This post outlines the estimated cost of travel in Nepal. Read on for our suggested shoestring and more comfortable backpacking budgets for this fascinating country sandwiched between China and India. We also have some sample prices and info on using money while you are there.
Nepal Budget Travel
Nepal Travel Costs on a Shoestring Budget
US$20/day | 2250 Nepalese Rupees
Our Nepal backpacking budget of just $20 per day may not sound a lot but it’s perfectly manageable if you’re a shoestring traveller not looking for much more than to travel around the country whilst experiencing the local culture. Dorm beds and even private rooms shouldn’t set you back more than the equivalent of $5 per night and with local restaurants and local transport also dirt cheap, you should have a bit left-over every day for day-time activities or a few drinks in the evening.
More Comfortable Nepal Backpacker Budget
US$30/day | 3400 Nepalese Rupees
Nepal’s tourism is largely centred around trekking and it does attract a fair amount of wealthy visitors as well as backpackers. As a result there are facilities to cater for them in some areas, which can provide you with some temptation to stray above $20/day. By extending your budget to $30 you can add a little bit of luxury into your trip by staying in nicer hotels and dining out at more tourist-geared restaurants from time to time. It will also give you more room to do extra trips and visit more of the best trekking trails, which typically cost $20 to enter.
However if you are looking for more organised trekking expeditions, which is highly recommended if you’re not experienced, then even this budget won’t cover for that. The costs can be quite high for guided trips and to reach the highest points in the Himalayas, it will take many days, which clearly is going to be quite expensive.
If adventurous trekking is likely to be the main or a major focus of your trip then use these budgets for the days you won’t be trekking and find a good company for the days you will and research the costs in advance. Check out this backpacking guide to Nepal for a more detailed overview of the country.
Travel Insurance for Backpacking Nepal
Nepal may be cheap to visit but remember that these budgets do not cover extra expenses such as booking flights to the country or purchasing travel insurance. The latter is very important in case you get sick or suffer an injury whilst there. In terms of backpackers there are a few options when it comes to the best travel insurance for Asia.
Minibus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (roughly 5 hours) – $3.50
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – $1.50
0.5 Litre local beer in a bar or restaurant – $2
Dorm bed in Kathmandu – from $4
Typical room in a guesthouse across the country – $5 (slightly more in Kathmandu)
Trekking permits for most trails – $20
Note, these prices were last checked in December 2016. Everything else on this page was updated in early 2019.
Currency – Nepalese Rupee
£1 = 150 NPR
€1 = 129 NPR
US$1 = 113 NPR
(All exchange rates are correct as of February 2019)
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