Cost Of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Apr 9, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations. This trek has been on the bucket list of many trekkers enthusiastic. But Annapurna Circuit Trek cost is the major factor for a budget traveller. I will guide you through each expense that occurs during your trek.

Let me tell you what you will see and experience during the trek first.

Throughout the trek, you will be able to enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with the scenic beauty of rivers, flora, and fauna.

In addition to this, you will also be able to explore the Tibetian culture, social norms, and traditions.

Although the climatic and the road condition of this place are quite tougher, it doesn’t stop people from exploring this place.

You need to walk at least 5 to 6 hours a day to complete the Annapurna circuit circling within 20 days. So basic physical fitness is required. It might look hard but trust me, it's worth it.

Talking about the Annapurna circuit trek costs around $950 to $1500 depending upon the days you choose. We have a package of 1250 USD for 20 days trek. Our package includes all basic costs except for your personal expenses.

To know what’s included and what’s not please visit our package: 20 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.

But it can cost about $2500 to $3500 if you book from an international travel agency.

For further details, you can see the Annapurna circuit trek cost consideration laid out below.

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Annapurna circuit trek
Annapurna I (8091m)

Table of Contents

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 for 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 Cost

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

  • $30 for non-SAARC personal
  • $2 for SAARC personnel.

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 for Annapurna Circuit

You can catch a local bus or a van from Kathmandu to Besisahar, which will cost you around $7 (one way). If you are travelling in a group, the better option would be to take a private jeep to Besisahar. A 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.

Food:

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, and Tarkari (Nepali food) are easily available. It has free refills, is 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, and 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 Cost

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.

Packing Gear Cost for Annapurna Circuit

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.

Season

The favourable 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.

Annapurna Circuit Guide and Porter Cost

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 the circuit and can find accommodations at a cheaper cost.

But taking a local guide will make your trek more fun, safe, and 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 

Annapurna circuit trek
Throng La pass (5,416m)

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.

The additional cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hot shower: The price for a 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 the 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 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 a 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 bars 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.

Conclusion:

The Annapurna circuit trek cost is quite reasonable. There are enough trekking infrastructures built on the trail route. And there are many more in process. So, the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost has been reduced compared to the past years.

Contact us at any time if you want to go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

FAQs:

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 a facility for wifi but you need to pay for it. Wifi is available generally, at the cost of $1 to $2.

What should I take to the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The following things must be taken on this trek:

Accessories

  • Trekking poles
  • Day pack
  • Main pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Clothes

  • 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 most of the time.

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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Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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