Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost: How much does it cost?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the classical treks in Nepal. With the unique landscape, mesmerizing views of the beautiful Himalayas, and the diversified culture, Annapurna Circuit has been in the bucket list of most traveler enthusiasts. However, the Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost is the major concern for the budget trekkers.
So, how much does it cost to trek the Annapurna Circuit? To clear this question, I will guide you through all the major costs that befall during the trek.
Before diving into the subject, let me give you a brief introduction to 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 Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range along with beautiful landscapes, rich flora and fauna, and wildlife.
Along with natural beauty, this trek also provides you the opportunities to explore the Tibetan culture, their 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 condition, trekking can be quite tough. 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 which depends on the trekking route and the quality of service you desire. 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 Annapurna Circuit Trekking that covers all basic costs except for your personal expenses. If you want to learn about inclusions and exclusions, please check our package: 15 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Now let’s dive 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 get the visa, which is obivous when traveling in foreign contries. However, if you are from India, you can enter Nepal without a visa.
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 further extend your stay, you can to 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 permit at various checkpoint 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 individual trekker and NPR 300, about $3 for groups.
- All other personals: NPR 2,000, about $20 for individual trekker 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 largely depends on the way you travel. You have two choices, either you travel by flight or by land via a local bus or a private jeep.
If you wish to take a flight, the cost varies depending on trekking season. During the peak trekking months which are Feb-May and Sept – Nov, the flight costs are comparitively higher than the low season.
However, you might get a good deal, if you book the flight well before the trek.
- 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 numbers of trekkers each year, the standard of the teahouse and lodges have improved. With that, the quality of the food has also gotten better and you can find more varities of eatery. Most tea houses and lodges now serve dishes like spaghetti, pasta, sandwich, etc.
But yet, your best bet is Dal Bhat, which is a typical Nepali food. It has free refills, very good for trekking and is super tasty and healthy as well.
While trekking, one thing you will notice while eating is that the price of the food gradually increase 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 elevation.
You may thinking that the accommodation cost may also get costlier as you go higher. Yes, it surely does. However, accommodation cost is lot cheaper that the fooding cost.
The cost can range from $1 to $3 for a night. Mostly the teahouses and lodges are clean. The accomodation is quite basic with twin room, a shared or attached bathroom. The bathroom has usually squat toilet or western ones in some places.
There are no heaters in the rooms, only places with the heater is the dining area. Though limited, wifi is available in some tea houses.
Travel Insurance Cost
Trekking in the Himalayas always comes with a certain risks. And Annapurna Circuit Trek is no exception at all.
You can never know what will happen during the trek. As you are trekking in high altitude, acute altitude sickness, muscle sprain, and general fatigue are quite common.
So, having a travel insurance is very important while trekking in the Himalayas. The travel insurance should cover all the extra expenses that may occur 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 the altitude of 5416 meters, make sure that your policy covers the altitude below 6000 meters.
With all of these, the average cost for trekking insurance is $150 (based on 30 days cover).
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Guides and Porter Costs
Guides and porter are easily available for this trek. They play a very important role while trekking. Having a licensed guide means you will have a safe and relaxing trekking experience. An experienced guides know the safe route and also helps us find accommodations at a cheaper cost.
The local guides have experience of being in the trails and know what to do in case of emergencies. Also, they will provide all necessary information about the people and the places, etc.
Having a porter means that you will be free from all the burden of carrying your heavy backpack. A porter can carry up to 20 kgs.
Hence the cost of the guide for 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, then read our blog on “Annapurna Circuit Trek without a Guide”
Trekking Equipments Costs
It is very difficult to evaluate trekking equipment cost 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.
For those, who don’t trek in a regular basis, you should consider renting the trekking equipment as it may not be of much use later. It will help to minize you trekking cost.
You can easily rent the trekking gear and equipment from Thamel of from Pokhara.
You will need various gear and equipment for Annapurna Circuit trek. Some of the basic item on 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 are planning to hire a tour operator, make sure that the agency is the member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and member of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal.
- Though everyone have their perspective of tipping, i recommend you to tip the guides and porter. Generally, the rule of tipping is to tip about 10% of your total trekking cost. If you want to tip higher, it all on you.
- As, there are no ATM at the 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 rather then buying them.
- Carry water purifying tablets for drinking water.
- Carry some snacks with you as it gets much expensive in higher altitudes.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is an lifetime experience and is worth every penny. The cost of the trek highly depends on the way you trek, when you trek and service you desire.
If you have any further questions or queries about the cost for Annapurna Circuit Trek, then please feel free to contact us. We are always ready to guide and assist you on the trek to make it a a journey of your lifetime.