Nepal is a land of thrilling adventures, incredible natural beauty and brilliant cultural diversity. The geography of Nepal is extremely varied, making it the first choice for exciting adventure trips. Nepal is the land of the Buddha and Hindu deities. It is home to the highest mountain on Earth, Mt. Everest, and the fabled abominable snowman, the Yeti is still believed to roam the snowy Himalayan peaks. Nepal offers the most spectacular trekking routes on the planet. Besides exciting tours and treks, Nepal is known for mountaineering, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, ballooning, paragliding, jungle safaris, bird watching and exotic high altitude flora and fauna. This small Himalayan nation offers something for everyone. Its natural landscapes, diverse ethnic groups, high altitude scenery and snow capped Himalayan peaks will ensure your trip is a trip of a lifetime.
When to Travel
Cultural tours of Kathmandu can be scheduled any time of the year. The best seasons for trekking in the mountains are in the fall (September to November) and spring (March to May). Skies are clear December through February and trekking is possible; however, temperatures at high attitudes can be very cold, especially at night. June through August and into September is when the annual monsoon rains visit and leave the cities, villages and mountain trails muddy and wet.
Visas are required to enter Nepal. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu Airport. You will need 2 passport photos and this amount in cash:
Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100
Food and Water Safety
Drinking water from the tap should be avoided. Hotels and lodges often provide safe drinking water in a thermos in the guest rooms. Bottled water is available in every hotel and at many shops. If you are travelling in rural areas you should carry iodine tablets with you. Water treated with iodine tablets will give you absolute protection from viruses, bacteria and parasites. You can purchase iodine at most camping and outdoor stores and also at shops in Kathmandu.
Along with its own ethnic diversity, Nepal has also acquired a culture of international food. Along with Nepali food, the restaurants here serve a variety of dishes from India, China, Tibet, Japan, Italy, Australia, Russia, Korea, Mexico and America at reasonable prices. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which is rice, lentil soup and a variety of curried vegetables. Thamel, the tourist center of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafes and pubs. Several bars serve cocktails and local beverages with DJs and local bands playing the latest popular music. Pokhara, to the west of Kathmandu, is the second most popular tourist destination. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of food. Remember, to be safe, stick to food that is either cooked, peeled or boiled.
The electric outlets in Nepal deliver electricity at 220 Volts/50 cycles. However, due to unusual circumstances in Nepal there may be significant fluctuations in electric supply, leading to hours and hours each day withtout electricity. Most hotels have generators to deal with this electrical crisis. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adapters with you while travelling in Nepal. Voltage converters and plug adapters are also available at shops in Nepal.
Immunizations/Vaccinations for Nepal
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we recommend you consult your doctor and a travel clinic at least 2 months prior to your trip. If you choose to trek or climb, altitude related illness such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a major concern. There are many hospitals and private clinics in Nepal. Before travelling, it is best to have a complete medical check and physical exam. You should carry a personal medical kit with you to be safe. Stay fit and healthy so you can make the most of your journey.