Visa Info Nepal
Every foreign national other than Indian citizens require a valid Visa for entry to Nepal. The visa procedure for Nepal is very easy. You can get one online – filling the form and following the step by step procedure @ Nepal Government Official Website. The alternative way to obtain one is after arrival at the airport. Please do see the checklist provided by the government website within – such as fees and number of photographs, etc.
You can also visit the Nepalese embassy in your country if available. *A multiple-entry tourist Visas for 15, 30 & 90 days are available for US $ 25, 40 & 100 respectively.
A valid passport and one recently taken passport size photograph. *Please note that credit card payments, Nepal (Rs) and Indian Currency (Ic) are not valid payment options. Only cash payment is accepted in the currency of the US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, Pound Sterling, and Swiss Franc.
You can renew your Visa at the Department of Immigration at Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
*Price and rules are subject to change as per the government rules and regulations.
Weather of Nepal
Nepal is known to have four distinct seasons and the Bay of Bengal is held responsible for weather conditions.
Spring (March to May):
Spring is the most preferable season for outdoor activities. The terrain is clearly visible with lush green surroundings. Clear skies, highly visible fog-free mountain views and a cool air blowing make a perfect trek experience.
Weather Rating: 5 Stars
Summer & Monsoon (June to August):
Summer and monsoons are simultaneous in Nepal. You can experience a hot day and warmer night in summer. Though the rainy season makes the whole terrain lush and green with a beautiful sight - it is quite hot and humid with frequent rains. Trekking is quite uncomfortable & difficult, thus not advisable. Mountains are hidden behind the clouds further reducing visibility. Trekking trails are muddy as well as infested with leeches.
Autumn (September to November):
The autumn starts its day with clear skies. Hardly any rain is witnessed in the entire autumn season. The aftermath of monsoon makes the surrounding green & mountains peaks are also highly visible. Wind conditions are also perfect.
Weather Rating: 5 Stars
Winters (December to February):
Winters are extremely cold at night, foggy mornings with a clear and pleasant afternoon. You may occasionally find snowfalls in the mountains areas with extremely cold temperatures at night. Tours can be experienced well but the trekking.
Weather in the Himalayas:
The Himalayas are known to have highly unpredictable and own set of weather conditions. Hence the climatic conditions might change in a distance of a few miles. The Himalayas experience the highest humidity during the summer months. Winters and spring may witness some of the occasional rainfall in the far horizon with thunderstorms and fog covering the mountains. You might expect occasional rain clouds and foggy weather conditions.
Days of spring and autumn are quite comfortable and evenings are cool. You only need a light jacket or a simple pullover. Winters's mornings are quite foggy with clear evenings. The day remains pleasant with clear skies and the fog also lifts as the day progresses. Nights are frosty in the months of January and February. The hottest month of the year is May, just before the onset of the rainfall.
Atm and Banking
Nepal is new to online banking and only major departmental stores allow the use of credit and debit cards for purchases. Online banking and payments is starting to grow. Atm is available in major cities. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and dedicated money exchange centers showing valid proof of identification.
Group size, leaders and crew members
Himalayan trekkers have many packages with fixed departures where number of travelers join for various activities. Normally the group size number for trekking and tour is maximum of 8 pax from different countries. If the number increases than group will be splitied accordingly.
For various activities, we have team of experts who will be leading you in your respective activities to provide lots of fun with knowledge.
- For small group/solo traveler; you will have certified guide for tour and trek with a porter for every couple of travelers.
- For medium/large group explorer: You will have certified guide with assistant guide for tours and trek where number of porters depend upon team need.
Visa for Bhutan
Like every country, a valid passport and a visa are required visiting Bhutan. Except for citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, one should obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan through a registered tour operator. Bhutan has a policy for limiting the number of tourists entering the country at any given time.
An entry permit of 7-14 days is valid for Paro and Thimpu. Other regions require special permits. Permits can also be extended upon request. Himalayan Trekkers can help you manage and get the Visa for all travelers.
Traveling in Bhutan is strictly controlled and to do any independent travel outside of a group tour is extremely difficult and will be quite expensive to organize. We provide a group visa for travelers to Bhutan. Travelers need to cover only those time periods as mentioned on their itinerary on the day of entrance and depart on the same day as their pre-issue flight scheduled. As the Bhutan government has a strict rule, it will be easy for travelers if they maintain their itinerary.
Currency & Banking Info
Some of the major city souvenir shops and hotels at Paro & Thimphu easily accept your credit cards. It will be easy for you if you will carry cash for your personal expenses. Bhutan’s unit of currency is called Ngultrum (Nu.). We would recommend you to carry bigger bills like (50 USD / 100 USD ). You could easily exchange your currency at different exchange houses at Paro airport and bank of Bhutan branches in major townships including Thimphu.
Finding ATMs will not be that easy. Be sure to carry enough cash to cover your purchases as you won’t be able to rely on ATM or credit card access.
For Indian citizens
Being an Indian nationality with Indian currency (INR) will be easy on use, with the equivalent exchange rate. And you can easily use Indian currency on most of the local markets and hotels for your purchase of any goods/services.
Some interesting facts of Bhutan
- It was an independently known country in 1974.
- Organized life says, no to traffic lights.
- Creating good fortune begins with their painting phalluses on their homes which is an amazing piece of art.
- Walking on the path revealed by the lord Buddha with Buddhism lessons to create lightness on their life.
- Protecting the environment for future passes through the blood from the higher generation to the upcoming life.
- The national sport of Bhutan is archery.
- Life begins with your smile so we change the gross national product to 'Gross National Happiness'.
Traveling includes collection of souvenirs and Bhutan is also famous for its amazing color combination of goods. Bhutanese textiles, gofur (handmade wooden bowl), wild mushrooms, dried red chili, ceremonial masks are some memories to take home. You can collect those on the local markets with price starting from USD 10 up and above.
Visa for Tibet
Like every country, a valid passport and a set of visas (china group visa with Tibet permit) are required for visiting Tibet either by air or via land. The visa rates depend on the nationality of travelers. Himalayan Trekkers will arrange the required visa and permit for any kind of Tibet tours and treks.
Weather & Climate of Tibet
The weather is not that tough as people may imagine. Temperatures in the mountains and highlands are particularly cold, and strong winds are common year-round, temperature ranging from 12 degrees below Celsius to 9 degrees above Celsius. Lhasa and chief Tibet have an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius in December and a normal of 17 degrees Celsius in June. On a sunny day, the temperature can rise from 3 degrees Celsius earlier sunrise to 27 degrees Celsius by midday. The temperatures in Tibet frequently drop as the sun goes down.
April to November is considered the best time to travel to these areas like Central Tibet, including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tsedang, though July and August can be showery. October and November offer some superbly clear weather and daytime temperatures can be quite comfortable. Winter starts with December to February, but the low altitude gorges of Tibet (around Lhasa, Shigatse, and Tsedang) offers a snowfall.
Weather in Shigatse; with the yearly average sunshine time adding up to 3,300 hours, Shigatse weather is mild and sunny. It becomes windy and dry from October to next April.
Nagqu Weather in Tibet; average altitude of 4,500 meters above the sea level, Northern Tibet Grassland is typical sub-Frigid Zone weather with chilly, arid, lack of heat and oxygen.
Lhoka Tibet Weather; Dishonest in the Southern Tibet Valley, Shanna has a typical temperate arid climate. The annual sunshine duration amounts to more than 2,600 hours.
Linzhi Tibet Weather; Known as “Tibetan Jiangnan” and “the Switzerland of Tibet” weather in Nyingchi is completely different from other regions. Thanks to its lower elevation, Nyingchi has higher oxygen content, abundant rainfall, plenty of sunshine as well as the slighter temperature difference between day and night.
Lhasa/Tsedang: The climate and tourism amenities in these cities are quite decent, so you can visit as per your wish for those amazing experiences.
Shigatse /Gyrong/Nepal & China Border: It's not trending to travel from December to January due to heavy snows all around.
Mt. Everest Region: October to April, travelers are not directed to visit this part because of the low temperatures.
Mt. Kailash Region: You can adore the sensation of this area from May to September, excluding August where there may occur some landslides.
Mount Kailash Weather
The climate in the Mount Kailash region in the western curve of Tibet is not that easy to predict, it changes swiftly. No one is confident about those changing weather, one can see the pyramid-like peaks of Mount Kailash, the next day. The weather that we sorted out from the National Weather Bureau and from our first-hand experience are some of the main statistics for this reason. Mount Kailash Trekking, the area outside Darchen of trekking trails into mountains could be colder, particularly in the early morning and night.
Some travel tips based on Mount Kailash Weather:
1. The best flavor to visit the Mount Kailash is from mid-May to mid-October, however the precipitation in July and August are higher than in other months, yet, and it’s still very low related to a real “rainy season”.
2. April to October, warm outfits are always guided because of snowy weather, when trekking over the arduous Drolma-la Pass at the elevation of 5680 meters.
3. The perfect season for your visit Kailash will be from mid-May to June and September to mid-October if you still worry about the literal “rainy season” problem in July and August.
4. We will not recommend visiting this region from the 3rd week of October till the start of April.
East Tibet: Sidestep this area in the midwinter and in July and August due to heavy snows and occasional landslides.
North Tibet: Being an elevation at 4,500 meters above sea level, this region is best-loved during the warmer summer.
What to Carry?
Truly, it will not be that important to pack a large backpack to Tibet unless you try to get more remote areas. Essential things are easily be found on the market of Lhasa. Packing the minimum, thus you can enjoy entirely your trip without extra burden are some of the important this be considered for your travel.
It is necessary to carry waterproof clothing and raingear meanwhile frequent rainfalls happen during the crowning tourism season of Tibet. A down coat and raincoat, 4-5 pairs of cotton or woolen underwear, 4-5 pairs of woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts are must for traveling to remote areas and in case the temperature varies extremely within a single day.
Also, you are highly recommended to wear casual shoes, such as walking shoes, hiking boots or comfortable sneakers as per your comfort.
Banking and Currency
Renminbi (RMB or CNY) is the official currency since there are few banking facilities (ATMs) in remote areas of Tibet, you are strongly recommended to take an adequate amount.
Souvenirs & Shopping
Rambling around Barkhor Street, your eyes will be amazed by the numerous kinds of handicrafts available such as ornaments, knives, tangka (A Tibetan religious painting on fabric, typically portraying the Buddha or lamas in stereotyped aspects) tapestries, religious musical instruments, gold and silverware, and masks.
There are many old replicas presented which are created in great numbers, but you can also find real treasures--precious natural gems, valuable porcelain ware, excavated ancient coins and relics from temples. Yak horns and the skulls of wild takin are very standard among tourists.
Note: Medicinal herbs such as saffron, aweto, and snow lotus are some types of tourists who tend to buy for their betterment.
Visa For India
All foreign nationals requires a valid passport and a Visa to enter the country. The nearest Indian embassy in your country can avail more information on Visa. The length of the Visa depends on your nationality and price varies between countries.
Himalayan Trekkers can also help you assist to get Visa for India on request. The following link can help get you process your visa online.
Best Time To Visit India
The appropriate time to travel India is upon your wish and where you prefer to visit and what you wish to do because being one of the largest boundaries, India offers varied physical and geographical segments. November to March (winter season) the southern parts are the best to visit because the temperature is gentle and discovering the National Parks is the appropriate choice.
Likewise, the temperatures in winter will be unpleasant, but you can enjoy bird watching because the nomadic species can find it at this period. April to June (summer season) the temperature of the south is calm and this is a perfect period for holiday on the beach or also for the cultural trips. Equally, in northern part summer weather is faultless to see the panoramic Himalayan Range.
ATM & Currency Exchange
Currency code for Indian rupee is 'INR'. You can use US Dollars, Euros, and Pounds in India in most of the popular cities but is much easier if you exchange your to local currency. There are numerous money exchanges in the towns, airports, malls as well as Hotels.
Credit card are in most of the city areas as India is well developed and large in size. Traveling to ruler areas, we suggest that you carry Indian currency as per your needs and desire.
You can find many International networks ATM in small cities and big metropolises where you can use those services for issuing the required transactions.
Family Trip to India
India is a popular destination for the family travelers because it's incredible on its own for the varied landscape where you can enjoy with your family in Beach, National Parks, Wildlife adventures, children's park, Fun Park and many more, Yes India is big. For youngsters who love to have adventurous activities, they can adore in many outdoor actions like trekking, camel safari, and many more interesting activities.
Electrical Appliances & Internet
Mostly, 230 -240 Volts electricity is supply in India with three round or flat pin plugs for charging purposes. Most travelers need an adaptor to charge their gadgets. If you love traveling and plan to explore a lot in the coming days then it will be best to buy a combination of plug adapter to charge your daily needs easily.
You can use free Wi-Fi in many places like hotels rooms, restaurants and shopping malls. As you are traveling and walking around then you can also use a 4G network with simple effort, by issuing the local SIM cards.
What types of accommodation we get ?
Most destinations have homestays, local guesthouse, commercial hotels or lodges with common standard rooms. Some places have attached bathrooms. A single supplement room is also available for an extra few bucks.
What kinds of food are available in the Himalayas?
Some places might have western food available but most of them have local Nepali food. Daal (Lentils) and Rice, seasonal vegetables with pickles (spicy and non-spicy add-ons) are common everywhere.
Is good and drinkable water available?
Spring Water is a common means of cooking and drinking. We recommend you to carry chlorine tablets to purify the water and suggest drinking boiled water wherever possible. Bottled mineral water is also available in small shops.
How long have you been in business?
Our company was initiated in 2008 and then later the company was founded in 2009. We have been in the tourism industry and have been serving the beautiful people of the globe for more than two decades. As of December 2019, the company name Adventure Mission Nepal was updated to PristineHimalayan Trekkers Pvt. Ltd.
Why should I book with Himalayan Trekkers?
Himalayan Trekkers is a fully licensed company operating under Nepal Government and Nepal Tourism board. We do cares about your needs and wants and our customer service is 24/7. We just don’t view our clients as clients but also a member of our Himalayan Trekkers family.
We always value your precious time and money. Our expert teams of professional guides have abundant knowledge (historical and geographical) of the wilderness as well as remote region and lead your journey to be relaxing and rewarding the way you imagined. Satisfaction and safery of our clients is our primary goal. Our legal documents section shows our validity.
How well trained are your guides ?
All of our guides are High Altitude AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and first aid certified. They are experienced personalities with more than a decade in the field of the tourism industry and foremost love what they have been doing. With decades of experience in this field, they have vast knowledge and skill set required for any kind of trek and tours.
They are also registered in the tourism board & trekking association herein.
What is the best time for trek/tour in the Himalayas?
Tours can be done overall all year round whereas Treks are best relished in fall and spring. i.e. March-May and September to late November. But since every location falls on diffrent altitudes, we have thrown insights of best season on individual package.
Before Starting Your Trip
Traveling to a foreign location is not as easy as it may sound as if you are not well prepared. For the best experience, Himalayan Trekkers have some guidelines in order to have a smooth and comfortable trip for your upcoming days. Please go through them carefully before planning your adventure trip with us:
- Do register at your embassy before starting your adventure.
- Check-in with your doctor for health issues.
- A travel insurance coverage up to an altitude of 6000m is a must.
- You accept our TERMs and Conditions
- Collect all the information about climate, weather & best traveling seasons.
- Please go through information about Safety Guidelines.
- Have information about the scheduled trip itinerary including your meals and accommodation.
- Go through the luggage policy and gears required for your trip.
- Gather enough information about the country.
Nepal uses Western European standard 220VAC 50Hz for all its appliances. Most of the phone chargers, laptop chargers, and camera battery charger works well as they have a voltage rating of 120 to 240 V. If in case any of your gadgets is 120 V or 110 V - you can simply buy a step-down transformer (Converts source of 220 V to 110/120 V) from amazon or eBay. Please make sure to consider the watt of the appliance and tally with the transformer to avoid malfunction.
You can also easily purchase step up and step down transformer in electric shops in Kathmandu if you don't want to carry it from your hometown. If your appliance has a flat prong, you can also buy a converter to change it to round one which is a very common electric socket in Nepal.
Vaccinations & Travel insurance
We advise travelers to visit a good physician who could recommend the proper vaccination and other medication before starting your trip. Some travelers do take and some don’t vaccinations.
It is a best idea to have a good insurance policy while you are on your leisure to experience the adventure in Nepal. All tours and treks from Himalayan trekkers should have a mandatory insurance policy. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers every kind of refunds and charges for critical and emergencies situation if it occurs.
Safety & Security
Nepal is a very safe destination for every kind of travelers. You are in safe hands with Himalayan trekkers for any activities in this beautiful country. You can enjoy your holiday without any stress as your logistics will be safely handled with our trek leaders and guide.
Altitude sickness & Acclimatization
Altitude sickness simply means being ill or feeling discomfort as you move towards the higher altitudes. While trekking to the higher altitude, moving with high speed could bring the symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
Feeling difficulty in breathing, irregular heartbeat, headache, vomiting are the usual symptoms. To overcome it, proper acclimatization, well-hydrated body with good food & comfortable sleep is necessary. Your trekking guide will have a first aid kit to cure it too.
Acclimatization simply means a suitable interval to maintain the body with respect to the surrounding environment. Acclimatization is a must for trekkers and climbers.
Equipment & Packing list
Equipment & Packing list:
Only necessary equipment must be packed according to the season, as your luggage shouldn't be heavier than 20 kg. If you are here to enjoy trekking than be sure that you have good equipment in your trekking bag with a good day pack too. With all the essential documents, be sure that you have all the following equipment for your adventurous journey in Nepal.
Valid passport, 2 passport size photos, and airline ticket. Travel insurance document, visa of Nepal (can be obtained in Kathmandu after arrival).
Head, Hand and Upper Body:
- Sun hat or scarf.
- Sunglass with UV protection.
- Warm hat.
- Warm gloves.
- Pullovers and waterproof jackets.
- Thermal tops.
- Lower Body and Feet:
- Hiking shorts and trousers.
- Thermal bottoms.
- woolen pants/trousers.
- Hiking/trekking boats.
- comfortable shoes.
- Pair of cotton and woolen socks.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking bag with a day pack.
- Suncream and lip balm.
- Headlamp and spare batteries.
- Electronic gadgets with a good charger (power bank).
- Guidebook, map with a notebook and pen.
- Hiking poles.
- Personal first aid kit.
Especially in the summer seasons, we direct you to carry light clothes like light shorts, trousers and cotton tops as per your comfort. If you are planning to explore the National parks or the Jungle areas then we recommend carrying some long-sleeved clothes.
Similarly, in cold time temperatures falls down severely, so we advise you to carry warm clothes as its cold outside. You should keep in mind that while visiting the religious spots you need to wear a formal and long dress, carrying long skirts and pants will be familiar.
Temples or Place of Religous Significance
Some of the sites have great religious values and restrictions apply on clothing. But as a general rule of thumb is - cover all of you body parts.
Also, shoes and leather items need to be kept outside the entrance before entering the monasteries and temples. Our guide will instruct you proper about these pacles. Also, most of the relegious places have photo restriction.
What is a homestay ?
In Homestay – travelers will be accommodated with local people or community lodges. Accommodating a homestay trek will grant opportunities for travelers to know the lifestyle, culture of ethnic people, spend time with them as well as trek, hike to prisitne locations and be one on one with nature.
How do I know if I am fit for the trek or tour ?
Any one with sound mental health and physically fit does qualify. If you are planning – we recommend you to do some physical fitness program like small hiking, walking or running every day. Also, please make a full body checkup with your doctor before your venture.
I already have trekking poles and a down jacket. Can I bring them?
Please be very free to bring all the gears you have required for the trek if you are comfortable bringing it. As airlines also have a limitation on the weight of the baggage – we suggest you do your math and proceed.
What type of shoes do I need?
Warm, waterproof, non-slippery, & comfortable trekking shoes are highly recommended for the trek whereas any shoes of your choice go well in the cities.
Choosing shoes also has to do with the type of activities that you are going to be envolved in depending upon the altitude and destination. Peak climbing and mountain expedition requires crampons (a traction device).
Can I buy or rent gears while trekking?
Big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of trekking stores where you can buy any type of gears. There are also dedicated stores in Kathmandu and Pokhara which only rent gears required for trekking in a very reasonable price.
What should be the weight of a backpack?
Your backpack should only have your necessary gears and your important documents. Eg camera, battery, identification cards, passport, permits, cell phone charger, cash, credit cards. If you feel you need something that comes handy while trekking – please feel free to grab it!
What’s next after Arrival?
A warm welcome from our company and then transfer you straight to the hotel. After freshening up and if the time permits – you may explore the surrounding areas of Thamel and enjoy the hospitality of Nepalese people. We also have an arrangement of either welcome or farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program. If you arrive early, we may go for dinner in the same day otherwise later.
What is the usual time for starting the trek?
Our usual trek starting time is early in the morning after breakfast. Some locations for sunrise viewing requires you to wake up very early. Our trek leader will always brief you about your program of the next day so that you can act accordingly.
Is there any extra cost besides the quoted trek price?
Not at all. Meals, accommodation and transportation while on the trek are all-inclusive. Alcoholic beverages, extra meals on the treks, hiring private vehicles, buying or renting gears and personal expenses are obviously on your own.
How many crew members provided for the trek?
It all depends on the group size. A porter for a couple of people and a guide for a group size of 6 is the standard rule of Himalayan Trekkers. A larger group is split in two unless you don’t want to.
Can we extend the trek if we want?
Yes, of course – you can extend days of trekking, discussing with your team leader and as well as do site trips such as hiking, rafting, jungle safari, mountain flight and much more.
What types of payment do you accept?
Bank wire transfer, PayPal, credit cards, western union, and cash payments are our gateway of making payments.
Can I book flights with you?
We don’t specialize in ticketing and flight bookings are only done internally i.e only on our programs. We do arrange domestic flights within Nepal with our partner companies for your trek and tours. International flights to Bhutan, Tibet & India are also taken care of if you tour with us.
Are there lots of optional excursions, will there be extra cost ?
Price quoted on the itinerary includes sightseeing, tour and trek. There is no extra charge or any hidden fees unless previously mentioned. All the information about price, includes and excludes, accommodation, meals, drive are mentioned in detailed in the trip itinerary.
Do you arrange Travel Insurance?
We do not arrange any travel insurance. However, travel insurance is a mandatory for any travel tours and treks with Himalayan Trekkers. We can suggest you travel insurance companies if you will.
What if I need more information about the tour?
The tour detail is thoroughly described in the package page but if you feel we have missed something or you need more information, please feel very free to email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Will my cell phone network work in another country?
Please do activate international roaming service to use your cell phone internationally by contacting your service provider. Your phone will work well in city but it’s hard to tell on the isolated regions lacking network. However, we suggest you to carry a local sim card within the country so you don’t have to pay extra roaming charge.
Can I expect comfort in my tour or trek?
This is a very good question. Tours are generally comfortable as not much of walking is required. You just freely roam around monasteries, temples, heritage sites, and other place of interest. You also travel from point A to B on a private vehicle, tourist bus, or take a flight depending of the tour.
On the other hand, treks are bit of hard as compared to tours as you have to trek around 5-6 or sometimes 7-8 hours in a day. But this totally depends upon the trip grade as well as your physical fitness and how accustomed you are to walking. Having said that, we Himalayan Trekkers will try our best to make your trek comfortable wherever possible.
Will I get internet in remote region?
Remote regions have very limited Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Some of the regions of Everest and Annapurna have communication towers so data plan from Nepal Telecom can be obtained for internet. In a very isolated or high altitude mountainous region - there might not be internet facilities.
Is there a single booking supplement?
Yes. Single supplements are available easily in major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, etc but for high altitude remote areas we can only confirm after you enquire. Single supplements will slightly increase the cost of the trip and is not included in the quoted price.
What are the recommended ages?
Under a presence of a guardian of 21 years above, a minimum age of 12 year old can join a tour. For a trek, - it’s not recommended for minors to join.
Are there laundry facilities while we are on a trip?
Yes they are available in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Can I leave feedback at the end of the trek?
Your feedback either negative or positive is what keeps us motivated moving forward. So we suggest you to give us your valuable comments.