Smart Ways to Save Money While Trekking in Nepal
Planning things on our head is by far the most satisfying things we do to keep our minds occupied. One good thing about daydreaming is that it does not cost you any money to travel to places that are in our bucket list. Talking about the bucket list destination, Nepal definitely makes it on the list of the adventurous soul wanderers who want to spend their lives in the lap of the Himalayas.
Nepal, the land of mountains, friendly Nepali people, unique culture and beautiful diversity is one of the cheapest countries to travel in Asia. Despite the fact that it is one of the cheapest countries to visit, there are times when you spend money on things that are rather unnecessary and you end up regretting later. To help you plan a budget-friendly Trekking and Stay in Nepal, below we have mentioned some Smart ways to save money while trekking in Nepal. Starting from your Nepal arrival to your final departure, we will mention things that will save you a fortune on your next visit.
Nepal offers varieties of accommodation to travelers. From luxury accommodation in the five-star hotels to a simple room with an attached bathroom in a local guesthouse, you can always choose according to your needs. But since we are cutting the extra expenses, choosing a local guesthouse over the expensive 5 or 3 stars hotels will save you money. The local guesthouse will provide you a room with an attached bathroom at a very reasonable price that is clean and safe. They will typically serve you the staple Nepali food Dal and Bhat or you can just visit some café to get what you want.
Getting into the Taxi to run a few errands or to stroll places will cost you more than a local bus ride. Don’t ever hesitate to hop on a bus ride because it just costs you 20 to 50 Nepali Rupees whereas Taxis can charge you up to 1000 Rs for a few kilometers.
Where to Eat
Nepal has plenty of unique dishes you can try on your Nepal visit, but you will not be able to find the real Nepalese taste if you end up looking for a lavish restaurant in the town. Don’t think twice to head down to the old Durbar square area and try some exotic Nepali cuisines. Going local and eating with the Nepalese will be pure joy on the one hand whereas in the other hand you will be saving some extra bucks on your purse. Enjoy every tales of the Nepali cuisine that is flavor blasted with the rich spices and ingredients.
Rent trekking equipment in Nepal
Renting things for treks is definitely the smartest way to save money. To travel light and save money, you can always count on the renting shop in Thamel. They have plenty of gears and equipment that are not a hundred percent original but will work fine for plenty of treks. You can rent down jackets, wearable sleeping bags, poles and many more from the shops.
Packing becomes the most tiring thing no matter where you will travel. No matter how much we plan, we always end up packing things that are not necessary during the travel. And when you are trekking into the Himalayas, extra packing can be painful to you and your shoulder. Packing less and packing smart means you will not have to pay extra for the porter. So pack things that are most useful to you in the Himalayas. The list of the most important things may include:
- Trekking shirts and trousers
- Base layer
- Insulation layer
- Outer layer
- Waterproof and windproof jacket
- Breathable underwear
Foot wears and Hand wears
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Hiking and Thermal socks
- Outer and inner gloves
- Cap/ Hats
Other important accessories
- Map and compass
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- Sleeping bag
- First aid kit
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablet
- Hand sanitizer
- Small locks
- Some books if you are a reader
- Portable charger
- Protein bars/ Granolas
- Tea bags/ Coffee
Compare prices online
Traveling can be tricky especially when you do not have someone in the country you are traveling to. Therefore, a little bit of inspection will never hurt. Get down the internet and feed yourself some information that will be useful for your travel including prices of packages the travel companies are offering. There are plenty of travel agencies and trekking operating companies in Nepal that promise to provide all the services of the other company but at a low price. So make sure to check before you book from any travel agency.
Order what you are going to eat
The foods available in Kathmandu and that available in the Himalayas are very different in terms of tastes and in addition, are very limited. The teahouses in the isolated regions have many difficulties to transport the foods and hence eating the ordered food and not wasting them will be a big favor for the locals. Ordering excess food will cost you more so make sure that you order food that you will be eating.
Camping instead of staying in tea houses
Teahouses are surely budget-friendly but camping will definitely save you more. You can always plan for camping. The camping will also save you money in the sense that you can hire camping equipment from the store in Thamel.
Don’t buy water while trekking
Drinking water while trekking is very important. And buying water bottles at every stop is going to spend loads of your money. As you move to a higher altitude, a bottle of water will cost you 2 to 5 dollars. So why not take some water purification tablets instead of buying those plastic bottles and polluting the trekking trail.
Disconnect from the outside world
Trekking to your dream destination is already a gratifying feeling, so don’t let the outer world get in between you and your destination. Boycotting social media for a while will actually save you a lot of money because the teahouses will charge you extra money for the WIFI. If you want to be in contact with your friends, and family, you can buy a local sim card and get connected with them. Otherwise, always avoid using the expensive WIFI connections in the trail.
Don’t charge your devices
This is a pro tip you will need during your base camp treks. The teahouses or the lodges you will be staying at will charge you extra for charging any of your gadgets. Packing your solar power bank or the power bank to charge your mobile or camera will be best for you if you want to lower the trek expenses. At low altitude, you will not be charged but as you reach to a higher altitude, everything is charged extra.
Toiletries are very important
The most difficult thing you have to face during the trek will be the eastern style toilets that prioritize the use of water to clean your anal. Not packing the toilet papers, tampons or any required things will lead you to pay extra on the trail. People while packing may think it as inappropriate but trust us, you will need this for sure during your stay in the Himalayas.
Bring your snack
The meals you will be served during the trek will be boring at some point. So if you love munching, pack your favorite snack. Packing nuts, dried fruits, chocolate bars, and granolas is cost-efficient way to avoid doing lunch on the trail.
Showering can be expensive
As everything is charged extra, the hot water in the trail will be charged too. So instead of taking a daily shower, you can always opt for the baby wipes. Pack breathable underwear and extra inners to change daily rather than showering in the not so hot water of the Himalayas. A hot water bath can wait until you finish the trek but experiencing things like this will never wait for you.
Trekking in Nepal is undoubtedly the most amazing things one can plan in their lifetime. Experiencing the exotic lifestyle of the locals and living close to nature is something that pierces the soul of every human in the world. Therefore, if you have not planned for your Nepal visit till the date, you can now plan with us to witness the beauty of the country in the most unique way.
1. Why is Nepal famous among travelers?
➤ Nepal is famous in the world as the Himalayan country. Nepal has the world’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest with other 7 highest peaks in the world. The beautiful country is also famous for its unique culture and tradition.
2. Is Nepal safe for tourists?
➤ Nepal is 100% safe for tourists. Nepalese are known in the world as loyal, friendly and kindhearted people, so Nepal is a safe place for tourists.
3. What should I buy in Nepal?
➤ Nepal has plenty of souvenirs you can choose to take back home. From singing bowls to Thangka painting and Pasmina shawls to beads and jewelry, you can have anything of your choice. The other souvenirs can be the national weapon, Khukuri, rice paper products, tea and rich spices.
4. Can you see Mount Everest from Kathmandu?
Yes, you can see Mount Everest from Kathmandu. The vantage point Nagarkot and the Chandragiri hills offers the majestic sights of the Everest.
5. How hard is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is ranked from easy to moderate. The trek up to 3500m is ranked easy as no trekking experience is required in addition there is a very less chance of getting altitude sickness. Whereas up to 4500m is moderate and above that is graded difficult. So trekking difficulties in Nepal solely depends upon your choice of destination.
6. Do your company operate Everest base camp trek?
➤ Yes, we do operate the Everest base camp trek. Our some of the bestselling packages are:
7. What are the beautiful places to visit in Nepal?
➤The most beautiful places to visit in Nepal are:
- Everest Region
- Annapurna Region
- Isolated Langtang Region
- Lumbini: The birthplace of Lord Buddha
- Pokhara: The city of lakes and Himalayas
- Rara Lake: The biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal
- Tilicho Lake: Highest lake in the world
- Chitwan National Park: The first National Park in Nepal that homes 68 different species of Mammals, 544 species of birds and 67 species of butterflies.
- Ghorepani Poonhill: The shortest trek in Nepal that offers you a chance to enjoy the incredible sunrise views over the Himalayan ranges.
- Janakpur Dham: Birthplace of Sita, the beloved wife of Lord Ram.
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- Everest Base Camp Trekking (Private Trek) - 15 Days
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- Everest View Trek - 8 Days
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- Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 13 Days
- Kathmandu Nagarkot Private Day Tour - 1 Day
- Kathmandu Valley View & Cultural Trekking - 6 Days
- Similar Tibet Culture and Langtang Valley Trekking - 12 Days
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