A guide to travel in Nepal
Caption: Nepal has some of the most beautiful treks in the world
Nepal is famous for its stunning landscapes, mountainous treks, and unforgettable experiences. The most famous summit is the mighty Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, which draws people from all over the globe to view its majestic peak. However, beautiful and impressive as it is, there is much, much more to Nepal than Mount Everest. we discuss here a guide to travel in Nepal.
From the traditional teahouses and ancient monasteries to the rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine, Nepal is one of the most unique places in the world. The Himalaya mountain range is the “spine” of the country and holds some of the nation’s most valued treasures. The best way to explore these beautiful summits is by trekking them, but there are a few things worth knowing before you set out in this region.
What to take
When you’re trekking through tricky terrain, it’s important to have a few essentials with you. It goes without saying that you’ll need your passport, trekking permits, and insurance details; these should be kept in a waterproof bag in an accessible place as the permits will be checked at various points along the trail.
You’ll also need:
- Sleeping bag – anything from -30° to a -15° bag is sufficient
- Warm jacket
- Worn-in hiking shoes
- Toilet paper
- Reusable water bottle
- Sun cream, sunglasses, and sun hat
- Lip balm and moisturizer
- Head torch
- A book
- Trekking poles
Invest in clothes that dry easily and retain warmth so that you can layer up easily. Bring something comfortable to wear on your feet in the evening so you can take your heavy boots off and always bring plenty of snacks.
Caption: Every trek is different so it’s important to follow safety procedures
Where to go
Trekkers are spoiled for choice in this beautiful region. If this is your first trek, the best thing to do is look for treks that offer the most features that suit you. Look at difficulty levels, length of trek, budget, and scenery options to nail down the right trek for you.
- Everest Base Camp is the most popular option for anyone looking for a spectacular close up of the mountain. You can also see Sherpa villages on the way, as well as seeing the Dudhkoshi River and learning about famous mountaineers who have gone before you.
- Annapurna Circuit offers the most stunning views of the Annapurnas, Macchupucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. Trekkers are easily acclimatized as they traverse through a variety of landscapes, from fresh alpine valleys to arid peaks. This is a moderately difficult trail and lasts 14 days.
- Manaslu Base Camp is a stunning trek that has incredible vistas of the peaks along the Nepal-Tibet border. It is an adventurous trek for those looking for something a little more challenging and remote. It demands that at least two trekkers are accompanied by a Nepali guide or porter as the terrain is hard and takes around 15 days.
There are many, many more treks to choose from, so work out what you are hoping to achieve with your trek and use the criteria to determine which trek is the right one for you.
Climbing Everest does not come without its difficulties. In fact, you’re more likely to get into MENSA than make it up to the summit and back safely, so it is essential to take extra precautions to ensure your safety.
First of all, make sure that you are accompanied by a guide at all times and always, always let other people know what your plans are so that someone will know if you are missing. Stick to the high side on the route and get regular weather updates to stay ahead of any changes in wind direction and conditions.
It’s important to remember that avalanches are likely to occur after a bout of heavy snowfall. Avoid trekking when snow is predicted or following an earthquake to minimize your risk.
Altitude sickness is a real danger in Nepal. It happens when the body does not get enough oxygen to allow the body to function normally. Cut back on sugar, walk slowly uphill and stay as hydrated as possible to minimize the effects.
A guide to travel in Nepal will provide you with a lifetime’s worth of memories. You just remember to pack the right equipment. Choose the right route and take all of the safety precautions to ensure that you have the best possible time.
for your Dear valued guests, first, we would like to thank you that you have booked your treks/tour holiday with us. Your satisfaction, as well as comfort, is our pleasure. In this context, we would like to provide you with some helpful information that we will find our joined effort at ease. Please make sure that you have got through it well. Though most of the information is provided on our website, you will find these brief guidelines helpful for the Nepal trip checklist.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your Nepal trekking is leading by or experienced trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu, Pokhara, and at Lukla also as per your convenience. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services. Also for first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our Sherpa and porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bags. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Passport and Visa info
in your Nepal trip checklist be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa before arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Trekking in Nepal is a beautiful experience and doesn’t involve many risks. However, we suggest that you carry out a standard health check and advise your doctor about your travel plans before arriving in Nepal. Immunizations or vaccinations, if required, should be taken at least six weeks before arrival. Always make sure to have valid health insurance for the whole period of your trip
You can enjoy your Nepal travel guide vacations only when you feel healthy and spirited from the inside. And, Make sure you are healthy so that you can do the trip easily. Thus, we present you with tips on staying healthy before y these enjoyable vacations to a great destination become a burden and you go on a trip, and while you are away.
Before you go:
1. Immunizations or vaccinations, if needed, should be taken at least six weeks before you leave. Some vaccines need about six weeks after you get the shots to reach the highest protection level
2. Get your medical and dental check-up before starting your trip. Thus, you can be aware of problems if any. Then accordingly, you can find out about medicines you might need to take along.
3. Enquire fully about your health insurance, in case you might see a doctor while you’re in another country. Take your regular medicines in their original containers, along with extra prescriptions for them. Also, bring your eyewear prescriptions. Do bring a first-aid kit along.
Vaccines you Might Get
Nepal doesn’t officially require any immunizations to enter the country. However, several significant diseases can be prevented, or the risks significantly decreased by immunizations.
Consult your doctor once before your Nepal travel guide trip so that he can decide if you need any vaccinations, but the treatments you should consider for a Nepal trip include the following.
1. Hepatitis A
2. Hepatitis B
3. Japanese Encephalitis
4. Meningococcal meningitis
7. Tetanus and diphtheria Toxoids
8. Typhoid fever
Money Exchange for the trek
While you do any treks and tours in Nepal, you need some extra money for your personal expenses. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATMs there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Note: Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure in your Nepal trip checklist that you have new, clean notes
Accommodation in the most of trek in Nepal has now an in a lodge and a teahouse. They care basic locally owned guest house which has a common bathroom and some guest house also offers to attach room. Now the good trekking route has a very luxurious lodge also like in Everest and Annapurna. If you wanted to stay at the luxury lodge you can contact us in advance and we can book for you at extra cost. You will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. You need your own sleeping bag and better to have a sleeping bag liner also. The facilities are quite basic at the lodge. In some places, there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room and. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at extra cost.
Food During the trekking in Nepal
We will eat at the local guest house. We will include your daily meals on our package, which covers your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the guest houses have a menu that is fixed by a National park or conservation area project. There are local to international hygienic food choices.
You will eat at the same tea house where you stay. To be vegetarian is better in high altitude and remote areas. The meet items are carried in a long way, so not fresh. The typical Nepali food is Dal Bhat ( Rice lentil, mixed vegetable curry, and pickle)
For breakfast, you will have a choice of pancakes (plain, apple, cinnamon, lemon, etc.) served with peanut butter or honey; porridge; egg items (scrambled, boiled, fried, omelet); bread (toast, chapatti). Lunch and dinner try Nepali food, They will also serve pasta, pizza, garlic soup, momos, curry, macaroni, and other rice and noodle-based dishes are served.
Drinking water during your trek
In the trekking or any tour careful for water in your Nepal trip checklist. We suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails. Plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.
Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry. Another better way is also to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.
Showers and electricity – Most of the tea houses during the trek have a solar hot shower and have cold showers available. Few places every charge the cost for hot showers for the extra cost of around USD 3 to 4. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower, you can charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge an extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Health and Fitness:
The main thing for trekking and hiking in Nepal is to need your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier it to trek for high altitude trekking. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges
Altitude sickness: Our entire Nepal trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.
Communication during the trek
During the trek, the use of the internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charges. while you are in this area there are telephone facilities in many villages. You can make international calls and most of the places have wifi facilities. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health.
Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes. Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim the refund from your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Tipping is not mandatory but In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are on your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% off their trip payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire a guide and porter service you can tip differently on a per-day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping and you can get some small change for this purpose.
Equipment Renting and buying: It is wise to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu and also in Pokhara.
Transportation Car, Jeep, Tourist, and local bus options
In your Nepal trip checklist read about different means of transport. You can take a private car or jeep and tourist bus to the major trek start point of the different trekking regions. We can also hire a local sharing jeep if you have a short time and make the trip shorter. The return trek also we can use the same means of transport till Kathmandu or Pokhara. from Pokhara to Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalayas, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.
Most of the local towns are connected with flights to start your trek. We can also take a flight to Pokhara and start the trek from there. another business small local town is Lukla. which is a small Sherpa village, is located at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. Kathmandu to Lukla flight offers you spectacular views of the 18 highest peaks, and interestingly, four of them lie above the altitude of 8000 meters. It is about 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu. however in busy season time flights are diverting from Ramechhap to Lukla, To get to Ramechhap you need to drive 4 hours. We will take you to the airport and back to the hotel by private transport 2 times for the trip.
Kathmandu to Pokhara flight is easier and just 25 minutes time. there are daily lots of flights going on. Similarly, you can take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara also. for the Langtang trek, there are no flight options you can drive by local bus, or by private Jeep.
Flight delay/cancelation and changes in the itinerary:
Sometimes if the weather gets bad the flight can get delayed and canceled. It mostly happens for the Lukla and Jomsom sectors. Be aware that the flights are in the mountains are based on weather conditions. We always endeavor to make sure you reach your destination on time. and for any trekking adventure, we will re-arrange your ticket to the next available flight.
In the case of delaying Lukla flights, the client is responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a Helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, all additional costs would be your responsibility.
In your Nepal trip checklist in case of flight delays will try to accommodate you with the same hotel. if It is not available we will look for other hotels for your availability until we have a confirmed flight for you. We will adjust the itinerary to ensure you get as much time as possible in the mountains. This may mean reducing/removing the Kathmandu nights at the end of the trip.
Hotel arrangements after a flight delay
Bes sure in your Nepal trip checklist that flight gets delayed. As a result, you need a hotel we have to find the availability. We will try to manage the same hotel that you use earlier at night. However, in the season time hotel are mostly full, and quite hard to get a room. If we can’t get the room in the hotel we will find alternative options for you. The check-in time policy will apply to get in the hotel after 2 pm. We try to get the room ready as soon as possible. Furthermore, you are free to put your bag and use the hotel some of the facilities. The extra night cost will be asked to pay by you directly to the hotel or you can pay to your guide also.
After finishing our package treks and any tour and if you still have extra days. Don’t worry we will help you to make your extra time in a more easy way. There are lots of things to do as an extra activity. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. You can also travel to Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities. Furthermore, You can try Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours for you. We will also arrange a tour to Tibet and Bhutan. So if your plan is for the Tibet tour and Bhutan after your Nepal trip checklist please let us know.