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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek


Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Best Month:

Sep to Nov & March to May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Trip Grade:

Moderate/ Challenging





Group Size:



Annapurna Region of Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 17 Days 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable adventure, offering an attractive blend of awesome landscapes, traditional villages, and unique cultural experiences. It is truly a trek of a lifetime, leaving trekkers in awe of the incredible diversity found within the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

One of most iconic trek in Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a circular trek where the concluding point is different from the starting point. On your way to trail, you will traverse through a completely contrasting landscapes having lush subtropical and alpine forest of mixed rhododendron and oak. Further, the quaint village nestled amidst of verdant and semi-barren land adds up the beauty of the trek.

Annapurna Circuit trek is one most well-known and busiest trek in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit route varies between 160km to 230km depending on where the transportation is used and trek ends. Annapurna section is 55km long with Kali Gandkai Gorge in the west, Marshyangdi River to the north and Pokhara valley to the south. The enchanting view of 16 peaks above 6,000m, 13 peaks above 7,000m and one peak above 8,000m fascinates the trek.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 12 day’s itinerary is designed for those who are ready to experience the highland adventure and challenge but limited by time. The trail traverses through Marsyangdi valley to the north of Himalaya ranges and crosses Thorung La Pass (5,416m) to descend into dramatic semi-barren land of the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley. Moreover, the trail goes through the isolated hamlets of Gurungs, Manangis and Thakalis and also passes through many temples and monasteries. For more adventure, you can join the side trip and excursion of the place like Manang, Muktinath and Jomsom.

Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done in fully tea house mode.  This is moderate trek ideal for passionate walkers who have capability to walk for 6/7 hours a day. The best season for Annapurna circuit trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights 

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) – Worthy about  huge variety of landscapes, green and sub-tropical forest, valley, hills and wild life  
  • Magnificent view of Annapurna Mountain Range includes Annapurna I (8,091m) - 10th highest mountains in the world.
  • Thorong-la Pass (5,416m) - highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Tilicho Lake (4,918m) side trip required - highest lake in the world
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge – Deepest gorge in the world (between the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) 
  • Muktinath Temple – popular shrines of Hindus and Buddhist in one compound
  • Tatopani- Natural hot spring 
  •  Poon Hill – panoramic view point of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu ranges 
  • Beautiful ethnic group settlements – Gurung, Magar Thakali, Mananges, etc

Why Choose the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. Choosing this route offers a multitude of highlights and advantages  because this trek takes you through incredible places and offers opportunities to observe unique mountain vistas, wonderful landscapes, rivers, streams, beautiful terraced rice fields, green forests, wildlife, local villages with their lifestyles and religions, popular old monasteries, glaciers, and glacial lakes.

The trek allows you to circle the Massif Mountains, including Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m) and other snow-capped peaks. Reaching altitudes higher than 5000 meters, you'll see impressive deep gorges and can relax in natural hot springs. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trip, but the sense of accomplishment will leave even the most experienced trekkers with outstanding memories

Why Annapurna Circuit Trek with us (High Pass Adventure)?

Choosing High Pass Adventure Trek for your Annapurna Circuit Trek is an important decision because it offers several benefits, ensuring a memorable and rewarding experience with a focus on safety, quality, and customer satisfaction.

Local Expertise: High Pass Adventure Treks is based in Nepal, and our team consists of experienced guides and staff who are familiar with the region, its culture, and the trekking routes. This local expertise ensures a more authentic and enjoyable experience for our clients.

Safety and Support: Your safety is our top priority. We provide experienced guides, well-planned itineraries, and support staff to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable trekking experience. We also have emergency protocols in place.

Experienced Guides: High Pass Adventure Treks likely provide experienced guides who are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and altitude challenges of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Having a knowledgeable guide will greatly enhance your trekking experience and ensure your safety.

Customizable Itineraries: We offer customizable itineraries to suit your preferences and fitness levels. Whether you want a shorter trek or wish to include side trips and additional activities, we can tailor the itinerary to meet your needs.

Quality Services: We provide quality services, including accommodation, meals, and transportation, to ensure that you have a comfortable trekking experience. We also prioritize environmental sustainability and responsible tourism practices.

Small Group Sizes: We believe in providing personalized experiences, which is why we limit our group sizes. This allows for better interaction with your guide and a more intimate experience of the trek.

Competitive Pricing: We offer competitive pricing for our treks, ensuring that you get value for your money. Our pricing includes all necessary permits, fees, accommodation, meals, and transportation during the trek.

Customer Reviews: Reading reviews and testimonials from previous clients can provide valuable insights into the quality of service offered by High Pass Adventure Treks. Positive reviews, especially from trekkers who have completed the Annapurna Circuit Trek, can help you measure their reliability and professionalism.

Support Services: High Pass Adventure also offer additional support services such as airport transfers, accommodation bookings, and permit arrangements, making the logistics of your trek hassle-free.

How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate to challenging trek, requiring approximately 6 to 7 hours of walking per day with gradually increasing altitude and descent from the top of Throng-La Pass (5416 m). If you are planning your first trek in Nepal, this is a perfect choice, but it is essential to be physically and mentally fit to reach the altitude of 5416 meters.

The trek begins at an altitude of 1150 meters in Syange, where you will spend your first night, and reaches 5416 meters at the top of Throng-La Pass. The trek circles the Annapurna Mountain range, including the 10th highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I (8091m), making it a challenging endeavor.

While the trek is not easy, some parts of the trail are moderately tough with narrow slopes and rocky paths. The landscape varies from local villages and agricultural farmland to subtropical forests, waterfalls, and lush green forests rich in flora and fauna.

Despite its difficulty, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is achievable for trekkers of every level, requiring strong courage and determination to complete. The sense of accomplishment upon reaching the top of Throng-La Pass makes the journey worthwhile.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Welcome Dinner

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, which are 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable private vehicles before a walk tour of these sites. There are interesting tours full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and the culture of people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.


You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few town, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Syange.   

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / tea House

We will trek to Darapani village from Syange which takes up about 6/7 hours. The trekking trail heads gently up through Jagat, Chyamje and Taal Village as well as crossing a couple of suspension bridges. We can find many hotels and restaurants for the rest along the trail.  

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today is a beautiful trekking day to get Chame. You are hiking gently up to Danaqu and ascending through pine and rhododendron forest towards Timang. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu. After crossing Timang, Thanchok, and Koto you reached the Chame.  Chame is Headquarter of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks as well as roads connected from Besisahar.  

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathand and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal along with the rays of sun over the peak, Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and others snow peaks and hills as well as cross some suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Today there are two options to get to Manang one is the lower trail, and another is the upper trail. Lower trail is already road constructed so your guide leads to the upper trail. Upper trail is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal.  

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today is a rest day to acclimatize at Manang because you are above 3500 meters. It is necessary for all trekkers before climbing further. There are many places to visit such as ice lake, Gangapurna lake, few caves etc.  You can make a short hike around the village or hike up to an ice lake to increase altitude to cross Thorong la pass. From Manang, you will see splendid views of Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other mountains. 

Today is quite a short day but you feel difficulty due to high altitude. The trekking trail is ascending up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village. We left the Marsyangdi valley and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You hike further up to reach Yak Kharka. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass, and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual, and walking is easy, slow and takes a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today is exciting, long and difficulty day as well as cross the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   descends on the other side and makes way into the Mustang district. After long way descend, we get first teahouse in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues descend to Muktinath. Muktinath is famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

There is a continuous road connected to Tatopani and enough public buses available. So, you will take a bus or private jeep to Tatopani through Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Kobang, Kalopani, Ruptse Chahara and Dana. The road is a bit scary, dusty and bumpy. After arriving at Tatopani, you will take a hot bath in a natural hot spring, and you feel relaxed after a long trek and drive. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today it is long ascending to reach Ghorepani. The trekking starts after breakfast and a short descent to Suspension bridge on Kali Gandaki River. After crossing the bridge, the trail continues to ascend to Sikha Village through Beautiful Magar and Gurung Village. Sikha has few Teahouses to accommodate the trekkers who stop here overnight. You will have lunch there and trek leading up to Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

Today is another exciting day of the trek, so all trekkers will have to wake up and walk to Poon Hill (3210 m) for a sunrise view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. This morning, you only take a small bag filled with a bottle of water, an energy bar, camera some local currency. Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill is takes hours and half and trekking trail is stone made steps through the small forest.  After incredible time at Poon Hill, recently back to Ghorepani for Breakfast. After breakfast, the trekking journey continues back to Nayapul through Banthanti, Ulleri, Hile, Birethanti and Nayapul to catch vehicles for driving to Pokhara. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Hotel / Lodge / Tea House

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. 

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops (domestic / International)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar by bus/Jeep
  • Private vehicles Nayapul-Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel

  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

Route Map

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It means a lot to choose High Pass Adventure because of our many years of experience operating the trekking in Nepal with best service to clients. Our guides also provide the best service and they bring friendship, fun, convenience, adventure, and most importantly safety. We have clear transparency for the cost with service.We have a 99% success rate from all trips in Nepal, and many repeat clients. 

Booking and payment process for the trek is a very easy system with us. After choosing the trip, please click the booking form for the final trip booking and reserve the trip date.  The payment process requires you to deposit 15% of the full trip cost in advance by bank transfer or western union  and the remaining cost you can pay after arriving in Kathmandu. 

If you want to cancel the trip and refund the advanced fund, these policies are very clear and simple. First, you have to send us an email about trip cancellation and then we process the cancellation of your hotel, transport and guide. About the refunds, 15% of the advance deposit that was your booking confirms the trip, it will be considered a cancellation fee. This fund will be difficult to resend back. That's why, you can postpone the trip to a later date or recommend to others friends or family to use this fund. 

Yes, you can pay by either credit card, bank transfer,  or cash.  We recommend you to pay in cash for the remaining trip balance because the payment by credit card charges you 4 % extra service charge by bank. 

Yes, you can easily get an arrival visa at the airport but you have to fill up the online visa form before arriving at the entry point with all your information. You have to have a valid passport for six months and need 3 / 4 PP size pictures and they accept  the following currency such as Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen to pay the visa charge. The visa charge is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $125 for 90 days.  For all information click this our website. 

After issuing the Nepal visa, you will exit the airport terminal building. There will be our staff holding your name and our company name (High Pass Adventure) on the display board. You can easily find him and he will welcome you. Then, he will be guiding you to bring the hotel by private vehicle and help you check in. 
If incase you don’t find him or get any difficult, you can make a call in these numbers, +9779-841142217 (Purna), +977-9841044533 (Sundar) or +977- 9851132128 (Ganesh). We can immediately help you as soon as possible. 
Please be aware of unknown people because they may offer to help you with your luggage or transportation and charge high costs. So, be careful with them and wait for our staff to pick you up. 

There are many types of hotels around Thamel in Kathmandu. We will arrange the best accommodation as per your requirements.  Or, we can suggest you with a selection of luxurious hotel options to choose from you and assist to reserve the accommodation. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Annapurna Circuit. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather. 

Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday for Annapurna Circuit Trek. We have also fixed the departure date to Annapurna Circuit Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  So that  we can help to create the best private itinerary on your own time frame.

The difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is moderate and challenging because you have to walk uphill to Thorong-La (5416m) and after that continue downhill to Muktinath (3800m). The trekking trails are rocky in the forest which makes it tough to walk in a few places.  Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage, high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for trekking.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and preparation to easily complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, swimming practices are beneficial in preparing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Annapurna Circuit trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. Annapurna Circuit is not safe due to rainfall in summer but very safe in winter season. At the summertime the trekking trail will be slippery and humid due to rainfall. High Pass Adventure is always with you to assist all emergencies during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Yes, you need travel insurance for Nepal trekking because it is compulsory. You have to make sure that it should cover the highest elevation of your trek for the emergency evacuation. If you need to recommend travel insurance companies, please check out the recommended list of the travel insurance companies. 

Yes, the trekking insurance of the guides and porters are necessary during the trekking in Nepal. So all staff of High Pass Adventure have life insurance for trekking in Nepal.  Furthermore, the daily wage, Meals, accommodation, insurance and required equipment cost are also included in your total cost. 

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 11 nights 12 days trip from arrival and departure date to Annapurna Circuit trekking package cost can range from USD 700 to 1200 per person.  

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, bottled water, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places. 

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 10 days to 15 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 8 hours a day during the Annapurna Circuit trek. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Annapurna Circuit Trek during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. At that period, there will be many trekkers, porters, yaks, horses, donkeys and some vehicles till Manang along the trails.  But in the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for trekking. 

5416 meters high is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's called Thorong-la pass. Which is the wonderful and  best view point of surrounding mountains in the Annapurna region. 

The weather condition of Annapurna region is dependent on different seasons.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Summer (June to August) season is not recommended for Annapurna Circuit trekking due to the rain. The rain makes walking difficult and we have to face some potential hazards.  Winter (December to February) season is a good season even though there is heavy snowfall around the higher elevation. 

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gear in Kathmandu. There are many shops offering the best price of trekking gear, sell and rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, blanket and pillow. So, we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa etc during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 


The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way of Annapurna Circuit Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the Annapurna Circuit trek but no strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your power bank to charge your mobile and camera. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Annapurna Circuit trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not enough medical facilities.
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention.
-Drink plenty of water
-Climb slowly
-Take it easy
-Do not drink alcohol
-Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
-Sleep lower elevation 
-Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 


The weight of luggage to the porter is limited and it is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but the maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Yes, all trekkers need permits to enter the Annapurna Region because the route is in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). So you have to need those permits such as Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) and ACAP entrance permits.

Yes, you need to carry your own bottle for drinking water during the Annapurna Circuit Trek because either you have to buy water or refill your bottle from a natural spring or water tap. If you want to buy drinking water, the cost increases in every higher place. So the normal cost range of the one bottle water is 100 to 500 Nepali rupees per bottle. So we recommend you to bring your own bottle to use the water purification tablets or drops for drinking water during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Guide and porter will expect the tipping and they appreciate it after receiving it.  Porter and guides are part of the hero to successfully complete the trek and your tipping is a compulsory to appreciate their service to you. 

Traveller Useful Information

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) is largest conservation area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal.  It has 7629 square Km and established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). It is bounded by the mustang in the north, Kali Gandaki River in the west, Marsyandi valley in the east and Pokhara valley is the south border. 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. The head quarter of this ACAP is Ghandruk. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek situated in Annapurna Conversation Area, so you need to buy entrance fee of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Annapurna Region except Nar Phu Valley Trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Those two permits can buy ether from registered trekking company or Tourism Board (Bhrikuti Mandap). Those two permits, you have to take yourself during the whole trek and have to show on the every check post along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. If you are going there without these trekking permits, you have to buy from there with double charge (penalty) or you may have turn back.

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is compulsory for everyone to trek in Annapurna Circuit.
  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits 
  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

Our government has instilling these two permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is second popular trekking destination in Nepal next to Everest Region Trek. There are many trekking routes and Annapurna Circuit Trek is best one of them for nature and culture with different landscaped. Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area project and local community. 

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the Annapurna region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges, so you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Annapurna Circuit trek and all trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are two main trekking season for Trekking in Nepal. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your Vacations time.

Communication in the Annapurna Region 

Annapurna region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services and internet services in the whole Annapurna region trekking area but not few places such as Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Saribung Pass trekking.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 


High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting trip in Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.


  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)


  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)


  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu


  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain an on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

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Wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trek

18th June, 2023

I met Sunder on the Annapurna circuit. It is a Good guide and very friendly. I recommend his company High Pass Adventure and again i will do trek with them. Patrick


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