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Yeti Budgets: Nepal

It probably won’t surprise anyone, but Nepal is dirt cheap. Ahi covered the Annapurna Hiking costs here, so this blog only includes our non-hiking days, most of which were spent lazing around Kathmandu and Pokhara, eating a bunch, and making the most of happy hours pretty frequently.

Accommodation: $6.26/night
Yep, $6,26. As in, almost $20 less than our average in Myanmar and roughly $10 less than we spent in Malaysia. Plus, the rooms were nice. I mean, nothing too fancy pants, but spacious, light, and almost always with bathroom attached. In Pokhara, most hotels have rad gardens and rooftops. Our most expensive room (which we kind of got suckered into on arrival) was $10. Our cheapest (Hotel Greenland- a great wee place in Pokhara with a fantastic garden) was $4.60.

Food: $22.68/day
I feel like this number is slightly misleadingly high– if you wanted to, you could eat very cheaply in Nepal. Refillable thalis go for the equivalent of about $1.80, and a ‘simple breakfast set’ (coffee, fried potatoes, toast, two eggs, butter and jam) will set you back only about $1.20. So, how did we manage to spend over $11 each? Post-hike beers (consumed daily for about a week after we got back…), plungers full of coffee (consumed in the name of free wifi), and snacks and soda galore, that’s how. Worth it.

Travel: $2.28/day
Our travel costs were low in Nepal for a couple of reasons: 1. Buses are cheap (300-500RS/$3.50-$6.00 for a 6 hour ride), and 2. We didn’t actually do a whole lot of traveling. Apart from the hike, we only really spent time in 3 places (Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan) and in those places, we spent the majority of our time just wandering around. And sleeping. And eating. All activities that require minimal transportation!

Miscellaneous: $9.69/day
Nepal’s ‘miscellaneous’ category includes two major things: gearing up for Annapurna (new boots for me, hiring a sleeping bag for Ahimsa, etc), and a one-day safari in Chitwan National Park. Apart from that, we bought some sweet travel shirts, a couple of books, a bunch of gifts, and some bad-ass stretcher earrings.

Total daily spending: $40.91 altogether/$20.45 each

Yeti Travels: Meet the New Plan. Same as the Old Plan (But Not Really.)

Some time ago, we posted our travel plans for 2013.  At the time, we emphasized that the plans were tentative and ready to change.

Change has come.

Sadly, we’ve had to cut out the most exciting part.  No longer is the Trans-Siberian or WWoofing in Eastern Europe (or ending up in Turkey) in the cards.  At least not in the immediate future.

Instead we’re adding new countries in Asia.  India.  Myanmar.  Indonesia.  Brunei. Singapore

We still aren’t into scheduling too much, but a rough look at what we are thinking looks like this.

Mid January: Land in Kuala Lumpur.  Explore Malaysia.  Maybe go to the Perenthians.  Maybe climb Mount Kinabalu.  Maybe see Orangutans.  Maybe go to Georgetown, or Taman Negara. Spend a few days down in Singapore.  Who knows?  The point is: it’s going to be fun and we’re going to eat much mock-meat!

bagan myanmar

Early February: Myanmar.  We’re both trying not to research anything about this, so that it will all be so unexpected.  But Bagan and Lake Inle are on the must-see list, of course.

March/April: Hike Nepal: The Annapurna and/or Everest Base Camp.  Go to Chitwan National Park.  Eat lots of momos and lentils.

road to ebc

May: Head down to India and learn everything there is to know about permaculture at Himalayan Farm Project.  Plant tons of trees and learn some yoga.

June: Similar to May, but head up to the mountains and teach Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala/Mcleodganj.  Possibly with a program such as LHA.


July: Meet a friend from Korea and start checking out the rest of India–in particular: Rajastan, Leh, and Sikkim.

August: Vietnam/Laos.


September: Thailand / Cambodia

October:  Start working again, possibly in Indonesia.

As you can see, even this scaled down plan is too ambitious.  Where does Indonesia fit in the original trip?  How can we see three such big and distant areas of India in only a month?  What about Southern China?  It’s all madness, but it should be great fun.

To all friends who read this, please join us at any step or all of them!  (And if you’re not a friend, reading this might be kind of boring.  I’d recommend taking up a new hobby.)  We’d love to see people, and excited as we are about all the traveling, we’re looking forward to being able to host at some point.