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Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 17, 2018 11:35AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Dorm bed in a hostel: US$10
  • Budget hotel room in Kathmandu: US$15–25
  • Room, dinner and breakfast in a trekking lodge: US$12–15
  • Trekking porter/guide: US$17/25 per day
Midrange
US$50–150
  • Organised camping trek: US$60–80 per person per day
  • Midrange meal in Kathmandu: US$7–10
  • Midrange hotel: US$25–80
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Top-end hotel in Kathmandu or lodge in Chitwan: US$150–250
  • Mountain flight: US$199
  • Private car hire with driver: US$80 per day
  • Mustang trekking permit: US$500 for 10 days

It's easy to change cash and access ATMs in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities, but almost impossible in rural areas or on treks.

Tipping

  • Taxis Round up the fare for taxi drivers; rickshaw drivers will also appreciate a modest tip.

  • Restaurants Tipping waiting staff is uncommon, but tips are invariably appreciated.

  • Guides & Porters Trekking guides and porters generally expect a tip of 10% to 15% for a job well done.