Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the best-loved treks in Nepal. This is the region that most people think of when they think about trekking in Nepal. It is only second to the Everest Region in terms of being an icon!

The Annapurna Circuit can be done in several different ways: 10 days or 12 days (or longer), in combination with a trip to Poon Hill or with a trip to the highest lake of its size in the world, Tilicho Lake.

It takes you through Manang and Mustang districts of Nepal, through fascinating villages, past chortens, mani stones, and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags. It crosses the high Thorong La pass that links the two districts and leads on to Muktinath, a revered Hindu pilgrim site with its eternal flame.

If you take a longer route you then can choose to visit the medieval village of Kagbengi with its covered walkways, and the apple-growing region below Jomson, the administrative center of Mustang with its high altitude airport. You can also choose to combine it with trekking in the lower regions of the Annapurnas with its hot springs and panoramic viewpoint.

This travel guide will provide itineraries to the many variations the Annapurna Circuit has to offer as well as hints and tips as to what to expect and how much you will spend. And of course, we will tell you about the awe-inspiring mountains you will see!

Permits and Costs of the Trek

You will need two permits for this trek. An Annapurna Conservation Permit at Nrs3,000 per person. And a TIM permits at Rs2,000 per person. In this section, we will provide you with more information about why you need these permits and how to get them.

With regards to costs when trekking the Annapurna Circuit, expect to pay $30-$40 per day for basic accommodation and food. Transport will cost you around $25 for local transport but you can spend near $250 should you decide to fly or hire a private car. You can find a breakdown of the costs of transport, food, and accommodation in this section.

Things you should know before doing the Annapurna Circuit

First of all, you should think about exactly what itinerary you want to follow based on how many days you want to spend, what you want to see and your budget. You should then consider when you want to do this trek. Bear in mind that the Thorong La pass can be blocked with snow during the winter months.

In this section we tell you about the weather conditions at different times of the year and make suggestions as to when we think is the best time to go. We will also explain about the altitudes you will encounter and make recommendations as to acclimatization. And also tell you about the overall difficulty of the trek.

Best Time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The most popular times for trekking in the Annapurnas are spring and autumn. Naturally, these are also the busiest times. You can decide, based on the weather, itinerary and your personal holiday time, whether trekking at the best times weather-wise outweights trekking in the off-season with its less busy trails and lodges. Here we give you some tips to help you decide.

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