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.
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia situated between two economic giants, China and India. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is cultural, geographically, and linguistically diverse. It is the city of temple, and you can get many centuries-old heritage sites. This small Himalayan is home to eight of the 14 tallest peaks on the earth, including Mt Everest. Moreover, it is the land of Sherpas, yetis, stupas, and one of the longest trekking trails on earth. Furthermore, this is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha – the founder of Buddhism and the apostle of peace.
Citizens of many countries can get on arrival visa at the entry point. You can apply for the visa online by filling up the application form available at http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. You need to produce your passport and two passport photos to get a Nepali visa.
There are many political parties with different ideas and ideologies in Nepal. People of diverse ethnic communities and religions live in Nepal in peace and harmony. People in Nepal welcome foreign tourists with open arms as they believe in the famous adage ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means guests are a god. Most of the hotels, restaurants, and other tourists service providers operate round the clock.
You can enter Nepal through the following ways:
By Air: Airlines from different countries operate flights to Kathmandu. Nepal Airlines Corporation, the national flag carrier, offers comparatively cheaper fares. Air India, Thai Airways, Etihad Air, Turkish Air, Singapore Air, China Eastern, China Southern, and Himalaya Airlines are some of the major airlines flying to and from Kathmandu. Tribhuvan International Airport, which lies in the heart of the city, is the only international airport in the country.
By Road: You can enter Nepal through different entry points along the Indian and Chinese border. Kodari and Keyrung are the entry points along the Chinese border, while Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi, and Mahendranagar are the entry points if you are entering from India. You are recommended to travel by tourist buses if you are coming through land routes.
Obviously! We provide a pick-up facility to our client from the airport and bus station if you inform us beforehand. If you are coming through land routes, we can provide you with private cars.
Camping trek has nearly been replaced by teahouse trekking. You get a simple lodge in trekking areas serving typical Nepali food. Some lodges serve European cuisines as well. Most of these lodges have Internet facilities, attached bathrooms with running hot and cold shower, among others.
You need to walk around six to seven hours in one day. This way you can cover a distance of 10-12 kilometers. But if you are walking above 3,000 meters, you can include only around 7-9 kilometers. We can amend our itinerary as per your physical condition and fitness level.
We provide experienced guides and support staff in the mountains. They are fluent in English, among other languages. We can arrange even arrange guides speaking Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian languages. (Additional costs involved). All of our guides are highly professional having experience of many years in the profession. They have enough knowledge about the Himalayas, mountain culture, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal. We will provide a license holder and physically healthy guides.
Weather is cold in the mountain areas most of the times. It is difficult to predict the weather in mountain areas. Temperature can fall below zero degree Celsius in the winter season (December, January, and February). Chances of snowfall are high when the temperature drops.
Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)
Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Kathmandu 16/28 14/26 7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12 -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9 -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
The minimum group size is two if you are trekking in the Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Tsum Valley, and Tibet. But for other areas, just a single person is enough. The cost of solo trekking is higher than group trekking as we need to provide your personalized service. We prefer the maximum size of sixteen in a group. But we are capable enough of handling groups more significant than that.
We can arrange all services for our client. However, we suggest our clients arrange international flights on their own. We are ready to provide an assistant for international flight bookings too.
You must have travel insurance which covers your medical issues or accidents (to include helicopter search and rescue, air ambulance and medical treatment expenses). We will not sell an insurance policy to trekkers, but we can arrange insurance for trekkers. You need to come here three days before your trekking starts if you intend to buy insurance policy here.
Nepal is safe for traveling. Every Nepali respects guest as a god. Women can go alone with our company. We are ready to provide female trekking guide for women trekker if needed. We are very serious about trekker’s well-being and take safety issue very seriously.
Trekking trails where you can’t get teahouses or lodges are termed as wilderness treks. You must go with your guide, cook, Sherpa and porters and other logistics like tents, sleeping bags, and foodstuff. We are operating such treks in different areas in the country, including the Kanchenjunga and Makalu regions.
We will provide trekking duffle bag, warm down jacket (on request), sleeping bag (on request) for teahouse trek, and tent, mattress, and kitchen equipment for camping trekking. You need to bring trekking shoes and other climbing and personal gear. We will email you the detail equipment list.
The best trekking season starts from mid-September to mid-December. March-May is regarded as the second-best season for trekking. You can trek in Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Tsum Valley, and Tibet from June to August. As these areas lie in the rain shadow area, trekking is possible there even during monsoon.
Yes, you can trek in the Himalayas even if you don’t have any trekking experience. You need not be an athlete to trek in the Himalayas. But you must be physically active to trek in the high altitude. You can start from easy trekking and acclimatize gradually to the higher altitude. We can provide perfect trekking package for you based on your fitness level.
This is a severe issue in the field of mountain tourism. We are very much concerned about the well-being of our support staff. We are providing high wages for our team. Similarly, we also buy a medical and accidental insurance policy for them as well as equip them with proper trekking equipment. We also provide them with different pieces of training related to their job. It is because of the wages and facilities that we offer that our staff members are highly motivated toward their duty. You can be assured that our staffers are adequately taken care of.
We only choose hotels and lodges that serve hygienic food. Similarly, our support staffers follow strict sanitary standards in our camps. ‘Health is Wealth’ has always remained our motto. Our lodges serve boiling or purified water to our clients.
Obviously! Our trekking staffers are fully equipped in terms of clothes and trekking gear. We provide medical, accidental, and search and rescue insurance for them.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power appliances. You need to be careful before using your electronic devices during your time in Nepal.
Grading is used to rate trekking difficulty. We have categorized trekking in four grades — Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Strenuous. Grading measures the pressure of trekking trails technically and geographically. This means Easy and Moderate treks are suitable for all trekkers, while Difficult and Strenuous treks are suitable for seasoned trekkers who are physically fit and have plenty of trekking experiences.
These treks are suitable for novice travelers who do not have previous experience of trekking. You need to walk around five hours a day on average. These types of treks are generally of 2 to 5 days and reach an altitude of up to 3,000 meters. Trekking trails with Easy and Moderate grading are usually well-maintained.
These treks require around 6-7 hours of walking per day. Altitude can reach up to 4,000 meters above from sea level. You need not have previous trekking experience for such treks, but you need to be physically and mentally fit as well as have a positive attitude toward trekking. You must be mentally prepared to face altitude.
One needs to be physically and mentally fit as well as have previous trekking experience to hit these trekking trails. Be prepared to trek up to 5,000 meters from sea level in rocky terrain. Positive attitude and determination are essential to walk up to 8 hours in a single day. But do not test your limit; inform your guides if you face any difficulty while walking.
On these treks, you need to cross high passes above 5,000 meters above sea level. You need to have experience of walking in thin air, rough terrains, some climbing experience, and technical knowledge to use trekking and climbing equipment like crampons and ice axe. Only a physically fit person with a positive attitude can complete this trek. These treks are best suited for travelers who want to test their limits and prefer raw adventure and wilderness. However, our experienced guides and support staffers make you feel comfortable and ensure that you are safe throughout the trek.
After completion of your trek, there are so many things to take back to your friends and family. Nepal is famous for handicraft goods, Pashmina, Thankas, and musical instruments like Basuri and Madals. Furthermore, Nepali carpets are well known among foreigners. All those things are available at Thamel and other tourist areas of the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Lumbini, and Sauraha, among others.
You need light and warm cloth while trekking in Nepal. In high altitude, warm clothes like Down Jacket, thick trousers, and trekking shoes are essential. Light cotton clothes, however, are okay at a lower elevation. You can buy all types of branded as well as local Nepali clothes at a reasonable price in Nepal itself. So, you need not be worried about your clothing.
Many bank and financial institutions have ATM kiosks in major cities of Nepal. These kiosks accept major debit and credit cards. You can use Point of Sale (PoS) device to pay in major restaurants, hotels, and shops.
Yes! Nepal Police has a dedicated Tourist Police Department to assist foreigners. Tourist Police personnel can communicate in English and provide necessary information about Nepal. They make sure that foreign tourists do not face any trouble while they are in Nepal. The main office of Tourist Police is located on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, which lies just two kilometers away from the tourist hotspot of Thamel.