You can obtain a visa to Nepal from the respective Nepalese Embassy or Consulate office in your city or country by sending a valid passport with the properly filled visa application form attached along with the passport sized photograph. The validity of your passport should be at least of six months from the date of entry to Nepal. Any visitor carrying more than US $ 20,000 OR equivalent currency shall declare it by filling the Customs Declaration form on arrival to Nepal. If you intend to obtain a Nepal visa on your arrival at the entry point you simply can download a visa form from the link below to help expedite the process.
You can also obtain a Visa to Nepal at entry points upon arrival to Nepal, including Tribhuvan International Airport, and can easily obtain your tourist visa. Likewise, if you traveling to Nepal via land through the Indian border you can obtain the visa at the following entry points:
- Biratnagar (Jogbani)
- Birgunj (Raxaul)
- Bhairahawha (Sunauli)
- Kakarvitta (Pani Tanki)
In the case you are traveling to Nepal through the Chinese border, you can obtain the visa at Kodari check-point.
Payable visa fees are as follows:
- 15 days (multiple entries) - USD$25
- 30 days (multiple entries) - USD$40
- 100 Days (multiple entries) - USD$90
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries, and Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
Tourist Visa Extension
A Tourist Visa can be extended by paying USD$2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, multiple entry facilities can be obtained only for the extension period by the additional USD$20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to USD$3 on the regular visa extension fee.
General Trekking Information
If you're planning to trek in Nepal, you will want to be sure that you're aware of what type of trekking you'll be doing, the various permit fees that are needed, guide and porter recommendations as well as details around the trekking company that will be leading the excursion. Below is additional helpful information that will help ensure that you have a safe and properly prepared for adventure.
Trekking in Nepal
Hiking along the trails that form the main links between Nepal’s isolated villages and settlements is one the country’s main attractions. We will follow incredible trails, many of which have been used for centuries and involve mountain hikes, crossing through villages, exploring high passes, dense forest and valleys. Trekking in Nepal is one of unique and adventurous activities in the world. Normal treks will clock around 18,000 ft. (5.500m) elevation gain where you will enjoy panoramic views of snow covered mountains and fertile lands. Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas is enjoyable, and these trips have become comparatively easy with the development of lightweight equipment and clothing with booming tourist infrastructure. There are different types of treks with varying difficulties, from those that are easy to moderate, while some others can be long or even relatively short.
Vehicles, helicopters and aircraft are also available to explore the Himalayas according to one’s resources, taste and leisure time. However, you will still find people in remote mountain villages who maintain age old traditions and have not changed for generations. Even so, there is much that is new and interesting in the Himalayan villages.
The Himalayas, over the centuries, have attracted trekkers, mountaineers, pilgrims and ascetics. Since time immemorial its rugged heights crowned with snow and draped in vast glaciers has lured man to pit his courage and ingenuity against its dangerous challenge. Below the snowline at 18,000 feet, nature appears to relent and from the austere magnificence of the heights brings down to a different world of cascading waterfalls, lush green forests, flower-bedecked meadows and a variety of flora and and fauna. Here the rivers flow clear blue and icy. Here nestle small villages and hamlets with their diverse local customs, dances, folklore and architecture. The people are as vibrant as their surroundings and in many cases innocent of the sometimes dubious benefits of modern civilization.
Types Of Trekking In Nepal
We can manage different modes of trekking in Nepal as per your requirements. Generally, there are two types of trekking modes in Nepal: Tea House Trek and Camping Trek
Tea-House Trek (or Lodges and Guest House Trek):
- A Tea-house Trek is quite standard even if it is a locally run guesthouse. It is very popular in the well-developed tourist regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang-Helambu regions where Western meals, Continental meals, Nepalese meal (Dhalbhat), and good accommodations with attached bathroom with hot and cold shower are available in most of the places. This type of trek offers you good meals, good accommodations in the available tea-houses and lodges. In comparison with camping, the Tea-house Trek is cheaper and more suitable for both small and large groups. A tourism-licensed guide, supportive Sherpa Assistant and Porters will take care of you and will accompany you over the course of the trek. You will be provided with three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) as well as accommodations in tourist guesthouses throughout the trek.
Camping Trek (or Organized Trek)
- A camping trek is also known as a Fully Organized Supported Trek and are orgnized in ways that are similar to perhaps an exploratory or mountaineering expedition. The camping trek is comprised of a team that includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and porters to give accompany. Our company arranges all trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings for you. During the trek, our guide, cooks and assistants supervise the whole operation to help prepare hot meals and carry all equipment. We recommend our trekkers to carry only small bags to keep personal belongings, valuable items or the things that they might need to use during the day handy. At night, our trekkers are provided dining tents, sleeping tents and toilet tents. Also, they are provided with mattresses and down sleeping bags. All of them are carried by our team, along with other items such as tables and chairs.
For those clients who wish to experience the rural life of Nepal we can make arrangements for stays within the homes of those living in the villages. Such treks give you an opportunity to share meals and life style of the rural family. We offer the following arrangements for home stay full board based trek:
- Trekking permit
- Entry Permit for Conservation / National Park
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- All surface transportation where ever applicable
- Flight (where applicable)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Accommodation in tea houses (lodges)
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.
- Rescue Assistance
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- First Aid
- Airport pick up and drop off service
?Best Time For Nepal Trekking
Trekking in Nepal is available at any time of the year, but each season will deliver a different looking landscape, environment and experience.
Autumn (September to November)
Autumn is the best season for Nepal trekking due to excellent, mild weather and clear mountan views.
Spring (March to May)
Spring is the second great season to trek because of the excellent weather and clear mountain views. This season is also a popular season for expeditions as thousands of mountaineers summit Everest and other similar peaks during this particular time. Wildflowers like Rhododendron are in full bloom in Spring, and they can be seen along most of the trails across Nepal.
Winter (December to February)
Trekking in Nepal in winter Season is difficult because of Snow, however it is possible via trekking at lower altitudes (below 3000 meters) and is recommended during this season.
Summer (June to August)
Due to the monsoons in Summer, trekking is generally not recommended. However, keen botanists may find it worthwhile to trek at lower altitudes during this season because of the blossoming wild flowers and lush vegetation. Nepal and Tibet has some of the rain shadow regions such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Humla and Mount Kailash in Tibet. You will not face any kind of problems to visit these region even in monsoon season.
Trekking Guide & Porters
Having a trekking guide is key component of of your Nepal trekking experience, and having one ensures that your trip is easy and comfortable and surprisingly economical. We'll provide you with a professional guide who can speak your language along with a sufficient number of porters as per your requirements, at an affordable price. Having this team of guides and porters will help make your time memorable and enjoyable by removing some of the typicaly burdens faced while trekking in Nepal. Our porters will carry your luggage and the guide will give you the best explanation about local culture, history, religion, facts of trekking, and if any emergency, he will take quick action to resolve.
Illegal Trekking Operators
An increasing number of illegal trekking operators is becoming a serious problem for the Nepali trekking industry. As an umbrella organization of trekking agencies in Nepal, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) would like to request all trekkers to take the service of only the government authorized trekking companies for ethical, legal and trouble-free trekking trips in Nepal.
“Tour leaders” based in foreign countries
It has come to our attention that some "tour leaders" are forming trekking groups at their home country and operating in Nepal without taking the service of local companies nor are they paying the appropriate taxes to the government. Most of the trekkers joining these groups do not know that they are avoiding taxes and that their trip is illegal. According to Nepal’s legal provision, no foreigner can independently operate trekking trips in Nepal. These illegal operators do not insure their porters and guides and trekkers are likely to face difficulty in arranging emergency evacuation as they do not have any representatives in Nepal. As a responsible tourist, it is your duty to ask your group leader/tour organizer whether or not they are joining any local company. We kindly request you to make a trip which is ethical and legal and avoid yourself from falling into unnecessary trouble.
Some Nepalese Trekking Guides
The existing tourism law does not allow a Nepali trekking guide to independently operate or run a trekking trip. A trekking guide can either work with a trekking company or work as a freelance guide offering his/her guiding services but can not organize a trekking trip. Many trekkers who are not aware of existing laws, are found to be asking trekking guides to organize their trip (instead of asking a trekking company). This would be just "paying for a trouble". If your trekking guide proposes you to organize a trip, your answer should be "No".
A trekking guide himself is not insured and he would not insure the trekking staff that he takes along. Only a registered trekking company can insure all its trekking staff that accompany the group. If something goes wrong with the porters or guides, the trekkers who hire them would be liable for their emergency evacuation, medical treatments and other aspects which will certainly cost a large amount. As equally serious is if you fall sick or get injured in the mountains, they can not arrange emergency evacuation for you.
In case your belongings are stolen or if somebody harmed you while on the trek, you will be unable to seek recourse because your trekking status is already illegal. Most of such cases have happened with the trekkers who join illegal treks where there would be no responsible party for the trip's organization. May of these trekking guides or other individuals are found running these operations through their websites in the name of fake companies. Some of the websites run by illegal operators are listed below:
We have found that many trekkers are buying trekking packages from the hotel where they stay, which is not legal. According to existing laws, your hotel cannot organize a trek. From legal point of view, buying a trek through your hotel is like buying through an individual. However, if you buy the trip through the travel counter run by an authorized company in the hotels (make sure that it is the counter of authorized company), it is all right.
All foreigners, including those working in the diplomatic missions or NGOs/INGOs are also required to join the trekking company for their trekking trips except in some special cases. Since trekking companies have been authorized by the government to organize trekking trips, you will always get better rates and attractive trips through a trekking company. Foreigners can also embark on trekking trips independently without taking the services of a guide or porter which are entirely self-guided. However, if you take the services of the guide or porter you must go through an authorized trekking company so that these individuals can be insured.
TAAN, along with other concerned government bodies, is enforcing strict provisions at check points along the trekking trail to discourage illegal trekking trips. We would like to inform all the trekkers to use the services of the authorized operators and avoid getting returned from the trek if found to be doing so illegally.
Your support in this regard would help us to make your trip both financially and physically safe, ethical and help sustain tax-paying companies and the government to get optimum benefits from the trekking sector.
Things to Do in Nepal
Nepal is a combination of ancient history, vibrant cultures, and scenic splendor. Located between China and India, Nepal’s main geographical features include snow-capped peaks, lower mountains, hills and lush Terai plains of tropical jungles. Nearly one- third of the total length of the Himalayas and 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks are in Nepal. The landlocked country covers an area 147,181 sq. kilometers ranging from 70 meters to the highest point at 8848 meters above sea level. Therefore, Nepal’s popularity as a tourist destination has increased greatly over the years. While trekking and mountaineering have long been popular, an entire range of other activities is carried out. With the variety of adventure options, the country is a favorite among adventure lovers.
Nepal is all in all a walk to the heavens. There are many things to do in Nepal, however, the most popular activities are Trekking, Hiking, Climbing, and Adventure Tours.