Nepal Travel Logistics: What It Costs If You Can’t Be Bothered

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17 Responses

  1. Ahmad says:

    I feel glad to read your post.Here you discuss about Nepal taxi.My friends also see your posts.Its too much informative all of us.Thanks for drop here your ideas.

    • Teja says:

      I’m happy you like it! Thanks for letting me know. I think it’s important to share different perspectives. In Southeast Asia we also have taxi systems that are challenging for the drivers in some countries, and also wage suppression, so I understand a bit of what it can mean.

  2. tareen2338 says:

    Wow, this is an excellent post full of so much useful information! I totally understand they’re just trying to get by and the difference isn’t so bad you need to haggle a lot

    • Teja says:

      Exactly! However I have to add a caveat – I’m a brown Asian who somewhat passes as Nepali. It’s possible you might get more shafted if you are Caucasian looking. I’ve heard this.

  3. proprepandfulfillment says:

    I’m planning to visit Nepal so I’m just searching some budget plans for me. And your post solves my problem and I got very info from this. I wanna see some new or other plans for a tour in Nepal. If you have any new info or anything related to this then please share with me if you can…and Thanks in advance…

  4. C-Ludik says:

    Your post includes really useful and informative tips. I was there end of September and I found Nepal normal and easy to travel :-) Taxis and vendors are ok. I never felt like I might be cheated.

  5. Christie says:

    Wow, this is an excellent post full of so much useful information! I often wonder how much it’s worth the effort to haggle for certain parts of trips in the long run. Interesting read, and great resource for future travelers.

  6. We have a friend who have always invited us to visit Nepal and now thank to your post we know why. With your photos you inspired us and we’d love to try your same experience!!

  7. Mia Menelaws says:

    Love how detailed and in depth this is. Definitely debunked a lot of the myths I’ve heard about how travelling through Nepal can be! Thanks for sharing this :)

  8. Penny says:

    I am so glad that you mentioned that everything seemed normal to you as a ‘South east Asian’. I often find that since I come from India, the things that I accept as normal are not normal in the Western world.

    • Teja says:

      I also feel this way sometimes. It’s quite natural, because we would find different things normal or exotic depending on what we’re used to. But because the travel writing sphere is a bit unbalanced right now, I do intend to try and calibrate some popular experiences for non-Westerners’ benefit, if I think I’m experiencing it differently because of my Asian origin.

  9. I can so much relate to what you wrote. Now that the times of being a poor student who always has to go for budget options while traveling are already some years behind me and I can afford a little bit more comfort, I also find it to exhausting having to negotiate about everything all the time. “Can’t we just leave out the ‘You say ‘100’ and I say ’10’, you say ’80’ and I say ’20”-bullshit and say ’40’ right away? Okay, sometimes I feel I have a responsibility to future tourists not to destroy the price level, but mostly I’m just too lazy to haggle that intensively…

    Good to get some background information about Nepal, too. I’ve been to Tibet this year and since then the other side of the Himalayas is even further up on the bucket list than it had previously been…

    • Teja says:

      I’ve not yet been to Tibet – I did consider Bhutan, but it was too expensive (but I totally support why they make it so exclusive).

      Yes, that was why I was curious to see what the ‘tourist inflation’ degree was in Nepal. But I found that it’s rather reasonable (for me anyway – I’m Asian and look it), unlike some other places I’ve been where the taxis and merchants have er.. great imaginations.

  10. Gina says:

    It looks like the cost of traveling in Nepal isn’t that much different of what it would cost a local. Some tourists are crazy and really want to haggle. Did you see the video of that one tourist in Nepal who tried to haggle over something that was already so cheap? I totally understand they’re just trying to get by and the difference isn’t so bad you need to haggle a lot.

    • Teja says:

      No, I didn’t! That’s terrible. I personally thought Nepal taxis and vendors were quite ok in this respect. I never constantly felt like I might be cheated, or unduly harassed by touts, like say, Bali or Uttar Pradesh.

  11. Lydia Smith says:

    So much detailed information. Glad you were able to burst so many Nepal Travel myth. I think the reason I’m scared of a visit to Nepal is probably because of what I’ve read. Tanks for this post, I might reconsider a Nepal visit.

    • Teja says:

      I know right? Personally I found Nepal much easier to travel through than Uttar Pradesh, which I went to afterwards.