Every foreign national other than Indian citizens require a valid Visa for entry to Nepal. The visa procedure for Nepal is very easy. You can get one online – filling the form and following the step by step procedure @ Nepal Government Official Website. The alternative way to obtain one is after arrival at the airport. Please do see the checklist provided by the government website within – such as fees and number of photographs, etc.
You can also visit the Nepalese embassy in your country if available. *A multiple-entry tourist Visas for 15, 30 & 90 days are available for US $ 25, 40 & 100 respectively.
A valid passport and one recently taken passport size photograph. *Please note that credit card payments, Nepal (Rs) and Indian Currency (Ic) are not valid payment options. Only cash payment is accepted in the currency of the US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, Pound Sterling, and Swiss Franc.
You can renew your Visa at the Department of Immigration at Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
*Price and rules are subject to change as per the government rules and regulations.
Weather of Nepal
Nepal is known to have four distinct seasons and the Bay of Bengal is held responsible for weather conditions.
Spring (March to May):
Spring is the most preferable season for outdoor activities. The terrain is clearly visible with lush green surroundings. Clear skies, highly visible fog-free mountain views and a cool air blowing make a perfect trek experience.
Weather Rating: 5 Stars
Summer & Monsoon (June to August):
Summer and monsoons are simultaneous in Nepal. You can experience a hot day and warmer night in summer. Though the rainy season makes the whole terrain lush and green with a beautiful sight - it is quite hot and humid with frequent rains. Trekking is quite uncomfortable & difficult, thus not advisable. Mountains are hidden behind the clouds further reducing visibility. Trekking trails are muddy as well as infested with leeches.
Autumn (September to November):
The autumn starts its day with clear skies. Hardly any rain is witnessed in the entire autumn season. The aftermath of monsoon makes the surrounding green & mountains peaks are also highly visible. Wind conditions are also perfect.
Weather Rating: 5 Stars
Winters (December to February):
Winters are extremely cold at night, foggy mornings with a clear and pleasant afternoon. You may occasionally find snowfalls in the mountains areas with extremely cold temperatures at night. Tours can be experienced well but the trekking.
Weather in the Himalayas:
The Himalayas are known to have highly unpredictable and own set of weather conditions. Hence the climatic conditions might change in a distance of a few miles. The Himalayas experience the highest humidity during the summer months. Winters and spring may witness some of the occasional rainfall in the far horizon with thunderstorms and fog covering the mountains. You might expect occasional rain clouds and foggy weather conditions.
Days of spring and autumn are quite comfortable and evenings are cool. You only need a light jacket or a simple pullover. Winters's mornings are quite foggy with clear evenings. The day remains pleasant with clear skies and the fog also lifts as the day progresses. Nights are frosty in the months of January and February. The hottest month of the year is May, just before the onset of the rainfall.
Atm and Banking
Nepal is new to online banking and only major departmental stores allow the use of credit and debit cards for purchases. Online banking and payments is starting to grow. Atm is available in major cities. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and dedicated money exchange centers showing valid proof of identification.
Before Starting Your Trip
Traveling to a foreign location is not as easy as it may sound as if you are not well prepared. For the best experience, Himalayan Trekkers have some guidelines in order to have a smooth and comfortable trip for your upcoming days. Please go through them carefully before planning your adventure trip with us:
- Do register at your embassy before starting your adventure.
- Check-in with your doctor for health issues.
- A travel insurance coverage up to an altitude of 6000m is a must.
- You accept our TERMs and Conditions
- Collect all the information about climate, weather & best traveling seasons.
- Please go through information about Safety Guidelines.
- Have information about the scheduled trip itinerary including your meals and accommodation.
- Go through the luggage policy and gears required for your trip.
- Gather enough information about the country.
Nepal uses Western European standard 220VAC 50Hz for all its appliances. Most of the phone chargers, laptop chargers, and camera battery charger works well as they have a voltage rating of 120 to 240 V. If in case any of your gadgets is 120 V or 110 V - you can simply buy a step-down transformer (Converts source of 220 V to 110/120 V) from amazon or eBay. Please make sure to consider the watt of the appliance and tally with the transformer to avoid malfunction.
You can also easily purchase step up and step down transformer in electric shops in Kathmandu if you don't want to carry it from your hometown. If your appliance has a flat prong, you can also buy a converter to change it to round one which is a very common electric socket in Nepal.
Vaccinations & Travel insurance
We advise the enthusiastic travelers to visit a good physician who could recommend the proper vaccination and other medication before starting your trip. Some travelers do take and some don’t.
It is the best idea to have a good insurance policy while you are on your leisure to experience the adventure in Nepal. All tours and treks from Himalayan trekkers should have a mandatory insurance policy. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers every kind of refunds and charges for critical and emergencies situation if it occurs.
Safety & Security
Nepal is a very safe destination for every kind of travelers. You are in safe hands with Himalayan trekkers for any activities in this beautiful country. You can enjoy your holiday without any stress as your logistics will be safely handled with our trek leaders and guide.
Altitude sickness & Acclimatization
Altitude sickness simply means being ill or feeling discomfort as you move towards the higher altitudes. While trekking to the higher altitude, moving with high speed could
be the worse decision which can bring the symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) on travelers. Feeling difficulty in breathing, irregular heartbeat, headache, vomiting is the usual symptoms of AMS. To overcome AMS; proper acclimatization, well-hydrated body with good food & comfortable sleep is necessary. Your trekking guide will have a first aid kit to cure it too.
Acclimatization simply means a suitable interval to maintain the body with respect to the surrounding environment. Acclimatization is a must for trekkers and climbers.
Equipment & Packing list:
Only necessary equipment must be packed according to the season, as your luggage shouldn't be heavier than 20 kg. If you are here to enjoy trekking than be sure that you have good equipment in your trekking bag with a good day pack too. With all the essential documents, be sure that you have all the following equipment for your adventurous journey in Nepal.
Valid passport, 2 passport size photos, and airline ticket. Travel insurance document, visa of Nepal (can be obtained in Kathmandu after arrival).
Head, Hand and Upper body:
- Sun hat or scarf.
- Sunglass with UV protection.
- Warm hat.
- Warm gloves.
- Pullovers and waterproof jackets.
- Thermal tops.
Lower Body and Feet:
- Hiking shorts and trousers.
- Thermal bottoms.
- woolen pants/trousers.
- Hiking/trekking boats.
- comfortable shoes.
- Pair of cotton and woolen socks.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking bag with a day pack.
- Suncream and lip balm.
- Headlamp and spare batteries.
- Electronic gadgets with a good charger (power bank).
- Guidebook, map with a notebook and pen.
- Hiking poles.
- Personal first aid kit.
Group size, leaders and crew members
Himalayan trekkers have many packages with fixed departures where number of travelers join for various activities. Normally the group size number for trekking and tour is maximum of 8 pax from different countries. If the number increases than group will be splitied accordingly.
For various activities, we have team of experts who will be leading you in your respective activities to provide lots of fun with knowledge.
- For small group/solo traveler; you will have certified guide for tour and trek with a porter for every couple of travelers.
- For medium/large group explorer: You will have certified guide with assistant guide for tours and trek where number of porters depend upon team need.