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Frequently Asked Question Before Travelling To Nepal

            The FAQ given below is intended to provide information about various questions that people who are preparing to travel to Nepal have. The questions and answers listed below are only meant as a general guide to assist in the process of planning the trip. For further information, it is recommended to buy one of the outstanding travel books that have been published to help tourists. If they are unavailable in your nearest bookstore, you can find them easily in Nepal.

1. Where is Nepal?

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, it is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain in Terai. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Nepal is geographically diverse, including fertile plains, forested hills and eight of the world's tallest mountains, one of them being Mount Everest. Nepal is a multiethnic country with 126 ethnic groups and 123 languages; the primary language is Nepali. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal, which is also known as "City of Temples" because of the many temples that display Kathmandu's culture and artistic heritage within the town. Nepal is home to world-class natural and cultural heritage, scattered across beautiful valleys, plains, forests and mountains.

2. What is Nepal known for?

Nepal is often referred to as the Amazon of Asia. Nepal is well known for having the world's tallest mountain (Mt. Everest 8.848m) and being the birthplace of Lord Buddha (Lumbini), who was the pioneer of Buddhism. Among the 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains, eight are located in Nepal. The deepest gorge (Kali Gandaki, 1200m) and the highest lake on earth (Tilicho Lake, 4,919m) are also found here. From beautiful sceneries to exotic plants and animals, almost all of it is found here. Nepal is an excellent spot for extreme sports, and many facilities provide an adventure playground in nature. There are many opportunities to explore temples and monasteries. In general, Nepali people are known for their hospitality and believe in treating their guests as gods.

3. Can I get Visa on arrival?

Yes. Nepal provides Visa on arrival. It is recommended to download and complete the application form, have the correct amount of USD cash and two passport size photos.

 

Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple entry

15 days

US$ 30

Multiple entry

30 days

US$ 50

Multiple entry

90 days

US$ 125

 

4. Is the country politically safe and stable?

It has only been around a decade since Nepal became a democratic country. There might be some disturbances in some part of the land, but it does not affect the daily life of the people in other regions. Life continues as usual.

5. How to enter Nepal?

There are two ways to enter in Nepal:

  • By Air: Some of the major international airlines operate scheduled services to Nepal. There's only one international airport (Tribhuvan International Airport) located in Kathmandu Valley.

  • By Road: There are many entry points by land route mostly from Nepal/India borders and China/Tibet borders. Some of them are Kodari, Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar.

6. Does the airport have pickup facilities?

Yes! We have airport pick up facilities, but it depends on the package of the tour.


7. What kind of weather can we expect?

In Nepal, the weather varies according to the geographical location and the season. It's pretty similar to Europe and opposite of Australia. The winters are dry and cold while the summers are hot. Monsoon season starts from around the end of June to the end of August, 80% of Nepal's rainfall occurs during this period throughout the country. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the most pleasant seasons with occasional shorts bursts of rain. May and June can be very hot and humid until the monsoon rains, and November to February is dry, very cold, especially at night.

 

Height

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Kathmandu

16-28

14-26

7-22

1-20

1-18

4-20

7-25

12-28

16-30

1000m

20-28

16-25

11-22

6-20

5-19

8-20

11-25

15-29

17-30

2000m

13-22

10-21

4-17

1-14

0-13

1-14

4-18

8-22

12-23

3000m

11-19

6-18

1-15

-2-13

-3-12

-1-13

2-16

5-19

8-20

4000m

1-13

-3-12

-8-8-

-10-6

-12-4

-10-5

-6-9

-3-12

-1-13

5000m

-1-10

-6-8

-11-6

-13-4

-18-3

-14-5

-8-7

-4-11

-2-12

8. I am going on a teahouse trekking in Nepal. What can I expect?

In Nepal, teahouse trekking has almost replaced camping trips due to its popularity. It involves resting in teahouses and lodges along the trekking route. There's likely to be teahouses opened by locals with accommodations and food, scattered across different parts of Nepal. 

9. How long will we walk on an average day's trekking?

It depends on the geographical location, weather and physical condition of individuals involved. Normally you can cover 10 to 14 km by five to seven hours of walking. Above the altitude of 3500m, you'll cover 8 to 9 km at the same time.

10. Who will be our guide?

The guide will be a local Nepali who is a fluent English speaker. We provide guides who can speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian too. They are selected carefully based on experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

11. What are the numbers of requirements for your trips?

Trips are organized for any number of people, even if it's only one person. It's preferable to have a group of twelve people for the optimum experience if you want to make a group booking for more than twelve people it can be arranged.

12. Does your company help to arrange a domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

It's recommended to arrange international flights from your home country. Our company helps arrange for all domestic flights, hotel bookings and other services; we can provide assistance for booking international flights as well.

13. What type of insurance should I need to have before coming to Nepal? Can I get insurance there?

You can't get insurance here. We don't arrange or sell insurance. It is mandatory to have protection against comprehensive expenses that might occur due to medical issues or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue and treatment cost) while joining any of our trips. 
It's recommended to carefully select policies as there are some special exceptions for adventure travel. If you're trekking through the Himalayas, your insurance should cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For urban areas, coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, but it is better to have them. Send us a copy of your insurance policy or carry it with you on your travel.

14. Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?

Yes, Nepal is safe for a traveler. The country is considered as one of the more peaceful countries in the world. Your personal well-being is our responsibility, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

15. What is Wilderness trek?

A trek that goes off the path, into areas with no teahouses or lodges is called a wilderness trek. They are both rewarding and logistically demanding as camping, and food preparations are made for the entire trip. Wilderness trek must include guides, Sherpa, trained cook, kitchen staff and porters. 

16. What equipment do you provide? What should I bring myself?

We only provide a duffel bag for the trip which must be returned after the trek. Items like sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking shoes, personal equipment are up to you to bring.

17. What are the best times to come on a trek/tour/expedition?

The best tourist season is autumn (mid September-November). The weather is pleasant, and the skies are mostly clear for mountain views. Spring (March-May) is considered as a good season too, with the temperature mildly warm in low lands and moderate in higher altitudes. It also falls in the time of blossom, with Nepal's national flower rhododendron covering the ascending altitudes with color and beauty. In winter season (January-February) it's recommended to do tours, safari and low altitude treks.

18. Can I trek in the Himalayas even if I haven't done any trekking before?

Yes, trekking through the Himalayas is a great place to start. Our priority is to ascertain your experience and ambitions and find a trek best suited for you. Regardless of difficulty level or experience, we can find the perfect trek for you.

19. Is your company environmentally responsible?

Yes, our company is environmentally responsible. Just because we're running a business doesn't mean we have the right to hamper our environment. Our record is better than the other trekking company in Nepal. 

20. Can you assure me that your staffs are taken care of?

We firmly uphold the rights of travel workers, including guides, Sherpas, porters and cooking staff. The exploitation of workers is a serious issue in Nepal. Our team is provided with award-rate salary, insurance, proper equipment, training and medical treatment.

21. Are the foods & water in the lodges and camps hygienically standard?

Yes, our food and water are of hygienically standard in lodges and camps. Our guides are cooks who check all of the goods thoroughly before preparing in the kitchen. Drinking water is treated by boiling or water purification method.

22. What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) mean?

Rating treks based on difficulty is called "grading". We have divided the trekking into four types according to standards and experience. They are Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous. Easy treks are suitable for all; Strenuous and challenging treks are for those with certain experience and capabilities.

  • Easy Treks: This trek doesn't require previous trek experience and any physical preparation. The participants are required to be interesting in walking, and that'll be enough. It varies from 2 day hike to 5 day trekking, and it can reach up to 3000m altitude. 

  • Moderate Treks: It requires walking of at least 6-7 a day, and the trek can cross 4000m above altitude passes, long and exhausting walks through rough trails, rocks and boulders. You'll require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and previous hiking or camping experience.

  • Difficult Treks: Difficult treks require previous trekking experience and technical knowledge. You'll be walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes at around 5000m altitude; you'll also be glacier crossing on snow/ice. There will be a low level of oxygen in the air, and you'll be required to walk over a huge stretch of Himalayan Valleys continuously.

  • Strenuous Treks: It involves long days, hours of challenging walks; high altitude passes above 5000m, difficult terrains and glacier and snowing walking. You need to be mentally and physically fit, in excellent health condition. It's required that you have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of usage of ice axe and crampons. It's recommended to join one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes before the trek.

23. For tourists, what is there is buy in Nepal to take back home?

Nepal is known for many beautiful souvenirs that are unique to the country's culture. You can support the local industries by buying Nepali handicrafts, masks, jewellery, Thanka painting, the singing bowl, pashmina, khukuri and handmade Nepali carpets that are famous among tourist customers.

24. What to wear in Nepal?

Nepal has a variety of climate situations, so it's best to have both light and warm clothes in the casual/comfortable style. In the higher altitudes, woollen clothing is recommended while in the lower altitudes cotton clothing is ideal. Nepal has a variety of clothing stores just in case you missed any of your clothes.

25. How to stay in good health when travelling Nepal?

It is recommended to be vaccinated for common diseases before departing for Nepal. Eat thoroughly cooked food and only drink water from a reputed brand of bottled water. Soft drinks and branded packaged items are fine to consume. It's recommended to wear a mask in the more polluted and dusty areas of the country. Many private clinics and hospitals are open during the day; drug stores are open 24/7 near the hospital regions.


26. Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

There are many ATM facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. The most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express, debit and credit cards are also accepted here.

27. Is there any tourist police in Nepal?

Yes. There are tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. There are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. For security and travel-related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 from 11 am to 5 pm.

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