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To travel to Nepal, you have required a valid Visa. However, you can also obtain a Nepalese visa upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport or any other land entry/exit points. No other documents are required to travel to Nepal, except a valid passport. Likewise, vaccination isn't mandatory, and vaccination certificates are not required. If you are going to engage in adventurous activities like trekking and mountaineering, travelers are recommended to get travel insurance which covers emergency evacuation and trip cancellation as well. As such, travelers might have to present the travel insurance certificate if need be.
The easiest way to obtain Nepal Visa is upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport or else at the immigration entry points if you are entering the country through the border of India or Tibet. To obtain a Nepal visa, the following are required-
• A valid passport (The passport should have a validity of at least six months)
• The application form for the visa must be filled out; they are available at the airport or the immigration entry points.
• Two passport size photos.
• Visa fees which should be paid in cash- USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days, USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days and USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
You can find more information regarding Nepalese visa at the official website of the Department of Immigration.
Likewise, visit Notice Regarding Visa Fee Updates for information about visa fees.
You can book the trek directly by filling out the booking form on our website at Contact Us. All the necessary details regarding the booking of a trip are clearly stated when you fill the form. You can also contact us at +977-9851080100 if you have any issues regarding the trek.
Upon your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our company's airport representatives. He/she will be waiting for you and will greet you when you arrive. He will also then help you get transferred to your Hotel via a car. You can also request your accommodation in Kathmandu beforehand.
Kathmandu has a wide variety of Hotels, from simple lodges to 5-star boutique hotels. In general, you can choose the Hotel you want before arriving in Kathmandu. Otherwise, we will choose a hotel that is suitable for you which range from 3 to 5 stars.
You can easily access the Internet in Nepal via Wi-Fi and any other cabled medium as well. Hotels, restaurants, and even rural teahouses provide Wi-Fi services to access the Internet. It is easily and widely available in the cities; however, remote areas might not have reliable Wi-Fi services.
In such cases, you will need a local SIM Card. Using a Local SIM Card is much cheaper than using a foreign cell phone card in Roaming. You can buy a SIM Card from most local stores; to buy one, you will need to fill out a form and provide a photocopy of your identity certificate, like your passport or your citizenship card, and passport-size photos.
The type of guesthouses and lodges during trekking varies and depends upon the destination of the trekking journey. When famous trekking adventures are concerned, the guesthouses and lodges are quite good and some even provide the facility of hot water for baths or laundry. However, if the trekking destination is remote and off-beaten, then the lodges and guesthouses can be basic, with rustic beds, and small rooms. Generally, twin sharing lodges are available while trekking.
This facility depends upon the type of trekking that you have booked, i.e. luxury trek, camping, or a lodge trek. Luxury Treks, as the name suggests, provide attached bathrooms at the guesthouses with hot shower, which you will have to pay extra for use. Otherwise, in general, the guesthouses and lodges while trekking does provide hot water for showers in buckets, but this does depend from one lodge to the next in terms of altitude and remoteness of the area. In higher altitude and remote areas, you might even be charged for hot water.
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available while trekking. In general, the best trekking food on a trekking adventure is rice and lentils. Rice and lentils are one of the staple foods of Nepal and you can find it at almost every lodge or guesthouse you visit during the journey. Other than this, a wide variety of local cuisines are available, like bread, pasta, noodles, eggs, chow miens, meat, and in-season vegetables among others.
During treks, it is best to have lightweight luggage. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will get the chance to re-pack your essentials in a duffle bag before the trekking journey begins. You can also choose to store your luggage at the hotel of your stay and only take the necessary luggage on the trips. During the treks, you can opt to hire a local porter to carry your luggage for you, or you can carry it yourself. Nevertheless, it will be a lot easier for you if you hire a porter for this.
Yes, all of our guides are well-trained professionals with good English. They will help you in your journey and take care of everything that you need and want. Our guides are even proficient at first-aid treatments and are certified with numerous licenses related to travel and trekking.
The service of a guide and porter is usually already added in the trekking package. Most travel agencies will only hire porters if there are two people for the adventure. However, solo travelers can also hire porter services, but it usually costs extra for solo travelers. Likewise, you can also tip the guides and porters for their services. The amount of money you choose to tip is dependent on you. However, USD 5 per day for guides and USD 2-4 per day for porters is a good amount to tip.
The number of people in a group varies and depends upon the number of people available for trekking at any given time. Nevertheless, in approximation, a trekking group can contain about 3 to 4 people or can also have about 7 to 10 at a time, but the number is a variable. You can also choose to go on solo trips; however, such trips cost more than others.
You can find ample amount of ATM and good banking services in the cities of Nepal. Metropolitan places like Kathmandu and Pokhara, along with other towns of the country are equipped with ATMs and banks. However, ATMs and banks are hard to find in the rural and remote areas while trekking. That is why- it is advisable to exchange the currency to local Nepali Rupees before commencing the trek as this makes it a lot easier to make money transactions and to buy things from the shops in the mountains. You can find money exchange counters at the airport or in major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, or Chitwan. We advise you to be up-to-date regarding the exchange rates. The updated exchange rates are available at the official website of Nepal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.
Travel Insurance is mandatory while traveling to Nepal and undergoing treks. Travel insurance must cover medical and emergency evacuation services in the mountains. Furthermore, the travel insurance policy must also cover the cost of a helicopter rescue from the mountains, as well as cases of Acute Mountain Sickness.
Your money will not be refunded if you will not be able to complete the trek due to any reason. The conditions for refund will be clearly stated on the Terms and Conditions before you choose to finalize your booking for a trip.
Nepal is a safe country, and for the most part, it is safe for women to travel to Nepal solo. Nepalese are naturally friendly and offer warm hospitality. As such, they are readily available to help solo travelers on their trips. However, unforeseen circumstances have no predictable occurrences, and thus, it is better, compared to traveling solo, to travel in a group. Solo female travelers will still be in the company of a guide while trekking, thus in that sense- it is safe to travel to Nepal solo if the female traveler does not wish to join other trekking groups.
The best time to travel to Nepal for high-altitude trekking journeys is from March to May (spring season) and from September to November (autumn season). These two trekking seasons are also called Peak Trekking Seasons in Nepal as the influx of travelers coming to Nepal for treks is large in number. However, treks to rain-shadow areas like Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang can also be done during the monsoon season (June to August) along with the spring and autumn seasons.
Likewise, Low Altitude Treks, Jungle safaris, and Cultural Tours can be done in Nepal all year round.
In general, certain trekking and hiking equipment can be bought or rented in Kathmandu after arrival as well. There are numerous shops and outlets in Kathmandu that sell trekking equipment which can be rented/hired or bought after you arrive in Kathmandu rather than carry heavy equipment with you on the plane from your initial destination to Nepal. Given below are some essential trekking equipment' that may be required while trekking-
• Duffel pack
• Down Jacket
• 4 Seasons' Sleeping Bag
• Sun hat or scarf
• Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection
• Lightweight inner socks
• Thick, warm woolen hiking socks
• Hiking boots with spare laces
• Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
• Gaiters for winter hiking
• Lightweight gloves
• Under Garments
• Hiking shorts
• Lightweight cotton long pants and thermal bottoms
• Waterproof shell pants
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or Pullovers
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Trekking Poles
• Water bottles
• Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, etc.)
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue /toilet rolls
• Anti-bacterial hands wash
Speaking in a very broad term, the daytime temperatures are higher than the night-time ones. The climatic conditions of Nepal are different according to different locations and destinations. Generally, while trekking, the higher the altitude, the lower the temperature gets. On average, the temperature tends to drop about 6°C for every 1,000 meters of gain in altitude. As such, the Himalayan areas experience a moderate temperature of around 10-15 °C during the day and drop around 0 °C during the night. The hills experience moderate temperature whereas the Terai plains are generally hotter than both the Hills and the Himalayas.
Trekking in Nepal are generally divided into three grades- Easy, Moderate, and Strenuous.
Easy Level or Grade One Level of treks are easy trekking adventures that can be done by anybody. No prior trekking experience is required and there are no chances of getting Mountain Sick. Generally, Easy Level Treks are journeys that occur below 4,000 meters of altitude.
Similarly, Moderate Level Treks can be a bit challenging for first-time trekkers, but they are still doable, even if there is no prior trekking experience. The altitude mainly varies between 3,900 meters to 4,800 meters. If you have good physical fitness and endurance capabilities, then you can do this level of the trek.
In the same way, Strenuous Treks require a good stamina and health condition to undergo. Strenuous Treks are harder to do than moderate treks and often include crossing High Mountain Passes, with an altitude gain of about more than 4,800 meters with long stretches of walking per day. To prepare for Strenuous Treks, it is important to prepare the body with cardiovascular exercises like running and jogging about 3 to 4 weeks before the commencement of the trekking journey.
The answer to this depends upon the preferences of the trekker. Both Teahouse/Lodge Treks and Camping Treks have pros and cons and the preference of one over the other is a factor that the trekkers decide for themselves.
As the name suggests, Teahouse/ Lodge Treks present Teahouses and Lodges for accommodation during the journey. Pro attribute of this feature is that you get a warm space and a roof over your head where you can sleep, eat, and rest.
On the contrary, Camping Treks provide authentic outdoor adventure where you sleep in camps under the stars. Trekkers will also have to prepare their meal and set tents. However, we also assist with such matters.
Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur to people when their body is not properly adjusted to the high altitude. The occurrence of AMS depends from one person to the next. Typically, AMS can occur at about 2,400 meters of altitude or higher. Some of the symptoms of AMS include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath. Trekkers can take medications against AMS from the very start of the trek. Meds like Diamox can help in preventing AMS from occurring. Another important factor to consider while preventing AMS is proper acclimatization. If there is an onset of AMS, then it is best to rest and recover rather than to trek ahead. If the situation of the victim worsens, he/she should be immediately evacuated and further treatment should be done in authorized health institutions like hospitals and health centers.
It is better to carry a Personal Medication and First Aid Kit while trekking as it will help you be well-equipped in case of any injuries or sickness that might occur during the journey.
Conventionally, Flight delays and cancellations occur due to unfavorable weather conditions and other technical problems. During the peak trekking seasons, the occurrence of flight delays is very less compared to the winter and summer months. Nevertheless, it is best to have a buffer day incorporated in the itinerary. A buffer day is an extra day reserved in case of flight delays. Usually, buffer days are scheduled at the end of the trek.
Private mode of transportation comes in the form of cars, motorcycles, or tourist buses. The private vehicle during the trekking journeys will be arranged by us. You can also specifically ask for a private vehicle during the trekking journey. For the ease of traveling and luggage storage, you should choose a private car for your travel needs.
Yes, you can certainly rent/buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu after your arrival. There are numerous shops around Kathmandu and are easily available in Thamel. You can also find a remarkable variation while choosing trekking equipment. You can rent or buy such equipment based on price or brand.
The answer to this is a variable that depends upon the trekkers themselves. It is a matter of choice and personal preference. You can choose to either go on the fixed date with a group or go on your specific date according to your preference, whichever is easier for you. Generally, private trips are more expensive than Group Trip/Fixed Departure trips.
Nepal is fairly conventional when it comes to social norms and practices. As such, traditional customs are still in practice and are followed widely across the nation. Generally, wearing provocative and revealing clothes are frowned upon in Nepal. So, travelers should dress in non-revealing comfortable clothes. Likewise, travelers must take their shoes off before entering homes of people and the premises of any religious shrine like temple or stupa. You should also be careful when taking photographs in such sites. Look out for any signs that prohibit taking photographs.
If you have extra time to spare after the trekking journey, you can pretty much do anything you like. You can go shopping or sightseeing in the Kathmandu area or try out different restaurants. Or you can simply relax at the hotel and catch up on your recreation after a long trekking journey in the mountains. If you want, you can also ask the travel agency to arrange a guided sightseeing tour of certain heritage areas of the city as well. There are numerous adventure sports like rafting, paragliding, zip-lining, bungee jumping, canyoning, etc. to help you spend your spare time after the trek.