Tipping Your Guide and Porter in Nepal

In Nepal, tipping is not compulsory. Those who are happy with someone’s service can give as they like. There is not a strong tipping culture in Nepal. In this post, we will enlighten you on tipping guides and porters in Nepal.

Tourists are often confused about how much to tip their guide and porter upon finishing a trek. Basically, tips depend on a variety of factors, such as the happiness of the guests, the number of trekking days, the size of the group, and the difficulty of the trekking trail.

Tipping is also considered a token of love and appreciation from the guests. Though it is optional, it helps the guides improve their service and keep their jobs.

Most trekking guides and porters depend on tipping from their guests to get motivated. In short, it is a way to show gratitude to the staff if you are happy with their service.

How Much Should I Tip My Guide?

Especially for trekking and tours in Nepal, there is no price list for tips for guides and porters. If the staff provides service that converts guest expectations to happiness, they will receive some appreciation from their clients.

Tipping rates also depend on the length and difficulty of your trek. If you are going trekking for more than a week, follow the table rates.

Tipping on Group Trekking

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

Tipping 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 for tipping Guide/Porter?

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

It is suitable to give Nepali currency, those living in 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 tip discreetly.

Nonetheless,  since Nepali people used their RIGHT HAND to hand over all good things. So it is a good idea 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 tip 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 tip while you are not happy with their Service

If you are dissatisfied with the guides’ work performance,  give suggestions by writing issues or tell them directly. So that guide can improve his job/service to the next turn. But your complaint and issue should be rational. If you get terrible service don’t give tip 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 to the staff(Guide and Porter).

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 the trek after dinner.

The Gift of Gear as Tip

If trekkers don’t want to carry your trekking equipment to their home, they can handover trekking gear to the guide and porters. For specimens, trekkers can handover the Hiking Boots, trekking Poles, Gloves, and so forth trekking tools to their helpers upon finishing trekking.

Final Thought of Tipping in Nepal

Basically, the TIPPING to the Guide and Porter is the way of express your gratitude to them. But it doesn’t mean that there is a proportional relationship between tip 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 as 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 persistent, help.

About Author

JayaramJayaram 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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