How Much Does a Trekking Holiday in Nepal Cost?

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An extensive guide to the costs of trekking in Nepal

Ah, Nepal! A land where the air is filled with adventure, and every corner turned offers a new visual wonder. From the majestic peaks of the Himalayas to the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, this country is a haven for adventurers seeking thrills and serenity alike. 

But before you start packing your hiking boots and camera, you’re probably wondering, “How much is this adventure going to cost me?” Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Let’s break down the costs of an adventure holiday in Nepal, from the flight from London to Kathmandu to how much spending money you should tuck into your wallet.

How much does it cost to fly from London to Kathmandu?
Flying from London to Kathmandu costs: the gateway to adventure

Your journey begins with the flight from London to Kathmandu, the heart and soul of Nepal. The cost can vary widely depending on the time of year, how far in advance you book, and the airline you choose. 

On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from around £600 to £1,000 for a return ticket. To keep your Nepal costs down, keep an eye out for deals and consider flying out of season to snag the lower end of that range – January usually being the cheapest month to fly. Of course, if you’re committed to climbing that mountain at a particular time of year, you’ll have to work a bit harder to find the right flight and the right price. 

But the flight itself is more than just a means to an end; it’s your first step into the adventure, with aerial views that hint at the breathtaking landscapes waiting to be explored.

Remember, you’ll get the best deals on flights to Kathmandu when you book through a reputable travel company – especially when they’re taking a small group of you out together, as we do on all of our trekking holidays to Nepal! 

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How much do internal flights cost in Nepal?

How much do internal flights cost in Nepal?
Internal flights in Nepal costs: exploring beyond the capital

Nepal may be renowned for its treks, but some gems are just a flight away. Internal flights can take you to places like Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp, or Lukla, the starting point for the Ama Dablam and the various Everest Base Camp treks. Costs for these flights range from £100 to £250, depending on your destination and booking time. 

Sure, these flights add to the adventure’s total cost, but they open up a world of experiences that are well worth the expense. And again, you’ll save money if you’re part of a group booking (all are trip groups are 16 people max, just sayin’!).

How much does food cost in Nepal?
Food costs in Nepal: a feast for the senses

Food in Nepal is as diverse as its landscapes, offering everything from traditional Nepali thalis to international cuisine in tourist hotspots. Street food and local eateries are your best bet for authentic and affordable meals, where you can indulge in delicious momos (dumplings) or dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) for just £1-£3 per meal. 

For those occasions when you crave something a bit more upscale, expect to pay around £5-£10 at a restaurant. Food in Nepal isn’t just nourishment; it’s an adventure for your taste buds, with flavours as rich and varied as the country’s cultural tapestry.

If you’re doing your trekking holiday in Nepal off your own bat, we’d recommend you set aside around £30 a day to cover your meals (and plenty of snacks to keep those calories coming in while you’re trekking!).

How much does food cost in Nepal?
How much does accommodation cost in Nepal?

How much does accommodation cost in Nepal?
A place to rest your head: accommodation costs in Nepal

Whether you’re looking to bunk in a teahouse in the Himalayas or relax in a boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers accommodations to fit every adventurer’s budget. 

Backpackers can find hostels and budget hotels starting at £5-£10 per night, offering a cosy place to rest without breaking the bank. For those seeking a bit more comfort, mid-range hotels range from £20 to £50 per night, providing a perfect blend of relaxation and value. And for the ultimate retreat, luxury hotels and resorts can cost upwards of £100 per night, offering serene escapes with stunning views. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll find that Nepal’s hospitality is as warm as its sunsets.

As you’d expect, booking your adventure in Nepal with a group travel company brings the cost of accommodation right down. At the Bucket List Company, we generally offer twin room accommodation around 3* as standard, which helps to keep the costs of your adventure down. 

How much does a trekking guide cost in Nepal?
The costs of hiring a trekking guide in Nepal: your crucial companion through the trails

Embarking on a trek in Nepal isn’t just a journey through nature; it’s an exploration of the soul amidst some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. 

To navigate the trails, learn about local cultures, and ensure safety, many adventurers sensibly choose to hire a trekking guide. But how much does this invaluable companion cost?

The cost of hiring a trekking guide in Nepal can vary depending on the trek’s length, the guide’s experience, and the services included. On average, hiring a guide can cost anywhere from £20 to £30 per day. This fee typically includes the guide’s expertise in navigating the trails, knowledge of local cultures and history, and assistance in arranging accommodations and meals along the route. 

Some guides may also offer additional services, such as teaching basic Nepali phrases or providing first aid, which could be included in their daily rate or come at an extra cost.

How much does a trekking guide cost in Nepal?
How much does a trekking guide cost in Nepal?

How much do porters cost in Nepal?
The price of strength: porter costs in Nepal

For those embarking on more challenging treks, such as the Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit, it might be wise to consider hiring a guide-porter or a guide and a separate porter. A guide-porter can carry a limited amount of your gear while also guiding you through the trek, and they typically charge between £15 to £25 per day. 

Hiring a separate porter to carry your gear can cost around £10 to £20 per day, in addition to the cost of your guide (which is around £20 – £30) – but it does mean you can get a whole lot more value out of your guide, which is worth every penny. 

Travel tip: Booking your trekking holiday in Nepal with an group adventure travel company like The Bucket List Company brings the cost of your guides and porters RIGHT down! 

How much spending money do you need in Nepal?
Spending money in Nepal: the fuel for your adventure

Aside from the essentials, you’ll want some spending money for souvenirs, activities, and those spontaneous adventures that can’t be planned. 

A budget of £20-£30 per day should cover entrance fees to most temples and cultural sites, occasional taxi rides, and those must-have trinkets from local markets. For the more adventurous souls looking to paraglide in Pokhara or embark on guided treks, you might want to budget a bit more. Just remember, it’s not about the money spent but the memories made, and in Nepal, those are priceless.

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How much does technical climbing add to the cost of a trekking holiday in Nepal?

How much does technical climbing add to the cost of a trekking holiday in Nepal?
How else can you take your adventure to a whole new level? 

Venturing into the realm of technical climbing introduces a new array of expenses. The adventures tend to be longer, like our Langtang trek – taking your accommodation, food and guides costs up. Then, equipment for more technical climbs like Ama Dablam, Mera Peak and Island Peak from Everest Base Camp, including specialised gear like ice axes, crampons, and ropes, can significantly add to your costs. 

These climbs often require the expertise of a climbing guide who specialises in high-altitude and technical terrain too. These guides command higher daily rates due to their specialised skills and experience, which can cost £50+ extra per day, adding a considerable amount to your trip’s cost.

What else adds to the cost of an adventure holiday in Nepal?
If you’re already there, you may as well go the whole hog…

The allure of Nepal’s landscapes often tempts adventurers to extend their journeys beyond a single destination too. Opting for a trek that combines the Everest Base Camp with the serene beauty of the Gokyo Lakes, for example, extends your trekking days, thereby increasing the costs for guides, porters, accommodation, and food. Each additional day not only enriches your experience but also adds to the overall price of your adventure.

While the costs can accumulate, the value of fully immersing yourself in Nepal’s diverse offerings really can’t be overstated. If you’ve journeyed all the way to this corner of the Earth, embracing the full spectrum of experiences can make your adventure even more unforgettable. For instance, adding a two-night stay in Chitwan National Park could elevate your trip’s cost by around £650, but the opportunity to witness the park’s rich wildlife and unique ecosystems offers a priceless contrast to the high-altitude landscapes.

If you want to do a bit of everything, our Best of Nepal adventure gives you adventure in spades. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit, two days in Chitwan National Park, relaxation in Pokhara and the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu – check it out here!

What else adds to the cost of an adventure holiday in Nepal?

Now you know your costs… When are you getting out there?!
Booking the adventure of a lifetime in Nepal.

As you plan your adventure holiday in Nepal, remember that each choice — whether it’s scaling a technical peak, extending your trek, or exploring the verdant lowlands — shapes the cost and the tapestry of your experience. While the more you add, the higher the cost, investing in these once-in-a-lifetime experiences can yield dividends in memories and achievements that last a lifetime. 

The key is to balance your budget with your dreams, and that’s exactly what we give to our Bucketlisters: the opportunity to explore Nepal’s rich tapestry of natural wonders and cultural treasures to the fullest, from the awe-inspiring flight into Kathmandu to the last delicious bite of dal bhat, every penny spent opens the door to a world of wonders. 

Whether you’re trekking through the Himalayas or navigating the bustling streets of Kathmandu, Nepal offers adventures that are as affordable as they are unforgettable. So pack your spirit of adventure (and maybe an extra memory card for your camera), because Nepal is waiting to offer you experiences beyond your wildest dreams, without emptying your wallet. Here’s what we’ve got available in Nepal right now:

Langtang Trek – 20 days from £2,450

Annapurna Base Camp – 15 days from £2,145

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 18 days from £2,350

The Best of Nepal – 12 days from £2,050

Everest Base Camp – 18 days from £2,195

Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lakes – 20 days from £2,395

Everest Base Camp and Island Peak – 21 days from £3,600

Mera Peak – 21 days from £3,750

Ama Dablam – 31 days from £7,140

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