The below FAQ is designed and intended to provide the answer for many queries of the people who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. The questions listed here, and their respective answers are just meant only as a general guide to assist you plan and organize your trip before you actually hit the road. They are not meant to be a detailed out on the road guide. For further details information and more on day to day travel guidance, get hold of one of many outstanding travel books that have been published over the years to help traveler. Many of them are available in bookstores around the world but if you can’t find one in a store near you, don’t worry, you can get them in Nepal once you arrive here.
1. Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a small country wedged between India and Tibet (Chaina) and dominated by the high Himalayas. The landlocked country covers an area of 147,181 sq. kilometers ranging from 61meter to highest at 8,848m above sea level. It is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it’s a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya’s most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.
2. What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
3. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency|
4. Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
5. How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,
By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;
Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.
6. Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don’t charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.
7. I’m going on a ‘Tea House Trek’, what can I expect?
Lodge trek dotted along the main trekking trails of Nepal are small. Though, simple these teahouses are set up to cater trekker’s needs. If you’re on a lodge trek, this is where you’ll be sleeping, eating and relaxing. They’re simple but functional, and clean always. Simple wooden or cemented rooms with two beds and shared bathrooms are the norm. Dinner and breakfast will be given in the lodge where you stay overnight, but lunch is usually given somewhere along the route.
8. How long will we walk on an average day’s trekking?
Each day you can expect five to seven hours walking, covering 10 to 14 km. However, above 3500m, the times will be the same but you’ll only cover 8 to 9 km. Importantly, all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participant.
9. Who will be our guide?
Your guide will be a local Nepali, but a fluent English speaker. We can also provide guides who speak French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian, if you prefer. Most of our guides come from the mountainous regions of Nepal, above 3000 m. They are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier only employs staffs from the different groups of Nepal’s diverse ethnic community; including Sherpas, Gurung, Magar, Rai and Brahmin who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Moreover, we provide the guides who have gone through special training package programmee like Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet, Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders) etc, which are certified and approved by government of Nepal.
10. What equipments do I need to have?
Please check on equipments detail.
11. Can I take children with me?
Surely you can take children with you.
12. What kind of weather (how cold does it get) can we expect during trekking?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!
Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)