Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Nepal is a safe travel destination; you can move around freely and participate in outdoor adventure activities here without any problems. On May 28, 2008, a newly elected Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic, a new democratic country in the world, with many active political parties, ideas and leaders.

Certainly, if you arrive by air, you can obtain your Nepal entry visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu.

If you are traveling overland from India or Tibet, on arrival at the Nepalese border you can get a visa without any difficulties at the following entry points:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

You must bring with you a valid passport and two passport size photographs.

You can also apply for your visa at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

The visa fee is US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days stay.
For up to the minute information, please check the Nepalese immigration website: www.immi.gov.np or check prices with the Nepalese embassy in your country.
Make sure you bring the correct amount with you in US dollars.

We certainly do, we have been operating for 10 years and have established very good relationships with all of the hotels and other providers of accommodation in Nepal.
You can make your reservation through Nepal Spirit Adventure and enjoy the benefits of our good business relationships with proprietors. Whatever your budget is, for your visit to Nepal we can secure reservations to fit your needs, from lodges to the standard level hotels and up to high class, five star hotels.

Yes we can arrange that, a representative of Nepal Spirit Adventure will pick you up upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, all we need are details of your arrival times.

Yes, we do. You can choose a standard new model car through Nepal Spirit Adventure for short or long distance rental, and at the best prices.

You will need to have an international driving license, or you can hire a driver.

We can arrange international flights, but as we are based in Nepal, we suggest it is best for you to arrange these yourself from your home town.

Domestic flight tickets are included in all the travel packages we put together.

We can arrange all manner of different activities like river rafting, guided city sightseeing tour, mountain flights, jungle safari, bungy jumping etc, according to your requirements.

If you are personally fit, in good health and enjoy walking then you will be able to find a trek in our brochure that suits you. Normally, the shorter treks tend to be easier, the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. All standard treks in the brochure have been graded so you can decide what is right for you. It is also worth remembering that if we put together a tailor made trek for you, then you can choose where you go, and the level of difficulty, to match your experience and capabilities perfectly.

The best seasons for treks are the second half of February to the first week of June, and September to early December. However, one can go trekking in Nepal most of the year depending where you want to go, what you want to do and for how long. Even from July to August, which is the monsoon period in Nepal it is possible to enjoy clear weather trekking in the rain shadow areas such as the Mustang, Rara, Dolpo, Annapurna circuit, and the Langtang valley respectively.

Trekking is the ideal way to enjoy the best views of countryside, discover local peoples´ way of life and experience their culture, traditions, hospitality and history. You can create a tailor made plan with us then go trekking in any of the different regions in the Himalayas. There are many types of trek to from which to choose, from normal/easy trekking routes to challenging routes it really depends on you, how much time you have, your fitness and health.

There are two basic types of accommodation during your trekking; Tea House and Camping, all the treks are led by our professional guides who are well trained and hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal.

On a camping trek you will sleep in tents. The staff will include a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all the trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won’t enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads / mattresses are comfortable, and international style food is of a high standard and always freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere for eating and chatting with fellow trekkers during the evening.

In Nepal, on the more popular treks, enterprising villagers have built tea-house lodges.In popular areas such as Annapurna, Everest and Langtang, Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing).

In this arrangement overnight stays with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their way of life.

Yes, it is possible to just hire a guide and porter(s) according to your needs, and this is another way of doing trekking in Nepal. For economy treks, we provide a guide as well as a sufficient number of porters for your needs.

The cultural guides are quite proficient. The trekking guides and their assistants speak reasonable amounts of English, good enough to explain to you about the places you visit and the local culture.

Our porters can carry at least 25kg to 30 kg each.

Hygiene on treks has generally improved considerably over the last ten years. Our guides have the local knowledge needed to choose the lodges which maintain the highest standards of hygiene, and advise you during the trek.

All meals are prepared to high standards, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe to drink but we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. You can buy bottles of mineral water as well during the trek.

While on a trek you can expect to sample a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momos (steamed dumplings), daal bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew.

Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey. Hot tea is served at every meal. Although food is looked upon as "fuel" rather than a "culinary art", your cook will occasionally surprise you with such delights as banana fritters and apple crisps! You may want to bring a few of your favorite trail snacks with you.

You should be at least moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking at high altitude.

Mineral water, boiled water or filtered water are available throughout the trek. If you prefer to drink Nepalese tap or spring water it is essential that you bring iodine tablets with you.

You can get the electricity to recharge phones, camera batteries etc. during the trek in the Annapurna , Everest, Langtang, Mustang and Manaslu trekking regions.

Along the popular trekking routes there is some mobile phone coverage, and telephones are available in many villages where you can make international calls.

The day pack that you carry should contain anything you personally might need for that day, for example: your water bottle (drinking enough water is very important), camera and accesories, eye protection, medicines (if you are taking any medicine), toiletries, sun block, your documentation and valuables, waterproofs and umbrella.

Trekkers normally start their walk early, after a hot breakfast, to enjoy the morning sun bathing the peaks. Prepare a light day pack with what you need for that day. Your guide will organise the porters to carry all your other baggage and equipment - leaving you free to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains and valleys, the less weight you carry, the more you will enjoy it.

By late afternoon you will have reached your new destination and settled into your lodge, or if you are camping, a camp and food will be prepared by the trek staff. If you are on a camping trek with a group, the evening generally tends to be lively with some porter entertaining you with his tribal song while his friends improvise musical instruments, or just having a lively camp fire discussion of your own. Early morning, a hand stretches out with a hot mug of tea followed by warm water for a wash. Cooked breakfast and off you go again to you new destination.

Most trekkers want to record their trip. Himalayan treks offer a wealth of photographic possibilities and carrying a little extra photographic equipment can be worth its weight. Single reflex cameras with interchangeable lenses are most suitable for the situations that you will encounter.

Lenses should include a wide angle (28-35 mm) for buildings and landscapes, a telephoto lens (70-200 mm) for un-obtrusive portraits and close-ups of mountain peaks. A macro lens will help you photograph flowers of the Himalaya.

If you use film, carry plenty as you will probably end up taking more photographs than you planned (a roll a day should suffice). Make sure you have waterproof covering for your camera, equipment and extra batteries. You will need ultra violet and polarizing filters for high altitudes.

he proper foot wear depends on the trek. Shorter treks can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer ones require sturdy but lightweight hiking boots. Shoes and boots are best purchased before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots and we strongly encourage you to break your boots in before the trek.

Nepal Spirit Adventure prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek, in the case of serious sickness or an unexpected incident, the affected person will be rescued by helicopter.

Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that this is covered by your insurance before arriving in Nepal, or be prepared to pay after getting back to Kathmandu.

In order to be evacuated, all you or a companion has to do is to ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform us of the need for a helicopter.

When asking for a helicopter, you must give the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift, it is also important not to move from that place, even if the situation has improved, or you are getting better, once you have ordered a helicopter.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients undertaking any tour. 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. If you wish for us to arrange your travel insurance, we can do that for you.

The amount of money you bring on a trek depends entirely on you. Snacks and soft drinks during the day and an occasional beer after a long day of hiking can be a welcome luxury. These along with any souvenirs and film are all personal expenses. We have a safe in our office where plane tickets and money can be kept.

With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white mountains and sparkling rivers it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country.

Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you.The form of greeting in Nepal is "Namaste" and is accompanied by joining the palms together.Before entering a Nepalese home, temple or stupa, remember to remove your shoes.Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands while eating to touch other peoples food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish.

Do not eat from other people´s plates and do not drink from other people´s bottles or glasses. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence by the Nepalese.

While travelling dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.Leather articles are prohibited inside the temple precinct.Walking around temples or stupas is always done clockwise.

Take photographs only after receiving permission, this goes for objects and people being photographed.Public displays of affection between men and woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment.

Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean "Yes" Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect their local customs.

If in doubt about something, ask your guide.
 

All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive attitude and great personalities. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are all very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and, since they are natives of Nepal, they themselves easily and quickly acclimatize and can therefore offer the best care to our clients. They are all equipped with the necessary medical supplies, and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.

We ensure that all our staff are insured, well paid, and properly equipped. This includes guides, cooks, sherpas and porters. Please, click here.

We take pride in the fact that every single porter and guide employed by us is not only well paid but also protected by a life insurance policy. They are provided with warm clothing and proper shelter on all high altitude treks. All our treks also benefit village economies by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services).

We accept Visa and Mastercard. If you are paying in person on arrival in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or by traveler’s cheque as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.

We make sure that everything is as safe and secure as possible for individual women who travel with us, we pay special attention to this, believe us. We have trained our guides the way our clients want. We give you your own personal room on a lodge trek and a personal tent on a camping trek.

Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies are accepted in Nepal, along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Mastercard. Nepal also has ATM facilities in many places.

The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, a conservation permit or National park permit are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. A trekking permit is a special permission given to you by the Nepalese government to visit a restricted area. Trekking permits are required for the following regions:

Trekking Permit In Nepal Trekking Region:

Fee Per Week Per Person (in US$) Kanchanjungha & Lower Dolpo $10
Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo $500
Manaslu (September to November) $90,Manaslu (December to August) $75
Humla (Simikot Yari) $90

While you are trekking, communications can be difficult, especially in the mountainous areas. However, our guides and local staff will make the necessary efforts to obtain the transportation and reservations you need to get you home as quickly as possible, if for any reason you need to get back home in a hurry.

 

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