By the Trikāya Translation Committee.

Tibetan-English Translation Rates

Tibetan-English Translation Rates


Fees for Tibetan-English textual translations.


Tibetan-English Translation Rates:
Tibetan Pecha Format

Translation rates for general Tibetan texts in pecha format (traditional Tibetan-style horizontal loose pages)

From 30 to 120 Euros per folio side, depending on folio size.

The minimum rate is 30 Euros/folio side and the maximum rate is 120 Euros/folio side.


Translation rates for Sādhanā or Vajrayāna practice texts in pecha format

From 40 to 130 Euros per folio side, depending on folio size.

The minimum rate is 40 Euros/folio side and the maximum rate is 130 Euros/folio side.


Size-Based Price Range for pecha format

  • Small folios: 30 to 55 Euros/side
  • Medium folios: 55 to 80 Euros/side
  • Large folios: 80 to 105 Euros/side
  • Extra-large folios: 105 to 130 Euros/side

Workload for pecha format translations

Each individual pecha folio side requires somewhere between 1 to 4 hours of translation and editing work to complete, depending on folio size.

Tibetan-English Translation Rates:
Regular Book Format

Translation rates for general Tibetan texts in book format (modern Western-style vertical bound pages)

From 60 to 150 Euros per book page, depending on page size.

The minimum rate is 60 Euros/book page and the maximum rate is 150 Euros/book page.


Translation rates for Sādhanā or Vajrayāna practice texts in book format

From 70 to 160 Euros per book page, depending on page size.

The minimum rate is 70 Euros/book page and the maximum rate is 160 Euros/book page.


Size-Based Price Range for book format

  • Small pages: 60 to 85 Euros/page
  • Medium pages: 85 to 110 Euros/page
  • Large pages: 110 to 135 Euros/page
  • Extra-large pages: 135 to 160 Euros/page

Workload for book format translations

Each individual regular book page requires somewhere between 2 to 5 hours of translation and editing work to complete, depending on page size.


Guidelines for Translation Rates


  • The exact rate depends on the specific amount of text on the pages of the text or book.
  • The amount of text per page can be calculated based on many factors. These include the page size, number of lines per page, length of each line, and number of syllables per page or per line.
  • The exact quotation is usually based on the average number of syllables per per page.
  • Consideration is given to the subject material of the text, as more difficult topics require more time for research.
  • Any extra work required is also taken into account, such Tibetan and Sanskrit phonetic transcription, etc.
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