Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a reasonable trek for everyone. It is cost friendlier and more accessible in comparison to other classic trekking routes. Your money invested for this trek will give you the best trekking experience.
The entire ABC trek cost comes under a reasonable budget, making it accessible to people of all field of life.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a marvelous excursion for those who are seeking for a variety in the trekking experiences.
During the trek, you will be able to witness the beauty of nature and culture, well mixed up. The variety of flora and fauna will make you feel welcomed into the paradise of the Annapurna region.
The mix of the mountain vistas, traditional mountain village life, and thick rhododendron forests will melt your heart. A trek to the Annapurna Base Camp is something you will cherish all your life.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost
Well, there are several factors like the duration of the trek, daily expenses and so on that affect your ABC trek cost. Allow us to usher you through some of the major contributing factors of Annapurna Base Camp trek cost.
Cost for Guide and Porter
Annapurna Base Camp is quite moderate and accessible to all those who want to spend some time in nature. However, having a professional trekking guide will make your journey even easier and convenient.
Let me tell you how you will benefit from this.
You will have to take permits to enter into the trekking area, find good and comfortable tea houses. Of course, you can do these on your own too, but these things can come into the way of your fun and adventure.
Leave these things to the guide.
Plus, there are chances you might have an accident or get mountain sickness. Thus, we highly recommend you to have a professional guide and be on the safer side.
The cost is about USD 20 to 30 per day including the guide’s food, accommodation, and insurance to hire a professional guide.
The price of hiring a porter is around USD 20 to 25 per day, for carrying around 15 kg per day.
Accommodation Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The most popular trekking routes of Nepal like the Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek have tea houses on the way. These tea houses provide food and accommodations.
And, the price of these tea houses varies according to the remoteness and altitude of the place, along with the standard of the room and its services.
The standard and services of these tea houses have remarkably improved in the past few years. These growing tea houses have made trekking more convenient. The trekkers no more have to carry the burden of food tent and so on.
Such tea houses are available at every step. However, you need to keep in mind that single rooms might not be as easily available in higher altitudes as in Kathmandu or lower elevations.
The accommodation fees can cost you from USD 3 to 5 per night.
Meals Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You no longer have to carry your own food as there are tea houses available at every step.
While on your journey into the mountains, you can enjoy the best local Nepalese food.
You can even enjoy local mountain cuisines and other cuisines such as Indian, Italian, and Continental.
You can choose your food preferences from the food menu available there. Likewise, you can also get selected farewell dinners. You can enjoy your breakfast and dinner at the same tea house where you stay at night.
You can eat your lunch at the next destination that you move to, after breakfast. Normally it can cost you up to USD 3 to 5 per meal on a daily basis. Of course, this price can vary according to your choice of appetite.
The Annapurna Region is well established in terms of tourist structure. Therefore, you can enjoy a variety of food at lower prices as compared to the Everest Region.
Transport Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts in Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. This means that the prices will be inclusive of airplane tickets, private vehicle, and tourist bus.
We will pick you up and drop you to the airport by our private care, van or bus.
It can cost you around USD 7 to 10 if you opt to take a bus to Pokhara. You will reach there in seven hours by bus. Likewise, a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara can cost you up to 80 dollars, depending upon the season you are in Nepal.
You will either drive or fly to Pokhara, from where you will drive to Nayapul. From here, you will walk all the way to your destination.
Permits Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
It is mandatory for you to have a permit to enter into the Annapurna Conservation Range.
You need two kinds of permits, the TIMS (Trekking Intelligent Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).
You can get these permits from Pokhara or from Nayapul.
If you are a solo trekker, it will cost you about USD 20 for the green TIMS card. Likewise, if you are in a group, it will cost you about USD 10 per person for the blue TIMS card.
You can apply for the permit with two passport size photographs. For SAARC nationals, the permit fee is NRs 200. For those who are not SAARC nationals, the permit fee is NRs 2000.
The permit will be valid for single entry only. You must carry it with you throughout and show it to the concerned people at the checkpoints. The permit is non-transferable and non-refundable.
While preparing your ABC trek cost, you must consider other costs in your budget too, other than the mentioned ones.
Charger for your gadgets
For your own convenience, you would want to have a portable solar battery charger or power bank.
These will come handy when you need to charge your electronic gadgets such as a camera, mobile phone etc. It can cost up to a few dollars in the meantime.
You might have to pay for charging your electrical equipments at the tea houses. They will charge you about $3-5 per hour.
Likewise, trekkers should carry a good sleeping bag. In the lodges at the lower elevations, you can get good and warm blankets.
However, as you ascend higher, there is a lesser number of lodges. Your sleeping bag will come handy in such situations. Instead of buying all the equipments, you can hire them in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
You will be paying about $5-10 for it.
While on your trek, you might not be able to take a full bath or shower every day. It is not even practical to get a shower on a regular basis. You can also use wet wipes. These are handy.
But if you choose to take showers, you can ask for a bucket of hot water. This will be available for about $1-3 for a bucket.
Also, you might have to pay a small amount of money for a flask of hot drinking water. It may cost about $1-3 for it too.
Tips for the guides and porters
Concerning the guides and porters, they generally expect some tips for the service. Even though it is not mandatory, you might feel like thanking them for their service.
Thus, you should prepare yourself for these additional costs that may come along the way. Since you will be in remote and higher altitudes for a long time, preparedness is what makes your trek the most comfortable.
An amount of $3 — $5 per day for your guides and US $2 — $4 per day for porters a normal rate.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Route and Difficulty
There are several trekking routes to the Annapurna Base Camp which also affect your ABC trek cost. You can choose the desired package. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 14 Days and Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 7 Days are some examples.
Definitely, the number of days you choose will add in to making your treks easier or difficult. It also affects the cost in a long run.
If you choose a longer package, it will be a lot less difficult. But as the number of days increases, it will be a bit on the pricer side and will increase the Annapurna Base Camp trek cost.
Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal is a lifetime experience for anyone who wants to make the journey. So, anyone would want to make this journey memorable, convenient and accessible at the same time.
Thus, you will have to plan according to your budget.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek cost depends mostly on your choice of facilities and standards of food and accommodations.
Also, the costs depend upon the route that you are willing to take. The guides and porters might seem like an extra charge at first. But, for your safety and other conveniences throughout the journey, they are worth the pay.
If you want to know the details of the trekking packages, or if you have queries, please feel free to contact us. Our experts are ready to help you.