When you talk about transportation services for Annapurna Base Camp trek, then you are most likely referring to a way to reach the Pokhara city from Kathmandu. As Pokhara is the starting and ending point of many treks, which are planned to head toward the stunning Annapurna region, it is obvious that you would want to learn about reaching Pokhara first of all.
The major concern regarding the subject of reaching Pokhara is that you have to consider your travel and transport budget. As the means of transportation varies accordingly to the amount of money you are willing to pay. First and foremost, if you have a short amount of time in your holiday then you might prefer flying off to Pokhara rather than going via road. Normally, the flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu city happens 5 times a day so you must not worry about missing your flight as there will several others to catch on during the remaining day. Also, the airlines usually charge 100 - 150 US dollars to a foreign passenger for a one-way flight but you can however get several discounts if you choose to purchase 2-way flight ticket at once. It can take almost 25 minutes to reach Pokhara and you can only load a free luggage of 20 kg per flight. Just a simple note, flight between Kathmandu to Pokhara are operated by Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Simrik Airlines respectively.
If you don’t like the sound of expensive flight cost then you only have the option to go for land transportation which means either taking a Tourist Bus, a local bus or a Taxi. All of their cost can differ so you have more options to choose from if you wish to go by land route. Let’s start with the Tourist Buses which truly seem to be the first choice of many travelers wanting to visit Pokhara city. Tourist Buses can provide many facilities; however, they can be a bit expensive so you need to do some bargaining in order to get the appropriate price for your bus ticket. Generally, tourist buses can charge 10 US dollars or more which you can get them at the Kantipath Road at 7 am. Also, you can take the local bus but you have to keep in mind that they can be very crowded and noisy filled loads of local people. Local buses can be found at bus station and leave every 15 minutes. Furthermore, the tourist bus takes 7-8 hour to reach Pokhara and local buses can take nearly 10 hours to reach Pokhara.
Likewise, Taxi should be your last option as they are considered to be very costly and may charge up to 50 US dollars for a ride to Pokhara city. And they too take up to 8 hours to reach Pokhara. Rather than taking a Taxi, travelers are better off choosing a Micro Bus which leaves for Pokhara as soon as they fill up all the available seats. This will mean that there won’t be any excessive people jam-packed inside your vehicle while you are being transported to Pokhara. They commonly cost 8 US dollars and you can find them at the local bus parks.
As you can see, depending upon your choice of travel budget and route, you have several options to choose from while heading to Pokhara from Kathmandu. And after reaching Pokhara, you can easily find another vehicle such as bus or a jeep to take you to your starting point of trek which can Phedi or Nayapul.