Nepal Travel Information

Altitude sickness

If you choose trekking or mountaineering ventures at higher altitudes, you should be aware of a possible threat called altitude sickness. Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a sickness in which the human body becomes unable to cope with the Himalayan atmosphere. The symptoms of the illness generally start when climbing or walking above 3000 meters. There are several preventive measures which can be taken to avoid altitude sickness. Travelers should not walk fast at a higher altitude as the oxygen thins your body starts to feel sick and unusual. So, you should walk slowly and spend some days for your body to get accustomed to low-level oxygen. One should always carry Diamox tablets while trekking at high altitudes. Similarly, maintaining a healthy diet during trips is also equally important. The victims of the sickness should be immediately taken to a lower altitude and evacuation procedures can be carried out according to the severity of the situation.

Travel Insurance

Signing up for travel insurance for you, your belongings for theft, loss, and medical problems is a must when traveling to Nepal. Since there are many travel risks and issues, it is wise to cover unnecessary and unavoidable expenses with travel insurance. As most travelers come here for adventure purposes, they engage in activities such as mountain climbing, trekking, rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, etc. Thus, your risk factor during these events is high; which makes insurance a high priority. Similarly, while trekking there are not many hospitals nearby and in dire cases, the only option is emergency helicopter evacuation which is very expensive. Similarly, flight delays and cancellations are also a possibility for high altitude trips. As such, we advise you to choose your insurance company after thorough research. Make sure that the travel insurance covers all the possible risks that come when traveling in Nepal.

Meals and Accommodations

As a nation that thrives on tourism, there are abundant hotels, restaurants, teahouses, and homestays all over the country. From five star luxurious hotels to comfortable and simple hotels and hostels, there is a wide variety of accommodation for your stay in Nepal. While the major cities and towns have decent accommodation services, travelers will have to stay in teahouses which offer basic facilities of dining and lodging while traveling in remote parts of the country.

There are multi-cuisine restaurants to local restaurants all over the nation. While in Nepal, you will be amazed while walking down the streets there are ample restaurants and cafes. Some dishes you should try while in Nepal are Momos and Thakali food. When you are traveling in rural areas, you can only find limited cuisines and food items. Regardless, you will find the staple food of Nepal- Dal Bhat Tarkari in every part of the country. You can also choose to enjoy local cuisines when trekking or heading to remote areas.

Banking, ATMs, and money

The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR) and is available in the banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000. Coins of 1 and 2 rupees are also available. In the major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, etc., banks and ATMs are easily available. However, the easy availability and accessibility of these services are fewer and lesser as you head to remote areas. So, it is best to carry sufficient cash while you have easy access to banks or ATMs.

You don't have to worry if you don't have Nepali currency before your arrival as there are many money exchanges in Kathmandu city. You can also exchange your currency at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu when you land. Likewise, you can easily find places to acquire Nepalese currency around the cities. However, you should be up-to-date regarding the exchange rates to avoid being scammed. To find information regarding the exchange rates head to the official website of Nepal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php

Internet and communication

In recent years the Internet service in Nepal has developed and upgraded at a very fast pace. You will be able to find a wireless internet connection in almost every restaurant and hotel. Even in some of the trekking destinations at a higher altitude, you can find the Internet in the cafes and lodges. However, this service not highly reliable so, using a cellular network for the internet and communication is ideal. You can easily purchase a sim card anywhere across the country after providing the necessary documents. Besides these, newspapers, TV channels, and radio stations are also some of the prominent communication mediums in Nepal.

Internal flight delays 

With a challenging geographical structure and unpredictable climate, internal flight delays are quite frequent, especially so in the Himalayan regions of the country. The flights are even canceled if the weather conditions worsen. As such, we advise you to travel to Nepal during autumn and spring seasons. These seasons offer the most stable of climatic conditions and see far fewer flight delays and cancellations. We also recommend the travelers to include a few extra days in their travel itineraries as contingencies. You should also be careful to get travel insurance to cover the additional expenses due to these conditions.

Trekking seasons in-the country

With eight of the tallest mountains in the world residing in Nepal, it attracts a massive number of trekkers from all over the globe. The trekking trails and destinations lie mostly in the Himalayan periphery and harsher weather conditions. The best seasons to trek in Nepal is an autumn season which spans from September to November. During this season the temperature is very moderate and the clear skies promise a very clear and tantalizing view of the Himalayas. Similarly, the spring season which starts from March to May is another best season to explore the higher altitude as the weather is dry with a mild temperature and flowers blooming everywhere. However, you should be careful while trekking during the winter as there are occasional snowfalls during winter in the higher elevations. Similarly, during the summer/monsoon season, rain makes the trekking trails slippery and risky.  However, there are a few trekking destinations which allow trekkers to travel during winter or monsoon seasons. Dolpo and Upper Mustang lie in the rain shadow regions of the Dhaulagiri massif so, they can trek during monsoon. Similarly, lower altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Tamang Heritage Trek, and Mohare Danda Trek can be done even during the winter season. 

Health and safety including traveling alone in the country

Nepal is safe and secure for all travel enthusiasts. In addition to the admirable travel and tourism services, Nepalese are also famous for their friendly nature and warm hospitality. Moreover, the Tourist Police in Nepal also looks to ensure the safety of tourists and travelers in Nepal. Find more about the Tourist Police at https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/tourist-police.html.

Likewise, Nepal is also perfect for lone travelers. However, traveling alone in the country means you will have to face certain problems that involve the language barrier. Similarly, if you are trekking you should hire a guide as you might get lost or face difficulties while traveling alone. If you pay attention to a few travel hacks and maintain a common sense, you will not come across any problem when traveling around Nepal.

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