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Frequently Asked Questions

You can either enter by air or overland through India and Tibet, the autonomous region of China. There are also some direct flights available from mainland China, Gulf countries and Europe.
By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the capital city is the only international airport in Nepal. There are several international airlines including the Nepal Airlines, the national flag operate flights to Kathmandu. Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Jet Airways, Biman Bangladesh, Air India, Spice Jet, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Dragon Air, Air China, Korean Air and China Southern have regular flights to Nepal.
By Overland: There are six entry points to enter Nepal from India and one from China (Tibet). For more information, please visit our Travellers' Information page.

Visas for entering Nepal can be obtained at the Nepalese Embassies and Consulate Offices abroad. Tourist visas can also be obtained at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu or at any cross-borders to Nepal. It would be good to have visa already to avoid the long queuing at the airport or entry points. There are a few countries who are not allowed visas on arrival for Nepal. Please check with us if you are from one of the countries. Please visit our Travellers' Information page and www.nepalimmigration.gov.np for more information on current visa rules of Nepal.

You should have following documents ready for a trip to Nepal and please keep a copy of all documents with you for a record.
- A valid passport
- Valid visa
- Fight tickets
- Travel insurance covering emergency rescue and evacuation
- Cash or Travellers Cheque or Credit Cards
- Emergency contact numbers
- Completed booking form
Also leave a copy of all documents with someone at home.

It is also recommended to seek a medical advice at least six weeks before to enter into Nepal about vaccinations. You do not officially require any immunization to enter the country unless you have come or recently visited the area where yellow fever is present.

Yes there is. The CIWEC Clinic – travel medicine centre located in Lazimpat near the British Embassy has sufficient facilities in case of any emergencies. They have pretty comprehensive information from immunization to High Altitude sickness. For more information, please visit www.ciwec-clinic.com.

We strongly recommend you to be insured before you travel to Nepal and make sure that it covers the medical treatment including the emergency helicopter evacuation. However, there are limited policies are also available in Nepal.

Nepal has very much diverse weather from very hot to very cold. It rains quite less in higher altitudes with a possibility of snowing and a lot in the Terai in summer. Please, visit our Travellers' Information page to read more about on weather.

Click here for Nepal's current Weather data

Click here for Nepal's High Altitude Weather Forecasts

You can pay us using your credit/debit cards with our further instruction for deposits and payments. It is safe and hassle free. You can also pay by wire transfer to the specified bank account in Nepal. Travellers’ Cheques and cash of USD, Euros and UK Pounds are acceptable for the additional trips after your arrival in Nepal. We honor all major credit cards including MasterCard and Visa.
For your personal expenses in the mountains and in the cities you should have local currencies in small denominations. Nepalese Rupees (NRs) are the official local currencies in Nepal.

You can exchange your money into local currency at banks, with moneychangers or at hotels. Please be aware to ask for a receipt also. You will need the receipt to change back your excess money into hard cash at the end. There are moneychangers at the airport terminals for your comfort.

Kathmandu city, the Tribhuvan Airport, the main tourist market Thamel, Pokhara and Chitwan has several ATM machines run by different commercial organizations and banks. They accept all major cards. It should be noted that the cash is withdrawn in local currency only.

Kathmandu is normally safe. You need to be cautious with the people they try to sell you with many things. You just have to avoid those saying ‘no-thanks’. You need to be careful about the traffics in the narrow streets. We advise you to deposit the valuables at the hotel if it is going to be late evening.

Nightlife couldn’t become the part of life of the people here fully, so early back is important and safe.

Road travel is a must for some destinations like Dhunche for Langtang and Jiri for Everest trekking. However the main tourist cities like Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini are connected by good roads and comfortable tourist buses. Tourist buses are generally safer than other buses. You can also hire a private vehicle or fly apparently.

It is strongly advisable to inform your diplomatic office in Kathmandu about your travel plans in Nepal and who you are going with. Their roles will be vital to contact your families in case of any emergencies.

There are no strict cultural rules for dress code in Nepal. Most people in the villages follow a conservative dress code with long sleeves. It will be appreciated and worth remembering long sleeves dresses are most liked.

Many people are afraid of malaria in Chitwan and the surrounding areas. It is completely eradicated now declared malaria free zone. So, you can freely travel to Chitwan and other southern part of Nepal.

The first effect from your visit is going to be on the natural environment. It is advisable to minimize the use of plastic bottled water. The simple way to do is refill your metallic water bottle with the purified drinking water along the teahouses. You can also encourage the local people by eating food that is prepared without using firewood. Please make sure that the food rappers you brought are properly disposed. Our guides are trained about eco-friendly treks and they could be the best resources for your desired nature-friendly trekking trip in the Nepal’s mountains.

Tipping is generally expected in Nepal and is everyday part of life. The usual amount to tip in teahouses/lodges and restaurants is 10 to 15%. If the service charge is added in the bill, it should be noted that tip is already included. It is necessary to tip your guides and porters at the end of the trip. The general amount to tip is from $3 to $5 per day per person to each guide and porter. There are no restrictions to tip more and note that tipping is always for better service.

You can hire all trekking and climbing gears in Kathmandu at affordable prices. However, we advise you to have your own sleeping bag and jacket. Please visit our Equipment List for more information.

Most of the hotels have free internet service with WiFi zone. There are many restaurants that offer free WiFi for their customers.

There are many dishes available in the mountain lodges including the continental and American. The local dishes are not less popular and we advise you to try them as well. Your guide will teach you how to eat them. The popular Nepali dish is daal-bhaat.

These are comfortable and basic inns prepared in the mountains for trekkers. They are designed with single/double/triple rooms with attached/shared modern toilet facility. The treks which are not necessary to camp are regarded as teahouse or lodge trekking. The popular Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Langtang treks can be done without camping.

There are some major places which have teahouses/lodges with shower facilities but otherwise it is a water bucket provided on request and payable. All showers cost extra about US $3-4 per person. However, the showers are not to the Western standard in the high mountain areas.

We have treks available ranging from easy to hard. Among them, easy to medium treks are suitable for the people who are moderately fit and no previous experience required. Medium-hard treks are for the people with some previous mountain walking experiences. Hard treks should only be undertaken by real adventure seekers as ropes may be necessary in some places. Hill walking, running and swimming is recommended a few months before you set out on a trek as a fitness regime. If you are suffering from pre-existing medical conditions or disease, you must seek a medical advice before considering a trek. It is quite common to feel some discomforts during acclimatization that may appear above 4000 meters.
For more information on Trekking Grades, please visit our Trip Grading Information page.

There are land line telephones available in many remote areas. The popular Everest and Annapurna trails are covered with mobile networks and internet cafes. Also we use the satellite phones and walkie-talkies on bigger expeditions.

Many of the popular trekking routes have solar electricity and they have facilities to recharge your batteries. However, it is extra and payable directly on the spot. We would also advise you to bring spare batteries if you are in a place where there is no recharging facility. The Everest and Annapurna regions have no problems with recharging batteries.

There is no Airport or Departure Tax payable when departing Nepal or at domestic airports. The Airport tax is now included in the air tickets.

You can buy SIM cards of Nepal Telecom (Government owned) and Ncell (Private) easily in the international airport, their service centers and authorised agents located throughout the cities. Please keep a spare copy of passport and two passport size pictures to acquire a SIM. The rates are displayed on the packet or will be explained by the person who is attending you. The recharge cards are also easily available in many stores.

There are many international mobile companies that are connected with Nepal's mobile network. Please click here to find out if your mobile network has roaming facility in Nepal.

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