Nepal

A prestigious travel and tour operator in Nepal, we are inclined to provide extraordinary travel services to our clients. As we aim to provide the finest facilities to the travelers, we also offer a variety of travel options in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Myanmar. Beginning from treks and tours, we are driven to introduce unique trip packages in the countries that we operate in. Our aspirations are matched by the competent team that we have assembled. These experts help the travelers to provide the travel experience that they dream of. As such, some of our illustrious travel services and options are:

  1. Treks

Trekking in Nepal has been the most prominent form of exploring the Himalayas. Along with the companionship of these snowy marvels, the trekkers take on thrilling trails. Moreover, the added benefit of such treks is that one can also explore the culture that define the trails. The unique cultural practices and traditional norms of the ethnic communities on the trail are reflected on the lifestyle of those groups. As such, they add the flair of warm hospitality and charm on the treks. Bio-diversity along the trails is something to awe at as well. The protected areas in Nepal cover most of the trekking trails which make the interactions in between arduous walks easier. In Nepal, there are a variety of trekking options distinguished by various categories. There are short and long treks, off-beat treks, camping treks, and, perhaps the most popular, teahouse treks. All these treks are unique in their own regard and grant surreal Himalayan adventure.

Some of the most popular treks in Nepal are:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
  • Gokyo Lake Trek
  • Heli Trek

 

  1. Tours

Tours are significant part of the services that we offer. In tours, the travelers and tourists explore the culturally and naturally embellished destinations with ease. While treks might stand out among others, tours also hold their own and take you to places in Nepal that are outstanding. Tours explore the destinations which uphold the cultural and natural brilliance of the entire country. From the artistic alleys of Kathmandu to the lush forests of Chitwan and history of Lumbini to the natural majesty of Pokhara, Nepal offers a plethora of tour options.

In addition to Nepal, we also conduct tours to its neighboring countries like India, Tibet, Bhutan, and Myanmar. These South-East Asian countries are filled with beauties that one can only dream. However, at Himalaya Holiday Service, we make it a reality. Some of the best tours that incorporate these nations are:

  • Multi Country Tour
  • One Day Tour
  • Helicopter Tour

 

  1. Helicopter Tours to Everest Base Camp

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is not for everyone as it requires a lot of preparation and dedication. We offer the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour to such individuals. This tour is a way to explore the Everest Base Camp and awe at the Himalayan marvels of the Everest region. The tour begins from Kathmandu and takes off on a helicopter to reach Lukla. After making a brief stop at Lukla, we again make way towards Everest Base Camp hovering beside the snowy mountains that the esteemed region boasts of. Flying over the Khumbu Glacier, we arrive at the Everest Base Camp. Here, you can explore the glorious base camp of the tallest mountain on Earth. The views of the Khumbu Glacier, Icefall, and Himalayas like Nuptse (7861m) and Pumo Ri (7165m) adorn the skyline. We even arrange a breakfast session at one of the best viewpoints in the entire Everest region at the Everest View Hotel. Here, enjoy your breakfast while relishing the views of the Mt. Everest (8848m).

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About Nepal

Travel Information for Nepal

About Nepal:

Nepal is a South-Asian landlocked country that lies between two great mammoths, India and China. It is one of the most extravagant and richest nations on the planet in terms of bio-diversity and culture. The presence of topographical variation is possible due to its extraordinary land position and difference in altitude. The altitude here ranges from 60 meters above ocean level to the highest point of the world, Mt. Everest located at 8,848 meters above the sea level. Although Nepal is comparatively small, it has many intriguing things to see. The country is also majorly famed for its delightful Himalayan ranges in the north and is well known amongst the visitors as the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha (founder of Buddhism). Overall, the country offers different travel destinations to its visitors with extreme potential.

 

Visa for Nepal

Country Visa and Entry Procedure:

One can simply get a Nepali Visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and from different land entry points located at Nepal-India and Nepal-China borders like Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, and Gaddachauki. It can also be issued from the nearest Nepal Embassy office in your country. To get a Nepali Visa, you will require a substantial international ID (passport) and a valid passport sized photo.

A visitor/tourist visa is the most common category of Nepali Visa that can be issued for 15, 30, and 90 days. For this, you are required to make installments at the bank as per your visa category,

DurationFee
15 daysUS$ 30
30 daysUS$ 50
90 daysUS$ 125

 

Another common category is Gratis Visa. It's free and is legitimate for 30 days. This type of Visa is accessible for just South Asian nations, Chinese people, and kids below 10 years. Indian Nationals don't require any kind of visa to enter Nepal nonetheless; they should have a substantial international ID and election commission card. For Visa expansion, you should contact the Department of Immigration located in Kathmandu. In a visa year, travelers are permitted to remain for a limit of 150 days.

Popular Destinations to Visit:

As mentioned, Nepal is comparatively a very small country in terms of size and population. However it is world in itself and offers different destinations full of opportunities to its visitors. Given below are lists of few must visit destinations in the country:

For Trekking/climbing: Ghorepani Poon Hill, Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang region, Kanchenjunga Circuit, Manaslu circuit, etc.

For Pilgrimage Tours: Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Sankata, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath), Bhaktapur (Changunarayan, Sanga, Pilot Baba), Patan (Krishna Mandir, Godavari temple, Bajrabarahi), Manakamana Temple, Muktinath Temple, Gosainkunda, Janakpur, etc.

For Jungle Safari: Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve,   Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Parsa Wildlife Reserve.

For leisure Tours: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot, Lumbhini, Ilam, Dharan, etc.

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Things to do in Nepal

The country is mostly famous for its breath-taking trek destinations and mountaineering experiences. With a large span of land being covered by the Himalayas, Nepal offers different trek destinations which vary on duration, type of trail, and mode of accommodation. Similarly, Nepal also serves as the prime destination for peak climbing and expeditions suitable for both beginners and professional climbers. On top of that Adventure sports have been another major source of attraction for the visitors in Nepal. For those who seek to challenge themselves, these activities are a perfect fit. White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Zip-lining, Swing, Sky Diving, Ultra Flights, and Mountain biking are few of the most entertaining and adventurous sports available here.  Also, the deep forests of Nepal are home to many exotic species of wild birds and animals which make jungle safari as another interesting possibility in the country.

Other than the above mentioned activities Nepal is blessed with different beautiful locations that allow you to enjoy the true beauty of nature with your friends and families.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:

Treks can be done consistently throughout the year. Fundamentally there are 4 seasons and each season offers a totally different and extraordinary experience. However, pre-winter/autumn season (September-November) is considered as the best time for treks as the temperature is quite moderate and skies are much clearer giving you the most ideal view. Essentially, another best time to go on a trek in Nepal is amid spring (March-May). With assortments of wild blooms and delightful mid-warm temperature, few visitors are inclined toward this season to appreciate the perspectives from high hill points. Summer (June-August) gives the best choice to botanists. With the warm and wet climate the glades are loaded up with thick vegetation and wonderful blossoms. Trek to the rain-shadow regions like Upper Mustang is viewed as a perfect fit for summer. Trips are conceivable in winter (December - February) as well; withal the substantial snowfall makes the journey tough. Also, the temperature drops significantly during this time of year.

Altitude sickness

Also, known as Acute Mountain Sickness it is a major challenge faced while going on a trek to higher elevation. It usually starts at an altitude of 2400 m from the sea level because of the change in atmospheric pressure, and lack of acclimatization time. This leads to low amount of oxygen.

The most common symptoms include dizziness, nausea, shortening of breath, and headaches. However, chest pain is also seen in rare cases. The instances are usually mild and get treated on its own. But in rare case, the disease may lead to harsh affect in lungs and brain and requires emergency treatment.  The basic treatment includes lung inhaler, dexamethasone, blood pressure medicine and aspirin. Also, trekkers are recommended to return to lower altitude, if possible.

Travel Insurance:

Nepal is one of the safest destinations in the world. However, treks and trips in Nepal can be perilous and, if not insured, may cost you your wellbeing and money. There are different coverage and policies available for the trekkers. Trip cancellation is one of them. It covers you up in case of cancellation of the trip due to explicit reasons. Another policy is for different medical issues. It can be useful in case of any kind of illness or serious injuries during the trip. The policy also helps in locating hospitals and health centers. On top of that it offers the facility of emergency evacuation using a helicopter. Similarly, visitors are also recommended to claim baggage coverage policy as it may be helpful in case of loss of any kind of checked luggage

Meals and Accommodation:

Finding a place to sleep is not really a problem in Nepal. There are wide ranges of accommodation services available here. However, there are 3 major choices for the visitors: Hotels, Guest House/Tea houses, and camping. Hotels are commonly available throughout the cities and are bit expensive compared to its counterparts. Such hotels have inbuilt restaurant and dining area that serves wide variety of dishes (Western as well as Nepali Food). Similarly, small tea houses and lodges are mostly common in the rural and untouched part of the country. They are extremely cheap and offer the most reasonable services (shower facilities, good meals, and warm water) in contrary to the charge that they take. The meals served in such places have local taste and are usually of Tibetan and Nepali origin.  Similarly camping is another option for the visitors. Here, the meals are usually prepared by local cook. This is mostly common during trip higher elevations where there aren't any lodges and tea houses.

Banking ATM's and Money:

Most of the banks in Nepal are open throughout the weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm. These banks are a reliable mean for performing any kind of big transactions. They, along with other authorized bodies, also allow foreign exchange. The rates for currency exchange can be referred at the official website of Nepal Rastra Bank at: https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.

The national currency of Nepal is Nepali Rupee and it is available in form of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 rupee notes and 1, 2, and 5 rupee coins. Visitors are not recommended to rely on their credit cards while travelling to Nepal as it not accepted in most of the places. Nonetheless major cards like American Express, Master Cards and Visa are valid in big malls and high end hotels. Also the ATM's of major banks are available throughout the big cities.  Withal, a certain percentage (3.5%) is taken as a service charge while using a credit card to take out the money. Banks and ATMs are available in lesser in numbers than in the cities. Similarly, all the money-related transactions in Nepal are carried out using cash. So, it is important to carry cash when you travel to rural and remote areas.

Internet and Communication:

Internet services are easily accessible throughout the big cities. Recently Nepalese government has introduced a concept of free Wi-Fi in different tourist areas. This allows you to easily access anything from the internet. Also, different cafes, restaurant, and hotels offer their customers with free Wi-Fi services. You can sit there enjoy the food and use internet as much as you as want. Other common source of communication includes Telephone, Newspaper, Radio, and TV. Telephones are the most reliable source as they are easy available throughout the country. Also, many phone booths in the city provide SSD and ISD services however, international trunk calls are not recommended as it is quite expensive. Visitors are also suggested to get a local sim card as it can be very helpful during a long trek. Similarly, local newspapers are another useful medium to get information about national and international news. They are available in 2 different languages (Nepali and English) and are usually issued in weekly and daily basis.

Internal Flight Delay:

Topographical structure of the country plays a vital role for the delays and cancellations of the flights. Specially, flight to the hills and Himalayan region requires extreme level of cautiousness. On top of that, the weather conditions like heavy rainfall, snow, and thick fogs may also result in flight delays. However, these cases are extremely rare during autumn season as sky is much clearer and weather is quite dry. The season coincidently happens to be one of the best time for going on a trek, making it extremely helpful for the visitors.

Health and Safety Including Travelling alone in country:

Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world to travel solo or in groups. Nepalese people are extremely friendly and helpful. They welcome everyone with warm heart and lots of love. On top of that, the Tourist Police also focus on the comfort and safety of the visitors. Along with that, different information centers are being built throughout the country to help guide the tourists. Thus, solo travelers will have no difficulty while traveling in Nepal.

However, trekking alone in remote destinations can be very dangerous.  The rough terrain possesses extreme risks and it cannot be taken for granted. A certain level of physical fitness is required if you are planning for such trips. Also, being up-to-date with regular vaccines like measles, Hepatitis A/B, chicken pox, diphtheria tetanus pertussis, polio. Malaria, yellow fever, rabbis and Japanese encephalitis is a must.

 

FAQs

1. Where is Nepal Located in Asia?

Nepal is located in South Asia between China in the north and India in the east, west, and south. The latitude and longitude of Nepal is 28.3949° N, 84.1240° E. It is a landlocked country and covers an area of 147,181 sq.km. The country is also a part of the Great Himalayan range that extends from Pakistan to Tibet.

2. What is the distinguishing factor of Nepal?

One of the most distinguishing factors of Nepal is that it houses 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world including the Mt. Everest (8848m) - the highest in the world. Nepal is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha who is credited with the establishment of Buddhism. Above all, Nepal is known for its enchanting natural beauty and cultural diversity.

3. What are the national language, national anthem, and national currency of Nepal?

Over 100 languages are spoken in Nepal but the national language in Nepal is Nepali. Sayau Thunga Fuul Ka Hami (Made of Hundreds of Flowers) is the national anthem of Nepal. Byakul Mailla was the lyricist of the anthem and Late. Amber Gurung was the musician. Nepalese Rupees or NRs. is the national currency in Nepal.

4. What budget should I bring while traveling in Nepal?

Nepal is relatively cheaper to travel in comparison to other western and Asian countries. The budget mostly varies as per your stay and the activity you are doing in Nepal. On an average stay for 2 weeks, you can carry a budget of USD 5000 which includes contingencies. You might have to carry an additional budget if you plan to engage on trips like trekking, mountaineering, or peak climbing. The prices of such trips are provided by the travel agencies and trip operators so, you can contact the trip operator of your choosing and decide the budget you need to carry when you come to travel Nepal.

5. Which sites should be focused while traveling in Nepal and when is the best time to explore them?

The best sites and time to visit Nepal solely depends upon the activity you want to indulge in. If you are a mountaineering and trek fanatic, then we advise you to focus on the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang, Dolpo, and Manaslu regions are the best choices. There are a number of choices to indulge in and an even greater number of customizations that you can do. In terms of tours, do take the Kathmandu, Lumbini, Chitwan, Pokhara, Bandipur, Ilam, and Palpa are some of the popular choices. As of adventure sports, there are various destinations across Nepal.

 

The best time to take treks, expeditions, and peak climbing trips are during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) whereas tour can be done throughout the year.

6. What are the basic Nepali customs and traditions that travelers need to know?

Whenever you meet or talk with someone, be sure to join your hands and greet them with ‘Namaste’. Before you enter someone’s house, take off your shoes. Similarly, you must take your shoes off before entering a Hindu and Buddhist shrine or monument. Public display of affection like kissing can be considered offensive. Don't point your finger at anyone as it is considered rude and offensive. Except for the major cities, it is also inappropriate to wear revealing and provocative clothes.

These are a few customs and social norms that a traveler has to know when traveling in Nepal.

7. What are classified as illegal activities in Nepal?

In recent years, the Government of Nepal has made a strict policy on the punishment of illegal activities. The illegal activities include under-age marriage, cyberbullying, dowry, prostitution, human and child trafficking. Other activities include drugs, betting, vandalism, rape, murder, kidnapping, and terrorism. There are many other activities which are deemed to be illegal in Nepal so, you can refer to the Constitution of Nepal 2015 for further information. You can find the Constitution of Nepal 2015 at the official website of Nepal Law Commission at http://www.lawcommission.gov.np/en/archives/category/documents/prevailing-law/constitution/constitution-of-nepal

 

8. Does Nepal have any red-light areas?

Prostitution is illegal in Nepal and there are no designated red-light areas in Nepal. However, there are small and unofficial red-light areas which are established without the knowledge of the general public and the regulatory forces. If a person is involved in such activities, then it is a criminal offense.

9. Is Visa mandatory for visiting Nepal and can I get it at Kathmandu airport?

Foreigners must need a visa in order to visit Nepal. To get a visa, foreigners must have a valid passport. As per your nationality, you can obtain the visa at the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed around the world prior to arriving in Nepal.

Yes, you can also get a Nepalese visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are Kiosk machines where you can fill the ‘Tourist Visa’ form. After submitting the form, you will receive a receipt which you will have to print to acquire the visa. You can issue a visa for 15, 30, and 90 days as per your choices. The cost for a visa for 12, 30, and 90 days are USD 25, USD 40, and USD 100 respectively.

10. Where can I buy souvenirs while visiting Nepal?

The best place to buy souvenirs in Nepal is in Thamel, Kathmandu. Besides Thamel, the entire Kathmandu is suitable for souvenir shopping. Basantapur, Boudhanath, and small alleyway markets offer incredible variety and reasonable prices as well. There are souvenir shops in other cities like Pokhara, Chitwan, and Palpa as well. There are a variety of souvenirs which range from collectible items to Thangkas, Khukuri, and paintings. Handicrafts and local products like tea, clothes, and herbal medicines are also great options to buy as souvenirs.

11. Is the trekking permits mandatory while trekking in Nepal?

Trekkers in Nepal are allowed to trek as Free Individual Trekker but there are certain trekking regions which are known as restricted areas. These areas are regulated by the Government of Nepal and they require a permit from the Department of Immigration. Only the authorized agencies can apply for trekking permits. Documents needed for permits include a copy of passport, program schedule, and tax clearance certificate. You can refer more information about trekking and trekking permits at the official website of the Department of Immigration at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit

12. Do my electronics (mobile, laptop) work in Nepal?

Yes, you can easily use your electronics in Nepal. Nepal mostly uses 3 plug types, namely of Type C, D, and M. Nepal operates on a 230 V supply voltage and 50 Hz. If you are coming from abroad then chances are that your adapter might not work. Do not fear as there is easy availability of chargers and adapters in the major cities and towns.

13. How can I reach Nepal and what can I bring along with me?

You can reach Nepal through two means. They are by air and by land. As Nepal is a landlocked country, there is no facility for water transport. The most recommended method to reach Nepal is by air.

There are a number of restrictions on what a tourist can bring along with him/her in Nepal. As such, the following items can be imported by foreign travelers without incurring customs:

  • One bottle of liquor Up to 1 liter or 12 cans of beer
  • Cigarette up to 200 sticks cigar up to 50 sticks, tobacco up to 250 grams
  • Medicine up to the value of NRs. 1000/ ( except the medicine banned to import into Nepal)

Apart from these, there are many other rules and restrictions regarding the items that a tourist can bring along. You can refer to the information available at the official website of Department of customs at:

https://www.customs.gov.np/upload/documents/Notice%20regarding%20the%20Baggage%20Rules_2017-03-30-13-48-08.pdf

14. Are there any health standards that should be met before visiting Nepal?

There are no strict regulations and guidelines regarding vaccinations before visiting Nepal. However, you can remain at the safe side and consult your doctor concerning any vaccines before your arrival in Nepal. You can also pack your medications as per the length of your stay or bring the doctor’s prescription. It is advised that you maintain a certain level of physical fitness for your visit to Nepal.

15. What is the appropriate dressing code in Nepal?

In Nepal, you should refrain from wearing any sort of revealing clothes except in the major cities. With the exception of a few modern cities, Nepalese societies are still conventional and are not completely open to the idea of wearing such clothes. For men, it is advised to wear pants and T-shirts. For women, you can wear jeans and even try on the local costumes that you feel comfortable with. Be sure to not hurt the sentiments of the local people.

16. How to stay in good health when traveling in Nepal?

To maintain good health while traveling in Nepal, you need to avoid eating any sort of uncooked and unhygienic food. Don't drink tap water and always carry bottled water. You can also use portable water purifiers to ensure that you consume safe water on your trips. You need to carry your medications if you have any. Do include light exercise and training schedule during your travel. Besides these, you must practice the obvious hygienic habits to stay in good health.

17. Do all children go to school in Nepal and what is the structure of the education system?

In the major city and town areas, almost all of the children go to school. However, there is a small number of children in some rural areas who do not go to schools. This is due to the poor situation of infrastructures in remote areas.

The education system in Nepal involves schooling for 10 years. After class 10, they go for + 2 which is a 2 years higher school course. After + 2, the undergraduate level starts which normally lasts for 4 years. After undergraduate, the master level starts which lasts for 2 years.

18. What is the public transportation system in Nepal and is my driving license valid in Nepal?

There are buses, micros, and taxis easily available in all the major cities and towns. In small towns and villages in Terai and lower Hilly regions, you can find tempo and rickshaws. In remote mountainous areas, donkeys, horses, mules are the popular modes of transportation.

To drive in Nepal, you must be 18 years old and have a valid Nepali license. If you are a foreigner, then you need an international driver’s permit. Depending on your nationality, you need to take some few tests in order to drive in Nepal.

19. What are the popular TV channels, FM stations, and the main media in Nepal?

The popular TV channel in Nepal are Nepal Television, Kantipur, Avenues Khabar, Image Channel and Himalayan TV. The popular FM stations are Image FM, Ujjwalo FM, and Radio Kantipur FM. The main media house in Nepal is mostly Kantipur and Annapurna Media Hub.

20. Are there any Tourist police in Nepal and how do I file a complaint to them?

The Tourist Police in Nepal works under the Department of Tourism. The major objective of the police force is to ensure that the rights of tourists are protected. Its main office is in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu. You can file any sort of complaints at the Tourist Police stationed in various parts of the country. You can find the information about their location and activities at the official website of the Crime Investigation Department at:

https://cid.nepalpolice.gov.np/index.php/cid-wings/tourist-police or at the official website of the Department of Tourism at http://www.tourismdepartment.gov.np/tourist-police.

21. How are the Nepali cuisines prepared?

The Nepali cuisines and their recipes tend to fluctuate from ethnic tribes, climate, and living conditions. Similarly, most of the traditional Nepali cuisines are prepared in a traditional way without the use of modern machines.

The most common Nepali cuisine consumed throughout the country is Dal Bhat Tarkari. Nepali cuisines from the Newar community tend to be spicy whereas, in the Terai region, they are sweet. On the higher Himalayas, they tend to be bland yet full of carbohydrates.

22. Which is the most popular trekking region and touring region in Nepal?

The most popular trekking region in Nepal is undoubtedly the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang, and Mustang regions. You can even explore the uncrowded yet amazing regions like Makalu, Manaslu, Dolpo, and Far West.

In terms of touring and sightseeing, the must visit place include popular cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. You can even head towards Lamjung, Bandipur, Ilam, and Ghalegaon for tours and sightseeing.

23. What are Nepalese people like?

Nepalese are naturally charming and friendly. They value the tourists and guests in high regards and offer similar hospitality. As such, besides the Himalayas and diverse culture, Nepal is widely popular for the hospitality that the people provide. Nepalese follow their societal norms and traditions and treat tourists as God. So, they are ever-ready to help you and will do so with the purest of intentions.

24. How long does it take for a letter from my country to Nepal by post?

The postal system in Nepal is a bit unpredictable but fairly reliable. The timing duration for the letter to reach Nepal mostly depends on your location. On average, you can expect a letter from your country to reach Nepal within 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can parcel your letters via DHL and FEDEX which is best option to send/receive your letters and belongings.

25. Can I bring my medication with me?

Yes, you can bring your medication with you provided that you have the doctor’s prescription. However, Nepal Customs only allows you to bring in medications up to the value of NRs 10,000.

You can also bring your doctor’s prescription to make sure that you can buy the medications in Nepal as well. You must inform your trekking or travel operator pre-hand regarding medical conditions and medications.

26. Is it okay to bring my pets along with me?

Yes, you can bring your pets along with you. Pets must enter Nepal via the Tribhuvan International Airport. Two dogs or cats can enter per person.

However, pets need to have a 15-digit ISO compliant pet microchip. They need to be vaccinated and need to pass a rabies titer test. They need to have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinary in your country.

27. How does Nepali music differentiate from Western music?

Nepali music is classified into genres like pop, folk, rock, and, to some extent, metal.

Each culture and ethnic group has its own music and identity. Folk music is the traditional form of Nepali music which differs from one ethnic community or a geographical region to another. These traditional music and songs are sung in various languages and dialects.

In recent years, there is an increasing trend towards the creation of pop and Western-influenced music. Rap music is also popular among the youth.

28. What are the basic Dos and Don’ts in Nepal?

During your stay in Nepal, you must be sure to follow the social norms and etiquette. Be sure to greet people with Namaste before starting conservation. Refrain from making noises or talking loudly in public. Also, be sure to talk in a polite way. Do make sure to tip your porters and guides. Do not give any sort of money to beggars.

You have to be extra careful when visiting temples, stupas, and religious shrines. Most of them require you to take your shoes off before entering the premise whereas some might not allow foreigners to enter at all. Similarly, look out for signs that restrict the use of camera within the premise of a religious structure. When traveling, especially if you are a solo traveler, inform your friends, family, and official authorities about your destination and trip itinerary.

29. Is it better to travel to Nepal alone or with travel agencies?

If you are visiting Nepal for the first time, then we advise you to travel along with a travel agency. Since you may not be familiar with the customs, language, and routes here, you will have an easier time when traveling with a travel agency. The advantage of traveling with agencies guarantees cost effectiveness and better safety.

Having said that, you can also travel solo and enjoy all the intricacies of Nepal. When you travel without a travel agency, you will have to face all the issues of transportation, food, accommodation, and other stuff on yourself. This can be hectic but exciting.

Thus, the choice of choosing to travel solo or with a travel agency solely depends on you.

30. Where can I exchange my money and are there ATM facilities in Nepal? How can money be transferred to me if I exceed my travel budget?

You can exchange your money at the airport or in the banks and money exchange counters in the major cities. However, we do advise you to be updated with the exchange rates. You can find the updated exchange rates at the official website of the Nepal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php

The ATM facilities are available in almost all major cities and towns with the exception of villages. In small towns, ATM facilities are rarely available. Thus, it is always best to carry sufficient cash so that you can easily carry out your transactions, especially when you travel to rural and remote areas.

There are multiple ways to transfer money from abroad to Nepal such as Western Union Money Transfer, Global IME Money Transfer and similar other money transfer service providers. You can easily transfer your money via banks or use different payment cards like Master/Visa/American Express/Union Pay/JCB/SCT Card.  In critical situations, you can consult with your travel organizer or your respective embassies for money transfer facilities.

31. What are my options of reaching Nepal by India and Tibet?

You can reach Nepal by numerous land entry points from India and Tibet. Six of them are located at the Nepal-India border whereas only one of the entry points is located at the Tibet-Nepal border.

The entry points at the Nepal-India border are:

Kakarvitta, Jhapa District, Eastern Nepal

Birgunj, Parsa District, Central Nepal

Belhiya, Bhairahawa, Rupandehi District, Western Nepal

Jamunaha, Nepalgunj, Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal

Mohana, Dhangadi, Kailali District, Far Western Nepal

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal

Likewise, Kodari in Sindhupalchowk District is the only entry point at the Nepal-Tibet border.

32. Where can I learn about the weather conditions and flight cost in Nepal?

If you need to learn about the weather conditions, then you can visit the site http://www.mfd.gov.np/weather/.

If you need to learn about flight costs, then you can compare prices at the websites of the airline's agencies in Nepal.

33. What are the medical facilities like in Nepal?

The medical facilities in Nepal are mostly clustered in the major cities and towns. Hospitals and other health institutions provide modern health services. As you move away from the major cities, the health facilities decrease in number. In villages, health stations and clinics are available in the span of large distances.

However, the medical facilities in Nepal are relatively cheaper in comparison to those western countries.

34. What should I eat to stay in great physical condition in Nepal?

The food in Nepal is very different from what you are used to. To avoid trouble, don’t eat undercooked meat and be cautious of unpasteurized dairy products. Don’t eat food from the street vendors. Always eat cooked food which is made from fresh ingredients. Don't drink tap water and always carry bottled water. Carrying portable water purifiers can also be highly beneficial when you travel. Be sure to include some light exercise in your daily schedule.

35. How much money should I separate for contingencies?

During your stay in Nepal, there might occur contingent situations which include your flight being delayed, health problems, and accidents. In case these situations occur, we advise you to carry an extra amount for such situations. A budget of around USD 3000 might be sufficient for contingencies.

However, we do advise you to get the insurance that covers unforeseen events like flight delay, trip cancellation, and Heli rescue during your travel.

36. Do I need any sort of inoculations and travel insurance before visiting Nepal?

Although inoculation is not mandatory before visiting Nepal, it is recommended that you take immunization for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. You can consult your doctor for further inoculations as per your medical conditions before you arrive in Nepal.

It is mandatory for a traveler to have insurance for traveling in Nepal. The insurance must cover the cost of the contingent situation and emergency evacuations. So, you must choose your insurance company wisely in order to make sure that every aspect of your travel is covered.

37. Are there clubs, bars, and discos in Nepal?

The clubs, bars, and discos are mostly found in the major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. The culture of nightlife is still on the developing phase in Nepal and many people are not positive with the idea of going to clubs. In recent years, the number of bars and discos have increased and there is a live performance by international DJ as well. Thamel and Durbarmarg in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara are the places you must not leave if you are a fan of nightlife and parties. Club Déjà vu, LOD: Lord of the Drink, Purple Hage Rock Bar, Ibyza, Karma bar, The Victory Lounge are some of the most popular clubs and bars in Nepal situated in Kathmandu

38. What can I do during my stay in Nepal?

During your stay in Nepal, you can choose to do some major trekking, hiking, sightseeing, and touring activities. Peak climbing and expeditions are for experienced and brave souls. There are options for extreme sports like rafting, mountain biking, zip lining, paragliding, canyoning, skydiving, and bungee jumping as well. You can indulge in some social service activities like teaching children, reconstruction activities, and helping the poor and disabled. All in all, there are endless options to choose from during your stay in Nepal.

39. I heard about various strikes and riots in Nepal. Is it safe to travel in spite all of this?

Although there are rare cases of strikes in Nepal, none of them affect tourism in Nepal in any way. The strikes occur mostly due to political reasons and on rare occasions only will your travel be affected. People in Nepal have begun silent protests instead of riots so, you will not have any difficulty due to these events. Your travel operator shall make it sure that you are not adversely affected by it.

And, yes, it is perfectly safe since strikes mostly address social and political causes. As such, in most cases, they will not affect your travel plans.

40. What are the time zone and phone code in Nepal?

Nepal has an only one-time zone which is called as the Nepal Standard Time. It is GMT + 5:45. The phone code in use in Nepal is +977  9851214548 (WhatsApp and Viber available)