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Is Nepal expensive to travel?

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Nepal is a small country with its major source of the economy being agriculture, tourism, and remittance. The valuation of the Nepalese currency is very low when you compare it with the USD. On average, a dollar is equivalent to NPR 110 and the goods, the products, and the services here in Nepal are fairly cheap as well. When it comes to your expenses, there are three main categories where you will be spending mostly. They are food, accommodation and travel expenses.

Food

Image: Mo:Mo in Nepal

Traveling to Nepal is not just about its natural beauty and culture but also, food. Food is an integral part of what Nepal has to provide for its visitors. Especially the major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu and Pokhara are famous for its food culture. When it comes to expenses and service charges regarding eatery, these cities are very fair to their customers. An average meal in Kathmandu would cost you around $4-$7 depending upon the type of cuisine and restaurants. A cup of coffee in Kathmandu would cost $2-$4 and a cup of tea would cost you $1-$2. A cost for a bottle of beer would cost $3-$6. The pricing is pretty similar in the case of other cities like Pokhara too however, it is applicable only when you’re in the cities.

Once you head off for trekking or expedition around Nepal, the price goes higher. An average meal would cost $7-$10 and coffee is hard to find except for instant coffee whereas alcoholic drinks get expensive as well. But the price for accommodation while trekking in Nepal would compensate for price hike in food which we will discuss next.

Accommodation

Image: Accommodation during trek

Lodging in Nepal varies according to your preference. You can find a different variant of accommodation from hostels to a five-star hotel. First, let’s go through lodging facilities and services throughout the major cities of Nepal. A hostel in Kathmandu would cost $3-$5 per night where you’ll get a bed with a shared space. A room would normally have 6-10 beds but hostels are few. Many people want private spaces and that’s what most accommodation services are focused on. If you’re staying at a guest house in Kathmandu or other major cities a room would range from $15-$25 and the services are limited. You should check if they have all the services you need before booking a space for yourself. Then comes the hotels in Nepal and this has a very diverse selection but it is what we would recommend if you’re looking for a place to say in the cities of Nepal.

Hotels would start anywhere from $30 ranging to $200. A three-star hotel’s average cost would range from $50-$70 whereas the four-star hotel’s room ranges from $70-$100 and a five-star hotel’s room costs $100 and above per night. However, when you’re trekking in Nepal, especially up to the Himalayas the prices for lodging are surprisingly low. Most of the accommodation places you’ll find are tea-houses and a room would cost you $5-$10 per night and the facilities are limited.

Travel Expenses

Travel Expenses in Nepal depends upon the type of activity you’re planning on doing. We’ve already given you the details on the most essential expenses you’ll have to cover during your stay in Nepal which is food and accommodation. If you’re planning for a trek in Nepal then the main expense you’ll have to pay would be to the travel agency. They have different travel packages to offer for trekking in Nepal and prices vary according to packages, travel duration, and travel destination. Benefit for purchasing the full package would be that the travel agency will cover for all of your needs including food, accommodation, transportation, guide service, and rescue in terms of emergency cases so that you won’t have to worry and travel without any stress.

Other expenses would be shopping which might include proper gears and equipment necessary according to your needs but many travel agencies in Nepal provide those services as well. Others might be shopping. Keep in mind that bargaining would definitely get you a better deal and it’s not rude to do so if you’re respectful and doing it with enjoyable social experience. Keep in mind though that you want to do all of your shopping while you’re in the major cities of Nepal, specifically Kathmandu or Pokhara.

These are the most essential information about your travel expenses for traveling to Nepal. So the prices for facilities and services in Nepal are fairly cheap and not only that but there’s a variety of choices when it comes to choosing what sort of services you’re looking for during your stay in Nepal. Even the services for higher prices in Nepal are very reasonable when you compare to the same facilities you’ll be getting in other countries, especially the developed nations. Visit our website www.coretreks.com if you want to know more about traveling to Nepal.

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Asmit
Asmit
2020-07-16
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Lifetime Experience We had a super time in Everest Base Camp last year. Trekking to this place was dream for many years which come true with the help CoreTreks and team members.
Lena B
Lena B
2020-03-06
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Higly recommended I did the Langtang Valley trekk with Gosaikunda lakes included. The preparation and communication for that has been great all the time. Nim is an excellent and knowledgeable person. My Trekkingguide was Gorakh and i couldn't have hoped for a better one! I felt like i was in good hands throughout the trekk and he took care of my dietary needs. They also booked my bus ticket to Pokhara and asked the bus driver to pick me up at a place which was closer to my accommodation. Thank you so much Nim!! Next time i will do the Manaslu trekk with you :)
Hidayat Toda
Hidayat Toda
2020-03-04
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Feel exeprience in nepal as a family Core track is a professional tour team and comapny, they treat you as a family, they prepare all the things you need, the team was very nice and warm, and also you will feel as in a family, just go and book with them
Michael S
Michael S
2020-01-19
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Trek to Rara Lake in Nepal with CoreTreks My wife and I had been planning to visit Nepal since like a year ago. We are really happy and satisfied with our trek to Rara Lake in Nepal. The place is really chilling with beautiful scenery all around. Luckily the weather was fantastic and we got a clear view of the mountains and the lake. We are really humbled to be able to experience such a rare privilege. Our guides informed us that the weather is often bad especially because of the altitude. The alpine vegetation surrounded by mountains was really special to observe. I would like to thank CoreTreks for helping us throughout our journey to Rara Lake.
Noo
Noo
2019-12-12
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Great service Beautiful temples and delicious food After touring around the Kathmandu valley, I’m inspired to explore more about Nepal. Unfortunately it will have to be during my next visit. The city is way busier than I expected it to be. As we drove outside the valley, we discovered some peaceful environment and beautiful temples. The Nepali cuisine in Kathmandu was something I would love to try again. They are spicy but delicious. I have to say that the people in Nepal are really friendly and welcoming. Everyone greeted us with love and treated us nicely. There was no fear for a lone traveler like me to get through the tour. Thanks to CoreTreks and the team for making this tour possible for me. I booked last minute but they helped me through everything. I really appreciate it. If you are looking to visit Nepal, I highly recommend that you book from CoreTreks they are the best.
Santivo
Santivo
2019-08-24
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Kathmandu Tour and Memorable Memories After many Yes/No we decided to choose vacation plan for Nepal, then the journey of more confusing start. We start googling the best packages and tours operators in Kathmandu. We luckily found CoreTreks. They are really professional, trustworthy, reliable and responsive for their profession, this team made our Nepal visit absolutely memorable and experience. We strongly recommended anyone will to visit Nepal, can choose CoreTreks and enjoy your vacation.
ASTA
ASTA
2019-08-23
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It deserves more than a 5 STAR for their services sweet words are easy to say, nice things are easy to bye, but good people are difficult to find. life ends when you stop dreaming...travel in Nepal to leave the best memories. thank you for everything coretreks for friendly smile,for the care during the journey. again, i want to go there return. i help all my friends to see Nepal with your help and support. you guys deserve more than a 5 star for excellent services for tours and trekking in Nepal. see you soon again!
Martin L
Martin L
2019-06-24
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satisfied with the service and packages Dec 2018, we had plan to visit Nepal and book the packages with core treks, they guide us the best packages for ABC and we are fully satisfied with the service and packages. Thank you team, keep it up
Pedro R
Pedro R
2019-03-11
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Friendly staff We did some trecking around Katmandu and we had a good time. The guide was friendly and available to support us with anything.
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이홍래
2019-01-24
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Langtang Trekking 이제 돌아와서 한숨돌리고 적네요. 네팔이란 나라가 처음이고, 한국에서도 등산한번 하지 않았었는데, 갑자기 네팔이 가고 싶었습니다. 네팔에 가면 뭔가 꽉막힌 마음이 뚤릴것 같았고, 복잡한 머리가 정리가 될것 같았습니다. 다행이 CORE TREK 의 Nim을 만나 트레킹을 잘 마무리할 수 있었습니다. 랑탕 출발하기전 호텔 부킹이나 팀스 / 퍼밋 , 환전 및 준비물 구매 등 그리고 이런 일들을 하기위한 이동까지 꼼꼼하게 함께 챙겨 주어서 그나마 잘 준비하여 트레킹을 시작하였습니다. 그리고 트레킹 중간에 대부분이 3G를 사용하지 못해 가족들에게 연락이 되지 않았는데, 다행이 Nim과는 현지 폰으로 연락이 되어, 저 대신 가족들에게 연락도 가능하고, 중간 중간에 문제 있는지등 그리고 복귀 마지막날 뭔가를 잘못먹었는데 아파서 호텔에서만 누워 있었는데, 그래도 타국에 누군가 연락할 수 있다는게 많은 도움이 되더군요. 저는 포터 및 가이드 없이 혼자서 갔다왔고, 트레킹이야 혼자만의 싸움이였지만, 카트만두 출발전 / 복귀후에는 Nim이 많은 도움이 되었네요. 다음에 또 네팔에 오게되면 필히 Nim과 함께 하겠습니다.