Before leaving for Everest, I had so many questions. One of the big ones was how much money to bring. Although there is an ATM in Namche Bazaar, it’s nearly impossible to get money out once leaving Kathmandu. I didn’t want to carry too much, and I definitely didn’t want to run out too early. My tour agency recommended I bring $600 for food which seemed pretty steep to me. I’d spent only $800 the entire month I spent in Nepal including accommodations and tourism. Note, that I did the Gokyo Lake route which was 18 days. I decided to keep track of all of my expenses so that I could help the next person plan.
Since I’m on a tight budget, I really chose the cheapest things on the menu. If you want more freedom, I’d recommend taking my advice with a grain of salt. That being said, I got sick halfway through the trek, and when I wasn’t feeling well, I threw my budget out the window and ordered whatever I wanted.
Total Spent on Food – $407.85
Breakfast – $129.55
Lunch – $117.50
Dinner – $160.80
Average Spent on Food Per Day – $22.66
Breakfast – $7.20
Lunch – $6.53
Dinner – $8.93
Range of Prices
The prices will increase as you rise in altitude. At first, this will be annoying, but once you see the porters who carry everything on their backs, you’ll understand the price increase. In some areas, it’s impossible to grow anything and very little livestock can survive.
Dal Baht – $4 to $7
Chow Mein – $2 to $4
Eggs – $2 to $4
Toast – $1.50 to $3
Hot Water – $0.50 to $1.50
Tea/Hot Chocolate – $0.60 to $3.00
Candy Bars – $2 to $4
Bottled Water (1L) – $1 to $5
I would definitely recommend taking the $600 my trekking company recommended. Besides food, I needed to buy things like throat drops, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc. that I had run out of on the way. It also costs money to charge your phone, do laundry, and shower. I never felt like I was running low on money which was good. Again, I kept to a tight budget, but I know people in my group who spent $50 easily each day.
Have you trekked Everest? What did you spend each day?
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