In this session, we are back with Nepal Travel FAQ that is intended to cover all the queries of people who are planning to visit Nepal. Generally, it will somehow give you generic ideas about Nepal before hitting the road to the Himalayas.
Nepal Travel FAQ
We will provide you with detailed information about Nepal, the best place to trek and most practical questions like visas, accommodation, food and so on in Nepal.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a landlocked country surrounded by the two powerful and biggest countries China and India. Nepal is a South Asian country that is culturally, geographically, and linguistically diverse. The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu, the city of the temples. Nepal is popular for trekking and its rich culture and tradition.
The world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest lies in Nepal. Among the 14 highest peaks of the world, 8 of them lies in Nepal. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. If you want to be blessed with the Himalayan peaks, Nepal is the right place.
Which is the best time to visit Nepal?
Though trekking and visiting Nepal is possible throughout the year. Basically, there are two main seasons that are the best time to visit Nepal. One of them is Autumn whereas the other one is Spring.
Autumn is the best season to trek Nepal. The season of Autumn starts from the month of September and ends in the month of November. The Weather in this season is moderate, neither too hot nor too cold. Most of the highest peaks are visible from the lower altitude.
There is very little possibility of rainfall, which makes it perfectly safe from natural calamities like floods, landslides, soil erosion, and so on. The average temperature of this season is 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. Likewise during this month of the year, every 4000-meter height the temperature decreases by 5 degrees Celsius.
Spring is considered to be the second-best season to travel to Nepal after Autumn. If you are not able to trek in Autumn, Spring is the best option for you. The spring season in Nepal generally starts from the month of March and ends in the month of April. The average temperature during this season is between 16 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius. You might face a little cold in the morning and night in this season.
Can I trek to the Himalayas in the winter season?
Trekking in Nepal is possible, even in the winter season. If you don’t like the hot temperature, the winter season trek will be best for you. There is very little chance of rainfall during this season. The winter season in Nepal starts from the month of December and ends by the month of February. So, there is a high chance of snow mostly in the high altitude region. Prepare for it. The average temperature of this season is 10 degrees Celsius. The days of the winter season are normally shorter and nights are longer. Trekking in this season is beneficial for you because all the trekking trails are less crowded.
Can I go trekking in the summer season in Nepal?
The summer season generally starts from the month of June and ends in the month of August here in Nepal. The monsoon season in Nepal also falls in this month. The average temperature of this season is 29 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. There is a very high chance of rainfall during this season. There are some of the rain shadow areas in Nepal like Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and Nar Phu Valley Trek, you can trek to these places.
How do I get a Visa for Nepal?
Getting a visa for Nepal is not that hard. You can get your tourist visa easily if you have every document. Citizens of every country require a visa to enter Nepal except Indian citizens. You can apply for a visa either after landing in Nepal or through an online process. Some countries like AFG, IRQ, CMR, SWZ, SOM, FHA, ZWE, NGA, LBR, and ETH are not provided visas on arrival.
Your passport must have a validity date of more than six months to get a visa on arrival. It is only the place where USD is accepted in Nepal. Similarly, you can also apply online for getting a visa for Nepal but for that, you must apply for a visa before 15 days of your arrival. After filling the form and submitting it online, you will get a confirmation receipt, you must print it in order to show the immigration officers. You can extend your visa up to 180 days to stay in Nepal, which can be done easily from the immigration office.
|Visa Facility||Duration||Visa Fee|
|Multiple entries||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entries||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entries||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
How do I get Trekking Permits in Nepal?
Many trekking sites require a TIMS card, which you can get through the Tourism Board Office which is located in Kathmandu. It is compulsory to carry the trek permits with you, if you are trekking in Nepal. Each and every country’s citizens should take permits in order to trek in Nepal. You might also require some extra permits, established by the local government in your trekking trail. To take your permit you must have your insurance paper, passport size photo, and contact details with you.
What is a tea house trekking and what facilities I get in tea houses in Nepal?
Basically, tea houses in Nepal are mountain lodges that you see while trekking in the various trekking destinations in Nepal. It provides meals and accommodation. You can also get various facilities on the internet, hot water, a comfortable bed, a wide choice of food, and many more. You can find tea houses in almost every trekking trail.
Tea houses are comparatively cheap and the easiest way of trekking. In peak seasons you must pre-book the tea house to stay. The best part if you do not have to carry any cooking utensils with you as you do in the camp trek. Tea house trek is suitable for those persons who want to enjoy the beauty of the mountains, but do not want to take porters and carry cooking utensils.
What is camp trekking in Nepal?
The camp trek is the best and challenging way of trekking. You must set up your camp every night on your trail. Sleeping under the sky with the best view of stars adds excitement in your trek. There is one popular saying” Sleeping under the 5 billion stars in worth that sleeping in the 5 start hotel :). One of the hardest part camp treks is you have to carry utensils by yourself. But do not worry, you can also take a porter with you to carry cooking utensils. The camp trek is expensive as compared to a tea house trek.
What type of equipment is necessary for trekking in Nepal?
- Hiking clothes
- Down jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Sleeping bag
- First aid
- Woolen cap or beanie
- Good trekking boots
- Trekking sticks
- Water Purification Tablets
- Wet wipes
- Large backpack
- Power bank
Which is the best Independent Trek or Guide Trek for trekking in Nepal?
You can trek independently in Nepal if you have the proper knowledge and experience of high altitude. Independent treks normally cost you less as compared to guide treks. You might face difficulty to make permits and find tea houses on independent treks. If you are an independent trekker don’t push your body hard throughout the trek. You must be very much conscious about acclimatizing your body and altitude sickness while trekking independently.
Trekking with a guide is quite easier but costs you little more as compared to individual trekking. You can even trek the trails which are restricted by Nepal Government if you take a guide with you. Most of the guides originated from mountain regions, it helps you to know the proper culture and tradition of people of the mountain region. The major advantage of trekking with a guide is that you shouldn’t worry about your permits and place to stay.
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