Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 18 Days Package

18 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Nature of Trip Trekking
  • Major Activities Nature of adventure
  • Best Season Spring (March-May), Autumn ( September- November)

Highlights

  • It is a perfect way and the fastest way of touring the huge Annapurna region.
  • Majestic and snow-capped views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.
  • Beautiful landscapes along with green vegetation throughout the Trek
  • Traversing the Thorong La Pass (5416 m)
  • Hike takes you to the holy Muktinath temple. 
  • You may also spend a day in Manang village and enjoy the beautiful sights of Gangapurna Glacier.
  • Marpha is known as the capital of apples, where people get to enjoy delicious apples.
  • Take a dip in the naturally hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Walk through beautiful Rhododendron, birch, juniper, and oak forest.
  • You can get a breathtaking sunrise view from Poon Hill.
  • Visit the city of lakes, Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trek, a distance of 220 km long with a duration of 18 days, ranks as one of the most famous hiking routes in the Nepalese Himalayas. The tour offers a magnificent journey up the high hills, unveiling the different cultures in their natural surroundings.

This is one of Nepal's classic treks. You reach Thoronga La, 5,419m above sea level, along the footpath that passes through a subtropical jungle and a high-altitude plateau.

After a beautiful drive from Kathmandu, the Trek starts at Syange for the Annapurna Circuit. You will walk from Syange to Dharapani and up to Chame at 2,610m. You will follow Marsyangdi River through the village of Chame to Pisang at 3115m and up again to Manang at 3540m.

It is one day's acclimatization at Manang, followed by the next day's journey to Yak Kharka (4,050 meters). Walk further westwards to Thorong High Camp via Thorong Phedi (4525m).

We ascend towards Thorong La Pass (5,416m) from Thorong High Camp in the morning and try to reach the top before noon to avoid the afternoon wind. On reaching Thorong La pass (5416 m above sea level), you descend to Muktinath (3760 meters), a holy site of worship of Hindus and Buddhists. You will then proceed to Lete after trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom.

You again resume your Annapurna circuit hike from Lete and move to Tatopani, famous for its natural hot springs. Your tired muscles will be soaking up the heat in the hot springs.

Therefore, your next point of destination will be Ghorepani. You start your Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, the top and favorite viewpoint in Nepal. Later on, you will trek to Tikheldunga after enjoying panoramic views from Poon Hill.

Next, we will walk from Tikhedhunga to Nyalapul and drive to Pokhara. You shall stay overnight at Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu the following day. 

This Trek allows hikers to appreciate nature within the Annapurna region, like green forests, terrace farms, snowy mountains, and sharp canyons. Trekkers will come across different varieties of plants and wildlife, like the native bird and the Danfe, among others, during the trip in the Himalayas.

Additionally, the 18-day Annapurna Circuit Trek provides a chance to indulge in the distinct culture and lifestyle of the area, along with interaction with natives from generation to generation.

The locals' warmth, culture, and stories they tell all form an unforgettable experience.

Although the usual itinerary for the Annapurna Trek circuit takes 18 days, it can be adjusted and completed within 7 - 28 days depending on availability of time, starting point as well as ending point, fitness level, walking rate, and other factors.

How do you reach the Annapurna Circuit Trekking starting point?

Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal provides breathtaking scenery and tough walking trails. The Trek offers amazing views of peaks such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre, over 4,000 meters high. It is an arduous hike, but high elevations and rough terrains require proper preparation beforehand.

But the main question might be how to reach Annapurna Circuit Trekking Starting Point. Your wait is over; we are here to help you briefly with the location.

Adventure Altitude offers a standard package of Annapurna Circuit Trekking that starts from Syange and passes through several villages and settlements. But to reach Syange first, trekkers must arrive at Pokhara and then drive to Syange. It takes around 7 hours to reach Syange from the beautiful city of Pokhara. And the best thing is whole transportation services is included in this trek pacakge with us. 

To reach Pokhara, trekkers can either book a flight or get on a ride on a public bus or jeep. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Pokhara is around 20 to 25 minutes, and the cost will be around NPR. 5000 to 7000, depending on the season you travel.

Similarly, the cost of traveling by bus is around NPR. 1500. If you book a private jeep to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the cost might be a little higher, around NPR. 2500 to 3000 per person.

Trekkers will stay one night at Pokhara and then take on a drive to Syange the next morning.

From Syange, the journey to Dharapani begins, after which trekkers traverse through the settlements of Chame and Pisang before they reach the Himalayan town of Manang. From there, trekkers will experience trekking to Yak Kharka, Thorong-La Pass, and Muktinath.

The descending route starts from Muktinath and stretches towards Jomsom, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Nayapul, and finally to Pokhara.

What To Expect From Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Diverse Landscapes:

Among the unique features of the Annapurna Circuit, the diverse forms of landscapes it goes through stand out as one of the most prominent. You will pass through rich subtropical forests, terraces, picturesque villages, and high-altitude desert regions. As you climb, you will see how the scenery changes from the greenery of the lower regions to the barren and icy environment above.

Thorong La Pass:

Thorong La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5416m, is the pinnacle of this Trek. Traversing this pass, though, is a strenuous but rewarding experience, with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. However, it is important to adapt well and prepare for the high-altitude conditions to successfully summited Thorong La.

Unique Culture and Traditions:

The Annapurna circuit includes several ethnic communities like Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali. All regions' villages have distinct cultures, traditions, languages, and lifestyles. Trekkers can experience the local way of life and participate in traditional ceremonies and festivities, among other things.

Stunning Mountain Views:

All through this walking experience, you will have a chance to view some of the tallest mountains in the World, like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, or Manaslu. What makes this mountain unique is the beautiful play of light upon it in the morning or evening, which I am certain one will never forget.

Natural Hot Springs:

Upon crossing Thorong La Pass during the Trek, one descends to the peaceful town of Tatopani, which boasts of natural hot springs. This offers an ideal chance for the trekkers to unwind and replenish their tired muscles by bathing in therapeutic hot tubs within beautiful scenery.

Cost of Annapurna Circuit Trekking- 18 Days

On average, a 18-day Annapurna circuit trek costs $1550 per person. This is the price for an Adventure Altitude Treks package. If you are more than 10 people, we can customize the package cost just for your needs. Likewise, a circuit trek could cost between US$1550 and US$1449 for solo or small group trekking. If you want to change food and accommodation from the total fixed pricing package, it will affect the trek pricing.

We can do this while trekking in the Annapurna region: upgrade your accommodation options, including deluxe hotel rooms and tourist-class accommodation with an attached toilet for deluxe or luxury plans.

This means that you must pay accordingly when you choose to customize your accommodation or change your itinerary. The round trip at the Annapurna has a comprehensive cost, but you can read the inclusive and exclusive section to know what is included in the standard Trip cost.

Group joining the Annapurna circuit trek is ideal if you wish to share the experience with others and are alone. Adventure Altitude Treks provides group joining at the fixed departure for the Annapurna circuit trek. We will inform you about departure dates, number of people in the group, etc.  

Joining the Annapurna Circuits group walk, you will be able to have a company even with the most diverse trekkers of other countries. In addition, group treks can help maintain friendly relationships and a helpful atmosphere during hiking.

Here is our Annapurna circuit trek- 18 days price below.:

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Cost Per Person

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1 - 5

$1550

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6 - 10

$1520

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11 - 20

$1499

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Itinerary
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  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

On reaching Kathmandu, walk to airport terminal exit where our guide and staff will receive you with a warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for the short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.

  • AccommodationLocal lodges
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,140 m

Start a wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trekking adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal midwest, leading to Besisar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here we will transfer you to a 4x4 jeep as the road is narrow here and completely off-road. We will continue to drive on dirt roads passing the villages of Khudi, Bulbule, and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream. The Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, a small village for an overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,920 m

From Syange our first-day trek begins, starting on a winding path to Jagat and Chamje village following the Marsyangdi River and within the forested area with super views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. The walk continues reaching Tal village located on a nice river valley. Continuing our a few hours hikes will lead us to Dharapani village for an overnight stop. Dharapani is a nice village with Buddhist culture, situated at the junction of the Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,670 m

Start the morning walk into cool rhododendron and pine forests passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then to Timang village. From here onwards we will head into a more Buddhist area, with a Super view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours of the trek leads to a large town of Manang district, Chame for an overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district. Here at Chame, you can find all sorts of trekking gear you need. So just check your gear and equipment and if needed you can buy them here. On our trail to Chame, we will come across a pond of hot springs. 

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,230 m

From here air gets cooler as the walk leads closer to the mountains through a beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following the Marshyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village. From this village, an uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari, a small place with few lodges and views of Chulu and Pisang peak. After our lunch break, we will start descending until we reach Pisang village for an overnight stop. 

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,450 m

Pisang village is located within Manang valley with stunning mountain views as altitude gains from here onwards. Walking into the forest with a short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Chulu, and Pisang peak, then reaching Hongde village with a small airstrip, from here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes. On route to Manang village visit the old Braga monastery with Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings, frescos, and a super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, From here an hour's walk to Manang village. The houses here are of traditional Tibetan style with culture and traditions. There is an alternate route from upper Pisang. The trail, in terms of difficulty compared to lower Pisang, is hard as you have to climb steep hills for 2 hours to reach Gyarhu. Hard yet more rewarding, the trail takes 7-8 hours to reach Manang if you take this route. Furthermore, some people may find it challenging to breathe as the highest point of this trail is 3,700 m. Then you will slowly descend to Ngawal and then to Braga where the trail from lower Pisang meets. Then you will continue towards Manang. Overnight at Manang.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,450 m

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la. Here we will do a short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,110 m

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka via Gunsang. An interesting high-altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Chulu Peaks. This trek contains two parts ; Manang to Gunsang and Gunsang to yak Kharka. Manang to Gunsabg is a little tough climb as you will gain 300 m altitude within a short time. So we will walk gently through this part of the trail with an occasional break in the middle. The trail from Gunsang to Yak Kharka is a gradual uphill and most beautiful. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,600 m

The morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung River, then leading at Thorang Phedi for short rest and then climbing the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for the overnight stop. 

  • AccommodationStandard lodge
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,800 m

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with a steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17, 872 ft on top of Thorang-la decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. The highest point of our adventure, offers a superb vista of beautiful landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent to Muktinath at 3,800 m. Muktinath is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,670 m

After Muktinath, the rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River.  
After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white-painted houses, paved streets, and well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples. 

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,480 m

From Marpha onward, the walk is enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Nilgiri leading to Larjung village. After a few hour's walk, we will get back into tree lines of pine, oaks, and rhododendron forest crossing a small local settlement of Kalopani village. From there, a short downhill walk will bring us to our stop in beautiful Lete village. We can see Anapurna I , Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks from Lete. Overnight stay at Lete.

  • AccommodationStandard Lodge
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,190 m

Today's walk is mostly gradual descent. We can see the change in vegetation and climatic pattern as we continue our trek through this trail. The walk will eventually lead you to the world's deepest gorge made by the Kaligandaki river that lies between two giant peaks, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The first couple of hours will lead you through another small village, Ghasa from where the majestic view of the snow-capped mountain can be seen. The major inhabitants of this area are Thakali. As our walk continues, we can feel the gradual change in climate and vegetation, a more warmer climate with sub-tropical vegetation. On our way to Tatopani, we can see a beautiful Rupse Jharana( waterfall). After a brief moment of walking on the road, we will finally reach Tatopani where we will stay overnight before continuing our journey towards Ghorepani.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,750 m

After an amazing and deserving rest at Tatopani, our trek continues towards Ghorepani through uphill winding trails. The first part of the trail is a steep uphill climb and the second part is a gradual uphill. We will walk through the lush green forest to reach Chitre. And another uphill climb to reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani. The village offers an astounding view of Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna with Vara-Shikhara also known as Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani is famous and popular for a hike to Poon Hill. The viewpoint at Poon Hill offers an amazing and beautiful wide-angle view of the Annapurna range along with picturesque sunrise and sunset view.

  • AccommodationLocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time1,500 m

After a good breakfast and an early morning wake, we will hike for an hour to reach Poon Hill situated at an altitude of 3,210 m to see the beautiful view of sunrise kissing the top of snow-capped mountains. The array of lights spreading over the top of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal up to the far-eastern horizon including Machhapuchre makes your trip worth traveling. After spending some time at Poon Hill, we will continue our walk through the colourful Rhododendron forest. The walk then leads us to Ulleri and the long descent will take us to our final stop of the day. We will stay overnight at Tikhedhunga. 

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time820 m

This will be our last day of a trek into the beautiful and variable wild lands of Annapurna Circuit. Waking up early, after having breakfast, we will continue our final trek towards Nayapul. The easy part of the whole trek is mostly downhill that passes through farm villages and fields. We will then come across a nice village of Birethanti residing beside the Mardi river. A short walk from Birethanti will lead you to Nayapul. Our trek will end here. We will then take a bus to Pokhara. The drive will take two hours to reach the city of Lakes, Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara, a vibrant touristic destination. Pokhara is also the resting point after and before the start of many treks like Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Muktinath trek, Motorbike tour to Upper Mustang and Muktinath, etc.

  • Accommodation3*
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

With an early morning breakfast, we will catch a comfortable tourist bus to Kathmandu. The bus passes through the winding trails of the scenic Prithvi highway along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. You will be transferred to your hotel upon reaching Kathmandu.

**flight to Kathmandu can be managed upon request.** 

  • Accommodation-
  • Meals-
  • Altitude/Time-

Last day in the beautiful Himalayan country of Nepal. Depart from the hotel as per your international flight schedule for the departure flight.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

Are you interested on planning custom trip? Feel free to contact us.

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Cost Details
What's Included
  • Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
  • 3 nights stay in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and English-speaking guide)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by luxurious tourist bus
  • 1 Night stay in Pokhara at 3-star category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • All the transportations
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including insurance during the trekking
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kgs to 20 kgs) and their all expenses including insurance
  • Full board basis during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking on twin sharing basis
  • Trekking route map
  • Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
  • First aid kit
  • All the government and company service charges
What's Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for complimentary dinners
  • Personal expenses (WIFI, bar bills, laundries, electricity charges for the gadgets, hot shower, hot water, etc)
  • Tipping for guide(s), porter (s), driver(s)
  • Anything does not include in the inclusion list.
Dates & Price

Book Your Trip 2023

Limited Seats Available
StartSaturdayMay 25, 2024
EndTuesdayJun 11, 2024
StatusAvailable
FromUS $1499
 
Useful Info

Altitude Sickness Considerations During Annapurna Circuit Trek 

AMS is considered a major threat, such as the one caused by the Annapurna Circuit or other mountains in Nepal. 

You never know how your body reacts as you ascend. The only safe bet is to wait it out and acclimate to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Anyone's body can react differently when they are at high altitude. A person's body begins experiencing high altitude effects after 2400 kilometers above sea level. However, at a point roughly 3500m above sea level, one should spend adequate days acclimatizing before proceeding.

Luckily, Manang is located exactly at that elevation in the Annapurna Circuit region. This means that Manang has a variety of activities one can choose from, even when it comes to acclimatization day trips.

Make sure you give yourself some time to acclimate for about three days before climbing 300 – 600 meters per day and sleep each night at a lower altitude compared to the highest point you walked that day. You should drink a lot of water, and you need to abstain from alcohol during your journey.

Symptoms can be the following: we lost appetite, had a headache, felt nauseous and dizzy, couldn't sleep, had a nosebleed, and experienced difficulty breathing. If one is exposed to low oxygen at high altitude, it leads to mild symptoms of AMS.

If the disease continues, use drugs to treat the disease; in case there is no improvement, go down even in the middle of the night. 

Do not wait till morning; wake up staff from the lodge and ask them for help.

The symptoms may also progress into a critical condition such as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and this can lead to death. Here is more about the risks duing the Annapurna Circuit trek here. 

Best Time To Do This Trek

Spring (March to May)

With the fall of winter, Spring comes to life with various colors. These are the months of pleasant weather during which trekkers can walk the circuit. Blooming Rhododendrons vibrantly adorn the trails with pink, white, and red colors. The lush green forest provides calmness, which creates a breathtaking surrounding environment.

The fact that one can view the snow-capped, white mountain peaks sharply and clearly during Spring makes the experience of trekking the Annapurna circuit worthwhile. This season of excellent visibility allows trekkers to view the majestic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Machapuchare, and many others. Hiking in milder conditions is enjoyable in the summer because it makes for warm rather than cold evenings.

They are also alive in Spring, offering warmth and comfort to trekkers. Local communities are ready to offer hospitality and cultural insights for trekking tourism. Hence, Spring is not only visual, but it is culturally rewarding as well.

Autumn (September to November)

Another window of favor for the Annapurna Circuit Trek during autumn is attracting trekkers with clear skies, relative stability, and post-monsoon coolness. The monsoon rains bring about new life in the surroundings, making the area green and beautiful from September to November.

The crispy air offers excellent visibility to trekkers who get a chance to feast their eyes on the towering peaks and valleys around.

It is cool during the Autumn, creating favorable conditions for tourists and trekkers. It becomes hot in the days but cool in the evenings, making trekkers enjoy walkouts. Nepalese have many festivals this season, making it ideal for trekking enthusiasts who want to experience local events.

Guided vs. Non-Guided Trek

If you are considering trekking to Annapurna Circuit, one of the integral parts you should consider is a guided trek. There might be several dilemmas in this since there is always confusion on whether to trek solo or with the help of guides.

But in the current situation, guides are a mandatory part of the rural trekking in Nepal. The Tourism Board and the Nepal Government have already passed a bill stating that no trekkers can embark on trekking without a professional and certified guide.

If you look at the record of remote trekking in Nepal since the 1950s, there have been multiple injuries and missing cases. Since international trekkers are unaware of Nepalese landscape routes, the chances of getting lost on the trail during unguided treks are high. So, to mitigate the risk of such circumstances, the authority came up with the rule exercised from April 1, 2023.

Perks of Having Guides

Local Knowledge:

There are often local people who have vast information about the area. These may inform you about the culture, norms, and heritage to spice up your hiking trip.

Navigation and Safety:

There are numerous trails and varied landscapes in the Annapurna Circuit. The second is a guide. It is important because, without it, people may get lost. Additionally, they get trained in first aid and can assist you in emergencies, giving you complete security as you traverse.

Cultural Interaction:

They also help you interact with the local communities to meet people from the area. It is also important to note that this cultural exchange gives your Trek an additional aspect and brings more insight into the native way of life.

Logistical Support:

For instance, guides help to prepare logistics by organizing accommodation, meals, and permits. It ensures that you take pleasure and do not worry about arranging and planning these aspects while on the Trek.

Language Assistance:

In some remote settings, it cannot be assumed that people on the street understand English. The guide is a very important translator and helps you communicate directly with the locals, ensuring you navigate any situation easily and confidently.

Support and Motivation:

Trekking can be very physically and mentally tiring, more so where the highest altitudes are concerned. A guide gives you encouragement, emotional support, and motivation to cross these difficulties and end the trip successfully.

Emergency Response:

A guide is trained to react if it is possible to predict unforeseen circumstances or emergencies. In case of medical issues, changes in weather, etc., having a guide who is not inexperienced makes you safe.

Do I Need Porters?

The porters greatly help trekkers on Annapurna Circuit Trek since climbing is a very difficult task in the mountains of the Himalayas. Trekkers find it difficult to cope with the ruggedness of high altitude in the Annapurna region. Consequently, porters help carry heavy equipment, essentials, and personal luggage.

These knowledgeable porters negotiate through these rugged and uphill routes, relieving trekkers of the burden of enjoying the view or the walk properly. Porters are essential for making trekkers safe while adapting to high altitudes, thus preventing altitude sickness. Hiring the porters locally also enhances the growth of the local communities within the trekking trail.

As a result, porters make the journey easier for trekkers by providing security and assurance of safety while also supporting and improving the economic position of local people. They are vital to making the Annapurna Circuit Trek a memorable journey in the beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Required Permits & Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most mesmerizing treks in Nepal. It opens a way to explore the snow-capped Himalayas, lush green forests, and the region's traditional culture. But what we need to consider is that there is a requirement for permits to enter the Annapurna Circuit Region.

There are two permits required for this Trek. They are:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and TIMS Card requirements are very understandable. Our trekking route is located within the protected land area of Annapurna Conservation Area, which is designed to conserve the wild flora and fauna. So, to not hamper the wild ecosystem, the authority marks every activity of trekkers via these cards.

Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1992 in Mid-Western Nepal, covering an area of 7,629 square kilometers. The conservation area is home to endangered animals like the Pangolin, Kashmir Musk deer, Himalayan Musk deer, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Red Panda, and Himalayan Black Bear.

The cost of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit varies for trekkers from one nation to another. For the international trekkers, the cost is NPR. 3000 per person, which comes to be around USD 27. For trekkers from SAARC Nation, the cost is only NPR. 1000 per person.

Nepalese trekkers are the most privileged ones regarding the permit. The cost of this permit is only NPR. 100 per person for the Nepalese trekkers.

Apart from that, trekkers also must pay NPR. 2000 per person for the TIMS (Trekkers' Management Information System) Card.

Travel Insurance For The Trek

While applying for the permit from the insurance company, you provide some of your insurance company's information to show that you have valid insurance for undertaking the Trek.

When buying your insurance, you can select the organization that previously organized outdoor activities. Nepal has many trekking destinations; hence, it receives numerous visitors annually for trekking.

As this Trek makes most people prone to altitude sickness, having suitable travel insurance for hikes is wise and safe. World Nomads provides one of the most flexible travel insurance plans, and you can look at their website for a quote.

Internet Connectivity En Route

In the Trek of Annapurna Circuit, you would be amazed to note that most of the route has Internet availability. Many places where you will be making stopovers have guest houses that will give you effective wireless internet connections.

Using Wi-Fi in guesthouses is available for 1-2 USD per day. The Hotel may be booked for you if you use a trekking agency for the Trek. Therefore, please verify your details against the agency before you travel.

The only place where you may get limited or no internet connection is during your stay at the Thorong High Camp, and you may be charged a little more money at that point, even if it's available.

How to Prepare for The Trek? 

One can complete these treks as long as they are physically fit. Nevertheless, the more aerobically fit you are, the more your journey will be. In this case, you should take up stamina-building exercises a few weeks before your Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

To begin with, there are various alternatives in this regard that you can consider, including jogging, bicycling, and swimming. Some treks last six to seven hours with ordinary backpacks, which you can also participate in.

It would also be ideal to have a camera to document the spectacular landscape you will be walking through. You can definitely take photos using a mobile, but they won't come out just as you want. While you walk during the day, there will be lots of free time in the evenings before going to sleep. Therefore, you may decide what you want to do in the evenings. You can bring books to read or fun games like chess, cards, and Monopoly.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Booking With Us

For over ten years now, Adventure Altitude Treks, one of the top trekking companies in Nepal, has been licensed by and fully registered with government authorities. We are affiliated with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure your trip bookings are safe. 

To confirm your arrangement regarding Annapurna Circuit Trekking, you should pay at least a 10% deposit within seven days of our agreement. Attach your photocopied passport, two passport photos, insurance data, and flight information.

We have various payment options, including Western Union, bank transfer, credit card, and internet payment through our site. After you get into Kathmandu, further trip expenses could be paid with cash, a wire transfer, or a credit card. 

In addition to these services, we extend the convenience of last-minute bookings, last minute departures, fixed departure dates, and the option to join existing groups. This means that even with just 20 days left, you can secure your spot for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, allowing flexibility in your travel plans.

Nearby Destinations From Annapurna Circuit Trek

One can always look for more during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. If you are interested in similar treks near Annapurna Circuit Trek, we have several packages just for you. Here are some of them:

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