This Nepal Travel Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) is based on general information about trekking and travel in Nepal. This answer is suitable for trekkers who have little knowledge about Nepal. You can also have detailed information about Nepal from many guidebooks and online materials. Please review the following FAQs which provide general information about trekking in Nepal.
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Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and lies between the two Asian giants, India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally, and linguistically diverse. The capital of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as the "City of Temples," where we can explore the traditional artistic beauty. Nepal, which stretches along the Himalayas' highest altitudes, is where the mountains' cold meets the scorching heat of the Indian plains. It is also a land of yaks and yetis, Stupas and Sherpas, and one of the world's best hiking areas. In the three great mini-kinds of the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage, the highly developed urban cultures of the Himalayas have taken shape.
Whether you start your hike with a redhead or fly to a secluded airstrip, a large portion of the walk occurs in the Middle Hills region at altitudes between 500-3000 feet. In this region, there are always well-developed hiking trails through villages and mountain passes. In the summer, there are temporary settlements used by herders even at high altitudes, so roads, although often unclear, are always available. It's easy to get around any trail without the aid of ropes or climbing skills. There are rare occasions when there is snow on the track and some high passes with deep snow; it may be necessary to place a safety rope for your companion or porter. However, alpine techniques are rarely used on a classic hike. Anyone who has hiked a lot in the mountains has all the skills necessary for a long trek.
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking, you will find a good walk for you in the program. In general, shorter trips tend to be more comfortable, while longer trips often require a better fitness level. All walks are rated. Remember that as you customize your tour, you can set the pace and direction of your experience.
The weather is probably the best way to decide when to plan your trek to Nepal. October and November are considered the ideal times for Nepal Trekking. The monsoon has just ended, and the sky is clear, and the temperature is optimal. The main festivals of Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar fall during these months. However, this is also the busiest tourist season, and the main resorts and trekking trails tend to be crowded with travelers like you. The flow of tourists decreases somewhat, but not significantly, between the winter months of December and mid-February. It recovers between mid-February and mid-April. The monsoon is from mid-June to early October. During this time, it rains almost every day, and most of the Himalayas are hidden behind clouds. For more details on the weather, see the weather section of this FAQ. Finally, plan a visit to Nepal between October and May, keeping in mind that October-November and February-March are the best times
The clothes depend on the place and time. Medium-weight, easy-to-wash cotton can be a good option all year round in the Kathmandu Valley. Wool sweaters, jackets, or similar warm outfits are required between October and February. From March to May, light clothing like long-sleeved shirts and shorts work perfectly in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and most other cities. A thick wool jacket or sweater (in Kathmandu, you can find nice jackets at a reasonable price) is essential for mornings and evenings. From June to August, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat and a pair of sandals as these months are the rainy months of Nepal. Expect to walk a lot even if you are not planning it. Therefore, it is recommended to bring comfortable shoes: slippers and sandals are the best
Nepal is conservative when it comes to clothing, and your reception with the locals can vary greatly depending on the clothing you wear. Men should always wear a shirt (not shirtless) and long pants. Given local customs, men should try not to wear shorts, and women should avoid them entirely. For women, a midi skirt is preferable to pants or trousers. Pants with a sarong or skirt on top and a blouse or shirt (at least half sleeves) are probably best.
Most of the things that you need during a trek are available in Kathmandu. You can buy or rent it once you are there. Most books on trekking will list them. Check one out before embarking on your hike. If you don't have a book yet and would like to get one in Nepal, there are a few things to bring from home. Bring earplugs so you can sleep better despite the barking of the dogs. A battery-operated shortwave radio can be useful for listening to weather reports or news. Also bring a razor, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, a compass, a good watch with possibly an altimeter, and a backpack. Others can be bought or rented in Kathmandu for a reasonable price.
While Nepal is no more unsafe than any other developing country, update your preventive vaccinations. Injections are recommended for meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid fever, and possibly cholera. Vaccination against rabies may be useful, but it is too troublesome and expensive to be worth the effort. Just protect yourself from stray dogs and monkeys.
Altitude sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too fast to altitudes above 3,000 meters. The first primary symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite, and insomnia. These early symptoms should not be ignored, as these symptoms lead to more severe warnings and can sometimes lead to death within a few hours. Medicine is not a substitute for parenthood. If a doctor is available, they can provide medication and oxygen. However, the patient must descend to a lower height, even during treatment.
Almost all well-equipped hospitals, good doctors, and good clinics are in Kathmandu. It is probably better to see a doctor in a clinic than go straight to a public hospital. The hospitals in Kathmandu can be very crowded, and medical treatment is available all over the country. There are numerous nursing homes and private clinics in Kathmandu. There aren't many options in other parts of the country - you can get a service to help you until you get to Kathmandu.
Oh yes, travel insurance is recommended. Most travel insurance covers emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of property. The insurance premium is between $ 50 and $ 75 for two weeks and progressively lower for more extended periods. The price is worth it. If you plan to go rafting or trekking, make sure your insurance covers these "dangerous activities." Remember to save your receipts to file a claim. To make claims for lost or stolen items, you will need a police report issued in Nepal by the Interpol section of the Nepal Police.
Nepal is proud of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of the Buddhist religion. Moreover, among the 14,800 meters that cross the world's mountains, there are eight in this country of natural beauty. Nepal has been the center of excellence in the world of summit climbing expeditions, with the identification of more than a thousand peaks over 6,000 meters. Hiking in the Everest region offers fantastic views of the mountains, the opportunity to get a glimpse of life in the World Heritage Sites, discover various Himalayan flora and fauna, and explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Nepal is generally known for its hospitality, and the local people believe in the mantra "Atithi Debo Bhaba" (Guests are gods).
All foreigners must apply for a visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain a Nepalese visa before you arrive at a Nepalese embassy abroad or when you arrive in Kathmandu at the airport. Citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival. The visa can also be obtained at entry points at the Nepalese borders. A passport valid for at least six months, a recent digital photo (size: 1.5 "x 1.5"), and the following cash fees in USD or local currency are required:
15 days multiple entries: the US $ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency
30 days multiple entries: the US $ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency
90 days multiple entries: the US $ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency
According to Nepalese law, citizens of all countries except India need a visa to enter Nepal. All tourists can stay in Nepal for up to 150 days in a calendar year. Visitors must have passports valid for at least six months from the arrival date.
Nepal is one of the world's newly democratic countries with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies, and leaders. As a result, there may be outages in some parts of the country. But it does not affect the daily life of residents in the other parts. As always, life goes on undisturbed. The travel and tourism sector in Nepal remains free of problems that affect the political situation in the country. Also, there is no crime involving tourists in the country, making it one of the safest travel destinations.
You can enter Nepal in two ways:
By Air: Some of the major international airlines that fly to Nepal regularly are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, and Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By plane, you can reach Tribhuvan International Airport (one international airport only) in the heart of Kathmandu city.
By Road: There are several land access points, mainly from the Indian borders and China.
There are regular and tourist buses to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can handle a 10- to 12-hour journey in exchange for mesmerizing mountain views and spiraling rear roads that rise above the clouds.
You can expect four to seven hours of hiking over 10 to 14 km every day. However, the times are the same above 3,500 m, but you only drive 8 to 9 km. Most importantly, all of our itineraries are flexible and can be changed depending on the weather, geographic, and physical condition of each participant.
Your tour guide will be a local Nepalese but fluent in English. On request, we can also provide you with guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German, or Italian. Most of our guides come from the mountain regions of Nepal over 3000 m. They are carefully selected based on your experience, leadership skills, and personal talents. To preserve the local communities, Luxury Holidays Nepal only employs people from the different groups of the various ethnic communities of Nepal. These include Sherpas, Gurung, Magar, Rai, and Brahmins who have adequate knowledge of the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Besides, we offer guides who specialize in packages such as intensive first aid in wild areas, trekking guide training, eco-trekking workshop and adventure meetings, ice climbing, and mountaineering, etc. who are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
It is challenging to predict the weather condition in the mountains. It is generally more relaxed at night, and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be a little colder, but the days can be nice and friendly when the sun is shining. In January, February and December, will snowfall a little. It's also essential to make sure you can stay warm and dry in almost any condition.
To participate in one of our trips, you must be protected from potential overhead costs that you may incur as a result of medical problems or accidents (including ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical expenses). Please note that we do not organize or sell insurance.
A relaxed trip is far away without the right travel insurance. In the event of illness or injury, the costs of emergency treatment and evacuation are enormous. Hence, travel insurance is recommended for anyone traveling with us. We strongly advise you to be careful when selecting a policy as some make notable exceptions for adventure travel. Before getting any insurance, make sure your insurance company knows the route you are planning and is willing to cover all activities that will take place on the trip. For example, if you are planning a hike or a climbing/expedition in the Himalayas, your insurance should cover the ambulance/helicopter rescue, including medical expenses. Ambulance or helicopter insurance is not mandatory for group travel in urban areas, but it is best to have it with you as well. You should send us your copy of your insurance policy (insurance certificate) or take it with you when you travel.
We offer sleeping bags, down jackets for the lodge-to-lodge trek (tea house), and tents, mattresses, kitchen utensils (all of the highest quality) during the camping treks. However, you opt for trekking shoes, personal gear, and climbing gear. Check out our equipment list or email us for a specific plan.
In some countries, including the United States, household electrical outlets use 110 to 120 volts of electricity and accept plugs in specific ways. Many other countries, including Nepal, use different voltages, 220-240 volts, to power their devices, as well as different plugs. If you try to plug an American appliance such as a razor or hairdryer into a different voltage socket, you could destroy the appliance and cause injury. There are some things that you should know about other countries (here Nepal) before you travel
For Nepal, there are three assigned plug types, types C, D, and M. The type C plug is the two round prong plug, the D type plug is the three-round pronged plugs in a triangular pattern, and the M type plug is. It has three round tine legs. Nepal works with a supply voltage of 230 V and 50 Hz.
Our trekking itineraries are designed by an experienced trekking guide so that our customers can ascend at a reasonable and safe pace. The effects of the altitude can be felt; they can easily reach their highest point through gentle acclimatization. Altitude sickness will come from 3000 meters. There are usually no problems with altitude under three 3000 meters, generally for people of stable health. But above that, it can cause altitude evil. If you have a health condition that may be causing problems, consult a doctor about the usefulness of hiking. For your information, your guide will also have altitude sickness pills and other necessary medications. We recommend taking pills for diarrhoea, colds, fever, and nausea.
The Everest region in Nepal is more than climbing and hiking; it is an exciting and life-changing experience. The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas, and many people do the hike from Lukla Airport every year.
The best season for visitors on their way to Nepal is autumn (mid-September-November) and spring (March-June). The climate is enjoyable, as well as the view of the mountains. While spring (March-May) is also considered a good season, temperatures in the lowlands are slightly warm, while at higher altitudes are moderate and offer many opportunities to enjoy the views of the mountains. It is also the time when the flowers bloom and the national flower of Nepal - the rhododendron spreads in the heights with its great color and beauty. The winter season (January-February) is also recommended for hiking, safaris, and trekking at low altitudes below 4000 m. But for some areas of Nepal, Tibet, and India, the summer season (June-August) is the best time of year, as these areas are "rain shadows" and the monsoon is much brighter here.
Nepal is perfectly safe for any female traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered a peace zone and one of the most peaceful countries in the world (it is probably safer here than in your home country). Second, we take personal responsibility for your well-being during your trip, a guarantee to which we are very committed.
A daily walking hour is 3-7 hours at different heights of 8-10 km per day. The time is generally the same above 3500m, but you will only travel between 7-10kms. However, all of our itineraries are well planned and flexible and can be modified by the weather, geographic, and physical condition of each participant.
Yes! The Nepalese police have tourist police that is dedicated to assisting foreigners. The tourist police staff can communicate in English and provide the necessary information about Nepal. They ensure that foreign tourists in Nepal have no problems. The main office of the Tourist Police is located on the premises of the Nepal Tourism Board in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, just two kilometers from the Thamel tourist center.
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