Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need a Visa to enter Nepal ?                                                                                                                        Most visitors to Nepal need a visa to enter the country. Only Indian nationals are exempt from obtaining a Visa. Visitors from all countries can obtain a visa on arrival except if you are a national from one of the following countries or territories: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan. If you are a national of a SAARC country your visa for a stay up to 30 days is free.

Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people ?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendour and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races. Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet.The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveller, there are endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a fastly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.

How do I get to Nepal ?
You can take direct or indirect flight from your home country stopping below cities. We have direct airlink from below airports.We have  direct airlink with Seaul, Hongkong, Bangkok, Kualalumpur, Dhaka, Singapore, Guangzhau, Kunming, Chengdu, Lhasa,Paro,Kolkata,Varanashi,Delhi,Mumbai,Karachi,Dubai,Doha.

When is the best time to go to Nepal ?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. October and November are considered the best times of the year. The monsoon will have just ended, and clear skies with optimal temperature will prevail. The main festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Hindu equivalent of Christmas in terms of festivity) fall during these months. However, this is also the busiest tourist season, and the main tourist centers and trekking trails tend to be crowded with travelers like you. The tourist flow ebbs a little, but not significantly, between the winter months of December and mid-February. It catches up once again between mid-February and mid-April. From mid-June to early October, it's the monsoon, during which time it rains almost everyday and most of the Himalayas are hidden behind the clouds.

What is system of payment?  
You can pay whatever easier for you but 25% advance and rest of them when you arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Do I need a travel insurance ?
Oh yes, some sort of travel insurance is highly recommended. Most travel insurance covers emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of possessions.

Can I buy equipment for tour/trek in Nepal?
Yes, there are many trekking shops in Thamel, Kathmandu to buy  equipment for tour/trek, such as sleeping bag, down jackets, rucksacks and etc.

What is the weather in Nepal like?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from lowly 60m to all the way up to above 8000m.Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20* C to 30* C(68* F to 86* F). Summer starts from June to August. These are also the pre-monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20* C to 30* C (68* F to 86* F). Winter starts from December to February. The morning and evening are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 15* C to 20* C (59* F to 68* F). For detail information on temperature and rainfall, check the Weather Chart.

Is it easy to find an ATM in Nepal/Tibet ?
You won't have any problems finding an ATM in city and town, although you probably won't be able to find one in remote areas or the smaller towns. However, this situation is changing, and ATMs are gradually spreading out across the land.

What sort of clothing should I bring with me?

Clothing depends on place and time. Medium-weight and easy to wash cottons can be a good choice year-round in the Kathmandu valley. It is recommended that between October to February, woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other warm outfits are necessary. From March through May, light clothing such as short and long-sleeved shorts will do perfectly fine at Kathmandu, Pokhara and most other towns. For mornings and evenings, a jacket or heavy woolen sweater (you can find beautiful ones in reasonable price in Kathmandu) will be essential. For months from June to August, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat and a pair of sandals with you as these months are the rainy months of Nepal. Expect lot of walking even if you don't plan to trek. So it's recommended that you bring comfortable footwear: sneakers and sandals are the best
If you intend to go for trekking, a pair of hiking boots will be great. Bring plenty of woolen socks too. Specialized trekking gear is easily available and can be rented in fairly inexpensive charge in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Besides hiking and trekking in Nepal, what other things can I do and see in Nepal?
One can do lot of things besides hiking and trekking in Nepal.Nepal is a land of festivals. Almost everyday is day of festival in at least some parts of the country. Though most of them are of religious nature, they are almost always of joyous. You should not miss out on them. Kathmandu Valley, with its rich Newar heritage is the most colorful place in the country. But other parts of the country also have their own fanfare.
Cultural Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara also provide you with some entertainment, though they are far from being the real thing. Check out the posters in various restaurants and other public places in the tourist quarters of Kathmandu and Pokhara to find out what is going on.

I love wild life, what do you say?
Nepal is a paradise for wild life. And, you are at the right country to explore its diverse wild life and exotic birds. We have many National Parks and Wild life reserves. Some of the famous Wild life reserves and National Parks are Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Royal Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Check out with the travel agent man for more information on National Parks of Nepal.

How safe is Nepal?
Nepal is one of the safest places in the world. Violent crimes are very rare. Keep your money and other valuables in a money belt or pouch strapped around your waist. Lock your bags and luggage. Also can keep such a things in hotelís locker.

I want to go on a trek. When and where can I do so?
There are numerous treks you can try when you are in Nepal depending on the time of the year, amount of time and money you have to spend, and the amount of experience you've had. For limited time and money, the best trekking routes would be the Langtang-Helambu trek just north of Kathmandu, and parts of the Annapurna region trek north of Pokhara. If you have more time, a trek in the Everest region or the full Annapurna circuit can be rewarding. A more difficult trek is the Kanchanjunga area trek in the far-eastern Nepal. A good trekking book is recommended if you want more details on treks. Check out Pilgrims Book House for more details.

What is Tea House Trekking?    
Tea house trekking is very popular and well developed area where we can spend in good accommodation lodging, fooding with many items in menu as a western dish and Nepali Dal Bhat (Rice, Vegetable Curry, Lentil, Pickle etc) and those trekking regions Annapurna, Everest and Langtang.

Why is there a fixed cost to travel to Bhutan? And why is the tariff relatively more expensive than the other neighboring countries?

All the tourists visiting Bhutan should come through package inclusive tours. The tariff you pay is not just a fee for entering Bhutan. The tariff covers the cost of  35% of royalty and taxes to the government, hotels, inland transportation, services of guide, meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner), and entrance fees to temple and monuments. For trekkers, it covers the cost of riding ponies and pack animals such as yaks/horses, knowledgeable guides, camping equipment, meals, cooks and transportation. Also the volume of tourists visiting Bhutan is regulated to a manageable level because of the constraints of the tourism infrastructure.

How can I obtain a visa to travel to Bhutan? Is there any country or embassy that issues visas on behalf of Bhutan?
Until now tour operator like us are arranging visa approval letter before you arrive Bhutan. And upon showing this letter, you will get visa stamp on your passport at Paro airport or any from any entry point. For this we need passport and picture copy well in advance. The visas can be extended, if required, upon the additional payment.

What kind of hotels do you use in Bhutan ?
We use the A class ( 3 star standard) best available hotels in each tourist destination, which are approved by the Royal Government of Bhutan for the tourist. Luxury hotel also available in some city in additional price.

Do we need visa to visit Tibet ?
Foreign visitors can obtain individual or group visas from Chinese embassies and consulates, usually within a day or two. Most tourists are included in group visas, not inserted into passports. For individual travelers, single-entry visas are valid for entry within three months. For business people and other regular visitors there are multiple-entry visas good for six months at a time. Each visa is valid for a stay of 30 or 60 days, and can be extended while in China. Remember if you enter Tibet from Nepal China visa taken in your home country does not work. In this case we  arrange Tibet group tourist visa ourselves. Visitors should be sure to carry their passports while in China as they are needed to check into hotels, make plane or train reservations, exchange money or establish the holder's identity. Loss of a passport should be reported immediately to the holder's embassy or consulate, and the Beijing Municipality Public Security Bureau.

What are the hotels like in Tibet?
Tourism is Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English.

Can I leave feedback end of tour/trek?                           
End of the trek sure and you are well come to chat with hot dinner and write your feedback of whole trekking experience and guide and helper. You can write your feedback through an email too. Your comments are valuable for our team and Himalaya Guide Nepal is always happy to provide best service and to collect your valued feedback.

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