Frequently Ask Question About Travelling To Nepal is designed to provide the answer to the different queries of the travelers. Which helps to general guide you and further plan before you start your trip. Further details travel information read our below day to day guidance or you can also easily get travel books around different bookstores.
1. Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a small landlocked country located in South Asia in between two giants countries China in the North and India to the south, east, and west. Nepal is the main hometown of the Siddhartha Gautam Buddha the founder of the WORLD PEACE with having many great Himalayas including world highest peak mount. Everest country of the world.
2. How can I enter in Nepal?
Entering in Nepal is easily accessible either you can arrive by flight or by land. There are ten Immigration checkpoints known as Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration. They are administered by concerned Immigration Offices. Entry/Exit points and Immigration Offices are synonymous terms and are used interchangeably. At the moment there are main 12 international airlines flight operating to Kathmandu, Nepal. The Royal airline is national airlines of Nepal. Nepal Airlines( RA) with the flight linkage to Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
Likewise, other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dhaka in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand. Regarding more about arrival visa info in Nepal is here in the link – http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/arrival-departure-info.html
Here is more info for land arrival in Nepal – http://nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/immigration-offices–entry–exit-points-1.html
3. Why is Nepal famous for?
Nepal is famous for the great Himalayas kingdom country in the world also rich in geographically, culturally and linguistically. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal which is famous for the many medieval temples arts and architectures, the world Buddhist largest monastery, the hometown of Sherpa’s. Likewise, Nepal is the country of Mount Everest. Nepal has 8 highest mountains among 14 of 8000 meters of the world. Besides there are 1310 above 6000 meters among them 238 peaks are already opened for climbing.
4. How can I get Nepal Visa?
Nepal Tourist Visa Information
Tourist Visiting Nepal is eligible for The Tourist Visa on Arrival at the Port of Entry. However, Tourists holding the passport of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afganistan, and Palestine are not eligible for on arrival visa at the Port of Entry. It is issued and may be extended at a time or several times, till the visit but not exceeding 150 days in one year from January to December.
Application for the Visa should be submitted to the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry or Diplomatic Missions or Consuls of Nepal aboard. Application for extension of the Visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Immigration Office at Pokhara. Single and multiple entry facilities are available with the Visa. However, Plain Visa is also available at the time of extension.
- a) Multiple entry US $ 25 for 15 days Visa
- b) Multiple entries US$ 40 for 30 days Visa
- c) Multiple entries US$ 100 For 90 days Visa
For more info regarding visa, you can visit here – http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/visa-information.html
5. How should I prepare for trekking in Nepal?
Before trekking, we should consider you to prepare mentally and physically and the aftermath is easy we Sunrise Adventure trek will arrange your all complete trekking package from your arrival to departure. You should bring the following things:
Basic trekking equipment
You should change money because it’s hard to find changes in remote areas. Also do not trek alone if possible, make sure your trekking pass is booked in advance and get some information before the trek.
6. What’s the best time to visit Nepal?
Nepal is always the best time to visit for the adventure traveler. September to December is the main peak season and next February to May is the second best season.
Beside this, you can visit any time of the year for daring adventure. Also, pre-booking is better during peak season because most of the transportations, flights, hotels, guides, and porters are booked already before a month earlier.
7. What health precautions should be taken before visiting Nepal?
Health should be taken seriously. It is better if you vaccinate for Japanese Encephalitis before traveling here. Also eat only thoroughly cooked foods and drink mineral water from the reputed manufacturer. Beside this other soft drinks are perfectly safe and you might consider not eating street foods.
8. What’s the weather like in the high-altitude areas?
Weather can be sometimes cold as expected in high-altitude areas during winter but it is considerably difficult to predict. During winter (January & February) it is cold during the night as well as day but if by luck sun is out, days can be quite warm. Other seasons are also cold for quite a bit but not like winter. All the way, be ready for adventure & make sure to stay warm.
9. What are the most popular trekking routes in Nepal?
Everest Base Camp Trekking and Annapurna Circuit, Lantang, Manalsu etc are the most popular routes for trekking but there are the lot of routes you might be interested. With various routes ranging from short & long, high & low, snow-capped & in valleys, through rivers, waterfalls, and lakes, there are many routes which are pre-plane or you can tailor your own route.
10 What about airport transfers?
Sunrise Adventure Trek has service to pick-up you from the airport as well as drop-off you there. Our representative will be taking slip with your name while you in arrive in Kathmandu international airport.
11. Where do I obtain a visa?
You can obtain the visa after arrival in the entry point. You will need the right amount of USD, or Nepali rupees with two passport size photographs and have to complete necessary forms.
For further info follow the link:
12. Why do we need travel insurance?
For the relaxed trip, you will need travel insurance. Travel insurance varies with the kind of adventure that you are about to undertake. Usually, group tours do not need insurance but it is better if you have one. Likewise, some serious adventures including Expeditions and Trekking might need travel insurance. You should provide us with all the documents to complete the formalities that can be helpful for us to rescue in case of emergency.
You should carefully select the policy that covers the overall itinerary details like the helicopter and medical rescue with medical expenses for the serious undertaking. And note that in Nepal you cannot get travel insurance.
13. What currencies are acceptable and what about ATMs?
All most of the travel agencies, hotels and other similar agencies accept USD, Euros, and Pounds but while you in traveling it is better if you convert it in Nepali rupee because in small shops and other places during the tour or trekking, it might be hard to trade.
ATM in Nepal accepts most of the cards with priority in Visa, Master Card & American Express and the cash is converted in Nepali rupee during the transaction. Kathmandu & Pokhara are main places with ATM services but slowly they are introduced to other areas too.
14. Is there an orientation meeting before the trek?
Yes, there will be an orientation meeting before the trek. Normally meetings are held in the around evening time at your hotel. You will be pre-informed for the meeting upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
15. What will a typical trekking day be like?
Trekking days will depend on which month you are traveling. Usually, you will be trekking up-to maximum of 8 hours per day. The trekking might be challenging if you are reasonably fit but it won’t be that exhausting. Many trips are designed with a comfortable distance so that you can be ready for the next day.
16. What kind of meals can I expect during the trip?
Most of the popular trails there is pretty option to choose meals from continental, Italic, Chinese, Indian etc menus including different soups, rice dishes, and noodles. But on least popular trails and remote areas, the option is limited with typical Nepali meal like Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodles.
17. What about alcoholic beverages?
You must avoid alcoholic beverages in case you are going to high-altitude, it’s because alcohol may cause dehydration. In the same way, Smoking, sleeping pills, and sedatives may hamper you by decreasing blood flow in your brain and in high altitude oxygen is low. So, alcoholic beverages are not encouraged.
18. Who will be part of my trekking team?
As a part of your trekking team, Sunrise Adventure Trek can manage Guide(s) and porter(s) according to the group and load you ought to carry while trekking. Basically, your team will comprise of you, your group, guide(s) and porter(s). so you don’t worry about the trek all we do manage wisely.
19. What about communication while we’re on the trek?
Somewhat communication is possible in many of the trekking trails with the exception of some of the extremely rural areas. In that case, you should carry the satellite phone for communication, cell phone.
20. Can I charge phones and camera batteries along the trek?
Of course! You can charge your gadgets in many of the lodges while on the trek but you will need to pay extra. It is better to bring in portable solar or extra battery because most of the trekking lodges with charging facility are more like hit or miss thing.
21. Is safe drinking water available at teahouses?
Nice question. And yes, bottled mineral water is available in almost every teahouse while trekking. You need to purchase it and as higher you go the cost of mineral water also goes up. If you want to enjoy the river water of the Himalayas, you might need water filtering tablets like iodine/water guard.
22. Should I bring food with me?
Many trekkers bring high energy foods & beverages and it is seen to be very useful. So, you might also consider bringing some high energy packed foods which are lightweight like granola bars & chocolate bars. To note; beef & pork are not encouraged because of cultural belief but many trekkers seem to bring it with them (nowadays Nepali people are more aware so many of them may not mind).
23. What happens if there’s an emergency or extreme altitude sickness?
First of all, you will be treated with first aid (some Diamox/Zolamide) then taken to lower altitude & if the condition is extreme you will be rescued by helicopter for this your travel insurance will cover the rescue expenses. So, many trekkers choose travel insurance before the trek. For convenience, some famous routes have medical and small pharmacies for mild injuries.
24. Are your trekking crews insured?
Yes, all Sunrise Adventure Trek guides, porters and all staffs are insured by the company so you have to be sure and go trekking with the insurance guide and porters so for this choose your best and reliable trekking company. Also, it is better if you insure yourself and hit relaxed adventure that lies ahead.
25. How about our guides and porters?
Our all guides, porters and the entire team of SAT are friendly and professional have long experience as well as having proper knowledge in this trekking field for long years. Our guides are licensed by the government with necessary training form the ministry of the tourism board.
26. Does your company accept credit cards and foreign currencies?
Yes, our company accepts credit cards and transaction relating your payments can be done from it. Basically, American Express, MasterCard, Paypal, Maestro & Visa are preferred. We do accept foreign currencies like the Chinese, Euro, Pound, Dollar etc.
27. What extra expenses should I expect?
Extra expense depends entirely upon you. If you like to buy mineral water, do hot water shower in the mountain, electronic charges, hard drinks and soft drinks & toiletries in the Himalayas then around USD 12 to 15 is enough on daily basis. While in Kathmandu expenses can range on what you eat to what service you are expecting.
28. What about tipping?
Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory but it is expected at the end of the trip. Normally tipping minimum 10% of your total payment. But you can tip according to your happiness and satisfaction, performance and their behavior.
29. What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
Nepali custom is not that different from other Asian countries you should:
- Take off shoes & ask for permission before entering Temples or houses
- Public display of affection such as kissing is considered offensive
- Before taking photographs, check whether it is allowed or not
- Nepalese eat with hand, although they eat with fork & spoon in hotels and restaurants
- Nepalese don’t eat beef
- Nepalese behave guest as the god in our custom so guests are warmly treated
30. What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra nights’ lodging? Is there a single-room option?
Yes, If you arrive early or depart late, we Sunrise Adventure trek will arrange you extra nights’ lodging. Many hotels working with our agency offer you from luxury, premium/ standard and budget hotel as our client’s budget and choice.