Useful Informations for Trekking and Tour in Nepal
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 25 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 40$ for a 30 days visa and USD 100$ for a 90 days Multiple visa, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo.
Booking your International flight
Since we do not arrange the International flight tickets, Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu International airport. So, if you do not have a regular travel agent then you can check for International flight options at online travel site.
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer we would recommend purchasing the same flight from a local travel agent.
After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details for your smooth airport transfer.
Airport Condition: -
Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival in the airport. Doesn't stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.
Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?
Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
When and where should you arrive?
You will arrive at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu on the trip starting day or earlier. You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal gate by our representatives holding a Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expeditions signboard with your Name and he will escorts you to the Hotel.
If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots.
How should we make payment?
1. Down Payment
As per the company's policy, a minimum 25% of the down payment from the total cost is required to make in advance to secure your spot and to confirm the trip.
2. How to pay your deposit?
You can choose only two different ways to settle your payment:
a. Online Payment by credit card and the link to settle the payment is: (please do not add cents (.00) while transferring the payment via online) Its not available now
b. Bank Transfer:
Account Holder's Name: Nepal Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd
Account No.: 01906746850018
Bank's Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank's Address: (Tridevi Marga Thamel Branch Kathmandu Nepal).
Type of A/C: (Foreign currency (USD))
SWIFT CODE: HIMANPKA
(Bank service charges related to submitting a deposit are the responsibility of the client)
Note: Please do not transfer your payment to any other bank account than the above-mentioned bank account.
3. Payment of the Balance
Rest amount can be paid before at least a month of your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made.
4. Cancellation Policy
No refund will be made for 25% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (25%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.
Refund policy in case of not completing the trek:
Sometimes trekkers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the trek. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it.
- Not throwing wastages
- No damaging historical and
What do we eat?
All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner on the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $15 per item depending on what you choose to eat.
Is being a Vegetarian, a Problem?
There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non-vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per liter.
It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.
Toilet facilities in the guesthouses?
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilets. But in higher elevation, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground and it is situated outside the room.
Shower Facilities during Trek
You will get the facilities of hot/cold water running with attached bathroom up-to Namche without any extra charges. But above Namche, you will be charged about USD 5$ per shower (depending upon guesthouse) for a hot water shower.
Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be a laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.
Weight limit for Lukla flight?
The maximum weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15kgs, which is equivalent to 33 pounds including your hand-carry (daypack). If your baggage exceeds the weight limits, additional costs of USD 1$ -2$ per kg will be applicable and the payment should be made at the airport counter itself.
What Clothes shall I bring?
Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for -10 degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for -3 to 5 degrees Celsius, Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant.
A sleeping bag is necessary during the trekking days and if you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring it. Otherwise, Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expeditions will provide you with the sleeping bag during the trek (-10 to -15 degree).
For trekking days, we will provide duffle bag to keep your things if you do not have your own backpack and it will be carried by our porters.
What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your trek.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client.
You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.
Charging the digital camera or other equipment on the trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges (US$ 3-$5). Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
How much money for my personal expenses?
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $25 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is 10% for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum 10% for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.
What should I bring?
- Daypack (rucksack)
- Backpack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-liter capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are traveling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
- Well-worn Hiking boots or shoes
- A pair of sandals
- Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
- A one - liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
- Warm jacket
- Light-weight cotton clothing
- Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
- Light sweater
- Bath towel
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
- Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
- Trekking pole
- Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide water purification tablet)
- Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
- Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
- Loose stomach and nausea medicine
- Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)
Voluntarily/Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will arrange them to distribute through our proper channels.
Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended.
Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact us.