The below FAQ is designed and intended to provide the answer for many queries of the people who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. The questions listed here, and their respective answers are just meant only as a general guide to assist you plan and organize your trip before you actually hit the road. They are not meant to be a detailed out on the road guide. For further details information and more on day to day travel guidance, get hold of one of many outstanding travel books that have been published over the years to help traveler. Many of them are available in bookstores around the world but if you can't find one in a store near you, don't worry, you can get them in Nepal once you arrive here.
Why is Nepal such a popular counry in regards to trekking and mountaineering?Nepal is a country that has been demarcated in the North with ever-glistening mountain ranges from Tibet. Eight out of fourteen eight-thousanders are located in the country, either entirely or shared at the borders with two famous coutries China and India. Everest, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Lhtose, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Machhapuchhre, etc are to name a few. The highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m) is located in Nepal. In addition, Nepal owns a vast range of diversity in language, ethnicity, culture and religion. Nepal is literally, a piece of heaven on the hearth. There are several huge rivers: Narayani, Mechi, Khoshi, Arun, Hongu, Bagmati, Bhotekoshi, Gandaki, Raoti, Trishuli, Marshyangdi, and Karnali , etc. In addition, Nepal is also the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, known as the 'Light of Asia.' Several famous National Parks and monasteries, stupas and temples enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites exist as memorable tourist icons in Nepal.
How do I reach Nepal?
Tribhuwan International Airoport in Nepal is the major operating International Airport in Nepal. This airport has direct airlink with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bankok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay, Austria, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the UK. Drunk Air, Spice Jet, Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, Biman Bangladesh, Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air), Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia X, Malingo Air, Silk Air, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragon Air, Sichuan Airlines, Korean air, Air Arabia, Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Buddha Air and Nepal Airlines take flights regurlarly. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiam, traveling Nepal via India is an option. Depending on the kind of your travel, you can travel from London to Kathmandu within an expense of approximately $1300 to $2600.
How much does airfare to Kathmandu cost?
There is not constant or fixed price arranged for the travel on air because the price can differ, which means it can drop or increase situationally. Normally an economy class round trip ticket to Nepal from North America costs between $1400 and $1700. Depending on the date of flight and airline. the price comes to nearly the same from western Europe. One way cost from East Asia maybe around $300. It is to keep in mind that if you are flying into Nepal from India or other South Asian Cities, one way airfare may cost you between $100 to $200. The firgure, however, can fluctuate and that's why you are expected to keep in touch with your travel agents and negotiators for veracity of the information and other details.
Should I join the organized team to explore the city?
Thought Kathmandu is a small city which can be explored alone it is not a bad idea to join a team organized, which can sometimes cost extra. You may need a city guide or a tour guide to show you the way and explain about the places if you wish to have one. Otherwise, you can carry a map and take a walk all by yourself. For the longer trekkings, to tag along with an organized team is always a wise idea from the perspective of sense of security. However, if you intend to roam around the city, you can do it alone perfectly well.
When is the best time to go to Nepal ?
When it comes to visiting Nepal, weather is always something that you have to take into consideration. October and Noember are the most favored months of the year because the sky in these months are relatively clear and weather tends to be supportive, meanwhile , the festivity pervades the air with distinct sense of Dashain and Tihar, which are equivalent to Christmas. The months are most awaited ones and you are likely to come across traffic of tourists coming from different corners of the globe. During December and Mid-February, the traffic lessens a little and it again increases in the Mid of February and April. From Mid of the June to starting of October, monsoon starts resulting in incessant rains and mountains remained veiled under the masses of clouds most of the time. To cut the long story short, it is best if you plan out to visit Nepal any time between October and May but also keep in mind that October to November and February to March are probably the most interesting times, however, they are croweded with travelers like you.
If you want to visit Nepal through India?
You can opt for flight from Delhi, the capital of India to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It costs you about $150 if you travel by RNACE or Air India. There might be delays and cancellations before the flight but it takes you no longer than an hour to land in Nepal. But you are suggested that you book the tickets a week or two earlier to your flight day as the flights are overwhelmingly congested. Make your reservations much earlier. Optionally, you can catch buses to Nepal from India regardless of your safety, weather, etc. There are basically three routes :1. Sunauli to Bhairahawa, 2.Birgaj to Raxaul and 3. Kakarbhitta to Silguri. But keep in mind that these trips can be strenuously long and exhausting. These routes are for the travelers who prioritize the safer and strain-free journey. If you are looking forward to driving in Nepal, keep in mind that vehicles are driven on the left side of the road.
Airfare to Kathmandu?
The airfare to Kathmandu from India may be found inconsistent. Mostly, an economy class round trip ticket to Nepal from America may cost between $1400 and $1700, depending on the date and airline. The airfare should come near the same as from America. From East Asia, the airfare maybe about $300 for one way. Flight to Nepal from India and other South India cities one way fare would be between $100 and $200. However, these fares are not costant and it is just to provide you with a rough idea and therefore you ought to deal with your travel agents for the details.
Additional FAQs with short answers.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a landlocked country (28.3949oN, 84.1240oE), sharing its border with India in the East, West and South and with China in the North. The major cities of Nepal are Kathmandu, Pokhara and Biratnagar with Kathmandu being its capital. Nepal is reputed for its diversity in ethnicity, language, religion and culture. The Northern border of Nepal is a vast mountain ranges that includes highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m).
Why is Nepal popular?
Basically, Nepal is popular as 'the mountain kingdom' because there is a geographic demarcation of world famous mountain ranges in the North that separates Nepal from Tibet. In the same ranges, Nepal owns eight out of fourteen eight thousander mountains including Mt. Everest(8848m) in the world. Moreover, there are ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, which includes both cultural and natural heritage sites. Nepal is also regarded as the land of peace as the Gautam Budhha was born here.
What about Nepal visa?
On your very arrival, you can get your Nepal Visa. You will have a form to fill up with the correct US dollar in cash and two passport sized photographs. For fifteen days, you are charged US$25 which is about 28000 Nepalese Rupees. For thrity days, you are charged US$40, which is about 4500 Nepalese Rupees and for ninety days, you are charged US $ 100 which comes to 11300 Nepalese Rupees.
Is Nepal politically secure for tourism?
Nepal is politically a democratic country. There is multi-party system to run the government, which works in a format of republic. Sporadic discussions of various kinds in the political arena arises at times. However, those debates don't go far to the level of afecting the tourism, which remains safely isolated and immaculate. We can firmly assure you that Nepal is politically safe and friendly country for tourism.
How do you get into Nepal?
There are two ways of transportation to enter Nepal : By air and by road. British Airways, Royal Nepal Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Guf Air, Indian Air, Qatar Air, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines are some of the major international airlines that have schedule to Nepal. Bepal has an airport known as Tribhuwan International Airport. When it comes to bus travel, you are required to be in the bus for approximately ten t o twelve hours a day.
What about airport pickup facilities?
We pick up our clients from the airport. However, we expect from our clients that we must be informed about their arrival in advance so that we could make transport preparation. Normally, we pick you up at the airport by a van, for a larger group. For smaller groups and individuals, we may also come to pick you at Tribhuwan International Airport up with a taxi on your arrival to drive you to your hotel.
What do you need to know about tea house trekking in Nepal?
Tea house trekking involves staying in lodges and hotels scattered all the way on the trail. The hotels and guest - houses are opened by the locals. they facilitate tourists with accommodation and food. Nowadays the tea houses also offer internet facilities. The speciality about tea house trekking is that you don't need to cary tents and all the paraphernalia for tea house trekking. Nowadays, tea house trekkings are gaining popularity in Nepal.
How long do you have to walk each day?
Each day you are required to walk for about seven to eight hours covering up 10 to 14 km on the trail. However, with the same amount of time, you will have to cover only 8 to 9 km at 3500m, above the sea level as the oxygen gets lesser that makes breathing more difficult. Keep in mind that these are not strict frames. The walking hours and distances can be affected by weather, geographical conditions and physical stamina of the participants.
Do I need a guide?
Yes, you need a guide from the perspective of safe and successful trekking. Himalayan Wild Treks provides you with a governmentally certified guide, who is also like a resource person regarding things you would want to know on the trail. Our guides know about mountains, routes, cultures, religions, flora, fauna and first aids. By offering you a guide, we would not only like to facilitate you acquire knowledge but also give you sense of security.
What is the temperature in Nepal for trekking?
Nepal's temperature depends on the landscape and elevation, which varies from tropical to arctic. The lowland Teria is known for humid and sultry weather. The mid-land regions are average throughout the year. The normal temperature here remains between 19oC and 35oC and winter temperature fluctuates between 2oC and 12oC. in the northside mountain region, summers are temperate and winter temperature can drop below 0oC.
How many people can join in a trek?
We are capable of running any nuber of people in Nepal. We have experience of running single to multiple number of people in the Himalayas of Nepal. However, if you ask us our opinion on how many people would make the right number, we would say up to 12 people is the best number from our past experiences. However, you have complete freedom to decide the number of travelers and we can organize any number that you come up with.
Do I have to book domestic flights, international flights, hotel bookings and other services?
For technical reasons, we suppose you to rely on us for domestic flights, hotel bookings and several other facilities. However, we don't obligate you to count on us especially if you are a free traveler and don't look forward to linking yourself to a company for your ease. If you are the one who is concerned regarding official back ups and security, we expect you to depend on us. As for international flights, you have got to arrange them from your home country and we can support you in the process.
Should I insure myself before coming to Nepal?
You are supposed ot have travel insurance before connecting to trekking agency in Nepal. And more importantly, your travel agency in Nepal ought to have information about your insurance company so that it could make necessary arrangements to support you during emergencies. We suppose you to send us a copy of your insurance policy or you can carry it and hand it over to us when you have arrived in Nepal. In emergencies of sickness and injuries, your insurance will prove to be really helpful.
How safe is Nepal for traveling? Are women travelers safe in Nepal?
Nepal is abosloutely safe for any traveler from any corner of the world. Nepal is known as one of the most peaceful coutnreis in the world. There has been ten years of insurgency which is now abolished and peace has been the bedrock of rapid development and prosperity. Our clients have posiitve feedback regarding peace in Nepal. And on the journey, we take your personal care with a great deal of attention as well as affection.
What is wilderness trek?
Wilderness treks are off the beaten in nature, which means the trekkers will find no human settlements on the trail. Camping becomes unavoidable part of a wilderness trekking. We organize wilderness trekking in different trekking destinations in Nepal. Wilderness treks is comparatively more exciting and adventurous than tea hous trekking. However, wilderness may be more coslty than tea house trekking as you have to hire professional guides, Sherpas, cooks, kitchen staffs and porters.
How high do we have to go to the mountains.
It depends on what type of mounain we are climbing. We organize from smaller peaks to great expeditions. As for Mt. Everest, we take you to the top of it (8848m) from both Nepal side and Tibet side. If you ware new to climbing mountains, we can arrange trainings for you. If you have prior climbing experiences, we are there for you to give advices and assistance. We can organize different peak climbings and expeditions in Nepal.
What are the necessary equipments? What should I manage myself?
We arrange sleeping bags and down janckets for you for Tea House Trekking, which means you can sleep in hotels and lodges. We arrange tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and duffel bags and ktichen gear of the best quality, during camping treks. You are supposed to carry trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing gears by yourself. For detailed list of the things, we can further discuss in the email.
What are the best times to carry out trekkings and expeditions in Nepal?
Autumn is the best time for trekkings and tours in Nepa beucause that is when there is crystal clarity in the weather and mountains views are stunning. Spring season is also a good season. Fowers blossom in the spring season on the trail, which travelers love a lot. The temperature during spring is mildly warm in the lowlands and moderate in the higher atitudes. Winter on the other hand, is recomended for the lowe altitude treks which must be below five thousand meters. However, you can choose summer season (June to August) for trekking in Tibet and India as thsese areas are the rainshadows.
Do I need to have prior experiences to do trekkings in the Himalayas?
Nepal has varitey of trekking trails : easier to difficult ones. Therefore, Nepal is a perfect destination for trekkings of any kind. If you are a novice and don't have any trekking experiences, you can go to Nepal. Nepal is a country which has several trekking destinations to choose from and Nepal offers trekkings for beginners as well as veterans. Annapurna Region is best for beginners and Everest Region is perfect for adventure lovers.
Is the food on the trekking hygienic?
We have professional cooks who have been cooking western and continental food, of course hygienic becuase health care of the clients is one of our central priorieties. We make sure the food that you are provided on the trekking is hygienic and rich enough to give you the calory that your body needs on the trekking tail. Trekking is a strenuous job, which requires a lot of physical stamina which has to do with the intake of food , which has to be hygienic and we ensure you that we are aware of it.
Is your company environmentally responsible?
We bo by the quote: Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints." We always take care of environment and we try our best to be as eco-friendly as possible. Littering around and leaving garbage behind and disrespecting nature are some of the things which are strictly prohibited in the trekkings we organize. We have a rubbish management system that takes care of the litters and rubbish in the campsites. We pick up the litters and burn them before leaving the camp.
Are your staff well paid ? Do they have job satisfaction?
We don't exploit any of our staff when it comes to facilitatiing our clients. We regard exploitation of the staff as serious crime and we have zero tolerance against it in our company. We believe in job satisfaction that the staff get,which as direct connection to the success and credibility of the comapany. We provide all the staff with handsome salary, supportive insurance, proper equipment, training and excellent medical treatment. We have a strong team-spirit that comes from the job satisfaction of the staff.
What about electricity while on the trekking?
Nepal uses 220-240 volts of electricity into their appliances. The city areas have twenty four hours electricity whereas the village areas have electticity with few hours' power cuts. Tourisits and Nepali staff bring their appliances like mobile phones, digtital cameras and other gadgets along with them if they are on the tea house trekking, which is all about staying overnights in the lodges and guest houses on the trail. However, camping trekking, which is also known as wilderness trekking may not have facility of electricity for days and weeks and the gadgets can be left behind safely in Kathmandu in that case.
What does grading mean?
The trekkings are classified in terms of complexity and challenge. Grading means the classification of the trekkings so that you could choose any of the trekkings that suits you according to your stamina and prior experiences. There are altogether four grades of the the trekking: Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous. Easy treks are short ones which take place below 3000 meters with walking of approximately five hours. Moderate treks can be organized up to 4000 meters with walking of five to six hours. Difficult Treks include walking of six to sevn hours with walking of seven to eight hours a day. And the Strenuous Treks are the ones that take place above 5000 meters with passes sometimes. You will have to walk longer than eight hours.
What to wear in Nepal ?
Nepal is a country with a wide range of climates and you need clothes light and warm. In the higher altitudes, we recommend you warm clothes, while at lower altitudes, cotton clothes may be best. Take time to sort out comfortable as well as warm clothes for yourself. There are attire shops around Kthmandu where you can drop into and choose the clothes you want to purchase. T-shirts, Fleece jacket, Lightweight down jacket, Waterproof jacket, Thermal tops, Trekking Pants, Waterproof pants, Waterproof pants, Shorts, Gloves, Trekking boots, and Sunglasses are some of the most important things.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are ATM booths in Nepal in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. There are ATM machines almost everywhere. Some of the famous ciities like butwal and Dharan have just introduced ATM and Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Visa Master Card and American Express are in full function here. However, while you are on a long trekking quite away from Kathmandu Valley, you will not come acorss ATM booths.
How to take care of health on the trekking in Nepal?
When you are on a tour in Nepal, eat only well cooked food in clean kitchen of the fine hotels or restaurants. Don't just step in any one that your eyes fall on. Be selective of where you eat. Drink only clean and boiled water on the trekking. You will be provided pure drinking water if you are on a wilderness trekking. You can drink coke and pepsi if you want. Don't eat salads and fast food as they can be prepared from outdated ingredients. Wear masks on the dusty roads of Kathmandu and drink only clean water. Drink more water while on the trekking because your body needs to stay hydrated all the time.
What about security and legal protection in Nepal?
Be simply informed about activities legally allowed and not allowed on the trekking in Nepal. If in any case, you fall into obligation to take legal supports there are police stations everywehre always ready to support you. There is a tourist police station near Nepal Tourism Development Board. Even in the Basantapur Durbar Square, there are counters where you can drop your complaints. The tourist police there can communicate in English and is always eager to help you in any situation. For travel related security issues, you can dial 4-247041 and 4-4268969 any time between 11 PM to 5 PM.
What about medication in case injuries take place?
We carry first aid kit for any cases of minor injuries on the trail. First aid kit medication contains the following :
1. Loperamide(Imodium) 4*2mg
2. Lomotoil (8*2.5mg)
3. Claratyne antihistamine (3*10mg) 12. Gauge pads - 2, (7.5mg)
4.Caltrate(3*600mg) 13. Non-adherent pads - 10 (10 cm*10cm)
5.Paracetamol(10*500mg) 14. large sterile dressing
6.Antistine Privine15. Medswabs -5
7. Codeine Phosphate (7*30mg) 16. Bandaids -30
8. Gaviscon (16*250mg) 17.Tampons for cotton wool - 3
9. Salt for leeches 18. Stingose -2
10. Plasters/bandaids 19. Sweing needle -1
11. 10cm rolled bandage (separate) 20. Razor blade- 1
21. Elastic bandage - 2, 10 cm
22. Adhesive tape - 1 roll(2.4cm)
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