FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)



01: How can I obtain a visa to travel to Nepal? Is there any country or embassy that issues visas on behalf of Nepal?


The best way to apply for a visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your country. All foreign nationals, except SAARC Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. The other choice is to obtain the visa from the Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal, such as at TIA Airport. The cost is US$ 50 (30 days) and US$ 30 (15 days). Two copies of your passport photos are required on arrival.



02: What is trekking?


Trekking in Nepal is a pioneer sport. Nepal trekking is a mountain walk from place to place, rather than just rambling or day walking from a fixed base. A trek is not necessarily more arduous or uncomfortable than centre-based sojourns; they are more exciting and rewarding. Trekking appeals to different people for different reasons; most are drawn to the healthy exercise and magnificent mountain scenery, which are fully guaranteed.



03: When is the best season to travel to Nepal?


The best season to visit Nepal is from March to May and September to November. However, some tourists prefer to visit Nepal in the lean season, too, because there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation and flight bookings can be done very quickly. June to August is better for doing treks that belong to rain shadows, like Upper Mustang and Dolpa in Nepal.& best season for the expedition is spring, as we suggest.



04: Do we need to cover travel insurance?


Yes, we advise you to get your insurance coverage from your respective country, Including Helicopter, guide & porters.



05: What kind of hotels do you use?


In Kathmandu, we provide tourist hotels (5-star hotels if you request), and During the trekking, we provide you with a guest house called Tea house. Tea houses are simple hotels (guest houses) with western Nepalese food and private rooms (twin sharing & bathroom nearby). In this arrangement, overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea houses (lodges) and lunch in local restaurants en route. Furthermore, you will stay in locally owned lodges, benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you an authentic feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.



06: What kind of trekking & expedition guides do you use for the trip?


We use experienced English-speaking guides. (French, Spanish, German and Japanese-speaking guides can also be arranged on request for an additional cost) for a group. Most of the Trekking Guides are from remote areas & for expeditions; we provide at least two times with the Everest-submitted guide.



07: Is it okay to photograph the people in local villages?


Yes, it is ok, and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves in print, but please ask permission first! If you take photographs, please make copies and send them back to us, and we will ensure they get delivered to the people on your trek.



08: Do I have to tip my guide/porter?


Your porter/guide should not ‘ask you’ for anything; however, at the end of your trek, if he has done an excellent job and you feel he warrants a thank you, by all means, a tip is always appreciated.



09: How much weight do I allow for my porter?


A more miniature day packs for yourself to carry your water and favourite snack bars, and the more extensive package (Duffle bag we will provide, which porters will carry) with a maximum of 12 kg, including a sleeping bag, will be taken by personal porters. (We provide 01 Porter for 02 persons).



10: How fit do I have to be for trekking?


You do not have to be a marathon runner or train for the Olympics, but you do have to be fit and healthy. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours daily. Mountaineering skills are optional to do a trek. However, as we suggest before taking trips, make some walking habits.



11: Are there any age restrictions?


No, there aren’t any age restrictions. We design a trek for children/teenagers/ pensioners. We offer a short and easy walk around Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley for children or pensioners. For adults and teenagers, we offer moderate to challenging hikes, like Everest Base Camp/ Manaslu/ Dolpa/ Mustang/ Annapurna/ Expedition, for those who want to feel the thrill & lifetime experiences etc.



12: What do I bring?


We have listed a few essentials that you will need to bring along with you. Then, when you book, we will send you a complete list of requirements.



13: What is involved in a typical day?


06.30 Wakeup call
07:00 Breakfast
08.00 Start walking
12.00 Lunch break
04.00 Reach Guesthouse
07.00 Evening meal
08.00 Talk about the next day
08.30 Entertainment



14: Meals?


As we do Organized/Tent trekking, our trained cook sets the menu and prepares meals himself. But when we do teahouse/lodge basis trekking, we choose the same menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner/ all but change the menu daily to contribute to preserving green tourism. In addition, when we trek, we do our best to introduce you to local culture and taste. (Breakfast always comes with tea/coffee; however, lunch & dinner tea/coffee are not included).



15: Where do we get water during the trip?


All Tea houses have boiled and filtered water for trekkers. (Water cost is extra). We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem. On a camping trek, we boil water in the morning, and you will have enough boiled water in your bottle for the day. If you like to drink purified water, you can have it from water taps during the trek, but you need to have your water purifier.



16: Is the water safe to drink?


Your guide will be in charge of all your water needs. He will make sure all water is boiled and treated with iodine. Iodine is 100% effective in killing the bacteria in water.



17: Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?


Our itineraries are designed, so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by gentle acclimatisation, allowing you to reach a high point without any problems.



18: Is communication to home possible on the trek?


There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. In addition, if you request, we provide daily trekking reports to your relatives at home. (Now even your mobile can work in the mountain).



19: Will somebody pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?


Yes, we will come to the airport to pick you up. We will display a name card outside the Terminal Hall with your name.



20: How do I book the package tour & treks to Nepal?


If the tour itinerary on the website suits you, you can book online or e-mail us. Also, if you want to customise your trip, we can start the dialogue and develop an itinerary that suits your interests and travel dates. To help you customise your trip, decide the duration you wish to spend in Nepal and the destinations.



Hopefully, you found all the answers to our frequently asked questions. Please visit our About Us section to learn more, and feel free to contact us through Himalaya Treks Nepal Facebook Page.