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Nepal Visa Information

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. Likewise, other Entry and Exit points established at the border regions also provide ‘ On Arrival Visa’ to foreign nationals hoping enter to Nepal via land.

On Arrival’ visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. Choice is yours.

If you have obtained visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

On arrival visas are ‘Tourist Visas’.  They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa ‘On Arrival’ is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ‘ Tourist Visa’ to get into the country.  However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from Department of Immigration by producing required documents.

Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.  Check the link to make sure your eligibility for visa ‘On Arrival’.

Once you arrive at the airport, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival.

1st  Step

(1) Fill in ‘ Arrival Card ‘

Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up  prior to your arrival  visiting official website of Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport).  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after.  If so, you will have to fill it up again.

2nd  Step  

(1) Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)

(2) Get the receipt

(3) While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee

(1) 15 Days – 30 USD

(2) 30 Days – 50 USD

(3) 90 Days – 125 USD

3rd Step  

(1) Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form,  payment receipts and your passport

(2) Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

(1/Children below 10 years

Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizens (except Afghanistan) once in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizens are eligible for Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa ‘On Arrival’.

Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)

Officials Visa

(1) Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement.

(2) Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).

Nepal Visa for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal. As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals traveling to Nepal by air must possess any one of the following documents.

(1) Passport

(2) Election Commission Card

Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from 5th Jan 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

(1) Embassy of Nepal, Beijing

(2) Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa

(3) Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong

(4) Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai

Other Visa Information

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

Visa Extension for Nepal

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).

Learn more about applying for Nepal visa online by clicking here Online Visa Application for Nepal.

Passport And Visa

Before coming to Nepal verify that your passport is still valid, it must be valid for 6 months after your date of return.  All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. For other nationalities, to inquire with the consulate or embassy of the Nepal the nearest to you. If you are traveling with your children regardless of their age, Nepal requires a valid passport.

The visa is mandatory. You can obtain it from the consulate or embassy of the Nepal. It is also possible to get to the airport of Kathmandu at your arrival or to the Indian border.

The required documents for the visa application are:

(1) A photo of identity

(2) Of form of visa completed on Place

The Best Time to Visit Nepal

To perform a Trek or a voyage of discovery, the best periods are the fall between mid-September and the end of November and the spring season from March to May where rhododendrons are in flower.

In winter between December and February the time is very clear and the visibility on the mountains excellent it is possible to do trekking in low altitude (up to 4 000 m of altitude) and cultural visits. The major trekking are not practicable and the passes are closed from mid-June, it is the beginning of the monsoon season until the end of August and this period is not recommended for trekkers.

Your Travel Equipment

> A Backpack For The Day of 30 to 40 liters

> A Good Pair of Trekking Shoes

> A Good Pair Hiking sandals

> Gaiters to Keep Your Ankles and Feet Dry

> Multiple Pairs of Socks (Thick and Thin)

> A Pair of Gloves High-Mountain or Ski Gloves

> A Water and Windproof Jacket (Gore Tex)

> A Sweater in Polar

> Two Pants of Trekking

> Shorts and Trousers For Low Altitude

> Comfortable Hiking Trousers 

> 3 or 4 Tee-Shirts, a Long-Sleeved Shirt

> Glasses for The Sun and Snow

> A Gourd of 1 Liter Minimum

> A Frontal Lamp

> The Solar Cream High-Protection

> A Towel

> A Cap 

> A Pair of Walking Sticks

> Rainwear

> Rain Cover for Your Backpack

> Water Purification Tablets

> Hand Sanitizer

> A Personal Medical Kit

Trekking Permit

For the constitution of your trekkig Permit, a photocopy of your passport as well as a photo identity you will be asked.

Your Accommodation in Kathmandu

You will be hosted in the standard comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, located in the heart of the city, in a double room or, more often, a twin room with two separate beds. The accommodation includes the night and breakfast. Single Room Only on request and according to availability. The hotels are equipped with a shower, TV, Wi-Fi, telephone, air conditioning, and room service. Possibility of dinner and lunch at the hotel.

Your Accomodation in Pokhara

You will be hosted in the standard hotel in Pokhara, located near the Fewa Lake, in a double room, or, more often, a twin room with two separate beds. The accommodation includes the night and breakfast. Single Room Only on request and according to availability. The hotels are equipped with a shower, TV, Wi-Fi, telephone, air conditioning, and room service. Possibility of dinner and lunch at the hotel.

Your Accomodation During The Trek

You will be hosted in the guesthouse or the lodge, in a double room, or most often, in a twin room with two separate beds. Single rooms are not available at guesthouses and lodges except during the off-season. Most are equipped with electricity and a large lounge for the noon meal or dinner in the evening. The shower and toilet are often outside. The hot showers are generally paid. According to the regions, the lodges have separate comforts. Certain lodges are very well equipped with hot water, a bathroom, and electricity, but this is not the case for all of them.

Your Accommodation At The Inhabitant

According to the region, the comfort of the local accommodation is variable. In the east of Nepal, the inhabitants have large houses of 2 or 3 floors, but without rooms, so you will be hosted in the large main room. In the north and west of Nepal, the houses are smaller but with rooms. In the houses in the village, there is no bathroom; the shower and toilet (WC) are on the outside. In the absence of a bathroom, the family will offer you hot water in a basin for your toilet.

Your Accommodation in Tent

For trekking, hiking, and expeditions requiring accommodation under a tent, we provide a tent for two people with a foam mattress for your comfort.

Your Individual Room

Individual rooms exist only in the hotels in the city, subject to availability. It is not possible to book a single room in a guesthouse, lodge, or directly with the inhabitant.

Preparations of the Room

For the group formed the allocation of rooms, in a hotel, in a guest house or lodge is carried out according to the following logic:

(A) A single woman with another woman

(B) A man with one other HOM

Transportation In Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, and the quality of the roads may be random and precarious. The roadways are heavily damaged during the monsoon rains, causing landslides or falls of stone, which entail frequent traffic congestion. The Kathmandu valley is particularly affected by the increase in road traffic. The code of the road being nonexistent and the busy traffic condition, it is strongly recommended not to self-drive.

Your Transport During The Trip

The terrestrial movements are carried out by private transport, tourist buses, local transport, jeeps, buses, minibusses, or airplanes. The details are listed under “Cost Includes & Excludes.”

Domestic Flights In Nepal

For some domestic transport, we use the airway, with the companies Yeti Airlines, Tara Airlines, Buddha Air, and Simrik Air. Generally, they work with small aircraft from 15 to 18 places.

Flights in the mountains are subject to weather conditions. It may sometimes happen that your flight gets canceled due to bad weather. In this case, the company will reschedule your flight for the next day. If there is no availability, in this case, you will be offered a route by helicopter if you want it. The difference in the cost of travel will be requested on the spot.

For your information, the European Commission has included all Nepalese companies on the black list of companies banned from flying within the European Union. To this day, no Nepalese company is not flying in Europe.

Note: Lukla Flights during high season are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. Its about a 4 hour drive to Ramechhap.

Your Guide During The Trip

All our guides (mountains, high- altitude, and city) are accredited professionals by the Nepalese government and have completed training at the Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management (NATHM). Your guide is responsible for your safety and the safety of the group and its team. Therefore, respect and follow the instructions, tips, and notes that it emits to the letter.

Our tours, trekking, or expedition are carried out in the group. It must be clear to everyone that the group’s interests will be prioritized over an individual’s interests. For security reasons or climate, all our guides are allowed to modify the circuit, abandon the course, or shipment without justification. In this case, it does not give rise to any compensation.

Your Porter During The Trip

Our porters are used to trekking at medium and high altitudes and come mainly from the east and the north of Nepal. The profession of the bearer is seasonal work, and then they return home to care for their farm and work in the fields. The young students are also becoming more interested in this profession in order to be able to finance their studies. Your porters are actively involved in the success of your trip; please do not hesitate to contact them; they will be delighted to share these small moments of sharing. Sometimes the lodges or guesthouses do not have enough room for everyone. In this case, your porters will stay in a neighboring house. During the Trek Under Tent, they will be staying with the inhabitants or under a large tent of cuisine altogether.

Portage During The Trek

Porters deliver your luggage during the trek, and you only carry what you need for the day (bring a small backpack of 30 to 40 liters).

For porter baggage, bring a sports bag or hiking backpack of 60 to 70 liters; avoid the suitcase with wheels, especially.

In Nepal, the weight of baggage for a trek, hike, or expedition is regulated. For the trek, you are allowed to bring a maximum of 12 kg per person and up to 18 kg per person for an expedition of 6000 m. Nepal Authentic Trek will provide one porter for two trekkers.

Your Meals During The Trek

If your trip includes full-board: In the morning, breakfast consists of Nepalese bread, chapatis, cereals, omelets, and porridge, accompanied by butter, jam, and tea or coffee. Lunch is usually served around noon or one o’clock, depending on the day. For dinner in the evening, a hot meal is served. During the days of long steps (the passage of Col), a picnic cold is expected. For more details, please see your day-by-day program.

In Nepal, the national dish is the Dhalbhat. This dish consists of white rice, lentils, vegetables, and potatoes.

Your Drink During The Trek

If you book a full-board trip: You will receive three times hot drinks as well as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” In the morning, you will be served tea or coffee. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are at your charge. In lodges and guesthouses, beer, soft drinks, and mineral water are available. The tap water being unfit for consumption in all the countries, it must be treated essential foresaw of pellets of purification and a bottle of 1 to 1.5 liters.

Drinking water: It is better to use water purification drops and tablets, which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Nepal Authentic Treks also provides water purifier pills.

Your Shower During The Trek

If you stay in the lodge or the guest house during the trek, there is the possibility that a hot shower could cost between 1 to 2 USD per shower, but a cold shower is free of charge.  If your trek is carried out in a tent, your team will serve you hot water every morning and evening in a basin for your toilet. At the inhabitants, the shower room and WC are on the outside.

Rendez-Vous

On your arrival in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), your guide will meet you at the exit with a panel on behalf of the Agency Nepal Authentic treks and Expedition indicating your name. In order to organize your trip better, please provide us with the information below:

(1) Your Date and Time of Arrival

(2) The name of your airlines

(3) The number of your flight

Single Traveller Supplement & Group Size

(A) We will guarantee all our tour departures with a minimum of 2 people. A small group fee will apply for groups of less than two people.

(B) 60 days before your tour departure, we will contact you to advise you of the situation regarding the number of people on tour.

Currency

In Nepal, the currency is the Nepalese rupee. The Indian rupees are also accepted in some places. The Euro (€) and USD ($) are accepted in exchange offices and banks. At currency exchanges offices in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, and other tourist areas, you can easily exchange your currency for NPR.

All credit cards allow the cardholder to withdraw cash. The vast network of ATMs is located at various points in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, and other major cities.

Budget

If you book a full-board trip. You are on full pension during your trek. There should be a supplement for the hot showers, charging devices and phones, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are at your charge, and tips for teams. Tipping is a recommended practice for porters and guides in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

An estimate of about $100 or €100 per participant should be sufficient (outside meals to Kathmandu and Pokhara, and purchases of souvenirs).

Tips

In tourism in Nepal gratuities are traditionally expected, the activity being seasonal, guides, porters and drivers work only a few months in the year.

Gratuities are very appreciated by the local teams.

Personal Pharmacy

You go in the mountain in isolated areas have not always of a dispensary, therefore you must carry a personal pharmacy with medicine for treatment of a duration of 5 to 8 days: painkillers (paracetamol, aspirin), broad-spectrum antibiotics (provide a treatment of 8 days, on medical prescription), throat lozenges, spray for the nose, anti-diarrheal more intestinal antiseptic, medicine against stomach pains, pellets for the treatment of the water (hydrochlonazone or Micropur), earplugs and / or sleeping pills light, necessary to dressings (for wounds treatment and prevention of the bulbs), Elastoplaste, disinfectant, an antibiotic ointment (terramicyne), scissors, a band velpeau, biogaze, gel for aches, eye drops, ointment anti-inflammatory, vitamins C, Lip Cream, solar protection, cream for irritation of the Skin (Homéoplasmine type).

Electricity In Nepal

In Nepal, the voltage and frequency are the same as in Europe (230 V and 50 Hz). You can, therefore, use all your devices without the adapter.

In the mountains, electricity is often generated by solar panels, so if there is no sun, then there is no electricity. The service is often surcharged to recharge digital cameras and mobile phones. We advise you to bring two batteries with you.

Telephone & Internet

It is possible to buy a local sim card prepaid at your arrival in Kathmandu. For this, you need a copy of your passport and a photo of your identity. You will easily find cybercafes in Kathmandu and Pokhara. NTC, NCELL, UTL, and different ISP’s provide the internet facility in Nepal.

WIFI in Hotels: Many hotels and guesthouses in Nepal offer free Wi-Fi as a standard.

Time Offset

(1) In summer, there is 3h45 of offset, when it is 12h00 in Europe, it is 15h45 in Kathmandu.

(2) In winter, there is 4h45 of offset, when it is 12h00 in Europe, it is 16h45 in Kathmandu.

US and Customs

Nepal is a very religious country. Regardless of the religion practiced, the gods occupy a prime place in the lives of the people of Nepal. The Hindus go to the temple, and the Buddhists go to the monasteries. It is a country where more than a hundred different ethnic groups live, with more than 80 languages spoken, including Nepali as the national language, and English is spoken in the major cities.

Here is some information that may be useful upon your arrival in Nepal. We say « Namaste » or « Namaskar » and « Danyabaad » to thank you.

(1) We take off our shoes when we enter into someone’s house,

(2) It receives the things data with both hands,

(3) You eat with the right hand,

(4) We do not shake the hand of women, we simply say “Namaste” by joining the two hands,

(5) Is not embraces not in public, in the street,

(6) We do not walk in the street naked torso,

(7) We do not touch the head of the children or adults,

(8) Do not throw anything in the fire because it is sacred,

(9) If you be Invite them to eat or to drink, taste always to what is proposed to you, it is a mark of respect,

(10) Cows are sacred,

(11) The Nepalese do not speak during the meals, which are taken very quickly,

(12) The Nepalese people are very welcoming, smiling, friendly and helpful.

Memories And Purchases

The Kathmandu Valley offers rich crafts and variety. In Patan, Bhaktapur, and particularly in Bungamati, you can find objects carved in wood. In Patan and Kathmandu, there are mills for prayers, jewelry, and precious stones, especially in the district of Durbar Marg, opposite the Royal Palace. In Bhaktapur, behind the Palace, or in Kathmandu near Durbar Square, Boudhanath, you can find several shops selling religious paintings (Thankas), tissues, and shawls. Thamel, the tourist district, offers many clothing shops, musical instruments, shawls, scarves, carpets, and khukuris (Nepalese traditional curved knives).

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

In Nepal, most of the circuits of trekking occur in altitude. The circuits having at least one night or more in more than 3 500 m of altitude are qualified of trekking in High Mountain. This altitude can generate the symptom of acute mountain sickness. The treatment to always apply is to descent (go back) as quickly as possible to a lower altitude.

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a syndrome of suffering, linked to a rise too fast in high altitude, at the absence of acclimation and to a personal sensitivity more or less important. Its symptoms are headache, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, general fatigue, tiredness, dizziness, balance disorder, dyspnoea and of the loss of appetite.

It is therefore a frequent disease affecting people in good health but exposed to an extreme environment of high altitude. Its incidence is variable, but increases very rapidly with altitude; it would be 15% to 2 000 meters of altitude and 60% to 4 000 meters.

This evil usually appears in the 4 to 12 hours following the arrival in altitude: it is regressing with the acclimation and disappears immediately to the descent.

Do I Need Travel Insurance ?

In Nepal, most of the trekking circuits occur at high altitudes. The circuits having at least one night or more and more than 3,500 m of altitude are qualified for trekking in the high mountains. This altitude can generate the symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The treatment to always apply is to descend (go back) as quickly as possible to a lower altitude.

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a syndrome of suffering linked to a rise too fast in high altitude, in the absence of acclimation, and to a personal sensitivity more or less important. Its symptoms are headaches, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, general fatigue, tiredness, dizziness, balance disorders, dyspnoea, and a loss of appetite.

Therefore, it is a frequent disease affecting people in good health but exposed to an extreme environment. Its incidence is variable but increases rapidly with altitude; it would be 15% to 2,000 m and 60% to 4,000 m of altitude.

This evil usually appears 4 to 12 hours after arriving at altitude; it regresses with acclimation and vanishes immediately on the descent.

It is mandatory and required to subscribe to insurance repatriation assistance in mountains and emergency research helicopters. If you do not want to take this insurance with an insurer, Nepal Authentic Trek will make you sign a discharge of responsibilities. For the reminder, an intervention of emergency relief in the mountain in helicopter rises to $ 5,000 minimum per hour of flight time

Council

If you come to Nepal by air, your baggage may be delayed. Also, we recommend you wear your walking shoes, warm clothes, and a jacket to the mountains with you.

Spirit Of The Trip

You have participated in an adventurous journey. Therefore, unexpected events may occur like flight cancellations, delays, vehicle breakdowns, late arrivals, road blockades, etc. Your guide will do the maximum so that your adventure can take place in the best conditions. We ask you to keep a positive spirit in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Social & Volunteer Work in Nepal

Nepal Authentic Treks supports social and volunteer work in Nepal. The project of the Nepalese NGO “Nepalese Women and Children Service Society (NWCSS)” was started in 2002 by a group of women, which takes 25 most disadvantaged children (street children, children from lower castes, orphans, deprived children).

Since the establishment of our company, each person who travels with Nepal Authentic Trek, at their travel price of 10 USD, will be donated directly to the association. NWCSS is also looking for godfathers and godmothers for the children of Nepal; you can sponsor a child from 15 USD per month, which allows them to pay for their school and food.