekking gear and warm clothing including down jackets and sleeping bags as well on hire.

    One can buy in Kathmandu, where some gear might be cheaper than from your home country. 

  • On this trek slight chance of catching altitude sickness, where walk leads to slow pace and the altitude gains gradually. Stopping each nights at certain heights supports and helps you to get acclimatize.

    Some one can use a pain killer, for sore ankle or muscles will be great help to add in your own medical list. And just carry as pre-cautionary measures, as you won’t be needing just in case. 

  • Depending upon the programs with itinerary days chosen as per your holidays in Nepal. Actually the whole circuit is of two weeks treks from Dharapani village to Pokhara with drives both ways.

    Where one can shorten the treks for a week flying from Jomsom town, or taking a long drive after crossing Thorang-La Pass.

  • Depends upon time of booking with Trekking Planner, most people joining with Trekking Planner are family and group of friends. But we do have single or individual clients joining with other multinational group of people also.   

  • Before booking or after signing for the trek, keeping fit and healthy with exercise for an hour or more daily before joining for the trek.

    Preparation after getting much detail and full information from your agents, will suggest you on clothing list, medical history as well buying travel and medical insurance back at home to make your trip safe and sound. 

  • Yes, one can travel and trek around Annapurna Himalaya as the circuit on your own, the best is taking a guide and a porter or porter as guide and companion will be safest and enjoyable. 

    Where one requires trekking permits called TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). 

  • Remember Annapurna Himalaya, located around Far North Mid-West Nepal, where Everest is situated Nepal Far North Mid-Eastern Himalayas. A distance of more than 500 to 600 km, so you won’t be able to see Everest from Annapurna region.

  • Yes, it is best to carry your own warm sleeping bag with inner linear which is more hygienic. Although most lodges provides blankets, but using own sleeping bag will be more of comfort and makes you feel much better. 

  • One of the best adventurous trekking, listed as world top 10 adventure destinations around whole Himalaya, and probably on this globe.

    It is worth joining Annapurna Circuit trekking, where every day is different of great contrast from cooler alpine hills to arctic cold zone.

    Where views of snow-capped peaks follows you from beginning to the end of trekking. The local cultural villages are equally fascinating along with spectacular scenery in the comfort of nice local lodges with warm hospitality.

  • From longest hours of 6 hours to shortest 4 hours, average walks of 5-6 hours from the start to the end of the walk on Annapurna Circuit trekking.

  • Not at all it’s not hard or tough, except for one day crossing over the highest point of the trek at Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m. 

    Starts with pleasant and gradual climb, with few short level path, more or less with gentle up. Rest of the walk is on winding path with slow ascent, the hardest is climb up to Thorang-La with long descend.

    Taking slow and steady with short refreshing stops makes the walk much easier and enjoyable.

Client Reviews
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    My First Trekking in Nepal - Sunny, Friendly and Enjoyable

    I had a great time trekking around Annapurna circle, our guide Sudip was always taking care of the team, sharing experience, adjusting plan based on conditions. It’s my 1st time to Nepal and I’m happy to choose Trekking planner, it’s pleased to meet with all the people and complete most of the missions together:)

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    candice
    candiceSingapore,Oct 21, 2023
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    Guido P

    In July 2023 we had a great tour organized by Trekking Planner including both visits to historical sites and a spectacular trek in the Annapurna region. Before going to Nepal we worked jointly on the details of the tour and their advise revealed to be very helpful. We have greatly appreciated the organization of the tour and their prompt support for any kind of request. Strongly recommended! πŸ‘πŸ»

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    Guido P.
    Guido P.Germany,Jul 20, 2023
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