Nepal Travel FAQ
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. 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.
2. 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.
US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
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3. 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 Debo Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
4. Can I bring my medication with me? What equipments are required for trekking ?
Yes, and make sure to bring prescriptions and the medications in its original containers to avoid custom inspection hassle.
5. What equipments are required for trekking ?
Here is a comprehensive of list of equipment and clothing you would require whilst trekking in Nepal:
Lightweight walking boots, spare laces, Sleeping bag and down jacket, 2 Long shorts, A water proof jacket with hood or Poncho, Underwear, cotton T-shirts, 2 trousers – (loose and comfortable), Thermal underwear(Top and bottom), Gloves, Sandal, Sun-hat, One pair of sandals, Woollen hatWoollen socks, Waterproof pants, 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woollen socksFlash light, Toiletries with towels, Sunglasses, Sunscreen with a high SPF factor
Lip balm with a higher SPF factor, Water bottle, Purification equipment (Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets are highly recommended), Iodine for the purification of drinking water, Daypack, Rucksack
6. What is High Altitude Sickness (HAS) ? How can I avoid suffering from HAS ?
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.
Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:
- Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Needles and Pins Sensation
- Shortness of breath
- Nose bleed
- Persistent rapid pulse
- Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet and face)
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:
- Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid HAS
- Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
- Make sure you have previous experience of trekking and/or climbing in high altitude regions
- Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
- Take enough rest at lower level to acclimatize with the climate.
- Cross check with your medical practitioner before trekking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice.
7. What kind of climate/weather does Nepal have ?
Nepal basically has four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February).
However, owing to its varied geography, weather conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another. The higher you give up north, it tends to be cooler whereas the deeper the south you go the hotter it is comparatively.
In the hilly and Himalayan regions, summers are cool and balmy and winters are severe, while in tropical plains of the Terai in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. The temperatures in the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara tend to be pleasant with average summer and winter temperatures.
The temperature ranges from below zero to 25 degrees in the Hills and Himalayas where as it can reach up to 35 degrees in flat lands of Terai.
The monsoon rain fall occurs during the summer. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones. Travelling in Nepal is possible throughout the year.
There are multitudes of trekking areas you can visit in Nepal throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to do trekking are during spring and autumn. These are also the seasons when many of the biggest festivals of Nepal are observed.
8. Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveller. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it’s safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you’re on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
9. What to wear in Nepal?
Nepal has a wide range of climates therefore both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles. In the mountain areas, warm woolen clothing is necessary while at lower altitude cotton clothing is ideal. Bring any stuff and you will always be wearing to your comfort. If you missed any of your clothes, don’t worry you can buy Nepalese garments.