The FAQ given below is intended to give 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’s bookstores.
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 main language used is Nepali. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city of Nepal; it’s also called the “City of Temples” because of the many temples that display Kathmandu’s culture and artistic heritage within the city. Nepal is home to world-class natural and cultural heritage, scattered across wonderful valleys, plains, forests and mountains.
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 wonderful sceneries to exotic plants and animals, almost all of it is found here. Nepal is an excellent spot for extreme sports and there are many facilities that 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.
In Nepal, 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 and bursts of rain. May and June can be very hot and humid until the monsoon rains and November to February are dry, very cold especially at night.
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 lowlands 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 the winter season (January-February) it’s recommended to do tours, safari and low altitude treks.
A trek that goes off the path, into areas with no tea houses 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.
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.
The guide will be a local Nepali who is a fluent English speaker. We provide guides who are able to speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian too. They are selected carefully on the basis of experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.
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.
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 difficult treks are for those with certain experience and capabilities.
This trek doesn’t require previous trek experience and any physical preparation. The participants are required to be interested 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.
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 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 continuously walk over a huge stretch of Himalayan Valleys.
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 axes and crampons. It’s recommended to join one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to the Trek.
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.
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 is up to you to bring.
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, woolen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 companies in Nepal.
We firmly uphold the rights of travel workers, including guides, porters and supporting staff. Exploitation of workers is a serious issue in Nepal. Our staff is provided with award-rate salary, insurance, proper equipment, training and medical treatment.
Nepal can be entered by two ways:
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.
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.
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 30|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 50|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 125|
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.
Yes! We have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for any of our packages depending on including or excluding.
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.
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.
Nepal is known for many wonderful souvenirs that are unique to the country’s culture. You can support the local industries by buying Nepali handicrafts, masks, jewelry, Thangka painting, the singing bowl, pashmina, khukuri and handmade Nepali carpets that are famous among tourist customers.
Yes, Nepal is safe for a traveler. The country is considered as one of the more peaceful countries in the world. Your personal well- eing is our responsibility, a responsibility that we take very seriously.
It has only been around a decade since Nepal became a democratic country. There might be some disturbances in some parts of the country but it does not affect the daily life of the people in other parts. Life continues as usual.
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 during 11 am to 5 p.m.