Sumit's costing
Andrew's costing (based on my last trip in 2001)

Sumits Costing

Base cost for Expedition (Minimum 8, Maximum 12 Member Team)
- Transportations to and from airport.
- Services of ½ yak or porter per member round trip.
- Service of 1 cook
- Service of 1 kitchen boy
- Service of 2 Climbing Sherpa
- Wages for cook, kitchen boy and Sherpas
- Insurance for cook, kitchen boy and Sherpas
- All food and fuel from Dingboche to Gokyo.
- Kitchen equipment. 
- Sleeping tents. 
- Conservation fee

Sub-Total= $1050  PER PERSON

Additional Group (pooled) Costs
- Special High Altitude tucker (High calorie) Gp $250
- Facilitation services Gp $1,150
- Peak permits Gp $ 1,600
- Additional Group Equipment (ropes, snow stakes, ice screws etc) Gp $600

Sub-Total= $3,600 to be divided between group members

Total Cost per member $1,500 (for 8-member group)

For Eight Members -> $12,000 GROUP (NEED TO BE DIVIDED BY NUMBER OF

NOTE: Expedition Also Welcomes Member Who Wants To Come Just For a
Walk on Cost of $1050

Your cost includes:
-All internal land transport by private bus. 
-Two-person mountaineering tents
-Group camping and climbing equipment eg ropes, anchors and slings etc.
-Climbing equipment package of harness, crampons and ice axe. 
 (if you don't have your own)
-All meals from second day in Dingboche to Gokyo. (12 days total)
-All park entrance fees, trekking permits if applicable and peak fees
-Emergency medical kit.

Your cost does not include:
-Flight to and from Lukla (from Kathmandu)( Approx. US$ 200)
-Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek.
-Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
-Airport and departure taxes.
-Travel Insurance.

A deposit of  AU$200 is payable to secure a place on the expedition 
by September 25th. 
Balance will be collected upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Andrew's Costing

This is a comparison of my expected and actual costs for the 2005 trip.
[all in Australian dollars unless noted, assuming A$0.75=US$1  Also A$1=50NR]
[NR=Nepalese Rupee]

                                           Budget    Actual (more or less)
Base Cost
  as above                                  1050      1050
Group costs
  as above                     3600 /8    -> 450       450
  (assuming 8 of us climb)

Kathmandu costs:    4nights@~A$25-30/day -> 120        32/day** 
  Days 1,2,25,26
Teahouse trekking: ~11nights@A$10-20/day -> 165        6/day below Lukla**
  Days 3-8 & 20-24 (pay as we go NR8300)                28/day above Lukla**

Return flight Kat<->Lukla                   270        300
Airport departure taxes                      37        33 (1695NR for Kat. International only)
  Kat*2 + Lukla(?)

Tips (porters+climbing sherpas)$3/trek day  ~66         58
Nepalese Visa                                42         42 ($US30)
  +2 passport photos

Travel insurance                           ~500        256 (climbing insurance only, IHI 5 weeks)
  includes climbing insurance*
Air fare (Sydney-Kat)			   1700       2000 incl taxes

Vaccinations                               ~200         80 (after rebates)
Drugs (antibiotics/altitude/etc)            ~50          0
                                           ----       ----
                                         A$4380      A$4650

 new gear, guide books, maps, souvenirs, drinks, entertainment, etc)       0-few*100
 excess baggage to Lukla & from Australia (both unlikely to be charged)    0-few*100

 Notes: *-normal travel insurance is ~$150-200 but does not cover climbing.
         -Climbing insurance is available from IHI (see the Links page) or
           the American Alpine Club. IHI is the best option.
       **-Daily costs include Food & Accomodation plus other essentials
           (taxis, laaundry, etc)
          Budget an extra ($150 for frugal me) for books, gifts and so on...

Andrew Jacob
Last modified: Tue Jun 22 15:59:11 EST 2004