Traveling almost anywhere in the world can be an expensive endeavor, but there are ways to save money on almost any trip that you plan. This is especially true with Nepal, where you can easily dine out for very little unless you are in the Kathmandu region, and live on seventy dollars or less a day if you plan accordingly. Here are some tips for cheap travel in Nepal.
While all that is excellent news, you must know that you cannot travel to Nepal for as little money as you once could. In fact, the prices of the 1970 s are long gone, and thanks to entrance fees, permits, and other costs, you will need to be prepared to spend more than you may have wanted to during your trip to this part of the world.
Tips for Cheap Travel in Nepal
There are not too many budget flights to Nepal available, but you can find some if you are creative with your travel. Your best option is to fly into Nepal from Asia, because you can take budget friendly airlines like Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.
Take a Local Taxi Instead of an Official Taxi
It is going to be so easy to just hop into the first taxi that you see when you are leaving the airport with your luggage in tow. However, by taking a few seconds to remember this tip, you could save yourself a bunch of cash. We recommend taking local taxis to your hotel, because they cost a lot less than all the official taxis. If you want to save even more, put on your bargaining cap and negotiate the price before you even set foot inside the local taxi.
As you are trying to get to many of the attractions within Nepal, you are going to be so tempted to hire a private car or take one of the package tours that are available. However, those two options are not going to save you any money. If you want to save as much as possible on your transportation, you must consider options that include a local taxi for shorter distances, or a local tourist bus for longer distances.
You may be a little worried about staying in a cheap accommodation in Nepal, but many of the cheaper options offer much more than you think. Simply look for a guesthouse that has private rooms and a bathroom. You can easily stay in one of those for the same price or only a hundred rupees more a night. That one hundred rupees may seem like a lot when you add it up over multiple nights, but that amount of money will definitely mean the difference between you being comfortable and staying somewhere with only a squat toilet.
If you want to save some of that cost, you can always room with someone else, and split the fee. Of course, this will only work if you are traveling with someone else, because you probably won’t want to room with a complete stranger.
If a guesthouse is not your thing, then you must look for a budget hotel. There are many out there, you just need to know where to look. We recommend waiting until you arrive in Nepal to book a room, but if you simply must know where you are staying when you get there, book a night or two in advance. Then you can walk around the destination you are staying in and find the best place to stay for as low of a price as possible.
Dining Out on a Dime
While you cannot really dine out for a dime in Nepal, you can find some amazingly delicious and cheap meals if you stay away from all the touristy restaurants. We recommend the smaller family run cafés and restaurants that you can find tucked away on many of the side streets. You know, the ones that the locals frequent often….
You may be tempted to indulge in the street food, as it is cheaper than a sit-down restaurant, but you will most likely feel the effects for days afterwards. Therefore, choose a restaurant setting and make sure everything that you order is cooked and steaming hot.
Save Money on Treks
One of the best ways to save money on treks is to hire a local guide and choose short treks in Nepal. Yes, the larger trekking tour companies always seem cheap when you start looking into them. However, once you add in all the extras you will need to pay for, that original price can double or triple at the end. Oh, and I know that you might be tempted to skip the guide for your trek, but if you are not well-versed in the Nepal terrain, this is always going to be a bad idea. Trekkers go missing all the time in Nepal and I know that you do not want to end up as a statistic.
These are a few of the tips for cheap travel in Nepal that can be helpful for you to travel, and even many other parts of the world. If you follow these tips carefully, you can save quite a bit of money when you are in Nepal. Of course, you may not be willing to sacrifice certain things, but that is okay. Simply choose which tips will work best for you and watch how much money you save just using some of the ideas we mentioned here.