How do I get to Nepal?
Nepal is situated in south Asia between India and China. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is the only international airport in Nepal and depending on where you are, you can get a direct or indirect flight to Nepal. Some famous airlines operating flights to Nepal are Indian airlines “IC” and Air Sahara via Delhi, Bombay; Pakistan airlines “PIA” via Karachi; Biman Bangladesh Airlines “BG” Via Dhaka; Druk Air “KB” Via Paro and Delhi, India; Gulf Air “GF” Via Abudhabi; Qatar Airways “QR” via Doha; Silk Air via Singapore; Thai airlines “TG” via Bangkok. You may be able to get connections with those airlines through your home town. You can also travel to Nepal by land via 8 different places which lie on the border of India and Nepal.
How do I apply for Nepalese VISA?
Foreigner who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the Government.
Entry to Nepal.
No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in Nepal without valid visa (except Indians). Tourist entry visa can be obtained for various durations from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal including Tribhuvan International Airport or in border check point between Nepal and India.
Nepal entry VISA fee
US $25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
US $40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
US $100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days.
Tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren’t required to pay visa fee for 30 days.
Fee required for VISA extension in Nepal
US $2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.
If foreign visitors that haven’t renewed their visa want to renew their visa, they have to pay additional Nepalese currency equivalent to US $3 on the regular visa extension fee.
What about my insurance?
We always encourage travel insurance to all of our valued clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. If you wish to arrange your travel insurance from our Company we can arrange that from Nepal.
Entering Nepal via Air
Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier with flight to/from Delhi, Dubai, Doha, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Some international airlines with flight to/from Kathmandu are Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air China, Arkefly, Bahrain Air, Biman Bangladesh, Buddha Air (Paro), China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, Druk Air, Etihad Airways, Flydubai, GMG Airlines, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher Airlines, Korean Air, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Thai Airways and United Airways (Dhaka).
Foreign currency Exchange in Nepal
Foreign currencies must be exchanged from authorized dealers or banks. The receipts from such transaction must be obtained and retained. There is a foreign exchange counter in Airport as well. Please remember that Indian currency of Rs 500/- and 1,000/- notes are not allowed to be brought into Nepal and will not be exchanged or accepted for transaction of any kind.
Can I take souvenirs to my home country from Nepal?
Visitors can export souvenirs to their respective countries. The export to antiques however requires special permission from the Department of Archaeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path Kathmandu.
Getting around kathmandu and other parts of Nepal
Taxi are easily recognized by the sign and black number place of the vehicle. You can also get around by Micro Bus and battery run EV tempos which are cheaper than Taxis. No tip is expected. You can also catch regular bus to commute within three cities of Kathmandu valley operating from Old bus park at Ratna Park. Similarly the bus which leaves for destinations outside Kathmandu valley can be taken from New Bus park located at Gongabu which is close to Thamel. You can also hire mountain bikes ot motor bikes at reasonable rate.
Where and how to obtain TIMS card?
Tourist of all nationalities including Indians interested in trekking areas of Nepal are required to receive TIMS card through one of the following offices.
Kathmandu (NTB office, TAAN office or we can arrange TIMS card for you if you decide to book a trek with us.)
Pokhara (NTB office, TAAN office)
These offices open 12 hour a day, seven days a week and round the year.
To get TIMS card, you need a copy of your passport and visa and two passport size photographs.
Who can trek in Nepal?
If you are quiet fit and love walking you can trek in Nepal without problem. You will find something that suits your need and fitness. Shorter treks generally are easy whereas longer one demand high level of physical fitness. We have done our best to grade the tours/treks we offer so that you will have an idea about the level of difficulty of the trek.
What sort of cloth should I bring to Nepal?
Clothing is season dependent. You can live with medium weight easy to wash cotton cloth throughout the year in Kathmandu. During winter season or the month of October to February some woolen sweaters or jacket or some sort of warm cloth is necessary. For the month of March to May, light clothing like pants and T shirt will be enough for most town like Kathmandu, Pokhara etc. Monsoon season starts from June and ends in August and during this time, raincoat or umbrella is necessary. A good comfortable footwear is recommended as road condition is not that good during monsoon. If you are going for trekking, good hiking boots, woolen socks, down jacket is highly recommended. You can buy or rent all these equipment at very cheap price in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Respecting local culture and tradition
Nepal is a conservative society and your behavior as well as clothing determines a lot on how you will be received by locals. Nepalese don’t like men walking around bare chested so at least wear a shirt and pants. Women if possible should avoid short dresses like skirt. If you want to wear a skirt make sure that it at least comes to knee. “Namaste” is the most used greeting in Nepal and simply saying Namaste even to strangers is considered as a polite gesture.
Something about thing to bring while trekking
Most of the things required for trekking can be either purchased or rented in Kathmandu or Pokhara. A quick read of book about trekking in Nepal will be helpful. Some small tools like pocket knife, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, camera equipment, compass etc can be brought from you home country. If you are into photography, spare batteries is very important. Availability of electricity can be hard even in Kathmandu due to massive power cuts (upto 12 hours a day). There is a possibility of charging you battery during the trek where you stay the night but they might charge you extra money for battery charging or you might not get your turn to charge due to high volume of people charging their equipment especially during trekking season. So, our recommendation is to bring two spare batteries so that you are always ready to catch the moment.
Keep your distance from street dogs and monkeys as they might carry diseases. If you are going to Terai region during summer, make sure that you have a mosquito repellant. Make sure that you have medicine for common illness like flu, cold, nausea and vomiting. Its highly likely that you will face some sort of stomach problem during your stay. Diarrhea is common ailment so make sure that you have some medicine against amoebal diarrhea. For re-hydration you can use “Jeeval Jal” which is very effective. This is available in all drug stores.
It appears on people who accent too rapidly without giving body proper time to acclimatize with the altitude. Altitude sickness generally appears once you cross 3000 m altitude. The very early symptom of altitude sickness is sleeplessness, appetite loss and headache. Please don’t ignore the symptoms as it may lead to more serious condition called HAPE and HACE. Medicine is not a substitution here. The only option here is to descent to lower altitude and see if you feel better. You can push the next day if you feel better. Never push yourself to do things that you are not comfortable with. Make sure that your itinerary covers proper acclimatization process.
Where can I keep my luggage during trekking?
The hotel you are staying in Kathmandu will help you keep your luggage for the duration of the trek. Please make sure that valuable items are not left in your luggage.
What happens if I get sick in the mountains?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency, Travel to Himalayas P. Ltd. will cover initial expenses of any rescue arrangements. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
Is it possible to hire equipment in Kathmandu?
Many trekking shops are found at Thamel, Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks, duffel bags and branded mountaineering gear of high quality.
What are the climatic condition in Nepal?
||Summner (May, June, July)
||Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
What to wear while you are in Nepal?
During the month from May to October, light weight clothing is recommended. We recommend warm cloths during October to March. An umbrella or raincoat is a must during the rainy season.
What's unique about Nepal?
Nepal has 2% of all the flowering plants in the world and 8% of the world’s population of birds. Nepal calls home to 4% of mammals on the planet and 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies. Nepal is home to 600 indigenous plant families and 319 species of exotic orchids.
Visa for nationals of SAARC countries.
Gratis (Free) Visa is given to nationals of South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Indian National however don’t require any visa to enter Nepal.
Entry rules for Indian nationals
Indian national trying to enter Nepal must have one of the following documents
Photo identity card issued by Government of India
Election commission card
Identity card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
Entering Nepal via Land
All visitors wanting to enter Nepal via land must enter from one of these entry points
1. Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border)
2. Birgunj (Nepal-India border)
3. Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Nepal-India border)
4. Nepalgunj (Nepal-India border)
5. Dhangadi (Nepal-India border)
6. Mahendranagar (Nepal-India border)
7. Kodari (Nepal-China border)
What can I bring to Nepal?
All baggage must be declared and cleared through customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free of entry. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods such as tobacco and liquors within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited.
Nepal's Domastic flight availabilities
Nepal Airlines along with 18 other airlines operate flight around various popular domestic destinations. You can also get one hour mountain flights round the year.
Hotel and guest house in Nepal
Nepal has all category of hotel facilities ranging from budget lodges to International standard star hotels and resorts. We advice you to use the services and facilities of Government registered hotels, lodges and guest house.
Nepal's unique treasures
Mt Everest – Highest peak on Earth
Kumari – The living Goddess
Lumbini – Birthplace of Lord Buddha
Best time to visit Nepal?
For normal tour Nepal is best throughout the year but for trekking the most suitable time would be October and November. The most important festival of for Nepalese generally falls during this month as well. At this time, major trails tends to be crowded by travelers during this time. Another best time to travel Nepal is during March and April. Its warm, sunny and suitable for trekking and other related activities.
How to enter Nepal from Tibet?
The border between Nepal and Tibet is only opened through Kodari for organized groups only. Solo travelers are not allowed to cross the border. This route is also blocked frequently in monsoon due to flood and landslide. So, be extra careful during monsoon season.
What if there is an emergency?
You can never predict these sort of things but you are unlikely to face any emergency. For minor cases you may be carried to nearest village or health post or air field. In more severe cases, you might have to be air lifted which will cost a lot. For helicopter rescue, a guarantee of payment is necessary before it takes off. So, to be on a safe side, we highly recommend that you purchase an insurance package which covers helicopter rescue.
I am a vegetarian. Will that be a problem?
Not at all. All restaurants in town and tea houses in trekking area serve vegetarian food without problem. Just order vegetarian food. Vegetarian generally implies no meat and egg in Nepal but other animal products like milk is allowed.
About drinking water and food
Please use bottled water as far as possible. If you have to drink other form of water, make sure that you purify it with the help of iodine or chlorine tablets. These tablets are easily available in most drug stores. Avoid eating food available in the street exposed in open air. Packaged foods are ok. Avoid raw fruit or vegetables. If you buy fruit from local vendors, make sure that you wash it properly before eating.
What about travel insurance?
Some form of travel insurance is necessary. Make sure that you insurance covers emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of possessions.