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Visa/Travel Information: (Arrival & Departure)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, proceed to immigration to apply for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), VOA (Visa on Arrival), custom clearing and then collect your luggage. Outside the arrivals hall, please see our staff holding a paper placard reading ‘AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions – Guest Name’ and you will be escorted to the hotel for your check-in. Pre-Departure Checklist for Nepal see also.

Your trip leader will escort you to the Airport, if possible, depending on the time of your departure. You are advised to check-in at least three (3) hours’ prior to your flight departure. Kindly be informed you are not required to pay any departure taxes at the airport as the said taxes are levied in your ticket fare (at the current time).

Visa and Passport Factor:

All foreigners except Indian citizens must have a valid passport and a valid visa. Visitors can apply for a visa on arrival at Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad or at the airport in Kathmandu. Visas are also issued at entry points if you are entering Nepal by land. If you wish to extend your stay, you can extend your visa at the Immigration Department, and Kathmandu. Children under the age of 10 do not have to pay the visa fee.

When applying for a visa at any land entry point, visitors are required to submit a completed visa form with a passport photograph.

For your convenience, please click on the link below to get more information and submit the completed online VISA application, and you need to print the same form to submit at the airport to avoid any complications.

http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

Visa Cost:

Free 30-day visa is available only for tourists from SAARC countries

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

Multiple entries 15 days – $25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days – $40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days – $100 or equivalent convertible currency

For ease of applying for Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have two (2) passport size photos and correct amount in USD or local currency to reduce the waiting time.

Tourist Visa Extension:

Extension of tourist visa in US Dollars or Nepali Rupees will incur a fee of: – USD 30 for 15 days or less; USD 2 per day will be charged for more than 15 days. An entry tourist visa can also be obtained for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January-December).

Getting to Nepal:

Nepal’s only international airport (TIA) is located in Kathmandu. There are about 30 international flights from Nepal every day. We suggest you book your tickets at least three (3) months before your intended travel date to avoid any cancellations due to high volume of passengers/visitors during peak season.

Airlines flying in Nepal include Nepal Airlines, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Etihad Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air, Thai Air, Silk Air, Dragon Air, China Eastern/Western, Air China, Turkish Air and Korean Airlines. Air, Air India, Air Arabia, Oman Air, Biman Air, Bhutan Airlines.

China is in the north of Nepal and India in the east, west and south. You can get entry visa at the entry points but please check the visa formalities of the respective country from where you will be entering Nepal.

How to Book:

A provisional booking will be accepted and we will give you ten (10) days to collect the documents. When you are ready to confirm, submit the booking form to us along with the initial documents. You can make the payment after reaching Kathmandu according to your convenience.

Travel Insurance and Rescue:

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. Travel protection, Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Death & Repatriation are also other important factors to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in an evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Find out more about travel insurance

AMS-Acute Mountain Sickness (Causes and Prevention):

Altitude sickness is likely to affect all travelers from 2500 meters and above. Your body needs time to adjust to the small amount of oxygen in the air at 5500m/18,044ft; The air pressure is about half that of sea level, meaning there is half the amount of oxygen. AMS develops very quickly and can be fatal if symptoms or warning signs are ignored. However, one needs to be aware and take all necessary precautions.

Best Time to Visit Nepal:

Nepal is a country that can be visited all year round. Due to its unique geographical layout, altitude and climatic range from place to place. The best time to visit Nepal depends only on the activities you want to do on your trip. For example, any time of the year is a good time for local tour programs that involve your interests in outdoor activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping, wild-life safaris and so on.

The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are autumn (mid-September to late November) and spring (mid-March to May). The temperature will drop significantly as you climb higher each day. Nights are cool (-10°C to 5°C) but days are sunny and warm (10°C to 20°C). Mornings are usually clear, clouds build in the afternoon and disappear at night. Trekking is not recommended during monsoons and winters, as visibility is poor and limited while higher reaches and high passes may be covered with snow.

March, April, October and November are the most popular months. Please choose a date that suits you. Learn more about the best time to visit Nepal

Health/Safety/Vaccinations:

As vaccination requirement changes frequently, we strongly suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

Trek Crew:

We offer options in leadership to match your requirements:
1) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)
2) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)

The Sherpa guide: (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. Treks with full camping facilities, each member of the group will be allotted, 2-3 porters. Treks with tea-house accommodation facilities, every 2 members will share 1 porter.

Teahouse Trek & Camping Trek:

Teahouse/Lodge in Nepal, especially in most popular trekking regions (Everest and Annapurna) has improved widely and has facilities like WIFI, Hot Shower, electricity to charge their gadgets, Bars and Bakeries.
Other trekking regions, Lodges will be, although simple but is good enough to provide shelter and warmth and are managed by friendly local families. The lodge or tea house treks are less expensive as oppose to the camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups.

Our camping treks, we will have a full crew that will comprise of a Leader, a Sirdar, a Cook, an Assistant guide, Helpers and Porters. We will provide a tent for every 2 persons, however, a single tent will be provided upon request at the cost for a single supplement which is stated in trip costing. We consider hearty and delicious meals to be a key component to the overall success of our trip. Our Chef will prepare exceptional meals and ensure its quality preparation. He will be with us and is responsible for the preparation of all meals during our trekking days.

Important Note: Our liability is indicated in the itinerary and the list of services. If the holiday is cut short or is completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we will not be held responsible nor refund for aforementioned days or services. The Client is liable to pay any extra for Hotels/services incurred in elsewhere in such cases.

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