Do I Need to Tip in Nepal?
How much should I budget for tipping in Nepal?
Tipping in cafes and restaurants in Nepal
Tipping in hotels in Nepal
Tipping in a community homestay situation
What to tip your walking tour & day tour guide.
I’ve taken quite a few amazing tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Each one being invaluable in the things that we have experienced and discovered. I’m a huge believer in using local guides and locally run ethically & socially responsible tour operators. So it seems fitting to talk about tipping these guides, who are paid. I didn’t participate in any free walking tours in Nepal. On average I would suggest 200-300RPS for a tip for your walking tour and day tour guide. This covers a good western style cup of coffee, which I’ve also been known to cover for my guide as I’ve never just walked away from a walking tour in Nepal. The guides here are so friendly and just want to continue the conversation with you.
If you’d like to try some unique experiences and get a great feeling for Kathmandu I can highly recommend two experiences. Giving you the opportunity to feel the city, explore the city and generally being a traveller not a tourist on a bus. These experiences go for around 3 hours and should be done at the start of your Nepal adventure.
Tipping on a Nepal Trek
-The average monthly wage is $59 USD. This is an average and does not take into account the lower casts, who may not be in report able employment.
-The average family comprises of 4-5 people and has one person earning income.
-3 million children work to survive
-21,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked in Nepal and across the border each year.
Just a note on picking a trekking company – there are literally thousands of these companies in Nepal. In recent years the trekking company owners have realised that you can no longer just hope to capture trekkers at the airport or in Kathmandu. That a shiney website, with some pretty pictures is a minimum. During your research you’ll stumble across many of these, which have near identical information. It can be very difficult to choose an ethical trekking company. I highly recommend the team from Lokal Travel. This was the company which was used on my recently hosted trip to Nepal with HTM – I did the 5 day Annapurna Community Trek
A note on trekking travel insurance.
Many companies do not automatically cover you if you go above 3000mtrs in Nepal. I highly suggest that you check you current policy if you have already purchased travel insurance. I also suggest using a company like WorldNomads, who do cover trekking at altitude. The cost to be evacuated can run into the tens of thousands of USD! You don’t need to be summiting Everest to need altitude related travel insurance in Nepal. In April 2019 WorldNomads was responsible and covered 140 helicopter evacuations – that’s 4 a day! In the most recent 2019 trekking season, the percentage of travelers in Nepal who made a claim rose from 15% to 60%. Ouch! The stats are certainly no in your favour. You can read more about travel insurance fraud in Nepal from the New York Times
Travel in Nepal is super affordable
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