By Western standards Nepal is a cheap place to travel, though prices are creeping up. As a general guide you can live in Nepal for less than $40 a day if you stay in budget accommodation, take the bus, and trek independently. Some of the best-value choices are in the midrange category (slightly more expensive, but well worth it). Meals are also refreshingly inexpensive, except in Kathmandu where restaurants aimed at foreigners are increasingly charging Western prices. If you go trekking independently, food will be your biggest expense. Beds in lodges are cheap, but the bill for dinner and breakfast will be US$10-12 – more if you order alcoholic drinks. If you require a porter or guide, bank on another US$13-20.