Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) which will provide you proper information you may require before planning a trip to Nepal
After suffering many years of power cut, Nepal has finally become a load shedding free country. Thanks to the regular operation of hydropower plants and investment and development of new power plants and alternative energies, today electricity is in regular supply all across the country. Locals and tourists can access 24 hours of power supply no matter which part of the country they are in.
Political strikes, bandhs and agitation have long been a history in Nepal. Unlike previous years, Nepal today no longer faces strikes or bandhs. The election in November 2017 meant Nepal now has a stable government with much peace and political stability in the past few years. Strikes and bandhs have become a rare event in the streets of Nepal. This has led to the increase in tourist arrival as Nepal prepares to celebrate Visit Nepal 2020.
Flood and landslides occur occasionally, especially during monsoon or rainy season (June, July, August). Because of the hilly terrain, Nepal is prone to such landslides and floods on a regular basis.
Here is a comprehensive of list of equipments and clothing you would require whilst trekking in Nepal:
Aspirin, Moleskin and blister kits, Diamox, Imodium for diarrhea, Knee support, Band- Aids for minor cuts and burns, Feminine hygiene materials, Insect repellant with DEET are some of the important items you need to include.
Following is the list of important climbing equipments you need to acquire:
Note: You can bring the above mentioned equipments from your home country or you can also hire (rent) in Kathmandu. Our climbing guide will assist you to select necessary equipments.
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.
Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:
There are various permits such as trekking permits, national park permits, conservation area permits required for trekkers and tourists.
TIMs is an abbreviation of ‘Trekkers’ Information Management Systems’. TIMs is kind of a permit card issued by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board. TIMs is mandatory for entering all normal trekking areas in Nepal.
In the TIMS Card, you will have to fill in information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or for rescue missions in case of accidents and/or natural calamities.
Trekkers and tourists can avail the card at specific counters designated by TAAN and NTB including their own head offices in Kathmandu.
a. Individual (Green coloured) TIMS
Free Individual Trekker (FIT) or Single trekkers who are planning to trek without the help of assistants (guides or porters) are required to obtain Green TIMS card. Green TIMS card can be obtained by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$20 per person. The form can be filled out by the trekkers themselves by visiting the nearest TIMS Center. Such FIT trekkers will have to take full responsibility of the possible risks while trekking.
b. Group (Blue coloured) TIMS
Blue TIMS card is for those trekkers who are travelling in groups accompanied by assistants (guides and/or porters). Such groups of trekkers will be taking the service of government-authorized trekking agencies. The trekking agencies will help the groups to obtain Blue TIMS card by paying Nepali currency equivalent of US$20 per person.
Please note: Citizens of SAARC countries will have to pay NRs. 200. Nepali currency equivalent of US$ 10 per person
There are many remote and cultural and naturally sensitive areas in Nepal which are not fully opened for tourism. The government of Nepal has designated certain areas as ‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ to preserve the unique culture and nature of the area from the negative impact of mass tourism.
Dolpa, Taplejung, Upper Mustaing, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, Humla, Rasuwa and Sankhuwasabha are some of the Restricted areas in Nepal.
‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ in trekking parlance means those areas where limited number of trekkers is allowed every year. Anyone who wishes to trek in Restricted or Controlled Area will have to travel in groups of at least two people and only after paying certain royalties to the government.
Such trips are usually organized by government registered trekking companies. As said before, the group size should comprise a minimum of two members. In additions, while trekking in such areas will require trekkers to be accompanied by guides and porters.
|1.||Lower Dolpa Upper Dolpa||Throughout the year||US$10 per person per week US$500 per person for first 10 days and afterwards US$50 per person per day|
|2.||Kanchenjunga Region (Olangchungola, Lelep, Papung & Yamphudin)||Throughout the year||US$10 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency|
|3.||Upper Mustang||Throughout the year||US$500 per person for first 10 days and afterwards US$50 per person per day|
|4.||Manaslu-Chhekampar & Chunchet||Sep-Nov
|US$70 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$10 per person per day
US$50 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$7 per person per day
US$35 per person for first 8 days US$25 per person for first 8 days
|5.||Dolakha District (Gauri Shankar & Lamabagar)||US$10 per person per week and afterwards US$7 per person per day|
|6.||Humla District (Simikot, Yari, Limi, Muchu, Darma)||US$50 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$10 per person per week|
|7.||Rasuwa District (Thuman & Timure) and Sankhuwasabha District (Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya & Pewakhola)||US$10 per person per week for first 4 weeks and afterwards US$20 per person per week|
Nepal has a total of 10 national parks, 3 wildlife reserves, 6 conservation areas and 1 hunting reserve. To enter into these protected areas, tourists/trekkers will be required to obtain government permit.
|National Parks/Wildlife Reserves/Conservation Areas||SAARC
Per person per entry (in NRs.)
Per person per entry (in NRs.)
Per person per entry (in NRs.)
|Chitwan National Park||750||1500||Below 10 yrs free|
|Langtang National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Everest National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Bardiya National Park||500||1000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Rara National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Shivapuri National Park||500||500||Below 10 yrs free|
|Shey-Phoksundo National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Makalu-Barun National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Khaptad National Park||1500||3000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve||500||1000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Parsa Widlife Reserve||500||1000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve||500||1000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve||1500||3000||–|
|Annapurna Conservation Area||200||2000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Kanchenjunga Conservation Area||200||2000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Manaslu Conservation Area||200||2000||Below 10 yrs free|
|Gaurishankar Conservation Area||200||2000||Below 10 yrs free|
SAARC nationals: NRs. 25,000
Other foreign nationals: US $1,000 ( or Equivalent Nepali Rupees)
One liaison officer will be sent with each filming (documentary) team.
Note: Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
In Nepal 33 peaks with an elevation ranging from 5500m to 6600m have been designated as trekking peaks. Some of the trekking peaks are technically difficult and some are easy to climb. We organize trek and peak climbing on 27 peaks (please see the list below) which are located in the Khumbu, Langtang, Annapurna and Manang regions. We provide all necessary camping equipment, experienced climbing guides, Sherpas, porters and arrange for necessary climbing permits from NMA.
|Name of the Peak||Location||Trip Type||Duration||Elevation||Grade|
|Mt Cholatse Peak||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||18 Days||6440m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Labuche West||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||22 Days||6145m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Kyazo Ri||Mahalangur||Camping||27 Days||6186m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Phari Lapcha||Mahalangur||Camping||19 Days||6017m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Nirekha||Mahalangur||Camping||25 Days||6159m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Ombigaichen Peak||Mahalangur||Camping||16 Days||6340m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Abi Peak||Mahalangur||Camping||24 Days||6097m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Langsisa Ri||Jugal||Camping||20 days||6427m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Bokta||Kanchenjunga||Camping||30 Days||6143m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Chekigo||Gaurishankar||Camping||24 Days||6257m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Larkya Peak||Manaslu||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||15 Days||6010m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Yubra Himal||Langtang||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||14 Days||6035m.||Challenging|
|Name of the Peak||Location||Trip Type||Duration||Elevation||Grade|
|Mt. Hiuchuli||Annapurna Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||21 Days||6441m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak)||Annapurna Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||23 Days||6501m.||Challenging|
|Mt Mera Peak||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||25 Days||6654m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Kusum Kangru||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||26 Days||6367m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Kongde Ri||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||18 Days||6011m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Imja Tse (sland Peak)||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||16 Days||6160m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Lobuche East Peak||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||18 Days||6119m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Khongmo Tse (Mehra Peak)||Khumbu Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||17 Days||5849m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Chulu West||Manang District, Gandaki||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||24 Days||6419m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Chulu East||Manang District, Gandaki||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||21 Days||6584m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Pisang Peak||Manang District, Gandaki||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||28 Days||6091m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Pharchamo||Rolwaling Himal||Camping||21 Days||6187m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Ramdung GO||Rolwaling Himal||Camping||24 Days||5925m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Ganjala Chuli (Naya Kang)||Langtang Himal||Lodge (teahouse)/Camping||14 Days||5844m.||Challenging|
|Mt. Paldor Peak||Ganesh Himal||Camping||17 Days||5996m.||Challenging|
Getting Visa to travel to Nepal is simple and easy.
You can apply for Nepali visa at your nearest Nepalese embassies and consulates in your own country. But then you can also get it on-arrival Nepali visa at Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Kathmandu.
If you are traveling to Nepal overland via Tibet or India, you are able to get visas at the following border points.
1) Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
2) Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
3) Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
4) Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
5) Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
6) Immigration Office, Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
7) Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
8) Immigration Office, Rashuwagadi, Rashuwa (Northern Border)
9) Immigration Office, Pokhara (not the entry point)
|For 15 days Multiple entry,Visa, the visa fee is||15 days||US $30 or equivalent convertible currency|
|For 30 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is||30 days||US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency.|
|For 100 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is||90 days||US $ 125 or equivalent foreign currency.|
According to the immigration regulations, a tourist is allowed to stay in Nepal only for 150 days in a year. You can extend the visa up to another 90 days.
US $ 5 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension. Additional US $ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee, if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period
Recently, Nepal has also started offering Transit Visa for 3 days free of charge. Moreover, VAT amount are refunded to tourists at the time of their departure provided the latter submit the shopping receipts.
Transit visa for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less visa is not required.
Tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren’t required to pay visa fee for 30 days.
New government regulation ensures on-arrival visa for all Chinese Citizens in Nepal.
Payment in hotels, trekking/travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like Visa Card, Master Card, JCB, Maestro, Americal Express etc are widely accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank. ATM and Debit cards are widely in use in major cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan. Lumbini etc.
Nepalese Rupees are found in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. One rupee equals 100 paisa. The rate regularly fluctuates and is fixed and published by Nepal Rastra Bank every other day.
Nepal basically has four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February).
However, owing to its varied geography, weather conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another. The higher you give up north, it tends to be cooler whereas the deeper the south you go the hotter it is comparatively.
In the hilly and Himalayan regions, summers are cool and balmy and winters are severe, while in tropical plains of the Terai in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. The temperatures in the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara tend to be pleasant with average summer and winter temperatures.
The temperature ranges from below zero to 25 degrees in the Hills and Himalayas where as it can reach up to 35 degrees in flat lands of Terai.
The monsoon rain fall occurs during the summer. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones. Travelling in Nepal is possible throughout the year.
There are multitudes of trekking areas you can visit in Nepal throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to do trekking are during spring and autumn. These are also the seasons when many of the biggest festivals of Nepal are observed.
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