For a large jeep or van I would say about $150 but others who have hired recently and the Nepali travel professionals will have better information.
Thanks. Is that USD or AUS?
Sorry, should have said: it's USD
Thanks. Our guide is suggesting a jeep is better than private bus. Though we're 3 adults and 3kids. Thoughts for this size group - jeep or private hiace bus?
Yes – Agree with scoodly, you will be able to get a minivan (Probably none AC) with an experienced English speaking driver for around $150 US – These should be booked at least a few days in advance, either through your Kathmandu Hotel or a local tour agency.
Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels
In answer to your last question, Jeeps will be more expensive than a minivan and aren’t really needed as the road is OK and there is no need for a 4 x 4.
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I would go for a Hi-Ace too.
On a side note, journeys on local buses can be quite an experience. If you have another, shorter trip without luggage maybe give it a try.
Wanting to compare agency quotes regarding a jeep to a trek start point I recently googled searched transport hire in Kathmandu, came up with a few places and emailed. Response was quick with quote and picture of vehicle. As usual quote In US $.
A better price than agency quotes and in one instance by 50%, but closer enough to other quotes to suggest not a rust bucket deal....again photos help and can be verified on arrival....have them pick you up from the airport!Edited: 21 July 2018, 06:50
Thanks everyone for advice and info. Our guide has quoted USD150 for a jeep and USD200 for HiAce. I'm still unsure re the most comfortable for our group. The jeeps I have seen have the usual front row (and driver) and back row. Hmmmm...Can 4 adults and 2 kids and driver realistically fit in a jeep?
a "jeep" or 4WD has seats in the back which look uncomfortable - might be ok for taking the children to school or possibly Geelong to Melbourne but certainly not for a time like Melbourne to Adelaide. It is also difficult to have a quick stop with one of these by the time everyone clambers in and out
you would be better with a little bus which I guess is what is being referred to as a HiAce - especially if you will have a guide and porter travelling with you