Sorry for cross-posting....

Just completed our Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp treks, and thought people would be interested in our costs.

FYI: We are a couple in our lower 60s who trekked independently (no guide & no porter... this was our 13th trek). Our costs do NOT include any drinks such as coke/sprite and no alchohol, and NO water purchased (we use a Steripen to treat water) . We had a LOT of various teas (black, milk, masala, mint and lemon tea). We only once paid for WiFi (100 rupees for 24 hrs at Snow View Lodge, which was good, in Ghorepani). Our NCell cell phone proved nearly useless for calls/data. Most days, we had a shower (all except for 3 nights up at DeCarli /MBC).

Length of trek: 12 nights/12.25 days
Total cost for 2, excluding transport, ACAP & TIMS (N rupees) : 35,805
Daily cost average (12.25 days) : 2923 N rupees/day or C$37.47/day or US$28.38/day

Transport costs:
Pokhara to Nayapul: 2000 rupees (private car)
Siwai to Pokhara: 4000 rupees (taxi)

Crowding issues?
We had no problems getting rooms on the Poon Hill route, including Tadapani and Chomrong. We had lots of choice and were pleasantly surprised.

We avoided going all the way up Poon Hill as there were apparently 500 people up there that morning (yikes!). Views are great only 30-50% up the Poon Hill trail, and views on the ridge on way to Deurali/Tadapani just as good but without the crowds.

ABC above Chomrong: crowding at lodges is a REAL PROBLEM above Chomrong. Most lodges filled up by mid to late afternoon (and sooner). We always tried to arrive by 1pm, but still had problems in Deurali and MBC. In Deurali, we arrived about noon, and got the last 2 beds in "dorm" room (5 beds squeezed into a tine room). That lodge then filled up the dining room for sleepng (to their credit, the lodge did their best for all and served very good food). Given the crowding, we asked the lodge didi (who was very helpful) to book for us (and 2 other couples) up at MBC lodges. After 3 phone calls (note: NOT cell phones as they don't work on ABC), she secured reservations at 2 lodges. Next day, we arrived MBC before noon, and we told at the lodge we had booked that they were full. Huh? (The other 2 cles, happily, were fine at the other lodge.... ) AFTER some "discussion" and significant "shaming" regarding their behaviour, our lodge relented and gave us our room. (Turned out, they wanted to rent room to 4-5 people rather than just the 2 of us. But a reservation is a reservation!) We then stayed 2 nights, ate lots, and, so typical in Nepal, everyone was friendly with absolutely no hard feelings and no further issues).

Single/solo trekkers had problems above Chomrong because lodges don't like to rent rooms with 2+ beds to only one.

ABC lodges do have working phones (not cell-based) so it is highly recommended to phone ahead an book a room (as above story indicates, this is not foolproof). IF you have hired a guide, you should expect your guide to do this for you!

Overall, we had a good trek. The views up at ABC truly are stunning. However, we were generally underwhelmed by the ABC trek: it was a ton of work (SO many up/down stairs), plus poor quality trails) for zero culture (no villages above Chomrong) and so-so mountain views until ABC. A lot of work for approx. 1-2 hours of great views. We have no doubt that the Annapurna Circuit (which we have done 4 times), even if only up to Manang then return, is a far better trek (in terms of the trail conditions, mountain views, and diversity of villages and cultures).

(Poon Hill trek, which we've been on several times previously, was a pleasant surprise, given it was the busy season.)