Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost: Budgeting for Your Adventure

  • Mar 17, 2023
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  • Affordable trek in Nepal under $950 with all-inclusive services.
  • Comfortable accommodations: Tea Houses or Lodges with basic & standard rooms under $2-15.
  • Gears & Equipment renting like Sleeping bags, Down jackets, & Trekking Poles.
  • Affordable Transportation: Ground transportation under $7-10 & Flight Fare from $50-100 to Pokhara.
  • Budgeting Tips and many more to have a safe & sustainable trek in Annapurna Base Camp

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Planning the trek to Annapurna Base Camp but not sure about the cost & budget you will need for the entire trek? The good news is that Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most affordable treks in Nepal. In this blog, I will provide full detail about Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost and its essential to budget accordingly.

The blog will cover everything you need to know about permits, accommodations, food, trekking gear, transportation & other personal expenses.

Annapurna Base Camp Permit Cost:

Permit for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is very important in terms of safety and rural development. 

Foreigner Trekkers need to obtain two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. The ACAP cost approximately USD 30 per person, while the TIMS card costs approximately USD 10 per person. 

Keep in mind that the cost of the Annapurna Base Camp permit change from time to time.

Accommodations Cost:

During the trek, you will stay at Tea Houses or lodges which are the only accommodation on the Annapurna Base Camp Trail. The higher you trek, the limited number of accommodations there on the Annapurna Base Camp trail. 

Similarly, the cost of accommodations varies depending on the trekking season and the location. The average price you need to pay for the one-night stay goes up to NPR 500-1500 (USD 5-15) during peak season. The costs change from time to time and remember to carry the Nepalese currency. 

During the peak season, it gets hard to find accommodation which is why having a guide will take all the responsibilities of finding accommodation.

Food Cost in ABC Trek:

Compared to the Everest Base Camp trek food cost, the cost of food at the Annapurna Base Camp Tea houses is relatively affordable. You will find Continental Cuisine, Chinese Cuisine, Indian Cuisine & Nepali Cuisine on the menu. 

The cost of a meal range from USD 5-10 per meal, depending on the location and the type of food in Annapurna Base Camp tea houses. During the trek; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided with their own choice of meal from the menu from us. 

Similarly, if you are a vegan or vegetarian; you will get your own choice of meal too.

Transportation Cost:

The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp is Pokhara city, which is easily accessible by land transportation & 30 min flight from Kathmandu. From the vehicle, it will cost approximately $10-$50 depending upon the vehicle & will take 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara. Similarly from flights, it will cost anywhere from $50-$100 depending on the airline and season.

Contact Nepal Spirit Adventure, we offer both ground transportation and flight upon request in the package. 

Cost of Trekking Gear for Annapurna Base Camp:

Gear & Equipment are mandatory for safe & sustainable trekking in Nepal. Not all gears need to be bought as you can rent some gears in Kathmandu or Pokhara too. The cost of renting trekking gear can vary depending on the brand & quality, but you can expect to pay around $1-5 per day for items like Sleeping bags, down jackets, & trekking poles.

 Other Expenses:

The remaining expenses you should budget for Annapurna Base Camp are as follows:

  • Guide & Porters: Hiring a professional guide & porter is optional but highly recommended. If you hire a guide only, it will cost you around $25-35 per day, while a porter can cost around $15-20 per day.
  • Trekking Insurance: Trekking Insurance is mandatory before heading for Annapurna Base Camp. The cost of travel insurance varies depending on the provider & the coverage, but you can expect to pay around $50-100 for a two-week trip.
  • Foods: If you book with a tour operator like us, you will be provided 3 courses of meal BLD during the trek. Inside Kathmandu & Pokhara city, breakfast will be provided. However, if you are a solo trekker or doing a service trek, then a daily budget of $15-$30 will be enough for you.

Budgeting Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Now that you have an idea of the costs included in Annapurna Base Camp Trek, here are some budgeting tips to help you save some cash for other purposes:

  • Bring Your Own Gear: Besides gear that can be rented in Kathmandu or Pokhara, bring other clothing or accessories by yourself to minimize expenses. If you have hiking gear, then it will also work. You can consult with professionals like us about the checklist for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. 
  • Share a Guide or Porter: Solo trekking is fun, however, having a partner and splitting the cost can save a lot of money. In sharing a trek, you will have a guide & porter at half price. 
  • Eat local foods: The best thing about Local foods are, it is cheaper & more authentic than Western cuisine. 
  • Carry Nepalese Currency: ATMS or banks are not available in some areas of the trek. Before leaving for the trek, it's best to exchange your currency with Nepalese currency. The exchange rate is good in Kathmandu. 


Remember that the cost of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek varies depending on your budget, season, itinerary, & the level of luxury you want. With proper budgeting & planning, you will have a good experience on the trek.

Always remember to enjoy the trek instead of overthinking about budgeting too. Immerse yourself in the local culture and natural beauty to have unforgettable memories on your Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

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