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