Advices

We have compiled a few advices. Each group and each trip is different, it is difficult to give information as accurately as possible. Especially in Nepal, it is sometimes necessary to expect the unexpected … We are therefore at your disposal if you want more details. If you do not know the country, do not hesitate to contact us.

Equipment

The travel bag:
A valise is not recommended for travelling in Nepal. To carry your luggage more easily (especially for porters), we advise you to take a backpack or sailor bag.

The backpack (for trekking):
Backpack hiking with a capacity of about 35 liters. It will be useful for carrying your personal belongings during the day (camera, film, rain coat, personal medication, water bottle, etc. …).
It is preferable to provide plastic bags to pack your belongings and ensure impermeability.

Clothing:

  • 1 sunhat
  • 1 cap and / or banner
  • T-shirts (1 for 2 or 3 days walking): Avoid cotton, very long to dry
  • 1 sweater or under-shirt long sleeves
  • 1 shorts (not for girls: choose half paint)
  • 1 / 2 trekking trousers.
  • 1 rain coat
  • 1 polar jacket or Polartec Windstopper
  • 1 Goretex jacket style, simple and lightweight
  • 1 warm jacket or anorak (November to March)
  • Walking Socks (1 pair for 2 to 3 days walk). Avoid socks type in cotton : risk of blisters
  • 1 pair of gloves (from November to March)
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals.

Equipment:

  • 1 pair of sunglasses of excellent quality
  • 1 or 2 telescopic stick (depending on your habits)
  • 1 bottle (1 liter minimum)
  • 1 headlamp + batteries
  • 1 sleeping bag can go to -20 ° C from December to February and 0 ° C in temperature known as “comfort” the other months. To Everest: – 20 ° c.

 Miscellaneous:

  • Required Toiletries: take biodegradable products preferably
  • Towel toilet dry quickly
  • Toilet Paper + lighter

Pharmacy:

  • Your usual medicines
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Anti-Inflammatory Ointment
  • Drugs against pain: paracetamol preferably
  • Tablets for purifying drinking water. Even if the taste is not pleasant, it’s better than buying plastic bottles of mineral water, which will remain in the mountains …
  • Adhesive tape (Elastoplast type in 6 cm wide) effective prevention blisters
  • Treatment for colds and sore throats
  • Sun protection (skin + lip)

You can buy everything you need to Kathmandu: The shops are numerous. Products, even if they are fake for the most part, are of high quality and at very attractive prices. You can also rent equipment (sleeping bag, sticks, clothes …)

Before your departure, our guide will take care with you, to verify the contents of your bag to ensure there are no lack.

You can let your excess luggage in the hotels of Pokhara and Kathmandu. Your luggage will be stored safely.

Money

Conversion: For simplicity, 1 euro = Rs 100 ; 1 US $ = Rs 80

In Nepal, the practice of tipping is common and it is better to take them in your travel budget. This is at your discretion and depending on the quality of services received. For example, we have compiled a range of what is practiced in Nepal:

  • Restaurant: 5 – 10% of the bill.
  • Driver (private car only): 30 – 100 Rs
  • Hotels : at your consideration in the ballot box provided.
  • Porter: 50 – 100 Rs / day.
  • Guide: 70 – 130 Rs / day

These amount you may seem trivial, but are consistent with the standard of living of the country. The average wage in Nepal is estimated at between 3500 and Rs 4500 per month.

In Kathmandu, there are numerous private currency exchange offices. Their exchange rates are a little less interesting than in banks, but they are open every day and their opening hours are much broader.

If you have an international credit card, it is also possible to withdraw money in the many cash machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in the limit of 40000 NRs / day.

The entries of the main cultural sites of Kathmandu are paying. Per person, there should be Rs 100 for Bodnath, Swayambunath, Changu Narayan, 500 to Rs Pashupatinath, Durbar Square, Patan … Access to the city of Bhaktapur is more expensive : Rs 750.

Food

You can eat very well in good restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara for about 500 Rs / meal. You can find much cheaper in small local restaurants. In these and especially during monsoon, avoid eating uncooked vegetables.

On trek, you can choose your menu (drinks are not included). However, the guide has an overall budget (theoretically sufficient) for the entire stay. If you are hungry, the extras will be at your expense … Lunches are taken in the lodges.

Wherever you are, never drink tap water! A bottle of mineral water in 1 L costs between 12 and 20 rupees.

Health

A trip to Nepal or Tibet may not require a fitness optimum. But if the date of your last medical visit is quite old, it is the opportunity to conduct a health check by your doctor explaining the main features of your trip (especially altitude). If you follow a specific treatment, think about it before your departure and let us know.

No vaccinations are mandatory. To bring up to date your vaccination book is strongly recommended.

Malaria: This only affects people who travel in the Terai and participate in a safari in Chitwan or Bardia. The risk of malaria is low in Nepal. However, during the months of monsoon (June to September), it is recommended to protect yourself carefully or take preventive treatment. Your doctor will advise you.

Begging

Nepal is a poor country. You will be regularly solicited by beggars. Although some situations you feel very emotional, do not yield to the temptation to give money: It is a human reaction, but this is not the right solution to help the country.

Photos

Nepal is extremely photogenic: exceptional panoramas and scenes of life out of the ordinary. To respect the people, it is best to always ask permission before taking a picture, especially in religious places. If someone ask you for money, give up your picture.

On trek, you can recharge your batteries in most of the lodges, as long as solar energy has been generous during the day … An adapter is not necessary.

Schedule

In Nepal, the concept of time (and distance) is quite random. The delay of Nepal is a bad habit unfortunately well-anchored. It is recommended to be patient (transport, restaurants, meeting…).

Climate

It varies by region. For example, it is much warmer in the Terai (south) than Pokhara or than Kathmandu.

Autumn: The months of October and November are the best months for trekking. The views on the mountains are clear. Temperatures are pleasant. The nights are much cooler.

Winter: The time is always very clear, but temperatures are cooler. Many mountain passes are snowed in the mountains.

Spring: Temperatures are very pleasant and also increase gradually. Visibility is less and less the closer to summer. The mountains are in bloom with forests of rhododendron …

Summer: From June to mid September, it is the monsoon. This is not the best season for trekking, unless you have some luck. It’s a good season for those who wish to stay in Kathmandu Valley.

Administrative formalities

PASSPORT
Your passport must have 6 months validity beyond the return date of your trip. We advise you to let it in your hotel during your stay. A photocopy or a trekking permit acts of official paper.

VISA
Visas are required and obtained by your personal. It is your responsibility. Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (15 days: $ 25 or € 20 in cash, 30 days: $ 40). It is free for children under 10 years. Bring with you two passport photos for each visa.

Remember to ask for a re-entry visa if you want to go out of Nepal (Tibet, India, Bhutan…) and then return during your trip.

Important: Please check carefully that the competent authorities have pasted the stamp for the duration of stay requested. It may happen that they forget:Your visa is not valid!

AIRPORT TAXES
Before your departure from Kathmandu, you have to pay a fee in an office from the airport. Now it is Rs 1700 per person (Rs 1365 for India) and must be paid in Nepali rupees only.

A Rs 170 fee for a domestic flights is requested by the authorities.

TREKKING PERMIT
We take care to obtain permits for trekking (and TIMS card). To do this it is necessary to provide the earliest possible information sheets and a copy by mail, of the first 2 pages of your passport.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will also provide 2 passport photos to complete