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Sun, 07/05/2009 - 11:55


I am booked on the Gokyo lakes and basecamp trek in Nepal and wondered if anyone could give me an idea of the amount of spending money I should take for this trip and how I should take it (dollers/local currency/cash/travellers cheques/etc.)

 The trip will be 22 days and I will need to buy food in the budget.

Any advice will be most appreciated.



Wed, 07/08/2009 - 08:52

Hi Becky.

We did the Annapurna Circuit in March this year and found that the local equivalent of around £12-15 per day is more than adequate for food in the lodges. You will need to spend a bit extra on water and Everest beer during the trek, so I would say that if you budget for around £20 per day you will be fine. Beware though, Kathmandu is great for trinkets and other gifts, so have some spare cash for these. You can change $US or £GBP in the hotel in Kathmandu easily, but you will get a better rate at banks and other outlets. We did Gokyo in 2007 and the view from the top is amazing (see my picture on the left) Enjoy-Nepal is a brilliant country.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 13:54

Hi Becky

I would recommend you bring £15 a day on trek for food and drinks, £50 in total for your food and drinks in Kathmandu plus £30 tip money. Don't forget souvenier and shopping money. Lots of handicrafts to buy in Kathmandu.
I would also recommend bringing a bit of spare cash for emergencies (approx £50/£100 )
There are a small amount of ATMs in Kathmandu should you require more money.
Hope this helps
Emma Garrick ( Nepal product manager)

...What is the best way to take the money...should I take it all in travellers cheques or cash to get changed in to Rupee? And what is the best currency to take $ or £? And then...should I change all of this into Rupee or keep $ to spend?



Fri, 01/08/2010 - 15:00

Guess you've been to base camp now, im off in March, what currency was it best to take, I see from your replies you never quite got an answer.



Fri, 01/15/2010 - 12:56

Both pounds and dollars are readily exchangeable in Kathmandu. There is no where to get or change money on the trek - so make sure you have enough rupees for the whole trek.

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