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Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get into Nepal?

Nepal has one international airport and 7 points in border with India and 1 in the border with China from which you can enter into Nepal.

From which places I can enter Nepal overland?

Following are the points in the border with India and China from where you can enter.

  • Pani Tanki/Kakarbhitta
  • Raxual/Birgunj
  • Sunauli/Belahiya
  • Rupaidiya/ Nepalgunj
  • Mohana/Dhangadi
  • Banbasa/Mahendranagar, Gaddachauki and
  • Khasa,Liping/ Tatopani on the Tibet,China-Nepal border.

Contact us at info@himalayantrekkers.com for details about formalities while you cross the borders.

What are the Air Accesses to Nepal?

The national flag carrier of Nepal is Nepal Airlines and it has direct flights to and from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok, Doha and Hong Kong. About 30 other international airlines company fly into Nepal Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air Asia (Kuala Lumpur), Air China (Lhasa, Chengdu), Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka), China Eastern Airlines (Kunming), China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou), Dragon Air (Hong Kong), Druk Air (Delhi, Paro), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Flydubai (Dubai), GMG Airlines (Dhaka), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi), Indigo Airlines (Delhi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Korean Air (Seoul), Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi, Islamabad), Qatar Airways (Doha), RAK Air (Ras al- Khaimah), Silk Air (Singapore), Spice jet (Delhi), Thai Airways (Bangkok)and United Airways (Dhaka). Turkish Airlines has started direct flight from Istanbul into Nepal providing direct connection with Europe. The Ethiopian airway is starting its flight to Kathmandu very soon in the near future.

How far are Kathmandu and other cities/towns from the border towns?

Route Approx. Distance
(border towns to major cities)
Nearest Railway
Station in India
Siliguri/Kakarbhitta-KTM 620 kms New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Jogbani/Biratnagar-KTM 550 kms Jogbani
Raxaul/Birgunj-KTM 280 kms Raxaul (RXL)
Sunauli/Bhairahawa-KTM 280 kms Gorakhpur (GKP)
Rupaidiya/Jamuna (Nepalgunj)-KTM 520 kms Rupaidiya/ Nanpara
Gauriphanta/Mohana (Dhangadi)-KTM 630 kms Gauriphanta/ Paliya
Banbasa/Gaddachauki (Mahendranagar) -KTM 715 kms Banbasa/ Tanakpur
Sunauli/Bhairahawa-Palpa-Pokhara 185 kms Gorakhpur (GKP)
Sunauli/Bhairahawa- Chitwan 145 kms Gorakhpur (GKP)
Sunauli/Bhairahawa-Lumbini 26 kms Gorakhpur (GKP)

From the airport, how do I get to the city centre?

Representative from Adventure mission Nepal Treks & Expedition will pick you up from the airport and they will be there with the board with your name. If you don’t have pickup service included in the program then here is a prepaid taxi service in the airport which cost you Rs 600/700 to Thamel and surrounding areas with hotels.

Is there an airport tax in Nepal?

Airport tax for international departures is included and for domestic flights not starting from Kathmandu you have to pay Rs 200.

Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?

 Yes, all foreign nationals, except Indians coming into Nepal require Visa. You can process a Visa of Nepal upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. If you are coming overland from these entry points Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on Indo-Nepal border and Kodari on Nepal-Tibet border. You can apply for a Nepal visa from the Ambasssy or diplomatic mission in your country. You can extend your visa of Nepal from Immigration office in Kathmandu or Staff from Adventure mission Nepal will help you with this. For an on arrival visa a valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Almost all the nationalities except few Asian and African war infected countries (refer the other Information below), can obtain Nepal visa on arrival in the Airport.  Immigration Department has not specified the size of the passport-size photo. The one thing you must remember for the on arrival visa fee is the you must pay the money in convertible currency (USD, GBP, and EUR etc) not in INR or Nepali Rupees.

a. Nepal Tourist Visa

 Nepal Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

b. Free Visa in Nepal.
Nationals of the SAARC member countries can obtain a free visa for 30 days on arrival.

c. For Indian National
Citizens of India don’t need a visa in Nepal but they should be in possession of atleast one of the items while they enter or leave Nepalese territory.

1. Passport
2. Driving License with photo
3. Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency
4. Ration Card with Photo
5. Election Commission Card with Photo
6. Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
7. Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank

D. Other Information about Nepal visa.
Citizens of the following countries are not allowed a on arrival visa in Nepal- Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan. They are supposed to acquire a visa from the nearest Nepalese Ambasssy or diplomatic mission.

e. Nepal Visa Extension
Visa can be extended for maximum of 150 days within a year.

What are needed to get a visa?

You need a passport with a minimum validity of your travel duration and a passport size photograph and depending on your duration of stay you need to pay visa fee in convertible currency (EUR, GBP or USD is most preferred). Credit cards are not accepted as mode of payment for visa fees.

What to wear?

Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (June, July and August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are needed from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?

The currency of Nepal is called rupee and is usually 1 USD is equivalent to 90-100 Rs (exchange rate keeps on fluctuating).  There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. Coins are also available for smaller amount of money.

How can I exchange foreign currency in Nepal?

You can exchange money in banks, licensed money exchangers (they are all over the tourist areas) and Adventure mission also offers money exchange service to its valued clients. Banks don’t accept Indian currency of denomination of Rs. 500 and 1000 because of fake notes going around in the market. You can always consult you guide or representative from Adventure Mission to know about the current exchange rates or refer websites and daily newspapers.

Do Nepalese ATM machines allow me to withdraw money in Nepal?

ATM machines are available in most of the cities but many local banks do not offer withdraw service to the foreign cards. You can us international banks such as Standard chartered Nabil, SBI and Everest to with draw money from ATM.

Can I use my credit cards in Nepal?

Besides the local groceries you can use credit cards in most hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. If you are trekking in high altitude it is better to carry cash though.

How can I transfer money into Nepal while I am there?

You can use credit cards such as the AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA and MASTERCARD cards in Kathmandu. You can wire money from your home country through banks in Kathmandu within 2-3 days.

Can I drive with a international driving license in Nepal?

Yes. But make sure you know the roads as it is very chaotic for foreigners.

What inoculations are recommended before visiting Nepal?

Nepal doesn’t have specific immunization requirements but it is better to have vaccination for hepatitis, meningitis and Japanese encephalitis. Carrying mosquito repellents while travelling to the southern plains of Nepal is helpful.

What health precautions need to be taken?

Make sure you use only bottled or boiled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

When is the best time for trekking in Nepal?

Nepal has a big diversity in terms of climate and altitude which has resulted in different climatic conditions and different weather in different parts of the country. Spring (FEB/MAR/APR) and Autumn (SEP/OCT/NOV) are regarded as the best time to travel in Nepal as the weather is pleasant, no rainfall during this time and the view of the mountains is clear. But besides that if you plan to travel in winter (DEC/JAN) and Monsoon (JUN/JUL) the weather has its own uniqueness. Winter is ideal in the plains of Nepal with sub tropical climates and most of the country’s national parks are here and in Monsoon you can enjoy a trip in the trans-Himalayan region as this region doesn’t receive rainfall. Nepal is a country for all seasons.

Is medical attention easily available in Nepal?

There are plenty of Hospitals and qualified doctors in the cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. There are special hospitals that have agreements with International insurance companies so that you don’t have to worry about your medical cost. If you are trekking there are basic health posts so in case of serious injuries you have to be transported to either Kathmandu or the nearest city for proper medical attention.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness and how do you prevent it?

Altitude sickness or AMS is a problem faced by trekkers trekking at more than 3500 m usually but depending on how your body reacts the altitude may be less sometimes. The initial symptoms are headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, inability to sleep, swelling of the face, hands and feet and loss of appetite. The best way to prevent is to have Diamox before going into high altitude but if you feel problem with the altitude you can descend to a lower elevation immediately, and seek medical help.

Are there clinics to treat AMS on trekking routes?

The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), a non-profit organization that works to prevent casualties from AMS, operates a permanent aid post in Manang which is managed by volunteer doctors from HRA. It also operates a small aid post in the Khumbu village of Pheriche at 4,280 m during the trekking season by volunteer doctors. HRA also operates a camp at Everest Base Camp during the mountaineering season. But in most of the places you have to be rescued

Do I need to have insurance before going for trekking in Nepal?

Trekking is a adventure activity and needs you to go to some of the most remote parts in the world. You can have some injuries and health problems during the trek and the rescue and evacuation for that can be very expensive so it is better to have one rather than paying high cost for the evacuation if necessary.

Are public toilets easily available in  Nepal?

They exist for sure but may not be available in highways and in remote trekking trails but you can use toilets at the restaurants and hotels available.

What is the time difference in Nepal?

Nepali time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

What is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)?

All trekkers must be in possession of Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card which Adventure Mission Nepal will prepare after you confirm the trip with us and send you passport copies and 3 passport size photographs. The main objective of the TIMS card is to keep track of all trekkers by maintaining the database in the government system and ensure their safety.  While travelling with a Adventure Mission Nepal you must pay USD 10 as the charge for the card and if you are travelling on your own you have to pay USD 20.

What are the basic customs of Nepal I should know before I go?

  1. Nepalese greet each other by saying “Namaste” joining both palms together. This means I salute the divine in you. It is used both when people meet and depart.
  2. It is polite to take off your shoes when you enter any religious area or somebody’s house, especially kitchen.
  3. Food or material that has been touched by another person’s mouth is considered impure or “jutho” and, therefore, is not accepted unless among close friends or family.
  4. It is considered ill-mannered to touch things with your feet or to offer something with left hand. You can always use both hands to offer or receive things.
  5. Exposure of body parts especially by females if often frowned upon in the villages of Nepal.
  6. Foreigners are not allowed in some important Hindu temples but there are no such restrictions in Buddhist stupas and monasteries.
  7. You should always walk clockwise around the stupa and monasteries.
  8. Leather is not permitted in most stupa, temples and monastery.
  9. Make sure you can take photographs in religious areas. Holy men often ask for money if you photograph them.
  10. It is considered ill mannered to show affection in public places.
  11. Boys or girls’ walking hand on hand is a common sight in Nepal and it doesn’t carry the same meaning like in western culture.
  12. Nodding of head means “Yes” while shaking of head means a “No”. A slight dangling of head from left to right means “OK”.

Is it easy to go around in Kathmandu and other places?

In the cities you can get a ride of taxi, rickshaws and local buses ( difficult for first timers).if you are travelling to other places from Kathmandu there are tourist and local bus services from Kathmandu to various places in the country..

How can I communicate within and outside of Nepal?

Almost half of the country has cell phone network coverage including major trekking trails and landline phones are available almost in every city and village. All the cities and trekking regions have cyber cafes and now almost every hotel has Wi-Fi either paid or free.

What kind of hotels is available in Nepal?

From 5 stars to budget guest houses and home stays are available in Nepal. Usually in the cities you can get quality accommodation with many amenities but in the trekking trails besides few places there are only tea houses with basic lodging and dining facilities. No matter how small they are the sanitation is very good and the hospitality is great.

What can I eat in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu is a place to be if you love food. From continental to Asian and Indian/Nepali food is available in Nepal. Places like king’s way and Thamel have a collection of Italian, French, Japanese and other kinds of food. International brands Pizza hut and KFC are also present in Nepal.

What are the popular souvenirs of Nepal?

Nepal produces the best Pasmina shawls in the world. Other things made up of Pasmina are also easily available. Besides that wooden and metal handicrafts are also good souvenirs. The Buddhist painting called Thanka and singing bowls are also what tourist buys.  Photographs of mountain, people and Nepalese art and culture are the best souvenirs you can take home. If your country allows you then the Gurkhas Knife called Khukuri is also a great souvenir.