Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal that takes us to the base camp to the world’s tenth highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna (8091m). Every year thousands of trekkers visit Nepal to embrace the beauty of Annapurna region.
Most of the trekkers who plans to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is usually concerned about the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost. Well, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is cost friendlier than the majority of other classical treks. The ABC cost comes under a reasonable budget which makes it accessible to any kind of a trekker. And the money you spent on this trek will reward you with a lifetime experience.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the second most famous trekking destination in Nepal after Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek takes you to the lap of the world’s tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I (8091m). During the trek, you will walk through the beautiful villages enriched with diverse culture and religion and witness the diverse landscape, rich biodiversity 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.
How much does Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost?
How much does it cost to trek to Annapurna Base Camp? Well, it is quite difficult to answer straight forward. The cost of the trek depends on various factor.
How do you want to travel? How many days do you want to spend on this trek? – it usually takes 10 to 14 days. At what time of the year are you planning to trek? – Spring (March-May) and Autumn ( September-October) are the best time to trek but are costlier during these times.
Do you buy a trekking package? If yes, who are you buying it from? a travel agent? an online agent? an international travel agency? local travel agency? local guide? Along with that what kind of trek do you want to do – all-inclusive or guide only?
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek packages usually cost around the US $900 to $1200 if you book it from a local travel agency. You can also book the package through an international travel agency, but it will cost you much more than that. As you may know, a local travel agency is an expert when it comes to trekking and can arrange the trek perfectly. So, it is better to choose a local travel agency over an international travel agency. As I already, choosing the package with a local travel agency is much cheaper and it helps the local economy as well.
If you planning to trek with a local trekking agency then please feel free to contact Peregrine Trek. We offer a 14 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek at just $1250.
However, if you are planning to trek solo then, here is the detailed breakdown of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost that you will be spending during the trek.
Permits Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking permits are the most essential paperwork that you will require while trekking in Nepal. You will require two trekking permits to trek in the Annapurna region: the TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). Here are the cost details of the Annapurna Trekking permits:
- Cost for TIMS per person:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 600; approximately US $6
- Other Countries: NPR 2000; approximately US $20
- Cost of TIMS for Group:
- SAARC Countries: NPR 300; approximately US $3
- Other Countries: NPR 1000; approximately US $10
- Cost for ACAP per person :
- SAARC Countries: NPR 200; approximately US $2
- Other countries: NPR 3000; approximately US $30
Individual trekkers, who are planning to go to trekking without joining with trekking company can purchase these trekking permits from Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu. If you are in Pokhara then, you can get them from Nepal Tourism Board Service Center in Damside or at the ACAP entry permit counter in Besisahar, Lamjung. TIMS cards can also be purchased from the TAAN Lakeside office in Santi Patan, Pokhara.
Cost for Guide and Porter
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderately difficult trek. Having a guide or a porter is not mandatory for this trek. However, having a licensed trekking guide or porter will make your trek much easier and comfortable and you can enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Having a licenced trekking guide will help you with the trekking permits, help you navigate through the trail, find food and accommodation for you. I know you must be thinking that you can do it by yourself but these things can come into the way of your fun and adventure. Plus, having a guide during the trek will keep and safe and secure.
Along with that having a porter will make your trek much easier and enjoyable as you won’t have to carry the burden of your luggage. You porter will help you carry your luggage and also helps you navigate through the route. A porter can carry up to 15 kg of weight.
The cost of guide and porter are given below:
- Cost of a guide: US $20-30 per day
- Cost of porter: US $15-20 per day
Accommodation Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular teahouse treks in Nepal. Thus, there are many teahouse and lodges along the trail that provide food and accommodations for the trekkers. The cost of the accommodation varies according to the remoteness and altitude of the place. As you go higher up, the cost of the accommodation also rises.
In the past couple of years, the standard and the services offered by the teahouse in the Annapurna regions have improved greatly. Due to this, trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is more convenient.
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 5 to $10 per night.
Meals Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
You no longer have to carry your 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 daily. 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.
Transportation Cost for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Pokhara and ends in Pokhara. Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost highly depends on the way you travel. You have two option, one is travelling via a flight or by land via a local bus or a private jeep.
If you are planning to travel through a flight then the cost of the flight differs depending on the trekking season. During the peak trekking months which are Mar-May and Sept – Nov, the flight costs are comparatively costlier than the offseason i.e. Dec-Feb and June-Aug.
However, you might get a cheaper flight, if you book the flight well before the trek.
- Flight Cost from Kathmandu to Pokhara (two way): approximately $240
- Local Bus from Pokhara to Nayapul(starting point of the trek): approximately $3
- Local Bus from Nayapul to Pokhara (return): approximately $3
- Private Car from Pokhara to Nayapul is Approx. US$ 30
- Private Car from Nayapul to Pokhara is Approx US$ 30
But if you choose to travel by land, it will cost you much cheaper.
- Local Bus from Kathmandu to Nayapul (one way): approx $8 to 10
- The private car from Kathmandu to Nayapul (one way): approx $150 to 170 (good option, if you are travelling with a group)
Trekking Equipment Costs
It is very difficult to estimate trekking equipment cost as the cost varies person to person. Along with that the Annapurna Base Camp Trek cost highly depends on how much equipment and gears you already own and how much you are willing to buy or rent.
If you are not a regular trekker, you should consider renting the trekking equipment as it may not be of much use later. It will help to minimize your trekking cost.
You can easily rent the trekking gear and equipment from Thamel of from Pokhara.
You will need various gear and equipment for Annapurna Base Camp trek. Some of the basic item on Annapurna Base Camp Trek packing list is:
- A warm sleeping bag
- Duffel bag and a day pack
- Warm and waterproof jacket
- Trekking trousers and shirts, including a base layer and second layer fleece
- A lightweight high-quality trekking boots
- Pair of regular shoes for when you want to take a stroll
- Warm gloves, inner and outer and warm thermal socks
- Trekking Poles
For more details, please check our blog on “Annapurna Base Camp Trek Packing List”
Along with these costs, there are other expenses that may add up to your ABC trek cost, which are as follows:
Charger for your gadgets
Having your own portable solar battery charger or power bank is much more convenient while trekker. It will come handy while charging your electronic gears.
If you choose to charge your gadget in the teahouse then it can cost up to a few dollars in the meantime. They will charge you about the US $3-5 per hour to charge your gadgets.
During the trek, it is not even practical to get a shower on a regular basis. So, you can use wet wipes.
But if you want to have a hot bath then you will have to pay about US $1-$3 for a bucket of hot water. Along with that, the teahouse will charge you around the US $1-$3 for a flask of hot drinking water.
Tips for the guides and porters
Concerning the guides and porters, they always expect tips from you. Although it is not mandatory to tip them, you might want to thank them and show gratitude towards 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 US $8-$10 per day for your guides and the US $6-$8 per day for porters a normal rate.
Ways to reduce your Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Cost
- Join with government authorised adventure travel company
- Trek in the low season.
- Travel by land instead of air.
- Rent the trekking equipment rather than buying them.
- Carry water purifying tablets for drinking water.
- Carry some snacks with you as it gets much expensive in higher altitudes.
Trekking in Nepal is a lifetime experience for trekker all around the world. So, to make the journey memorable, convenient and accessible at the same time, you must plan the trek according to your budget.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek cost depends on the way you want to travel and the services you choose. Along with that, the cost also varies depending upon the route you choose.
Furthermore, if you have any more questions or queries regarding this trek or any other treks in Nepal, please feel free to contact us.