The Langtang Trek costs more than some of the treks in Nepal due to its starting point being located along a dangerous road. We opted to hire a private vehicle rather than take a bus, and that made the cost higher. Typically, I feel safe on buses, but I wouldn’t recommend it for this route. Budgeting for a trek in Nepal is important because there are no ATMs in the mountains, and you need to have enough cash with you when you leave. Here’s what the Langtang Trek cost us.
8 Day Langtang Trek Itinerary
Let’s start by talking about our itinerary. If you choose a shorter or longer itinerary that will change how much you should budget for this trip. We went with one of the more popular itineraries which takes eight days. It was challenging enough to keep it interesting, but not so difficult that anyone wanted to give up.
Day 1 – Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by Jeep
Day 2 – Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
Day 3 – Lama Hotel to Langtang village
Day 4 – Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 5 – Stay in Kyanjin Gompa (Morning trek to Kyanjin Ri or Tsergo Ri)
Day 6 – Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
Day 7 – Lama Hotel to Kyangin (or Syabrubesi)
Day 8 –Kyangin (or Syabrubesi) to Kathmandu by Jeep
Langtang Trek Cost Per Day
Breakfast $5.72 – Per person, it cost us about $5.72 for breakfast. Walking long hours in the morning requires a lot of energy, so breakfast is important for me. Some of the people in our group had lighter breakfasts or none at all. I can’t function like that. This price includes eggs, chapati, coffee, and sometimes breakfast potatoes.
Lunch $5.39 – Lunch was cheaper than breakfast. I had vegetable dal bhat almost every day which was filling. This trek, the food was kind of bland, and I got tired of dal bhat. It was mostly rice, a simple potato and lentil soup. We were rarely served any variety.
Dinner $4.57 – For dinner, we mostly had dal bhat. One or two days we opted to try something different as I found the dal bhat on this trek to be a little uninspired. I say this as someone who usually loves and looks forward to dal bhat while trekking.
Snacks $4.87 – We went overboard on snacks. We wanted to try a lot of the local dishes and drinks which included sea buckthorn juice, yak cheese, and more. We stopped more times than usual because we had a large group that walked at different paces, and we wanted to make sure no one fell too far behind. So, we spent more than normal in the snack department.
Accommodations $2.15 – $8.70 – Accommodation ranged a lot for our group. Suraj and I shared a room for 500 rupees a night, so we spent $2.15 each. Some of our group got individual rooms, which means they spent about $4.35 per night. If you wanted an attached bath or anything fancy, the price went up to $8.70 per room.
Transportation $5.78 – We hired a private vehicle to take us from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back. Round trip, it costs about $278. We split this between six people who fit comfortably in the jeep. It cost us about $47 each. If you average that price out throughout the trek, it equals $5.78 per day per person for transportation.
Permit $3.26 – The Langtang National Park permit costs about $26 USD per person. If you divide that over eight days, it comes to over $3 USD per day per person.
Porter $19.13 – Porters charge about 2,000 rupees per day and it’s customary to tip 10%, therefore, you will spend about $19.00 a day (including tip) if you’d like someone to carry your bag. If you pack light, porters can typically carry two people’s bags and you can split this cost.
Guide $38.26 – Guides charge about 4,000 rupees a day, and it’s customary to tip 10% therefore you will spend about $38.00 a day if you would like a guide. This is the price per group, so if you are a group of five people, you would split this price five ways making it less than $8.00 per person per day.
Langtang Trek Cost Over 8 Days
Breakfast $40.08 – This does not include breakfast on the day that we left Kathmandu. We ate at home, and many hotels offer free breakfast when you stay there.
Snacks $19.50 – We had a lot of snacks. If you’re on a budget, you could save some money here.
Accommodations $30.43 – $60.86 – If you share a standard room, you can pay as little as $30 USD for the entire trek. If you want a private room, it will cost closer to $61. If you want an attached bath, it will be extra. This is the price for 7 nights and does not include the 8th night back in Kathmandu.
Transportation $278.26 – We shared the jeep between six people, so the cost was only $46.34 USD per person. However, if you book a jeep with less people or more people, you will pay a different amount per person.
Porter $114.78 – It will cost about $115 to have a porter carry your bag for 6 days. If you pack light, you can usually share a porter with two people and split the cost. Note, we hired a porter in Syabrubesi to avoid paying for the two days we would be traveling in a jeep. If you can’t find a porter in the Langtang area, you will need to pay the two extra days of travel which will bring this cost up to $153.04 for 8 days.
Guide $306.08 – A guide will cost about $306 for 8 days. This price can be split between the group. The more people you have, the cheaper it is per person.
Total Langtang Trek Cost
Suraj and I decided to hire a porter for this trek, so we spent about $285 each over an eight-day period. That comes to about $35.50 USD each a day. We could have spent less, but I’ve been having some knee issues and Suraj has back issues, so for us the extra money for a porter was worth it. We also opted to hire private jeeps both ways to avoid the dangerous bus.
$479 for Solo Travel – $200 per person+ $279 for a jeep (with single room occupancy, no porter, no guide). Jeep cost would be split depending on how many people you travel with.
$594 with Porter –$200 per person + $115 for a porter + $279 for a jeep (with single room occupancy, no guide). Jeep and porter cost would be split depending on how many people you travel with and weight of luggage.
$789 with Guide –$200 per person+ $310 for a guide + $279 for a jeep (with single room occupancy, no porter). Jeep and guide cost would be split depending on how many people you travel with.
$905 with Porter and Guide –$200 per person + $115 for a porter + $310 for a guide + $279 for a jeep (with single room occupancy). Jeep and guide cost would be split depending on how many people you travel with. Porter cost would be split depending on weight of luggage.
How much money should you carry on the Langtang Trek?
How much you carry will depend entirely on how you book your trip and whether you choose to have a guide and/or porter. We hired local porters and paid them each day, however, many companies will require you to pay this in advance. Regardless, you should carry about $150 – $200 extra with you. There are no ATMs along the route, and there is no way to easily get money. I’ve had to lend money to other travelers who did not bring enough with them. The last thing you want is to be stressed out and walking back to Kathmandu with an empty wallet and stomach.
Have any questions about the Langtang Trek cost? Ask me in the comments.
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Where did you hire your porter? So it was roughly $280 USD per person? Was the trail easy enough without the guide and wasn’t hard to find accomodation? We are looking at going in March 2023.
We hired our porters when we arrived however one of the porters ended up being drunk at 10am and he insulted one of the girls we went with and we had to fire him on the first day and then carry our bags the rest of the way. The other two porters who carried our friends bags were great. I’d recommend hiring a porter through a company though so that they can vouch for them rather than hiring a stranger on arrival. One of the porters we liked is named Karma. He lives in the area and was great! His number +977 9808753202… if he is available I highly recommend him.
The trail isn’t too hard to navigate but there are some landslide zones and I always recommend having a guide or porter with you for safety reasons.