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Nepal Travel Guide

Nepal Holiday Suitability

Each of Nepal Footprint Holiday’s tours and treks are tailor made catering quality comfort appropriate tour pace and absolute safety. Our activities include cultural tours, trekking Mountain climbing, cycling of different grades and diverse adventure activities to give you an ideal holiday activities of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Our holiday packages are designed as per the sustainable tourism principle conserving resources of every kind and helping the local communities, where we operate our tours and treks.

Tour Style & Comfort

During the stay in cities, we provide you the accommodation ranging from budget tourist hotels to five star hotels, which addresses your economic preferences. During the treks, we accommodate you either in the tented camps, tea-houses or the home-stays. These are often small, family run establishments ‘called tea-house/mountain lodge or campsites, which provide unique experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, typically with en suite facilities. Packed with adventure, these tours offer inspiring destinations and authentic travel experiences at a reasonable price. Using all kinds of transport and accommodation, Nepal Footprint Holiday will take you off the beaten track to discover the true heart of the people and places you visit.

Your Tour Leader or Guide for Holidays to Nepal

A Tour Leader, Climbing Guide and trekking guide is an integral part of our trekking, climbing and Mountain Biking holidays. One of our experienced Tour/Trek Leaders who have been handpicked and trained will lead your tour. We believe that our Tour/Trek/Bike Leaders are the key to the success; they are passionate travelers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge, which they love to share. They will also take care of all the planning and organization throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you are traveling alone or with others.

Your Arrival In Kathmandu and Accommodation

In TIA airport, one of our Tour Leaders or Guides will come to welcome you with surprise. In a comfortable vehicle, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can have free refreshment time after long flight to Kathmandu that we know. We will find you always better accommodation where you can have good sleep. All Hotels in Kathmandu include breakfast. Single room available as request but there will be extra charge for single accommodation.

Food and Drink

As per itinerary during the stay in Kathmandu, before and after the trek, the food and drinks are not included. However, Hotel you stay in always caters hearty Breakfast. During the trekking period all, the meals are included like breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the GAP (Guide, Porter, Accommodation) we do not provide meals so please make sure about the type of trek you have booked with us. Please be prepared to pay for non-included meals and all the personal drinks, bar bills and beverages. Note that costs for drinks and meals can vary depending on location.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover some of the extra meals, beverages, shopping and desired drinks, which are not included in the tour price. Any optional sightseeing that are not in the itineraries or buying souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry and extra transport shall be paid by you. Of course, after an excellent adventure holiday the working team expects tips from you.

Tipping for Local Crew and Guide, Leader

Although not mandatory tipping is a part of tourism culture in this region of the world. Also this issue is always hard and difficult part of our business. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organize a group’s tips and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly, you allow for tipping of trek staff, drivers, guides etc. Just small idea for you is generally the guide will get per day 5 to 7 US$ and other staff less than that. If you are capable and happy, you can tip them more.

Foreign Exchange

On your arrival in TIA after immigration, there is Money Exchange Counter. Please be careful they always give you less exchange rate. After arrive in Hotel and nearby, there are many Exchange counters, where you may get good exchange rate. If you prefer easier mode while exchanging the currency, you may ask your guide for help. If you arrive to Nepal by land from India or Tibet, there are Currency exchange counters and banks, where you may exchange the currency.

ATM Availability: Although you may occasionally find cash machines these, are some times very unreliable because of not electricity power off or layer ATM. In the major city there are many ATMS and are working good. Like in Thamel and Pokhara, Chitwan services are reliable. On the trek these services are not available. You must prepare in Kathmandu or Main city of Nepal by changing the Nepalese Currency.

Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not generally accepted except in larger establishments of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara. However, if you go in tourist markets, restaurants and general store there are acceptable. You need to pay extra charge at list 3.5 to 4 percent.

Traveler’s Cheques: Traveler’s Cheques are not accepted as a valid mode of payments in Nepal.

Local Currency:

Nepali Rupee: Recommended Currency for Exchange: US$ or GBP, AUS$, SHF, HKD and some of popular currency easily accepted in major cities and towns if there are money exchange or bank service. In Kathmandu Airport, Touristic area of Nepal there is some of the authorized money exchange counter you will get easy cash change from there. Most of hotel they also offer cash exchange but some time the exchange rates are very low. Please ask our guide for further information about the agenda.

Important Information – Travel Insurance

It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must have valid travel insurance. It must indicate that you have cover for ‘at least’ medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury. We strongly recommend your policy include curtailment, personal effects and cancellation protection, as all deposits paid are non-refundable. You will also need to ensure your travel policy covers you for all activities you intend to do whilst on tour. Your insurer may charge an additional premium for certain activities. If you need any more help for that issue please let us know before arrival in Nepal then we can suggest to you some of the our Insurance Partner.

Visa Information

Nepal: An entry visa is required for all of international citizens except Indian.Visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and various international border crossings between Nepal and its neighboring countries India and China/Tibet. This currently costs 25USD for a 15 Multiple Entries.

40USD for a 30 days Multiple visa

All visas are issued as multiple entry visas and are valid from the date they are issued. A passport-sized photograph for immigration is required. Payment must be made in cash, US dollars are accepted when you apply visa from abroad. Upon arrival in Airport or Nepalese land border, they need Nepalese rupees.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure or you may contact us for further information.

Vaccinations & Protection Nepal

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, infectious hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio and Japanese encephalitis. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Although not compulsory, travelers may wish to take immunization against meningococcal meningitis. If you are taking some of regular and special medicine, please prepare from home as sometimes it is not easy to find in Nepal.

Preparing for your Tour

The Adventure Travel Experts available online or by emailing at info@nepalfootprintholiday.com

Climate of Nepal

Temperatures in the lower altitude regions are extremely pleasant. At Kathmandu and Pokhara variations in temperature are very limited: from the coldest recorded of 0°C to the highest of 38°C. The mountains are best admired, with greater air clarity, from October to March. Monsoon rains are strongest in June, July and August. The coldest months are December and January.

Clothing

Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. The following check list and notes to be sure that you have what you need for the actual trek.

Long Trousers: For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. Knee length shorts are acceptable in the more remote areas, but to avoid giving offense in the villages, you should cover up with trousers. Although comfortable, leggings are also unsuitable as they too cause offense to local people. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and become cumbersome when wet.

Down Jacket: After sunset, temperatures can fall below freezing point. A down jacket is the lightest and most convenient way of keeping warm when the temperature drops. Down jackets can be inexpensively hired or bought in Nepal. Our experience local guide in Kathmandu will give details at the briefing session.

Waterproofs: Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind but also stop you from overheating. They ‘breathe’ and avoid condensation, which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Rain during the trekking season is rare but can be heavy if it does happen.

Gloves: They are especially useful in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes. Thermal types are most suitable.

Socks: It is best to wear a pair of reasonably thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive; do not breathe well as they can cause blisters. A thick fleece pullover or jacket is necessary, as nights can be very cold at altitude. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your pullover or jacket.

Track Suit: Comfortable and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pajamas. Alternatively, thermal underwear is good. Thin Shirt/T-Shirt Thick Shirt or Thermal Vest Warm Hat.

Footwear: We strongly recommend you for good walking option and hence we suggest you to acquire, a comfortable pair of walking boots. Trainers and tennis shoes do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of walking boots. Ideally, visit a specialist outdoor who will offer advice. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them. Trainers and/or sandals are useful for post trek relaxation, whilst traveling and in towns.

Luggage: On Trek/Tour

Your luggage should consist of three main pieces:
Main Baggage: The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don’t need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek. We provide you free storage service in Kathmandu Hotel.

Trek Kitbag: All of our treks in Nepal receive a free Nepal Footprint Holiday kitbag on the tour prior to the start of the trek. Approximately 70 to 80 litters in size it is ideal for all items you need to take on trek and the luggage preferred by our porter. The weight limit for this is 10kg to 12kg but you will probably find that you do not need this much.

Day sac/Rucksack: 30-35 litters recommended, if you are keen to carrying more you may bring bigger to. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have to carry the luggage, which is being carried for you by our porters. In any mountain region, the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day bag should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket/sweater, long trousers ‘if walking in shorts’, warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle ‘minimum 1 liter’ and your camera. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch. We advise you to take a waterproof rucksack cover or alternatively line the sack with a large plastic bag to keep the contents dry. Advice on how and what to pack for the trek will be given at the tour briefing but it may be useful to do a trial pack before you leave home. Luggage allowed on tour is 15kg. If you are taking only the comfortable tours than there are no limit baggage because of transport.

General Information

Food: The prices for meals and drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general, you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an up market bar or restaurant may be more expensive. The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an up market restaurant located in the center of a major city may charge more.

  • Lunch $: 5 to 7.00
  • Dinner $: 7 to 10.00
  • Bottle of Beer $: 3 to 7.00
  • Water $: 0.30 to 2.00

The Land Info:

  • Population: 29,331,000
  • Size of Country: 147,181 sq km
  • Major Language: Nepali
  • Religion: Hinduism 80%, Buddhism 13%
  • Time Difference to GMT: +5

Electric Supply & Plugs

Nepal
2 Pin Round (240V)

Why Choose Nepal Footprint Holiday Treks?

Nepal Footprint Holiday have been creating pioneer adventure holidays for over 10 years, earning the trust of hundred of delighted customers around the world, who feel safe and receive relevant information throughout the tours. Our trek and tour leaders have abundant local knowledge and our tours and mountains holidays are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. With over 10 years of experience, we are passionate about what we do. Responsible travel is and always has been one the driving principles of Nepal Footprint Holiday. Our Trekking and Cycling adventure holidaysare full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, bicycle, plane, rickshaw, horse, elephant, or any number of unusual forms of transport . Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine and their respective culture. In this way, it is easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way. Every tour is uniquely different, so please feel free to browse through our tours to the Nature, Culture and local.

Our commitment to the environment

We are passionate about sustainable travel and work hard to create tours where your holiday delivers real benefits to the local communities. We minimize our impact by traveling in small groups, respecting local cultures and traditional. When you travel with Nepal Footprint Holiday, you are directly contributing to local economies and helping empower the people you meet. We currently support a range of charities including: The Orphanage (which take caring child form the remote poor families and homeless), Education for All, sponsoring children through their secondary education in Nepal by using the“Save Our Children Nepal”Foundation.

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Address: Chaksibari Marga 16 - Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

GPO No: 6427

Tel: +977 14701091, 4701768

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Email: info@nepalfootprintholiday.com