Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

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Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 7 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 4,131 m
  • Start/End Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Trip Type Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Accommodation Lodge Trek( Tea House )
  • Transport Car/Jeep/Bus
  • Best Season Autumn (Sept to late Nov) and spring (Feb to mid-May)

Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek With Best Price For 2022/2023

Annapurna base camp budget trek is a 7 days journey that begins with a drive to Phedi from Kathmandu or Pokhara (wherever you are at) and ends at Pokhara. It's an ideal trek for people of all ages. The trekking route is extremely beautiful and offers diverse landscapes. Following the Modi Khola river, you'll be ascending through lush forests, terraced farms, and picturesque villages. This short Annapurna base camp trek is designed for backpackers looking to hike to the lap of the tenth highest mountain in the world on a budget. 

Known as the best trek in Nepal, we also have a long 13 days Annapurna base camp trek package that explores some other beautiful villages in the Annapurna region. If you love mountains, then the budget Annapurna base camp trekking is the perfect trek. The trail lets you admire views of some of the most breathtaking mountain sceneries of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Tent Peak, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Tukuche, etc. The landscapes also change throughout the trek. Unlike the famous Everest base camp budget trekking, the Annapurna base camp budget trekking lets you enjoy an overnight stay at the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) itself. It is the tenth highest mountain in the world, located within the Annapurna Conservation Area. 

The trail winds through beautiful villages like Sinuwa, Deurali, Chhomrong, Bamboo, Himalaya, Ghandruk, etc. The interactions with locals and their culture enhance the trekking experience for you. In a short 7 days, you get to learn a lot about the mountain lifestyle and unwind. The fact that it is a budget trek does not diminish the adventure ABC trek holds. You just have to adjust a little more in accommodation & meals. Our expert team will take care of your needs and keep you safe.

 

Major Highlights

  • Short itinerary to the Annapurna base camp 
  • Walkthrough lush forests of juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, fir, etc
  • Overnight stays in beautiful villages and close interactions with the mountain people
  • Adventurous and peaceful trail full of natural wonders like streams, waterfalls, terraces, etc
  • Spend a night at Annapurna base camp
  • Witness stunning views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, etc
Itinerary

Book Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek 2022/2023

Book Annapurna base camp trek for autumn/winter 2022. The trekking season is already here, and given the short itinerary and moderate trail, you can do the ABC budget trek without physical preparation. Or, if you need time, then you can book the 7 days of Annapurna base camp budget trek for spring 2023. 

The cost of the budget Annapurna base camp trek per person is USD 500. You can check our cost includes and excludes section to know more in detail about the package. If you trek in the group (6-9 pax), then our per head cost for Annapurna base camp budget trek cost goes down to USD 425. 

 

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The journey begins with a lovely drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Phedi. We get to see terraced fields and green hills on the way. From Phedi, we follow a gentle trail that ascends through gorgeous Dhampus village and goes to Tolka for the night's stay. 

 

  • Max. Altitude: 1750m
  • Day tour time:5-6 hrs
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

The trail from Tolka to Sinuwa involves pleasant walking. We'll walk past Landruk village and descend to Modi Khola. Crossing a big suspension bridge, the trail enters Jhinu Danda and steeply ascends to Chhomrong. From here, we'll follow a downhill route to a river and ascend to Sinuwa. The mountain vistas are stunning on the way.

  • Max. Altitude: 2100m
  • Day tour time:5-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

We'll walk through a pristine forested path. Along the way, we can se many flora & fauna. This part of the trail has a special energy to it. Enjoying the views of Annapurna and other mountains, we will climb to Deurali. 

  • Max. Altitude: 3230m
  • Day tour time:6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

Today, the trail leads to Annapurna base camp. The path widens and gets less steep. We walk on a stone staircase and walk past the avalanche-prone area. The mountain views are prominent along the way. Passing by the base camp of Mt. Machhapuchrre, we trek on a rough trail to Annapurna base camp. We'll be spending the night at the base camp in a lodge. 

 

  • Max. Altitude: 4130m
  • Day tour time:5-6 hrs
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

After having breakfast, we'll follow the same trail back to Dovan. From here, we descend through lush forests. The trail goes via Deurali and Himalaya before taking us back to Bamboo.

  • Max. Altitude: 2310m
  • Day tour time:6-7 hrs
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

From Bamboo, it's a pleasant 30 minutes jungle walk to Sinuwa. The trail descends to Chhomrong Khola and from here ascends along a stone staircase to upper Chhomrong. We walk to Komrong Khola and walk via Komrong Danda. From here, it's another 30 minutes walk to Ghandruk village. 

 

  • Max. Altitude: 1940m
  • Day tour time:7-8 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge

We'll descend to Siwau after breakfast. From here, it's a one hour drive to Pokhara. We'll either end the trek in Pokhara or drive you to Kathmandu as per your wish.

 

  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
Trip Map
Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek map
What's Included
  • All needed ground transportation by private car/vehicles to trekking starting/ending points as per itinerary
  • Complete trekking information before starting the trek (In Kathmandu or Pokhara)
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag,  if necessary.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
What's not Included
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking
  • Your travel insurance (Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
Useful Information

Alternative Packages of Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

These are some alternative trekking packages in the Annapurna region- Annapurna circuit trek, Ghorepani Poon hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Dhampus hike, etc. This is the link to some of our other famous budget trekking packages

You can customize our Annapurna base camp budget trek itinerary as per your wish.

Annapurna base camp budget trek difficulty

The fact that it is a budget trek automatically increases the difficulty level of the trek. The Annapurna base camp budget trek involves the simplest accommodation and bare minimum services. You have to pay a few extra bucks for any additional service apart from sleeping and meals (as per itinerary). 

If you are someone who cannot adjust, then the limited services provided in the budget Annapurna base camp trek will become more arduous than the terrain itself. Talking about the trekking route, it is moderate. The trail has many rough ascents and descents. You will walk on steep paths and cross landslide-prone areas. 

Altitude sickness during Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

You may get altitude sickness during the 7 days Annapurna base camp budget trek. The trail goes above 4,000 meters, which makes you vulnerable to altitude sickness if your body does not acclimatize. Our Annapurna base camp budget trek itinerary has a good pace and maintained rise in elevation that will let you rest & acclimatize as the journey progresses. 

Be more careful and mindful of these symptoms- headache, breathing problems, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. These early symptoms of altitude sickness will help you indicate any potential chance of you getting it while trekking. 

How to prepare for the budget Annapurna base camp trek?

To prepare for the Annapurna base camp budget trek 2023/2024, go on regular hikes and have long walks. Build a walking habit of at least 5 hours a day. We suggest you walk with a bag back weighing around 5 kgs. Similarly, go on hikes or hit the gym. Train your body to strengthen your core and stamina. 

Best time to do trek to Annapurna base camp trek on a budget

The best time to do the Annapurna base camp trek on a budget is from March to April and October to November. These months are the peak trekking time, so the views are phenomenal, and the weather remains stable. 

If you want to save some more money, then trek in the offseason. The unstable weather, poor visibility, and other factors make trekking in the offseason difficult. 

Therefore, the trail is almost empty, and the prices of everything get down. If you smartly plan the trek, then you can have a safe and incredible trek even in the offseason while being on the budget. For more information, we kindly request you get in touch with us. 

Accommodation during Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

The accommodation during the budget Annapurna base camp trekking will be a simple lodge. The rooms are shared between two trekkers. Each room has two seperate beds and a clean blanket. For extra warmth, carry a sleeping bag with you. The toilets are shared. You'll get to enjoy simple but comfortable night stays. 

Meals during Annapurna base camp budget trek

The meals during the Annapurna base camp budget trek will consist of a variety of dishes. You'll get options like a burger, pasta, sandwich, steak, etc, too. Dal bhat, momo, noodles, thukpa, thenduk, porridge, soup, etc will be the local comfort food. The tea shops sell many kinds of snacks and bars along the way, but the prices may be expensive. So, buy snacks to munch while walking in Kathmandu or Pokhara. 

Drinking Water during Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

Drinking water is available in all the lodges and tea shops. You only have to carry a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets (optional). Beverages like tea, coffee, soda, and non-alcoholic drinks are available too in some places. 

Travel Insurance during Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

Travel insurance is needed to participate in our Annapurna base camp budget trek. We need travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation up to 6,000 meters and medical bills. This is only for backup and safety purposes in case any mishap occurs during the trek. 

Trekking guide & team during budget Annapurna Base Camp Trek

You'll be trekking with a well-groomed team in the mountains. Our mountain guides and porters both have numerous years of trekking experience. They are very friendly and kind. Certified with many remote survival skills, our crew is the best travel partner for anyone. 

Required General information for Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

Charging: There are charging spaces in the lodge. You may have to pay a few bucks to use the service, though. Spare batteries or a power bank will come in handy. 

Internet: The internet facility in the lodge costs additional money, which is not covered in our Annapurna base camp budget trek cost. To have a better internet connection in the mountain get a Nepali sim with data. 

Luggage: All the extra luggage you can store in the hotel's locker room free of cost. During the trek, we use a duffel bag and a day pack. Duffel bags are carried by the porters and each trekker gets a 10kg weight limit. Day packs are carried by trekkers and the weight limit is 5kg. 

Permits: You'll need Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS card for Annapurna base camp budget trekking. The ACAP permit costs USD 30 for foreign travelers and USD 2 for SAARC nationals. Likewise, the TIMS card cost USD 20 for independent trekkers and USD 10 for groups.

Emergency contact: To get a quick response, you can call or text us at +977 9841767236. This number has our Whatsapp and Viber. You can also contact us through our office number +977 1 5353677 in-office hours. 

ATM & money exchange: The Annapurna base camp trekking route does not have an ATM. Withdraw enough extra cash for personal expenses during the trek in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can find many money exchange centers in Kathmandu and Pokhara. They will help you convert foreign currency into Nepali currency. 

Nepal Visa: Apply for a Nepali visa in your country or get an on-arrival visa upon reaching Kathmandu/any entry point in Nepal as per your country's visa status. The company will not be responsible if you fail to obtain the visa and have to cancel the trip. 

FAQs
  • Q1. How much does it cost to do a budget Annapurna Base Camp trek?

    With us, it'll cost you USD 500 per person to do the Annapurna base camp trekking. Trekking in a group will cost you even less. 

     

  • Budget Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate trek. Some long steep ascends along the way make the latter part of the trek a bit difficult. The trek demands 6 hours of walking each day. ABC trek is not counted as a difficult trek and is known as one of the best treks for beginners. 

     

  • Annapurna base camp trail covers a total of 115 km in a 14 days trip. However, on our 7 days ABC budget trek, you'll be covering approximately half of that number. 

     

  • From Pokhara, the starting point of the ABC trek is 55 km. The base camp is situated 28 km away from Chhomrong. 

     

  • Both Annapurna base camp and Everest base camp have their distinct charms. Both treks offer breathtaking panoramas and a lifetime trekking experience. EBC is a little on the tougher side than ABC and demands a long time commitment. As per your need, you can choose, which trek suits you the best.

  • To prepare for the Annapurna base camp trek, do hiking or physical exercise. Involve cardio in your training and build your stamina. Go on long walks. 

     

  • Yes, the Annapurna base camp budget trek is very beautiful. The trail offers diverse landscapes and scenic walks through the wilderness of the Annapurna region. 

  • Yes, the Annapurna base camp budget trek is safe. You trek with an experienced trekker who will take care of you during the trek. The trail does not have that risky sections, and our on-field crew will maintain the safety of the group. 

     

  • No, you do not need a guide for Annapurna base camp trekking. But it's better to trek with a guide for safety reasons. And as this specific package is a budget trek, we have pre-negotiated the accommodation and meal costs with the service provider on the trail. Getting the same price on your own will not be that easy. 

     

  • No, you cannot see Mt. Everest from Annapurna base camp.

What Our Clients Say
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    Adhish ShakyaNepal Oct 03, 2022
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    Unforgettable Fun Experience with Friends on Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

    Me and my friends were looking for holiday options to go after our high school. We researched about the possible holiday destinations and were pretty short on budget. Fortunately, we found out about Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek. And Oh God, It was really an amazing experience and I will never forget that moment in my life. We still talk about the experience whenever we meet among friends. Hari Sir is extremely friendly and the services Welcome Nepal Treks arranged for us was top-notch. And I recommend Welcome Nepal Treks to every traveller out there who is looking for a trustworthy tour planner.

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    Adhish ShakyaNepal Oct 03, 2022
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    Unforgettable Fun Experience with Friends on Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek

    Me and my friends were looking for holiday options to go after our high school. We researched about the possible holiday destinations and were pretty short on budget. Fortunately, we found out about Annapurna Base Camp Budget Trek. And Oh God, It was really an amazing experience and I will never forget that moment in my life. We still talk about the experience whenever we meet among friends. Hari Sir is extremely friendly and the services Welcome Nepal Treks arranged for us was top-notch. And I recommend Welcome Nepal Treks to every traveller out there who is looking for a trustworthy tour planner.