Trekking in Nepal part 2:
Keeping to a tight budget is not a thrilling blog topic but it is amazing how quickly information on prices goes out of date, so I thought it would be good to blog about the costs of trekking in the Annapurna region in 2015.
Me posing with the mountains:
Our trek didn’t go to plan – see Part one. A brief overview is that there was too much snow on the Annapurna circuit and so 5 days in we headed back to the start and switched to the Poon Hill and Annapurna base camp (ABC) treks.
Total cost for 20 days: £988.08 for 2 people.
Transport costs: £93.92
Food/ drink and accommodation: 354.38
Toiletries and snacks: £40.84
Porter guide: £292 + £46 tip
Entrance fees for hot springs and Poon hill: 1.70
Aside from food and accommodation our biggest cost was hiring a porter guide at US$22 a day. His name is Dawa, he is awesome. He spoke better English than a lot of the people we saw working as guides, he was funny and he made sure we made it everywhere! Couldn’t have asked for anything else, he was definitely worth the expense.
Due to our trip changes the total cost was probably more than it would have been if we had just been trekking. It includes the cost for the jeep from Chame to Dumre and the bus to Pokhara, 2 lots of permits as well as accommodation and meals in Pokhara for 2 nights. Whilst we were trekking we stayed at tea houses along the route, normally having dinner and breakfast in one place and then stopping for lunch on that day’s walk. Sometimes we finished early and ended up having 3 meals in the same place. We ate well but stuck with our favourites of veg noodle soup and potatoes for lunch and then dal bhat for dinner. Dal bhat is the great Nepalese dish, it is tasty and it is made even more amazing by the fact that you get seconds! We both had a few hot drinks each day and often had a sprite with meals, the cost obviously goes up the higher you are. You see the people carrying it up, they’re the ones normally going quicker than you with the massive baskets.