Travel Guide Nepal Trekking Information

 

Nepal Visa Information:
Visa is required. Nepalese Embassies and mission/consulates can issue visa or else, it is easily available on arrival at Kathmandu airport after presentation of a valid passport and also extendable for visitors as required.
Free visa for all kind of tourists who visit nepal only for 3 days.
Free visa for tourist of SAARC countries and peoples republic of China.
Visa Fee:
Single Entry USD 30 for 60 days
Multiple Entry USD 50 + USD 30
Visa fee will be extended subesquently for 30 days upon payment for USD 30 for a maximum period of 150 days in visa year ( Janaury to December)
Visa can be obtain either on arrival in Nepal or other mission office oboard. One Passport size photo is required.

Airport Custom:
All baggage brought will have to pass through Customs Inspection and following items are allowed free of duties per individual tourist. Personal effects, one camera with 12 plates or 5 rolls of film, one bottle of liquor, 200 cigarettes, one tent/reasonable quantity of Equipments for trekking ( Camping)

We cover all aspects of nature from trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas to white water rafting, wildlife safari, leisure trips, cultural tours, air and overland tours to Tibet, bird-watching, eco-tours, educational tours, incentive tours, conference planning, etc. Our staff and naturalists are properly trained, full of knowledge and experience that they share with all our visitors.

Information about Altitude sickness:
Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly a important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS (Hight altitude Sickness) are as following

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Insomnia/sleeplessness
  4. Persistent headache
  5. Light headedness, confusion, disorientation, drunken gait
  6. Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
  7. Slight swelling of hands and face
  8. Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity
  9. Reduced urine output

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours, the Only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to a lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3,000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

Equipment and Clothing in Trekking:
needed depends largly upon where , when and how one is trekking.The main emphasis while trekking on keeping warm and dry while still being light weight. For lower altitude, Fleece Jackets are adequate, while at higher altitude down jackets are advisable. Waterproof, windproof jacket and pants, well broken-in footwear, head covering are also recommended.Good sleeping bags, sunglasses,drinking water bottle, torchlight, Sun block cream,toiletries, First aid kit are other item necessary.
Trekkimg equpiments are also available in Kathmandu, Pokhara,Lukla and Namche Bazzar.

Health and Medicine in Trekking:
Medication shops are few in trekking routes. Therefore it is best to carry first aid kit and consult about the possible problem before hand. On the Everest Base camp route at pheriche and on the Annapurna circuit route at Manang, there are clinics operated be the himalayan rescue association that specialize in treating trekkers health problems.
We cover all aspects of nature from trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas to white water rafting, wildlife safari, leisure trips, cultural tours, air and overland tours to Tibet, bird-watching, eco-tours, educational tours, incentive tours, conference planning, etc. Our staff and naturalists are properly trained, full of knowledge and experience that they share with all our visitors.

Safety and Security:
Nepal is a safe country to trek provided the basic roules are observed. But However, one could get lost or hurt and have no one to ask for help when trekking alone.the best way to avoid is thorough planning, playing by the rules and human limitations. In acse of misfortune, detailed message should be dispatched to our office immediately for rescue.
Keeping belongings secure and within sight.
We will recommend you to buy travel insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue cost.
Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a thorough medical check up and innoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities, and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive First Aid Box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Various trekking guide books and the pamphlet published by the Himalayan Rescue Association gives you detailed information on a complete list of medical supplies or contact to Gorkha International Travels . These guide books are easily available in the book-shops of Kathmandu. In case of serious illness or injury, prompt evacuation to Kathmandu is the best remedy. Modern dentristry is unknown in the hills of Nepal, so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and at high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked.

Fitness:
All trekking demands a level of fitness that will enable one to put a good day’s walking, ascending and descending. Most treks should not be taken to gain more than 500 metres in one day above 3,000 meters. There should be plenty of time during the day to cover this distance, so the physical exertion though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. The best preparation for trekking is squash, swimming, jogging, tennis,cycling and long walks involving up and down hill. Good physical conditioning will probably help for the maximum enjoyment of the treks.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:
The best destination for the tourism activities throughout the year, however; there are four distinct trekking seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinctive attractions to offer. The seasons can be classified as follows:
Autumn (Sept. – Nov.)
Autumn is the best time to experience the trekking in the Himalayas, which offers an excellent weather and exhilarating mountain views and one can experience the the festival and culture of Nepal as the biggest festival of Nepal fall in this season, such as Dashain and Tihar (Deewali) which occur in October and November.
Winter (Dec. – Feb.)
Winter season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevation, generally below 3000 meters and it is good time for the having adventure activities such as mountain bike, Bungee Jumping, cycling tour, paragliding, river adventure and jungle Safari.
Spring (Mar. – May)
Different varieties of wild flowers, most exceptionally the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 3000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and at higher elevations over 4000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate. This season is the best time to have the mountain expedition, peak climbing, trekking and hiking in Nepal.
Summer (June – Aug.)
Summer season which represent the monsoon season in Nepal, as it rains almost every day during this season. So this season can be the best time for river adventure as the level of river in Nepal become higher. You also can have Agro tour as Nepalese farmer farm in their land in this period. This season also would be the best for those who are keen to know about the vegetation as a botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Note:- Beside these seasons one can discover this part of the world through Trekking, Rafting, Jungle Safari, wild life safari, Hiking, mountain expedition, peak climbing, mountain flight, Bungee Jumping, mountain bike and cycling tour Paragliding all over the year.

Getting Into Nepal:
Nepal are twelve major international airlines linking to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The Nepal Airlines (RA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.
There are twelve major international airlines linking to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The Royal Nepal Airlines (RNA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.
Since Nepal has India in three sides and China in the north, coming to Nepal by land requires one to pass through India or China. The entry points to Nepal from India are Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belhiya, Bhairawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Mahendra Nagar. The Kodari Pass in Nepal-China border is the entry point to Nepal from China. Tourists entering the kingdom by land must hold an international passport.
For getting around the country, there is an excellent domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. Nepal alternative Trekking will help you with all domestic air tickets booking and booking tourist coaches for you.

Communication Facilities (Postal Service):
Central Post Office located near Sundhara or Bhimsen Tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday. The counters are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provide stamps, postcards and aerograms. Post Restante is available Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.

Telephone Service:
Fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1.

Internet Service:
There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Kathmandu Valley and around the country. Tourists only need to find a place they are most comfortable with to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

Media:
Nepali media has developed rapidly within just a few years of time. Besides the government medias, Radio Nepal and Nepal Television, there are numerous FM and television networks, numerous FM radio stations and upcoming regional television stations are dominating the market. Major Nepali daily newspapers are Gorkhapatra and Kantipur, Nagarik, while the English dailies are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Himalaya Times, etc.

Travel Insurance:
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternativeTrekking. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of the NATE itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medial expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.
You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.