Nepal Travel Budget - Visit Nepal on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Nepal?

You should plan to spend around $38 (NP₨4,997) per day on your vacation in Nepal. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $8.80 (NP₨1,167) on meals
  • $11 (NP₨1,475) on local transportation
  • $28 (NP₨3,692) on hotels

A one week trip to Nepal for two people costs, on average, $527 (NP₨69,959). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $38
    NP₨4,997
  • One Week Per person
    $264
    NP₨34,980
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $527
    NP₨69,959
  • One Month Per person
    $1,130
    NP₨149,913
  • One Week For a couple
    $527
    NP₨69,959
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,054
    NP₨139,919
  • One Month For a couple
    $2,259
    NP₨299,826
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Nepal cost?

A one week trip to Nepal usually costs around $264 (NP₨34,980) for one person and $527 (NP₨69,959) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nepal on average costs around $527 (NP₨69,959) for one person and $1,054 (NP₨139,919) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Nepal will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nepal on average costs around $1,130 (NP₨149,913) for one person and $2,259 (NP₨299,826) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Nepal?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Nepal is $148 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Nepal expensive to visit?

Nepal is a very affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 10% of countries in the world for its affordability. Many budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring this country in depth.

Within Asia, Nepal is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Uzbekistan, but there are also more expensive countries, such as Maldives.

For more details, see Is Nepal Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Nepal?

The average Nepal trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Nepal travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) NP₨3,692 ($28)
Local Transportation 1 NP₨1,475 ($11)
Food 2 NP₨1,167 ($8.80)
Entertainment 1 NP₨1,107 ($8.34)
Tips and Handouts 1 NP₨213 - 638 ($2 - 5)
Alcohol 2 NP₨408 - 1,223 ($3 - 9)
Accommodation Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nepal is $14 (NP₨1,846). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nepal is $28 (NP₨3,692). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $14
    NP₨1,846
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $28
    NP₨3,692

Hotel Prices in Nepal

Looking for a hotel in Nepal? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Nepal based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $35. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nepal is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $11 (NP₨1,475) per person, per day, on local transportation in Nepal.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $11
    NP₨1,475

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Nepal are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Nepal, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Short Taxi Ride
    NP₨100
  • Taxi Ride
    NP₨200


Food Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Nepal can vary, the average cost of food in Nepal is $8.80 (NP₨1,167) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nepal should cost around $3.52 (NP₨467) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nepal is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $8.80
    NP₨1,167

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What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Nepal are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Nepal, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Dessert
    NP₨180
  • Pastries
    NP₨200
  • Dessert (for 2)
    NP₨400
  • Dinner for Two
    NP₨400
  • Dinner for Two
    NP₨600
  • Dinner
    NP₨850


Entertainment Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Nepal typically cost an average of $8.34 (NP₨1,107) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $8.34
    NP₨1,107

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Nepal are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Nepal, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Swayambhunath Stupa
    NP₨200
  • Monkey Temple for Two
    NP₨200
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
    NP₨500


Tips and Handouts Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Nepal is $3.21 (NP₨425) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Nepal is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $3.21
    NP₨425


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Nepal is $0.60 (NP₨80), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $0.60
    NP₨80


Alcohol Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $6.14 (NP₨815) on alcoholic beverages in Nepal per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $6.14
    NP₨815


Water Budget in Nepal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.36 (NP₨48) on bottled water in Nepal per day. The public water in Nepal is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.36
    NP₨48


Nepal On a Budget
Nepal Mt. Everest, Nepal
Nepal is most famous for its trekking opportunities in some of the world's most stunning scenery. The Himalayan Mountains form a breathtaking backdrop as you explore the small towns along to the Annapurna Circuit or head up to Everest Base camp. The trekking options are plentiful and cater to all comfort levels. It's easy to find a two or three day hike just outside of Kathmandu, or you can venture into a month long adventure exploring the diverse landscapes that make up the Himalayan Mountains. Other outdoor activities include rafting, jungle safaris, and paragliding, but hiking is really the ultimate experience in Nepal.

Many travelers fly into Kathmandu, the country's capital, only to rush out a day or two later. Although Nepal's true appeal is its natural landscape, Kathmandu offers a wonderful glimpse at the country's rich culture. Over half of the country's population lives in this city, and to skip it is to skip a large part of what makes Nepal thrive. This is city for the senses. Enjoy Nepalese food at restaurants that are open late into the night, wander through the streets, visit the monkey filled temples, and meet the locals. Nepalese people are some of the most friendly you will encounter. Buddhism and Hinduism meet in this vibrant country, and that is best reflected in the temples and sights around Kathmandu.

Travel costs in Nepal are perhaps some of the lowest in the world. Particularly during treks you can expect to spend little more than a few dollars a day. Some treks require a porter or guide, while others are best enjoyed on your own. Assess your fitness level and ask other travelers to learn how well marked a trail is before deciding if a guide is necessary for you. As you hike further into the mountains the cost of food and water will go up. Come prepared with your own way to sterilize water and you'll save yourself some money. Most guesthouses require that you eat a meal at their restaurant so confirm this policy before committing. Food at most restaurants are comparable in price and quality, so this policy allows hotel prices to stay to a minimum.
At A Glance
  • Although trekking in the Himalayas is the most popular activity here, there are countless other outdoor activities you can participate in. These include jungle safaris, bicycling trips, whitewater rafting, and hang gliding. If you're an adventure sport enthusiast, there is no shortage of things to do in the beautiful country.

  • There are many different treks you can participate in, some that are just a couple of days to others that are weeks long. Many people choose to hire a porter or guide for their treks, even if they are short. This is beneficial for first time trekkers, but it isn't always necessary. Depending on where you choose to go, it might be more fun to go it alone. Trails are often well marked and many are popular enough that you will likely never be completely alone. Find some travelers who have just returned from you chosen trek and ask them about the trail conditions. They will likely be your best source of information.

  • If you're planning to do any trekking in Nepal, it is best to choose you season well. There are reasons that some seasons are more popular than others. The monsoon rains usually hit between June and September while the winter cold prevents most hiking between January and March. Spring and Fall are really the best, and in some cases only, times you can hike in the Himalayas.

  • Many treks require a permit for foreigners. Research the hike you are planning to do in advance so you completely understand what you need in preparation. Most permits can be acquired in Kathmandu with minimal effort and time, but do make sure you have a few days to ensure things go smoothly.

  • If you plan to stay in guesthouses along the trek then you won't need to take as many supplies. Most guesthouse owners expect you to enjoy dinner in their restaurant. This is how they are able to keep the price so low. Don't skip out on the meal as it is unfair to the owner who will loose money. You might also find yourself paying a dramatically higher fee for the room than you expected.



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Top Tourist Attractions
Annapurna Circuit: One of the more popular treks in Nepal, this trail takes you through the villages along the Annapurna Region and takes a little over two weeks to fully complete. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La Pass which is 5400 meters high. It's a moderate level of intensity but the high altitude can prove challenging for some.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Starting in Lukla, this is the most popular trek up to Everest Base Camp. It's a well marked, popular trail and although the hiking is quite challenging, there are many places to rest and spend the night.

Chitwan National Park: A great place to do a jungle safari and ride an elephant, Chitwan National Park offers a fun alternative to the hiking most people enjoy in Nepal.

Popular Foods
Nepalese food combines some aspects of Indian cuisine with some characteristics of Tibetan food. Rice accompanies most meals and there is often a lentil dish as well. The country's national dish of Daal Bhaat is ubiquitous and can be found on almost any menu.

Daal Bhaat Tarkaari: The national dish of Nepal is a lentil dish served with rice and tarkaari. Tarkaari is a mix of vegetables served with spices. If you spend any length of time in Nepal, you'll become all too familiar with this dish which is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner at almost every restaurant.

Momos: This is a traditional meat or vegetable dumpling dish that is typically served with a tomato based sauce. It's a popular option for a late night snack while you're in Kathmandu. During treks, most momos are vegetarian and substantially more expensive than the options that are available in the city.

Samosas: These meat or vegetable dumpling dishes are deep fried and served with a sauce. They're a popular street food that's available in the cities.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.