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Nepal Travel FAQs

1.   Where is Nepal?

Nepal is a small landlocked country between giant countries India and China. In Southeast Asia, Nepal is a country of peaks, mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, gorges and diverse ethnic communities and cultures.


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2.   What's so special about Nepal?

Nepal is the ocean of nature and love. The land of brave Gurkha ancestors, adorned with snowcapped mountains, including Mount Everest in the North, lowlands and beautiful landscapes with never-ending rivers and lakes in the South, is Nepal which consists of a multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual society. The friendly people welcoming the guests with their smiles and showcasing their rich local cultures and traditions will be something that will mesmerize you.

3.   Is Nepal safe to travel to?

Nepal is cent percent safe to travel to. It must be one of the fewest peaceful countries in the world. Since it’s a new democratic country, minor internal political conflicts keep happening, but it’s safe for ordinary people and tourists.

4.   Can I get a visa upon arrival in Nepal?

Yes, easily. If you’re flying, you will get the visa at Tribhuvan International Airport after landing. If you’re coming from India or Tibet, the visa/access will be granted at the border and the following entry points:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Please don’t forget to bring your valid passport and 4 pp size photos. You can also apply for a visa at the Nepalese embassy in your home country.

5.   How much does a tourist visa cost in Nepal?

The tourist visa costs US $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $125 for 90 days. Please check the Nepal Immigration website for more info.

6.   Do you have an airport pick-up facility or a hotel reservation system?

Definitely, to serve you in anyways possible is our primary concern. After you book with us, you will become our guest (Atithi Debo Bhawa- Guest is God, Nepalese belief). Our staff will come to pick you up in a private vehicle and take you to a comfortable hotel as promised and needed.

7.   Do you have a vehicle rental service in Nepal?

Yes, we do. You need to have an international driving license for the car or the motorbike, or you could even hire a driver for the vehicle. Renting a bicycle or mountain bike can also be done easily.

8.   What can I expect on a teahouse trek?

The mountain lodges, also known as teahouses, are small yet truly functional, clean and comfortable accommodations. The floor is mostly wooden while cemented sometimes, and the toilets and rooms are usually sharing types (can be private at added cost). Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the same lodge, while lunch will be at a different place on the trail.

9.   How long will I walk on a typical day?

It depends on so many things, but the average walking for a normal person on an average day will be 4 to 8 hours. The distance covered will differ depending upon the person and his capability, while the higher you go, the more the altitude and the slopes will slow you down.

10.   Is trekking and hiking for me?

Trekking is for everyone who dares. Trekking in Nepal is the best if you’re up for something new and challenging. Though not the essential requirement, being physically active and sound is better because trekking will be easier for you. For the 10 to 4 office people or other elderly, young ones and slow persons, you must start exercising or preparing yourself weeks before you depart your country. This way, trekking is for everyone.

11.   Who will be my guide?

Your guide will be a licensed, experienced, knowledgeable person and a good English (or another language speaker if preferred) speaker. We also have Indian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Italian speakers. They will be your company throughout your journey; that’s why our guides are very familiar with the places and the trails. Your guide will have vast knowledge about all the people, customs and traditions, floras and faunas, histories and the like.

12.   What will the weather be like?

Most of the trekking regions are colder than the other parts of the country since they are located at a high altitude. Summer and autumn are acceptable, while monsoon and winter are the bad seasons comparatively. When the sun is out, the days are clear and warm. If not, it can be colder and foggy in the mountainous areas. The weather around the country can vary due to the varied geographical structures. Overall, the climate in Nepal is moderate.

13.   What are the types of trekking?

There are different types of trekking depending on the factors such as your fitness level, holiday duration and choice. There is high altitude challenging trekking, moderate alpine region trekking, slow and easy trekking and more. Some like to explore the lowlands, go among the people and learn about their cultures, while some like to measure the mountains all the way to the top. Therefore, trekking can always be customized to the client’s needs.

14.   What is a camping trek?

Camping together with trekking is a camping trek. There is a guide, a chef, a Sherpa and porters to accompany you. They will carry all the stuff, like tents, dining/toilet tents, food, clothes, pads and mattresses, and the rest so that you can camp cozily in the wild. It will be memorable all your life, we bet.

15.   Do I need to have a group for trekking?

Certainly not. No matter how many of you or the size of your group, we are more than happy to find a suitable itinerary/trip for you.

16.   Do I need to get insurance before coming to Nepal?

That would be the best. First, be known that we do not sell or arrange insurance.

Traveling is not risky as long as you follow your guide's instructions. But you never know, you know. Emergency helicopter rescue has to be done if a worse thing happens. So we advise you to buy the insurance compulsorily to cover any unexpected accidents. But when you buy the insurance, please make sure they know and understand your journey, its difficulty and the circumstances they might have to cover. 

Please, bring the insurance paper with you when you travel or send a copy to us before you travel.

17.   How are the food and water in the teahouse?

The places we take you to are always hygienic regarding food and water. The meals are prepared to the best standard. Iodine is used in tap water, and you can also buy mineral water. It’s best to carry the iodine tablets or liquid with you before flying.

18.   What types of food do I get?

You can get all kinds of dishes from typical Nepalese to Tibetan, Indian, Continental, Mediterranean, and many more. You get proper breakfast and tea while getting to choose from daal bhat tarkari (lentil, rice, curry), potatoes, pasta, momo, pizzas and others for lunch and dinner.

19.   Can I get to charge my phone and camera during trekking?

Along the popular trekking routes, you can get electricity to recharge your phones and other electronic stuff. In some places, you might have to pay for the charge. There’s no way to charge your electrical devices in areas with no electricity.

20.   Are there any communication services available during the trek?

Mobile phone coverage will be a bit weaker in high-altitude areas, so telephones are available in most villages where you can make international calls. We will also provide a walkie-talkie or a SIM card in many cases.

21.   What equipment do you provide?

We provide down jackets and sleeping bags for the lodge trek while tents, mattresses and kitchen equipment for the camping treks. If it’s climbing, we provide group climbing equipment such as fixed ropes, carabiners, etc. The rest of the personal and climbing equipment has to be brought by yourself. Check the ‘Personal equipment and packing lists’ for more info.

22.   What is the usual daily routine on a trek?

After an early hot breakfast, you will start walking early to begin the day to enjoy the morning sun rising above the peaks. You will carry the light backpack while your porters will handle the rest. By the late afternoon, you will have settled into your lodge, and you can prepare for the good times with the friends, staff and locals.

23.   Are your staff fully equipped, and what about their insurance?

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours treats all of its staff equally and fairly. They are fully equipped and are always prepared for any situation. Since we care for them, we ensure they are well-treated and fully insured.

24.   What can I buy in Nepal as a souvenir?

There are many things to buy from arts and crafts, pashmina, handicrafts, carpets, gems and jewelry, musical instruments, Thangka, small statues, and many more. The list is never-ending. You can read this for more.

25.   What happens during an emergency?

Nature Lovers assures you that our team of experts is very knowledgeable and connected all over the country. Our guides and porters are also well-trained for any possible situation. So, in case of any emergency, such as altitude sickness, we will arrange an ambulance or helicopter rescue for you. You have to tell the guide and say the name of the sick person; the rest will be set by the guide to make your evacuation easy and hassle-free. Please don't forget to insure yourself before traveling to Nepal. 

26.   What can I wear in Nepal?

Since time is changing and the world’s getting more modern day by day, you can wear anything anywhere in the world, and Nepal is no exception. Wear comfortable clothes but warm and light. Protecting yourself from the cold is the point you should be concerned about while trekking, rather than wearing fancy.

27.   How much money should I bring?

Bringing how much money is entirely up to you. We’d recommend you bring a little extra for the expenses it might occur. Our office has a safe box for your important stuff and money.

28.   Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Of course. There are many ATMs in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara Valley, and they are also being slowly introduced in other places. All types of cards are accepted, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Credit cards.

29.   How can I show respect to the Nepalese people?

Showing respect and care all have to come from the heart. If you’re thinking of showing respect, watching how people communicate, how they help each other and noticing how they behave in public is necessary. Talk with courtesy, dress and walk appropriately, seek permission before doing something and take photos only with permission. Please, talk to your leader for more.

30.   What happens if I need to get back home before the planned date?

There will be no problem at all. Our team will make all the necessary efforts to obtain the required transportation and reservation and send you back home as soon as possible. However, your money won’t be refunded.

31. What types of hotels can I find in Nepal?

You can find hotels costing $1 per night to costly international branded hotels. You can find many choices in Kathmandu and Pokhara, while other parts of the country have fewer choices. There are many, from non-star rating hotels to luxurious 5-star hotels, depending upon the preferences. Most visitors choose to stay in 3-star or equivalent hotels since the price is affordable compared to 5-star hotels and their services are international standard. Cozy bedrooms with all the basic amenities, lounge and bar, restaurant plus room services are all offered by 3-star hotels. One can choose from CP, MAP, AP and EP meal plans.

32. How is the accommodation in the teahouse lodge?

Even though Nepal is considered a heaven for trekkers, travelers and adventurers, Nepal is still an underdeveloped country growing slowly. Therefore you have to keep in mind that the teahouses are clean and hygienic but not as facilitative as in city areas. They have mostly 2 to 10 sharing bedrooms and, more often, a shared bathroom. They provide good quality foods with fewer choices since dal bhat becoming the primary food. All teahouses offer blankets and pillows for everyone, but you could bring your own sleeping bag if you wish to.

33. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

Honestly, it’s hard to answer this question. Nepal can be traveled any time of the year since Nepal has all kinds of geographical variations, and so while one part is dry, the other part of the country can be wet. But for most trekking, tours and climbing, Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best times.

34. What is the local currency, and which should I carry?

The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Cash is accepted in most places as the means of payment (cards are accepted in city areas only), so it’s better to carry some money. As soon as you arrive in Nepal, change whichever currency you have into the local NPR as much as you need at any local bank and exchange bureaus. Debit and credit cards are also widely accepted in the tourist areas in the city.

35. Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?

The vaccination requirements vary from one country to another. For Nepal, you won’t need any vaccinations ahead of travel. If you have any special medical conditions, you should consult your doctor before traveling.

36. How can I enter Nepal?

Nepal can be entered in two ways. Air and Road.

By air: You can travel to Nepal from all over the world (some via transit) by air. Some major international airlines operating scheduled services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. Traveling by air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (the only international airport in Nepal) located in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

By road: The several entry points from India are Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar, whereas from Tibet/China are Kodari and Rasuwagadi.

37. Can your company arrange the domestic and international flights?

Definitely, we can book all kinds of flights for you.

38. Can I trek in the Himalayas without having any experience?

In fact, it’s the best place to start your adventure life. We will provide you with a journey that will fit your fitness category, and with the help of our excellent guide, you can surely do it with no risks.

39. Do you organize eco-friendly tours?

Yes. Each of our tours and treks is created with an environmental-friendly approach. As a responsible tourism company, we feel obliged to care for the environment and avoid anything that possibly hampers the environment.

40. What does grading; easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous mean?

This grading system tells us how difficult it is to accomplish the journey and what level of physical fitness a particular task requires.

Easy: No previous experience is required. Anyone interested can make this trip. Generally, walking is for only a couple of days, with an average of 4hrs walking daily. The maximum altitude it can get you is 3000m.

Moderate: No previous experiences required but preferred. But one should have adequate physical and mental fitness and be ready to cross the high passes over 4000m altitude for 6hrs of average walking daily.

Difficult: Previous trekking experiences required. Technically challenging, this kind of journey needs high physical fitness since you will be walking through high passes and ridges over 5000m. Proper acclimatizing should be done since there will be a lack of oxygen, so you need a positive attitude and perseverance.

Strenuous: Should be professional in what you are doing. This kind of trip involves long days of walking in remote and rugged places, the highest passes and the most challenging terrains. One should have excellent physical fitness and strong determination. Also requires rock and ice climbing experiences.

41. Are there any tourist police in Nepal?

Of course, there are. Their office is next to the Nepal Tourism Development Board’s office. You can also find the complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Be assured that they are accommodating and very good at English communication. For any kind of security and travel-related assistance, you can contact any of the officers by telephone +977 1 4247041, +977 1 4268969, +977 1 4700750, from 11:00 to 17:00 hrs.

42. Do you have female trekking guides in Nepal?

We do have a lot of female trekking guides. As time changes, even females are more involved in the tourism sector, so the increment of female guides has been going on for years.

43. Do I need permits for trekking, tours and climbing?

Yes, you do if you are going trekking and climbing, but you don’t need any if you are doing tours. The permit fees differ with the selection of trekking/climbing areas. For all of the permit fees, please check these links:

44. Do I have to worry about altitude sickness when traveling to Nepal?

If you are traveling or trekking to a region higher than 3000m, you certainly have to worry about altitude sickness or AMS. That’s why we have reserved extra days as acclimatization days in many of our travel packages. Travelers with pre-existing heart, lung or other problems should seek a doctor's advice before going on the trip. Drinking at least 3 liters of water daily on the trek is always advisable. Some Diamox or similar tablets are handy when traveling to the alpine mountains.

45. Can I include yoga and meditation in my everyday trekking?

Cent percent you can. Please consult us for more info.

46. How much should I expect to spend during my trip to Nepal?

Nepal is a developing country, and a traveler can explore Nepal at a very cheap cost if he chooses that way. But if one stays in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara and lives a tourist life, then it might be a little costly. Some spend a lot while others look after their spending and properly check their daily expenses, thus spending less. An average traveler can expect to spend around $30-$60 daily in Nepal.

47. If I need to see a doctor, where can I do so?

There are a lot of private or public hospitals and walk-in clinics in most of the towns, so no worries when you are in the cities. However, if you are in the mountains, the only way is an emergency evacuation.

48. Tell me about the adventure activities I can do in Nepal besides trekking and climbing.

There are many things to do for adrenaline junkies in Nepal. Please go here to learn all the adventure activities that can be done.

49. What are my choices if I want to travel around Nepal, like in Bhutan and Tibet?

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours can easily arrange Bhutan and Tibet tours for you.

50. How is land transportation in Nepal?

Unfortunately, you won’t find fast-running trains and ferries in Nepal. But as a matter of fact, there are many other options such as local or private buses, wingers, hiace, jeeps, land rovers, microbuses, trucks, cars, taxis, motorbikes, bicycles, rickshaws and more. If you don’t find one option, you can always use the other options available.

51. Can I find halal foods or vegan foods in Nepal?

Yes, you can find halal and vegan restaurants in Nepal serving only selected foods, though only a few in number. It’s better to consult your travel company about the whereabouts of these kinds of eat-in places.

52. Can I send or collect the stuff from Nepal once I’m there?

There are numerous shipping or cargo companies in Kathmandu. It’s straightforward these days to send or receive your stuff anywhere worldwide as long as you pay a few bucks.

53. I am gay. Is it ok if I travel to Nepal by myself?

Nepal is a free country where no one is hated or discriminated against just because they are different from ordinary people, have different kinds of beliefs or show unique characters. Whether you are gay, lesbian, homosexual or bisexual, you can travel to Nepal freely. But please be aware that Nepal is accepting these things just slowly. It’s better to have a good companion to travel with you. You can always find many free-minded spirits in the streets of Nepal.

54. Finally, is there anything I need to be aware of regarding local customs and cultures?

Many different ethnic groups co-exist in Nepal with their own cultures and traditions. If you go further away from the tourist areas, the people can become more narrow-minded, so you have to be cautious in not offending them, whereas, in the tourist areas, people are more open. Just know the word ‘Namaste,’ the Nepalese greeting and ‘Dhanyabad,’ meaning thank you, before you go. Smile back to the ever-smiling Nepalese faces and enjoy the hospitality of the Nepalese people. The rest is the memory to make.