Annapurna Base camp trek is one of the most popular trek routes in Nepal. After Mount Everest, this route is on the mind for many trekkers. This trek is famous for experiencing the diverse landscape, culture and also provide a mesmerising close-up view of Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri. While planning for the trip, it was tough for us to find cost and trekking itinerary from independent bloggers. There are full of travel agencies articles, so I think I should write the section where I want to focus on Annapurna Base camp trekking without guides and agencies package influence.
This article will help both Nepali and foreigners, but foreigners need more money to compare to a local citizen. Most importantly people outside Nepal need trekking pass which will cost about Rs 5000 which they can get from both Pokhara or Kathmandu. I will try to include trek cost for Nepalese as well as suggestions for a foreigner and all the required details about the Annapurna Base Camp trek. I don’t think this trek will take more than 7 days and on the 6th day, you can return back to Kathmandu very easily. This article is utterly focused on Annapurna Basecamp Trek, but it will take more days if you want to include Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek. ABC height is about 4130m which is less compare to Gosaikunda, but we can see the Himalayas in close up view.
itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
- Micro or Bus from Naya Bus Park, Gongabu – Rs 500
- Bus from Bagung Bus Park – Rs 250
- Room cost in Kimche – Rs 400 per room
- Dal, Bhat, Tarkari – Rs 300 per person in Kimche
Cost for Micro or Bus starts from Rs 450 to Rs 800 comparing the quality of the service. To reach Kimche, we need to start our journey early morning so that we can arrive at Baglung Bus Park before 4 pm. We can reach there by Jeep too, but it cost about Rs 7000 for the whole jeep which can accommodate 8 people max. I would highly suggest travelling on the bus that goes to Beni or Mustang so that you can reach Baglung Buspark easily unless you want to stay in Pokhara that day.
- Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari at Kimrong Khola – Rs 380
- Dal, Bhat, Tarkari at lower Sinuwa – Rs 500(expensive)
- Room- Rs 200 per pax(expensive)
- Black tea- Rs 70
We should start walking early morning so that we can reach our target destination very quickly. Most people stay in Chomrong but we reach lower Sinuwa, and we also find that if you can walk a little more, we can reach Upper Sinuwa or Bamboo. I found the cost of our dinner and room expensive here after comparing the price to Macchapuchre Base Camp and Deurali. This is the last place where we can do our bargaining, and after this, there is a fixed price usually.
- Dal Bhat Tarkari at MBC – Rs 600
- Black Tea – 100
- Cheese Pizza at Dobhan – 570
- Room – 150 per person(in the Dining hall)
We leave lower Sinuwa around 6:45 am with the target to reach Macchapuchhre Basecamp(MBC). Our inial plan before the trip is to reach Deurali before starting our trek, but after talking with some of the local and young people like us, they suggest us to go up to MBC. Had lunch in Dobhan where we reached approximately 9:45 am then Deurali at 2:45 am and finally (MBC) at 6:15 pm.
DAY 4:MBC to ABC to Chomrong (10 to 11 hours)
- Pizza at Dobhan- Rs 570
- Dal, Bhat, Tarkari at Chomrong – Rs 350
- Room – Rs 500
Everybody wants to see the sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), so we reach Annapurna Base Camp before 6:30 am and enjoy for half an hour then we started walking back with the target to reach Chomrong. We reach Dobhan at 12:30 pm then after a long walk we reach Chomrong at about 6 pm.
DAY 5:Chomrong to Pokhara(Hari Chowk)
- Dal, Bhat, Tarkari at Jhinu – Rs 500
- Room- 500 per room
- Dal, Bhat, Tarkari at Hari Chowk – Rs 250
- Bus – 250 per person or Jeep – Rs 7000(can accommodate 8 people)
This is another route to reach ABC via Jhinu. Most of the trekkers go via Ghandruk and return via this route. This route is popular when returning because there is a hot spring in Jhinu which will reenergize us. We stayed for more than 2 hours in Jhinu, so we reach Pokhara at 8pm. We can get the bus or jeep from Motkyu. To get the bus, we need to reach Motkyu before 4 pm and wait for it. We should be aware that people around the Bus park may give wrong information that the bus will not come to encourage booking via Jeep which is costly.
- Bus- Rs 500
This is the end of my article, and I hope that it will help people who are planning to go Annapurna Base camp Trek. Below I have answered frequently asked questions related to this trek.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Is Annapurna Basecamp Dangerous?
-There is no danger to go ABC as trekking route are well maintained as well as lots of hotels are available in between the route.
2) Is it possible to go without a guide?
– Yes, absolutely. We can see many foreigners trek without a guide since this route is not difficult to trek however if you are solo traveller as well as first time trekking then I would highly recommend hiring a guide.
3) Can beginners trek to Annapurna?
-Yes, anyone can trek ABC. There are lots of hotels between the route so we can go slowly with great ease.
3) Which is best Annapurna Basecamp or Everest Basecamp?
– I have not been to Everest Basecamp but both places are best in their own ways. Normally people first travel to ABC then EBC.
6) Will we have an Altitude sickness problem?
– Normally we don’t get altitude sickness but there are people who get altitude sickness. It is best to have precautions and carry necessary medicines.
7) What is the trek cost for Annapurna Basecamp?
– We finished our trek within Rs 15000 but it depends upon your budget. Normally Rs 20000 will be best but we can trek easily below Rs 10000 and for foreigners, $300 would be good excluding pass costs.
8) Can we get hotels during the trek?
– We can get hotels every 3 to 4 hours.