The world-famous and longest trekking route in the Annapurna Region is well known as Annapurna Circuit Trek. During the best time for the Annapurna Circuit Journey, every traveller is captivated by the stunning Himalayan scenery, delightful landscapes, and lively cultural encounters.

If you're an adventure seeker or an enthusiastic traveller, adopting the best season for Annapurna Circuit Trekking can absolutely magnify your experience and make it for a lifetime.

However, the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail bestows trekking opportunities all around the year. The Annapurna Circuit Trail ideal seasons considered Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to early December), when the ambience is most commending.

At the preferable time, enjoy the Annapurna Circuit Trek Routes embellished with the blooming rhododendron flowers, luxuriant greenery forests, varied wild species, clear gleaming Himalayan Vistas and gentle walk into the smooth Himalayan Terrain

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Best time for the trek to the Annapurna Circuit

Mostly, the travellers desire to experience something new and extraordinary so here we present the thrilling journey of Annapurna Circuit. Trekking in the entire Annapurna regionwill be a great opportunity to add charms to your life with amazing natural beauties, challenging passes and diversified terrains. But the best time for Annapurna Circuit Trekking will enhance your experience even more as it is throughout the Springseason (March to May) and Autumnseason (September to early December).

Spring Seasons – The weather during this time will be warmer, with extended days and a gratifying alternative to the busy seasons. Walk in the trail filled with colourful rhododendron forests with a clear sky, and later on marvel at the glorious Himalayan sights of the Annapurna Ranges.

Autumn Seasons – This time in the Himalayan region, considered the ideal time to embark on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The monsoon has brought clarity to the air, rendering trails free of dust. It's now the peak trekking season, will be bustling with activity. Enjoy the great weather conditions to walk through the mesmerizing path and experience clear mountain vistas.

Winter and Monsoon Seasons - The Annapurna Circuit Trekcan be all year round but the above-mentioned time is the best to undertake if you’re planning to experience your holiday. During the Monsoon and winter, the weather will be freezing cold and the trail will be wet and slippery which upgrade the challenge level to the extreme. With a lot of preparation, the trek can be completed successfully. But we do not advise you to plan during this time.

Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks listed as the moderately level of difficult trek in Nepal.  As the trail takes you up to 5416 meters (crossing thrilling Thorong La Pass) – the major highlighting points tackling with various steep ascend and descend. Anyone can undertake the trek to the Annapurna region with great physical fitness and prior experiences.

Trekkers must prolong their continuous energy level, persist long walking hours and advisedly encompassing rest days for acclimatization.  As the trek is considered demanding before embarking on the Annapurna trekking engaging in pre-training activities such as cardiovascular exercises, leg strengthening and hiking helps to intercept the physical demands of the circuit luckily.  

Regardless of the challenges, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a stunningly gratifying adventure in the history of Nepal. Experience the unique cultures, traditions and lifestyles also relishing on gleaming sights of mountains. Embrace the challenge and endeavour to surpass your limits!

Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek's cost may vary based on various factors. Normally, the time you undertake the trek, the duration of the trek and the accommodation you wisely choose to stay. Additionally, the cost fluctuates whether you hire a guide or a porter.

Typically, optimal times for trekking the Annapurna Circuit are in Spring and Autumn. As it is the peak season, it may result in higher trekking costs. As well, the total duration you offered on the trek amplifies the cost. Within the journey of 17-24 days Annapurna Circuit, the cost ranges from $1600-$2800 per person. It may decline as the individual preferences if chooses for shorter trek to Annapurna Base Camp Trek,the cost ranges from $800-$1000 per person.

Moreover, the accommodation in the Annapurna region you choose to stay in also adds up to the actual cost. Along the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you may encounter basic teahouses to luxurious lodges, due to this the cost may differ. Teahouses normally run from $15 to $20 per night, whereas lodges can run from $20 and $100 per night.

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 The Annapurna Circuit trek packing list:

Here is the important packing list for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Look out on the listing and follow before embarking on this adventure-filled journey.

Head Wear

  • Warm insulated winter hat / Woolen hat
  • Sun hat / Wide-brimmed hat
  • Scarf

Face/body care items

  • Sunscreen with SPF (50+++)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Wet wipes for cleansing
  • Moisturizer lotion for face/body
  • Lip balm

Hand Wear

  • Liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves

Body Wear

  • Hiking shirts
  • Full-sleeved thermal undershirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hooded rain jacket
  • Down jacket (thick down jacket for winter treks)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Synthetic material hiking pants
  • Thermal Pants
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Lightweight cotton pants

Foot Wear

  • Woollen socks
  • Lightweight shoes/scandals
  • Trekking Boots

Trekking gear

  • Backpack
  • Day pack for basics
  • Rain covers for your bags and packs
  • Thermal water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water purification tablets or drops
  • Trekking pole
  • Crampons
  • Large plastic bags and stuff sacks

 Toiletries items

  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet papers
  • Shampoo

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Lighter
  • Pocket knife

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • LED Headlamp × 2 and spare batteries
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport Travel insurance documents
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Personal entertainment
  • Binoculars
  • International electrical adapter

Note: The weight of your luggage is limited to up to 9 kg, so, we counsel you to carry only limited &most important items. In case you have to carry above 9 kg, hiring a porter is a greater option to enjoy trouble trouble-free journey.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Sickness

Trekking in the higher altitude Annapurna region mainly occurs altitude sickness problems. Preparing yourself is the main motivation to complete any trek easily. The trek gradually takes up to the elevation of 5416m before achieving it, make sure to acclimatize your body as the body demands and stay hydrated all the time. It will help you unconditionally.

If the symptoms like Headache, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Dehydration and Lack of Sleeplessness occurred to you during the trek.  Without hesitating to ensure your safety inform our guides and they’ll help to minimize it in certain terms and conditions. Your guides will be very well informed about altitude and can be an essential source.

Here are some tips to prevent altitude sickness during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Ascend Gradually and Acclimatize properly.
  • Avoid alcohol and hefty exercises above (2500 meters/8000ft).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated all the time.
  • Carry a Diamox, an altitude medication.
  • Eat nutritious food and look after your health.

Note: Follow the above-mentioned tips and make your journey easier to access.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Accommodation

Annapurna Circuit Route offers different variety of accommodations from basic teahouses to luxurious lodges, where the adventurer can find an option according to their budget and preferences. After an exhausting walk, resting and revitalizing your body is a must so choose upon your liking.

Normally, the stay everyone will intake during the trek is in teahouses which provide basic facilities to our trekkers. Twin sharing bed, warm blankets, a comfy bed and basic furniture, shared bathrooms. This is the best option you’ll get on a limited budget.

But if individuals seeking extra comfort with luxury services like WIFI, private bathroom, Hot shower, private bathroom and more, inform them before booking. The cost will be more expensive.

During the peak seasons, it will be difficult to find basic teahouses as well. So, if you are searching for better accommodation services then book it in advance before 3 months. You can rely on the services easily.

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Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek promises a memorable adventure. Though it presents challenges, the rewards it proffers are beyond expectations amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Nepalese Himalayas. By carefully planning and preparing, you can ensure a successful journey.
So why delay any further? Start arranging your Annapurna Circuit trek today and grab the opportunity for an incredible experience.

Annapurna base camp trek FAQS

1. When is the best time for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Ideal months are October and November in autumn and March to May during spring.

2. What permits are needed for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card are required.

3. How difficult is the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Moderately challenging; suitable for those with regular physical fitness.

4. How long does the Annapurna Circuit trek take?

Approximately 15 to 20 days, depending on the route and pace.

5. What is the accommodation like on the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Teahouses and basic guesthouses along the route.

6. What should I pack for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Layered clothing, waterproof gear, trekking boots, and essentials.

7. Do I need a guide and porter for the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Not mandatory but highly recommended for a smoother experience.

8. Are emergency services available during the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Yes, emergency services are accessible, and travel insurance is crucial for evacuation coverage.


Ram Sharan Adhikari is the Managing Director of Eternal Himalaya Adventures Pvt. Ltd., a trekking and tour operator based in Kathmandu, Nepal, specializing in hiking and climbing adventures in the Himalayas.

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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!