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Annapurna base Camp -Annapurna Circuit Cost Guide and Porters – How Much to Budget- Per days Details 2023/2024
The Annapurna Circuit trek and Annapurna base camp (Annapurna sanctuary trek) is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal, Himalayan in the world. Its changing climatic zones and incredible scenery bring people back to the Annapurna region time and time again.
Like many fabulous treks, the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna base camp does come with certain costs, most notably the the cost of a tour operator (Nepal Guide info Team) or personal guide. However, our readers are often unsure of what other costs are associated with trekking the Annapurna Circuit and ABC trek.
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Annapurna Circuit ( Round , Throng la pass ) Cost
There are often more costs associated with trekking overseas than most people realize. Below we have laid out the main cost considerations to budget for.
TIMS card – $10 plus if you join only trekking company if you buy yourself 20$ ( Independent trekkers’ only)
ACAP ticket – about (actually 2260 rupees) With 13% government tax
Bus to Bhulbhule – about $7 or by car 100$
Shared Jeep to the trail starting point – depends how far you go, say $20 to 25$ (less for the guide and porter, trekkers are gouged)
Guide – 22$ / $25 per day including his food, accommodation and insurance.
Porter – $15 per day as above. Shared between two trekkers.
Your food and accommodation – $25 / $30per day per on average. This is enough for a plentiful and varied diet but one of mainly local style food such as dal bhat, momo and noodles, plenty of tea and the occasional fizzy drink and bar of chocolate. It’s possible to spend less, easy to spend, ore but it’s a good starting point. Paying for food and drink as you go is always cheaper and you get to choose where to eat and sleep. If the guide is in charge of the budget he gets to choose. It’s your trek…
Bus back to Pokhara – Naya Pul depend where you stop (Beni , naya pul or Pedi ) $5 or By car 22$ to 25$
Bus back to Kathmandu – $6/7 tourist bus buy car $100/ $120
By green line $23 foer expppansive and luxury (which includes lunch half way).
Flight from Pokhara to KTM – $123, for foreign nationals, about half that for Nepalese.
Tips – for trekking guides and Porters A common way of working out the tip is to pay one day’s salary per week which is roughly 15%, for a job done well. Using round numbers this would be $90 for the guide shared between each trekker and $75 for the porter shared between two trekkers.
Hotels – decent hotels can be found for upwards of $20 to 30 $ in KTM and Pokhara.
Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna base camp trek Cost- Visas
No matter your country of origin in Worlds, you’ll need a visa to enter Nepal. Although you could arrange this prior to leaving, most people simply get a visa upon arrival at the airport. The price of your visa will vary depending on your length of stay. All visas allow for multiple entries into the country within the visa time frame if you need more information I will give you vai email too
For more information on visas visit Nepal’s Department of Immigration website.
Annapurna Circuit Cost – Vaccinations
Depending on your country of origin, your vaccination requirements may vary. However, there are certainly some key vaccinations you should always consider. Please note that these are purely recommendations – we are not medical experts and you should always consult with a medical professional prior to leaving for Nepal.
We recommend to our readers to get Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid vaccinations. If you want to be super careful, you could also consider Rabies and the Japanese Encephalitis jab, however, the risk of contracting these diseases are very rare.
If, whilst in Nepal, you decide to travel to the Southern region of Terai or Chitwan (low risk) in the monsoon period, you may want to consider taking Malaria pills and prophylactics for Cholera. Once again though, please consult with your doctor first.
Also note, drinking water in Nepal is not suitable for foreigners to the country. Make sure you purify all water before drinking. You can either boil water or use iodine water purification tablets.
Average cost of vaccinations = US$200
Annapurna Circuit/ Annapurna base camp – Insurance
Trekking at altitude will always come with certain risks and this is of course true of the Annapurna Circuit also. Therefore, we always recommend strongly to our readers to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip.
In general, we recommend the following vaccinations:
• Hepatitis A&B – Everyone
• Polio – We recommend a booster shot for adult travelers.
• Yellow Fever – Necessary for all travelers who will arrive via areas prone to yellow fever.
• Rabies – Not necessary unless visiting lowland areas, including Chitwan.
• Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – We recommend a double dose for anyone born after 1956, unless they have already been given this vaccination.
• Tetanus & Diphtheria – This vaccination should be renewed every 10 years.
There is little risk on the majority of Himalayan treks that we operate, due to the altitude. However, there is a risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m so we recommend you take advice. If you are travelling in Nepal and planning a safari extension to Chitwan National Park or any travel in the the lowland region adjacent to the Indian border, then you will need to take anti-malarial medication.
In addition to any medication, we would recommend you take every precaution to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved trousers and shirts at dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are active, and by using a DEET based mosquito repellent
Annapurna Circuit Cost- Equipment
The Annapurna mountains of Nepal bring thousands of tourists a year to the country to experience the wild Himalayan landscape. The region is known for its excellent trekking, including some of the world’s best rated trails: The Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek. Visitors enjoy multi-day treks (like the famous Poon Hill trek ) with stunning mountain views through quaint tea house villages offering food and accommodation along the way. Because you can trek the Annapurnas at almost any time of year and its varying altitudes and weather, you need to be well prepared. It’s difficult to know exactly what you need to bring, and with a tight weight limit for treks which can last a week or longer it’s important to only take the essentials. But we’ve got you covered – in this very comprehensive packing guide we’ll look at everything you need to pack for your Annapurna trek.
Fortunately, if you have planned your trip well you don’t have to bring all of your holiday luggage with you. Tour companies and accommodations in the Annapurna trekking hubs of Pokhara and Jomsom offer bag storage for low prices (or for free). Leave everything you don’t need for the trek safely behind and pick it up again afterwards. Remember to bring an extra bag if necessary for this purpose, and it’s a good idea to choose one which can be locked. Take your lighter valuables with you on a trek – travel insurance may not cover you if anything should happen to your stuff whilst you are away. Note though that this is just to be safe, in general it’s completely fine to leave your bags – Nepal has a low crime rate and accommodations and tour companies can usually be trusted to keep them safe.
When trekking in the Annapurna, one should be prepared for the weather. Photo by Jeanne
Annapurna Trek – Weight Limitations
For these multi-day treks it’s vital that you keep packing to a complete minimum. Only bring the essentials. After many days on the trail you will curse yourself for bringing extra things that you don’t really need! Also, always favorit lightweight kit and clothing – even if it costs more it’s usually worth it in the long run. Remember to take into account the extra weight for carrying large bottles of water and snacks too.
First of all, will you have a porter to carry kit for you? Most tours provide porters or you can easily hire them independently for a cheap daily rate, depending on your trek . You should always consider a porter if you are doing a mountainous trek of more than a few days.
Porters can carry between 15-20 Kg of your gear, and check how much they will be carrying themselves so they aren’t overburdened. Do not exceed these limits as it’s bad for the porter’s welfare – bear in mind they must carry their own kit as well. Of course many porters will carry more, there are no laws to safeguard their well-being. It’s common for them to be feel pressured into taking more than they should. Don’t be a part of the problem and keep your luggage to reasonable levels.
If you have a porter, you can offload the kit (especially the heavier stuff) that you don’t need through the day, such as changes of clothes, sleeping bags, equipment, etc. Bear in mind that on some tours porters will travel well ahead of the main group (leaving early in the morning) meaning you might not get access to the kit they’re carrying until lunchtime, or the end of the day. You will carry a smaller day bag (usually a small/medium rucksack) with gear like extra clothing layers, water, camera, sunscreen, light valuables and so on. Try to keep weight in your day bag to a minimum.
Hiking Annapurna Solo
Without a porter, carrying all your gear is tough. You will carry everything you need on your back. Trails can be steep and difficult even with just day bags, with a full rucksack it’s even harder. Many of the Annapurna trails enter high altitude areas where the going becomes even tougher with lower oxygen levels – carrying everything yourself compounds this.
We would not recommend carrying all of your gear unless you are very fit or the trail you are doing is flat, or only a short length, or you are visiting nearby places in the region , before/after your trek – meaning your luggage will be lighter and easier to carry. If you do want to carry your own gear on any of the mountain treks, then allow plenty of extra days to complete it. It’s much slower going with at least double the weight to carry and of course much more tiring.
Porters are very cheap for what you get and will greatly ease your burden, allowing you to enjoy the trek more. As a bonus you provide extra income for poor families. We don’t recommend trekking without a porter unless you are confident in your fitness level, have done plenty of training beforehand with heavy luggage or the trail is very short.
Buying Trekking Gear in Nepal
Do remember to account for equipment and clothes in your final calculations for budgeting for your Annapurna circuit and Annapurna base camp trek . You can buy everything you need in the country if required. Starting places for your trek , like Kathmandu and Pokhara have huge numbers of trekking shops selling everything you could imagine. However the majority of stock is brand imitations at much cheaper prices than western stores. Quality varies. You can find original trekking brands, always ask if they have genuine products and know what to look for with labels and signature giveaways for the real deal. There are a few genuine brand shops such as the Kathmandu store in Kathmandu (really) but they can be even more expensive than back home.
If you are buying gear, after getting to Nepal , you need to balance quality versus need. With some products like sleeping bags, down winter jackets, walking sticks and flashlights, the knock-offs can be just as effective as the real thing – the build quality may be poorer but if you’re only using it for a week then it’ll be fine. For items like walking boots, bags, waterproofs and clothing it’s usually worth investing in a quality branded product at home and bringing it with you – they’ll be of a higher standard and a long-lasting investment that you can use for years to come. Nepali knock-offs can do the job but don’t expect them to last for too long.
We believe that there are certain key items you should always bring with you. These include:
• A four season warm sleeping bag (up to at least -10 degree C) and a backpacking sleeping pad.
• One warm and waterproof jacket.
• A pair of mid to lightweight trekking boots and trekking poles.
• One duffel bag and day pack.
• Trekking trousers and shirts, including a base layer and second layer fleece.
• Warm gloves, including inner and outer and some warm thermal socks.
• UV sunglasses, sunscreen and a beanie/hat.
Total estimated budget = US$500 – $1,000
Annapurna Circuit Cost- Flights
Flight costs to Kathmandu can vary considerably depending on what season you travel in Nepal and Himalayas. The high season between Feb-May and Sept-Nov are generally more expensive for flight ticket. Obviously, the further ahead you book your flights the cheaper they are. To get from Kathmandu to Pokhara (the start point for all treks in the Annapurna’s)
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