Annapurna Circuit Trek cost

The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal and takes you around the entire Annapurna massif, including the spectacular Thorong-la pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters. Need a vacation that's both adventurous and challenging, yet fun at the same time? Well, we have the perfect plan for you. Traverse the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge, step foot on the world's highest lake, Tilicho, and walk the trails with breathtaking views of the Himalayan panoramas. Sounds thrilling, doesn't it? Wait till you hear more. With the spectacular 8091m Annapurna 1 looming to the east and the 8167m Dhaulagiri standing tall to the west, this trek will surely be a phenomenal and memorable experience.

We will embark on an exciting trekking adventure with a drive through lush forests that will take us to Besisahar. Crossing the Marsayangdi River and taking in the stunning views of Manaslu and Himchuli to the east will be an unforgettable experience. As we ascend to higher altitudes, we will get to explore the glorious district of Manang, the home of apple wine, as well as Jomsom and the legendary ancient destination of Muktinath, all of which are renowned for their beautiful landscapes and cultural diversity.

The optimal time to embark on this trek is during the autumn season, from September to November, when the weather is mild and clear. Alternatively, the spring season from March to May is also a great time to go, with full-bloom flowers and favorable weather. However, keep in mind that this is a high-altitude trek and individuals with breathing difficulties should avoid it. Even healthy individuals may experience altitude sickness, but our experienced team will guide you through the challenging terrain, including the Thorong-la pass, to ensure that you have a safe and unforgettable experience.

Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek cost

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned for its stunning scenery, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. Here are some of the main highlights of this iconic trek:

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  1. Thorong La Pass (5416m):

    • High Altitude Crossing: Conquer Thorong La Pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
    • Challenging Achievement: Experience the thrill and sense of accomplishment as you reach the pass, marking the highest point of the trek before descending towards Mustang and Muktinath.
  2. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs:

    • Spectacular Mountain Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II, III, IV, and the towering Dhaulagiri (8167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world.
    • Sunrise and Sunset: Capture stunning sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayan peaks from strategic viewpoints along the trekking route.
  3. Diverse Landscapes:

    • Subtropical Forests: Trek through lush subtropical forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees, especially in the lower elevations of the trek.
    • Alpine Meadows: Experience the serene beauty of alpine meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers during the spring season.
    • High Altitude Deserts: Traverse barren landscapes at higher altitudes, offering a stark contrast to the lush greenery of the lower regions.
  4. Cultural Exploration:

    • Traditional Villages: Visit traditional Gurung, Thakali, and Magar villages like Chamje, Chame, Manang, and Marpha, each offering unique insights into local lifestyles, architecture, and hospitality.
    • Buddhist Monasteries: Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and stupas along the route, such as the monastery in Manang and the Braga Monastery, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the region.
    • Local Cuisine: Sample local delicacies like dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and traditional Thakali dishes, experiencing the authentic flavors of Nepalese mountain cuisine.
  5. Natural Hot Springs:

    • Relaxation at Tatopani: Enjoy a soothing soak in natural hot springs at Tatopani, known for its therapeutic properties and a perfect place to rejuvenate tired muscles after days of trekking.
  6. Kali Gandaki Gorge:

    • Deepest Gorge in the World: Trek through the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side, creating a stunning natural backdrop.
  7. Local Markets and Handicrafts:

    • Shopping and Souvenirs: Visit bustling local markets in villages like Manang, Jomsom, and Marpha, famous for their apples, apple brandy, Tibetan rugs, and traditional Thakali knives.
  8. Wildlife and Flora:

    • Himalayan Wildlife: Spot rare wildlife species such as blue sheep, Himalayan thar, and possibly even elusive snow leopards in their natural habitat.
    • Flora: Marvel at a variety of flora, including orchids, rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower), and other alpine vegetation along the trekking route.

Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Physical Fitness: Prepare with cardiovascular exercises and trekking practice to build stamina for long days of walking and ascending/descending.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: Follow a gradual ascent schedule to acclimatize properly and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Weather: Check weather conditions and pack accordingly, as temperatures and conditions can vary greatly between lower and higher altitudes.
  • Permits: Obtain necessary permits such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the trek.
  • Respect Local Culture: Respect local customs and traditions, particularly when visiting monasteries, temples, and villages.
  • Scenic Views from Poon Hill:

    • Sunrise View: Witness breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon Hill (3210m), offering panoramic vistas of mountains including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri.
    • Photography: Capture stunning landscapes with golden sunlight illuminating the peaks and the surrounding hillsides covered with rhododendron forests.
  • Ghorepani and Traditional Villages:

    • Cultural Experience: Explore traditional Gurung and Magar villages like Ghorepani, Ghandruk, and Chhomrong, experiencing their unique culture, hospitality, and lifestyle.
    • Local Cuisine: Taste local delicacies like dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and traditional Gurung dishes, enjoying warm hospitality in tea houses along the route.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable adventure with its blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and challenging terrain, making it a bucket-list trek for adventure enthusiasts worldwide.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (800m): 7- 8 hours
  • Day 04: Besisahar to Dharapani (1,960m) by Drive
  • Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 07: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
  • Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 13: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 14: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 16: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 17: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 2-hour drive
  • Day 18: Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
  • Day 19: Final Departure.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) Arrival at Kathmandu airport meet and greet then Transfer to the Hotel. Over night at Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 :Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation You can spend the day as you wish, by taking rest and preparing for the trek. However, if you wish we can also arrange a tour around the ancient places. We can plan in Kathmandu during our briefing. Over night at Kathmandu.
  • Day 03 :Drive to Besisahar (800m): 7- 8 hours After breakfast at Kathmandu Hotel, we will drive to Besisahar 760m(gateway of Annapurna Circuit). On the way stop for Lunch then Finally arrived Besisahar. Over night at Besisahar.
  • Day 04 :Besisahar to Dharapani (1,960m) by Drive Second day on Annapurna Circuit we are taking shared or private jeep to Dharapani. We shorten our trek doing this, if we have few more extra days we can walk instead of Driving. Over night Dharapani. 4-5 hours trek more or less.
  • Day 05 :Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours We leave Dharapani to get the clearer view of the Himalayas. We stumble across a couple of ridges cover with Buddhist prayer flags. After 5-6 hours of rigorous trekking, we finally get to the entrance of Chame which is finely decorated with a long wall of prayer wheels. We will spend the night at Chame capital of Manang.
  • Day 06 :Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 - 6 hours After breakfast, As we cross old Pisang, we will ascend Telekhu at 2840m. A serene and picturesque of mostly level walk through the Brathang will take a dramatic turn showing us the view of the remarkable Panda Danda. This enormous rock slab which is unusually curved and astonishingly lies 1500m above the water. A thorough walk through suspension bridges, Pine Forests and Rivers will land us at the upper part of the enchanting district of Manang which is Pisang. Over night at Pisang.
  • Day 07 :Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours Early next morning, prepare yourselves for the trek to Manang 3519 m. As we move along, we will encounter the Braga village, where we will witness more of the Tibetan culture and architecture. As we continue our trek, gradually the landscape begins to change into a very arid environment with hints of greenery as well as the enchanting mountains looming around. Over night at beautiful manang.
  • Day 08 :Manang: Acclimatization day Today, we spend the entire day at Manang itself, in order to acclimatize ourselves to the high height. Meanwhile, we can explore the nearby Gumbas, strange landscapes and take in some advice from the Himalayan Rescue Association. We do assure you that, Manang is a gem when it comes to picturesque places.
  • Day 09 :Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 - 4 hours As you make your way out of Manang, you will come across the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a sharp edge of land right above which looks as though it could collapse at any moment. Stand above the junction of Marsayangdi and the Jharsang Khola with the spectacular Annapurna III and Gangapurna with glaciers gracing the background. After a relatively easy day of walking, we will finally get to Yak Kharka which is quite a barren and grim land with only a few hotels.
  • Day 10 :Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hours Today, we trek through an uphill trail. Another wobbly and thin suspension bridge awaits our arrival, which later takes us to Ledar Village. Through several rocky, uneven and steep trails, we finally get to Thorong Phedi which is the last village before we get to the famous Thorang La pass.
  • Day 11 :Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours One of the most highlighted parts of our trip begins early in the morning. Going through Thorang will definitely be quite a challenge but with our team of experts, you need not worry. Yes, it will be difficult but once you get to the top, you will realize that all of it was totally worth it. Indulge in the mesmerizing view for some time and we continue our trek to Muktinath. Muktinath which lies at the foot of the Thorang La pass is home to a renowned Hindu temple. When we get there, explore the temple and its primitiveness. We will spend the night at Muktinath.
  • Day 12 :Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 6 - 7 hours After visiting the holy temple of Muktinath, we trek downhill to the city of apple i.e. Marpha. On our way, we trek along beautiful towns of Kagbeni and Jomsom which host terrific view of the Himalayas and the Himalayan deserts. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Marpha. We enjoy the famous apple brandy of Marpha. Overnight at a lodge.
  • Day 13 :Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 - 6 hours Chasing the stunning view of Dhaulagiri ranges along with Nilgiri, Tukuche, and the other Himalayas, we trek downhill to Kalopani. We come across beautiful rhododendron and juniper forests tagging along with mystic waterfalls on our way.
  • Day 14 :Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hours We trek further downhill to Tatopani. We trek through lush forests and pass some Gurung villages. After 6 hours of trek, we reach Tatopani where we enjoy a hot water bath in the natural hot water pond.
  • Day 15 :Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 - 8 hours We trek along few dense rhododendron forests and cross few water streams on wooden bridges before we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is famous for the stunning view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and other gigantic Himalayas seen from the region.
  • Day 16 :Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 - 7 hours Relishing the beautiful view of the Himalayas, we march towards Poon Hill. The Himalayas seem just a foot or two away from us in our today’s trek. We trek through dense forests and small settlements of Gurung villages before we reach Poonhill. We trek for another hour or two to reach a Gurung village of Tadapani.
  • Day 17 :Tadapani to Pokhara (827m) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 2-hour drive On our last day of the trek, we trek along the stunning vista of the Himalayas before we reach Ghandruk. The Himalayas seem to beside us throughout the trek. We can relish the stunning view of Mt. Machhapuchhre from the village. We then take an hour of drive in a jeep to reach Pokhara.
  • Day 18 :Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours Today, we will back to Kathmandu. We can either choose to drive or fly to Kathmandu. The drive will take us 6 hours to get there as we enjoy the last scenic drive on the highway. If we happen to be flying, it will take us a short time of 25 minutes amidst the Himalayas.
  • Day 19 :Final Departure. We hope that our services were excellent. We will transfer you to the international airport. We hope you have a safe flight. Till then, goodbye!

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (private transportation)
  • Local bus or private transportation as per dealing
  • Hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu.  Category 2-3 star
  • Farewell Dinner by Company
  • Trekking Accommodation, Twin Sharing in Basic Tea-house 
  • English-speaking guides/ Who has excellent knowledge.
  • Porters for 2 guest one porter
  • All meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)  with tea and coffee
  • Fresh Fruits after dinner every evening.
  • Transportation to and from the trail head
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking
  • Trekking equipment including sleeping bags       
  • Staff insurance, medication and equipment
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes, First Aid Kit
  • Special Caring
  • Trekking Certificate by Destination Unlimited

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares, Kathmandu sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel/trekking insurance/ Nepal entry visa fees
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic) and hot drinks which is not mentions above
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc 
  • Which is not mention in email
  • Tips(Tipping is recommended)

1. What is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking route in Nepal that circles the Annapurna massif, offering diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences. It typically takes around 12-21 days to complete, depending on the route and side trips.

2. When is the best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

  • The best times to trek the Annapurna Circuit are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures for trekking.

3. How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves long days of trekking (usually 6-8 hours), ascending and descending varied terrain, and reaching high altitudes (up to 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass). Proper physical fitness and acclimatization are essential.

4. What permits are required for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Trekkers need two permits for the Annapurna Circuit: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained through registered trekking agencies or at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

5. What is the accommodation like on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Accommodation along the trekking route ranges from basic teahouses (guesthouses) to more comfortable lodges in popular villages. Rooms are typically twin-sharing with basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. Hot showers may be available at an additional cost in some places.

6. What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Essential items to pack include trekking gear (sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles), clothing layers suitable for varying temperatures, a sleeping bag (if trekking independently), toiletries, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and snacks/energy bars.

7. How is the food on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Meals along the trekking route are mainly local dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), noodles, pasta, and soups. Most teahouses offer a variety of Nepali and Western food options. It's advisable to avoid meat above Manang due to limited refrigeration.

8. Do I need a guide/porter for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • While it's not mandatory to have a guide or porter, many trekkers opt to hire them for assistance, navigation, and carrying heavy loads. Guides are particularly helpful for cultural insights and safety, while porters lighten the load, allowing trekkers to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

9. What are the acclimatization points on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Key acclimatization points include Namche Bazaar, Manang, and before crossing Thorong La Pass. It's essential to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, nausea, dizziness).

10. Is it possible to extend or shorten the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

  • Yes, the Annapurna Circuit Trek can be customized based on time and preferences. Side trips to Tilicho Lake, Poon Hill, or shorter versions like the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek are popular options for extension or variation.

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Key Information

  • Trip Cost US$ 1350
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
  • Max Altitude 5416m
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No of people Price P.P
1-1 Pax US$ 1350
2-4 US$ 1250
4-6 US$ 1170
8-10 US$ 1130
12-14 US$ 1080
16-18 US$ 990
22-30 US$ 850