Actual cost of Nepal trip?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Dec 1, 2012 12:47 PM Last Post By: scoodly
Nov 27, 2012 8:46 PM
Actual cost of Nepal trip?Hello all. My husband and I are looking to go on an exciting but affordable trip before beginning a family. I was initially considering Argentina but wasn't feeling as excited. Then I saw a post where someone mentioned that Nepal was cheaper, saw pics which looked amazing, and then was recommended to go by 2 coworkers. This sounds more like a trip for me! However, a round trip fare from New York seems at least $1500 right now. We were hoping to keep our budget between $2-3,000 dollars for a 16-18 day trip in late March/April. I read that the higher range per day could be $50. I haven't done enough research just yet but I know that we would like a light,short trek and are interested in taking in the culture and scenery. Does this amount per day sound correct. Like Thailand, will we be spending the bulk of our money on the flight and then find things much more affordable when we are in the country? Any answers would be helpful!
Nov 27, 2012 9:13 PM
1Trekking costs doing the ABC trek for example would be around $20-25/day/person + about $30 for permits. This is without staff; carry your own. Life in Kathmandu or Pokhara would be slightly cheaper for food (staying away from higher end establishments), and a decent hotel can be found for $20-30 for a double room with bath. Bus transportation would cost something like $30 each. Budgeting $50/day/person is enough if spending carefully.
Nov 27, 2012 10:28 PM
Nov 28, 2012 1:24 AM
3Predicting exact budgets is difficult as different people have different expectations – But $50 per day is what I would class as a nice middle budget and should allow you to do most things with a degree of comfort.
Things that push prices up dramatically are internal flights (Lukla flights are now around $140 each way for none SAAC nationalities and about $55 each way for Nepali’s)
Trekking Staff also add to costs, but still represent excellent value – For instance, if you decided to trek The Annapurna Sanctuary, which is about 10 days trekking Pokhara to Pokhara then you could just hire out one porter/guide and he will both guide you as well as carry 15k, so this saves you packing most of your gear, costs are around $20 per day including his food and accommodation as well as his insurance but not transportation to and from the trail-head or tip + you will need to pay around $25 /$30 each for your own food and accommodation, $30 each ANCAP and $10 each TIMS ($20 if you organise this in advance through an agent) – This will work out a Lot cheaper than joining a group + you can walk at your own pace, stay where you want and eat where, what and when you want..
If you wish to browse the tips sections and travelogues on the link in my signature where I have written up a lot of my personal experiences Including landing at Kathmandu, how to get through customs and immigration Quickly, some ideas on Trekking, where to stay, eat, things to see and do + some tips on transport
I think that you might find them useful
Good Luck and Happy
Nov 28, 2012 3:11 AM
Nov 28, 2012 9:09 AM
5Nepal isn't expensive, it's a great destination and highly recommended. You've got already good and detailed info from the regulars.
As you mentioned Argentina - the country was very cheap still 5-6 years ago. But, within the last few years prices have doubled. You might look at Bolivia instead, one of the best destinations in South America, and the cheapest. In terms of landscapes it has much more to offer than high mountains. Mar/Apr would be perfect time, when the rain season is over. (In Nepal it'd be equally good, well before monsoon season starts).
Since you're concerned about your budget you might look at flight prices NY - La Paz or Santa Cruz, and compare with flights to Kathmandu.
Nov 28, 2012 11:27 AM
6As Into-thin-air points out, different people have different expectations.
As a guideline I have just returned from a trip to Nepal.
Two nights in Kathmandu, bus to Pokhara, 12 days trekking to ABC, 6 nights in Pokhara, 4 day package trip to Chitwan, 4 nights in Kathmandu. I stayed in mid range accommodation, ate nice meals with a beer each evening (except while trekking) and bought a fair amount of trekking clothing, trekking poles and a few books.
However, I trekked solo, i.e. without a guide or porter.
In total I spent 120,000 Rupees (I used ATMs and have just checked my bank statement).
Nov 28, 2012 1:15 PM
7that is really helpful/great info to know before landing in nepal to plan a budget....very helpful!
Does anyone know if you can leave/store a small bag and possibly pay someone to store it in Kathmandu while doing the EBC trek? somewhat of a safe place? Maybe a place were I will be renting my sleeping bag from or buying all my trekking gear from?
Nov 28, 2012 1:26 PM
Stuff you don't need for the trek can be stored in your hotel in KTM. This is standard practice (I don't know of a hotel that does not offer this service), free (they hope you will stay again on your return) and safe (at least there have been no genuine reports of problems on here in the last few years). Having said this, I would not advertise the presence of a laptop, for example, and be aware your bag could end up at the bottom of the pile by the time you return.
Nov 28, 2012 4:49 PM
9Thanks again for your info Scoodly,
i did look into the altitude sickness issue... mainly most importantly its advised that one should take their time so you can climatize as like you mentioned....but as well apparently from what i have been told/researched is that you can take ibuprofen just before and while you are ascending to greatly reduce the risk..
Nov 28, 2012 10:23 PM
I don't know about Ibuprofen but the Himalayan Rescue Organisation has good information here.
Nov 29, 2012 4:09 AM
11Scoodly has covered your additional questions nicely.
I have left my surplus gear in hotel left luggage rooms in both Kathmandu and Pokhara many times and never had a problem – But it’s worthwhile taking a few precautions like locking any bag you leave and obtaining a receipt – Sadly your gear is at greater risk of being stolen from fellow trekkers rather than Nepali’s !!
I have never heard of Ibuprofen helping prevent AMS either – Here is another site with some good info on reducing the risks of being adversely effected by AMS
Nov 30, 2012 8:13 PM
Dec 1, 2012 9:32 AM
Dec 1, 2012 12:47 PM
14"Take some Diamox with you and everything should go fine."
I would suggest reading the link above and the information from the ISMM.
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