Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days

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Annapurna Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5416 M
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a thrilling adventure that traverses the Annapurna region. Spanning over 180 km and encircling the majestic Annapurna massif, this 14 days trek takes you through four different districts, offering a unique blend of Buddhist-dominant villages and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes.

The Itinerary begins in Kathmandu, from where you'll travel to Jagat in Lamjung, the starting point of the trek. The route takes you in an anti-clockwise direction, gradually ascending to a higher altitude. You'll pass through scenic villages like Dharapani, Chame, and Pisang before entering the Manang district, where you'll witness the magnificence of the mountains and experience Buddhist traditions up close.

The highlight of the trek is the ascent of Thorang La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, standing at an altitude of 5,416 meters. Crossing Thorang La pass is a challenging but rewarding experience, offering you panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. 

After crossing and passing and getting to the other side, the landscape changes to a dry and desert-like terrain as you enter Mustang. Continuing the journey, you'll descend to Muktinath, a sacred site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. From there, the trail leads to Marpha via Jomsom and continues until you reach Tatopani, where the trek concludes. 

Our 14 days all-inclusive package offers you an opportunity to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region as you traverse through the changing landscape. Join our fixed group departure to enjoy the journey at a reasonable cost and make unforgettable memories along the Annapurna Circuit Trail.

Major Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • Encircle the World's 10th-highest peak in just 14 days.
  • Get a majestic view of the Annapurna mountain range.
  • Cross the highest pass, Thorang La Pass (5416m)
  • Visit the Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath.
  • Get an insight into the day-to-day life and culture of the ethnic communities.
  • Explore several traditional villages and communities along the trail.

What Awaits You on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Adventure? 

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary is filled with adventure, cultural richness, and natural magnificence. In this 14 days package, you can expect to explore the secluded parts of the region that opens an entirely new and majestic natural and cultural world to you.

You can get the spectacular sights of the snow-capped peaks, picturesque valleys, and charming villages along the way. Furthermore, the trail guides you through diverse landscapes and leads you to cross the high mountain pass Thorang La Pass, which is the major highlight of the package. 

Encountering lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and ancient monasteries combined with the warm hospitality of local communities and their rich cultural traditions adds a unique touch to the entire trip, making it a truly unforgettable adventure for you.

The Highest Pass in Nepal: Thorang La Pass at 5416 m

Thorang La Pass is a high mountain pass situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), it is one of the highest passes in the world. 

The pass acts as a gateway between the Manang and Mustang districts during the Annapurna Circuit Trek and is a renowned highlight of the journey. This high mountain pass is challenging to cross and requires acclimatization and physical endurance. However, it offers stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, along with the sight of the rugged landscape. 

Trekking through Thorang La Pass involves ascending on a steep and rocky terrain which can be physically difficult, but the sense of achievement upon reaching the summit and the spectacular vistas make the challenging trek worth it. 

Trek to Annapurna Circuit is an exciting opportunity for you to witness the majestic beauty of the Himalayas of the Annapurna region as you cross Thorang La Pass, which offers you a challenging yet rewarding experience. Embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek now and cross the epic Thorang La high pass while making memories for a lifetime. 

Is the Annapurna Circuit Trekking the Perfect Journey for you? 

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is an ideal adventure for people seeking a thrilling and immersive experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. 

The Itinerary of 14 days offers a perfect balance of natural beauty, challenging terrain, and cultural encounters, taking you on an all-inclusive journey. If you have a good level of fitness, a love for nature, and a desire to explore remote villages and local cultures, then there cannot be a better trekking package than this.

Our 14 days Annapurna Circuit Itinerary offers you a chance to test your limits, relish the wonders of nature, and experience life in the Himalayas. If you think this is the adventure you have been looking for, then pack your bags and get ready to get immersed in the beauty of the mountains. 

A Day in the Life of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Each day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary is filled with excitement and thrill. The day begins as you enjoy breakfast at the tea house or lodges surrounded by a serene environment.

The trek then begins and guides you through scenic trails, with occasional uphill and downhill walks. You'll come across several suspension bridges, enchanting villages, and terraced fields along the way. As you enjoy the walk with some rest in between, you'll have lunch at a local teahouse, enjoying a delicious meal while relishing the stunning mountain views. 

After reaching the designated stop for the day, you'll have time to relax, explore the surroundings, and engage yourself in the local culture. The evenings are usually spent sharing stories with fellow trekkers while enjoying the view.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Difficulty Level

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a difficult grade trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal as it involves crossing the Thorang La pass situated above 5000m. This level of trekking is comparatively harder than moderate-level trekking and requires previous trekking or hiking experience. 

The trek involves hiking on rough landscapes and glacier crossings. You need to walk for 5 to 6 hours on average for 14 days during this challenging excursion. Thus, to complete the trek, one must be in good physical health while having strong stamina. 

It is best if you have previous trekking experience in high altitudes. As the trek is lengthy and requires walking on a steep trail at an altitude of over 5000 m, it is most suitable for trekkers looking for a demanding and stirring trek. As for beginners, it is highly recommended to start doing physical exercise to build stamina while also going on short hikes and treks in high altitudes. 

Safety and Acclimatization For the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The highest point you will reach during the trek is Thorang La Pass, at an elevation of 5416 m, which invites the risk of altitude sickness. Especially for beginner trekkers, there is a high chance of gaining altitude sickness which is a common concern during high-altitude treks. However, it is preventable with proper precautions and treatment. 

The trek we have designed includes a very slow walk with rests at certain points. We have a separate acclimatization day at Manang to help you adjust to the altitude. Furthermore, you will not be walking for more than 6 hours at maximum during the trek, and you will have a gradual ascend, which will prevent you from having altitude sickness. Make sure to walk at your own pace while keeping your body in check. 

As more precaution, we also encourage you to keep yourself hydrated constantly all along the trek and stay away from all the alcoholic drinks. Our team will make sure that your safety is the top priority during the trek. 

Thus, you can rest assured of having an adventure of a lifetime. If you prefer to have more rest days in between the journey, then we can customize the itinerary accordingly. Moreover, in case of sickness, you will be brought down to a lower altitude by our team immediately.

Training: Preparing for the epic journey to Annapurna Circuit

Being physically fit and trained is essential for any Journey in the Himalayas, especially if you're a first-time trekker. It is vital to keep yourself fit with no health concerns to complete the trek without any problems. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a long and physically straining Journey compared to other major treks of the region. The length of the trek is around 14 days and takes you to the highest point, Thorang La Pass, at an altitude of 5416 m. The trek requires you to walk for 5 to 6 hours on average every day continuously, for which you should have very good stamina. 

The trek is physically demanding, and it is extremely important to focus on training to improve cardio endurance and strength endurance and be comfortable carrying a backpack for 5-6 hours a day. 

Thus, before embarking on the Journey, make sure you are fit and healthy. It is highly recommended that you attempt hiking or trekking carry a backpack, and walk for 5-6 hours continuously. You can also try doing full-body strength workouts twice per week to improve your general body strength. 

Embark on an Exciting Journey: 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit is considered one of the most adventurous classic treks in the world. Taking you on a round trip of the Annapurna region, there's no other walk like this one that goes from the dry lowlands to high passes crossing several ethnic villages on the way. 

This 14 days itinerary also includes crossing one of the high passes of Nepal, Thorang La Pass and lets you experience the thrill of crossing one of the toughest passes in Nepal. 

As the trek takes you on a round Itinerary of the Annapurna region, you go from the small villages at the low altitude to the popular Manang region of Nepal. Get ready to embark on the epic adventure to the Annapurna region with us and have the time of your life. 

Why choose us for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Package?

  • We have trained and knowledgeable guides with years of experience in leading the trip to the Annapurna region.
  • We have a safety-focused approach, always keeping our client's safety at the top.
  • All our packages can be customized according to each trekker's time and preference.
  • We focus on small group sizes for personalized attention.
  • We have strong local connections to provide you with an authentic trekking experience.
  • We give high emphasis on sustainable travel practices and environmental sustainability.
  • We have competitive costs and provide value for money.
  • We offer 24/7 customer support during the trek.
  • We give Pre-trip online and offline briefings.

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

This is your first day in Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted at the airport by one of our representatives. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. 

After arriving in Kathmandu, you can take the day to rest and prepare for the adventure ahead. In the evening, you will have a short briefing session with the guide. You can also go for an exploration around the vibrant streets of Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

  • Max Altitude:1100m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, you will head to the starting point of the journey, which is Jagat. The day begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar first on a public bus. It takes around 6 hours to arrive in Besisahar. From there, you will continue the ride to Jagar on a private jeep. 

The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat, from where your Annapurna Circuit trek begins, takes you through lush green valleys, terraced fields, and out-of-date Nepalese villages. You will get to enjoy bewitching views of the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers as you drive alongside the rugged mountains. After all day of driving, you will spend the night at Jagat. 

  • Max Altitude:1960m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will begin the walk today as you head to Dharapani from Jagat. Start your trek from Jagat and make your way to Dharapani. The trail takes you through dense forests of pine and oak, with rare glimpses of stunning waterfalls. 

As you pass through traditional Gurung villages on the way, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the unique architecture of the houses, you will get to experience the authentic village lifestyle of the mountain region. After a walk of around 5 to 6 hours, you will arrive in Dharapani, where you will be spending the night. 

  • Max Altitude:2630m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The journey continues to Chame from Dharapani today. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang. As you begin to walk, you will pass through rhododendron forests and cross suspension bridges over the Marsyangdi River. 

Continuing to ascend, you can get some majestic views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal on the way. You will also pass through se eral traditional settlements on the trail before arriving in Chame after a walk of 5 to 6 hours. Overnight stay in Chame. 

  • Max Altitude:3300m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, the trail leads you to Pisang from Chame. You will get to relish the captivating views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak on the way today. The trail offers a combination of uphill and downhill sections as you pass through charming villages and terraced fields. 

Once you arrive in Pisang, you can explore the ancient monastery and Gompas of the region, which offers insight into the rich Buddhist heritage. It takes a total walk of around 5 to 6 hours to arrive in Pisang from Chame. Overnight stay in Pisang. 

  • Max Altitude:3540m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will continue the ascent to Manang from Pisang today. Manang is a picturesque village well-known for its cultural heritage and stunning mountain vistas. 

The trail takes you through several ascend and descend on the way as you walk on a forested trail toward Manang. You will also get to marvel at the panoramic views of Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks as you traverse through alpine meadows and cross the Marsyangdi River. After a continuous walk of around 6 to 7 hours, you will finally arrive in Manang. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Max Altitude:3540m
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is the first acclimatization day of the trek. Take a day to acclimatize and rest in Manang, as it is crucial to adjust to the high altitude before proceeding further. You will explore the village and go for a short hike around the area to adjust to the higher altitude today. 

You can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic and hike to higher elevations for better acclimatization. During the hike today, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and Gangapurna Glacier. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Max Altitude:4020m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will resume your trek and make your way to Yak Kharka today. The trail starts with a gradual ascend through alpine meadows and light vegetation. As you continue to walk, you will get to observe yaks grazing on high-altitude pastures and soak in the serene atmosphere of the Himalayan wilderness. 

It is a short walk of around 3 to 4 hours until you arrive in Yak Kharka. After reaching Yak Kharka, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area and admiring the natural beauty of the region. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka. 

  • Max Altitude:4450m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The walk continues toward Thorang Phedi from Yak Kharka today. Thorang Phedi is the base camp for the challenging Thorong La Pass. It is a short walk of 3 to 4 hours today as well, but the trail gets a little challenging as it becomes steeper, and you may start to feel the effects of higher altitude. 

After a challenging short walk to Thorang Phedi, you can spend the remaining day exploring the area and adjusting to the high altitude. Overnight stay in Thorang Phedi.

  • Max Altitude:5410m/3800m
  • Time:9-10 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is a big day for you as you will be crossing one of the highest passes in Nepal, Thorang La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5416 m. The walk starts early in the morning and takes you through diverse landscapes. 

As the walk involves some challenging uphill sections, it will be a physically demanding day for you but equally rewarding as the pass is the highest point of the trek and offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks. After enjoying the view for a while, you will descend to Muktinath, which is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. Overnight stay in Muktinath. 

  • Max Altitude:2720m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail today descends further to Jomsom from Muktinath. Jomsom is a charming town situated in the Kali Gandaki Valley. The trail passes through dry landscapes, ancient monasteries, and traditional Thakali villages on the way. 

You will get to enjoy the tranquility of the region and the stunning views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains as you continue walking toward Jomsom from Muktinath. Overnight stay in Jomsom.

  • Max Altitude:820m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & Lunch

It is the day to get back to Pokhara from Jomsom. You will board a scenic drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. It is a short drive and takes you through breathtaking landscapes offering views of the rivers, waterfalls, and villages on the way. 

Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you can relax. You can then go for exploration around the city and unwind in the serene lakeside ambiance. Explore the vibrant Lakeside area, and indulge in delicious food. Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Note: If you do not prefer road travel, there is also a flight available from Jomsom to Pokhara in Extra Cost..

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & Dinner

You will return to Kathmandu by road today. While soaking in the last views of the mountains and scenic landscapes along the way, you will arrive in Kathmandu after the drive of around 7 hours. 

Once in Kathmandu, you can rest and reflect on your incredible journey. You can also go explore the city's cultural and historical landmarks, such as Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening, you will have a cultural farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Note: Instead of driving, you can get back to Kathmandu on a flight as well in extra cost 110 USD/Per Head

  • Meals:Breakfast

After an unforgettable adventure through the Annapurna Circuit, it's now time to bid farewell to Nepal. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure by one of our representatives. 

Route Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All transfers in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • 3 standard meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Jagat by local bus, Jomsom to Pokhara by Local bus and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide during the Annapurna trip.
  • Porter services during the trek(1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Annapurna National Park Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with a Cultural show in a fine restaurant on the second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Dates & Prices

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Ends:Friday Mar 08, 2024
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Know Before You Go

When to embark on the Trek to Annapurna Circuit?

Weather plays an important role in determining the trekking destination, especially if it is a high-altitude trek. Although it is possible to trek the Annapurna Circuit throughout the year, there are different pros and cons of trekking in every season. Spring and autumn are the two seasons considered best to trek in Nepal as these are the seasons offering comparatively more favors. 

Trek to Annapurna Circuit in Spring (March to May)
As a high-altitude trek, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is most safe and pleasing when trekked in the spring season. In the spring season, you can enjoy very delightful weather with clear skies. 

The temperature is average, with several plants & flowers, along with rhododendrons starting to bloom during this season. You can get clear views of the mountains without any hindrance in the spring season, and the colors along the way add more beauty to the overall journey. 

However, keep in mind that this is one of the popular trekking seasons, and you might come across several other trekkers on the way. 

Trek to Annapurna Circuit in Autumn (September to November)
Similar to the spring season, autumn is another perfect season to trek to the Annapurna region. The weather is very clear, with moderate temperatures in the autumn as well. 

The views of the mountains and diverse landscapes are at their best during the autumn season. You will further get to witness the colorful trees all along the trek during this season. If you embark on the Trek in autumn, then you are most likely to encounter the various festivals of the region. 

As it is one of the best times for the trek, the trails can get packed with lodges being fully booked. Thus, it is suggested that you make the booking in advance. 

Trek to Annapurna Circuit in Summer/Monsoon (June to August)
You can also try trekking in the monsoon if you want a less-crowded trail. But keep in mind that trekking in this season can be a little difficult because of the weather and temperatures. In monsoons, there are chances of landslides and road blockage because of heavy rainfall. 

Also, the trail can be filled with leeches, especially the forested trail. However, the perk of trekking in monsoon is that you will get to witness the greenery and blooming wildflowers all along the trail. Furthermore, there are fewer trekkers compared to the other season. 

Trek to Annapurna Circuit in Winter (December to February)
Trekking at a higher altitude is not recommended as it can be challenging to complete because of the snowfall and harsh cold weather. As the Annapurna Circuit is a hard and lengthy Itinerary, the off-season is not recommended for the journey. 

However, the trail and scenery are magnificent in this season, filled with snow. If you want to complete the circuit trek in winter, then you will have to make a little more preparation in terms of equipment and gear. 

Food options during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Compared to other regions, the Annapurna region is developed and advanced. The menu generally includes traditional village foods that consist of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup for breakfast, while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), fried rice, noodles, etc., depending on the lodge and destination. 

In the beginning days of the trek, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of options, from traditional Nepali dishes to some Western dishes. As some lodges offer Western foods like pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. But when it comes to high altitude, there are not many options because of the remoteness of the area. 

Thus, the food during the trek is simple and hygienic, providing you with the needed stamina for the entire trek. You can also have drinks like tea and coffee. Furthermore, it is highly suggested that you carry some snacks with you, such as chocolate and energy bars. 

Drinking water during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

As for drinking water during the trek, you can easily access tap water all along the route. As tap water is not always safe to drink directly, we recommend you go for a mineral water bottle. However, plastics are harmful to the environment, so you can go for other options. 

The best choice is to treat water from local sources to ensure its safety. You can use water purification tablets or filters to make tap water safe for drinking. 

Carrying a reusable water bottle and using a purification tablet instead of a mineral water bottle is also recommended to minimize plastic waste in the region and practice eco-friendly travel. 

Accommodation facilities during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Similar to the food availability, the accommodation facility during the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is very simple. You can enjoy the hotel rooms with in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, a Free WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff at the beginning of the trek. 

However, as you ascend to a higher elevation, electricity is scarce, and there won't be the availability of Wifi connections and hot water showers. The rooms in higher elevations come with general facilities like warm Beds and washrooms, etc. Some lodges offer facilities like charging and hot water shower at extra charges. 

Keep in mind that once you move to a high altitude, the facilities get limited, and it is the best you could ask for, given the remoteness of the area. 

Permits required for the Annapurna Circuit Trekking

 There are two different permits you need to have for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Detailed information about the necessary permits is mentioned below:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
As the trek lies inside the Annapurna Conservation area, the ACAP permit is compulsory. It is a permit that focuses on conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the region. The cost of the permit differs according to your nationality, and it costs around USD 30 per person for foreign nationals, while for SAARC nationals, it costs USD 10 per person.

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card
The TIMS card is another permit that is required to complete the trek. The cost for this permit also varies according to your nationality. For foreign nationals, it costs USD 20 per person, while for SAARC nationals, it is USD 10 per person.

Guide/Porter for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit falls under one of the most challenging treks in the region, which requires a very good guide. You'll be guided by our experienced and skilled guides all along the journey during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. All our guides are professionally trained, have years of experience in guiding, and are very familiar with the trail, culture, and area of the Annapurna region. 

While trekking with our professional guides, you will have an opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge about several factors, like the local culture, history, and lifestyle of the region. As they are highly skilled with a wide range of knowledge, from mountaineering and trekking to the culture and traditions of Nepal. Keeping your safety and enjoyment as the top priority, you will be guided all along the trail to provide you with an experience of a lifetime. 

As for porter, it is your personal preference to have one or not. However, it is recommended to trek with a porter as you will be able to enjoy the trek without the hassle of carrying a heavy backpack. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Transportation details

The Annapurna Circuit Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Jagat and does not include any flights. The ending point of your trek is Tatopani. You will have a ride from Tatopani to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, respectively. For all the transportation during the trek, you can choose from two modes, which are either a jeep or a local bus. 

Half of the ride is comfortable with scenic views, while the other half is bumpy and off-road. The ride from Kathmandu to Jagat and the way back will be an experience for you to look back at. Also, the cost of transportation can vary depending on the mode you choose. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Idea For 2024-2025

The Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost generally ranges from USD 900 to USD 1300 on average for a 10 to 15 days Itinerary. The cost can vary depending on several aspects, like; the number of trekkers in a group, the quality of accommodation you require, the length of the trek, the itinerary, and the time of the trek.

The mentioned cost includes transportation, trekking permits, food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), a professional trek guide, a porter, and accommodations cost during the trek. 

It is important to note that these are inexact costs, and prices may vary depending on mentioned factors and personal preferences. Additionally, it is recommended to have some extra cash for emergencies and unforeseen expenses like extra food, drinks, and tips during the trek. It is most suitable if you have USD 10 for each day during the trek as an extra cost. 

Group Trip Cost
We organize both group and private treks for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. If you prefer traveling in a group, we have 100% fixed departure dates for the trek that you can join.

Trekking in a group has several pros, like the decrement in cost, and we also provide group discounts according to the number of trekkers. The cost for the trek decreases more if there are more trekkers in the group. 

Don't hesitate to select a departure date from our list or reach out to us for a customized Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary that fits your time and budget. 

Private Trip Cost
If you are looking to complete the trek in private with your partner or family, we can arrange that for you. Traveling in private provides you with more flexibility and freedom. 

However, keep in mind that the cost of the overall journey can increase if you prefer the private trip, depending on the itinerary you choose and any other additional services you prefer. 

You can select any of our available departure dates to embark on your private trip. We can customize all the elements of the package according to your preferences. To discuss this further, you can reach out to us; Email: info@himalayanrecreation.com, WhatsApp/Cell: +977 9851101413

Solo Trip Cost
If you do not have any travel partners to embark on the adventure to the Annapurna Circuit, then there's no need to worry, as we also organize solo trips for travelers who wish to have a solo trek experience. 

We specialize in organizing trips with tailored packages specifically designed for those seeking a solo trekking experience. We highly encourage you to join our 14 Days Annapurna Circuit Trip

The package cost for a solo trip can be higher than other trips as you will have most of the services and facilities to yourself. However, please note that the cost can vary depending on the itinerary, including facilities, services, and any additional requests you may have. 

Please feel free to select one of our fixed departure dates or reach out to us for any further inquiries or customization requests for your solo adventure to Annapurna Circuit

Female Trip Cost
We also arrange trips for female travelers. If you are a female looking to join a group for Trek to Annapurna Circuit or want to travel alone, we have got you covered. 

Keeping your safety and well-being as the top priority, we can arrange the itinerary and customize the package according to your preference. However, one thing to note is that the cost can increase or decrease depending on your traveling preference. 

The cost range also varies according to the facilities and services you require during the trek. Contact us directly for any more queries and customization for the trip. You can reach out to us directly on; Email: info@himalayanrecreation.com, WhatsApp/Cell: +977 9851101413

Tipping during the Annapurna Circuit Trip

Tipping during any trekking journey in Nepal is a common tradition to show appreciation for the services provided by guides, porters, and support staff. It is normal to tip depending on the quality of service and individual preference. 

As it is a way to express gratitude for their hard work in making your trek memorable, you can tip your guides and any other service providers during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The cost of the tip totally depends on you according to the services you receive.  

Travel Insurance for the Trek to Annapurna Circuit

Travel Insurance is one of the essential elements while embarking on any trip in the Himalayas. Especially for a challenging and lengthy trek like the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which includes walking on rugged terrains at an altitude of over 5000 m, having travel insurance is a must. As the trek involves certain risks and uncertainties, having travel insurance is important and highly suggested for the trek. 

During the booking process, all the trekkers should provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. The policy should further cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes in case of emergencies. 

Useful info and some tips for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • For a high-altitude trek like the Annapurna Circuit, it is best to choose the spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November) for the trek, as it is more enjoyable and convenient during these seasons.
  • Preparing yourself for the trek with some regular exercise and training to help build endurance is highly suggested. 
  • Pack lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing layers suitable for the given weather. 
  • Keep yourself updated on weather conditions and any changes in trekking regulations. 
  • Do not rush during the trek, as it is extremely important to walk at your own pace. Also, keep checking your body condition and make sure to follow the tips of your guide. 
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek and carry water bottles along with water purification tablets or a water filter, as drinking water along the trail needs to be treated.
  • Purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu before starting the trek if you want to have occasional communication, as the connection is not guaranteed on the trail.
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged.
  • Carry enough Nepalese currency for your entire trek, as there are limited ATMs along the route. 
  • Respect the local culture and traditions of the local communities and the environment of the Annapurna region. 
  • Leave no plastics or other trash on the hiking trail. Be mindful of your actions and follow guidelines for responsible trekking, such as carrying your trash back and avoiding single-use plastics.
  • Research the trail, weather, and local culture before you embark on the journey. 

Alternative for the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the classic and tough trekking trails of the Annapurna region, which is most suitable for experienced trekkers. While some trekkers prefer to visit the destination because of its off-beaten trail, the trail can be too challenging for some. There are several other alternative packages in such cases that you can choose to go for with Himalayan Recreation. 

Overall, there are several options you can choose from instead of the circuit trek in the Annapurna region. If you want a less challenging trail, then you can go for the Annapurna base camp trek. As for trekkers with less time, the Poonhill trek and Mardi trek are highly recommended. If you want to go for a more quiet and off-beaten trail, then there are options like the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Everest Base Camp, Upper Mustang Trek, etc. Furthermore, all the packages of Himalayan Recreation can be customized according to your time and preference, which offers you more range to choose from.

Packing and Essentials for the Annapurna Circuit Trek 

Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking gear and equipment for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment and gear. Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good quality and reliable clothes and footwear, as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek.

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers and shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket and trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear and Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag and backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles and Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications and Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitizer. 

Last-minute booking with Himalayan Recreation

It is best Annapurna Circuit Trekking Bookking in advance for an easy and hassle-free process. Especially if you plan to trek during the peak season, booking in advance is the best to avoid hassle and inconvenience. 

Moreover, the circuit trek is a long itinerary that requires a lot of preparation, so it is best to book in advance. However, if you are unable to book in advance due to any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation, offer last-minute booking as well. 

In the case of last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings, there might be certain circumstances out of our control.  

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days FAQs

  • Yes, Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team's representatives or Guide at the airport (please kindly note our Company name Plate Himalayan Recreation Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd in the terminal. He/she will then assist you to the hotel in Kathmandu, where you will meet with your trekking Group and Company Tour Manager. If you do not see our representative or nameplate in the airport, Please reach us at +977-9851101413 (24/7).

  • Before leaving, you can apply for the visa online, or you can do it after you reach at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. to get more information regarding Visa rules particularly.

  • During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be staying in (Hotel Thamel Park or Hotel Kailash Kutee, or Similar). The hotels for your stay in Kathmandu can be further changed or customized according to your choice and preference.

  • Depending on availability and additional charges, it is possible to extend your stay or upgrade to another hotel in Kathmandu. You can discuss the options with us directly during the trip for the necessary arrangements.

  • Yes, you can leave your luggage in Kathmandu with us before starting the trek. We will keep all your things safe until you get back to Kathmandu after the completion of the trek.

  • Yes, it is possible to have a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Jomsom To Pokhara during the trek instead of the ride. It will save time but keep in mind that flight can add to the overall cost of the trek. 

  • The Annapurna Circuit trek usually takes around 10-20 days to complete, depending on your chosen itinerary and trekking pace. You can choose to increase or decrease the length of the trek by adding or removing certain destinations.

  • The Annapurna Circuit trekking is considered moderately challenging. It involves long daily walks, steep ascents, and descents with crossing a high pass and varying terrain. Anyone with good physical fitness and prior trekking experience can complete the journey without problems.

  • The best time of year to do the Annapurna Circuit trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures.

  • Yes, your Annapurna Circuit Trip is departure guaranteed. Our booked trips are always guaranteed to run, which will not be affected by the number of trekkers, and even if other trekkers cancel their trip, the operation does not stop. So, rest assured and remember Himalayan Recreation for any last-minute bookings, as departure is always guaranteed unless there is a situation that is out of our control, such as a natural disaster, pandemic, epidemic, political riots, etc.

  • Absolutely Yes, the Annapurna circuit trek is totally worth it. From the low village area to the high pass, the trek gives you an entire Himalayan experience in one journey. You get to witness the magical sights of the Himalayas while also learning about the ethnic culture and lifestyle of the Annapurna region during this trek. 

  • The cost of trekking the Annapurna Circuit can vary depending on factors such as the duration, group size, level of service, and inclusions. It typically ranges from USD 1000 to USD 2000 per person.

  • Yes, it is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit trek independently. However, having a guide or joining a trekking group is recommended for safety, navigation, and cultural insights. Also, keep in mind if you choose to trek solo, you'll have to arrange everything from accommodation and permits to necessary equipment on your own.

  • The trails to the Annapurna circuit have enough tea houses and lodges for your accommodation. Still, it is better to carry a winter sleeping bag that can handle below-freezing temperatures for the trek. If you have a sleeping bag that's rated around -6º or -10ºC, you can bring that along for an autumn trek.

  • Both Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are the two best treks in Nepal, with distinct beauty and charm. In terms of difficulty and hardness, Everest Base Camp is more difficult as it is a far longer route than the Annapurna circuit, and also, the altitude you'll reach on the Everest Base Camp is higher than that of the Annapurna circuit. 

  • The Annapurna region is quite developed when it comes to accommodation facilities. You can find small tea houses with a homestay feeling all along the trail, which can vary from each other. But, all the tea houses provide the room with the necessary items. You can also enjoy the warmth of the local heater in the evening and morning time in the dining of the tea houses.

  • When packing for the Circuit trek to Annapurna, essential items include appropriate trekking clothing, hiking boots, a backpack, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, toiletries, a first aid kit, and personal items such as a camera, sunscreen, and personal medications.

  • The Annapurna Circuit journey covers a distance of approximately 160-230 kilometers, depending on the specific route you choose for the trek.

  • Usually, crampons are not needed for the Annapurna circuit trek if you are trekking during the spring and autumn season. But if you are preparing to trek in winter or monsoon, then crampons may be needed. It is better to have crampons in the off-season as the weather will be unpredictable with slippery and snow-filled trails.

  • Yes, there are chances of you getting altitude sickness in the Annapurna circuit trekking as it takes you to one of the highest passes of Nepal, Thorang La pass, situated at an altitude of 5416 m. But, with the right precautions and guidance, you can avoid altitude sickness. 

  • You need to be fit enough to walk for around 5 to 6 hours each day for 14 days and also walk on a rugged trail which includes several ascents and descent.

  • No, you cannot see Everest from Annapurna Circuit trek as it lies on the total opposite side. You can view the mountain range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchre along several other peaks from the Annapurna Circuit trek. 

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