Nepal Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Nepal?

How much money will you need for your trip to Nepal? You should plan to spend around NP₨2,901 ($24) per day on your vacation in Nepal, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, NP₨880 ($7.27) on meals for one day and NP₨215 ($1.78) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Nepal for a couple is NP₨2,818 ($23). So, a trip to Nepal for two people for one week costs on average NP₨40,610 ($336). 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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Nepal for one week usually costs around NP₨20,305 for one person. So, a trip to Nepal for two people costs around NP₨40,610 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs NP₨81,221 in Nepal. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Nepal?

How much does a trip to Nepal cost? Is Nepal expensive? The average Nepal trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Nepal prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Nepal can vary, the average cost of food in Nepal is NP₨880 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nepal should cost around NP₨352 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Nepal is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent NP₨215 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nepal.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Flights to Nepal

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How much money do I need for Nepal?

Typical travel prices in Nepal are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Nepal. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Nepal can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Bus
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Taxi Ride
  • Dessert
  • Pastries
  • Dessert (for 2)
  • Dinner for Two
  • Dinner for Two
  • Dinner
  • 1 Liter Water
  • Water (1.5L)
Typical tour prices for Nepal

How much do tours to Nepal cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    13 days
    $ 825
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    15 days
    $ 860
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Nepal On a Budget
Nepal Tibetan Girl, 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.

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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Travel Tips

Porters and Guides for Trekking

By wanderinggurl in Entertainment
In a country like Nepal it is much cheaper to book your porter and guide after you arrive. If you have the time and flexibility when traveling, this is definitely the way to go. This allows you the opportunity to meet the person who will be traveling with you and confirm that your personalities are compatible. It also will save you a lot of money!

Lingering in the City

By backpackguru
A lot of people zip in and out of Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu, on their way to the Himalayan Mountains. While the obvious reason to visit Nepal is the trekking and outdoor activities, don't blow Kathmandu off. It's actually a very fascinating city that gives you a lot of insight into the country's culture and people. There are plenty of temples to explore, but simply exploring the neighborhoods and roaming through the markets can really be an experience. While you usually visit Nepal to hike, make sure you see every thing the country has to offer by seeing where the vast majority of the residents call home.

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