• Last Updated on Jan 31, 2023

Are you considering an adventure of a lifetime in the beautiful Himalayas? Look no further than the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2023. This trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as well as the opportunity to experience the rich culture and hospitality of the local Nepali people. Tackle a journey of a lifetime as you pass the picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary trek, covering a distance of 260 km/161 mi. This awe-inspiring trek will take you 15-19 days through some of the most breathtaking landscapes Nepal offers. This trek promises an affordable lifetime adventure at approximately NPR 5550/US$50 per person per day. You will be required to obtain a TIMS card, and Annapurna Sanctuary permits, readily available at the starting point of the trek, Besisahar. You can go on this trek independently, with a guide/porter, or in a group, as per your preference. The trek concludes at Nayapul, and the highest point you will reach is the Thorong La Pass, at an altitude of 5400 m/17 716 ft.

The total elevation gain over 19 days will be more than 11,685 m/38,336 ft, and the total elevation loss will be more than 11,358 m/37,263 ft. While on the trek, you will be walking on the road for 68 km/42 mi out of 260 km, but only about 24 km/15 mi of this distance is on the road with significant traffic. The trek will provide you with various options for accommodation, which will be guesthouses, and you can also enjoy delicious Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and Western food during the trek.

  • Distance – 260 km/161 mi 
  • Days – 15-19 days
  • Cost – approx $25 to $ 60 per day
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary permit
  • Guide – can be done independently, with a guide/porter, or in a group 
  • Starting point – Besisahar
  • Finishing point – Nayapul
  • Highest point – Thorong La Pass (5400 m/17 716 ft)
  • Total elevation gain (over 15 days) – 11 685 m/38 336 ft
  • Total elevation loss (over 15 days) – 11 358 m/37 263 ft
  • Walking on the road – 68 km/42 mi out of 260 km but only about 24 km/15 mi are on the road with significant traffic.
  • Accommodation – guesthouses, camping, lodges, hotels
  • Food – Indian, Chinese, Local Nepali Food, and Western food 

However, before embarking on this journey, it is essential to understand the cost involved. Let us provide a comprehensive breakdown of the expenses associated with the Annapurna Circuit Trek in 2023

If you take our Annapurna circuit trek package or Group joining trek, you do not have to worry about trekking expenses. Freely, you can walk.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Budget  $1200-$1500 approx

Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek requires a certain level of financial preparedness. On average, the cost for the entire trek ranges between £430-£100/$500-$1200, depending on pre-arranged and paid-for expenses. Daily expenses for food and drink typically fall within the range of £22-40/$25-50. However, it is essential to note that these figures may vary based on the individual trekker's preferences and accommodations. Additionally, it is recommended to set aside a budget for tips and emergency contingencies.

To ensure a smooth and seamless trek, carry sufficient cash. The Annapurna Circuit does not have ATMs or card payment options. Therefore, it is advised to obtain all necessary funds before the trek and store them in a waterproof bag, which should be kept with other valuables, such as a passport, for safekeeping.

To make your journey as seamless and enjoyable as possible, we have streamlined the expense process to two primary costs: the trek package fee and international flights with us. 

The trek package fee of US$1,200 covers virtually everything you will need once you step foot in Nepal, including transportation, accommodations, meals, and permits. This allows you to focus on the most critical aspects of your journey - preparing yourself physically and mentally and gathering the necessary equipment.

Your international flights will be the second main expense for your Annapurna Circuit adventure. Although this cost may vary depending on your departure location, we assure you that it will be worth every penny to witness the breathtaking views and immerse yourself in the unique culture of Nepal.

The cost of embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek varies based on many factors, including the duration of the journey and the booking method. The longer the trek, the more expenses you will incur, such as lodging and sustenance. Opting for a package deal may be more cost-effective. However, arranging everything independently allows for greater flexibility and cost savings. In this scenario, obtaining permits, securing transportation and accommodation, and hiring guides and porters or carrying your gear will be your responsibility.

What’s Included In The Package with us?

The Mountain Rock Treks package offers an all-inclusive experience within Nepal, encompassing your significant expenses and a wide range of intermediate and minor costs. Our comprehensive package includes all of the following:

  1. Experience luxury and convenience with our Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service by Private Coach.
  2. Indulge in two nights of comfortable accommodation with breakfast at a standard hotel in Kathmandu and an additional night of traditional charm in Pokhara. 
  3. Enjoy three delicious meals daily while trekking, with Tea House accommodation. 
  4. Our professional English-speaking trekking guide, trained by the Ministry of Tourism, will provide expert guidance and all necessary equipment, including food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and more.
  5. Travel in style with a local bus to Besisahar and a Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu.
  6. All necessary permits, including Annapurna Conservation and TIMS, are included, as well as all Tourist Service Charges and VAT. 
  7. Each group will also receive a detailed Annapurna Trekking map for reference.
  8. Unparalleled luxury and convenience with our exclusive two-trekker, one-porter service are included in your package for this exhilarating journey.

Travel and Transport Cost in The Trek- $120-$200 approx.

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Nepal as you embark on a 180 km drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Opt for a convenient and cost-effective mode of transportation by taking a microbus, which will take you to your destination in under seven hours for a nominal fee of £3.60 / $4.20. Alternatively, you may choose to take a non-direct bus, requiring a change in Dumre for the final leg of the journey.

As you continue your trek, you can hire a personal guide and porter, join a guided group trek, or undertake the journey unassisted. From Besisahar, you will commence the Annapurna Circuit and head to Bhulbhule. Though once secluded and remote, this section of the trail has undergone significant changes in recent years, now featuring a busy road. Choose to walk on the adjacent trail, which offers picturesque views, or skip this section and take a bus to Bhulbhule, starting at £1.20/$1.40. Other options include taking the bus to Nadi Bazaar or taking a jeep to Jagat, Taal, or Chame at around $17/$20.

Upon completing the Annapurna Circuit, you will find yourself in Jomsom. Conveniently, you can take a bus or jeep or fly to Pokhara, a scenic trail town on Phewa Lake, which serves as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. The most cost-effective option is the bus, at £10/ $12, although it can take over 10 hours. Alternatively, you may choose to take a six-hour drive or a 20-minute flight, with prices starting at £115 / $135.

Mode of Transportation

Cost per Person/Car (oneway)

Journey Time

Local bus to Besisahar

USD 6

6-7 hours

Private car to Besisahar

USD 110

6 hours

Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight 

USD 100

25 minutes (one way)

Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and vice-versa

USD 125

20 minutes (one way)

Private vehicle from Pokhara to Kathmandu

$120 per car

N/A

Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu

$10 per person

 

Budgeting for Tims and Permit $ 50-$100 approx

The Annapurna Conservation Area is a highly sought-after destination for trekkers; as such, all individuals seeking entry must obtain a permit. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

At our esteemed organization, we understand the importance of ensuring a seamless and hassle-free trekking experience for our esteemed clients undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. In this regard, we take pride in handling the procurement of the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit on your behalf. The Annapurna Conservation Area, established in 1985, is a premier protected area in Nepal, spanning an impressive area almost equivalent to New Jersey. The cost for an ACA permit is NPR 3,000, which roughly translates to €23. Allow us to take care of this essential aspect of your trekking journey so that you can focus on the exhilarating adventure ahead.

TIMS Card for Annapurna Circuit

To embark on the esteemed Annapurna Circuit trek, trekkers need Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Permit from the relevant government authorities. We have detailed information on Nepal trekking permits and fees (2023) available for your perusal to assist you in this process.

Let us take the burden of obtaining a TIMS permit off your shoulders by handling the process on your behalf. The cost of getting the permit is NPR 2,000 (or €15), a nominal fee for the privilege of experiencing the beauty of the Annapurna Circuit.

Cost of Food and Drink- 400-600 USD approx

As you ascend to higher elevations, be prepared for a proportional increase in food and beverage prices. Breakfast options range from 250-600 NPR per person, while lunch and dinner can cost between 500-1000 NPR per person. 

For those looking to save on costs, consider ordering local vegetarian dishes, which are typically more affordable than western or meat-based options. It is also worth noting that consuming alcohol during your trek is not only expensive (with a 0.33l beer bottle costing around 500 NPR) but also not recommended at high altitudes.

In terms of water, drinking tap water in the Annapurna area is unsafe. Instead, tourists should use purifying tablets or purchase water from ACAP stations along the road, which is generally more cost-effective than plastic bottles. Water prices vary greatly depending on the elevation, with a 1-liter bottle costing as little as 25 NPR in the lowlands but up to 200 NPR at heights of 3000 meters or higher.

To save money in the long term, and reduce your environmental impact, consider investing in a water bottle with an integrated filter or a SteriPen before your trip. This will save money, help lower your plastic footprint, and support the local environment.

Cost of Accommodations- Total 180-250 USD approx

Indulge in the comfort and affordability of a twin-sharing room with a shared bathroom at just $2 to $5 per night. Enjoy the convenience of having dinner and breakfast at the same lodge to avoid additional charges. However, be mindful that some clubs may charge over $30 if you choose to eat and sleep at separate lodges. Upgrade your stay with a luxurious Comfort Room featuring private bathroom facilities, Wi-Fi, and hot water, all at a cost ranging from $10 to $50 per night. Experience the perfect blend of comfort and value with these lodging options.

You can choose Arushi Boutique Hotel in the heart of Kathmandu's bustling Thamel district. This vibrant area is the perfect place to pick up a local SIM card, rent trekking equipment, and indulge in the diverse selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Enjoy the hotel's lovely roof terrace and pool before setting off on your journey through the Annapurna Circuit trek.

Throughout the trek, you'll stay in various teahouses, each with unique character and amenities. From the small village of Jagat to the picturesque Upper Pisang to the historic town of Manang, these teahouses provide a comfortable and memorable experience. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from the challenging Ice Lakes to the breathtaking views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna.

As you reach the peak of Thorung La, the Mustang District's cold and harsh environment will starkly contrast with the luxury and comfort of the resort in Pokhara. Indulge in the resort's sparkling pool and gleaming floor tiles before taking a short flight through the Kali Gandaki Gorge to the lakeside city of Pokhara. The Annapurna Circuit trek is a journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of the Himalayas.

As you ascend higher, the room price may increase, but rest assured that the only place where we recommend booking in advance is the bustling capital city of Kathmandu. Thamel, a backpacker's paradise, offers many hotels and hostels to fit any budget. We've meticulously selected the top three hotels in each price category to make your decision-making process effortless. For those on a budget, Hotel Dalila Nepal is a perfect choice. With clean rooms and exceptional service at an affordable price, it's a steal. Hotel Thamel is an excellent value for money if you're looking for a mid-range option. Enjoy a perfect location, clean rooms, and a delicious buffet breakfast. For those seeking luxury, Baber Mahal Vilas is the ultimate choice. 

Annapurna Circuit Cost for Porter and Guides- $ 20-$100 approx

Opt for a more cost-effective and convenient way of exploring by hiring a guide, porter, or even both to assist you on your journey. Discover the area's hidden gems without the burden of carrying your gear. Our research in Pokhara revealed that hiring a guide will cost approximately $25 per day, while a porter can be hired for $20 per day. And with a porter's capability to carry up to 15 kg, you can share the load with a friend and make the most of your experience. If you want a native language guide, it will cost you USD 50 -100 per day, depending on the language.

By traveling with a guide, not only will you navigate the trails with ease, but you will also have a translator to communicate with locals and a reliable companion in case of emergencies. The cost of the guide includes food, accommodation, and insurance.

Take the load off your shoulders by hiring a porter. These skilled individuals will carry up to 25 kgs of your belongings, allowing you to focus on the beauty of the journey. Some porters even act as guides, helping you to cut down on your overall spending budget. 

What's Not Included In the Package?

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • flight tickets
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).

Visa Costs for Annapurna Circuit Trek- $15-$100 approx

A journey to Nepal comes with the added expense of obtaining a visa unless you are a citizen of India or China. However, getting a visa can be completed conveniently upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or through an online application. 

The visa costs vary depending on your stay's period, with options for 15, 30, and 90 days. Payments must be made in convertible currency, with US dollars being the preferred method. It's important to note that change is not given, so bring the exact amount and a passport-sized photograph. 

Additionally, visas can be extended up to 4 months at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu and even a fifth month if a flight ticket out of the country is presented as proof.

A visa is required to enter this beautiful land regardless of your origin. Worry not, as obtaining a visa can be conveniently done upon arrival at the airport. The cost of your visa will depend on the duration of your stay, with multiple entry options available within the visa time frame.

  • A 15-day visa is available for US$15
  • A 30-day visa is available for US$40
  • A 90-day visa is available for US$100

Vaccinations Cost for Annapurna Circuit Trek- $200- $250 approx

Consider the various vaccination requirements that may be necessary based on your country of origin. While there may be variations, some vaccinations are critical to consider for the ultimate protection and peace of mind. Please remember that these are simply recommendations, and we highly encourage you to consult with a medical professional before departure.

To ensure optimal health and well-being, we suggest getting vaccinated for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio, and Typhoid. For those who desire added precaution, we recommend vaccinations for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis, as the risk of contracting these diseases is relatively low.

As for drinking water in Nepal, it may not be suitable for foreigners, so purifying all water before consumption. You can achieve this by boiling water or using iodine water purification tablets. On average, vaccinations for this destination will cost approximately US$200. Taking these precautions will ensure that your experience in Nepal is enjoyable and worry-free.

Insurance Cost In Annapurna Circuit Trek- $150-$500 approx

Reaching the summit of Annapurna Circuit is a truly exhilarating experience, with the highest point standing at an impressive 5416 meters/ 17769 ft above sea level. We understand the importance of having reliable travel insurance. It is not just our personal belief, but the Nepalese government also requires travelers to have insurance coverage for sports activities and climbs above 5000 meters/16404 ft.

When planning your Annapurna Circuit trek, it is essential to note that having a valid travel insurance number is mandatory when filling out the necessary permits, such as TIMS and ACAP.

One option to choose from is World Nomads, as they have crafted a comprehensive travel insurance policy specifically tailored for the modern traveler. Their coverage options are designed to protect your trip essentials and ensure you can travel with peace of mind. So, whether planning an adventure of a lifetime or simply exploring a new destination, travel smarter and safer with World Nomads.

Ensure your insurance provider safeguards against travel mishaps such as lost/delayed baggage, flight cancellation, tour cancellation, and medical expenses. However, securing a policy that caters to this specific need is imperative if you embark on a trek to high altitudes.

Many travel insurance policies only provide coverage above 4,000 meters/ 13123 ft. Meticulously review the policy details and ensure you are protected against the risks associated with high-altitude trekking, including medical air support. Suppose you intend to combine your Annapurna Circuit trek with challenging climbing endeavors (such as ropes, ice axes, and crampons) and secure mountaineering insurance.  The average cost for trekking insurance (excluding mountaineering) is approximately US$150 for a 30-day coverage period.

Gear and Equipment Budget- US$500 – $1,000 approx

We should prepare for our journey using premium trekking equipment, including down jackets, water purifying drops, necessary medications, and sturdy trekking poles. 

Though the total cost of these items amounted to approximately $500- $1000, we assure you that the investment will be well worth it. Not only these essential items serve you well during our trek on the Annapurna Circuit, but they will continue to be valuable assets in your future adventures. You can purchase your gear in Kathmandu, where you can find a wide selection of high-quality equipment. 

However, be mindful that top-of-the-line gear can be expensive, so keep an eye out for discounts and deals. Many local stores may offer equipment at a lower cost. Still, these items are often made from defective materials, despite bearing reputable labels such as Goretex. Don't compromise on quality. Ensure to buy the best gear for your safety and comfort.

Factoring in equipment cost can be a challenging aspect of planning a trek, as it varies greatly depending on your current inventory and the equipment you choose to acquire or rent. While renting may seem like a cost-effective solution for those not planning frequent treks, consider additional expenses and the need for more control over equipment quality.

You can buy items like Four season sleeping bag, Sleeping pad/ mattress, Warm jacket, Waterproof jacket, Trekking boots, Trekking poles, Trekking trousers, Trekking shirts and t-shirts, Warm gloves and thermal socks, Day pack and main pack, Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. The opportunity to secure the use of the above items is available at a nominal daily rate of $1 to $2. While renting, trekking boots may be available, but do not rent as they may have been previously molded to another individual's feet, potentially causing discomfort and blisters. On the other hand, renting a sleeping bag is a common and highly recommended practice.

Annapurna Circuit Trek- Flight Cost- $1,000- $1,500  approx

You can start your journey of breathtaking beauty by starting your trek in the picturesque city of Pokhara and concluding in the charming town of Besisahar anticlockwise. 

For clockwise, you can take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for only USD100 per person and enjoy a quick 25-minute journey to your starting point.

For an even more exhilarating experience, continue your trek clockwise and take a flight from Pokhara to Jomson for USD125, a 20-minute journey that will elevate your trip to new heights. Let yourself be swept away by the stunning views and immerse yourself in Nepal's culture and natural beauty.

For an anti-clockwise flight, you can take a flight from Jomsom(JMO) to Pokhara(PKR) at unbeatable prices starting at as low as $125. 

Upon arrival in the picturesque city of Pokhara, continue your journey with a return flight to Kathmandu. Our team has scoured the market to bring you the best price for a return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu at an affordable £100. Don't miss out on this formal and professional opportunity to explore the beauty of Nepal at a fraction of the cost. 

As you embark on your journey to the majestic city of Kathmandu, the cost of flights can fluctuate depending on the travel season. The peak travel seasons between February to May and September to November tend to be more lavish in terms of expenses. To secure the most cost-effective flights, we recommend booking well in advance. 

Budget for Tips and Spending in Annapurna Circuit Trek- $250-350 approx

Before booking your trekking package, you must ensure that your tour operator is a respected Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) member. The NMA is dedicated to regulating the welfare of porters and guides working in Nepal, implementing crucial policies such as minimum wages, tips, and equipment standards. As you plan your journey, consider the etiquette of tipping in Nepal, which can be confusing. However, we recommend your budget tip your guide between $150 and $200 per person for an 18-day trek and your porter between $60 and $80 per person. A general rule of thumb is to tip around 10% of your trekking cost, though you are welcome to offer more or less depending on your satisfaction with the service provided.

In addition to budgeting for tipping, set aside funds for any additional activities and shopping you wish to engage in during your trip. The vibrant markets of Kathmandu offer a wealth of local crafts and souvenirs, as well as opportunities for sightseeing, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Annapurna Circuit Trek- Grocery Cost- $25 to $90

Venture on the journey of culinary delight as you trek along the Annapurna Circuit and indulge in the delectable baked treats offered by the local bakeries, priced at a modest range of 100-150 NPR. 

Savory flavors await you in the quaint local restaurants, where prices are quite economical, eliminating the need for any prior grocery shopping. For a burst of freshness, seek out the street vendors of Kathmandu or Pokhara, offering a variety of fresh fruits. Remember to engage in a friendly bargaining session, as prices are not fixed, and vendors may not disclose the approximate cost.

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