Tipping, Not A City In China

Himalayan Footsteps® get a lot of questions about tipping, we hope this guide helps you know before you go and navigate the etiquette of tipping.

Tip What You Can Afford

Take a look at your itinerary and identify the times when you might need to tip and budget enough money, take the time to do some research in guide books and online. Of course, only tip if it is deserved and only tip what you can afford, below are some suggestions of minimum amounts to tip and apply to all of our destinations.

Carry Cash

In our destinations, it’s expected to mainly tip in cash, either local currency or a major world currency e.g. Pounds, Euros or US Dollars.

Tipping Etiquette

You are not expected to tip Taxi Drivers if you don’t want to, however, you may have to part with some cash for to the following types of people whose income is mostly generated from tips, if you are having services from someone more than once during your itinerary we suggest tipping them for all their services on the last day you see them. Here are our minimum recommended tips:

  • City guides
    $5 per day
  • Trekking guides
    $6 per day
  • Porters
    $5 per day
  • Waiters/Waitresses
    $2
  • Bellboys
    $2
  • Private Drivers
    $5 per day
  • Taxis
    $2
  • Receptionists
    $2
  • Local people who pose for a photograph
    $2
  • Bartenders
    $2
  • Masseuse/beauticians
    $5

In restaurants and hotels, if the service charge is not included then a minimum of 10% would be expected.

Everyone’s In The Same Boat

If you forget to research the acceptable tipping practices of your locale, or simply don’t know what to do, look around and see what other visitors are doing and don’t be afraid to ask them.

Changing Currency

Most major currencies in cash are exchangeable at money exchanges and banks in our destinations, however, Scottish/Irish notes are not accepted.

It is easy to exchange your money in the cities, a money desk is usually located on arrival at international airports or in your hotel, or nearby, just ask your guide. We suggest taking a mixture of traveller’s cheques, cash, ATM card and a credit card. But due to fraudulent activity travellers cheques are no longer accepted in Nepal.

We’d love to hear from you, do you know any other tips we can add about tipping? Please comment below!

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