Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Nepal’s only international airport Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people have easy time during visa apply for Nepal. There are some countries visa will need to be organizing prior to travelling. $30 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa. And you also need two passport sized photos for the process. For the online visa apply you can visit linked website (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np./).
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Best time to visit Nepal is during the seasons of spring and autumn which is also favorable for trekking. But it depends on the will of the visitor/trekker which can be managed. As for the trekking at the high altitude which should be done during the summer time or September. But for the low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
Trekking in Nepal is considered as the most interesting tourism activity. The trekking provides visitors of Nepal with opportunity to visit different Hilly and Himalayan parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will be for about 5 to 7 hours per day but the toughness of the trekking depends upon its grade as there are grading for trekking like easy, medium, challenging and demanding. And these grades normally cover 3000 meters to 8848 meters. Trekking expedition is challenging but it has its own fun, pride, and beauty.
How fit do we need to be for trekking?
It depends on individual, if you’re happens to be fit and also enjoy walking the uphill and downhill then trekking is certainly is for you. Individual can choose the trekking route which is suitable for individual’s fitness level. And off course shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer treks requires a better standard of fitness. If you are planning for the longer treks then you should try some longer day hikes for practice but for shorter treks it is not needed.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking differs according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are various trekking destinations in Nepal and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. The trekking for shorter routes will be short but for the longer treks like, trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling is available in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your own country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.
Is there any telephone/internet facility, when we are on the mountain?
On the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes, you can find telephone for international call. The popular trekking areas like Annapurna, Everest and Lang tang area there is good coverage of cell phones. For internet there are also internet cafes and some lodges also do provide Wi-Fi service.
What do I need to carry on trek?
A porter is easily available who will carry your luggage and other belongings. Your clothing and sleeping bags must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while going away on trek. But Each trekker will carry minimum small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you trek high altitudes. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects to any trekkers, there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worse, then they will immediately be transferred to the nearby hospitals. You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. However, we recommend you to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before traveling for your well beings.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 25% of total cost in advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive at Kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must possess a valid passport (must be valid for minimum 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications that you are prescribed.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There are few things you may need to know like, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, hot shower on the trek, tipping and shopping round on the trek. On the other hand, Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise for the things like, hand-woven Tibetan carpets; hand knit woolen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and ornaments etc. You can only buy through Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees. Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of the wages of guides, porters and other trekking crews. But it depends upon the individual’s choice as it is a nice way of ‘Thanking’ to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
There are two popular types of trekking in Nepal.
Teahouse Trekking: In the teahouse trekking, the trekking is done by spending the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. And it is comfortable than the camping trekking as the trekkers don’t have to take any burden regarding the accommodation and foods.
Camping Trekking: Camping trekking is mainly based on the trekking and camping by setting up camps side on any convenient trekking trails. And food should be by self which make camping trekking a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
The trekking meals depend on the types of trekking, as for the teahouse trekking food will be served by teahouses which are hygienic and organic. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. As for the camping trekking the trekker can enjoy the food they have prepared by the cook. Trekkers can also enjoy the local cuisine as well as continental which are mostly vegetarian diet. Most of the lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your country yourself. But, we arrange domestic flight tickets as per your destinations.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides are must for everyone. You feel secured when you are with an expert guide from our company. The professional guide helps you to make your trip lot more informative and memorable. But if the trekkers are well experienced and have knowledge about different places of Nepal, s/he may not need the trekking guides. However, trekking guide can help you with the different information about the places and help you to solve the problems that arouse during the trekking period which way be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve it.
Why should I travel with AlpineTrav Treks and expeditions?
There are many reasons. We in a nutshell, we go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one, there will be no negative impact on the region we are visiting: after all, we live here. And our safety record is unsurpassed. We provide the most modern, lightweight equipment, specially designed for trekking & climbing and vegetarian, non-vegetarian cuisine, travel arrangements and reliable, friendly and experienced staff. We respect and follow our clients’ suggestions and ideas for planning their special trips. We also provide trekking equipment for our Guide and Porters. They will get good accommodations along the way and food same as you are having on the way. All our trekking staffs are insured. If you would like to speak with some of our satisfied guests, we can provide you with references of someone who lives nearby and has probably even done the same trip you are considering.