Tours FAQ of Nepal is designed to answer many of the questions for people who are planning and preparing for a trip to Nepal. The questions listed here, and their respective answers are meant only as a general guide to help you plan and organize your trip before the booking your trip.
How I enter to Nepal?
By Air: The major international axirlines operating scheduled services to Nepal are Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Etihad Air, Silk Air, Air Arabia, Druk Air, Jet Lite, Dragon Air, Air China. These airlines carry most of the foreign travelers to Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), only international airport in Nepal.
By Road: Mainly from Indian border side, there are several entry points to enter Nepal; Kakadvita, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar. Scheduled public buses run to and from Kathmandu.
What is the common form of Greeting in Nepal?
Common form of greeting in Nepal is called `Namaste' or `Namaskar'. Namaskar is used in a formal conversation while Namaste is often used in informal communications. Namaste is pronounced as "Namastay", and it is both a spoken greeting and a gesture. Proper way to say and use a gesture is to put your palms together and /ping it about few inches below your chin or how ever feels comfortable, with head gently bowed, you say "Namastay".
What are the health and fitness requirements for travel?
There are no statutory requirements unless you are arriving from an area designated as infected by cholera or yellow fever. We recommend that you update with your regular vaccinations against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A, meningitis and Diphtheria. Nepal was declared Malaria free in 1960’s. However some cases of malaria are observed, and therefore we recommend taking precautions while traveling in malaria prone areas.
What type of clothing we need to /ping?
Lightweight and tropical clothes with um/pella are advised for June to August. Between October and March, light clothes are worn in Kathmandu, with a coat for evenings and warm clothing for the mountains. During winter, we recommend layered clothing! This means that the majority of your clothing can be worn in layers, so that you can put on more clothing if it is cold or take off layers as it gets warmer. It’s good to wear pollution mask when you travel outside of the hotel. In out side to valley, air is pretty much clear but sometimes dirt may disturb during dry season when traveling dirt or graveled road. Chitwan has sub tropical climate with high temperature and humidity. You can wear light cotton shirts, t-shirts and pants. Safari colors or dark cloths are preferred in the woods. We suggest avoiding /pight red in safari as it agitates wild animals.
How is the weather like?
Nepal's weather is generally predictable and pleasant. There are four climatic seasons: March to May (spring), June to August (summer), September to November (autumn) and December to Fe/puary (winter). The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remaining days of the year is comparatively drier. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons in Nepal. Visitors choose to travel in this season. Winter temperatures drops to freezing with a high level of snowfall in the mountains. Summer and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai. The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4297ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 19 -27ºC (67-81ºF) in summer, and 2 -20ºC (36-68ºF) in winter.
Is it safe to travel by road in Nepal?
Yes. The main tourist centers like Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini are connected by good roads and all main routes are well serviced by tourist buses. However, roads to other towns for example Jiri and Dhunche are steep and narrow and only local buses are available. We advise you to hire a private jeep (4WD) to travel these roads safely. Typically tourist buses are driven with more care than local buses.
Is it safe to walk alone in the city streets?
Yes. But being aware of your surroundings and the people around you is always a must - Just be Streetwise! If you are carrying valuables; cameras, gifts or large amounts of money, we advise you to return to your hotel by early evening to deposit them, before going out for late meals and drinks.
Is there malaria in Chitwan?
No, malaria has been eradicated totally in Chitwan and other southern flat wetland regions of Nepal.
Do people in Kathmandu understand English?
Yes, most people involved in tourism can speak and understand English. Nepalese can speak a variety of languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Given notice, we can provide you with a guide who can speak your own language during your tour in Nepal.
How do I exchange money?
Both Euro and US dollar travelers’ checks are accepted in most tourist visited areas and can be cashed easily at banks and most hotels. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Visa, Master Card and American Express credit cards are accepted in many tourist hotels, shops, restaurants and by few travel agencies. Plan ahead and change money in the larger cities before heading out to more remote areas. Best form of money is US dollars in cash but due to risk of losing them /ping only small amounts in mixed denominations. If you save the receipts for money exchanged, you can exchange back from local currencies up to 15%. Exchange rates seem to be better at the Banks then in the hotels or money exchange counters for current conversions rate.
What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
Are there ATMs in Kathmandu?
Yes there are numerous ATMs in Kathmandu. The main tourist market Thamel has an easy access to ATMs run by different internationally collaborated banks. They accept all major credit cards including MasterCard and Visa. Please note that cash is dispensed in local currency only.
Are reliable Internet Cafes available in Kathmandu? Yes. There are numerous internet cafes in Thamel and around Kathmandu. Costs vary and