Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a land-locked country located between India and China. It's a sovereign South Asian country in the lap of the Himalayas.
How is the climate and topography there?
In general, the climate in Nepal is moderate and the topography is mountainous. Yet, both the climate and topography is very diverse. There is a tropical climatic zone, which is hot and humid and there is a temperate climatic zone where temperature remains below freezing point round the year. Likewise, there are plains, moderate hills and steep mountains.
Do I need a visa? If yes, what's the process?
Citizens of all countries except India need a visa to travel to Nepal. Barring a few countries (link), the visa is available on arrival at the airport or at other entry points. The visa can also be arranged prior to your departure from a Nepali mission (link) convenient to you. You simply need to fill up a form and pay the required fees to obtain the visa (link).
How do I go?
You can either fly to Nepal or enter Nepal via land route if you are in India or you are traveling via India. Many International Airlines including Thai Air, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air etc operate flights to Nepal. You land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu the only international airport in Nepal.
If you are entering Nepal through land route, you can enter through a check that is most convenient to you. When going from India, one can enter Nepal via land route through various check points like Kakarbhitta, Jogbani, Darbhanga, Raxaul, Sunaili, Rupedia and Banbasa.
What can I do in Nepal?
The most common activity people prefer to do in Nepal is trekking. In addition, other adventurous activities like mountaineering, mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, and bungee jumping can also be done in Nepal. City tours, sight-seeing, cultural tourism is also possible in Nepal.
What are the places to visit in Nepal?
The places to visit in Nepal are Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Gorkha, Bandipur, Dhulikhel, Panauti, among others.
How difficult are the treks?
The difficulty of trekking depends on trekking route. There are very easy treks which can even by done by children, elderlies or physically challenged persons and there are treks for which you need to quite fit physically.
Where do we stay on a trek?
There are generally two options. In conventional trekking routes, there are lodges and hotels. Lantang, Everest and Annapurna regions are some examples. While in unconventional routes or more exotic treks, like Manaslu, Dolpo etc, we stay in camps. These treks are also called organised treks.
The third option, in limited areas, is staying with a family in places where the option of home-stay tourism is open.
What type of food is available?
In conventional routes, there are restaurants where you can choose a wide variety of food. Dal (Lentil), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (curry) is the staple Nepali food and is available anywhere if you like. In camping treks, a cook and helpers are also hired. Food materials and staple food is carried along. And the cook prepares the food depending on your preferences and the agreement.
What equipment should l bring?
The equipments to bring during a trek depends on which area you are going to and its difficulty level. Some basic ones are:
- Back pack (Rucksack)
- Small day-pack
- Foot wear and foot care
- Trekking boots
- Some pair of socks
- Down jacket
- Trousers/pants or skirts
- Windproof trouser or pants
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Gloves or mittens
- Swim suit-useful for hot spring
- Rain punch
- Medical kit
Sun glass, torch/flashlight, clothes-washing liquid trekking pole, water bottle, sun cream, Shoes and boots are best purchased before arriving in Nepal. A warm jacket either fleece or down can be nice for the evening. Long under wear and woolen socks are good for warm too. We encourage people to bring a light pair of pants and shorts for Himalaya hiking. The proper foot wear depends on the trek. Shorter and easy Himalaya Trek can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer ones require sturdy but light weight hiking boots. Most gear can be purchased in Kathmandu or pokhara at one of the many outdoor gear shops. The Nepal Trekking and hiking company can be provided to you sleeping bags and down jacket as your request.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides and even some porters are trained on basic health problems and their treatment during the trekking.
However, for emergency cases, in case there is clinic nearby, we rush the clients to such places. We also arrange for emergency evacuation by a helicopter. Please make sure you have a travel insurance and it covers helicopter rescue.
What is the cost of trekking in Nepal?
The cost of trekking cannot be calculated without considering the area, number of people traveling and the level of service you want. Mail (insert link) us with details of your trek to know the cost.
Do I need a guide and helpers?
Although not required by law, hiring a guide is always a good idea for your own safety as well to make the trip most enriching. We provide guides fluent in English or another language of your choice as required. Guides, not only show you the way, but also ensure that you get lodged in a good place, eat good food and also explain you about various aspect of the place you are visiting.
What we do every day in trekking?
Normally treks begin early morning and end early afternoon. The time to start the trek depends on the day's itinerary and weather. We eat breakfast before starting the trek. After a session of the trek, we eat lunch have some rest and continue trekking.
When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
For other purposes anytime is suitable for traveling to Nepal, but for trekking the best time is Spring and Autumn when the temperature is moderate, there is no rain and the visibility is clear. In some areas including Upper Dolpo trekking can also be done in rainy season.
Nepal Climate or Nepal Seasons
- Winter in Nepal : December-February,
- Spring in Nepal : March-May,
- Summer in Nepal : June-August,
- Autumn in Nepal : September-November.
About Weather of Nepal
How safe is traveling to Nepal?
It is totally safe traveling to Nepal. Although, there is political unrest and frequent strikes it does not affect the safety of the tourists. There are very few cases of assault against tourists.
Do I need permits/entrance tickets for trekking?
Depending on the area you are going for trekking, you need one or more kind of trekking permits.
TIMS: Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card is compulsory to all trekkers. It is regulated by the Trekking Agents Association in Nepal (TAAN) and is available at various counters installed in all tourism related offices and various other places. We will arrange for the TIMS card when you book a trekking with us.
National Park/Conservation Area Fees: Most of the trekking areas fall inside at least one National Park or Conservation Area. When you pass through these trekking areas you need to have a ticket, which you either get in central office Kathmandu, regional offices or the entry point. The fees keep changing. We will take care of it when you book a trek with us.
Permits to restricted areas: Nepal government has placed certain areas sensitive in terms of security as restricted areas. You need a special permit to travel to the restricted areas. You can travel independently without taking assistance of a registered trekking agency in such areas. Generally, the trek is organised in a group. We arrange for the permit. The original passport is required while making the permits. The fees keep changing and is variable depending on the place. To give you a rough idea, the rates at present are as below:
Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang : No Permit Required (National Park/Conservation Area fees are requied)
Mustang and Dolpo : US$ 700 for the first 10 days and $70 per day thereafter
Manaslu : US$90 per week
Humla : US$ 90 per week. $15 per day thereafter