You need to check your quote to see exactly which costs are included and excluded in your trip cost. You’ll find that most things are included. However we suggest that you budget roughly an extra USD $250 per person to cover extra costs. These may include:
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara. Check your quote to see which meals are included.
- Nepal Entry Visa. Your visa will cost either $30 for 15 days, or $50 for 30 days.
- Drinking water. We don’t provide drinking water on the trek. We encourage you to respect the environment and use reusable drinking bottles and water purification tablets. It’s also a lot cheaper and it’s safe as long as the water you purify runs clear from the source.
- Other drinks. All meals included in the itinerary come with a cup of tea or coffee. You need to pay for any other drinks that you order.
- Overweight backpack. If your backpack weighs more than the maximum stated in your quote, you’ll need to pay a bit extra to compensate your porter.
- Tips for your guide and porters. We suggest that you give a tip if you’re happy with the service you’ve received. Whilst we pay our guides and porters fairly, wages in Nepal are still low.
- Optional extras at your accommodation. In some accommodation you may have an opportunity to pay for WIFI access. It’s normal for teahouses to charge extra for battery charging, since most rooms don’t have power points. Some teahouses have hot showers (or hot buckets of water), or even attached bathrooms available for an extra cost.
- Additional costs due to unforeseen circumstances. Including flight delays and cancellations (see below), also extra nights in Kathmandu.
- Shopping and gifts! You’ll find many beautiful souvenirs and gifts in Nepal. Support the locals – buy a genuine Gurkha knife, a real pashmina scarf, or a Tibetan singing bowl!
Flight Delays (Lukla Airport, Everest)
The Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla is in the heart of the mountains. If the weather is bad or the visibility is poor, your flight may be cancelled or delayed. If this happens, your guide will advise the best course of action and adjust your itinerary accordingly. We can usually rework your itinerary easily and still fit everything in.
It’s often possible to transfer your flight to the following day free of charge. However, in the unlikely event that flights are cancelled for consecutive days, we’ll need to make other arrangements. Your guide will advise you of the options and we’ll do everything possible to make sure you can still trek in Nepal. Any extra costs incurred will be your responsibility including any additional nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu.