Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia, bordered by China to the north and India to the south, east and west. Historically, Nepal had many small kingdoms and the modern state was formed with the Unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah on December 21, 1768. Prior to 2006, Nepal was a kingdom. Nepal is now a federal democratic republic. Its recent history has involved struggles for democratic government with periods of direct monarchic rule. The Himalaya mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts, and eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest, are within its territory. Technically, the south-east ridge on the Nepali side of the mountain is easier to climb; so, most climbers prefer to trek to Everest through Nepal. The Annapurna circuit is another popular mountain trek, based from the city of Pokara in the south. Kathmandu is the capitol and transportation hub into the country. It has a diverse collection of temples, stupas, shops, restaurants and bars.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR NEPAL TOURS
A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NEPAL TOURS
Canadian and US citizens require a visa travel to Nepal. Tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at ports of entry. Currently, the prices are US $25.00 for 15 days multiple entry, US $40.00 for 30 days multiple entry, and US $100.00 for 90 days multiple entries. Make sure to check maximum duration per visit with your local embassy. Please note that 1000 Rupees (equivalent of 10 USD) in cash will be required for all passengers departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.
The Department of Immigration in Nepal has launched Online Visa Application system. Travellers to Nepal can now apply for Visa through this application system. The Online system can be accessed by visiting www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np or www.nepalimmigration.gov.np.
The Online Application System is programmed to preserve an application for 15 days in the system so that the applicant can apply at their own convenience and produce it before Immigration Authority at the time of entry and visa extension. Initially, the online service will be available at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu and one of the ports of entry of Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
One can apply online for all types of Visa, except Diplomatic and Official ones. For more information please refer to www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEPAL TOURS
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEPAL TOURS
No vaccinations are required to enter Nepal. Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEPAL TOURS
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN NEPAL
Weather in Nepal varies widely depending on altitude and season. From June to September it is monsoon season with flat lands receiving 80% of the yearly total (the rest of the year it is fairly dry). Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons with temperatures soaring up to 104ºF (40ºC) in the summer. Winters can be bitterly cold, especially in the mountains which are covered in snow year round.
For up-to-date forecasts check: weather.com
CLOTHING AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR NEPAL TRAVEL
What clothes to wear depends on the season you travel and what kind of activities you are taking part in on your trip. Lightweight clothes are advised for June to August due to high temperatures. In Kathmandu light clothes can be worn year round, but it is best to take a jacket for winter evenings. If going into the mountains sturdy winter gear is needed due to the extreme temperature drops and snow. Nepal is very traditional and it is recommended to dress conservatively.
As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites. While visiting places of worship, women must wear long skirts or trousers and have covered shoulders. Also, don’t forget to remove your footwear before entering any religious place or residential houses. FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN NEPAL
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