The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the world. There are numerous tour packages in the Annapurna region. You could either take the direct to Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhara or take the Annapurna Base Camp trek passing through the Ghorepani-Poon Hill route.
Furthermore, you can also have an added adventure of rafting and jungle safari in the forests of Chitwan along with the Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna Base Camp trek cost depends upon the itinerary you choose. The added adventures of rafting and jungle safari with diverse itineraries will cost you some extra bucks.
There are some fixed expenditures, including visa cost, travel permit, travel insurance, and others. You can adjust other expenses like food, accommodation, personal, travel etc. according to your preference. If you are a budget traveller, you can cut your expenditure at various headings.
You get to experience the incredible views of the amazingly diverse landscapes, dense alpine forests, and the pristine snow-capped mountains along the way. The short trek to Annapurna Base Camp trek package costs around US $500 – US $700. If you want to trek longer via Poon Hill the cost rises upto US $900 – US$1000.
Furthermore, if you add the adventure of Trishuli white water rafting, canoeing in the Rapti and jungle safari at Chitwan, the total package will cost you somewhere between US $1400 – US$1500. These packages include your food, accommodation, transportation expenses so that you don’t have to worry about all those stuff. We will manage all those details and you can enjoy your trek hassle free.
If you want to know more about Annapurna Base Camp trek cost, then you have arrived at the right place. We have listed the total estimated cost along with budget allocation of different expenses that you might encounter along the trek. Read further for more information along with the detailed cost breakdown.
Our Annapuran Region Packages:
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek
- Jomsom Muktinath Trek
- Kathmandu Pokhara Tour with Ghandruk Trek
Cost Breakdown of Various Activities During the Trek
Trishuli Whitewater Rafting and Overnight Stay at the Royal Beach Resort
The drive from Kathmandu to Charaudi Red House is 81 km and takes around 3-4 hours. Charaudi is the starting point of the trip with class 2 or 3 rapids. After resting, we take on another whitewater rapids of class 2 to 3 rapids at River Fun Beach Resort, and you can feast on an extravagant buffet.
In the evening we start a campfire and spend our time singing and dancing at the private beach. We stay overnight at the Deluxe Safari Tent or Regular Tent. The total cost of the 2-days 1-night tour package (rafting + overnight) is around US$110 per person.
Canoeing In The Rapti River
A Canoe ride in the Rapti river along with jungle safari (both jungle walk and jeep safari) will cost around $70. The Chitwan national park entry fee is also included in the cost.
The cost of a private canoe ride excluding the jungle safari and national park fee costs around $30. Private canoeing presents a spectacular opportunity for bird watching enthusiasts.
Jungle Safari At Chitwan National Park
The cost of jungle safari on a Sharing basis is the US $ 25 per person. If you want to travel private, then you can also reserve a jeep which will cost you US $ 180 for a Half day Jeep Safari.
Moreover, the Full Day Reserved Jeep Safari has a total cost of US $ 210. The National Park Permit of US $ 20 is mandatory. There are specific discounts available for tourists belonging to a SAARC country.
Other Miscellaneous Costs
There are many food options available in the cities, especially at the lower elevations. Your hotel or lodge will provide you with western dishes as well. However, the food is quite basic during the trek.
However, the food is very nutritious nevertheless and keeps you charged for the trek. As you will be trekking hard, you should not avoid breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day. A standard breakfast will cost around $5-$6, which usually includes eggs, toasted bread, and a cup of tea/coffee.
For lunch, you can either have a typical Nepali meal which consists of consisting of rice, dal(pulses), lentils, pickle and meat (for extra cost). If you do not wish to have a Nepali meal, then you can also get western and continental dishes especially in the hotels of Chitwan and Pokhara.
While the Nepali meal will cost you around $6-$7, the cost may vary if you choose to eat something else. If you are a budget traveller, cheaper meals will help you reduce the overall cost significantly. Nepalese usually eat the famous “dal bhat” twice a day, so the dinner also comprises of rice, dal(pulses), meat, lentil soup, and a variety of pickles.
You could always ask more a refill in case you don’t feel satisfied. The cost rises as you rise in elevation during the trek. You can get a full dinner at a price as low as $4 at lower altitudes, and it will cost you around $8 at higher points on the trek.
Besides these, hot tea/coffee will cost you around $0.5 at low altitudes and $2 at higher points on the trek. You can also take protein bars and snickers to satisfy your hunger and get energised during the trek.
The lodges and tea houses along the trail usually provide double sharing rooms with necessary facilities like a bed, pillow, and a blanket. As you might have guessed, the bathrooms are generally shared.
Some lodges offer Wi-Fi and hot water facilities at some added costs. The prices too increase with the increase with altitudes. You can expect the price tag to be anywhere between $1-$3 for a single night stay.
There is a visa to arrival available at the Tribhuvan International Airport. However, if you are someone who likes to come prepared, you can also apply for a visa online before arriving in Nepal. The Nepal government issues visas for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively.
The cost of the respective visa is $15, $40, and $100. If you love to know more about the procedure head onto the official website of the Nepal government’s Department of Immigration.
You can get the TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) permits from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. The officials will check these permits at various checkpoints along with the trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). Every trekker in the Annapurna Conservation Area must get these essential permits.
- ACAP entry fee for foreigners – US $30
- ACAP entry fee for SAARC nationals – US $10
- TIMS permit for foreign nationals – US $10 (for group travellers), US $20 (for individual travellers)
- TIMS permit for SAARC nationals – US $3 (for group travellers), US $6 (for individual travellers)
Travel Insurance Costs
You must not overlook the Travel insurance at all. There are certain situations where travel insurance comes fruitful like medical emergency, flight cancellation, lost baggage, tour cancellation, and other unforeseen circumstances.
There are some clauses in these travel insurance where they do not cover above the altitude of 4000m. You should always check the policies of the travel insurance and get the coverage that covers 4000 m and above.
On average, standard travel insurance costs you around 150 USD for a total of 30 days. However, that may vary according to insurance companies. You should choose the best travel insurance package according to your preferences.
Transportation through the country is possible through three options, namely: a domestic flight, a deluxe private taxi, or a local bus/microbus. The domestic flights are expensive and are susceptible to delays based on weather conditions.
However, they are swift and comfortable as you can reach any part of the country within 45 minutes. The Twin Otter planes with small engines can take you to remote destinations of the country. The flight prices vary from $50-$100 between the offseason and peak season.
The long bus rides on dusty roads are quite taxing, but for adventure seekers, the scenic drive is another opportunity to explore the hilly roads of the country. The cost of a local microbus is around $5-$10 for long-distances and $0.5 -$1 for short-distances.
However, the local buses are usually jam-packed and make you uncomfortable. So, in that case a private reserved vehicle is your best option.
Guides and Porter Costs
The numerous intersecting trails and the unpredictable weather can cause you a lot of trouble. While you can trek the route alone but trekking along with a guide makes your experience quite pleasant.
Guides also work as a translator and are helpful during any emergencies. Under instances of medical emergencies due to altitude sickness, the guides will help you evacuate you. You can get in the Annapurna region for 22$ – $25 per day.
There are also porters available if you are carrying heavy luggage. These porters can carry up to 20 – 25 kgs of weight. You can also find some experienced porter that also works as a guide which reduces your overall cost by a significant amount. They can cost you around per day $15 per day or more in case they also work as guides.
While in Nepal, you might want to go some souvenir shopping or try out some alcoholic beverages in the evenings. Whatever the case, you must allocate some budget for your personal expenses as well. You can seperate anywhere between $100 – $500 for your personal expenses.
A standard piece of equipment would be enough for Annapurna Base Camp trek as there is no technical climbing required. You can rent them if your budget is a little tight. However, the quality of rented equipment is not that great. Some essential equipment are as follows
- Comfortable Trekking clothes and shoes
- Warm and fuzzy Sleeping Bag
- Thermal vests and Trousers
- 60l Backpack
- Trekking poles Poles
- Various toiletries
These are just some of the essential items, and you can add or remove on the list according to your preference. The rough cost estimate of these types of equipment is around US$500 – $1,000.
Tipping is not common in Nepal. However, guides and porters who frequently spend time with foreigners expect you to tip them. You can tip the guide with US$150 – $200 and your porter around US$60 – $80 after the successful completion of the trek.
Your tipping amount should be around 10% of your trekking cost. However, it is not essential to tip at all if you do not find their services to be satisfactory.
Total Overall Cost
We have already discussed about the cost of our packages for various itineraires of Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If we include the international flight costs, Annapurna Base Camp trek will cost you around US $3500 – US $4000 based on the itinerary you select.
However, these costs are not fixed and there might be a fluctuation in price according to your choice of accommodation, mode of travel, food choices, and personal expenses. Based on your expenditure choices, the cost can rise to US$ 5,000 if you spend lavishly.
For budget travelers, who make sure they spend cautiously, the cost can also reduce to US$ 2,500. Therefore, allocate your budget accordingly so that you get the maximum value of the trek at a reasonable cost.