Monday, 18 July 2022
Imagine walking down the untainted roads by the side of a glorious mountain, fresh air flowing across your face, untainted raw trails as far as your eyes can see, and the feeling of humbleness as you watch at the great mountain that is always within our sight.
This is precisely what you would experience in the Annapurna Trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are undoubtedly some of the best places to freshen up your mind from everyday mundane life. Once you visit this trekking destination, we can bet that you will create memories that you will never forget throughout your lifetime.
But every great trek needs an excellent budget plan, and for this, we need to know the average cost estimation. Annapurna Base Camp Trek costs is not an exception to this either. Do you know what the Annapurna Trek Cost?
To be honest, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not a cheap travel destination. With an overall estimation of roughly $500 per travel, it is not all that expensive either. This is roughly around 61,900 Nepali rupees. Although not cheap, you can make this trek with a few months' savings.
That said, the overall cost will depend on how and where you spend your money. To make it easier to budget Annapurna Trek costs, here we have a breakdown of the estimation of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek costs.
So without any further ado, let's get started!
Regardless of which trekking trip you take, you need some form of permit. The good news is that unlike Manaslu Trek, which requires four different licenses, you only need two licenses for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It also means that Annapurna Trek's costs regarding permits are cheaper than Manaslu Trek.
So what are the two permits and their cost? The first permit is Trekkers Information Management System or TIMS, which costs around Npr 2000 or $20. After this, you need to have Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, commonly known as ACAP. This permit costs around Npr 3000 or $30.
If you think that permits are cheaper in Nepali Rupees when compared to USD, then you are right! You can save a few hundred rupees depending on the conversion rate.
There are some trekking destinations where you can trek without specific items in your trekking backpack. However, you cannot make Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit Trek without special kits. The only minor issue with this is that you will need to spend some money to purchase the gears.
Depending on the quality of the kits, your addition to Annapurna Trek cost will vary. However, here is a simple breakdown of must-have kits and their cost.
Note that this is a rough cost estimation for gears of average quality. If you want to purchase high-quality kits, you can easily double the Annapurna Trek cost, at least for the kits.
There will never be a specific answer when it comes to estimating the cost of transportation for a trek. The only exception to this is if you are super clear about the methods and destination of transport.
The case for estimating the cost of Annapurna Base camp is the same. It will depend on the destination and mode of travel. The bad news here is that calculating the overall cost will be significantly difficult. However, we do have good news for you. We have gathered the most common modes of transport and destination.
To make things simpler, we have divided transportation costs into three parts.
Kathmandu to Pokhara is the first chunk of your journey. To reach Pokhara from Kathmandu, you can take a lot of routes. However, the route from Kathmandu to Dumre and then to Pokhara is among the most popular. The rest of the routes are highly similar, including the cost.
The cost estimation for this route is as follows.
Kathmandu to Dumre costs around $6 on a tourist bus. If you choose a Private jeep or a cab, it can range from $18 to $27.
After reaching Dumre, the next destination is Pokhara. For this route, the simplest method is to just take a cab. It is the quickest way to reach Pokhara and only costs around $36 to $52.
Besides this, you can also take a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu for $25 to $78.
The second chunk of estimating the cost is traveling from Pokhara City to different points in the Annapurna Base camp trekking area. While the cost will depend on the travel method, we will assume that you will be using the recommended method of travel.
The cost of reaching major points in Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is using recommended methods of travel are:
Surprisingly, returning from Pokhara to Kathmandu is a bit cheaper than the latter. You only need to spend $26 to $77 on a flight or $18 to $26 on a cab.
Estimating the cost of food for your trek to the Annapurna Base Camp area is a bit similar to calculating the transport cost. However, it is a bit simpler. We have the average cost of food and beverages camp. The only thing left to do after that is to know the duration of the trek and your consumption of food. While we cannot know your duration or consumption capacity, we can present you with the price ranges there.
|Breakfast||Porridge, Omelet||$3 to $6 per serving|
|Brunch||Dal Bhat, Spaghetti. Fried Rice, Spring Roll||$4 to $8 per serving|
|Soup||Soup||$2 to $4 per serving|
|Tea||Tea||$0.5 to $1.5 per serving|
|Hot Water||Hot Water||$0.2 to $0.9 per serving|
Note that the lower price range of this cost estimation represents the price of food and beverages at lower altitudes of Annapurna base camp, and the upper range is for the higher altitude.
When it comes to accommodation, you can choose from two types of shelters; tea houses or hotels. Depending on your choice, the Annapurna trek cost can be raised by a few USD or a few tens of USD.
If you choose tea houses as your primary mode of accommodation, then you can get by spending as little as $2 to $3 per night. You can get a double room at any tea house for this low price, with or without an attached bathroom.
On the other hand, if you choose to stay in hotels, you may need to spend anywhere from $10 to $50 depending on the hotels and services you choose.
Do you need a guide for the ABC (Annapurna base camp) trek? Yes, you do. Unless you are an expert trekker who knows this area like the back of your hand, then you must have a guide and a porter. While this will undoubtedly add to the overall Annapurna Trek cost, you will be glad to have two experts.
Don't worry, though, since they will not add much to your overall trekking cost, even through La Pass. You will be glad that you have a guide and porter at this point.
Although the specifics vary, porters charge around $15 to $25 per day per 15 Kg of weight, and guides charge around $20 to $30 per day.
The simplest answer is - it depends. However, if you carry a base amount of $500, you can make it through the entire trip with relative comfort. If you want to focus on comfort, we would recommend you to carry a base amount of $800. As for the adventurers out there, $500 is enough for you.
The Annapurna Trek cost depends largely on the transportation methods you choose, your duration of stay, and the amount of food you consume. Besides the base amount of $50 for permits and $55 for guides, the other factors that determine this cost are variables.
That said, if you want to upgrade both the risk, reward and cost of the experience, Everest Base Camp is the best choice as your next destination.
We hope you found this helpful.