VISA and PASSPORT
Visa is required travelling to Nepal. Landing Tourist VISA only can be obtained at the following ports in Nepal
USD25.00 for 15 days with ONE photo per person
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal) Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal) Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Royal Nepalese Liaison Office Tel: (852) 2369 7813 Opening hours : 9am - 12noon.
Or you can apply online
Note: Your passport or travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months.
Most hotel, shops and restaurants accept credit cards such as American Express and Visa and payments in US Dollars. The local currency, the Nepalese Rupee ( Rs ) is divided into 100 paisa (p). Suggested to bring US dollars in cash with you for this trip just in case you may not take the money from banks in Nepal. You may change US or EUR notes at your hotel or at the closest bank or ask your local guide. Travelling cheques not recommended.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
Nepal enjoys an extreme variety of climates. Sitting at an elevation of about 1,350 meters (4,400 feet) the Kathmandu Valley has three seasons, the best being the cold season from October to March. The day time weather is pleasant year-round - 25ºC or 77ºF - However at night the temperature may drop to 10ºC or 50ºF. The sky is generally clear and bright and the air is dry and warm with a frequent early-morning mist - a result of the rapid heating of the cold air .The weather in Pokhara 900 meters or 3,000 feet elevation is generally several degrees warmer than in Kathmandu. The fertile valley and the heavy rainfall during monsoon produce a garden - scape of subtropical flora.
For more information on Nepal’s climate, please visit: http://www.weather-forecast.com/countries/Nepal
Although there is not more danger to health in Nepal than in other Asian countries, elementary sanitary precautions are necessary. Never drink unboiled and untreated water and do not trust in ice cubes anywhere except in your hotels. Mineral water in sealed bottles are found everywhere and is totally safe. Avoid eating raw vegetables and peel fruit before consuming. Never walk barefoot and wash your hands often. A possible medical kit should include:
~ Aspirin or Panadol
~ Antihistamine useful as a decongestant
~ Kaolin preparation such as Peptobismol or Imodium for upset stomach
~ Antiseptic cream or spray
~ Insect repellent, suntan lotion, sun block and chapstick
No specific immunisations are required for Nepal however it is wise and advisable to get your vaccinations done or updated such as Hepatitis, Meningitis and Tetanus particularly when you are living in Asia.
Nepal is 2 hours 15 minutes behind Hong Kong time.
ELECTRICITY – 220-240volts, with two or three prongs round plug.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
THINGS TO BUY – for your reference only
Clothes, local or knitwear, multicolored jackets, T-shirts
Nepalese cloth, wool shawls made from the finest goat’s wool called pashmina
Thangkas, the traditional Tibetan paintings of religion and ceremonial subjects.
Block prints, Handmade paper
The national carved knife called Khukri
Tibetan and Kashmiri carpets
Statuettes of Hindu and Buddhist deities
Paper-mache objects, masks and puppets, Tibetan crafts
Jewellery ready-made as well as copies of your own creation
Tea and books (Kailash Book Distributors next to the Yak and Yeti Hotel is excellent!)
WHERE TO BUY
Shopping in Kathmandu is more interesting than in Pokhara because of more variety:
Durbar Marg for “antiques”, jewellery and carpets
Thamel a tourist area in the old part of town
In Pokhara, many stores and stalls along the lake side sell all kinds of Nepali and Tibetan crafts.
Be aware that real antiques cannot be taken out of the country. Also try to bargain the offered price.
CULTURE AND CUSTOMS
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfied you are with their service. Suggested US$ 3 per person per day traveling with a group and US$6 per person per day tipping for driver and the local guide(s) by travelling in a private tour.
Begging is common in Nepal partly because both Hinduism and Buddhism encourage the giving of alms. Don’t encourage begging children and refrain from being generous. If you want to help it would be preferable to give a donation to the various non-governmental organisations helping “Child Workers” and low income women. Local schools will be only too happy with a gift of ballpoint pens.
3. Religion and Superstition
Always walk clockwise around Buddhist stupas.
Always remove your shoes before entering a Buddhist temple. Many Hindu temples such as Pushpatinah do not permit Westerners to enter.
Dress appropriately - shorts and revealing clothes are never suitable for women.
The Nepalese do not like to give negative answers or no answer at all.
Don’t use your left hand to accept or offer something. Using both hands honours the recipient or giver.
Do not intrude with a camera and click away at people, statues, shrines, etc... Seek permission whenever you are in doubt.
WHAT TO WEAR and BRING WITH YOU
Just Casual clothing is enough for this trip. Light clothing is fine in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. For evenings and mornings, a heavy woollen sweater or a padded anorak or jacket will be needed. Blue jeans, corduroy trousers or below-the-knee skirts are fine and comfortable shoes such as sneakers are ideal. Most toiletries are available except tampons.
Bring enough film, disk, and battery for camera and mobile phone with you for this journey as you may not
Get the some product in the country.
Flights are very often delayed in Nepal:
Patience is the only way to deal with it. In case of delay or cancellation of flights, neither
FRONTIERES 56 TRAVEL LTD, nor our agent in Nepal can be held responsible.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Nepal are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
Hong Kong Government raises the Travel Alert for Nepal to “Red” since 27 April 2015, please check and make sure you have travel insurance covered to travel to this country.
If you would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/note-Nepal.htm
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm