Situated high in the elevations of South Asia, Nepal is one of the world’s most spectacular countries. Home to some of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, millions of people are drawn to the stunning natural beauty and diverse culture of Nepal each and every year. With diverse forests and stretching vistas combined with a rich and colorful folklore, it’s no surprise that Nepal has become a top travel destination for spiritual and adventurous travelers alike.
While visiting the major cities that spread out across the Nepalese countryside, there’s a lot to be gained from really immersing yourself into the country. Trekking is becoming one of the most popular ways to experience Nepal, thanks to the varied landscape and breathtaking sights to be had along the way. You might think that a Nepalese trek is priced well out of your reach, but you’d be surprised to learn that the costs aren’t that prohibitive. Here, we take you through a guide on how to budget for your Nepalese trek.
Just like with any national park in your home country, the conservation of the trekking regions of Nepal requires maintenance which comes as a cost. This maintenance allows trekkers to fully experience the beauty of the region without things like trash or blockages getting in the way. Just like with any large national park, these costs have been collected through the site visitors, via a trekking permit fee that allows you free access to the many trails and tracks through the mountainous region. The permit cost will vary depending on what region you are trekking. For instance, the Manaslu trek costs may have different costs depending on what time of year you travel. Be sure to research and budget for these costs before you leave.
If you are a seasoned hiker, then you can likely make your trek without any additional help. However, for those who want to experience the beauty of a trek in their later years or even if physical disability affects you, then you can opt to hire a porter to help you along the way. Porters are experienced locals who are acclimatized to the elevation that will carry your luggage for you up and down the slopes of the trek. Not only will this help to increase your enjoyment of the trek, but you won’t have to leave behind the creature comforts of home. A porter will typically cost you around $25 USD per day.
Getting to and from the start and end points of your trek can be difficult, especially if either of these places are located in hard to get to towns. Often, there are no direct flights between Kathmandu and the small towns where the treks depart from, so getting there via bus or private transport is often necessary. Usually a bus will only cost you around $15-$20 USD per person, but if you opt to rent a private vehicle expect to pay more than $200 USD for the privilege.
Finding somewhere to rest your weary head at the end of a long day of trekking is the key to your recovery and equipment for the following day’s work. As you don’t know how long you’ll be able to persevere each day, it can be hard to book your accommodation in advance. Thankfully, this is common along the various treks in Nepal, and most towns along your way will have a range of accommodation options available for you to choose from once you arrive. You will pay around $10-$15 USD per person each night, so make sure you have enough cash to cover these costs.
5. Food and drinks
Keeping yourself energized and hydrated is one of the biggest costs of your journey. Regular breaks to eat and drink are the key to being able to maintain your pace and strength, so don’t forgo these important necessities. Your costs will be different depending on the style of trek you undertake. Some treks are all inclusive and will provide you with the sustenance you need, but it’s always a good idea to pack extra items with you, or cash to purchase these along the way, as you never know what you might need. Remember, your ATM cards are not likely to work in these remote and isolated places.
If you love the outdoors, nothing presents such amazing challenges and stunning beauty than a trek through Nepal. With a landscape rich and vibrant and views that you will never forget, these treks are an exciting adventure of a lifetime. By using our guide, you can plan a budget that will help you to afford these unforgettable moments.