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Budget-Friendly Annapurna Circuit Trek

Affordable Annapurna circuit trek in the Central north himalaya of Nepal.

Experience the beauty of the Annapurna region on a budget-friendly trek that offers stunning views of the Annapurna massif and the surrounding peaks.

12 days Budget Annapurna Circuit trekking

The Budget-Friendly Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering stunning views of the Annapurna massif and the surrounding peaks. The trek takes about 12 days to complete and reaches an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) at Thorong La Pass.

During Budget-Friendly Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will pass through a variety of landscapes, including lush forests, rolling hills, and high-altitude meadows. You will also have the opportunity to visit remote villages and explore the local culture and traditions. Along the way, you will encounter a number of waterfalls, including the spectacular Gurung Gompa Waterfall.

The weather on the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary significantly depending on the time of year you visit. During the spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) seasons, the weather is generally warm and dry, with clear skies and good visibility. The days are pleasant and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C (50-68°F). The nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping to below freezing.

You will have the opportunity to sample local Nepali cuisine during Budget-Friendly Annapurna Circuit Trek, including dishes such as dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup), momos (dumplings), and Thukpa (noodle soup with veg.). There are also a number of guesthouses and teahouses along the route where you can purchase food and drink.

In addition to the natural beauty of the region, the Annapurna Circuit Trek also offers the chance to visit a number of historical and cultural sites, such as the Hindu temple of Muktinath, the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Tengboche, and the Gurung Museum.

To complete the Budget-Friendly Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will need to be in the good physical condition and be prepared for long days of hiking. It’s important to bring appropriate clothing and gear, including warm layers, a good quality rain jacket, and sturdy hiking boots. It’s also a good idea to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

About Mountain sickness and its Prevention: 

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common condition that can occur at high altitudes, such as during the Annapurna Circuit trek. AMS is caused by reduced levels of oxygen at high altitudes and can cause symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite. In severe cases, AMS can lead to more serious conditions such as high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be life-threatening.

To prevent AMS, it is important to follow a few simple precautions:

  • Acclimatize slowly: Allow your body time to adjust to the altitude by taking rest days and climbing slowly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Stay hydrated to help your body cope with the altitude.
  • Eat well: Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet to keep your energy levels up.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco: These substances can increase your risk of AMS.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Dress in layers to stay warm and protect yourself from the sun.
  • Use sunscreen: Protect your skin from the strong UV rays at high altitudes.
  • Know the symptoms: Be aware of the signs of AMS and seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms.

By following these precautions, you can help to reduce your risk of AMS and enjoy a safe and enjoyable trek.

Here is a suggested budget-friendly itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your budget hotel.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you can arrange for a transfer to your budget hotel. You can ask your hotel to arrange for a pickup service from the airport, or you can take a taxi or local bus to get to your hotel. It is a good idea to research and compare different hotels in advance to find a budget-friendly option that meets your needs and preferences. You should also consider the location of the hotel, as it can affect the cost of transportation and the convenience of accessing local attractions and amenities. Once you arrive at your hotel, you can check in and rest until the evening. You can then take some time to explore the local area and perhaps try some authentic Nepali food at a nearby restaurant.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960 m): 11 hours Drive.

The drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani is a long journey that takes about 11 hours by road. Dharapani is a village located in the Manang District of Nepal, and it is the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit trek. To get to Dharapani from Kathmandu, you can take a local bus or hire a private vehicle. The journey takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal, including colorful villages, valleys, and forests. Along the way, you can stop to take in the sights and sounds of the countryside and perhaps meet some of the friendly local people. When you arrive in Dharapani, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Make sure to rest well and acclimatize to the altitude, as you will be starting your trek the next day.

Day 03: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,635 m): 5 hours walk.

On the third day of your Annapurna Circuit trek, you will start your journey from Dharapani and walk to Chame. The trek from Dharapani to Chame takes about 5 hours and involves a moderate level of difficulty. You will follow the popular trail that ascends through the forest of fir trees and along the riverside. As you walk, you will be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Annapurna mountain range. You may also encounter local houses and villages along the way. When you reach Chame, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Make sure to stay hydrated and well-fed, as you will need to fuel your body for the next leg of the trek.

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300 m): 5 hours walk.

The treks from Chame to Pisang is a 5-hour journey that takes you through beautiful natural woodlands and offers stunning views of the Pisang peak and the Annapurna range. As you walk, you will pass through countryside landscapes and virgin forests, and you may have the opportunity to meet local people and learn about their culture and way of life. The trek involves a moderate level of difficulty and involves some uphill climbing, so make sure to pace yourself and take regular breaks as needed. When you reach Pisang, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. It is a good idea to rest well and prepare for the next leg of the trek. Remember to stay hydrated and eat well to keep your energy levels up.

Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,570 m): 4 hours walk.

The trek from Pisang to Manang is a 4-hour journey that takes you through the upper trekking path and gradually uphill to the Manang valley. As you walk, you will be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, including forests, rivers, valleys, and the popular high mountains. You may also encounter various natural diversities along the way. When you reach Manang, you can explore the Tibetan and Buddhist culture of the region, including the 100-year-old Gompa, which is the largest Gompa in the Manang District. You can also visit the serene Gangapurna Lake and the Glacier if you are feeling fit and adventurous. Make sure to stay hydrated and well-fed, as you will need to fuel your body for the next leg of the trek.

Day 06: Acclimatization day in Manang.

On the sixth day of your Annapurna Circuit trek, you will have an acclimatization day in Manang. Acclimatization days are an important part of any high-altitude trek, as they allow your body to adjust to the lower levels of oxygen at higher elevations. During your acclimatization day in Manang, it is important to rest and take it easy. You can take short walks around the village to help your body adjust to the altitude but avoid any strenuous activities. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of fluids and eat well to stay hydrated and nourished. You can use this day to explore the local area and learn more about the culture and history of Manang. You can also visit the local monasteries and meet the friendly local people. Make sure to get a good night’s rest, as you will be starting the next leg of the trek the following day.

Day 07: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110 m):

The trek from Manang to Yak Kharka is a 3-4 hour journey that takes you through stunning landscapes and the Stream, and then uphill to Tenki, which is a popular Limbu cultural village. You will then follow the route to the northwest valley of Marsyagdi and to Jarsang Khola. The trek from Manang to Yak Kharka is relatively peaceful and has a lot of vegetation. As you walk, you will pass through yak grazing lands, lush pastures, and wilderness, and you may have the opportunity to meet local people and learn about their culture. When you reach Yak Kharka, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Make sure to rest well and prepare for the next leg of the trek. Remember to stay hydrated and eat well to keep your energy levels up.

Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600 m):

The trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi is a 3-4 hour journey that takes you through beautiful landscapes and offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. The trail is relatively easy and pleasant, and you will pass through meadows filled with horses along the way. When you reach Thorong Phedi, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Thorong Phedi is a small village that is bustling with locals, and you can learn more about their culture and way of life. Make sure to rest well and prepare for the next leg of the trek, which involves crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass. Remember to stay hydrated and eat well to keep your energy levels up.

Day 09: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m): 7 – 8 hours.

The treks from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath involves crossing the Thorong La Pass, which is a challenging and high-altitude pass located at an elevation of 5,416 meters. The trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath takes about 7-8 hours and is considered to be a strenuous day of the Annapurna Circuit trek. You will need to start early in the morning to give yourself enough time to cross the pass and reach Muktinath before nightfall. As you walk, you will be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Annapurna mountain range. You may also encounter local villages and monasteries along the way. When you reach Muktinath, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Make sure to rest well and recover from the long and challenging trek over the pass. Remember to stay hydrated and eat well to keep your energy levels up.

Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 m): 5 hours walk.

The trek from Muktinath to Jomsom is a 5-hour journey that takes you through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. As you walk, you will be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Annapurna mountain range and the Dhaulagiri massif. You may also encounter local villages and monasteries along the way. When you reach Jomsom, you can check into a guesthouse or lodge for the night. Jomsom is a popular destination in the Annapurna region and is known for its beautiful views and apple orchards. You can explore the local area and learn more about the culture and history of Jomsom. Make sure to rest well and prepare for the next leg of the trek, which involves flying back to Pokhara. Remember to stay hydrated and eat well to keep your energy levels up.

Day 11: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to your budget hotel.

After completing the trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, you can fly back to Pokhara, which is a popular tourist destination in Nepal known for its natural beauty and outdoor adventure activities. The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 20-30 minutes and offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range and the surrounding landscapes. You can book your flight in advance through a local travel agency or at the airport. When you arrive in Pokhara, you can transfer to your hotel or guesthouse and take some time to rest and relax. Pokhara is a beautiful city with many attractions and activities to enjoy, such as boating on Phewa Lake, visiting the International Mountain Museum, and paragliding over the Annapurna range. Make sure to take some time to explore the city and experience the local culture.

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours.

After spending some time in Pokhara, you can drive back to Kathmandu, which is the capital city of Nepal. The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about 6-7 hours by road and offers beautiful views of the countryside, including forests, rivers, and terraced rice fields. You can take a local bus or hire a private vehicle for the journey. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you can transfer to your hotel or guesthouse and take some time to rest and relax. Kathmandu is a vibrant and bustling city with many attractions and activities to enjoy, such as visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. You can also try some authentic Nepali food and shop for souvenirs at the local markets. Make sure to take some time to explore the city and experience the local culture before you depart.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu.

After completing your Annapurna Circuit trek and spending some time in Kathmandu, it is time to depart for your next destination. You can arrange for a transfer from your hotel to the airport or bus station, depending on your mode of transportation. Make sure to check in for your flight or bus on time and have all of your documents ready. It is also a good idea to double-check your luggage and make sure that you have everything you need for your journey. When you are ready to depart, say goodbye to Nepal and all of the amazing experiences and memories that you have made during your trip. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to return to Nepal in the future and explore more of its beautiful landscapes and rich culture.

What is included
  • Airport pickups and drops by private Car/Jeep/Van,
  • 3-night Hotel in Kathmandu,
  • ACAP Entrance Permits,
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek,
  • Tea House & Lodge Accommodation during trekking,
  • One night hotel in Pokhara after successful circuit trek,
  • An Experienced Mountain Guide,
  • One Porter for two trekkers,
  • All Expenses of Guide and Porter,
  • Transportation Bus/ domestic Plane,
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card,
  • Horse/Pony management during the trek if needed (paid by your, self),
  • Helicopter emergency flight management,
  • Domestic flight from/to Jomsom.

 

What is not included
  • Lunch and dinner in City,
  • Your travel insurance,
  • Sightseeing & entry fees,
  • Any expense of personal nature,
  • Any kinds of  personal expenses,
  • Extra Foods and drinks,
  • All the alcoholic Non-alcoholic Drinks,
  • Tip for trekking & tour Guide, Porter & Driver, it is expected.
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Here are some frequently asked questions about budget-friendly Annapurna Circuit treks:

How much does the Annapurna Circuit trek cost?

The cost of the Annapurna Circuit trek can vary depending on factors such as the length of the trek, the time of year, and the type of accommodation and transportation you choose. On a budget, you can expect to pay around $500-$1000 for a 12-21 day trek.

How do I get to the Annapurna Circuit trek starting point?

The Annapurna Circuit trek typically begins in Besishahar, which can be reached by bus or private vehicle from Kathmandu.

Can I do the Annapurna Circuit trek independently?

It is possible to do the Annapurna Circuit trek independently, but it can be more challenging as you will need to arrange your own transportation, accommodation, and permits. Hiring a local trekking agency or guide can make the process easier and more budget-friendly.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Pack essentials such as sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, a rain jacket, a hat and gloves, and a first aid kit. You may also want to bring a camping stove, a water purification system, and non-perishable food items.

How physically demanding is the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The Annapurna Circuit trek involves long days of hiking over rugged terrain and at high altitudes, so it is physically demanding. It is important to be in good physical shape and properly acclimatized before embarking on the trek.

How much does it cost to hire a guide or porter for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The cost of hiring a guide or porter can vary, but you can expect to pay around $20-$30 per day for a porter and $30-$40 per day for a guide.

Is it safe to trek the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit is generally considered safe to trek, but it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and to follow the advice of your guide. Make sure to take necessary precautions such as carrying a first aid kit and getting travel insurance.

Can I use my phone or access the internet while on the Annapurna Circuit trek?

It is possible to use your phone or access the internet while on the Annapurna Circuit trek, but signal strength and availability can be limited in certain areas.

What is the best time of year to do the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek depends on your preferences. The trekking season runs from September to November and from March to May, with October and April being the busiest months. The off-season can also be a good time to trek, as it is less crowded and prices may be lower.0

Can I bring my own camping gear on the Annapurna Circuit trek?

It is possible to bring your own camping gear on the Annapurna Circuit trek, but it can be more convenient to rent gear in Kathmandu or hire a porter to carry it for you.

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