Major Annapurna Circuit Trek Costs
Visa cost for Annapurna circuit trek:
Annapurna circuit trek cost for the visa will be determined by the length of your stay. The current visa cost for Nepal is:
- 30 USD for 15 days
- 50 USD for 30 days
- 125 USD for 90 days
You can extend your visa by applying visa extension fees. Your visa can be extended for 15 days with 45 USD and USD 3 per day for additional days.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Permits:
You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
- $30 for non-SAARC personal
- $2 for SAARC personal.
You also require a Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card).
- $20 for non-SAARC personal
- $6 for SAARC personal
You can get these permits at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. But you must be present in person along with your passport.
Transportation Cost :
You can catch a local bus or a van from Kathmandu to Besisahar, which will cost you around $7 (one way). If you are traveling in a group, the better option would be taking a private jeep to Besisahar. Private jeep can cost up to $150 or less depending upon your bargaining skills.
You can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for around $100 (one way). Then travel from Pokhara to Besisahar for another $3.
While returning, it can cost up to $3 from Nayapul to Pokhara. From Pokhara you have many options to return to Kathmandu. There are buses ranging from $5 to $20 from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Food and Accommodation Cost:
Food and accommodation costs can vary from lodge to lodge or the type of package you take for your trip. A person is bound to spend USD 30 to 40 per day for basic accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Breakfast: Breakfast for a day normally costs from $5 to $ 7. If you order a set breakfast, the cost can get cheaper but ordering each food individually can cost you more amount of money.
Lunch: The cost for lunch per day is from $6 to $8 which includes tea breaks too. But you can reduce your lunch cost if you are tight on the budget.
Dinner: Dinner can cost from $5 to $9 per day. Dal, Bhat, Tarkari (Nepali food) are easily available. It has free refills, very good for trekking and is super healthy. You may have the option of eastern and western foods as well.
Sherpa stew, Tibetian bread, yak cheese, Champa (Tsampa) Porridge are some must-have foods while you are on this trek.
The price of food can increase with an increase in altitude.
Accommodation is cheaper than food. The cost range can vary from $1 to $3 per day. The basic accommodations include accommodation, a twin room, and a shared bathroom or attached in some places.
Anyways, the accommodation increases its quality when you reach Ghorepani, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
Trekking equipment needs to be carefully picked out. You cannot go on a trek without proper planning and buying appropriate trekking gear. You need to make a list of necessary equipment and make sure that they are properly packed.
I suggest you hire stuff from Kathmandu rather than buying your own. This way, you can save a significant amount of money. If you already have a few gears, the cost of trekking equipment decreases.
The favorable season for this trek is Autumn (from September to November) and spring (from March to May). If you visit the Annapurna circuit in the offseason then the cost of food and accommodation is relatively lower.
Guide and Porter:
Guides for this trek are available easily. Taking a licensed guide will make it easier for you to find an appropriate place to stay. Guides know the safe route to take to circuit and can find accommodations at a cheaper cost.
But taking a local guide will make your trek more fun, safe, comfortable and you will know a lot about local culture. An experienced guide can charge $20 to $30 per day. But it all depends on how you deal with your guide to be honest.
Similarly, a porter can charge about $15 to $20 per day. You can find porter for a lesser wage as well. Also, your Porter’s cost depends on your packing. You can bargain your payment if you have a significantly lighter bag.
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Annapurna Circuit Trek Without a Guide :
Most people think that the solo trek is quite impossible but that is not the case. You can go on a solo trek without taking a guide but you need to be extra prepared and cautious during your trip. If you are not taking a guide then it basically means that you’re saving some money.
But the risk of not taking a guide is too high and you can be at a large disadvantage so you might not want to go on a trek by yourself.
Especially the rookie trekkers must take a guide with them.
Hot shower: The price for the hot shower can be $1 to $3.
Electricity to charge the phone: price can vary from $1 to $2 per hour.
Other miscellaneous costs:
If you increase the number of tips to guide and porters, then your expenses can increase slightly. You might feel like donating some money while visiting temples, monasteries, and rural schools. The donation also makes slight changes in your expenses.
And if you choose to stay in Deluxe hotels, and enjoy delicacies then your expense will increase automatically.
Annapurna circuit itinerary for 20 days:
Here is the list of the route that is basically followed for 20 days trek to Annapurna circuit trek;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Cultural tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Bhulbhule, walk to Ngadi
Day 04: Trek from Ngadi to Chamje
Day 05: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap
Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi or High Camp
Day 12: Cross the Thorung La Pass and Trek to Muktinath
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha
Day 14: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani
Day 15: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani
Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani
Day 17: Hike to Poon hill and trek to Tikhedhunga/Hille
Day 18: Trek from Tikhedhunga/Hille to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure to the international airport
For detailed itinerary check: 20 Days Annapurna circuit trek itinerary
Note: This itinerary is customizable, contact us if you need shorter itineraries we will give you multiple options.
Many people who are not professional trekkers take the second day of acclimatization in Manang. You can go on a side trip to visit Tilicho lake or Gangapurna Lake.
There are other beautiful places around Manang. Milarepa Cave and ice lake are popular destinations among tourists, as well.
It’s worth adding a couple of days to explore some of these places. If you are going on a solo trek then you can make up your own route depending on the time you’ve estimated for the trek. And you can stay longer or shorter than the given package days.
Some Basic Tips:
- There are not any ATMs as you go to a higher altitude. So it is better to carry enough cash both in dollars and Nepali rupees.
- High-calorie food like a chocolate bar is expensive at higher altitudes so you can carry them from Kathmandu
- Carry a first aid kit with general medicine. These will come in handy in case of any medical emergency.
The Annapurna circuit trek cost is quite reasonable. There are enough trekking infrastructures built in the trail route. And there are many more in process. So, the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost has been reduced compared to the past years.
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Is Annapurna Circuit Trek Dangerous?
It depends on the route you take. If you trek through Thorung La pass, which is one of the highest passes in Nepal, then that can be potentially dangerous.
But you can reduce the risks of danger by taking a guide and appropriate requirements with you.
How Many KM is the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit is 131 miles (211km) and can take from 16-21 days depending on the walking speed and overall schedule.
How cold does it get on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
In September and November the lower region of Annapurna, circuit weather is usually warm during the day but can get a bit colder during night hours. From March to May, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius in the lower regions and nights are colder than days.
And the upper part remains cold during the night as well as the day in all seasons.
Is There WiFi on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Yes, there might be the facility for wifi but you need to pay for it. Wifi is available generally, in the cost $1 to $2.
What should I take to the Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The following things must be taken on this trek:
- Trekking poles
- Day pack
- Main pack
- Warm jacket
- Thermal tops
- Trekking Boots
- Waterproof jacket
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Poly liner gloves
- Hiking shorts or Hiking trousers
- Seasonal thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool trousers
- Waterproof shell pants
- Breathable fabric
- Lightweight inner socks
- Heavy poly or wool socks
Is Annapurna Circuit Trek Hard?
It is one of the longest trekking routes in the Annapurna region. After seeing the walking hours you might feel like this trek might be on a different level of difficulty for you. But if you try hard and believe in yourself, then you can easily go on this trek.
Remember, self-motivation is the key.
Is It Possible to Trek in Rainy Season?
It is possible but not recommended. The mountains are not visible, and the sky is not clear for most of the times.
Besides, there are possibilities of landslides, and the route might get damaged. And you need to be prepared for rain at any time and carry the requirements accordingly.
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