• Updated on Jun 25, 2021

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a dream for many trekkers. Annapurna region  combines some of Nepal's most epic mountains, such as the fishtail known as Machhapuchhare and the gigantic Annapurna, with a brilliant trekking infrastructure and easy access.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's most famous trekking routes, and despite the fact that some of the trail is tarred now, it still attracts thousands of trekkers each year. It is the third most popular trek in Nepal in terms of numbers.

You can find in this article everything you need to know about trekking the Annapurna Circuit Trail including map, itinerary, cost, best season and much more.

The Annapurna Circuit's total distance varies between 160 and 230 kilometers (100-145 miles), depending on the options chosen for the trek. Because some of the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail is tarred, some trekkers choose to cover some of the Circuit with motorized transport. Apart from logistics also it serves a pleasant break after a long day of hiking.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is generally done in an anti-clockwise direction. This reduces altitude gain and makes people less vulnerable to the effects of altitude sickness. The Thorong La Pass, at 5416 meters, is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and, along with the various peaks you will see along the way, which absolute highlights of the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Map

When is the best season to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

You will always need the right time to travel to such adventurous places. Autumn and spring are the best season for hiking the Annapurna Circuit. These seasons offer the best favorable weather and bearable temperatures for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Apart from these months, the trek to the Annapurna Circuit is also possible during the summer season, which is also the Monsoon season in Nepal. As most part of Annapurna Circuit route lies in the rain-shadow region of the Annapurna, the monsoon rain has no effect on the hiking trails and the beautiful views.

As you trek higher in the Annapurna area, you will find a dry and crisp landscape. And the panoramic views of mountain peaks such as the Annapurna mountains, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and more.

How Much does it cost to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

For a 10 to 14-day Annapurna Circuit trek will cost between USD 950 and 1300 per person (excluding international flight).

The price includes transportations, trek permits, lodging, and meals. However, this price does not include insurance, a visa, or personal equipment.

Traditional timber bridge in Manang

Annapurna Circuit Route Variations

If you have much time or your holiday permits, you might want to consider the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Chhiring Sherpa

Chhiring Sherpa

“I was born and raised in Nepal, nearby Everest region. I am proud to be a native Sherpa, and I have been a Mountain guide over a decade now. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”