FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOLIDAYS IN NEPAL

What are the main attractions in Nepal?
Many people come to Nepal just to trek among the Himalaya giants (check out Raj Bala trekking region) but there is also a lot more to the country. If trekking isn't your thing there are many other options such as:-

Explore Kathmandu and it's surrounding valley; walk the streets of Kathmandu on an extensive guided tour, visit the medieval cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples at Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudha and drive to Nagarkot to take in the sweeping views of the giant Himal as the sun rises.Take a mountain flight through the Everest region.
Fly over the Annapurnas and relax in the sleepy town of Pokhara sipping cappuccinos at this lakeside location. Wildlife Safari fly to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu, take a look at Skyline trip to this area, Chitwan Wildlife. Bird Watching Nepal has 848 species of birds hence the bird watching is magnificent. Check out Skyline Bird Watching Mecca trip. Outdoor Adventures Nepal has a plethora of adventure sports on offer from white-water river rafting, bungy jumping, hot-air ballooning and para-gliding. If you interested in any of these please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How do I get to Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct airlink with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.
Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option. British overland travel operators can take you from London to Kathmandu on a six to eighteen week trip for anywhere between $1200 to $ 2500 depending upon the nature of your trip. You will travel from continental Europe through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to Nepal. For specific details on traveling overland from India to Nepal, read below.

What are my options to come to Nepal from India?
You can fly between Delhi and Kathmandu for about $150 with RNAC or Air India. The actual flight time, not counting the endless delays and cancellations, is only a little more than an hour. However, note that Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi flight is very busy and without proper reservations (or proper strings to pull) can be booked weeks in advance. Make your reservations and buy your ticket well in advance.
Alternatively, you can travel overland to Nepal from India. Buses are usually the quickest and easiest form of transport for this. There are three main crossing points: Sunauli-Bhairawa, Birganj-Raxaul and Kakarbhitta-Silguri. The Sunauli border crossing is the best one from Varanasi, the Birgunj crossing is the easiest from Calcutta; and Kakarbhitta is the best crossing from Darjeeling. These trip can be quite long and stressful, both in terms of time (it takes about two days and nights) and what you may go through during the trip (with tickets, safety, weather, border harassment etc). Not recommended for those people who want to have carefree travelling.
If you plan to enter Nepal in a car, make sure you have a carnet de passage en douanes. These are required to exempt you from customs duty for three months. You may also be required to pay a fee for each day that your car is in Nepal. As in India, in Nepal, vehicles are driven on the left side of the road.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organised groups but not to individual travellers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassabe during the monsoon.

Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Visa can be acquire either on arrival in Nepal or from Royal Nepalese Embassy or consulate or other mission offices aboard.
Visa Fee
~ A single entry visa costs US$30 for 60 days.
~ Additional re-entry costs US$25 - Single; US$40 Double; US$60 Multiple.
~ A 30 day extension costs US$50 (in Nepalese currency)

When is the best time to go to Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. October and November are considered the best times of the year. The monsoon will have just ended, and clear skies with optimal temperature will prevail. The main festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Hindu equivalent of Christmas in terms of festivity) fall during these months. However, this is also the busiest tourist season, and the main tourist centers and trekking trails tend to be crowded with travelers like you. The tourist flow ebbs a little, but not significantly, between the winter months of December and mid-February. It catches up once again between mid-February and mid-April. From mid-June to early October, it's the monsoon, during which time it rains almost everyday and most of the Himalayas are hidden behind the clouds. In short, plan to visit Nepal between October and May, keeping in mind that October-November and February-March are the best times (but crowded with other travelers).

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, our representative will come to the airport to pick you up. Outside of Terminal Hall he will be displaying a play card bearing our company name and your name. He will greet and garland you and take you to the hotel. At hotel he will help you with checking in procedures.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TREKKING IN NEPAL

What is Trekking?
Trekking is not the climbing trip it is a form of walking. Trekking often refers to multi-day hiking trips through rural, often rugged territory.

Is trekking permit required?
The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions; however, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. Trekking permit is a special permission given to you by the Nepalese government to visit the restricted areas.

What is the general duration of the treks?
The duration of the trek depends on interests where you want to go. Generally, your trek can range from 6-7 days to month time or longer periods if you wish. Even the same trek can be done in a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.

How difficult are the treks?
Trekking requires lots of willpower, tolerance of harsh conditions and reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to the time of booking. But trekking is not the climbing trip so no needs any technical experience.

How fit do I have to be for a trek?
You need not have any exceptional fitness but you should be fit enough to walk 5-6 hours comfortably on reasonable trails. If you practice jogging, swimming or tread mill exercises about one or two months before your trek , that will help enough.
Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
As long as you are physically fit and have enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Is old age a problem?
No, it is the fitness which matters, not the old age. Rather we have a lot of pensioners in our groups each year.

Is it possible to trek with the kids?
With kids over six years it is ok. For family trips with kids we have lots of soft and scenic hiking which you can enjoy with your family.

What happens if I get sick?
A slight case of diarrhea, as well as sprains and muscle aches – are not the things to be panicked. We always carry the appropriate medical kit and our guides will take care for minor problems. If fall in more serious illness you will be rescued by helicopter and treated in Kathmandu hospital.
Altitude sickness is another serious concern but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: do not ascend more than 300 m at altitudes more than 3000m, do not ascend quickly and drink plenty of water. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow.
Who pays for the helicopter rescue or hospital treatment?
If there arises such a case you have to pay for that. This is not included in the trip cost. Please make sure your travel insurance covers this.

Do you accept credit cards?
We accept Visa card and Master Card for payment. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we prefer cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.

How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation/weather problems in the mountains?
If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, we should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home. plan accordingly.

Is it possible to get equipment on hire?
There are trekking shops in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags.
Is communication to home possible while on trek?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
Are the trekking porters and sherpas properly insured? Are the properly clothed for high altitude coldness?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters. Also they are provided proper clothing.

What about the drinking water while on trek?
You are recommended to carry your own water bottle and iodine tablets to purify water.
Is it not possible to do trekking during monsoon?
Summer is the best time to visit rain shadow zones. Trips like Upper mustang trek, Dolpo trek and all trips in Tibet.The weather is mild in these areas at this time of the year, greenery prevails and wildflowers bloom.
Can I charge my digital camera on the trek?
Yes, in popular trails like Everest and Annapurna you can charge your camera batteries but do not forget to brings extra batteries. At remote treks you can not charge the batteries. Better bring solar charger for remote area treks.

What we do every day in trekking?
A trek day begins around 6 a.m. with a mug of coffee or tea served through your tent flap. Hot water is provided for washing and shaving, followed by breakfast. Water is provided for your water containers. We strike camp and begin walking in the pleasant cool of the morning for 2-4 hours before stopping for lunch. This two-hour break offers an opportunity to write in your diary, read and relax. The full meal typically includes fresh fruit, tinned meat, cheese, rice chapatis or biscuits, cooked vegetables, and tea or coffee. We usually reach our campsite by 4 p.m. and have tea and biscuits shortly afterwards. There is time to rest or explore before our evening meal at 6 p.m. This is the social event of the day. It begins with an appetizer and soup, followed by the main course and dessert with tea or coffee. The variety and quality of our "camp" food will delight you. Guests keep threatening to take our cooks home with them! As we mainly camp near villages, there is usually plenty of time to visit with the locals before or after dinner and sample their home brews. As night approaches, most people retire to their warm sleeping bags and are fast asleep by 9:30 p.m.

What sort of experience do your guides have?
Raj Bala Treks and Expedition has professional, dependable and experienced guides, who all are well trained from our Government. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and countryside of Nepal. All guides speak English and have a great knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our Guides will have the pleasure of guiding you in the most beautiful trails in the Himalayas, which will enhance your holiday experience and make it a real success. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to react in any situation. And most importantly our guides are very friendly and enjoyable and want to share with you the faith of Nepal.

Why should I travel with Raj Bala Treks and Expedition?
There are many reasons. We go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one, there will be no negative impact on the region we are visiting: after all, we live here. And our safety record is unsurpassed. We provide the most modern, lightweight equipment, specially designed for trekking & climbing and vegetarian, non-vegetarian cuisine, travel arrangements and reliable, friendly and experienced staff. We respect and follow our clients' suggestions and ideas for planning their special trips. We also provide warm clothes, good walking shoes and other necessary trekking equipment for our Guide and Porters. They will get good accommodations along the way and food same as you are having on the way. All our trekking staffs are insured.

Could you tell me how much money do I need?
This is bit of difficult to explain to you without knowing your proper holiday plan. But you can make always easy with explaining about your interest- that you like to do tour, trekking, rafting, wildlife safari, shopping etc. or with explaining about the categories of hotel that you're going to accommodate and nature of tour you're going to do, and total days for Nepal. We will tell you want cost for what! Then you will know the how much money should have to bring with you.