Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost: How much does it cost?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the classical treks in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit has been on the bucket list of most traveler enthusiasts with the unique landscape, mesmerizing views of the beautiful Himalayas, and diversified culture. However, the Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost is the primary concern for the budget trekkers.
So, how much does it cost to trek the Annapurna Circuit? I will guide you through all the high costs during the trek to clear this question. Before diving into the subject, briefly introduce Annapurna Circuit Trek and what it offers.
Annapurna Circuit is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. Trekking around Annapurna rewards you with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, beautiful landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and wildlife. Along with natural beauty, this trek also allows you to explore the Tibetan culture, social norms, and lifestyle.
The Best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit is during the Autumn and Spring season. However, it can be done throughout the year. Due to its uncertain weather and temperature conditions, trekking can be challenging. But this hasn’t stopped trekkers from exploring this scenic destination.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts from Besisahar, which is a 9 hours drive from Kathmandu, and ends in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Now, coming back to the topic, Annapurna Circuit Trek costs around $900 to $1500, depending on the trekking route and your service quality. Depending on the transportation, accommodation, food and drinks, guides, etc., the Annapurna Circuit trek cost differs.
But if you book the package from International travel agencies, it may cost you from $2000 to $4500.
Note: We have a package of $1250 for 15 Days of Annapurna Circuit Trekking that covers all basic costs except for your expenses. If you want to learn about inclusions and exclusions, please check our 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek package.
Now let’s dive a little deeper into the Annapurna Circuit Trek cost.
Major Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost Factors
Visa Cost for Annapurna Circuit Trek
After you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to get a visa, which is apparent when traveling in foreign countries. However, you can enter Nepal without a visa if you are from India.
The Visa cost for the Annapurna Trekking will be decided by the number of days of your stay. The current visa cost for Nepal is:
- $30 for 15 days
- $50 for 30 days
- $125 for 90 days
If you want to extend your stay further, you can do it by applying for visa extension fees. You can extend your visa for 15 Days which will cost you $45 and $3 per day for additional days.
Required Permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek
You will require two permits to trek in the Annapurna region. You will have to show these permits at various checkpoints along the trail. The Annapurna Circuit Trek permits and its costs are as follows:
Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS)
- SAARC personals: NPR 600, about $6 for the individual trekkers, and NPR 300, about $3 for groups.
- All other personals: NPR 2,000, about $20 for the individual trekkers, and NPR 1000, about $10 for groups.
Annapurna Conservation Area or ACAP
- SAARC personals: NPR 200, about $2
- ALL other personals: NPR 3,000, about $30
Note: You can get these permits at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu. Take your passport along with you.
Your Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost primarily depends on the way you travel. You have two choices, travel by flight or land via a local bus or a private jeep.
If you wish to take a flight, the cost varies depending on the trekking season. During the peak trekking months, Feb-May and Sept – Nov, the flight costs are comparatively higher than during the low season.
However, booking the flight well before the trek might get a good deal.
- Flight Cost from Kathmandu to Pokhara (two-way): approximately $215
- Local Bus from Pokhara to Besisahar (starting point of the trek): approximately $3
- Local Bus from Nayapul to Pokhara (return): approximately $3
But if you choose to travel by land, it will cost you much cheaper.
- Local Bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar (one way): approx $6 to 7
- Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Besisahar (one way): approx $120 to 150 (good option if you are traveling with a group)
With the increasing number of trekkers each year, the standard of the teahouse and lodges have improved. The food quality has also improved, and you can find more varieties in an eatery. Most tea houses and lodges now serve dishes like spaghetti, pasta, sandwich, etc.
But yet, your best bet is Dal Bhat, a typical Nepali food. It has free refills, is very good for trekking, and is tasty and healthy.
While trekking, you will notice while eating that the food price gradually increases with the increasing altitude. The cost of the food starts from $5 at the lower height and can go up to $8 to $10 at higher elevations.
You may think the accommodation cost may also get costlier as you go higher. Yes, it indeed does. However, accommodation cost is a lot cheaper than the food cost.
The cost can range from $1 to $3 for a night. Mostly the teahouses and lodges are clean. The basic accommodation has a twin room and a shared or attached bathroom. The bathroom usually has squat toilets or western ones in some places.
There are no heaters in the rooms, only places with the heater in the dining area. Though limited, wifi is available in some tea houses.
Travel Insurance Cost
Trekking in the Himalayas always comes with certain risks. And Annapurna Circuit Trek is no exception at all. You can never know what will happen during the trek. As you trek at high altitude, acute altitude sickness, muscle sprain, and general fatigue are common. So, having travel insurance is very important while trekking in the Himalayas. The travel insurance should cover all the extra expenses due to injuries, health issues, and accidents.
Besides that, it should cover the cost of a helicopter rescue, treatment cost, cost of theft and liability, cancellation, and misplaced luggage. Since the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is Thorong La Pass, which is at an altitude of 5416 meters, ensure that your policy covers the altitude below 6000 meters. With all these, the average cost for trekking insurance is $150 (based on 30 days of cover).
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Guides and Porter Costs
Guides and porter are readily available for this trek. They play a vital role while trekking. Having a licensed guide means having a safe and relaxing trekking experience. An experienced guide knows the safe route and helps us find accommodations at a cheaper cost.
The local guides have experience being on the trails and know what to do in case of emergencies. Also, they will provide all necessary information about the people, places, etc. Having a porter means you will be free from the burden of carrying your heavy backpack. A porter can carry up to 20 kgs.
Hence the cost of the guide for the Annapurna Circuit trek is around $30-35 per day, and for a porter, $18-20 per day. You can bargain if you want. However, if you want to trek solo, read our blog on “Annapurna Circuit Trek without a Guide.”
Trekking Equipment Costs
It isn’t easy to evaluate trekking equipment costs as it differs from person to person. It also depends on how much equipment you already have and how much you are willing to buy or rent.
It would help if you considered renting the trekking equipment for those who don’t regularly trek as it may not be helpful later. It will help to minimize your trekking cost.
You can easily rent the trekking gear and equipment from Thamel from Pokhara.
You will need various gear and equipment for the Annapurna Circuit trek. Some of the essential items on the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list are
- A warm sleeping bag
- Duffel bag and a day pack
- Warm and waterproof jacket
- Trekking trousers and shirts, including a base layer and second layer fleece
- A lightweight, high-quality trekking boots
- Pair of regular shoes for when you want to take a stroll
- Warm gloves, inner and outer and warm thermal socks
- Trekking Poles
Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek
- If you plan to hire a tour operator, ensure that the agency is a member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal.
- Though everyone has their perspective on tipping, I recommend you to tip the guides and porter. Generally, the tipping rule is to tip about 10% of your total trekking cost. If you want to tip higher, it’s all on you.
- As there are no ATMs at higher altitude places, carry extra cash for facilities like wifi, charging electronics, hot showers, buying snacks, etc.
Ways to reduce your Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost
- Trek in the low season.
- Travel by land instead of air.
- Rent the trekking equipment instead of buying them.
- Carry water purifying tablets for drinking water.
- Carry some snacks with you as it gets much more expensive in higher altitudes.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a lifetime experience and is worth every penny. The cost of the trek highly depends on the way you trek, when you trek, and the service you desire. Please contact us if you have any further questions or queries about Annapurna Circuit Trek’s cost. We are always ready to guide and assist you on the trek to make it the journey of your lifetime.