Tipping Your Guide and Porter in Nepal

There will be confusion to the tourists before say good by their guide and porters. How much should you tip your guide and porter upon finishing the trek? Basically tips depend on varieties factors. Some of them are the happiness of guests, trekking days, group size, and trekking trail difficulties.

Tipping is also considered as a token of love and gesture of satisfaction from the guests. Though it is optional, it helps the guides improve their service and keep the Job.

Though Nepal doesn’t have much of a tipping culture, most trekking guides and porters depend on tips from their quest to get motivated. But it’s not compulsory but it’s ultimately a personal decision. In short, it is a way to show gratitude to the staff if you get excellent service from their effort.

How Much to Tip?

Especially for trekking and tours in Nepal, no Priceline of tips to the Guide and Porters. If staff provided service that converts guest expectations to happiness, staff will get some appreciation from their clients.

Tipping rates also depend on the length of your trek and trekking difficulties. If you’re going trekking more than weeks follow the table rates.

For Group Trekking

Types of Trekking StaffUSD per dayRupees per day( NPR )
Trekking Guide(Leader)$8 to $15Rs.800 – Rs.1500
Porter/Porter-Cum-Guide)$5 to $10Rs.500 – Rs.1000
Tour Guide$10 to $15Rs.1000- Rs.1500

While Solo Trekking

Types of Trekking StaffUSD per dayNPR per day
Tour Guide(Leader)5 to 6500 to 600
Trekking Guide/Sherpas4 to 5400 to 500
Porter/Porter-Cum-Guide)3 to 4300 to 400

Which currency is preferable?

You can use your own preferable curreny to give tips to the guide and porter as a tip. There are no rules of tips currency. But in practice , Dollar is more used to currency to give tips for guides and porters.

It is suitable to give Nepali currency , those living in the remote areas. Because in remote areas it’s difficult to exchange money and the exchange rate might be very low compared to the city.

But those who are going city areas with you doesn’t matter of tipping currency.

How to give tipping perfectly

Whether the tip amount is big or small, it is a good idea to put it inside the envelope. It makes sense to give tips discreetly.

Nevertheless,  since Nepali people used their right hand to hand over all good things. So it is better to handover money with your right hand by putting it inside an envelope.

Though it seems meaningless,  It shows respectfulness to the guide and porter indirectly.

Tipping Separately

It is very important to give tips to the guides and porters separately. Simply to say, give your gratitude to whom it belongs. 

On the topics of trekking in the Himalayas,  give separately your token of love among the total trekking staff. If you give in aggregate to share, there might be conflict among the staff.

So while tipping, make sure to tip your guide and porter each separately.

How deals with tips while you are not happy with service

If you are dissatisfied  at all with guides’ work performance,  give suggestions by writing issues. So that guide can improve his work next time . But your complaint and issue should be rational. If you get terrible service don’t give tips but it will be wishful to give suggestions if they made some mistakes unknowingly.

In the case of dissatisfaction with the trekking agency, show your gratitude with staff.

Things to remember while tipping

  • It is not a good idea to give old or torn clothes or goods.
  • Do not tip too less.
  • Don’t give too late or too early. Give it before saying goodbye to each other.

When to Give the Tip

Generally, it is given before saying goodbye to the Guide and Porters. Or you can give on the last night of trek after dinner .

The Gift of Gear

If trekkers don’t want to carry your trekking equipment till home, they can handover trekking gear to the guides. For specimens, Hiking Boots, trekking Poles, Gloves, and so forth trekking tools. Many trekkers also used to give gratitude to their guides and porters along with money.

Conclusion

Basically tip is the things by whom you can express your gratitude to the Guide. But it doesn’t mean that there is a proportional relationship with tips and trip satisfaction. Because if you’re traveling with a tight budget, it might be difficult to give tipping more though you really want. So express your gratitude to the guide and porters how much you can. There is no fixed line and not ought to be.

A guide plays a vital role to make trekking a memorable experience. So, it is a way to reward them for their consistent help.

About Author

Jayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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