Following are some essential information that can be helpful before visiting Nepal.
The beautiful country, located in lap of Himalaya and hosts 8 of highest peak among 10 in the world. Nepal is a land lock country bordering two giants of Asia China and India, Nepal has a diverse geography filled with fertile Terai plains to alpine and sun alpine forest followed by highest peak in the world. This amazing place offers wonderful experiences for thousands of travelers who are in search of amazing vistas, outdoor activities, cultural experiences, awesome Himalayan views followed by fascinating cities. Nepal offers some of the best trekking destination in the planet, over 35 trekking routes, offering different Himalayan vistas and local ethnic culture of exotic peoples. Trekking like Everest base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang valley, upper mustang are the most popular destination for the trekkers.
Nepal is not only for trekkers, it is the place for anyone. For non-trekkers here are many thing to do in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Nagarkot and other places. The three cities of Kathmandu and home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The valley is also home to a plethora of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent artworks.
From Kathmandu, you can head out in a few different ways to discover so much in Nepal. It is where most of the infrastructure is and a place to start your tour of Nepal. It is also affordable and safe, for most part.
A 6 hours drive or 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is the adventure city of Nepal offering beautiful lakes, awesome snow-capped Peaks, caves museum and mores. If you are an adventure lover, Pokhara is always looking for you in order to take part in activities like Paragliding, Zip flyer, Ultra light flight, and Bungee Jumping. This is the great destination for weekend getaway or for longer relaxing vacation. The place is best known for the majestic views of Annapurna range. The gentle beauty of Pokhara is a source of inspiration for many travel writers
Furthermore, if your holiday is more than a week you can experience the wildlife activities in Chitwan National park, exploring through the subtropical forest and encountering the endangered one horned Rhino and Royal Bengal tiger. Activities like Jungle Walk, bird watching boating, elephant breeding center and Indigenous community of Tharu and their culture. The sunrise and sunset views are something that will catch your eye. Home to 68 species of mammals, 544 (and counting) species of birds, 126 marine species and 56 species of herpetofauna along with varied vegetation. The park is renowned for conservation and protection of One Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger and crocodiles. The park also includes 22 globally threatened species including critically endangered Bengal Florican, Slender-billed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture and Red-headed Vulture.
Visiting Birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, which is one of the holy pilgrimage site for the people of Buddhism where archeological evidence of Lord Buddha form as a major attraction for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist people. The place is listed in world heritage site by UNESCO as well. Many other monasteries and stupas are located there. The museum that displays tones of artifacts including metal sculptures, coins and stamps from different dynasty which once ruled Lumbini as it is said Buddha once was a prince and Lumbini is a place not to be missed.
However, if you still love mountains and wish to see the highest mountain of the world and you think you are unable to trek then you can always take helicopters to many tough trekking destinations well as other mountain regions.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Things to Know
Language: – Nepali is official language, although English is widely spoken.
Currency: Nepali rupees, roughly $1 equals RS. 115.
Power: 220V 50Hz Power adaptors C, D, & M.
Insurance: In order to cover the cost of rescue helicopters from the mountains in the event of a serious accident or altitude sickness. Before travelling it is advised to get proper insurance from your home country.
Weather: Bring belonging according with seasons but don’t rely on weather forecast fully. However in Kathmandu its neither too hot nor too cold.
All travelers except Indian Nationality are require to have visa to enter Nepal. Visa are available upon arrival at Nepal ( Tribhuvan international airport or any border ).
Tourist multiple Visa – 15 days = USD $ 25.00
Tourist multiple Visa – 30 days = USD $ 40.00
Tourist multiple Visa – 90 days = USD $ 100.00
Required documents:- Travelers required six months valid passport and 2 copy of passport size phone and required visa fee in USD dollar.
Best time to visit
High seasons are October- November and March- May. During the October November sky is clear and the weather is relatively warm. This is the best time for trekking and many trekkers hike to Himalayas to see the gigantic Himalayan views. March April is blooming season where you can see variety of blooming regular and wild flowers during trekking. During trekking in mountain regions you could find many tents of mountain climbers as well. June to September is monsoon season where trekking as well as national parks conserving wildlife are closed because of difficulty and views are not clear because of thick cloud and bushes. Winter is also good season for trekking but you have to prepare for cold and snow in your trail.
Travelling during visit
If you are planning to travel by road then it takes a long and time consuming journey but is an eye opening experience. For instance 200 km journey will take you about 6-7 hours. If time is issue then it is advised to take a flight or else road experience is some thing different.
Everest Base Camp: This is one of the main reason that people visit Nepal. This epic journey, and many days of mountain sunshine takes you to the world famous Everest base camp and Kalapattar. You can do it with your family if you’re travelling in Nepal with family. The trails are moderate and provides you an amazing experience which you will be cherishing for life.
Kathmandu tour: A full day sightseeing of Katmandu valley with a professional tour guide gives more knowledge and experiences of cultural variation of the city. The city once was the royal capital kingdom and hosts many palaces mansions that is now used for many governmental offices and museums. Gateway to Nepal by air, the valley is a home to three beautiful city and many UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. Apart from world heritage sites the valley is also home to other exquisite monuments, arts and sculpture, artistic temples and magnificent art works.
Annapurna Circuit Trek: Annapurna Base Camp Trek will give you a taste of the great Himalayan trekking in Nepal. A moderately challenging hike full of adventure, scenery and experiences. It offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Massif, its glaciers, landscapes, vegetation and rich biodiversity. The trail also passes through various settlements and villages of Gurung and Magar. They have their own culture and traditions that are new to see and experience. They have their own lifestyle. The trail follows Modi Kola to a dense forest of lush rhododendrons, bamboo and alpine trees. Hiking does not require a high level of fitness. We firmly believe that reaching Base Camp is not as difficult as you might think so the trip will be a beautiful and will be filled with wonderful memory of the Annapurna Base Camp trek at altitude of 4130m.
Pokhara: The great destination for weekend getaway or for longer relaxing vacation is best known for the majestic views of Annapurna range. The gentle beauty of Pokhara is a source of inspiration for many travel writers. The uncontaminated air, spectacular background of snow-capped mountains, blue lakes and surrounding greenery make it a “jewel of the Himalayas”, a place of stunning natural beauty. With the tranquility of three major lakes, Pewa, Rupa and Begnas against the backdrop of the magnificent Annapurna Mountains, Pokhara is the perfect place for relaxations. The Pokhara Valley, the gateway to the Annapurna region where many trekkers find this fantasy land, is at the top of the list of must-see places in Nepal. This place also have activities like Paragliding, Zip flyer, Ultra light flight, and Bungee Jumping.
Upper Mustang Trek: The Upper Mustang trek is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo manthang. Once forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, the area was able to evolve within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. This moderate, lesser-known trek passes through one of the driest regions of Nepal and provides spectacular mountain scenery at Rain Shadow area of Nepal. Lately the place has motorable roads so off-roading could be also better option for adventure lovers.