Tell me about Nepal.
Nepal is a federal republic country lies in South Asia. Nepal is located between China and India. Though this is a small landlocked country, it is rich in natural resource and biodiversity. Nepal is an excellent example of social and religious coherence where people belong to different ethnicities, and religions reside in harmony. The landscape of the country spread from the 59 meters to the world’s highest mountain in the world Mount Everest (8848 meters). Everest region, Annapurna region, and Langtang region are famous trekking destinations in the country. Annually hundreds of mountaineers gather in the Himalayas of Nepal to gain victory over the mountains. Besides, Nepal is a birthplace of Lord Buddha-the light of Asia.
How do I obtain Nepal Visa?
You can obtain a Nepal visa at the Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your respective country. However, if you cannot manage to have your Nepal visa before arriving in Nepal, you can obtain Nepal visa at the immigration located inside Tribhuwan International Airport- the only international airport in Nepal. Moreover, if you are entering Nepal via land from India or China, you can obtain Nepal visa at the entry points.
Please carry a few copies of passport size photograph as they require for visa purpose. For tourist Nepal visa fees are as follow:
The immigration official accepts USD or other major currencies in cash for the visa purpose; however, they do not take traveler’s check.
To avoid hassle while obtaining a Nepal visa, you can fill in an online form using this link: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np, before meeting the immigration authority in person to get your Nepal visa.
Importantly, the nationals of the following countries must obtain Nepal visa before arriving in Nepal as they cannot obtain on arrival visa in Nepal:
We advise all the travelers to check the existing rules of obtaining Nepal visa and visa fee as they are subject to change.
What are the suitable seasons to embark on the Nepal trip?
Choosing the best seasons to embark on the trek in Nepal will amplify your experience. Though, one or the other part of the country is suitable for trekking throughout the year; there are some specific periods when you will have the better experience of the trek. We have the following information for you so that you can choose the best time of the year to embark on the trek to Nepal:
Spring Season (March to May)
Similar to other parts of the world, the spring season is an excellent season in Nepal and is taken as the best season to go for the adventurous and other tourism activities in Nepal. The weather is warm in the lower elevation, and you will have a moderate temperature at the higher altitude. You will have a fantastic view of the mountains. In this season, blooming flowers especially the rhododendron- which is also the national flower of Nepal- welcomes you in this beautiful land of Himalayas.
Summer Season (June to August)
Generally, trekking is not recommended during this season in Nepal as it is a rainy season and frequent rainfall makes walking uncomfortable. However, there are some parts in Nepal such as Nar-Phu valley, Mustang, and Dolpo region which falls behind the mountains rain shadow zone and they rarely receive rainfall. So, summer season can be a good season to go for the trek in these regions. Moreover, people who enjoy/love walking in the rainy season can choose some trekking destinations for trekking in this season.
Autumn Season (September to November)
Autumn season is another nice time for the trekking in Nepal. Usually, the weather is evident in this season- September, October and November- so the trekking routes offer you the spectacular views of mountains and other beautiful vistas. Typically, the weather in this season is stable. The days are warm, and you will have a pleasant walk.
Winter Season (December to February)
As we know winter season is cold and the mountain region is colder in this season. The mountain region receives heavy snowfall, and the temperature drops down. Generally, the days are bright in the winter season in Nepal. So, ordinarily high elevation trekking is not recommended in this season; however, you can go for short hiking or tour in lower elevation where you can enjoy the snow.
How is the security situation in Nepal?
The overall security situation in Nepal is good, and the foreign nationals can travel without hesitation in Kathmandu and other major tourist places in Nepal. However, you should avoid late night walk to shun petty theft and avoid crowded public vehicles to shun pickpocketing.
What are the means of transportation available in Nepal?
Taxis are easily available in major cities including Kathmandu, Pokhara. You can also hire a private or tourist vehicle to travel from one town to another. Besides, public buses, microbuses, minibuses are other means of transportation in Nepal. Also, you can use flights to travel to major cities in Nepal.
What do you mean by Tea House Trek? How do Tea houses look like?
Generally, luxury hotels are not available in the mountains during the trek. The trekkers are supposed to stay at the tea house. Tea houses are lodges with basic accommodation and food. They have a spacious restaurant with reasonable items of cuisine. If the trekkers stay in Tea houses during the trekking, such type of treks are Tea House Trek. One should not expect much facilities in the tea houses.
Do ATM booths available in all the tourist places?
ATM booths are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major cities in Nepal. However, you cannot expect using ATMs booth in the trekking region. So, you can withdraw the required cash before embarking on a tour/trek in the mountains or the countryside.
What types of cards are accepted in Nepal?
The major cards accepted in Nepal are: VISA, MASTERCARD, and American Express. Also, both credit and debit cards are accepted in Nepal.
What currencies are accepted in Nepal? How do I exchange Nepalese rupees if I need?
Though major currencies are accepted in Nepal; for your ease, we suggest you change them into Nepalese rupees after arriving in Nepal. There are ample money exchange counters in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major tourist cities in Nepal. Therefore, you can exchange major currencies before embarking on a trek/tour.
What if an emergency occurs during the trek?
All the travelers must have ‘Travel Insurance’ before going for the trek in Nepal, and it must cover helicopter evacuation. After consulting the traveler’s insurance company, we evacuate the traveler in a helicopter.
What is TIMS Card?
TIMS is an abbreviation form of Traveler Information Management System. TIMS card It’s a prerequisite for the trekkers of all the nationalities including Indian nationals to go for the trek in Nepal. Offices of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu and Pokhara issue TIMS card for the trekkers. If you are using authorized trek operators, they can assist you for the issuance of this card. You need a copy of the passport and two passport size photos to obtain a TIMS card. This card is non-transferable and valid only for single entry of the particular area.
What is the situation of drinking water in the trekking regions?
In most of the trekking area, you can buy bottled mineral water. If you want to use tap water, you can do it after purifying it. You should carry water purifier with you. We suggest using bottled drinking water as you can get them at a reasonable price in the trekking region.
Do you have airport pick up and drop facility?
Yes, we receive our clients at the airport and drop them back on the day of their final departure. Also, we can arrange other domestic transportation in case of necessity upon your request with additional cost.
What is the situation of electricity in Nepal especially in the trekking area?
Nepal has no scheduled power cut now; however, you can expect rare power cut without prior information. There is a lack of hydropower in most of the places of the trekking area, but they have a solar power system. So, in a few places you might not have enough power to charge your gadgets. So it is advisable to have a power bank or other alternative power supply devices. We recommend you to get a universal adapter and converter so that you would not be in a problem in any case. We suggest you bring plugs having three and two pins for charging your gadgets.
Whom should I contact in case of any security issue?
In Nepal, there is tourist police for the security of tourists and address any of their security-related issues. You can contact in the following phone number or e-mail in case of any security issue:
Tourist Police Nepal
Bhrikutimandap Kathmandu. (Located inside the premises of Nepal Tourism Board)
Phone Number: +977-14247041, 1144.
Email: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: – www.nepalpolice.gov.np
Is insurance mandatory for the trekkers in Nepal? Can I purchase an insurance policy in Nepal?
Yes, insurance is mandatory for the trekkers in Nepal. You can travel free of mind if you have proper insurance coverage for your travel. However, you cannot purchase the Insurance Policy in Nepal, and we do not arrange insurance for the trekkers. Therefore, you should do it before arriving in Nepal for your trip. The insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation, medical expenses including other related expenditures. Though helicopter evacuation is not mandatory for the tour in urban areas, it’s good to have it. Before you go on the trek/tour, you should provide a hard copy of your insurance policy with contact information of the insurance company in case we need to contact them.
Should I be physically strong and need any extra skills and/or training to go for trekking?
For an easy and low altitude trekking, anybody with general fitness can embark on the trek. However, if you want to go on long and high altitude trekking routes, you need good physical fitness, and prior hiking experience would be an advantage. Trekkers are advised to involve in physical activities such as jogging, swimming, hiking, cycling for few weeks before the trekking. However, you do not need extra skills or training to go for the trek. Your willpower play an important role to complete the trek.
Can I go trekking with my children and elderly relatives?
We have experience that elderly people completed even high altitude treks smoothly. However, it depends upon their prior experience, health condition, and willpower. However, for kids we do not recommend to go for higher altitude and long trekking; instead, we suggest you go for lower altitude trekking routes with the kids.
What is an Altitude Sickness?
Altitude sickness is a sickness caused due to climbing to a high elevation with low oxygen level quickly. Altitude sickness generally occurs above the altitude of 2500 meters. You should not be concerned about it; however, you must take precaution. We have designed our itinerary allocating ample time for you to acclimatize with the environment before ascending to the higher altitude, so there is a slim chance of catching by altitude sickness. Besides, our trained team is always with you to respond to this sickness and evacuate you in case of necessity.
What is the difference between Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)?
Both Annapurna and Everest Base Camp treks are popular trekking destinations in Nepal, and they have their own features. Regarding the duration, ABC is shorter than the EBC. The EBC Trek takes the trekker to the highest elevation to Kalapatthar (5643m), and the highest point of ABC is (4130m). During EBC trek you will gain altitude quickly; however, in ABC trek, the trekker will gain altitude gradually. ABC is suitable for the beginners and EBC for those who want to have more adventure comparatively.