Budget Friendly Trekking in Nepal

Rara Lake Of Nepal

If you are planning to trek in Nepal but have limited budget and time, this blog is going to help you choose your holiday. There are wide ranges of treks to choose from in Nepal and in this blog, we’ll discuss about budget friendly trekking in Nepal.

Nepal has always been a favorite travel destination among trekkers. Every year, thousands of trekkers visit Nepal to enjoy the beautiful country. Eight of the highest peaks of the world are in Nepal. You can only imagine how wonderful the landscapes and terrains would be across the country. Nepal is famous for having excellent trekking regions, which offer unique landscapes and views. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

This trek has to be the best budget friendly trek in all of Nepal. The trek is also known as one of the best short treks in Annapurna Region and is also budget friendly. This trek is excellent for beginners as well as for experienced trekkers. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is popular for the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the Poon Hill viewpoint. The trek normally takes 9 or 10 days but can be customized according to your will. You can also combine it with a short Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This, ABC Trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill is also budget friendly and offers you a lot to explore and experience.   

Ghandruk Village Annapurna Region
View from Ghandruk Village in Annapurna Region of Nepal

Ghandruk is one of the highlights of this trek. Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village, where Gurung people still follow and live their traditional lifestyle. The Ghandruk itself offers stunning views of the mountains and hills. You will also experience the warm hospitality and culture of the locals. 

  • Trek Starting Point – Nayapul
  • Trek Ending Point – Dhampus
  • Accommodations – Teahouses, Lodges
  • Highest Point – Poonhill 3,210 m

Everest View Trek 

Everest View Trek is favorable to trekkers who wish to see amazing views of the mountains in the Everest Region. The heartwarming sherpa villages and its people will entice you. Specialties of the trek include Sagarmatha National Park, Tengboche Monastery, Namche Bazaar and Lukla. 

View of Namche Bazaar Everest Region
Namche Bazaar View

The trek only takes 8 days to complete, but it includes all the wilderness, scenic valleys, glaciers, and the country’s immense beauty. Pristine nature and Rhododendron forests on the way to Tengboche are worth everything. 

  • Trek Starting Point –  Lukla
  • Trek Ending Point – Namche Bazaar 
  • Accommodations – Teahouses, Lodges
  • Highest Point – Namche Bazaar 3,440m

Langtang Himal Panorama Trek

Langtang Himal Panorama Trek is a fascinating trek in Nepal. The trekking routes include green valleys, beautiful Tamang villages, lush rhododendron forests with views of Langtang mountain range. Langtang region is close to Kathmandu. However, the region offers an abundance of trekking trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and vegetation.

This is an 11-day trek and itineraries can be easily customized according to your needs. The major highlight of this trek is the Kyanjin valley. The Kyanjin Ri provides a magnificent view of the panorama of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Ghengu Liru, Kim shut Naya Kanga. 

  • Trek Starting Point –  Syabrubesi 
  • Trek Ending Point – Lama Hotel 
  • Accommodations – Teahouses, Lodges
  • Highest Point – Kyanjin 3,780m

Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Tamang heritage trail trek explores Tamang communities along the Himalayas in the Langtang region. The spectacular views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang mountain ranges are a major highlight of this trek. The thick lush jungles, waterfalls, mountains, hills and farmlands decorate the trekking routes. 

The trek takes 9 days to complete and it provides the full cultural experience of the local Tamangs. The Tamangs mainly follow Buddhism and perform various rites and rituals accordingly. Tamangs were often recognized as horse traders in ancient times, but now most are engaged in agriculture and trading. The journey to the Langtang region is surely fruitful in terms of cultural aspiration of the Tamang people.

  • Starting Point –  Syabrubesi 
  • Ending Point – Thuman
  • Accommodations – Teahouses, Lodges
  • Highest Point – Nagathali  3,154m

Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek

The trek is a simple yet complete trek in the famous Annapurna region. The trek’s main highlight is the Khopra ridge at 3866 m elevation. Khopra Ridge Trek takes you into the hidden paths around the Annapurna region. The beautiful mountain ranges of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri provide stunning views making you more energetic.

The nine days trek is suitable for those who have limited time and budget for trekking in Nepal. The trek also en route to Poon hill which is a favorite spot to witness beautiful sunrise over Annapurna. The beautiful villages like Santa and Ghandruk add cultural flavor to the whole trek.

  • Trek Starting Point –  Nayapul
  • Trek Ending Point – Bhirethati or Nayapul
  • Accommodations – Teahouses, Lodges
  • Highest Point – Khopra ridge 3,855 m

Tips for Budget Friendly Trekking in Nepal

  • The most easy way to save some money is by booking through a local travel agency instead of International Tour Operators. Inquire them, negotiate and local operators will plan a perfect trip on your budget.
  • Trekking in the off-season will cost you less. Almost all services are easily available and cost less during winter and summer trekking in Nepal.
  • Choosing mid ranged accommodation and food can reduce your costs of trekking in Nepal. In major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are plenty of hotels offering cheap to finest 5 star services. Bargain well and choose to stay in a mid ranged accommodation and it’ll definitely save you some money. 
  • If you are an independent trekker, you can search for yourself a group from various travel agencies, websites or forums. The costs for a larger group is low compared to a small group.
  • Renting the trekking equipment might save you some money. There are various shops around Thamel where you can find cheap trekking equipment which you can buy or rent such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, tents, etc. If you are trekking with an agency, they’ll find gears for you on rent.
  • In some cases, packing stuff smartly can make your backpack lighter. And it will not require you to hire a porter which inevitably saves you some costs for the trek. Sometimes, you may also choose not to hire a guide but only a porter who can also assist you as a guide.
  • You should always research online, compare trekking package prices and read reviews. Research and inquire to save some money. 
  • Bringing your own snacks such as energy bars, some nuts will significantly save you money. The trekking region’s vendors relatively charge higher for these snacks when you buy it. Shop while in Kathmandu or Pokhara in a local store.
  • Camping is fun and adventurous. But it also can help you reduce your accommodation costs. The tents can be easily available for rent in various shops and vendors around Thamel of Kathmandu. 

There are many trekking trips available for you to explore and experience the Himalyan country even on a small budget. These budget friendly trekking trips in Nepal and the tips are based on personal experience. Inquire us if you need any assistance finding a trip on your budget. 

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