Tipping, Not A City In China

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

Before You Go

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 Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet you should tip in cash, either local currency, Euros or US Dollars.


You are not expected to tip Taxi Drivers but you may have to part with some cash for to the following types of people whose income is mostly generated by 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.

Minimum Tip

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

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.


In Nepal and India British Sterling, Euros, US Dollars and most major currencies in cash are exchangeable at money exchangers and banks, however Scottish/Irish currency is not acceptable. In Bhutan and Tibet US Dollars are only used apart from their local currencies.

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.

The Indian Rupee is the currency of India. Used by India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The Nepalese Rupee is the currency of Nepal. Used only in Nepal.

The Bhutanese Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan. Used only in Bhutan.

The Chinese Yuan Renminbi is the currency of Tibet which is in China. Used only in China.

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