FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Following are the Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] tourists to Nepal often ask about. Tourists to Nepal can make their trip more pleasant and successful by internalizing the information provided below. We request you to note them carefully.
VISA / MEETING / TRIP BRIEF
All the foreign nationals except Indians need to obtain visas to enter Nepal. You can obtain Tourist Visa from the Nepalese Diplomatic Mission in your country or from the Immigration Counter at Entry Points on arrival. Please be sure that you have a valid passport and two copies passport size photos. The visa fee per person is as follow:
15 Days – 25 USD
30 Days – 40 USD
90 Days – 100 USD
As soon as you land and come out of the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed and picked by our staff. You will be transferred to your hotel. It is at the hotel, our tour leader will come to meet you and will brief you about the trip. The tour leader will provide you brief information about the itinerary, and importantly will introduce you to your trekking leader. We request you to provide the tour leader a copy of your passport, 2 passport size photos, travel insurance etc.
REQUIRE FITNESS FOR TREKKING
This trek is suitable for any person who is physically fit. It’s not a problem even if you don’t have any previous experiences of trekking. You can make this route as a starting point of adventure in your life. But please be sure that you take some physical fitness exercises such as running, swimming, hiking, etc. before you decide to embark on your journey this route. Please also note that it is natural that sometimes you may feel discomfort before you acclimatized yourself. This means you need to begin some kind of training at least two to three months before you make departure for this trekking. It is recommended that you take an hour of aerobic exercise 3 to 4 times per week in order to enjoy the height and the climate of this route in order to make your experience wonderful and memorable.
There two best seasons for trekking in the Nepali mountains. The first season starts in the second week of February. March, April, May, and the first week June bring thousands of trekkers all over the world to the Nepali mountains. Again the second-best season for trekking in the Nepali mountains starts from the second week of September. October, November, and the first of December bring another round of thousands of trekkers to the Nepali mountains.
BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING
The period between the First Week of February and the First Week of June is often regarded as the best season for trekking in the Nepali mountains. Temperatures during this period in the Nepali mountains remain relatively warm 10° to 15°, much warmer than the one you experience during the winter. The most important thing about this season is that mornings mostly remain bright and clear. The afternoons remain mostly filled with warm air. The rhododendron forests in springtime create a spectacular scenes. You can experience the wild and natural “Himalayan” beauty. Needless to say, June is much warmer and greener.
Another best season for trekking in the Nepali mountains is from September to the half of December. This is often regarded as the ideal time for the panoramic view of mountains. Days during these months typically remain sunny and clear. Moderate temperatures and comparatively cool evenings make the experience of trekking in this part of the world quite unique.
Please be informed that July to August is the season of monsoon in Nepal. But the monsoon is mountains are different from the ones in the plains. Making trekking around Mustang, Rara, Dolpo, Annapurna circuit, Lantang Valley, Jomsom Trek, Everest base camp, and Gokyo valley during this season enables you to explore nature in their unique blend.
HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATION
While you stay in Kathmandu, we offer you accommodation in a hotel of two to three stars as part of our BB plan. Similarly, while you are in your trekking you offer you accommodation in the teahouse (mountain lodge) as part of our AP plan (accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner). We would like to inform you that teahouses (mountain lodge) are more like hotels. They offer hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). As part of this plan, you will be served overnight halts with dinner and breakfast win teahouses (lodges), and lunches in local restaurants en-route. With it, you will be able to experience truly Nepali cultures and lifestyles.
MEALS AND DRINKING WATER
We offer you meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) as part of this package. Regarding hygiene, you can trust our guides who hold sufficient information about local lodges, which maintain the standard in their food and services. You will be served freshly prepared Veg/Non-veg foods. The local lodges serve you western, continental, Nepalese, Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan meals.
Are you worried about drinking water?
Well, there is nothing to worry about it. You can buy mineral water, boiled water, or filter water during the trekking. But you suggest you to bring iodine tablets with you.
THE TIME TABLE YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN
During the days of trekking, you will be woken up at 7 am early morning. After a quick breakfast, we repack our duffel bag and leave the place with our Sherpas.
You will find yourself on the trail by 8 a.m. We love to see you trek at your own pace. We suggest you carry a daypack and camera. Our Sherpa guides are known worldwide for taking their guest through spectacular scenes created by the flora and fauna of the mountain world of Nepal. They know the best place to stop for a while and relax, purchase some snacks or soda, use toilet facilities, and buy souvenirs.
The best time for lunch for you would be the hour between 11:30 and 12:30 in the afternoon. Your hike usually ends in between 3:30 pm to 4 pm every day. After your dinner is served, its time you spent playing cards, music or reflecting on all wondrous moments and planning about the plan for the following day.
COMMUNICATION AND ELECTRICITY FACILITIES
Most of the trekking routes you follow provide you modern communication facilities. Telephones and Internet services are available in almost all trekking areas in Nepal. Needless to say, electricity facilities too are available at almost all trekking areas. Please remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters with you. In case you forget, just ask our guide they will take you to the supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu.
CURRENCY AND BANKING FACILITIES
Nepali Currency is spelled as Nepali Rupee (Rs). Currently, in Nepal notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupee. Nepal has modern banking facilities. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Most of the towns you happen to pass through during your trekking provide you ATM facilities too.
Please be informed that travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking trekking of all kinds in Nepal. The insurance should provide you adequate protection during the tour completely. It should cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.
Our guides can provide their services 24 hours a day during the trek. They hold basic training in first aid, and hold knowledge about providing medicines of basic levels should you feel any kind of uneasy in your body. They also know how to take or us Ox meter to track your oxygen levels. They know if you are fit enough to continue trekking. Local health posts are also available in the route. The foreign doctors have established many such health posts, and overseas personnel mainly in the Everest and Annapurna route staff many. You can have thorough checking-in such health posts.
In case, trekkers become seriously sick and they need helicopter rescue urgently, the helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they transport the trekkers to the hospital. In such a situation, we call or send emails to the insurance company of our trekkers. Only after receiving the guarantee of payment, we will be able to send a helicopter to save your life then admin at the reputed hospital.
It is your insurance company that should bear the cost of medical treatment and rescue expenses.
CLOTHING /EQUIPMENT/LUGGAGE STORE
Please be sure that the clothes you carry with you should be light enough for the warmth of the days and importantly warm enough for the cold nights of the Himalayas.
Nepal has various climates. Clothes of light and warm materials are a must. We suggest you carry a dress of casual and comfortable styles. As you climb altitudes above 2000m, you must wear warm woolen clothes but as you start trailing down to lower altitude cotton clothes can make you feel a lot more comfortable. Therefore, you are suggested to bring comfortable clothes suitable for both humid and chilly conditions.
In case, you don’t possess the four-season sleeping bag/ jackets and duffel bag, please don’t worry about it. We do provide such necessity in free of cost for the duration of trekking.
Hotels you stay in Kathmandu or our office can provide storage services without any cost. You are suggested to leave your belongings that are needed during the trekking at the hotel or at our office.
DOMESTIC FLIGHT INFORMATION
Trekkers in Nepal have to use Twin Otter and Dornier’s primary modes of transport to and from the airstrip. Since you are trekking in the geographically as well as climate-wise the most difficult part of the world, it is natural that flights get canceled. Mountain weather conditions or technical issues are something we cannot predict. In case of cancellation of flights, we can hire a helicopter for you to maintain your schedule.
A helicopter facility can only be provided if our clients agree to pay the extra charges. Needless to say, the helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers.
We would like to repeat it that in case the helicopter service is required, the trekkers must pay the cost. We can help you prepare documents you need to submit to the travel insurance company for reimbursement.
Please be informed that the Twin Otter and Dornier aircraft allow only 15kgs as a weight limit. This weight is equal to 33 Pounds. This weight includes both your duffel bag and a daypack.
This means you need to pack and prepare your luggage wisely. We suggest you not to exceed the limit to avoid an additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 per kg.
How much money or cash you should be carrying with you depends on how you do the trip and the number of days you want to spend here in Nepal. Much also depends on your spending habits.
Generally, you can have your lunch and dinner in 10 to 15 USD. How much you will be spending during your trekking depends on the standard of the package you have purchased. If it is a full board or budget package you have chosen. Normally, Our experience tells that that 15 to 18 USA will be enough for a trekker who has purchased a board package to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for hot showers, and a few drinks during the trek. If you buy a budget package, you pay for your meals on your own. For this, you need to spend USD 25 to 35 per day.
FLEXIBILITY OF ITINERARY/ ADD EXTRA TREKKING DAYS/EXTEND HOLIDAY
If you are making it a private or solo trip we would like to suggest you to make your itinerary flexible.
Needless to say, we can help you explore plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday. We can help you enjoy your time before you make the main trip and after you complete your main trip.
TIP TREKKING STAFFS
How much you should give a tip to your trekking guide depends upon the level of satisfaction you have gained from their service. We would like to suggest you make a human relationship with your guide and porters. Generally, we have found that trekkers tip from USD 20 to USD 500 per person for their guides and porters. We would like to remind you that tipping is not required. But a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters will make you as well as them happy. We recommend that spending 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide, and porter would be a wise thing.
We would like to repeat again that how much you should tip your trekking guide and porters is depended upon the level of satisfaction you have gained.
Tourists coming to Nepal do not need to go through any specific immunization process. But it is best to get vaccinated before you come to Nepal.
Please consult your doctors for the type of vaccine you need to get before you head towards Nepal.
You should book the service at least 15 days prior to tour departure date. After you confirm your trip with us, you should be sending us a photocopy of your passport or your personal information. The personal information you provide must contain your surname, name, and date of birth, passport number, nationality and gender clearly. Importantly, you need to pay the 20% of the total price in advance for the domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. You can pay the remaining balance after you arrive in Nepal.
In case you want to cancel already confirmed booking you should inform us through written documents or electronic mail. After we receive the document then only we will be in position to cancel your trip. We would like to inform you that 30% of the trip amount that you have paid in advance will be charged as the cancellation fee.
RISK & LIABILITIES
We are professionals. We remained committed to provide the best services to you. We try our best to make your trip pleasant and comfortable.
For this, we perform our service honestly, professionally and ethically. With us you can feel safe and happy.
However, we would like to remind you the fact that the entire tourist package in Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan is handled strictly under the rules and regulation of the respective government’s policies. Government policies are subject of change and improvisation.
Therefore, the Unique Path and its related organization shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as government decisions.
We would also like to remind you a fact that Himalayan countries like Nepal and Bhutan and Tibet state of the Republic China is prone to natural calamities such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow and so on. The package you buy with us may get obstructed. For this, we need to improvise things then and there. This means you need to bear the cost of the money that is required to make your trip full of adventure and successful.
Needless to say, the tour package may also be affected by political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay of flight, sickness or accident. For this, trekkers themselves need to bear the extra cost. What we can do is take care of your health, provide security and do our best to make your trip pleasant and comfortable.
Thank you very much.