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Program fee: $3800. A $200 discount is available for early payment; terms to be announced.
The course fee includes:
- Necessary permits (other than entry visa)
- Two day rafting expedition on the Bhote Khosi (whitewater grade 4-5)
- All meals, except lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Bus from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Dolakha
- Group equipment including camping gear, ropes, and so on; see Equipment for details
The program fee does not include:
- Travel to and from Nepal: depends where you're coming from. Round-trip for Los Angeles or New York is about $1300, give or take a couple hundred.
- Insurance: about $100.
- Personal climbing and trekking gear; see Equipment for details. Sorry, we can't estimate this one -- too many variables.
- Entry visa: currently $30
- Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast. Meals range from 50 cents (local fare) to $15 or so at the fanciest restaurants. Let's be safe and guess $100 for meals prior to departure from Kathmandu.
- All post-program expenses. You should probably figure $10/day in Khumbu, plus $100 for the flight back to Kathmandu. Or you could save a few bucks by hiking out: you should figure 7 days from Namche to Jiri, plus a long bus ride... food and lodging are cheaper than in Khumbu.
- Any additional expenses not listed above. Again, this is up to you. Lots of friends and family expecting souvenirs? Khukuri knives and jewelry are cheap, but there are plenty of pricy options. And don't forget excess baggage.
How much will it really cost? You should bring at least $500 with you -- and some means of getting more, such as a credit card. In other words, not counting travel and equipment expenses or optional extras, you'll be spending about $4300 for the seven weeks ($4100, if you qualify for the early payment discount).
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