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Nepal Travel FAQs

1.   Where is Nepal?

Nepal is a small landlocked country situated in between giant countries India and China. In Southeast Asia, Nepal is a country of peaks, mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, gorges and the diverse ethnic communities and cultures.

2.   What's so special about Nepal?

Nepal is the ocean of nature and love. The land of brave Gurkha ancestors, adorned with the snowcapped mountains including Mount Everest in the North, lowlands and beautiful landscapes with never ending rivers and lakes on the south is Nepal which consists of multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual society. The friendly people welcoming the guests with their smile and showcasing their rich local cultures and traditions will be something that will mesmerize you.

3.   Is Nepal safe to travel?

Nepal is totally safe to travel. It must be one of the fewest peaceful countries in the world. Since it’s a new democratic country, small kind of internal political conflicts keep happening but it’s safe for the common people and the tourists.

4.   Can I get the visa upon arrival in Nepal?

Yes, easily. If you’re flying, you will get the visa in Tribhuvan International Airport after landing. If you’re coming from India or Tibet, the visa will be granted in the border at the following entry points:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Please don’t forget to bring your valid passport and 4 pp size photos. You can also apply for the visa in the Nepalese embassy in your home country.

5.   How much does a tourist visa cost in Nepal?

The tourist visa costs US $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days. Please check the Nepal Immigration website for more info:  www.immi.gov.np

6.   Do you have the airport pick-up facility or the hotel reservation system?

Definitely. To serve you anyways possible is our primary concern. After you book with us, you will become our guests (Atithi Debo Bhawa- Guest is God, Nepalese belief). Our staff will come to pick you up in a private vehicle and take you to the comfortable hotel as per your request and need.

7.   Do you have the rental service in Nepal?

Yes, we do. You need to have the international driving license for the car or the motorbike or you could even hire a driver for the car. Renting a bicycle can also be done easily.

8.   What can I expect on a lodge trek?

The mountain lodges or simply known as teahouses are small yet truly functional, clean and comfortable. The floor is mostly wooden while cemented sometime, the toilets and rooms are sharing most of the time (can be private on special request and paying extra). Breakfast and dinner will be given on the same lodge while lunch will be in different place on the traveler’s trail.

9.   How long will we walk on a normal day?

It depends on so many things but the average walking for a normal person on an average day will be 4 to 7 hours. The distance covered will be different depending upon the person and his capability while, the more high you go, the more the altitude and the slope will slow you down.

10.   Is trekking and hiking for me?

Trekking is for everyone who dares. If you’re up for something new and challenging, trekking in Nepal is the best. Though not the essential requirement, being physically active and sound is better in the way that the trekking will be easier for you. For the 10 to 4 office person or other elderly, young ones and slow persons, you have to start exercising or preparing yourself weeks before you depart your country. This way, trekking is for everyone.

11.   Who will be our guide?

Your guide will be a licensed, experienced and a knowledgeable person and a fluent English (or other language speaker if preferred) speaker. We also have the Indian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Italian speaker. He will be your company throughout your journey that’s why our guides are very familiar with the places and the trails. Your guide will have the vast knowledge about all the people, customs and traditions, floras and faunas, histories and the like.

12.   What will be the weather like?

Most of the trekking regions are colder than the other parts of the country since they are located on the high altitude. Summer and autumn is fine while monsoon and winter are the bad seasons comparatively. When the sun is out, the days are clear and warm if not, it can be colder and foggy in the mountainous areas. Weather all around the country can vary due to the varied geographical structures. Overall, the climate in Nepal is moderate.

13.   What are the types of trekking?

There are different types of trekking depending upon the factors such as your fitness level, your holiday duration and your choice. There is high altitude challenging trekking, moderate alpine region trekking, slow and easy trekking and more. Some like to explore around the lowlands, go among the people and learn their cultures, while some like to measure the mountain all the way to the top. Therefore, trekking can always be customized to the client’s needs.

14.   What is camping trekking?

The camping together with trekking is camping trekking. There is a guide, a chef, a Sherpa and the porters to accompany you. They will carry all the stuffs like tents, dining tent/toilet tent, foods, clothes, pads and mattresses, and the rest so that you can camp cozily in the wild. This will be memorable all your life, we bet.

15.   Do I need to have a group for trekking?

Certainly not. No matter how many of you or the size of your group, we are more than happy to find the suitable itinerary/trip for you.

16.   Do I need to get an insurance before coming to Nepal?

That would be the best. First, be known that we do not sell or arrange the insurance.
Travelling is not risky at all as long as you follow the instructions of your guide. But you never know you know. Emergency ambulance and helicopter rescue has to be done if worse thing happens. So we advise you to buy the insurance compulsorily to cover any unexpected accidents. But when you buy the insurance, please make sure they know and understand about your journey, its difficulty and the circumstances they might have to cover for.
Please, either bring the insurance paper with you when you travel or send the copy to us before you travel.

17.   How is the food and water in the teahouse?

The places we take you to are always hygienic in terms of food and water. The meals are prepared in the best standard. Iodine is used in the tap water and you can also buy the mineral water. It’s best if you could carry the iodine tablets or liquid with you before flying.

18.   What types of food do we get?

You can get all kinds of dishes from typical Nepalese to the Tibetan, Indian, Continental, Mediterranean, and many more. You get proper breakfast and tea while get to choose from daal bhat tarkari(lentil, rice, curry),potatoes, pasta, momo, pizzas and the others in the lunch and dinner.

19.   Can I get to charge my phones and camera during trekking?

Along the popular trekking routes, you can get the electricity to recharge your phones and other electronic stuffs. In some places, you might have to pay for the charge. In the places with no electricity, there’s no way to charge your electrical devices.

20.   Are there any communication services available during the trek?

Mobile phone coverage will be a little bit weaker in the high altitude areas that’s why the telephones are available in most villages from where you can make international calls. We will also provide a walkie-talkie or a SIM card in many cases.

21.   What equipment do you provide?

We provide down jackets and sleeping bags for the lodge trek while tents, mattresses and kitchen equipment for the camping treks. If it’s climbing, we provide the group climbing equipment such as fixed ropes, carabiners, etc. The rest of the personal and the climbing equipment has to be brought by yourself. Check the ‘Personal equipment and packing lists’ for more info.

22.   What is the normal daily routine on a trek?

After an early hot breakfast, you will start walking early to begin the day so that you can enjoy the morning sun rising above the peaks. You will carry the light back pack while your porters will handle the rest. By the late afternoon, you will have settled to your lodge and you can prepare for the good times with the friends, staffs and the locals.

23.   Are your staffs fully equipped and what about their insurance?

Nature Lovers treats all of its staffs equally and fairly. They are fully equipped and are always prepared for any kind of situations. Since we care for them, we make sure they are well treated and fully insured too.

24.   What can I buy in Nepal as a souvenir?

There are whole lot of things to buy from arts and crafts, pashmina, handicrafts, carpets, gems and jewelries, musical instruments, Thangka, small statues, and many more. The list is never ending.

25.   What happens during emergency?

Nature Lovers assures you that our team of experts is widely knowledgeable and connected all over the country. Our guides and porters are also well trained for any kind of possible situations. So, in case of any emergency, such as altitude sickness, we will arrange for the ambulance or helicopter rescue for you. You just have to tell the guide and say the name of the sick person and the rest will be arranged by the guide to make your evacuation easy and hassle free. Be noted that the expense will be covered by you which in turn will be compensated by your insurance.

26.   What can I wear in Nepal?

Since the time is changing and the world’s getting more modern day by day, you can wear anything anywhere in the world and Nepal is no exception. Wear any comfortable clothes but warm and light. Protecting yourself from the cold is the point you should be concerned of while trekking rather than wearing fancy and comfy.

27.   How much money should I bring?

Bringing how much money is entirely up to you. We’d recommend you to bring still, a little bit more extra for the expenses you might do during or after the trip. We have a safe box in our office for your important stuffs and money.

28.   Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Of course. There are many ATM machines in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara Valley and is being slowly introduced in other places too. All types of cards are accepted. Visa , MasterCard, American Express and Credit cards.

29.   How can we show the respect to the Nepalese people?

Showing respect and care all has to come from the heart. If you’re thinking of showing respects, watching how people communicates, how they help each other and noticing how they behave in the public is necessary. Talk with courtesy, dress and walk appropriately. Seek permission before doing something. Take photos only with permission. Talk to your leader for the detailed ways.

30.   What happens if I need to get back home before the planned date?

There will be no problem at all. Our team will do all the necessary efforts to obtain the transportation and reservation as needed and to send you back home as soon as possible. However, your money won’t be refunded.

31. What types of hotels can I find in Nepal?

You can find the hotels from costing $1 per night to very expensive international branded hotels. You can find a lot of choices in Kathmandu and Pokhara while other parts of the country has fewer choices. From non-star rating hotels to the luxurious 5 star hotels, there are many depending upon the preferences. The majority of the visitors choose to stay in 3 star or equivalent hotels since the price is affordable comparing to 5 star hotels and the services it provides are all international standard. Cozy bedrooms with all the basic amenities, lounge and bar, restaurant plus room services are all offered by 3 star hotels. CP, MAP, AP and EP are the meal plans one can choose from.

32. How is the accommodation in teahouse lodge?

Even though Nepal is considered as the heaven for the trekkers, travelers and adventurers, Nepal is still an underdeveloped country which is growing at slow pace. Therefore you have to keep in mind that the teahouses are clean and hygienic of course but not as facilitative as in city areas. They have mostly 2, 4 or 6 sharing bedrooms and more often with common bathroom. They provide good quality foods with less choices since dal bhat becoming the primary food. All teahouses provide the blankets and pillow for everyone but you could bring your own sleeping bag if you wish to.

33. When is the best time to travel Nepal?

Honestly, it’s hard to answer this question. Nepal can be travelled anytime of the year since Nepal has all kinds of geographical variations and so while one part is dry, the other part of the country can be wet. But for most of the trekking, tours and climbing, Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) is the best time.

34. What is the local currency and which one should I carry?

The local currency is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). Cash is accepted in the majority of places as the means of payment (cards accepted in city areas) so it’s better to carry the cash. As soon as you arrive Nepal, change whichever currency you are carrying into the local NPR as much as you need, at any local banks and exchange bureaus. The debit and credit cards are also widely accepted in the tourist areas in the city.

35. Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?

The vaccination requirements vary from one country to another. For Nepal, you won’t need any vaccinations ahead of travel. If you have any special medical conditions, you should consult to your doctor before you travel.

36. How can I enter Nepal?

Nepal can be entered by two ways. Air and Road.

By air: You can travel to Nepal from all over the world (some via transit) by air. Some of the major international airlines operating scheduled services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. Travelling by air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only international airport in Nepal) located in the heart of Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

By road: The several entry points from India are Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar whereas from Tibet / China are Kodari and Rasuwagadi.

37. Can your company arrange the domestic and international flights?

Definitely we can book all kinds of flights for you.

38. Can I trek in the Himalayas without having any experience?

In fact, it’s the best place to start your adventure life. We will provide you the journey that will fit your fitness category and with the help of our wonderful guide, you surely can do it with no risks at all.

39. Do you organize eco-friendly tours?

Yes. Each of our tours and trekking are created with environmental friendly approach. As a responsible tourism company, we feel obliged to care for the environment and avoid or don’t do anything that possibly hampers the environment.

40. What does grading; easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous means?

This grading system tells us how difficult it is to accomplish the journey and what level of physical fitness a particular task requires.

Easy: No previous experiences required. Anyone interested can do this trip. Generally, the walking is for couple of days only with the average of 4hrs walking every day. The maximum altitude it can get you is 3000m.

Moderate: No previous experiences required but preferred. But the one should have the adequate physical and mental fitness and must be ready to cross the high passes over 4000m altitude for 6hrs of average walking every day.

Difficult: Previous trekking experiences required. Technically difficult, this kind of journey needs high physical fitness since you will be walking through high passes and ridges over 5000m. Proper acclimatizing should be done since there will be the lack of oxygen so need positive attitude and perseverance.

Strenuous: Should be professional in what you are doing. This kind of trip involves long days of walking in the remote and rugged places, highest passes and the most difficult terrains. One should have the excellent physical fitness and strong determination. Also requires rock and ice climbing experiences.

41. Are there any tourist police in Nepal?

Of course, there are. Their office is next to the Nepal Tourism Development Board’s office. You can also find the complaint counters in the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Be assured that they are really helpful and very good in English communication. For any kinds of security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone +977 1 4247041, +977 1 4268969, +977 1 4700750 from 11:00 to 17:00 hrs.

42. Do you have the female trekking guides in Nepal?

We do have a lot of female trekking guides. As the time’s changing, even the females are involving more in tourism sector and so the increment of female guides is going on for years.

43. Do I need permits for trekking, tours and climbing?

Definitely you do, if you are going for trekking and climbing but you don’t need any if you are doing tours. The permit fees differ with the selection of trekking / climbing areas. For all of the permit fees check these links please:
http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees
http://www.nepalmountaineering.org/article-Fee%20Structure
Note: To get the permit, an application form has to be submitted with relevant documents through a registered company.

44. Do I have to worry about altitude sickness when travelling to Nepal?

If you are travelling or trekking to the region higher than 3000m, then you certainly have to worry about the altitude sickness or AMS. That’s the reason why we have reserved extra days as acclimatization days in many of our travel packages. Travelers with pre-existing heart or lung or other problems should seek for doctor's advice before going for the trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 3 litres of water every day while on the tour. Some Diamox or similar tablets always come in handy when traveling to the alpine mountains.

45. Can I include yoga and meditation in my everyday trekking?

Cent percent you can. Please consult Nature Lovers for more info.

46. How much should I expect to spend during my trip in Nepal?

Nepal is a poor country and a traveler can explore Nepal in a very cheap cost if he chooses that way. But if one stays in the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara and live a tourist life then of course the spending depends on the persons. Some spends a lot while the others look after their spending and do a proper check in their daily expenses thus spends less. For the average traveler, one can expect to spend around $30-$60 a day in Nepal.

47. If I need to see a doctor, where can I do so?

There are a lot of private or public hospitals and also walk-in clinics in most part of the towns so no worries when you are in the cities. However, if you are in the mountains, the only way is the emergency evacuation.

48. Tell me about the adventure activities I can do in Nepal besides trekking and climbing.

There’s a whole lot of things to do for the adrenaline junkies in Nepal. Please go here to learn all of the adventure activities that can be done.

49. If I want to travel around Nepal like in Bhutan and Tibet, what are my choices?

Nature Lovers can easily arrange Bhutan and Tibet tours for you.

50. How is the land transportation in Nepal?

Unfortunately, you won’t find the fast running trains and ferries in Nepal. J But as a matter of fact, there are a hell lot of other options such as local or private buses, wingers, hiace, jeeps, land rovers, microbuses, trucks, cars, taxis, motorbikes, bicycles, rickshaws and more. If you don’t find one option, you can always use the other options available.

51. Can I find the halal foods or vegan foods in Nepal?

Yes, you can find the halal and vegan restaurants in Nepal serving only selected foods, though only few in number. It’s better to consult to your travel company about the whereabouts of these kinds of eat-in places.

52. Can I send or collect the stuffs from Nepal once I’m there?

There are numerous shipping or cargo companies in Kathmandu. It’s very easy these days to send or receive your stuffs anywhere in the world as long as you pay few bucks.

53. I am a gay. Is it ok if I travel to Nepal by myself?

Nepal is such a free country where no one is hated or discriminated just because you are different than other normal peoples, have different kinds of beliefs or show unique characters. No matter whether you are gay, lesbian, homosexual or bisexual, you can travel to Nepal freely. But please be aware that Nepal is accepting these things just slowly. It’s better to have a good companions to travel with you. You can always find many free-minded spirits in the streets of Nepal.

54. Finally, is there anything that I need to be aware of regarding local customs and cultures?

Many different ethnic groups co-exist in Nepal with their own set of cultures and traditions. If you go further away from the tourist areas, the people can become more narrow-minded so you have to be very cautious in not offending them whereas in the tourist areas, people are more open. Just know the word ‘Namaste’, the Nepalese greeting and ‘Dhanyabad’, meaning thank you before you go. Smile back to the ever smiling Nepalese faces and enjoy the hospitality of the Nepalese people. The rest is the memory to make.

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