Nepal FAQ

1) WHERE IS NEPAL?
Nepal is, landlocked South Asian, located between India and china. Nepal is indelibly spiritual, architectural glorious and incredibly natural country. Kathmandu is capital city of Nepal facilitated with many hotels, lodges, restaurants, travel agencies, transportation, banks, ATMs and money exchanges where you can relax and prepared and plan for you further journey.

2) WHAT IS NEPAL KNOW FOR?
Nepal is home of world highest mountain, Mt. Everest and land of world eight highest mountains among the world 14 highest eight thousand meters mountains. It is the birth place of Lord Buddha from where Buddhism spread. Nepal is popular destination for discerning travelers because of it rich cultural attraction and national resources and diverse land topography. It is popular for trekking, peak climbing, hiking and various cultural tours.

3) HOW SAFE IS NEPAL?
Nepal is safe for traveler. The streets are safe to walk alone in morning to late evening till the shops are open. However, it is risky for trekkers to trek alone. They are advised to be accompanied by the guide from registered travel agency. It is safe not display cash and valuable items in public place.

4) HOW DO I GET TO NEPAL?
Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only International airport in Nepal. Nepal Airlines and other international airlines connect Kathmandu with major cities around the world. Alternatively, you can travel to Nepal via India and China by land.

5) WHAT ARE THE AIR ACCESSES TO NEPAL?
Nepal Airlines has flights operating to/from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Other International Airlines are operating from/to Kathmandu are:

  • Air Arabia (Sharjah),
  • Air China (Lhasa, Chengdu),
  • ArkeFly (Amsterdam),
  • Bahrain Air (Bahrain),
  • Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka),
  • Buddha Air (Paro, Lucknow),
  • China Eastern Airlines (Kunming),
  • China Southern Airlines (Guanzhou),
  • Dragon Air (Hong Kong),
  • Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), 
  • Flydubai (Dubai),
  • GMG Airlines (Dhaka),
  • Gulf Air (Bahrain),  
  • Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkata,Varanasi),
  • Indigo Airlines (Karachi, Islamabad),  
  • Qatar Airways (Doha),
  • Silk Air (Singapore),
  • Spicejet (Delhi),
  • Thai Airways (Bangkok),
  • Turkish Airways (Istambul) and
  • United Airways (Dhaka).


6) WHAT ARE THE ENTRY POINTS WHILE COMING BY LAND?
All visitors coming to Nepal by land can enter thorough entry points on India-Nepal and Tibet-China Border.

India:

  • Pani Tanki/Kakarbhitta
  • Raxual/ Birgunj
  • Sunauli/Belahiya
  • Rupaidiya/Nepalgunj
  • Mohana/Dhangadi
  • Banbasa/Mahendranagar, Gaddachauki

Tibet/China:

  • Khasa, Liping/ Tatopani


7) HOW DO I GET TO MY DESTINATION FROM THE AIRPORT?
There are many taxis, travel agents and hoteliers waiting outside the airport terminal offering various information and services. You can also organize airport pick facilities from your travel agent while booking holiday to Nepal.

8) DO I HAVE TO PAY AIRPORT TAX IN NEPAL?
Yes, airport tax is already included in your ticket. But on domestic routes during your tour, a separate air tax of Rs. 200 is charged before boarding.

9) DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER NEPAL?
All foreign nationals, except India, need visa to enter Nepal. Multiple entry visas for 15 days cost US$25, 30 days (US$40) and 90 days (US$100) which can be obtained from a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country. You can also get visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or at the Immigration Office at the entry points of Nepal. Tourist visas can be extended from a period of 120 days at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
However, tourist from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal. They need to obtain visas from Nepalese embassies in their respective countries prior to their arrival in Nepal.
Free Visa for 30 days is available for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, a visa fee is required for its extension beyond the 30 days.

10) WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE I NEED TO GET VISA?
A valid passport and one passport size photo with a light background.
Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US dollar, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, Hong-Kong dollar, Singapore dollar and Japanese Yen.
Credit card, Indian currency or Nepalese currency is not accepted for payment of Visa fee.

11) WHAT TYPE OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE CAN BE FOUND IN NEPAL?
Nepal’s climate varies with its topography depending upon altitude. The tropical southern terai region has hot and humid climate. The mid-land regions are pleasant almost all year although winter mornings and nights are cold. The northern mountain region has alpine climate with lower temperature and thin air in winter.
Nepal has four climate seasons:

  • Spring: March-May
  • Summer: June-August
  • Autumn: September- November
  • Winter: December-February


12) WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO NEPAL?
The spring and autumn season are best time to book holiday in Nepal as it tend to be fairly dry and pleasant conditions for sightseeing.

13) WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING WILL I NEED?
Light, loose garments are recommended for spring and summer season while warm clothing like woolen sweater and jackets are required for winter season.

14) WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF NEPAL?
The Nepalese currency is called as Rupee. There are notes of value Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 and coins of value 1, 2, and 5 rupee.

15) WHERE CAN I CHANGE MY CURRENCY?
You can exchange your currency in authorized banks and hotels and licensed money exchangers. The exchange rates of different currencies can be found in Nepalese newspaper and exchange rates vary in daily basis.
In order to exchange surplus rupees at the time of your departure, please retain your receipts.

16) ARE THERE ATMS IN NEPAL?
There are ATMs machine in Nepal but only in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other big cities. AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA AND MASTERCARD are accepted.

17) ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED IN NEPAL?
Most of hotels, restaurant and shops accept AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA AND MASTERCARD. You may have to pay some service premiums. Please contact your banks for credit card services information.

18) HOW DO I GET ACCESS TO MORE FUND, IF I RUN OUT OF MONEY?
You can draw money from your AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA AND MASTERCARD from banks. You can also have money wired directly to Kathmandu through any major bank within two to three working days.
Let us remind you that Nepal is not very expensive country for holiday.

19) WHAT VACCINATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED BEFORE VISITING NEPAL?
Although specific immunization is not required to enter Nepal, it is however important to take precautions against diseases like malaria, hepatitis, meningitis and Japanese encephalitis by following proper health and hygiene practice. Use only bottled mineral water or boiled and filtered water to drink and protect yourself from mosquitoes bites.

20) WHERE DO I GO TO SEE DOCTOR?
There are well-equipped hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers and private clinics with well-educated and experienced doctors in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other cities. Your travel agent and hotel will provide good advice on the matter.

21) ARE THERE CLINICS TO TREAT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS) ON TREKKING ROUTES?
The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), a non-profit organization that works to prevent casualties from AMS, operates a permanent aid post in Manang which is managed by volunteer doctors from HRA. It also operates a small aid post in the Khumbu village of Pheriche at 4,280m during the trekking season by volunteer doctors. HRA, also operates a camp at Everest Base Camp during the mountaineering season.
For more information, Contact: 01-4440293

22) DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. The medical treatment and rescue services during your trip can be expensive. Thus, travel insurance can be helpful to cover emergencies if you fall sick or meet with an accident while trekking, hiking etc. The insurance covering emergency ambulance and helicopter rescue including medical experience are best.

23) WHAT IS THE COUNTRY CODE?
The country code for Nepal is 977. The area code for Kathmandu is 01, Pokhara is 061, Chitwan is 056 and Lumbini is 071.

24) WHAT IS THE TIME DIFFERENCE IN NEPAL?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

25) HOW DO I TRAVEL AROUND THE CITIES AND OTHER DESTINATION?
There are metered taxis, private cars, tourist buses, micro buses and rickshaws that will take you to your destination safely but unfortunately there is no train in Nepal. There are domestic airports in most of tourist destination so you can use plane to travel around.

26) HOW ARE COMMUNICATION FACILITIES IN NEPAL?
The telephone and mobile coverage is wide in Nepal. Internet facilities are available in hotels and cyber cafes in major cities and tourism areas.

27) ELECTRICITY VOLTAGE IN NEPAL
Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. A voltage converter is needed for a device that does not accept 230 volts at 50MHz. Sockets in Nepal accept only round three or two pins. So if your electrical device uses flat pins, please bring a universal electric plug adaptor.

28) HOW ARE ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES IN NEPAL?
Nepal has accommodation ranging from 5- 2 stars chain hotels, luxury hotels and resorts, cheap hotels, pool hotels and comfortable lodges in Kathmandu and major tourist destinations. In some hotels you can find specialty restaurant, conference facilities, health club and swimming pools. You also have option of personal apartment for long stay or home-stay where you can stay in local houses with local people.

29) WHAT KINDS OF FOODS ARE AVAILABLE IN NEPAL RESTAURANT?
Nepali main cuisine is rice, dal (lentils) and curry. But Nepal restaurant also serve Continental, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Italian and Korean food. The fast foods like burgers, sandwiches and pizza are widely available everywhere. The momo is one of the popular cuisines in Nepali restaurant.

30) WHAT ARE SOME BASIC THINGS THAT I NEED TO KNOW?
Nepal is religious and spiritual country; there are some place and temples forbidden for tourist entry and take pictures. So it is very important for you to look for notice around and respect the culture. People are shy but are helpful and friendly. Most of the people in cities can understand and speak English compare to villages.

31) WHAT SOUVENIRS CAN I TAKE HOME?
Handmade sweater, caps, mufflers, pashmina shawl, scarfs, ethnic thankas painting, contemporary carpets, gems and jewelry, metal and wooden products, Khukuri, music CDs, Nepali paper products, spices, tea are speciality of Nepal which can be taken home as souvenirs and gifts.