Frequently Asked Questions on Nepal Tour & Trekking

Frequently Asked Questions on Nepal Tour & Trekking

Know about Nepal before you come to Nepal

Do I Need A Visa To Enter Nepal?

Yes, all the foreigners, except Indians need a Nepalese visa in order to enter Nepal. Most of the nationals can get the on-arrival visa at the TIA airport; however, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?

You need to have a valid passport and some passport-sized photographs and visa fees of course.

How much is the visa Fee?

  • Visa Fee Valid till now (Subject to change, updated July 2020)
  • US$ 30 for 15 Days,
  • US$ 50 for 30 Days and
  • US$ 125 for 90 Days

What is Nepal best known for?

Nepal is best known for being the land of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest as well as the birth place of Lord Buddha, the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Eight among the world’s 14 tallest mountain peaks are located in this naturally beautiful country. With the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6000 meters/19,685 feet, Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions and incredible trekking journeys. Trekking in Nepal Himalayas offers astounding mountain views and an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life and culture of mountainous people. By and large, Nepal is known for adventurous journeys such as Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Island Peak climbing, Mera Peak climbing, and Mt. Everest expedition. Wildlife safari, white-water rafting, cultural tours, and pilgrimage tours like Kailash Mansarovar Yatra are other attractions in Nepal.

What is the security like in Nepal for Tourists?

Nepal is a very safe destination for traveling. It is considered as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. The chances are it’s probably safer here than your home country. One can freely walk at night. There’s a very low rate of serious crime in Nepal. Tourist police are appointed to support and take care of tourist safety and security. Moreover, when you are on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.

Which power plugs and sockets are used in Nepal?

The standard voltage of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. If the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 & 240 V, as it would be in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa, you can use your electric or electronic appliances in Nepal without a converter. However, if the standard voltage in your country is n between 100 & 127 V, as it would be in the US, Canada and most South American countries, then you will need a voltage converter before using your appliances. If you are not sure about the voltage thing, you can check on your appliance where you will find a label. If the label states something like “INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, your appliance can be used in any of the countries in the world. The power plugs and sockets used in Nepal are of type C, D and M, usually with three round pins with either small or large pin sizes. Type C is known as the standard Euro plug which also works with plug E and plug F. Type D sockets are mainly used in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and many African countries and it works only with plug D. Type M is same as type D but has larger pins and it works only with plug M.

Where and who comes to receive us after our arrival in Kathmandu?

You will be received by our guide or Alpine Eco Tour’s representative at the terminal of Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu upon your arrival.

How Can I recognize your representative?

Our representative will stand in front of the international terminal with the Placard of Alpine Eco Trek Tour or the client’s name; also he will be holding an identity card of Alpine Eco Tour who is coming to transfer you to your reserved to the hotel.

What do I do with my bags, do they carry?

Yes, our representative and driver will help you carry your luggage from the terminal to the transport. Do not let carry to the unknown person, they easily accept carrying your baggage and later ask for money.

Who Should I contact during my stay in Nepal?

We allocate a guide or officer from our company who will give you complete information about your upcoming plans. You can contact us anytime at +977 98510 36844 (Mr. Ram – owner) for anything!!

Do I need to be fit to trekking, Should I do a prior preparation trek?

In fact, you don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are physically and mentally fit, have the spirit of mountain trips, like walking or hiking, you are always qualified for trekking in Nepal. You don’t need any prior experiences but we suggest you have some physical fitness such a running, swimming, hiking and etc.

What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?

Tea house lodges are built almost in all famous trekking trails such as Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and etc. In the tea-house trek, you will be staying at mountain lodges and have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their restaurants; those tea-house lodges are built by the local villagers. Now, the tea-house lodges are more like hotels with hot shower, continental, and Nepali food, and comfortable private room with two beds but no attached bathroom. Also, if you stay at the local guest houses, you will have an opportunity to interact with locals about their culture, lifestyles, and traditions.

What is Camping trekking? How is it organized?

In Camping Trek, you will be sleeping in a tent. Our Sherpa crews maintain tents wherever we need to sleep. During Camping trekking, all food is prepared and served by our camping crew and foods are always hygienic and fresh. Nowadays, you hardly see people doing camping on common routes as there are plenty of guest houses.

What Equipment should I bring during trekking?

It is advised to bring your personal gears such as walking boots, Sand shoes, Sandal, water, and windproof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, thick pullover, short pants/skirts, walking stick, trousers/tracks suits and etc. Thermal underwear is important for high altitude and cotton is needed for lower and warmer altitudes. Also, do not forget to bring a water bottle (min. one liter), sleeping bag, Gloves, Knife, and sewing kit. Also Flashlight, lighter, extra boot laces, sunglass, sun cream, raincoat, personal medications, Alpine Eco - duffel bag to put your clothing and equipment.

What kind of food will be served during the trekking?

You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. Most of the tea-house lodges provide western, continental, and Nepalese dishes, and meals are provided on a Full board basis during your trip.

How long do we trek each day?

You will be trekking for about 5-6 hours each day with several breaks for Lunch, toilets along the trail. It also depends on the altitude of which trek you are heading for. In Nepal, the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3000m to 5000m.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

Nepal has four distinct seasons namely spring, summer (monsoon), autumn and winter. Spring lasts from March to mid-May where days are quite warm and late spring may experience some rain showers. Temperatures during spring hover around 22-24°C. The summer or monsoon season sets in from late May until August or first week of September. The hills turn lush and green during this season while the temperature gets warmer, somewhere up to 30°C or sometimes more during heat waves. Trekking in Nepal is extremely unfavorable during summer as the trails become wet, muddy and slippery. Autumn starts from September and goes until November. It gets cool with clear skies making it the most popular season for trekking in Nepal. During this season, the temperatures are just perfect with a maximum of 25°C during day and a minimum of 10°C in the cool nights. Normally, Nepal does not receive more than 2 to 3 days of rain during the whole autumn and winter months. Winter in Nepal begins from December and goes until February. Nights get very cold with temperatures sometimes even below zero. The maximum temperature in winter during the day however, can go up to 20°C. During the winter season, the mountains get enveloped with snow offering breathtaking views of the towering Himalayan peaks.

What is the best season for Trekking in Nepal?

The best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. Apart from this, you can still trek in Nepal but in selected regions.
In January and February, The weather is colder. So, we suggest not to do the trek at high altitude, for Jan and Feb, we suggest you do Langtang trekking, Poonhill – Ghorepani Trekking, Jomsom Muktinath Trekking.
Likewise, June to Aug is the rainy season in Nepal, During this time, heavy rain could occur at any time. Mountain Views are not clear. For this season, we suggest go for Upper Mustang Trek, Dolpo Trek, or Rara Lake tour; these areas are considered as rain shadow areas and rainfall very little. Moreover, June, July, August is also the best time for Kailash tour, Simikot Kailash Helicopter tour and Lhasa tours.

What happens if I fall sick during trekking?

To few trekkers when they trek over 3000m, they might feel some influence of altitude sicknesses like dizziness, shortness of breath, diarrhea, sprains, and muscle aches, and possibly a light headache which are fairly in common. In these cases, our guide who is skilled in the first-aid treatment and high altitude sickness will instruct you about any health requirements and also take care of you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can also be avoidable, if you follow some simple rules, it can be avoided, and will not suffer from altitude sickness.
The Rules are to trek slowly and do not exhaust yourself, drink at least three liters of water each day, and if you feel some kind of symptoms of altitude sickness, inform your guide and take rest immediately. If it goes worse and cannot be avoided, immediately consult with your guide and try to go down rather than going up. However, our rescue team is up-to-date for any emergency evacuation or Helicopter rescue if required. But, Helicopter rescue is costly and we recommend all trekkers do travel insurance covering all the Chopper evacuation and medical expenses.

What about Travel Insurance?

It is compulsory that all the trekkers/travelers obtain Travel insurance with traveling and it is suggested that the travel insurance should cover all the expenses such as Rescue and Evacuation arrangements, Medical expenses, Loss of Baggage, and etc.

Is your company’s trekking crew insured?

Yes, all of our trekker crews are properly insured during their trekking in the Himalayas.

What alcoholic beverages are available in Nepal?

Nepal produces all kinds of alcoholic beverages and you can find all the international brands of alcohol as well. Nepal all different types of bottled beers such as Tuborg, Calberg, and Nepal has some local beers as well such as Everest Beer, Gorkha Beer, Nepal Ice and etc, those are quite famous to foreigners. During the trekking, some lodges have a good supply of local whiskey as well as foreign whiskeys such as Gin, Vodka, Rum, and other soft drinks.

How hot/cold does it get in a day?

In general, it is hot enough during midday and it is suggested to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets so cold, so long trousers and warm woolen jackets are essential.

What kind of footwear will I wear?

You will need a light-weight pair of boots that have rubber soles with thick tread and good ankle support. Hi-Tech and Nike produce good walking comfortable shoes.

Is Trekking Permit Required?

A conservation Permit or National Park Permit is required to be obtained for the trekking regions. There are few restricted regions in Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Manaslu where trekking special permit is required. But, for trekking in a common area, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and national park permit are required to be obtained. Please consult with us about the permit and TIMS arrangements.

Should I bring my own medicine?

Please consult with your local doctor before you start your trip. Explain to him/her about your plans for trekking and how high you will be going. Your doctor’s advice is the most essential before you start your trip and get some medicine with a prescription if required.

Is it possible to hire equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara?

Yes, it is possible to hire or buy equipment either in Kathmandu or Pokhara; the things mostly you can find here in Kathmandu are Sleeping bags, Down jackets, Walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags, and more equipment at a reasonable cost.

If I am using domestic flights in the mountainous region, do I need to have some extra days?

Good questions, it is always suggested to keep two extra days if you are flying to Lukla, Simikot, Jomsom, Tapjejung, Rumjatar, Dolpo and etc. And we suggest you fly to these places right after a day you arrive in Kathmandu. There is a high chance of flights getting canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Is communication to home possible while on trek?

Trekking areas such as Langtang, Everest, and Annapurna, all of the lodges have telephone facilities. Nowadays, you can use your cell phone as most of the places have network facilities.

Is Nepal safe to travel? Are there any dangers on the trip?

Nepal is an absolutely safe country to travel to. Our staff does take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when the Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in a few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to a peaceful political stream. So there is no more fear and need to give donations to any party.

How will be our trekking guide and porter, up to how much one porter carry?

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all the problems, concerns, and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid, and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers.

What type of Accommodation in Kathmandu?

We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, the standard of service, location, food standards, and cost. Normally for trekkers, we give three-star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.

How many hours prior to the departure flight are we picked -up from the hotel?

You are picked from your hotel 2-3 hours before the time of your departure flight.

How are we assisted in our transfer?

During the day of departure at the appointment time, our representative meets you in the lobby of the hotel where you are staying. He will help you to transfer to the airport.

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