Trekking in Nepal Budget and costs:
Especially trekking around the world anywhere is expensive outdoor activities. But Nepal is a cheap place to trek and spend time if you will do the initial good plan.
Costs for Nepal trekking:
Gear for the trekking, accommodation transportation from city to city and from city to trekking start point and from the trek ending point to city, guide and porter arrangements, food for the trekking permits are the main costs for Nepal trekking.
Accommodation and foods:
The main expenses for the trekking are food and accommodation. When you stay in the lodges or teahouses of the mountain better you eat your dinner and breakfast there where you stay. The price of the room is normally very low because the lodge’s owners make some benefit from food. Please do not try to eat outside food and drinks if you trekking in the Nepal mountains.
Normally the price of the rooms starts from US$ 3 to US$ 5 per night. But some places they have toilets and shower inside a room at US$ 5 to US$ 10 also. Normally those rooms are shares in two persons. So if you have a trekking partner you can save your money. Food prices will be less in lower elevation and the places where transportation available. Mules, Yaks, porters, a helicopter carrying the food at a higher elevation so it will be a bit expensive. Eating Dal Bhat local food is the best way to saving some costs in Nepal trekking. Because No need to pay extra cost Dal Bhat you can refill more. Chocolate, bars, Beer, Alcoholic drinks, cokes, are a little expensive in trekking because of transportation.
Please do not haggle the Lodge Owner and do not ask for a discount because of the price managed by the Local tourism Enterprises Committee. Peoples are honest and hard working. So trying to ask more discount means disrespectful. Because nobody impressed with cheap tourist in the world.
In Kathmandu Thamel, there are lots of gear shops you can haggle there. The quality is not so much good. If you really use for one time Nepal trekking its not too big deal. If you love the fancy gear you can buy Northface store. But it is a bit expensive. Some expensive things like trekking sleeping bag, Down jacket, can be rented in Thamel which costs US$ 1 per day.
Do not buy a copy version of the shoes. This is the most important thing for trekking. The water you can buy mineral water or Boiled water or safe drinking water. For saving the money you can use Chlorine drips or iodine tablets.
Transportation to the trek:
In Nepal, some parts for the eastern side from Kathmandu bus journey is very long about 24 hours. Even a bus ticket is the cheapest option we suggest you take a flight in the morning. Normally morning flights will be a delay but not cancel a lot.
Mostly the local bus is very cheap like Kathmandu to Pokhara US$ 5. Its cheapest option for traveling but from Thamel there is not a local bus. You need to go to New Bus Park Gongabu. From Pokhara Lakeside also No local bus so you need to go Prithvichock. So we suggest you take the best option is the Tourist Bus or Private car or flight. Tourist bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu can take 7:30 am from Tourist bus park Pokhara or from Sorakhutte Thamel at 7:00 am.
Please take care of yourself on a long journey by local bus. We suggest you book the ticket one day before your travel if you traveling a long journey.
Normally from Lukla to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Lukla the price for flight ticket US$ 178 per person per one way. The flight is the most convenient way of traveling but a bit expensive. Lukla airplane is small like 12-16 seats maximum. Tara airlines are the good options to buy a ticket and another option Sita air and Goma or summit air is normal. Nowadays Nepal airlines are not the best options to fly Lukla.
If the weather condition is a bit bad helicopter is the best option It costs around 500 to 600 USD on a sharing basis. Remember that helicopter private is very expensive thousands of dollars for a single trip.
Guide and porters:
Normally the guide salary US$ 30 per day but some travel agencies you can find guides us$ 20 also. Make sure that an experienced guide cannot go in that low prices. Their services as not as very good as experienced guides. Their services like Change the flight ticket, Book the room in tea houses, Change your date of room in City, arrange the porters with responsibility. Hospitality in tea houses, If you feel sick take care of you, and consult you will your travel and insurance agents If you feel sick at night and you must go down they must hesitate to go down with you even night. Because of health wealth. Consult with the hotel owner and gave you some food and drinks at midnight too, but depends on availability, Normally porter carries your luggage from one tea house to other tea houses. In case if you traveling in a group one person likes to go continue the trek and one person needs to go back one person can back with porter and one person can go with a guide. That time guide as a porter and a guide too.
So respect your guide and porters. Tell Sherpa for the porters it’s very polite for them. Normally porters salary US$ 20 per day.
Tips for guide and porters:
Normally Tips not mandatory but expected in Nepal. Some travel agencies offer to the tourist 10-25% of tour fees must tip for guide and porters. But mission Himalaya Treks offers you if you are happy with our services you can make happy for guide and porters. There are no criteria for tips. We suggest your final day of trekking invite your guide and porters to dinner and tipping them there. They seem very happy. And blessed you for coming future tour and trekking in Nepal.