Both Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are the iconic trek and world-famous trek nestled in the glorious Annapurna Region, an authentic tribute to the splendour of the natural world as it allows trekkers to revel in the awe-inspiring scenery of gigantic mountains and delve into the rich tapestry of ancient cultures.

Many trekkers are eager to discern the difference between Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek, here we clarify that although both traverse the same region, but follow distinct routes. The Annapurna Circuit route encircles the entire Annapurna Massif, as well the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC trek), also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, escorts you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna soaring at (8091 meters) above sea level from which climbing odyssey setting about on their journey to conquer the Annapurna summit.

The two treks Annapurna Circuit and ABC are undoubtedly spectacular and offer enjoyable journeys through delighting landscapes, the backdrop of Himalayan Scenery, varied flora and fauna, luxuriant rhododendron forests, charming Gurung settlements and set during magnificent lofty snow-covered peaks.

Find the actual differences and ease yourself to choose the trekking which is in your search list for a very long time. Both trekking in Annapurna Region boldly unveils their distinctive features and captivating experiences, assuring a memorable journey of a lifetime.

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Trekking Duration of Annapurna Base Camp v/s Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

In comparison, Annapurna Circuit Treks is a long-duration trek and the most challenging trek in Nepal. Covering the entire route of Annapurna Massif, the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes 16-17 days, if including the Tilicho Lake route the duration will be 18-24 days. It’s surely the adventure of a lifetime and an enchanting experience in the Himalayan Wilderness. It would be an ideal option if the adventurer is looking for thrilling as well as longer adventurous treks.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a mostly world-renowned trek that can be done in a short period. The journey takes 10-12 days. Also, can be tailored for 8-10 days acc. to the traveller’s preferences and stamina. If you desire just to be in the mesmerizing Himalayan Landscape experience once in a time and don’t have access time then ABC Trek is the perfect we would like to offer for a remarkable experience.

Hiking Distance of Annapurna Base Camp v/s Trek Annapurna Circuit Trek

The classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail covers a distance of 230km (143miles) as it is considered the longest trekking route also varies depending on the route opted for and various side trips, while the ABC Trek covers a distance of 110km (68miles), also may differ by the itinerary you customized for a shorter time or more long time.

Both treks provide an amazing vista of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges which amazes every trekker around the globe.

The Difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek v/s Annapurna Circuit Trek

Concerning the difficulty level, both ABC and Annapurna Circuit Trek are moderately challenging treks but an attainable trek in history for beginners and adventure seekers. However, ABC Trekking is much easier than Annapurna Circuit Trekking as the distance and duration are less and feasible.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek presents a moderate challenge for trekkers. Its main difficulty occurs as the altitude increases, with the trail ascending to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) at its peak. Such elevation motives a high chance of altitude sickness, an undoubtedly serious medical problem. Adequate acclimatization to the altitude is crucial to prevent altitude sickness and also guarantees a safe trekking experience. Acclimatization can be ideally amalgamated into the trekking periods, eliminating the need for extra time especially allotted for this purpose.

The Annapurna Circuit trek presents a significant challenge. Its main difficulty occurs in the length, spanning about 230 kilometres (143 miles) and generally requiring 18-24 days to conclude. Also, the trek offers a thrilling adventure to cross the highest point of Circuit Trek Thorong La Pass (5416m), The main part to be conquered is the highest pass in the Annapurna Region. Embarking on this trek demands physical toleration, with extended periods of trekking every day. Enough preparation is essential to intercept the difficulty of this adventure.

Both treks traverse through a rugged trail, bumpy terrains, stone stairs, and steep ascends and descends, So the individuals should be physically and mentally fit. Need stamina to tackle the difficulties that occur in any situation. Generally, those treks require 6- 7 hours of walks every day. Make sure to be prepared before 3 months if you are assured of any treks in Nepal. Do some exercises that help to tighten and strengthen your muscles.

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Natural Beauty and Terrain of Annapurna Base Camp Trek v/s Annapurna Circuit Trek

There would be no comparison in the case of Natural beauty and Terrain in both treks. The two treks offer incredible close-up Himalayan views and set you in awe-inspiring Himalayan terrain that everyone desires once to be in. Both are equally majestic treks that will leave an indelible mark on everyone's heart and soul.

From the base camp of Mount Annapurna, marvel at the breathtaking sights of some of the world's highest mountains, including Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m), Lamjung (6983m), Mardi Himal (5587m), many more. Not only the Annapurna base camp also leads you to the base camps of Mt. Fishtail or Machhapuchhre. From diversified landscapes, lush forests, alpine meadows, high-altitude deserts and to the Mount Annapurna Base Camp, the journey is full of adventures, scenery, and cultural and natural wonders.

The trek to Annapurna Circuit is a stunning blending of daring landscape, cultural richness and natural grandeurs which makes it a great choice for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts all over the globe. Awe -inspired yourself with glorious mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Mount Manaslu, Lamjung, the Annapurna, the Dhaulagiri, and many more as well as learn about the alien Nepali, Tibetan, and Trans-Himalayan cultures of the Annapurna region.

Cultural Experiences along the ABC and Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is not only well known for its natural beauty but also the culturally enriched local inhabitants which leave an amazing lasting impression to our visitors. As it is home to various range of ethnic groups such as Gurung and Magar inhabitants. That group grants unique languages, customs and traditions.

Both treks offer the same cultural encounters and same experience along with the locals whether they preserving their ancient cultures. Get an immense opportunity to interact with them while staying and learning about their cultures, traditions, customs and mountainous lifestyle.

Know how the locals have adjusted to the harsh mountain environment and have developed a viable way of life. Assuredly, after getting complete insights into the cultures, trekkers will gain a greater appreciation for the natural world. Lastly, don’t miss out on the chance to savour the delicious typical Nepali cuisine items like Dal Bhat, Momos, and other Gurung and Thakali staples.


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Higher Elevation during ABC v/s Annapurna Circuit Trek

Generally, ABC Trekking takes you up to the maximum elevation of 4130m as this trek is less demanding compared to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail. For beginners, the trek might be difficult to complete but it can be attainable with adequate rest days that are already scheduled in the packages. If the adventurer has prior experience, it would be the easiest trek that approaches for a lot more adventures.

In the case of Trekking to Annapurna Circuit, the adventurous journey thrills you with an altitude of 5416m. One of the challenging treks that surely challenge you in every step but after an accomplishment, the scenery will surely relieve the pain that you endure during the trek. Thorong La Pass is the ultimate challenge to cross in the entire trekking period. As the journey stops you at the high-altitude terrain, there is a chance of getting symptoms of altitude sickness. For the preventive measures, it’s essential to take an access rest time and maintain hydration level to upgrade the stamina power to complete the trek.

Costs Estimated for ABC and Annapurna Circuit Trek

The cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Circuit trek can differ based on several factors, including the time of year you travel, the length of your trek, the type of accommodation you choose, and whether you hire a guide and porter. It's quite clear that ABC Trek is less expensive because of the shorter duration and Annapurna Circuit Trek is quite expensive, requiring a long time to accommodate and use the services.

Generally, the cost of the Annapurna Base Camp trek is around $1,000-$ 2,000 per person, while the average cost of the Annapurna Circuit trek is around $2,300-$ 3,300 per person. Costs Include food, accommodation, and transportation. If you are hiring a guide or porter the cost of a guide or porter can vary depending on the length of your trek and the number of people in your group. A guide will typically cost around $20-$ 30 per day, while a porter will normally cost around $15-$ 20 per day.

Also, the cost of food and drinks can differ based on what you eat. A regular meal at a local restaurant will usually cost around $10-$ 15, while a more intricate meal at a tourist restaurant will usually cost around $20-$ 40.

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Permits Required and Cost for ABC and Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna trekking zone is a restricted area in Nepal so an ACAP which is an (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit) and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card is needed.

ACAP permits can be acquired by the Tourism Board of Nepal and also in Pokhara upon payment of USD 30 for individual trekkers.

TIMS Permits can be obtained in Kathmandu from the TAAN office or through the registered trekking agency. TIMS Permits cost 20 USD for individual trekkers.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit v/s Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Kathmandu drive to Besisahar and trek to Bhulbhule

Day 3: Bhulbhule Trek to Ghermu

Day 4: Ghermu Trek to Tal

Day 5: Tal Trek to Chame

Day 6: Chame Trek to Pisang

Day 7: Pisang Trek to Manang

Day 8: Acclimatization in Manang

Day 9: Manang Trek to Khangsar

Day 10: Khangsar Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake then trek to Khangsar

Day 12: Khangsar Trek to Yak Kharka

Day 13: Yak Kharka Trek to Thorung Phedi

Day 14: Phedi Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La Pass

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom

Day 16: Jomsom trek to Tukuche

Day 17: Tukuche Trek to Ghasa

Day 18: Marpha Trek to Tatopani

Day 19: Tatopani Trek to Sikha

Day 20: Sikha Trek to Ghorepani

Day 21: Visit Poon Hill and trek to Ulleri

Day 22: Ulleri trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Day 23: Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu

Day 24: Departure

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 2: Drive or fly to Pokhara.

Day 3: Drive to Siwai by bus and trek to Chhomrong.

Day 4: Trek to Bamboo. Walking 6 hours.

Day 5: Trek to Deurali. Walking 5 hours.

Day 6: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp. Walking 4/5 hours.

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo. Walking 6 hours,

Day 8: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda, walking 6 hours

Day 9: Trek to Siwai and drive back to Pokhara, 5 hours walk and 2.30 hours' drive

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu by a private vehicle for 7 hours (Option: private transport or domestic flight) |Farewell Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to airport for final departure

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The Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Circuit trek promise enthralling opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating landscapes of the wild Himalayas. Nonetheless, these two voyages dissent typically in terms of duration, challenge, and the outlook they unveil.

Ultimately, the best choice for trekkers depends on their fitness level, time constraints, and personal preferences. If you’re looking for a shorter and more accessible trek opt. for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. & if you’re searching for a challenging trek with strenuous adventure as well as scenery and have excess time to explore should opt. for the Annapurna Circuit trek.



Mr Ram Sharan Adhikari is a Managing director of Eternal Himalaya Adventure, Trekking exerts in Nepal. Eternal Himalaya provides exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal’s majestic landscape as well as Tibet, Lhasa, Mount Kailash tours and Bhutan tours. Additionally, we invite travellers to experience the beauty of Nepal Himalayas, cultural immersion, and memorable adventures. Eternal Himalaya offers high-altitude trekking, city tours, hiking, mountaineering, helicopter tours, mountain vistas, and cultural encounters to fulfil travellers’ dreams of inspection and the creation of lifetime memories. send us your feedback!