Nepal the beautiful South Asian country is an ideal travel destination for both adventurer and relaxation seekers. However it is most important to be fully prepared before you go and know about the place you are going.
First thing first Nepal is not limited to only highlands and High mountains. The country is gifted with uniquely diverse landscape with hills in the north and flat expansive plains to the south. So you are not just limited to trekking and climbing mountains, array of options lies ahead of you to choose from like adventure sports, tours, jungle safaris, cultural tours and many more.
The first thing that pops in your head and a must know before traveling anywhere is WHEN TO GO? In case of Nepal:
|Oct – Dec||Good weather, sunny warm days, cool evenings||Peak tourist season.|
|Jan – Feb||Sunny but cool ; Off season||Off season so you can get good deals|
|Mar – May||Good weather ; Tourist season||Not as busy as Oct – Dec|
|Jun – Sep||Rainy ; July & Aug is Monsoon||Not the best time to come. (End of Sep. is starting to get nice.)|
Visa and Customs
Nepal has only one international airport so if you are entering Nepal by air than your entry point will be Tribhuwan International Airport. The Visa and Customs are easy and are issued upon arrival; here are the list of things you will need.
- Carry a pen to fill out the forms (none available in the airport).
- Two passport size photos; latest (bring plenty as you will need these for trekking permit, visa extensions, and any other official document in Nepal.)
- US dollars or any other convertible currency
- 15 days is $25
- 30 days is $40
- 90 days is $100
- Address and contact of where you will be staying.
A bit of BASIC NEPALI LANGUAGE will come in handy and ease your stay in Nepal. Learn how to say Hi or Hello in Nepali language to break the cultural barrier with the locals.
How to say in Nepali
|How much does it cost?||
Esko kati parcha?
I am Happy
Ma khusi chu
|What time is it?||
The traditional manner of greeting in Nepal involves placing your palms together in a prayer style and saying “namaste” or “namaskar“. Address anyone older than you with respect using the terms “dai” for men and “didi” for women.
The another tough decision is WHAT TO PACK for Nepal. Just to make it clear you can get anything in Nepal which you get in the west so just pack light. Here are some things you might want to bring depending on your planned activities:
- A good pair of trekking shoes, climbing shoes well broken in.
- Good camera – Nepal is a photographers dream and does feast your eyes with its surreal beauty.
- A pocket size good flashlight, there are always powercuts.
Don’t worry about bringing your trekking and climbing gear all the way from your home, just head straight for Thamel ” the tourist mecca” where you can find everything you want.
Do’s and Don’ts
Dress and Attire
Nepalis are innately conservative in their attitudes to clothing. T-shirts are perfectly acceptable for men and women, while many guide books which says no shorts for women than they are outdated, moderate shorts are fine.
However things are different when visiting a temple or monastery. Men should always wear a shirt and long trousers if possible. For women skirt that hangs to mid-calf level or trousers are acceptable.
If you ever want to take a dip in the stream or bath in the village tap than men should wear shorts or underwear whereas women can wrap in a sarong as the village women does.
[2016 update: The clothing norm is changing in many cities and frequently trekked routes of Nepal. You can fine Nepali girls with short in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara]
Most Nepalese don’t mind being photographed “they have the best smile”. However it is polite to ask first, especially if photographing ceremonies or older people.
Just DON’T give candy or money to beggars but instead you can donate to a school, monastery or hospital. Dealing with beggars is a part of traveling in Nepal so you need to quickly learn to ignore them.
Some More of Do’s and Don’t
- Use two hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money to show appreciation and respect.
- Don’t eat with your left hand.
- Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery.
- If you take a sip from someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips.
- Don’t eat off someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
- Never trek alone : If you run into trouble no one will know. The best option is trekking with an agency which assures the greatest security.
- Security: Take care of your personal gear carefully in lodges and on the trail. Always lock your room or baggage.
- High Altitude Sickness: Find out more from your agent or the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) about this sickness and helicopter rescue options. Always register your trekking plans with your embassy, consulate or HRA.
- Drinking Water: Drink only after water is boiled or iodized. Always wash your hands before eating.
Nepal in Pictures
Not many countries in the world offer as many environmental and cultural diversity as Nepal does. The topographical diversity of Nepal allows it to offer a variety of adventure tourism packages.
The tourism packages are never short of ancient cultural and natural marvels that offer visitors breathtaking adventures. This diverse country has a surprise for you stored in every corner. [Explore the adventure tourism packages]