The Ultimate Guide to Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

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What To Expect Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Welcome to Nepal! The Annapurna Circuit trek is as difficult as it’s lovely. It’s arguably nonetheless among the finest treks on the planet which sees tens of hundreds of individuals undertake it annually. Should you open your self to this expertise, you’ll not be disillusioned.


An Introduction To The Annapurna Circuit

Whether or not you might be organising your trek from Kathmandu or Pokhara you’ll need to do some prep work to make sure your trek is a hit. This Annapurna Circuit information will give you all the knowledge it’s good to make that occur!

  1. Overview
  2. Permits
  3. Guide and/or Porter?
  4. What to Pack:
    • Cash
    • Clothes & Tools
    • First Support Package Objects
  5. What to Expect:
    • Getting There & Again
    • On the Trek
    • Lodging
    • Meals & Snacks

Okay, the Annapurna Circuit journey awaits, so let’s get began!

Welcome Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Welcome to the Annapurna Circuit!

1) Overview

Days Required: 14-21

Distance: Route varies between 160km – 230km relying on begin and end factors and non-compulsory aspect treks.

Altitude: Ranges from 820 meters at Besisahar to 5416 meters on the Thorung La Move

Finest Instances to Trek: March – April and October – November

Value: 53,900 rupees/$490USD

      • Permits: 4,000 rupees/$36.50
      • Gear: 8,000 rupees/$73
      • Meals & Drinks: 31,000 rupees/$283
      • Lodging: 1,711 rupees/$15.50

Be aware – Initially we had been touring as a gaggle of 6, then a gaggle of 4, so we had been usually capable of negotiate free lodging so long as we purchased meals. This nevertheless was not the case for each group we met, so cut price exhausting!

Views Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Beautiful views!

2) Required Permits

You will want to organise your Trekker’s Information Management System card (TIMS) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). You’ll use these to check-in at numerous checkpoints alongside the trek.

The workplaces to finish the paperwork are situated at:



Be aware, I can solely communicate from my expertise in Kathmandu, however the course of was pretty easy.

      • Get hold of a ticket and the required paperwork from a clerk
      • Every card prices $20 USD or 2000 rupees
      • Convey Four passport pictures (2 for every allow)
      • The entire course of ought to take lower than 1 hour
Permits Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

The permits you’ll want.

3) What About A Information And Porter?

Deciding on a information is a private selection. Your determination is essentially dependent in your confidence and bodily situation. The Annapurna Circuit is a well-traveled route so I discovered a information was not crucial.

I traveled with a gaggle, and located every time we misplaced our means, there have been pleasant locals to level us in the precise route. Nonetheless, a top quality information might be very useful. They know all of the shortcuts, the very best locations to eat and may help you negotiate with lodging and so on.

Okay, so what a couple of porter? For me, a part of the reward of finishing the Annapurna Circuit, was carrying my very own gear. Although I’m sure folks with porters really feel simply as completed.

In the long run, when you resolve to rent a information and or/porter you may be offering much-needed cash to a neighborhood household, so you may’t go improper. A information ought to set you again round $25 and a porter $15 per day.

4) What To Pack For The Annapurna Circuit

Realizing what to pack for the Annapurna Circuit is fairly essential.

How A lot Cash Ought to I Convey?

I’d advise you to get your cash out in Kathmandu or Pokhara previous to heading off in your trek. There is no such thing as a entry to ATM’s till Jomsom and it’s nice not stressing about whether or not it’s working and so on.

In whole for 2-weeks trekking, I spent 53,900 rupees or about $490 together with buying my gear. On the trek itself, I spent roughly 2,336 rupees or $21 per day.

I didn’t drink alcohol throughout my trek till after finishing the Thorung La move (celebration time). Beers usually value 450 rupees/$Four for a big bottle, so when you’re planning to indulge, undoubtedly take this into consideration.

Clothes And Tools

As I used to be backpacking my means round South East Asia previous to the trek, I didn’t have the garments or tools crucial to finish the Annapurna Circuit. I accomplished the trek with my 44 liter Tortuga backpack and I left my pointless gear in storage at a hostel in Kathmandu.

I bought quite a lot of the clothes and tools in Kathmandu and have included the costs I paid to provide you a tough thought.

Bought Gear
      • 1 x Fleece Jacket: 1,200 rupees/$12
      • 2 x Zip-off Trekking Pants: 1,800 rupees/$17
      • 1 x Lengthy-sleeve Shirt: 500 rupees/$5
      • 1 x Thermal Underwear: 2,500 rupees/$24
      • 1 x Socks: 250 rupees/$2.50
      • 1 x Poncho: 500 rupees/$5
      • 1 x Hat: 250 rupees/$2.50
      • 1 x Trekking Poles: 700 rupees/$6.50
      • 1 x Water Bottle: 300/$3
Pre-Owned Gear
      • 1 x Rainproof Windbreaker
      • 1 x Shorts
      • Three x T-shirts
      • Four x Underwear
      • Four x Socks
      • 1 x Sun shades
      • 1 x Path Runner Footwear *
In actuality, I packed much more than I wanted. If I did it once more I might take away:
      • 1 x Poncho
      • 1 x Shorts
      • 2 x T-shirts
      • 1 x Underwear
      • 1 x Socks

I discovered I used to be washing my garments each night in the course of the early levels of the trek and about each second day later within the trek. I didn’t pack a sleeping bag, so with out the layers (particularly the thermal underwear) talked about above it might have been uncomfortably chilly sleeping on the guesthouses at increased altitudes.

* When you have mountain climbing boots and are travelling to Nepal particularly for trekking, deliver them, as they are going to be higher than trainers. Nonetheless, when you’re touring like I used to be, you are able to do this trek in trainers. Beware, you’re going to get moist ft and will must cope with snowfall at increased altitudes. Whereas they lease boots for the trek, I wouldn’t recommend risking blisters until you could have ample time to interrupt them in.

What To Pack Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Pack for all climate situations!

First Support Objects

When finishing a trek of this nature it’s best to return ready. Beneath are the objects I like to recommend for this trek. I’ve added the portions I took for reference.

      • 10 x Band-Aids (blisters are a trekker’s worst nightmare)
      • 1 x Roll Medical Tape
      • 20 x Throat Lozenges
      • 10 x Rehydration Salts
      • 100 x Water Purification Tablets (this was greater than sufficient)
      • 10 x Paracetamol
      • 20 x Acetazolamide tablets (that is used to attenuate the dangers of getting altitude illness) *
      • 20 x Dexamethasone tablets (that is used to deal with acute mountain illness) *
      • 1 x Roll Rest room Paper

* Please seek the advice of your physician earlier than taking any medicine and undertake your personal analysis.

5) What To Count on

Ensure you know what to anticipate for the Annapurna Circuit!

Getting There And Again

From Kathmandu, take a bus to your place to begin of Besisahar, the journey will take roughly 6.5 hours and may value round 360 rupees or $3.50. From Pokhara, the journey needs to be barely shorter and rather less costly.

Though the place you finish your trek is once more a private selection, I completed mine in Jomsom. From there you may both select to fly to Pokhara, for round $100 which takes roughly 20 minutes, or you may take the notorious bus journey which sees you bounce your means alongside bumpy mountain roads for ten hours. The bus value will differ as there’s a good little monopoly on this journey. It value me 1700 rupees or $15

What Ought to I Count on From The Trek

The trek sees you journey from lush inexperienced jungle and farming areas by means of to barren and rocky mountains. The paths might be moist, muddy, slippery, rocky, dusty and lined with snow (relying on situations). The Annapurna Circuit takes you thru among the most lovely landscapes Nepal has to supply!

What To Expect Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Passing by means of lush greenery!

It’s essential to be ready for all climate situations. While you begin your trek, count on the climate to be scorching and humid. As you go increased, it will get cooler. You’ll doubtless begin in shorts and a t-shirt and end in a jacket and pants. Layers are your finest buddy!

Count on to be challenged each mentally and bodily. After-all, that is all a part of the enjoyable of finishing the Annapurna Circuit!

Nice Views Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Stunning views on provide on the Annapurna Trek

What’s Lodging Like

The Annapurna Circuit winds its means by means of cities with loads of lodging on provide. The guesthouses have fundamental rooms. They usually have energy retailers, and infrequently have connected loos with western or squat bathrooms. Typically, they are going to have a comfortable and welcoming widespread space with a hearth and good firm. Wi-Fi is obtainable, although it’s restricted, and when you’re increased than Manang, it’s just about non-existent.

Throughout peak durations guesthouses can get full, particularly at fashionable stops like Manang and Tilicho Lake. That is essential to bear in mind when you’re arriving late within the afternoon. We noticed folks sleeping within the widespread space at Tilicho lake!

Accommodation Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Lodging might be fairly fundamental, however the views are epic!

Room costs vary from 100 – 300 rupees/$1-Three per particular person. As talked about beforehand, throughout our trek we didn’t pay for lodging after the primary night time till Jomsom. The guesthouse house owners had been joyful to accommodate our group so long as we ate all of our meals at their institutions. In saying that, we had been a gaggle, whereas different folks we spoke to had been paying for lodging.

What About Snacks And Meals

You will see small outlets dotted alongside the path and in small villages you move. Remember that items get costlier the upper you go. I initially packed the beneath snacks.

      • 16 x Granola Bars (2 packs of 8)
      • Four x Snickers Bars
      • 1 x Jar of Peanut Butter

In the long run I solely wanted 1 pack of granola bars as an alternative of two. The peanut butter was a pleasant snack however may have been left behind. The Snickers had been an important supply of sugary vitality!

Ensure you keep hydrated! 1 litre of water in Kathmandu could run you 25 rupees or 25 cents, although additional up the path it isn’t uncommon to pay 150 rupees/$1.30 per litre. You possibly can nevertheless lower your expenses by utilizing your water purification tablets or refill at dependable water stations out there all through the trek.

The meals on the trek are fundamental with decisions starting from porridge, pancakes, and eggs for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, you may usually select between Dahl Baht, fried potatoes with combined greens, or a pasta dish.

The beauty of the Dahl Baht is that it comes with limitless refills, which is nice after a day of exhausting trekking! You’ll even see t-shirts on the market touting “Dahl Baht 24:7 Energy” which is unquestionably true. Meal costs sometimes vary from 300 – 950 rupees/$3 – $8.50.


No matter obstacles you encounter, nevertheless lengthy it takes you, finishing the Annapurna Circuit might be very rewarding and one thing you’ll all the time keep in mind. For me, this trek has been the spotlight of my 12 months of touring.

There’s a tonne of different nice locations to go trekking within the Himalaya, such because the peaks of Bhutan or the forgotten mountains of Pakistan. However for pure magnificence and easy accessibility, it’s exhausting to beat the Annapurna Circuit!

Group Annapurna Circuit Beginners Guide

Our group after a 300-metre ascent!

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