So, how much does a holiday to the Himalayas cost?
Generally, this is one of the first questions likely holidaymakers want to know when they think about a trip to Nepal, Asia and the Himalayas. Commonly, travellers are pleasantly surprised at the answer; it is not as much as they believe.
We like to be open, honest, and transparent. We will do our best to explain some general holiday pricing guidelines. We will do as much or as little as our customers would have us do. This tailor-made flexibility leads to less stress and more savings.
General pricing guidelines
The purchase of a Himalayan Footsteps® holiday is unique. With so many options possible, price ranges can fluctuate. Choices mean that you have control over your holiday experience and importantly, your budget.
Holidays are precious. They are made up of valuable free-time, annual leave, family time or all three. We help plan the right sort of holiday with the right ingredients the first time to assure minimum stress. Because of this, travellers choose to book their holiday with Himalayan Footsteps® knowing they are not sacrificing service, time, safety, and dependability.
Typical ingredients of a tailor-made holiday
Transport to and from destination
Reservations at events or activities
Entrance fees and permits
Different holiday types
The range of activities is also a critical factor in the cost of a Himalayan holiday. We offer five different holiday-types.
1. Adventure activity holiday
This holiday type includes the very best of activities in places renowned for a great adventure. Holidaymakers decide how far they are willing to go when choosing from a range of adventure activities. Bungy jumping, mountain biking, kayaking, white water rafting, microlighting, paragliding, trail running and much more. Often customers choose multi activities during one holiday.
Attention to detail is required when planning adventure activities in the Himalayas. We choose the best leaders and instructors, and we take the responsibility so you can enjoy yourself more.
The average customer spends between £900-£2,500 on an adventure activity holiday to Nepal, based on an average of two activities and the options that come with it, for two people sharing 12-14 days.
2. Cultural tour
This holiday type includes handpicked city guides, village homestays, museum entrance fees, permits, and personal service. Cultural themes include art, architecture, archaeology, history, music, regional culture and natural history.
The price of this holiday type for a customer typically ranges from £600-£1,400, again depending on the length of stay and options.
3. Walking and trekking holiday
This holiday type includes everything mentioned in #2 and combines Himalayan trekking, staying in locally owned teahouse lodges, led by qualified, licensed, insured trekking guides.
Typically customers will spend on average £1,000-£3,000 on a trekking holiday.
4. Volunteer holiday
This holiday type includes volunteering for meaningful and sustainable projects in Nepal, combining cultural and adventure excursions.
Most customers will spend £600-£1,200 for a teaching volunteer placement in Nepal, 4-8 weeks, depending on the length of stay and options.
5. Youth group expedition
This holiday type covers unique and bespoke expeditions, typically combining ingredients from holiday types #1 #2 #3 and #4. Expeditions tend to be longer to accommodate meaningful project work and personal development, often 4-8 weeks.
The average member of a group expedition will spend £300-£800 in a group size of 25+, with a majority falling in the £380-£480 price range for five weeks, three adventure activities, depending on group size.
Define your holiday budget
There are three types of expenditure to consider when looking at your holiday spend.
1. The Holiday
We produce clear day to day itineraries showing everything included and excluded in the holiday pricing. No hidden costs. We offer customers to pay for their holiday over instalments, typically 4-8 months before the date of travel, which spreads the cost and makes a trip of a lifetime more affordable. Only flights to and from the destination have to be paid upfront and in full.
The cost of everything in Nepal and our other destinations is relatively inexpensive as compared with Europe, the UK and the USA. Our travellers don’t need to budget a tremendous amount of travel money. However, it is advised to take extra funds for emergencies. For example, food and drinks for delayed flights.
3. At Destination
Nearly all holiday expenses in the cost of the booking are included. Additional destination spending might consist of things like alcohol, snacks, drinks, and some meals not included in the day to day itinerary. The prices in Nepal and our other destinations are relatively low, so this aspect of expenditure is inexpensive. For example, the cost of an average meal at a Kathmandu restaurant is roughly £4 and a litre bottle of water £0.30 pence.