General Information:

Time Zone: 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

Dialling Code: +977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport should be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal and if you are planning to visit Tibet and Bhuatn, good to have one year validity.

Note: Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Switziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you can visit www.nepal-consulate.net.au and also email at adelaide@nepal-consulate.net.au or contact immigration of Nepal. Please do not rely (100%) on the website information for visa rules as the website may not have been updated recently. 

Nepalese consulates issue visa in Australia (approx: AU$ 65 for 15 days, 85.00 for 30 days or $ 175 for 90 days) or at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land: • Kakarvitta, Jhapa • Birganj • Parsa • Kodari , Sindhupalchowk • Belahia, Bhairahawa • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj • Mohana, Dhangadhi  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar. Further details can be obtained on request.

 

Duty Free:

Import: 

Apart from your used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.

Export:

The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and

religious reasons.

 

Bank & Currency:

Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 85 to 90.00 (as AUD is a fluctuating currency) Nepalese Rupees (Currency conversion subject to change). Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays.

While traveling in Nepal, Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take local currency.

ATM:

ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital and Pokhara. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available, lots of time black out and it does not operate without electricity. If in case you forget password and have one card or anything wrong and taken away by the machine, you could be sort of money. So alternative backup plans are recommended.

Note: Travellers cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

 

Insurance:

A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is becoming fairly common in Nepal. Hotels and restaurants already added 10% service charge as tips. If you are going on a trek,  good to save your tipping money to guide and porters.

 

Can I bargain?

Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but recommended to treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide:

The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek. Bottle of water is available to purchase widely.

 

Medical Services:

Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on a western standard.

 

Immunization:

Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however it may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with a travel doctor or your GP before departure. A useful article to read at: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/CIWEChandouts/Immunizations_Recommended_for_Travel_in_Nepal.pdf 

 

Climate:

Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with the geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has namely five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in some areas, winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23°C in the Terai. In mountainous regions, hills and valleys, summers are temperate while winter temperatures can plummet under sub zero. The valley of Kathmandu has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 35°C and 2°C – 12°C respectively.

The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of the precipitation is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang.An interesting fact is that there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

 

Here’s a brief view of the average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

Place

Summer (May, June, July)

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Max (°C)

Min (°C)

Rain (mm)

Kathmandu

28.1

19.5

312

19.3

3.0

15.4

Pokhara

29.7

21.3

829.7

20.3

7.7

26.3

Chitwan

33.0

25.3

404.0

24.1

8.3

13.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture:

Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century.A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalis are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

 

Religion:

Nepal was declared a secular country by the Parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.

Buddha is widely worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. The five Dhyani Buddhas; Vairochana, Akshobhaya, Rathasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi, represent the five basic elements: earth, fire, water, air and ether. Buddhist philosophy conceives these deities to be the manifestations of Sunya or absolute void. Mahakaala and Bajrayogini are Vajrayana Buddhist deities worshipped by Hindus as well.

Hindu Nepalis worship the ancient Vedic gods. Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer, are worshipped as the Supreme Hindu Trinity. People pray to the Shiva Linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva in most Shiva temples. Shakti, the dynamic element in the female counterpart of Shiva, is highly revered and feared. Mahadevi, Mahakali, Bhagabati, Ishwari are some of the names given. Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, also represents Shakti.Other popular deities are Ganesh for luck, Saraswati for knowledge, Lakshmi for wealth and Hanuman for protection. Krishna, believed to be the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped widely. Hindu holy scripts Bhagawat Gita, Ramayan and Mahabharat are widely read in Nepal. Vedas, Upanishads and other holy scriptures are read by well learned Brahmin Pundits during special occasions.

 

Customs:

The diversity in Nepal in terms of ethnicity again makes room for various sets of customs. Most of these customs go back to the Hindu, Buddhist or other religious traditions. Among them, the rules of marriage are particularly interesting. Traditional marriages call for deals arranged by parents after the boy or girl come of age.

Nepalis do not eat beef. There are several reasons for this, one being that the Hindus worship cow. Cow is also the national animal of Nepal. Another interesting concept among Nepalis is division of pure and impure. “Jutho” referring to food or material touched by another’s mouth directly or indirectly, is considered impure by Nepalis. Nepalis consider cow dung to be pure for cleansing purposes. During menstruation women are considered impure and hence, are kept in seclusion until their fourth day purification bath.Nepal is a patriarchal society. Men usually go out to work while women are homemakers. However, in cities, roles can differ. Most Nepalis abide by the caste system in living habits and marriage. Rural Nepal is mostly agrarian, while some aspects of urban life carry glitz and glamour of the ultra-modern world.

 

Food:

Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakai cuisines. Most Nepalis do not use cutlery but eat with their right hand.The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalis. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make meals in some homes.

The Annapurnas are Nepal's most popular trekking area. It's not hard to see why. Spectacular scenery, diverse cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most scenic areas for novice or experienced trekkers. The Annapurnas were the first mountains over 8000m to be climbed.The accommodation is mostly of a high standard in teahouses, and you can trek in relative style and comfort. The lakeside town of Pokhara is your starting point and a wonderful place to relax after finishing your trek. The famous Chitwan National Park offers another dimension to your trip with an exciting jungle safari package.The following morning you begin your trek in the Annapurna region north of Pokhara. You will climb gradually along the ridges that are the foothills of the Annapurnas. Passing through many villages you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people.There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, the Gurungs, Magar and Chetrie people the predominant being the Gurungs, better known as Gurkhas, soldiers in the British Army.Along the trail the scenery is magnificent, and we will see Himalayan giants such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Lamjung, Annapurna II, and Machapuchare (6993m). The terrain varies from sub-tropical valleys with banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges clad in thick rhododendron forest. In January and February these may well be covered in snow, while during March and April they will be a blaze of red rhododendron flowers.

Outline Itinery:

Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu

Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03 Kathmandu – Pokhara

Day 04 Pokhara -Nayapul - Tickendunga 2070m (Approx 4 hrs walking)

Day 05 Tickendunga – Ghorepani 2900m (Approx 5-6 hrs walking)

Day 06 Ghorepani - Tadapani 2540m (Approx 6 hrs walking)

Day 07 Tadapani – Chomrong/Jinhu 2040m (Approx 5 hrs walking)

Day 08 Chomrung/Jinhu 2040m - Tolka 1700 (Approx 5-6 hrs walking)

Day 09 Tolka to Pokhara via Deurali - 2010m (Approx 5–6 hrs walking)

Day 10 Pokhara- Day at Leisure

Day 11 Pokhara to Kurintar

Day 12 Kurintar to Chitwan National Park

Day 13 Safari Activities

Day 14 Chitwan National Park - overnight stay in the forest wildlife viewing tower

Day 15 Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu

Day 16 Kathmandu

Day 17 Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu

A local Himalayan Holidays’ representative will meet and welcome you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a welcome drink and check-in at the hotel a pre-trek briefing will be held. The rest of the day is yours to explore the local area. o/n at hotel

 

Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel to begin an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Your English-speaking guide will escort you to Durbar Square the historic centre of the city and home to the living goddess Kumari. Then on to Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple, situated high on a hill top, this stupa is one of the most recognized images of the Kathmandu Vally and affords magnificent views of the city and valley below. From here we travel to Pashupatinath the site of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal and located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see holy men known as Sadhus performing their religious rituals and you may witness funeral pyres burning on the river side ghats. o/n at hotel B.

 

Day 03 Kathmandu – Pokhara

Today we take an interesting drive to Pokhara by private vehicle. Nestled on the Phewa Lake Pokhara is a thriving township where you can spend your time doing any last minute purchases for your trek at one of the many equipment shops or enjoy a drink at one of the lakeside restaurants. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect starting point for our trek.o/n at hotel BL.

 

Day 04 Pokhara -Nayapul - Tickendunga 2070m (Approx 4 hrs walking)

Drive to Birethanti (1140m) from Pokhara. Walk through the lush, green Modi river valley, past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. We will pass through several villages and see farmers at work with their buffalos in the fields. o/n at lodge BLD.

 

Day 05 Tickendunga – Ghorepani 2900m (Approx 5-6 hrs walking)

After a short descent, we ascend to the village of Ulleri, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below and the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Then it is a gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside a cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani where we take the track a little further on to our resting place for the night and a perfect kick off point for those wishing to walk up to Poon Hill in the morning o/n at lodge BLD.

 

Day 06 Ghorepani - Tadapani 2540m (Approx 6 hrs walking)

For early risers, a 1 hour climb up to Poon Hill at 3210m offers you an awesome 360 deg view of all the Annapurna Range. Your guide will point out the peaks of Annapurna South (7272m) Annapurna I (8091m) Hiunchuli (6441m) and you will have imposing views of the Dhaulagiri Range to the West. From the Deurali pass the trail continues along a plateau before descending steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with birdlife, to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. o/n at lodge BLD.

 

Day 07 Tadapani – Chomrong/Jinhu 2040m (Approx 5 hrs walking)

The trail drops down from Tadapani, through lush rhododendron forest. From Ghandrung there are good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and continues up to the village of Chhomrung (2040m). Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.We may walk on to Jinhu where we can relax in the natural hot springs by the river. o/n at lodge. BLD.

 

Day 08 Chomrung/Jinhu 2040m - Tolka 1700 (Approx 5-6 hrs walking)

Stony steps lead down to Kabre Chautara and soon after we turn off for Landrung, leaving the Ghandrung path dropping away towards the river. An easy ascent to the Gurung village of Landrung, then about an hour and half gentle climb takes us to Tolka. o/n at lodge BLD.

 

Day 09 Tolka to Pokhara via Deurali - 2010m (Approx 5–6 hrs walking)

The trail climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill to reach Deurali (2010 m) for an amazing and close vista of Annapurnas from here. From Deurali the trail descends to Dhampus at 1580 meters for lunch. Today is our last on the trek, we make a steep descent to Phedi, and as we make our way back the sound of the donkey bells becomes more distant and the sounds of traffic become clearer as we near the road which takes us back to Pokhara. This is usually the time to farewell your trekking crew and many people like to treat their porters to a farewell dinner in one of the many restaurants in Pokhara, which will seem like a teeming metropolis after the serenity of the hill trails. o/n at hotel BL.

 

Day 10 Pokhara- Day at Leisure

A sightseeing tour can be organized if you wish. o/n at hotel B.

 

Day 11 Pokhara to Kurintar

Today we travel to Kurintar in our prviate vehicle for our stay at the Riverside Springs Resort, we arrive at lunch time which gives us plenty of time for some optional river rafting in the afternoon, or for awesome scenery why not take the Manakamana Cable Car to the ridge and visit the important Manakamana Mindir temple. Of course you can simply relax by the pool at the resort B.L.

 

Day 12 Kurintar to Chitwan National Park

After a relaxing morning at the resort, we travel to the town of Sauraha close to the gate of the national park, in order to commence our jungle/safari activities. In the afternoon we take an oxen pulled cart to a nearby Tharu village where we can meet and chat with the Tharu people, learn more about village life and perhaps purchase some locally made handicrafts. Later there may be opportunity for a slide and information session on the wildlife and flora of the area before your smorgasbord evening meal of fresh local produce. o/n at resort BLD.

 

Day 13 Safari Activities

Today we take a canoe ride to the elephant breeding centre, spotting many different species of birds as we travel up the river. After visiting the centre we return by jeep, before lunch there may be time for a swim in the resort pool, or you may choose to get involved in the hilarious elephant washing routine where guests get as wet as the elephants do. Our afternoon elephant ride takes us into the jungle where we get the chance to see rhinos, monkeys, and deer and if very lucky we may catch a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger. In the evening you can see the Tharu Cultural Show where you will be invited to join in the dancing and fun. o/n at resort BLD.

 

Day 14 Chitwan National Park - overnight stay in the forest wildlife viewing tower

Today your guide will take you to a wildlife viewing tower in the midst of the jungle. The viewing tower sleeps 6 - 8 people and your guide will be there to give you information on the wildlife that you will see in the evening, during the night and early in the morning in this exciting habitat.  BLD.

 

Day 15 Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu

An early morning walk gives us the opportunity to do some more bird watching, then it is time for breakfast before we depart for Bharaptur and our flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. o/n at hotel BL.

 

Day 16 - Kathmandu

Today you are free to spend the day at your leisure. Optional extras which can easily be arranged include an early morning Everest mountain flight, or further sightseeing to Patan, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley, or to the Medieval city of Bhaktapur. o/n at hotel B.

 

Day 17 Kathmandu

There is the last minute opportunity for shopping before your late morning transfer to the airport for international departure B

COST : US$ .........

COST INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Twin Share accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Kathmandu – Lukla return flight for trekking members and Guide
  • Accommodation in lodges during trek
  • Required Crew members
  • Everest trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • National Park Fee
  • All cost for trekking staff (First Aid Eco trained government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two members while on the trek)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staffs
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All Meals during the trekking
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Trip Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging: 

This is a long trek that goes right into high mountain country and Kalapattar (5554m). Physically quite tiring, it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required; you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

 

Itinerary changes:

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, your guide or we will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

 

Documents:

All trekking members should provide scan copy of passport to Himalayan Experience at least two weeks prior to departure.

Tour terms and conditions must be signed and sent to Himalayan Experience at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

Copy of insurance must be provided 2 weeks prior to departure.

 

Time Zone:

5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT

 

Entry Procedure and Visa Rules:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival.

 

Visa:

All foreigners (except Indian nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or on arrival. Passport to be valid at least for six months to enter Nepal.

Note:

Visitors from the following countries should obtain a visa before arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia,Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine & Afghanistan. For more information on visas you may like to visit http://www.immi.gov.np/touristvisa.php. We will be happy to help if you have further questions.

 

Tourist visa fee:

The Royal Nepalese Embassies or consulates (approx: AU$ 85.00) and at entry point's immigration offices provide various duration’s visa on request upon the presentation of a one year valid passport, one passport size photo.

 

Applying in Australia: You can apply in person or by mail to Honorary Consulate of Nepal. Detail information to apply can be found at www.nepal-consulate.net.au

 

Entry points:

By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

By Land:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Birganj, Parsa
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar

Rest of the details can be obtained at: http://www.immi.gov.np/visa/provisional-visa-arrangement-fee

 

Duty Free:

Import:

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring binoculars, movie or video camera, still cameras, laptop computer and portable music devices.

Export:

The export of antiques requires a special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old such as sacred paintings and manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons.

 

Currency:

Nepali currency is Nepalese Rupees (NRS). Approximately $ 1 is equivalent to Rs 92.00 Nepalese Rupees. Currency conversion subject to change. Credit cards are accepted in banks, big hotels and many bigger shops. Please retain your cash receipts and for changing local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at the Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge. Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday except government holidays. Out of Kathmandu valley banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 pm from Sundays through Fridays. ATM machines are located in a few banks in the capital. We do not recommend you to rely on ATM as they are not widely available. Too many blackout hours in Kathmandu valley and Pokhara.

 

Insurance:

A comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment and evacuation and $ 200,000 personal liability is recommended. Insurance is must to participate in the tour.

 

Tipping:

Tipping is becoming fairly common in upmarket restaurants in Kathmandu, so leave around 10% of the bill if service was good. Bargaining is commonplace in markets and tourist shops, but treat it as a form of polite social discourse rather than a matter of life and death.

 

Health Guide:

The golden rule is not to drink tap water or other water from open sources. Bottled water or soft drinks are available widely. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drinks and snacks from reputable sources are usually safe. Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin with insect repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. Iodine tablets or Iodine drops are alternative means to treat water during the trek.

 

Immunization:

Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Hepatitis A should be considered, however. It may be a good idea to get a complete check-up with travel doctor or your GP before departure.

 

Medical Services:

Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. The Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on western standard.

 

Clothing:

Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended from May through October. Warm clothes are needed for winter. An umbrella or a raincoat is a necessity for the monsoons.

 

Climate:

Nepal has a typical monsoonal two-season year. There's the dry season from October to May while wet season of the monsoons last from June to September.

 

People & Religion:

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups-the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Kathmandu Valley is the spiritual and cultural meeting point of all these groups. Hindu Temples and Buddhist shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha,the Light of Asia. There is a complex blending of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal.

 

Dialling Code: 977

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

 

Q. Are airport transfers included in the trip price if I arrive or depart out of the tour dates? If not, how much will a taxi cost from the airport?

Transfers are generally included in the price for everyone who arrives on the tour start date and departs on last day of the tour. Himalayan Experience is able to arrange transfers for you at an additional cost for early arrival and late departure . Arrival and departure transfers as well as pre and post accommodation can be organized on request. Alternatively, if you take taxi on your own, it will cost you approx: $ 10 to the city.

 

Q. What time can I check in and out at my accommodation?

Generally check-in and out is 12:00 Noon. However some time room may not be ready to check in if they have group check out at 12:00 noon. It will take some time for them to make your room ready.

 

Q. Are there western toilets available?

Accommodation in Kathmandu and very modern and have western toilets. Some lodges have regular access to western toilets while others don't. More remote the place the less likely you are to find western toilet facilities. Some lodges you will be staying will have private bathrooms.

 

Q. What is the currency in my destination?

While traveling in Nepal: Australian $ or US$ both currency are accepted by banks or hotels in Kathmandu. When you travel out of Kathmandu or Pokhara, please take Local currency. When you travel India, Tibet and Bhutan US$ is excepted widely compare to AU$.

 

Q. Are flights included?

The prices are quoted 'land only'. You may be starting your trip from any part of the world. You may also have different airline preferences and affiliations. Some of you may choose to book your international flight with your local travel agent, directly with an airline or via an online site. we also offer the option to purchase international air tickets. For Everest Base camp Trek, domestic flight to and from Lukla is included.

 

Q. Who will be my guide/leader?

This depends on the trip. Himalayan Experience Group Adventures are led by an experienced local leaders, who have enough experience and know their own country intimately. Also designed to support economy to create the job. So Himalayan Experience could offer the very competitive price.

 

Q. Why are your prices so low?

Himalayan Experience’s Director is from Himalayan region with 20 years of local tour organising experience. Dipak Dhamala also knows the suppliers very well. Our local travel agent uses well experience local tour leaders. Our trips are also run on a twin share basis, so single travellers do not have to pay a single supplement. We know the best of what to see and do, so we save you money by using your time efficiently.

 

Q. Is it possible to make any changes to the itinerary?

No. It is not possible to make any changes to our group trip itineraries, unless it is a private trip and suitable to change at the time. However, it will be changed according to the circumstances.

 

Q. What is included in the trip price?

All accommodation as listed in the itinerary [4 nights in Kathmandu and 12 nights on the trek]

All transport listed in the itinerary

Sightseeing and meals as listed in the Itinerary [2 half day sightseeing Kathmandu with all permits and guide]

All permits and national park fees for the trek

Kathmandu – Lukla return flight

Lodge accommodation on the trek

Guide

Porte

Duffle bag

 

The land price of your trip does not include:

International or internal flights unless specified

Taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified

Meals other than those specified in the itinerary

Visa and passport fees

Travel insurance

Optional activities and sightseeing and all personal expenses

 

Q. What happens if local flight get cancelled from Kathmandu?

If the local flight get cancelled due to the bad weather, before you fly to Lukla, Himalayan Experience’s local representative will book the available accommodation on you own expenses. But Can not guarantee the standard of accommodation as it is last minute arrangements.

 

Q. What happens if the flight get cancelled in Lukla?

Accommodation will be provided with breakfast. Local travel agent will reorganize the next available flight.

 

Q. What are the challenges:

Flight could get cancelled due to bad weather and you may get to wait to catch the next available flight

There could be heavy snow falls. You may have stay in one place until it is possible and safe enough to walk to next place.

Chances of getting high altitude sickness. If possible, will be taken to the nearest health post and also use of altitude chamber. Most of the time walking down hill might help. But if it is acute then, helicopter rescue may require.

There could arise some un-fore seen challenges.

 

Q. What happens if I can not continue the trek all the way to Everest base camp?

There will be some support staff for guide. One Support staff will be allocated for every 4-5 trekking member. Some time you may be walking back with porter and wait for other members to arrive.

 

Q. Can I book a single room?

You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis however throughout your Himalayan Experience trip, rooming is organised on a twin share basis.

 

Q. Safety Information

Himalayan Experience runs trips in keeping with a basic travel safety policy. Should our local travel operator on the ground deem an area unsafe, trips will be cancelled so as to minimise risks to our groups. Please keep up to date with http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.html or other reliable sources as well.

 

Q. What is the best time of year to travel? What is the weather expected to be like in my chosen destination at the time I want to travel?

The Himalayan Experience pre-departure information provides guidelines about the trip. If you need to look at the current or next few days weather from Kathmandu, please visit www.himalayanexperience.net and click the climate watch box.

 

Q. Can I take a suitcase?

Yes you can bring the suitcase to Kathmandu and Chitwan. But there is weight limit for Kathmandu – Lukla flight. You are allowed to bring on 15 Kilos including hand carry. (5kg hand carry and 10 kg carry luggage).

Himalayan Experience will provide a free duffle bag at the hotel who likes to use. They are not waterproof. You may like to take some plastic bags or waterproof cover to protect your personal clothing.

We would still recommend that you bring a backpack or soft bag. Porters are not always available to carry your luggage for you.

 

Q. Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?

Yes. Starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you at your own risk. Some time nominal fee is charged for this service.

 

Q. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Please refer to the packing 'checklist' on your Trip Notes. But if you are going to Nepal, it can be hired easily in Kathmandu @ $ 3 per day.

 

Q. Is Himalayan Experience financially secure?

Yes. Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) is a legislated body governing the licensing and operation of travel agents in Australia except Northern Territory. Himalayan Experience has substantial financial reserves that requirements set down by Travel Compensation Fund [TCF]. Himalayan Experience’s Client Trust Account is audited and monitored yearly in accordance with TCF standards.

 

If we haven't answered yet?

Please contact us at

Himalayan Experience: Tel: 02 800 375 44

Dipak Dhamala: Hot line: 0430 488 222

E-mail: info@himalayan-experience.net

Web: www.himalayan-experience.net

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Recommended equipment/packing list

Footwear:

  • Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow
  •  thick socks
  • light socks
  • camp shoes / slippers

Clothing:

  • Down or fibre filled waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sweater or fleece jacket
  • underwear
  • warm and cotton trousers or jeans
  • shirts and T-shirts
  • thermals
  • wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • Track suit

Other equipment:

  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons)
  • Trekking holdhall or stash sack with lock (keep approx 10kg – weight restriction at the domestic flight)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small alarm clock
  • 5 small clothes pegs
  • head torch / flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  • gaiters (optional, for walking through snow)
  • walking poles (optional, helps on icy path)

Other items:

  • Insect repellent
  • toilet articles
  • wet wipes (very handy)
  • small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • lip salve
  • plasters
  • personal medical kit
  • diamox / altitude sickness tablets
  • water purification tablets
  • toilet roll
  • laundry soap
  • laundry bag
  • pocket knife
  • small towel
  • sewing kit
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • cards
  • diary
  • Polar / cotton Liner for sleeping bag
  • Pillow Case

Admin:

  • $25 in AUD or USD only) Nepal entry visa fee for 2 weeks and $ 40 for a month.
  • 4 x passport size photos (2 for Nepal entry visa, 2 for trekking registration)
  • lightweight gifts - pens & pencils etc.
  • photocopy of visa, passport & insurance
  • Approx: $300 cash for 2 weeks (recommended for Living Social package)
  • Money for tipping guides & porters (withdraw before start of trek, as no access to ATM on the trek)

Notes:It is much cheaper (& better for the Nepali economy) to gear up in Kathmandu. You can buy anything you
need including down jackets, gaiters, walking poles, power adaptors ($3), stash sacks ($10), diamox &
water purification tablets. Jackets & sleeping bags can also be hired. ($3 ea. per day) Quality is not up to
Australian standards, but will do, most of the time.