Although there is no fixed tipping rate for guides and porters in Nepal, it's a polite gesture to show your appreciation for their services. They're the people who have taken you on memorable trips and are your only source of entertainment in remote areas.
In theory, you should always give what the guides and porters deserve, but in practice, most people don't know how much. We've put together a list of guidelines that will help you decide how much to give.
|Service||USD per day||Rupees per day|
|Trekking Guide||$10 to $15 USD||1000-1500 NPR|
|Porter||$5 to $10 USD||500-1000 NPR|
|Tour Guide||$10 to $15 USD||1000-1500 NPR|
|Driver||$5 to $10 USD||500-1000 NPR|
You can either tip in US dollars or Nepali Rupees. When you're in Nepal, you can withdraw money from ATMs in both Pokhara and Kathmandu. However, there are some machines that are not always working properly.
After dinner, tips are typically given to the group. If you're traveling with a group, each person should contribute a small amount to the team. This ensures that everyone gets a little extra.