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Nepal Beginner Travel & Treks Expedition P. Ltd.

Samakushi, Kathmandu, Nepal                                                                                                                 

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Is it safe for tourists to travel in Nepal?

Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world. There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times.

The U.S State Department has continued to warn travelers on its travel advisory site stating: "Americans living or traveling in Nepal are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website".

The fighting in the past has ceased and has never and is not expected to affect tourists or tourism in Nepal in any way. The Maoists leaders have stated that tourists are welcome. First-hand accounts from tourists are very positive.

We advise you to read the latest information about Nepal's political situation and understand the issues in order to make educated decisions for yourself. Websites with current and often-updated information include:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/

http://www.nepalnational.com/

http://www.nepaltourismdirectory.com/nepal_tourism_directory_news_details.php?nid=13

Please feel free to contact us to discuss these issues. We would be happy to give you more information.

Q: When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December and before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time. It is humid in plains at this time but it is still better than the scorching heat of the summer.

It is best to visit hilly areas in summer; the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, bringing landslides and leaches! The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.

In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.

The best time to trek in Nepal is from September to mid December and from March to mid May.

Q: Do I need any vaccinations?

You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal or visiting certain lowland areas, you may need anti-malarial protection.

Q: Do I need travel insurance?

All travelers to Nepal should purchase a comprehensive insurance policy. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. You can arrange this yourself or through Nepal Beginner in Nepal. The coverage per day is around $12 dollars per person. Please visit this link for more information:  

You must advise your insurer of the exact altitudes you will be traveling to and your cover needs to include air evacuation and repatriation. A copy of your insurance document should be sent to us prior to coming to Nepal. Insurance is recommended for any trekking itineraries booked with us.

Q: Do you have an airport pick-service?

We will arrange a pickup service free of charge at anytime of the day or night to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. You will be met by a Nepal Beginner Treks representative on arrival. If you have booked a trip with us but have arranged to arrive in Kathmandu earlier and do your own thing until the trip starts, we will still pick you up at the airport, you just need to let us know your arrival date and time so we can come and meet you. Kindly look for signage showing the Nepal Beginner Treks  logo or your name. Please note; We recommend that you deal with your own bags at the airport and carry them yourselves. There are people who will offer to carry your bags and will expect payment. You are not obliged to pay these people and it is not advisable to get out your wallet in front of them. Just tell them 'No, thank you!' if someone approaches you and walk away.

Q. How much shall I bring & where can I exchange my money?

You can exchange money in Nepal for rupees. Most major currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We advise you to bring American dollars to pay for your visa on entry to Nepal. The amount you should bring really depends on your spending habits. As a guide, we would say US$20 per day would be sufficient to buy meals and drinks. US$10 per day if you are trekking to pay for any extra drinks, shower water and recharge facilities. ATM’s are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara to take out cash, you may be charged by your bank to do this though. If you are staying in luxury accommodation or like to shop, then we would advice you bring extra money.

Q. Should I trek with an agency?

Trekking agencies can be very useful as they are experts in their field, have a good contact list and are locals of the area. They will arrange everything for you from food, accommodation, transportation, porters and guides to trekking permits and TIMS cards. This takes the hassle away from you so you can enjoy your holiday, as organizing all of this can be very stressful.

Q. What is TIMS and is it required?

TIMS stands for Trekkers Information Management System card and it is mandatory for all trekkers. Please tell us for TIMS information.

Q: Does your company provide a TIMS card?

Nepal Beginner Travels and Treks Expedition is a government registered company and a member of TAAN. (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal.) We are legally authorized to provide TIMS cards to trekkers. For further information about this, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q: How fit do I need to be for trekking?

If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find trekking suits you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a higher standard of fitness. It is important to remember however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. To prepare yourself for a trek, especially a difficult one that lasts two weeks or more, some moderate physical exercise is recommended before you embark on your journey such as walking, running swimming or hiking. It is also worth remembering you can choose the pace and direction of your trek.

*Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or disease must seek medical advice before considering any trek.

Q: What is the general duration of treks?

The duration of the trek depends on the region and type of trek. Generally speaking, treks range from 2-3 days to a month or sometimes longer. Each itinerary we offer can be made longer if the individual trekker wants extra time to complete the route or if they want to make some deviations to visit other areas.

Q: What will the trekking be like?

Most of the trails in permitted trekking routes are well maintained. The terrain on some of these trails may be long, steep climbs or descents as well as rocky, dusty paths and forest tracks. There are also a lot of big stone steps and staircases especially on the Annapurna circuit. In some cases, treks include mountain passes so the trail can be narrow in places. You will feel a moderate altitude effect starting at around 3,000m upwards. Some of the more remote treks have more “off road” tracks that require concentration and sometimes fixed rope and scrambling. Please see the individual itineraries of the itineraries to get a better idea of the trails for each trip.

Q. Is it necessary to use a trekking guide?

It is not compulsory to use a guide while trekking in Nepal. However, no matter how experienced or fit you are at outdoor activities, it is important to have good orientation to a new area, especially if you go trekking. We highly recommend every guest to use our trained and certified guides so that you can easily and safely complete your trek. We believe that having a qualified trekking guide is a minimum safety requirement and can also enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the region as they act as a companion and interpreter. Our trekking guides have an excellent level of English and take full responsibility of everything during a trek or expedition. They know when to offer you company and when to leave you alone to your own thoughts.

Q. What equipment should I bring when trekking in Nepal?

Please tell us to see the equipment list we recommend.

Q: What is the weather & temperature like when trekking?

The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. However, at night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. If it is raining at the base of the mountain, it will be snowing at the top of its peak. There will be heavy snowfall during the months of December and February. It is important that you stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Temperatures could be as high as 20 degrees C and as low as -10 degrees C. You will most definitely need sunscreen when trekking in the day as the sun is extremely powerful. 

Q: What is the accommodation like on a trek?

Along the trekking routes, teahouses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a firm Nepali” mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to be returned after your trip) but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment if possible. Tea house accommodation ranges from having private rooms twin/double rooms and “dorm” style rooms. Most teahouses offer shared bathroom facilities although you will find some that have private bathrooms. The higher up you go, or the more remote you go, the more basic the teahouses are. Hot water in teahouses is limited, some have proper showering facilities, some will just give you a bucket of boiled water and you will have to pay for showers and hot water. There are some luxury lodges available in the Everest region at lower altitudes, at an extra cost. The accommodation we use in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini is “3 star” They are clean, comfortable and offer private bathrooms, 24-hour recption and dining facilities. In the cities, they usually have free WIFI access but this is not guaranteed. Please be aware that Nepal experiences long periods of “load shedding” where the electricity company turn of the power. Hotels have back up invertors but these only power lights and maybe the TV. Hot water is usually from solar energy so please only expect hot water from the late morning to around 5pm. Some hotels do have gas-powered hot water. There are many 4 and 5 star hotel options in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini at an extra cost. Please contact us for details.

Q. What is AMS (Altitude Sickness)?

Please click here to read about Altitude Sickness and its symptoms.

Q. What will be done if I suffer from altitude sickness or any kind of sickness?

First of all, your trekking guide will provide you with First Aid. If the case becomes more serious, you will be transferred to a health post where you can consult with a doctor. For acute sickness, at your request, you will be immediately taken down by helicopter or airplane to Kathmandu for treatment and rest. It is strongly recommended to descend from the mountain if you are suffering severely from altitude sickness.

Q. What is your cancellation policy and terms of conditions?

If our clients are unable to make their trip or want to cancel their trip due to any unavoidable circumstances, Nepal Beginner Treks  can only refund 65% of the deposited amount. However, clients can postpone their travel date or make slight modifications to their original travel itinerary free of cost if given proper notice. Please see our Terms of Conditions for further details.

Q: What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately), flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.

Q: Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?

Most people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries where a visa will need to be obtained prior to traveling (you can find a list of these countries at www.immi.gov.np)

If you want to avoid the sometimes-lengthy queues at the airport, you can obtain a visa from the Nepali embassy in you home country before you travel. Please visit the appropriate websites in your country for details. 

If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:

US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa. 

US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa. 

US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

(information from the department of immigration, Nepal)

We would advise you to bring US dollars to pay for your visa, most major currencies are usually accepted also. Although there is a currency exchange in the airport (if they will not accept your currency), you may not get the best exchange rate; therefore it is always a safe bet to bring US dollars.

 

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