It was mainly the food. Our meals in Nepali restaurants ran about $4/person and meals on the trek were about the same. We ate 99% vegetarian, too - even with all those fat lovely chickens running around, eating meat would've been significantly more expensive. Flights into Nepal were the other big cost.
Anyway, here's the lowdown...
Initial budget: no more than $30/person/day
Actual cost: 27 days at $1642 ($61/day, $30.50/person/day)
(it makes a great "E")
- Lodging: $154 - 26 nights at guesthouses averaging $1-2/person/night on the trek and $5/person/night in cities
- Transportation: $398 - includes our flight from Bangkok; public transit around Kathmandu, to Bhulbhule, and back to Kathmandu; and a $20 taxi ride to Pokhara after our trek
- Groceries: $68 - bottled water and snacks
- Meals: $604 - food in Nepal is expensive!
- Tours: $228 - $137 for our trekking permits; a generous donation to our friend's trekking guide who consulted with us before our trek and who is starting his own company; nominal entry fees for museums and other attractions
- Alcohol: $19 - gross expensive beer and delicious cheap raksi (local rice wine)
- Gear: $55 - random items for the trek; a few locally made shoulder bags to replace our dying ones; new flip-flops for Patrick
- "Misc": $36 - hiking meds; donations to temples and local schools along the trek; nominal costs for laundry and WCs
- Border: $80 - $40/person for a 30-day tourist visa
Other fun Nepal facts...
- Cities visited: 3 (Kathmandu, Patan, Pokhara)
- Villages visited along the trek: can't count that high
- Top ten highest mountains photographed: 2 (Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri)
- National parks visited: 0 (um, but we trekked the freakin' Annapurna Circuit)
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: 1 (Kathmandu Valley)
- Kilos of carbs consumed during our trek: 83 million
Now back to what they call dollars, and what we call "THAT COSTS HOW MUCH??!" To Australia!