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Nepal Travel FAQ

FAQ is designed to provide the answer for many people who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. The questions listed here, and their respective answers are 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.

About Nepal

Nepal  is landlocked country in South Asia . It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world's ten tallest mountain  including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.

Nepal Knows for 

Nepal is geographically elongated from East to West, whereas it remains compact from North to South. The distance between the North and South territory of Nepal is almost 100 km. Within these 100 kilometers, one can experience boiling hot tropical climate to unnerving arctic weather. Out of Fourteen Eight Thousanders on earth, eight are in Nepal. Eight Thousanders refers to those mountains whose elevation ranges higher than Eight Thousand Meter. Starting from the East it stretches all the way up to western Nepal. East to West Series will stand as – “Mt. Kanchenjunga | Mt. Makalu | Mt. Lhotse | Mt. Everest | Mt. Choyou | Mt. Manaslu | Mt. Annapurna | Mt. Dhaulagiri with home for world’s highest mountain, i.e. Mount Everest. Nepal is one and only one country in the world with elevation starting from 70 m from sea level to 8848 m from sea level. This means, lowest elevation of Nepal is 70 m from the sea level and highest elevation is 8848 m from the sea level .
Nepal has122 different local  languages. We all are familiar about world heritage sites listed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Kathmandu itself is home for seven such world heritage sites under cultural categories. Within the radius of 15 kilometers of Kathmandu Valley, all those sites are located. “Kathmandu Durbar Square | Patan Durbar Square | Bhaktapur Durbar Square” are similar architecture which used to be a king’s palace before unification of Nepal. Similarly “Bouddhanath Stupa | Swoyambhunath Stupa” are similar architecture with white dome. Finally “Pashupatinath Temple | Changunarayan Temple” are the Hindu Temples.
  

Can I get Nepali visa on arrival?

Yes! Nepali visa is easily available upon your arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
  
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. Nepali have ladies 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.

How long will we walk on an average day’s trekking?

Each day you can expect more and less 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.

 
Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings, and other services?
We can take care of all domestic flights, hotel bookings, and other services. However, we suggest you to arrange international flights from your home country, but we can provide assistance.

Is Nepal safe? Is  traveling alone safe with your company?

Absolutely Nepal is safe for the traveler our company. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world. Secondly, while you’re on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.


What are the best times to travel /trek/tour/expedition in Nepal?

The best tourist’s season in Nepal with the summer and the winter to set is Autumn (September to November). The weather is highly pleasant so we can see mountain views. While Spring season (March-May) is also considered as the good season. The temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have a tryst with the mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendron sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty. Winter season (January-February) is also recommended for tours, safari and low altitudes trek below 4000m. But for some areas of Nepal, Tibet and India, Summer season (June- August) are the best months because these areas are ‘rain shadows’ and monsoon is much lighter here.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
 
There
are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu, Pokhara Valley and other cities of Nepal.

For tourists, what is there to buy in Nepal to take back home?

Actually, there are so many things for tourist  that depending on your personal choice. Nepal is well known for its handicraft materials, pashmina, Nepalese art and craft, and Nepali musical instruments like Madal and Banshuri are the items to purchase. Moreover, Nepali carpets are also best known among tourist customers. And the best place to shop these goods is around the Thamel area and other more cultural heritage area.
 
What types of cards are accepted? Debit  or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?

Most popular cards accepted in Nepal a like VISA, MASTERCARD, and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here.
 
Is there any tourist police in Nepal?

Of course, there is a tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board’s Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m.