tipping in Nepal

In Nepal, tipping is expected by most people involved in the country's tourism industry.  While tipping is not mandatory, it is a very important source of income in Nepal.  The local currency in Nepal is rupees.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Nepal

In Hotels Tip 10% at Hotels

In Nepal, large hotels already include service charges in the final bill. Therefore, it is not necessary to tip. If a service charge is not included in the total, 10% of the bill is perfectly acceptable for a tip.  If a tipping box is available, it is best to use this so tips can be divided between all members of the hotel staff.

A tip of 20 rupees is sufficient for anyone who helps carry your luggage, such as a porter or bellboy.  If you are traveling with a group, 10 rupees per bag is standard for tipping.

tipping in restaurants in Nepal

At a Resteraunt Tip 5%-10% in Nepal

In Nepal restaurants that are more expensive already include a service charge, while many times tips are non-existent in cheaper establishments.  If you choose to leave a tip due to good service, 5% - 10% is acceptable.

tip etiquette at spas in Nepal

at a Spa Tip 5-10% in Nepal

As a spa guest in Nepal, it is good ettiquette to tip spa staff, such as masseuses, between 5%- 10%. You may wish to tip a little extra if you received exceptional service.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Nepal Tip $10 per day for tours

Trekking holidays are big when visiting Nepal due to the focus on nature and the proximity to the Himalayan Mountains and Mount Everest. Therefore, travelers will need to tip tour guides.  The best way to decide on an amount is to base it on the quality of service you receive.    For example, if you go on a 7-day trekking tour, it is recommended you give at least $10 USD per day.

Travelers should also tip porters who help carry supplies.  However, they can only carry up to a certain amount.  The best option is to pack only the essentials and leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel you are staying at or the local agent's office.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Nepal Dont Tip Hairdressers

In Nepal it is unnecessary to tip hairdressers because gratuity is already included. However, small tips are greatly appreciated for exceptional service.

should you tip your taxi driver?

For Taxi Drivers Round Up the Fair

Taxi drivers in Nepal do not expect a tip, but a small tip, such as extra change, will be greatly appreciated.  For short taxi rides in town, it is unnecessary to tip.