Nepal Travel FAQ

With the objective of providing answers to the queries of people planning and preparing to visit Nepal, the FAQ given below is especially designed with some of the common questions listed here with their respective answers. This FAQ is a general guide for assisting you in your planning and organization of your trip. However, these are not detailed out-on-the-road guide but merely details of information for day to day travel guidance.

Is the country politically safe and stable?

This question might arise in your mind because of the fact that Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideologies and leaders which could make it prone to some political disturbances and movements in some parts of the country. However, despite this fact, Nepal is actually more stable than the world might think and these activities do not affect the daily life of the residents in other sectors and the everyday life is more relaxed, usual and at ease apart from the daily hassles due to crowd in the city or town areas.

Nepal Travel FAQ

With the objective of providing answers to the queries of people planning and preparing to visit Nepal, the FAQ given below is especially designed with some of the common questions listed here with their respective answers. This FAQ is a general guide for assisting you in your planning and organization of your trip. However, these are not detailed out-on-the-road guide but merely details of information for day to day travel guidance.

Where is Nepal?

A landlocked country located on southern Asia, Nepal is nestled between two Asian giants India and China. The country with Kathmandu as its capital, Nepal is diversified in terms of geographical territory, culture, ethnicity and language. Kathmandu is rich with traditional arts and architecture and this ‘city of temples’ have many structures that pose as excellent examples of affluent medieval architecture. Nepal is the place where you can experience the environment of chilly Himalayas and the scorching plain in a single journey. This land of yaks, yeti and gods, the Himalayas, stupas and temples, Sherpas and other ethnic communities also offers you an outstanding experience of Himalaya’s most sophisticated urban cultures of the medieval era in the towns of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. It is one of the best trekking destinations that will take you to eight among the fourteen 8,000 meters mountains of the world.

What is Nepal known for?

The most famous things Nepal is known for are Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world, and Lord Buddha, the teacher of Buddhism. Besides these, Nepal is also known for having eight among the 14 mountains over eight thousand meters in the world. Nepal has more than one thousand identified peaks above 6,000 meters which has made it one of the best peak climbing destinations of the world. Moreover, the numerous mountains and the Himalayas nestled in the country have made it a popular trekking destination. It is also known for world’s second highest bungee jumping site located above the wild Bhote Koshi River. Nepal is a paradise for those who love to experience the nature up-close with its wide variety of diverse species flora and faunas. It is also haven for culture lovers with more than a hundred ethnic communities residing here with their diverse cultural heritages and practices. The best thing Nepal is known for is the hospitality of the local people who believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Debo Bhaba’ meaning, ‘guest is god’.

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

YES! Visa for Nepal is easily available upon arrival in the entry places. You can make the process easier by downloading and completing the application form beforehand. Also carry correct USD cash and two passport sized photographs.

Visa FacilityDuration Fee
Multiple entry15 daysUS $ 25 or equivalent Nepali Currency
Multiple entry30 daysUS $ 40 or equivalent Nepali Currency
Multiple entry90 daysUS $ 100 or equivalent Nepali Currency

Is the country politically safe and stable?

This question might arise in your mind because of the fact that Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideologies and leaders which could make it prone to some political disturbances and movements in some parts of the country. However, despite this fact, Nepal is actually more stable than the world might think and these activities do not affect the daily life of the residents in other sectors and the everyday life is more relaxed, usual and at ease apart from the daily hassles due to crowd in the city or town areas.

How to enter in Nepal?

There are two ways to enter Nepal, by air and by road.

If you wish to enter by air, you can choose one of the many air services available for Nepal which will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (currently the only international airport in the country) located in the capital city Kathmandu. Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Nepal Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, Air India, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Jet Air, etc.

If you choose to enter Nepal by road, there are several entry points by Nepal-India and Nepal-China/Tibet border. Some of these are Kodari, Kakarvita, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar, etc. You could choose to schedule public as well as tourist buses running to and from Kathmandu from these places. If you can cope with 10 – 12 hours long drive accompanied by fascinating mountain, hill and terraced vegetation fields view along the snail tail roads, traveling by bus is recommended.

If I am going on a ‘lodge trek’, what can I expect?

The lodge trek comprises of staying at simple and small teahouses which, however, are functional and always clean and catering to the trekker’s needs. These are simple rooms made of wood or cement with two beds and shared bathrooms. Dinner and breakfast are provided at the lodge where you spend the night but the lunch is served somewhere along the route. You will sleep, eat and relax at these places if you are lodge trek.

Do you have Airport pickup facilities?

Absolutely! For our clients and guests, we provide airport pickup facilities as complementary service. However, you need to inform us about your requirement at the time of booking your trip with us.

How long we walk on an average day’s trekking?

You can expect to walk five to seven hours each day, covering about ten to fourteen kilometers. However, as we go above 3,500 meters, you will walk for the same hours covering only eight to nine kilometers. Always remembers that our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participant.

Who will be our guide?

You will have a local Nepali fluent in speaking English as your guide. Moreover, we also provide guides fluent in speaking French, German or Chinese languages if you prefer. Our guides are familiar and well experienced of most of the trekking and climbing regions. The guides are selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude and since our company is established and operated by guides, you can expect to have best guides for your expedition in the Himalayas. The staffs are from different ethnic communities including Sherpas, Gurung, Magar, Rai, Newar and Brahmin with adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography and history of the country. Our guides have received special trainings such as Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders), etc. which are certified and approved by government.

To know more details about our guides, visit the link below: https://backup.mokshaclients.com/about-us/our-team/

What kind of weather (how cold does it get) can we expect during trekking?

Although the weather in the mountains is difficult to predict, it is understandable that we will have cooler nights in comparison to warmer days during the trek. January and February (winter) will be colder, however, the days could turn out to be beautiful and warm with the sunshine. You can nevertheless, expect snow during the month of January, February and December. You need to make sure to stay warm and dry in any and every condition and always be ready to anticipate and prepare for the unexpected.

Average temperatures in Nepal (in degree Celsius)

HeightSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMay
Kathmandu16/2814/267/221/201/184/207/2512/2816/30
1000m20/2816/2511/226/205/198/2011/2515/2917/30
2000m13/2210/214/171/140/131/144/188/2212/23
3000m11/196/181/15-2/13-3/12-1/132/165/198/20
4000m1/13-3/12-8/8-10/6-12/4-10/5-6/9-3/12-1/13
5000m-1/10-6/8-11/6-13/4-18/3-14/5-8/7-4/11-2/12

What is the number of requirements of your trips?

We run trips for any number of people, even a single traveler, however, for some areas such as Tibet, Mustang, Dolpo, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga, we prefer to keep the number in group to a maximum of twelve people since our experience suggests it to be the optimal size for a successful trip. Nevertheless, group booking could be arranged for more than twelve people as well.

Does your company help in the arrangement of domestic and international flight, hotel booking and other services?

Yes! We help you arrange domestic and international flights, hotel bookings and other services, however, we would suggest you to arrange international flights from your home country. We would all the same, provide assistance if required.

What type of insurance should I need to have before coming to Nepal? Can I get insurance there?

No! You cannot get insurance here. Before you join any of our trip, you have to make sure to be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues and accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue and treatment costs). It is one of the conditions that you have to agree to before joining our trip. Please remember that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

For a relaxed travel, it is better to insure good travel insurance so in any event of sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation becomes bearable. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to have travel insurance before joining Bharal Adventure in any trip. When you choose a policy, be careful and choose the ones that knows about your adventure itinerary and agrees to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. For instance, if you are planning a trek or climbing expedition in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue costs including medical expenses. However, for group tours in urban areas, ambulance or helicopter rescue expense coverage is not compulsory, nonetheless, there is no harm in having them too. You are required to send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?

Yes and Yes! Nepal is safe for traveler. Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world and it might be safe here than in your home country. Besides that, when you travel with us, your wellbeing becomes our top priority and we work to ensure your safety in every way possible.

What is wilderness trek?

A wilderness trek takes you off the beaten path into the areas that have no teahouses or lodges. When you go on wilderness trek, you must bring guides, Sherpas, trained cook, kitchen staff and porters. This trek is more demanding logistically since camping and food preparation cannot be outsourced, although it is rewarding since it provides the experience of living into the wild.

How high can you get me?

We can take you as high as the summit of the mighty Mount Everest! We assist you in scaling the Everest from both Nepali and Tibetan side. If you have any particular peak in your mind that you want to scale, we can make it happen and if you are new to climbing, worry no more, offer you advice on a peak that will be perfect for you to scale depending upon your physical fitness and availability of time and resources.

What equipment do you provide? What should we bring?

We provide sleeping bags, down jackets for the lodge trek (teahouse) and tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment of high quality for the camping treks. However, items such as trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipments are your responsibility. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list of equipment required for your trip.

What is the best time to come on a trek/tour/expedition?

Autumn (mid September-November) is the best season for tourist activities in Nepal since the weather is pleasant and so are the mountain views. Also spring season (March-May) is considered a good season. The temperature in the low lands is mildly warm in the low lands while it is moderate in higher altitudes offering abundance of mountain views. Since this is also the time for flowers to blossom, the trails are covered with the magnanimous color and beauty of rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. For tours, safaris and low altitude trek below 4000m, winter season (January-February) is also recommended. However, summer season (June-August) is best for some areas of Nepal, Tibet and India because of these areas being ‘rain shadows’.

Can I trek in Himalayas even if I haven’t done any trekking before?

Of course, provided you are physically fit to carry out the expedition.

I’ve heard stories from friends about hygiene standards in Asia. Do I need to bring the economy pack of Imodium?

Since we are used to preparing food for western constitutions, we assure you of high standard of hygiene while preparing food for our guests. And when we go on a lodge trek, our guides always make sure to inspect the tea-house kitchen to ensure the maintenance of these standards of hygiene in every aspect. Although bottle water is available on the trail, it is good to carry your own.

Is your company environmentally responsible?

Absolutely! Since we are not only-profit oriented company and aim to promote the natural and cultural heritage of our country, we take our environmental responsibility very seriously. We ensure that the area where we camp or stay for the night is cleaned before we leave the area. We have also run number of clean-up campaigns and awareness programs. While many believe that tourism is creating environmental problems and pollution in the Himalayas, we believe that with responsible tourism, we can find solution to this problem and take environmental conservation and tourism hand-in-hand

Are your staffs fully equipped? What about their insurance?

Definitely! Our staffs including the guides, cooks, porters and the Sherpas are fully equipped. It is because we believe that without the assistance of good staffs, Bharal Adventure cannot exist, we ensure that our staffs are safe and satisfied for which we provide them proper equipment and insurance. Moreover, our company is an only-guide company, run and operated by guides, we are familiar with the types of equipments and insurance they require.

Do the food and water in the lodge and camps meet hygiene standard?

Of course! You do not need to worry about hygiene standards of food and water in the lodge and camp. When you are on lodge trek, our guides serve as cooks and check the goods before actually using them to prepare the meal in the kitchen. If you need, we could arrange for well trained 5 star class cooks to join the crew with an extra cost. You will be provided with boiled water in the lodges that you can further purify with tablets or your could also get bottled sealed water if you ask

Can you assure me that your staffs are taken care of?

Although the exploitation of the workers by the company is a bitter fact of Nepal tourism industry, we assure you that none of it happens in our company and we are firmly committed to upholding the rights of trek workers including our guides, porters and cooking staffs. Our company ensures the satisfaction of our staffs by providing them high salary, insurance, proper equipments, training and excellent medical treatment.

Electricity in Nepal?

In Nepal, the 220-240 volts are used to power the appliances as well different plugs. Therefore, if you try to plug an American appliance such as a shaver or hairdryer into an outlet of a different voltage, you may destroy the appliance and injure yourself. To ensure your safety, here are some guidelines and information regarding electricity in Nepal.

  • Nepal’s electricity is 220-240 volts and 50 Hz (some countries like U.S. and Canada are 110-120 volts/60 Hz).
  • The electric plugs are of two or three round prongs but not flat prongs as found in use in the US or in other countries.
  • You will need a travel plug adapter to plug in if your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match the type of socket you need to plug into.
  • You might need to get a voltage adapter (electrical converter) and a plug adapter for your travels if you are planning on taking a hair dryer, electric shaver, curling iron, laptop computer or other electrical devices. Most of the voltage adapters for travel convert 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts, usable by American or similar appliance.
  • We suggest you bring a universal adapter and converter kit if you plan to carry many electronic devices. These could be found in many hardware stores, travel shops and online retailers. Check the voltage requirement of your device beforehand so you could get a proper adapter and converter for it to make sure to protect it from damage and keeping away from inflicting injury.

NOTE: You can easily find any of the transformers, plug adapter and converters in Kathmandu and other major cities.

  • The flow of electricity is not smooth in Nepal and apart from scheduled load-shedding, the electricity goes off and on frequently. Also, voltage fluctuation is very common and hence, we advise you to use an adapter with quality power surge protector for your electronic devices.
  • Expect hours of load-shedding in Nepal, since Nepal has not been able to produce enough electricity to meet the high demand during the dry seasons. However, hotels and businesses cover their electrical needs via fuel cells and generators, therefore, you might not face the problem of load-shedding during your stay.

What does grading (easy, moderate, difficult, strenuous) mean?

The term ‘grading’ is used for rating the treks on the basis of difficulty. On the basis of standards and experience of Bharal Adventure, there are four types of trekking divided on the basis of the technical and geographical challenges occurring, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous. While the Easy Trek could be suitable for all, Strenuous and Difficult Treks could only be carried out by those who are experienced and capable.
The following brief description of the types of trek might help you in deciding which trek is good for you:
Easy Trek
To attempt this trek, no previous trek experience and physical preparation are required. These treks can reach up to an altitude of 3000m and varies from 2 days to 5 days trekking. This trek usually follows the well maintained paths as trail and passes through ridges requiring walking for up to 5 hours a day.
Moderate Trek
It requires at least 6 – 7 hours of walking every day to cross the altitude of above 4000m through the passes, long and rough trails, rocks and boulders to complete a moderate trek. Therefore, it is necessary for you to have physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.
Difficult Trek
It is essential to have previous trekking experience and technical knowledge to perform difficult treks. Apart from walking along the rough trails for 6 – 7 hours and crossing the high passes above 5000m, you will also have to undergo glacier crossings on snow. You will also be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. It is essential to have positive attitude and perseverance for such trek.
Strenuous Trek
This type of trek involves long days and long hours of challenging walks along the high altitude passes of above 5000m, difficult terrains and glacial and snow walking. Not only physical and mental wellbeing is essential but also the experience of rock and ice climbing with knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons is required. Before heading for the trek, it is suggested that you join one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes.

What is there as a souvenir for a tourist to buy in Nepal?

There are many things to buy as a souvenir from Nepal depending upon your personal choice. Known for its handicraft materials, pashmina shawls and sweaters, Nepalese art and craft and Nepali musical instruments like Madal and Banshuri (flute), stone or silver jewelry and wood crafts, Nepal offers you plenty of choices for souvenir. Nepali carpets are also popular among the tourist customers. To buy souvenirs in Nepal, Thamel could be the best place if you didn’t buy anything while on your trail. Nevertheless, do not miss the goods that they are selling on the trails because that is where you could find the local flavor of the place you visited.

What to wear in Nepal?

The wide range of climates in Nepal allows you to wear anything from light and warm clothing in causal and comfortable styles. In the mountain areas, you might require to wear warm woolen clothing while for lower altitude cotton clothing is a perfect choice. If you forgot to bring comfortable clothes, do not worry, the plenty of shops selling Nepalese garments will have many options for you to choose from.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes! There are plenty of ATM machines in many towns and cities of Nepal, especially in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.

Can I bring my medications with me?

Of course you can but make sure to bring prescriptions along with the medications in their original containers to avoid the hassle at custom inspection.

How to stay in good health when traveling in Nepal?

We suggest you take one or two vaccine for common diseases like Japanese encephalitis before coming to Nepal. Eat thoroughly cooked food and drink only the reputed brand of bottled water when in Nepal. Our company will provide you pure drinking water during the trip. You can drink soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi but avoid Fast Foods and salads. If you are planning to travel during the months of June to September, you might suffer from Cholera but if you follow our suggestions on eating and drinking habits, it will not be a problem. We recommend you wearing a mask when walking in the dusty and polluted streets, especially during the summer season. If case of sickness or minor problems in health, there are many private clinics and hospitals open during the day and drug stores near the hospital zone are open 24 hours a day. We strongly advise you to quit smoking (locally available cigarettes or joints) and drink less alcohol.

What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit or Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?

Visa, Mastercard and American Express are the most popular cards accepted in Nepal. Both debit and credit cards are accepted here.

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