Travel Budget for Kathmandu

Nepal

How much does it cost to travel to Kathmandu?

Average Daily Expenses

(Per Person)

This typical travel budget for Kathmandu is an aggregation of travel expenses from real travelers. This will give you an idea of how much money you will need during your visit.

Average Daily Travel Cost:
NPR 3,426.24
Accommodation1 NPR 2,077.64
Food2 NPR 798.31
Water2 NPR 36.25
Local Transportation1 NPR 219.69
Entertainment1 NPR 664.44
Communication2 NPR 982.72
Tips and Handouts1 NPR 220.37
Souvenirs1 NPR 763.60
Alcohol2 NPR 684.52
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2016
Sample Costs

Below are some expenses from the budgets of actual travelers.

Taxi Ride NPR 200.00
Bus NPR 750.00
Dessert NPR 180.00
Dinner for Two NPR 400.00
1 Liter Water NPR 40.00
Monkey Temple for Two NPR 200.00
Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two NPR 500.00
Backpack NPR 1,800.00
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Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.

The city is at an elevation of about 1,400 meters or 4,600 feet. It's located in a bowl shaped valley in the central part of the country and is surrounded by the mountains of Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. The city's climate is relatively temperate with a humid subtropical climate in the parts of the city that are at a lower elevation and subtropical highland climate at the higher elevations. The average summer temperature is in the mid 80s Fahrenheit and the average winter temperatures are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall occurs most heavily during the monsoon months of June and August.
Sights
Kathmandu is at the cultural heart of Nepal and there are countless sights to visit while you're in town. Of particular interest is Swayambhu, or the Monkey Temple. It sits on a hill that looks out over the city and is a sacred Buddhist site. It is covered with monkeys that interact with visitors along the 350 steps to the top.

A visit to Durbar Square is a must to see the many temples and palaces. Also visit Boudha Stupa, which is one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. This is a huge stupa and a World Heritage Site. Other sites of interest around town include Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Pashupatinath, the Garden of Dreams, and Budda Neelkanth Temple.
Neighborhoods
As a tourist, you'll likely spend most of your time in the Thamel Chowk neighborhood. This is where you'll find plenty of equipment shops, food stores, and hotels. You'll also have no trouble meeting other travelers who are either beginning, or just finishing their treks. If you're hoping to pick up some equipment, keep in mind that most of the supplies are knock offs, and the quality is variable. Negotiate hard, and if you're purchasing an authentic item, you are likely to pay full price for it, a price that is comparable to what you would pay in a western country.

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is also a point of interest. It is filled with palaces and temples and is best visited during the early morning when all of the merchants are open and the devotees are making their offerings to the shrines and temples.
Activities
Most people travel to Nepal to trek or hike in the Himalayan Mountains. Kathmandu offers many facilities to help you organize and coordinate your trek. It's also possible to coordinate activities such as mountain flights or village visits through any of the travel agencies around town.

Popular festivals in Kathmandu include the Festival of Lights, Bikram Sambat's New Year's, Indra Jatra, the Himalayan Blues Festival, and Dashain.
Food and Dining
Restaurants in Kathmandu are quite good. You'll find the highest concentration of restaurants that cater to tourists in the Thamel neighborhood. Nepalese food is similar to Indian food with subtle differences and some Chinese influence. The most popular dish is the momo. Momos are a form of dumpling that originated in the Tibetan mountains. You can order them either steamed or fried and they are typically filled with either buffalo, chicken or vegetables. A Nepali set meal usually includes rice, daal, and a vegetable or meat curry. You'll also find plenty of Thai, Chinese, and dessert options throughout the Thamel area.
Transportation
Most people begin or end their trip to Nepal in Kathmandu. The city's Tribhuvan International Airport is the largest in the country, as well as Nepal's only international airport. It's located about five and a half kilometers east of the Thamel neighborhood. You can pick up a free map of Kathmandu Valley at the airport. The city can be challenging to navigate as many streets do not have names. Directions are typically given based on the nearest city square or noteable landmark.

It is possible to walk around most neighborhoods in Kathmandu, but if the overcrowded nature of the city is frustrating for you, a taxi may be your best option. Both rickshaws and taxis can be found in the Thamel neighborhood. You should insist that the driver use his meter and if you feel the service was decent then a tip is appreciated. If the driver refuses to use the meter then either find a different taxi or negotiate the price in advance (and negotiate hard!). If you're traveling a greater distance to Patan, Bakhtapur, or Boudha then you should consider taking a bus. This is a fun and cost effective way to get around Kathmandu.

To get out of Kathmandu there are a couple of bus stations to choose from. Make sure you fully understand which bus station you need to so that you can catcha a bus headed to your intended destination. The process can be somewhat confusing.
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Trekking and HIkingin Nepal

By glorioushimalaya on Mar 5, 2013 in All Inclusive Tour or Cruise
Trekking and hiking in Nepal offers verities test of mixed culture, naturally beauty of Nepal and unlimited sightseeing as well. While you move for trekking around the Nepal Himalayas you will see and feel enjoy ability from each day’s diversity scenery. People are friendly, helpful and charming in Nepal even-though around Himalaya. Trekking and hiking routes bring you up and down hill like a life some time happy and sad. It is sure that trekking and hiking in Nepal keeps you always smiling and refreshment. There are seasonal treks region like rain shadow known as Upper Mustang, Dolpa, Rara lake, Nar phu and Limi trek{in Humla} can do in monsoon season as well and others region are Everest base camp, Gokyo, Langtang Gosaikund, Annapurna sanctuary, Annapurna circuit etc, those trekking can do in Spring and Autumn season. There is most popular trekking and hiking route which called Ghorepani Poon hill trek in February and March because it is know as a rhododendron trekking in Nepal. Long trekking in Nepal takes you terrace to glacier.

Trekking in Everest Region

By glorioushimalaya on Feb 17, 2014 in Entertainment
Trekking in Everest region is an adventure time past to the trekkers. Everest region is one of the world famous trekking region of Nepal. Thousands for adventure seekers used to visit this region in a year. The price attraction of this region is highest peak in the world Mt. Everest, beautiful gokyo lakes, Mt, Cho-Oyu and Sherpas culture.

Best Hotel in Thamel

By Travel in Nepal on Jul 24, 2016 in Accommodation
Deluxe Double /Twin, Garden view rooms at Hotel Dream City are priced for 2 occupants sharing the same room. We have double rooms for couple and twin rooms for separate; please make sure you specify your preferred rooms before your reservation.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

By Nepalplanet Treks on Aug 15, 2016
Annapurna Round Trek
Annapurna Round Trek commonly known as one of the most excellent trekking choices in fact it lets you witness the natural as well cultural variety of Nepal. Trekking in this area will let you to have a glimpse on the atypical combine of snowy peaks, tumultuous rivers, clear lakes, hot springs and attractive rural settlements occupied by welcoming local people.
Annapurna Round Trek starts from Kathmandu to reach Besisahar and subsequently walking beside the Marsyangdi River all the way via rice and paddies pasture as well as passing by the rural settlements in the shade of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. As we go up, the vale turns to be narrow; cascades fall from high elevation and the backgrounds gains an uneven alpine form. The path after that turns west at the background the Annapurna range to leave into a Trans-Himalayan region occupied by Tibetan people. We will be amazed with the vistas of Annapurna II, III Gangapurna etc. Later we have a steady way up to the rustic community of Manang. We also go all the way through rough path traversing the Thorung La pass (5416 m)
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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