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Frequently Asked Questions

what is trekking???

Trekking is different from other sorts of travel for a few different reasons. It tends to be less-structured than other sort of travel, as weather conditions and topography help influence travel plans more than plane flights or hotel availability. As travelers move on foot through often-rural areas, trekking gives travelers an up-close view of incredible scenery. Many trekkers travel through isolated areas, giving them an experience much different than those who travel in organized groups to more-popular destinations. It often allows them to interact with nature, doing anything from climbing a rock wall to navigating across a mountain or entire mountain range.

Trekking can be done anywhere in the world. Several areas are particularly popular with travelers, including the mountainous regions such as the Himilayas in Asia and the Andes in South America. However, treks have been organized in other less-touristed areas regions on almost every continent. Trekking can result in a trip as long or short as participants decide, from trips of a week or more to expeditions that last more than a year. Trekking can be as athletic and adventurous as participants decide. The less-structured nature of trekking and a world of destinations help attract a wide variety of participants to the activity.

Several pieces of gear help make trekking more enjoyable. One is a comfortably-fitting backpack. Many trekkers travel for extended periods and need to carry all of their belongings with them. A sturdy backpack can comfortably fit more than 20-40 pounds (10-20 kilos) of clothing and gear. Another important item is sturdy hiking boots. When covering long distances, wearing the right pair of boots can make the difference between enjoying a trip and being in pain. Other survival equipment, such as warm clothing, a first aid kit and a supply of food and water are also very important.

How do I get to Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct airlink with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option. British overland travel operators can take you from London to Kathmandu on a six to eighteen week trip for anywhere between $1200 to $ 2500 depending upon the nature of your trip. You will travel from continental Europe through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to Nepal

Best Time to Visit Nepal?

The best seasons to trek in Nepal are Autumn, from early October until early December and Spring, from the beginning of March until the end of April. During Autumn, the weather is generally clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. In the Spring, the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are warm and the displays of wildflowers, such as rhododendrons, are spectacular at this time of year.

It is also possible to trek during Winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler, however, and the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

Summer in Nepal , from June to September, is the monsoon season. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud.

There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of Mustang, Dolpo and Tibet . These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.

Nepal Trekking Permit?

A trekking permit or TRC trekking registration certificate is required for trekking in most areas of Nepal. The areas Annapurna, Lantang and Everest require a trekking registration certificate. This certificate normally includes, national park entrance fees and conservation permit fees.

These TRC’s can be obtained from any TAAN registered trekking office in Kathmandu. I f you are trekking through a company; the permit will be organized for you and normally is included in the price. The permit comes in the form of a paper ticket, which you must carry with you at all times during trekking. Your permit will be checked at park entrances and along the trekking routes, at some check posts you will also be required to register your passport number. The fees are as follows.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Rs. 2000.00 per person
  • Makalu Barun Conservation Area Rs. 2000.00 per person
  • Manasulu Conservation Area Rs. 2000.00 per person
  • Langtang National Park Rs. 1000.00 per person
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Rs. 1000.00 per person
  • Rara National Park Rs. 1000.00 per person
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park Rs. 1000.00 per person
  • Royal Chitwan National Park, Rs. 1000.00 per person
  • Bardia National Park Rs. 1000.00 per person

For trekking in restricted areas, you must obtain area trekking permits. Trekking in the following areas is only allowed through registered organizations. The organization you trek with will organize the relevant paper work for your permits. The fees are as follows.

  1. Dolpa and Kanchenjunga Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week for the first four weeks and US $ 20 per week thereafter.
  2. Manaslu US$ 75 (Dec-Aug) per person per week, US$ 90(Sep-Nov) per person per week.
  3. Simikot US$ 90 per person per week.
  4. Mustang and Upper Dolpa US$ 700 per person for the first ten days and US$ 70 per person per day thereafter.

f you do not have the relevant permits you may be turned back along the route. The money for the permits goes towards the conservation and development of the areas you are trekking in. ATC can organize any of the above for you.

Visa Information ?

A visa is necessary to enter Nepal (except for Indians) and can be obtained for the following duration from any Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or at the entry points in Nepal.

Nationals from Ghana, Nigeria, Swaziland and Zimbabwe need to get a visa in advance.

Multiple entry tourist visas can be obtained by paying US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or US$100 for 90 days.

Visitors may extend their tourist visa by paying US $2 per day.

Trekking permits are not required for Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas.

Business visas with multiple entry facilities are available at a rate of US $100 for one year and US $250 for five years. Ministry of Industry recommendation is required.

Visas are free for all tourists who come from a SAARC country. Indian nationals do not need a visa.

Entry Procedures & Visa Rules

Tourist Visa

Visa Facility Duration Fee

Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • Gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of SAARC countries. However, for extension of visa for SAARC nationals, the rule is same as that of other nationals.
  • Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

For Visa Extension

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) extending the visa at the rate of 2 US $ per day. However, a minimum amount of 30 US$ has to be paid for a period of 15 days or less.

Custom Formalities

Customs:

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry point. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import:

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty: cigarettes (200 sticks) or cigars (50 sticks), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export:

The export of antiques requires special certification from the Department of Archeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old, such as sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here.