Everybody knows that Nepal is famous for its wide variety of treks in the Himalayas. Nepal has to offer a lot of trekking destination from east to west.
Also Trekking in Nepali mountains is possible all year round. And it is budget-friendly and cheaper.
Nepal is affordable for those who want to do budget travel by saving money and also for luxurious peoples.
Before planning a trek, one needs to decide on a budget. And the budget will vary depending on several factors.
The trekking in Nepal costs can be described as the cost of accommodation, food, transportation, guide or porter, and many others.
Factors that Defines the Cost of Trekking in Nepal
The cost of transportation always has an impact on your budget while traveling and trekking is no different. However, the cost varies depending on what medium you choose.
Nepal has several transport options. You can travel by air and by road. For the way, there are several options like private jeeps or local buses and tourist buses, etc.
One could cut down on the expense of transport by choosing the road instead of air. And even further by choosing local transportation instead of private jeeps.
Taking local transport can be a cheaper, different, and unique experience on its own. But doing so can be time-consuming, and you will most likely have to compromise on the comfort.
Any trek you choose will have a trailhead which will be the point from where you will start the trek. To get to these trailheads, one must take motorized transport, and the trailhead for every trek will not be the same.
The average cost for the famous trek starting points such as Lukla for Everest treks and Everest for Annapurna treks are as follows
From Kathmandu to Pokhara
Tourist buses: USD 7 to 25 one way per person (depending on the service and facility provided by the bus)
Flight: USD 120 per person, one way
From Kathmandu to Lukla
For treks in Everest region, you can either take a flight to Lukla or take a bus or jeep to Jiri or Shivalaya from where you can start your trek.
Flight to Lukla: USD 170 to 190 on each way
Transportation from Kathmandu to Jiri or Shivalaya
Jeep: USD: 20 to 25 (per person for shared local jeep and bus)
Private Jeep: USD 170 to 200 (one way)
For Annapurna Circuit trek, From Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and for Manaslu Circuit, Kathmandu to Soti Khola
Bus: USD 7 to 10 (local deluxe bus one way)
Private Jeep: USD 150 to 200 (one way)
Cost of Trekking Permits
To trek in Nepal, you must issue some necessary trekking permits for each trek.
Generally, there are two to three permits that you will need. For treks in Annapurna regions, you will need ACAP permit and TIMS. Likewise, for Everest treks, you must have Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
Also if you thought to go restricted area treks such as Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang you need to have a restricted trekking permit.
TIMS card Costs: USD 10 for trekkers joining with a company & USD 20 for trekkers trekking without a guide
Conservation area Permits: NPR 3000 for both individual and group trekkers
Restricted area permit: It varies upon the trek route you are going. For Manaslu it’s USD 70 and Upper Mustang it is USD 500.
The accommodation on trekking trails is almost the same as guest houses, tea houses, etc. On Everest and Annapurna treks you can find some Luxury lodges also which gives more facilities and also charge you way expensive.
For typical guest houses, USD 5 per night estimation will be enough for all almost trekking trials. However, the Everest region is little expensive than others; it costs around USD 7 per night. And the price also will be less during off-seasons.
Almost all tea houses offer a twin sharing room. And they come with basic facilities such as a bed, a pillow, and a blanket. Each room will have an attached bathroom.
Other things that affect the cost of trekking in Nepal are Cost of Food and Drinks, cost of hiring guide and porters, gears to buy for the trek, visa for Nepal, and Flight ticket, etc.