Essential Info Before Heading For Nepal


By Himalayan Windows | Aug 25, 2020

Before you book your trip with any of the companies, make sure that you have booked with a reliable tour company. Know everything about the company, check the reputation on different social platforms such as Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and any other reputable social sites to know about the company before you book and confirm your holiday package.

Pokhara Valley, Lake and Annapurna Massif as seen from the World Peace Stupa

The Trip

Some people think about touring in Nepal is all sweat and hard work with no fun. But, this is for the truth. The itinerary is prepared to make the most of your time and the trip begins with breakfast from your hotel, when your guide explains about your day like where you are going, and so on. Generally, your day tour concludes around late afternoon and evenings are generally free for shopping and exploring on your own. Depending on your tip, the meals will be served either in your hotel or outside at the restaurant. It is always wise to know the facts of Nepal, festivals in Nepal before heading for a visit to have a better understanding of the country.

 


Planning to trek in Nepal? Check-out the essential trekking information that you should know before the trek.


Entry and Exit Point in Nepal

Here is the list of entry/exit points in Nepal from India and Tibet, China; also you can get a visa on arrival at these locations (Some  countries can  not get visa-on-arrival, check the official website below)

Eastern Nepal (From India): Kakarvitta, Nepal
Central Nepal (From India): Birjung, Parsa
Western Nepal (From India): Belahia, Bhairahawa
Mid Western Nepal (From India): Jamunaha, Nepalgunj
Western Nepal (From India): (Kailali) Mohana, Dhangadi
Western Nepal (From India): Gadda Chauko, Mahendranagar

North-West Border (From Tibet, China): Hilsa Border (Especially for Kailash Mansarovar Yatris)

Northern Nepal (From Tibet, China): Kodari, Sindupalchok (Closed after 2015 earthquake)-  Kerung Border is Open Now

 

Nepal Visa and Arrival Information

All the foreigners; Except Indian citizens, need Nepalese Visa to enter Nepal. Nepal Visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy or consulate near your home town or country if you meet some necessary requirements. It can also be obtained On-Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) but we suggest you first check with your nearby consulate whether you are eligible for getting on arrival visa or not. Please check our Nepal Immigration Regulations online to know as many of the citizens from several countries can get visa on arrival at every border immigration. Basically, you will get multiple entry visas if you are planning to visit Third Country and back to Nepal and this can be helpful you are planning to book Cross Country tour across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Visa Fee Valid till now (Updated in 2019, Subject to change)

US$ 30 for 15 Days,
US$ 50 for 30 Days and
US$ 125 for 100 Days

– Need more information about Nepal Tourist Visa? Check-out the official website of Nepal Immigration.

 

Info after Arrival at TIA

Before you land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), make sure that you have sent your flight details and get the details (name and number) of the person who is coming to pick you up at the airport. In order to avoid any hassles, you may buy a local SIM card at the counter of Nepal Telecom or Ncell inside the terminal so that you can directly call to the person who is coming for pick up. If you have no intention of buying a SIM card; no worries, your representative will be coming with a Pla-Card mentioning either your name or HimalayanWindows. And make sure that no one is coming from the hotel to pick you up (if you have booked a hotel yourself) as some of the hotels have such services.

 

Money and SIM card in Nepal

It is better to bring some cash in hand in major currencies such and US Dollars, Euros, Pound. You can exchange your money into Nepalese currencies at any money exchange around your location. However, most of the restaurant and shopping centers accept Credit cards (Master/Visa) or you can get money withdrawn from ATMs nearby your place. However, it is suggested to bring some cash before you start your day.

As we explained earlier, you can buy a SIM card upon your arrival inside the terminal and you can withdraw some Nepalese currency from the ATM very close to the Arrival terminal. Or take the help of your guide who comes to pick you up.

 

Passport!

A passport is a MUST for entry to almost any country in the world; no one can enter any country without a valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of your visa application. If your passport is valid less than 6 months and only a few pages remaining, you’d better apply for the new passport before you set off. Keep in mind that your visa, entry, or exit stamps can be larger and can cover your complete page. If you have to apply for the new passport, be sure you apply for this in advance of your travel plan. If your travel agent wants a copy for the permit or other documentation, you can send a passport copy but let them know that you will be renewing your passport before you set-off. And do not forget to bring a copy of your previous passport along with your new one while traveling if incase your agent has used your old passport details for permits and visas.

Make a copy of the Passport

It is highly recommended that you make a note of your passport or bring a photocopy of the passport along with the original one and keep it separately. Now, it would be even better you take a snap and save on your drive or smartphone. If you happen to lose your passport, it is easier to report with a copy to the concerned body.

Passport Sized Photograph

It is suggested to bring some copies of passport-sized photographs (at least 5-6 copies), two copies are needed for the Nepalese visa, and some need for permits and TIMS. So that it is wise to bring some copies of Photographs while traveling.

 

What to Carry

You can put your baggage that you have packed on the bus or carrier will take it to the destination. For sightseeing, you can carry your day bag keeping your essential items for daily use such as a Camera, Money, Credit card, Passport, and your smartphone. And your tour guide will inform you earlier if there is anything to carry particularly that you need to bring.

 

Food

Usually, for the cultural tour programs, Breakfast is included as hotels are booked generally. Therefore, you are free to have either Lunch or Dinner wherever you like and there is plenty of restaurants to have meals. However, it depends on the package you take on the tour.

 

Accommodation

The hotel accommodation we provide is twin sharing basis unless there is any special requirement from the clients. Generally, hotels provide twin or double sharing rooms and you will need to inform us earlier if you have any special requirements such as a single room and etc. This may not apply while trekking in Nepal due to basic infrastructures in the mountains.

 

Transportation

We use private vehicles for cultural and historical sightseeing such as Cars, Jeeps, Land Cruisers, Mini Buses, Coaches and etc depending upon group size. Generally, the driving limit in the mountainous region in Nepal is 50mk/hr because of winding mountain roads.

 

Tour Guides

In every tour, you will be touring with a Guide and Driver, if the group is running by bus or if the group size is big, the transport-helper will accompany the tour as well. The Guide will be the person who is in charge of the group and you should consult with any problems, questions, suggestions and etc. We allocate guides who are licensed by the Tourism Board and have a good level of English and information about cultural and heritage sites. We guarantee that the guides allocated by HimalayanWindows have good knowledge of history, proper background info about historical sites, and other touristic places.

 

Tipping

Tips are not included in the tour cost and every staff involved in the trip is paid by the company. However, Tipping is a voluntary and personal matter and you can tip them if you like their services. Usually, the staffs who will be working for you expect some tips and you can give them some tips directly to him/her at the end of the trip. Tipping does not have any limitation and you can give as much as you can if s/he will make you happy but not mandatory.

 

Travel Insurance

Insurance is not provided on any trip to the guest and it is important that you take out complete travel insurance before your trip. The insurance policy must cover personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and etc. And, we also recommend that the insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects.

 

Health

Nepal does not have any specific health requirements for entering Nepal. However, it is suggested to consult with your doctor before you initiate your trip to Nepal. Please keep up-to-date information about vaccinations, medications for any logically predictable illness while traveling in Nepal. Be informed that some drugs, or any anti-malaria that have side effects at altitude.

 

Packing before your Trip

The Medium-Sized Day pack is recommended to bring to carry things you will need during the day tour. Here is the list of other essential things to be packed before you start your trip.

  • Rain Jacket or Poncho bag
  • Water bottle (Min. one litter)
  • Walking or hiking boots – Waterproof and lightweight
  • Socks: Thick wool/blend, think cotton, and make sure boots fit such a combination
  • Running shoes and sandals or morning and evening wear
  • Wool Sweater – Lightweight
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Shirt – Long sleeved
  • Long trousers /Pants
  • Hats, Gloves, Scarf, Underwear, Thermal Underwear
  • Sunglass, Sun Cream, Bag Liners, Money Belt, Toiletries, Towel, Torch or flashlight, headlamp, Lighter
  • First Aid Kit

 

Indian Citizens

Indian Citizens do not require a visa to enter Nepal, however, it is recommended to bring your original passport. Since October 1st, 2000, Indian Citizens traveling to Nepal by air have to show Passport or Voter’s Identity card upon their arrival. Children under 10 years do not need to show any identity card but it is recommended to bring any identity cards if available.

 

Car Rental Service

If you need a Car Rental Service upon your arrival in Kathmandu rather than buying a package, email us at info@himalayan-windows.com.


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