Nepal Tourism Package Cost: How Expensive is Nepal tour?
The cost of a tour in Nepal largely depends on where you are going, what you will be doing, and how long you will be staying there, as well as the cost of the hotel type you have booked, where you intend to eat, and a whole host of other incidental expenses. Working out exactly how much it will cost for your entire stay can be a huge task, and one that will not be easy to accomplish. However, there are ways to get a rough idea of how much a trip to Nepal will cost so that you can budget accordingly and will not run short before your trip has ended.
Nepal Cost for Visa
Nepal Tourist visas can be obtained from the embassy in your home country or the immigration desk at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, as well as the border crossing points from India and China.
If you are traveling with a pre-arranged visa from the Embassy, then you will not need to worry about the immigration desk. Embassy visas are applied for by mail or in person, and cost around US$ 30 for a 30-day visa and US$ 100 for a 90-day visa.
The Nepal visa on arrival also costs the same, and is easier to obtain, as the processing time is just around an hour, instead of the 3-5 days from the embassy. As long as you have all the required documents (valid passport with 6 months’ validity, photo, application submission receipt, and fee), you should have no problem getting the visa quickly.
One point to remember when entering Nepal is that the application form for the visa needs to be filled out either in the kiosks at the airport or online, and it is beneficial to use the online facility to get the barcode receipt and print it before you travel, as the kiosks often have long queues of people waiting to fill in their submissions. The receipt is valid for 15 days from the date of application.
The sample of Nepal Tourist Visa
Nepal Tour Cost
The average cost of a 6-day Nepal package tour, which does not include your flights to Nepal, is around 500-600 dollars, and includes your land-based transfers and airport transfers.
If you plan on booking a package that includes your flights, then your costs are going to skyrocket.
Cost of Nepal Trekking Tour
Trekking in Nepal is quite popular among tourists to Nepal. You can join an organized Nepal trekking tour and pay their fees, which cover most of the expenses of trekking, or you can go on your own, make your own way to the trailheads, and trek with a privately-hired guide, or even alone if you are familiar with the routes.
If you sign up for an organized trekking tour, then you can expect to pay around US$ 1,900 for a 17 Days Everest Base Camp trekking tour. For the average 16 Days Annapurna Panorama region around Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking tour, then expect to pay at least US$ 1,700. While they do include almost everything (except the flights to Lukla), for many people they are above their expected budget.
The organized trekking tour is more expensive than trekking alone. However, if you are a first-timer to trekking in the Himalayas, it is often the best option, at least until you have some experience in trekking in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal is a must-do thing when traveling.
Additional Cost of More Outdoor Activities in Nepal
Besides the ordinary sightseeing tours, there are many outdoor activities in Nepal for adventure seekers, which would take an extra cost of your Nepal tour.
Bungee Jumping can be found in two places in Nepal, one is at the Last Resort and the other is at the Bhote Koshi River near the Sino-Nepal border. The cost of bungee jumping is around US$92.
Canyoning is another popular outdoor adventure that you can experience in many places in Nepal. The cost of canyoning in Nepal starts at around US$95 for a one-day excursion.
Paragliding is a great way to enjoy the stunning scenery of Nepal from the air. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, many qualified paragliding pilots can take you up. It cost around US$100 for a short flight of around 30 minutes.
Nepal Living Cost
Nepal is widely known around the world as being one of the cheapest places on the planet to live, and this is one of the reasons it first became a popular destination for backpackers, since they were often traveling on a very limited budget.
However, since Nepal has become more popular, there is a growing number of international hotels and tour operators in Nepal offering more upscale tourism services.
Whether a trip to Nepal is expensive or cheap depends on your choice of a few places.
Cost of Your Hotel in Nepal
In Nepal, luxury hotels and resorts are mainly located in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and even on the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp. The cost of these luxury hotels in Nepal ranges from USD 120 to USD 200 or more.
Since the whole county caters to cheaper accommodation for backpackers, hostel rooms in Nepal are some of the cheapest on the planet. If you are not that fussy, you can get a bed in a tent hostel for around 11 cents per night, which has a shared bathroom. If you want a bed in a real room, then you can expect to pay anything from $2.50 to $7.00 per night, depending on the hostel.
If you want to go a bit more up-market, you can get a good single room with an ensuite bathroom for as little as $8.00. On the next level, in the smaller hotels and boutique hotels, a dorm room can cost as little as 4-5 dollars and as much as 10-12 dollars, while you can get single rooms from as low as 22 dollars per night.
If you are out on the trekking trails for the majority of your stay, then you can expect to pay a lot less for your bed. Teahouse accommodation along the trails is more commercial now, and the older-style lodges and teahouses are rare. But you can still expect to pay as little as 50 rupees (70 cents) per night for a dorm bed. The more up-market the teahouse, the higher the cost, and some can charge as much as 20 dollars per night for a twin room that you will share.
Bear in mind that the term “homestay” is a commercial one used recently in Nepal, and is pretty much the same as staying in a teahouse or guesthouse, but for double the price.
Cost of Your Transfer in Nepal
Transport in Nepal is also very cheap, with bus tickets starting at around 28 cents and taxis costing around 3 dollars for the starting rate and 70 cents per kilometer after.
If you don’t mind the hot and cramped buses, it could be a great way to experience the Nepali culture and way of life, and you can meet some awesome and interesting folks on the buses.
If you prefer to take a taxi, it is good to know in advance how you will get to your destination, and it is often best to agree on a price for your destination in advance, to guarantee the price does not get higher from a circuitous route.
Some of the local drivers may take you to a shopping center en route if you are not careful. Just let them know that you are not interested before you start.
Cost of Your Dining in Nepal
Food in Nepal is cheap, as long as you do not mind eating the local cuisine. A good meal in an inexpensive restaurant is around 3 dollars, and a meal at McDonald’s in Kathmandu is around eight dollars. If you like to eat out, you can get a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant for around 12 dollars, for two people, with local beer costing about four dollars a bottle and coke at around 70 cents.
You also have the option of buying local foods from the stores and markets, and this works out even cheaper, with milk costing around a dollar and a loaf of bread around 70 cents. Water, in bottles, costs around 50 cents for a 1.5-liter bottle and you can get a kilo of rice for a dollar twenty. If you are staying in a hostel that has cooking facilities, then this is the cheapest way to eat.
Dal Bhaat is a kind of traditional Nepali food.
Insider Tips for Saving the Cost of Nepal tour
If you want to save money on the cost of a Nepal tour, then go it alone, or even better, with a group of friends. Tour packages can often be the most expensive option for travelers, and it is much cheaper to get your own flight, find your own accommodation, and arrange your own food and transport.
You should be prepared for the basics when traveling to Nepal on a tight budget. The cheapest accommodation is very basic, and things like Wi-Fi and phone charging are always additional extras.
Do not expect to get western food cheaply either, as even McDonald’s in Kathmandu is rather expensive when compared to the same meals back in the United States and Europe.