How much will it cost to live in Kathmandu for a month?
I write this article based on how much I spent for a month in Kathmandu.
This is a question i believe a lot of people are interested to find out. If not just ignore reading it.
I stayed in Kathmandu for on and off for 4 years now. At least 6 months in a year, on and off going out and coming in.
And, this time, I rented a house near to Thamel area, to cut down expensive price charged of hotel stays starting 1st March 2017 and now is May 2017.
Averagely, Nepal is beutiful, surrounded by the snow-peaked Himalayas range of mountains.
However, due to over populated, dried mountains weather, and lack of proper government cares, Kathmandu is considered one of the most dusty and polluted city in the world. The problem of pollution is getting worst after the 8.7 magnitude earthquake two years ago, which costed more than 10 000 life. Since then, a lot of constructions are on-going and living costs are getting more and more expensive days in and outs.
Shortage of water and electricity are the main two issues in Nepal, even though since 1st Feb 2017, Nepal government declared no more load-shedding in Kathmandu, however, due to unstable environment condition such as storms and rains, electricity cut off still an common issue for us who do not live in hotels but houses and apartments.
Here I list down some basic monthly expenses in Kathmandu:
What I Spent in a month:
TOTAL = USD 775
I did not buy any clothes, going cinema, or any luxury restaurants or staying in hotel. I am staying in a rented house, trying to cut cost but still averagely spending around USD 800 or more.
Last week, went for a short trek and spent a few days in Pokhara, it costs me another USD 250.
It makes my whole month expenses go up to over USD 1000.
The purpose I am writing this short article is to tell that living cost in Nepal is quite high, as those are expenses only for my own self.
So, please take note that even though Nepal is a developing country, it does not mean that Nepal = cheap.
Compare to your home country, I believe Nepal is still a quite expensive country to live in.
Happy Reading! Should you need to find out more about cost of living, can always ask me directly.
Some of my daily routines in Kathmandu:
Above: Me – Angie while writing this blog.
Above: My working table which sometimes used as dining table and meeting table.
Above: I need to buy at least 15 x water bottles this size in a month for brushing, cleaning face, cooking etc.
Above: My toilet.
Above: My kitchen which enable to cook some dishes and meals I like.
Above: My balcony.
Above: My messy bedroom but is okay, only for myself and this is not a hotel.
Above: Water from tab = dirty, can’t use it at all, only for washing and flushing purposes. This is happening everywhere in Kathmandu.
Above: Gas water heater which operated using gas – have you seen one before?
September 20, 2014