Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal Tour and Trekking

Do I Need A Visa To Enter Nepal?

Yes, all foreigners, Except Indians, need a Nepalese visa to enter Nepal. Most nationals can get an on-arrival visa at the TIA airport. However, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?

You need to have a valid passport, some passport-sized photographs, and visa fees, of course.

How much is the visa Fee?

Visa Fee Valid till now (Subject to change, updated July 2020)
US$ 30 for 15 Days,
US$ 50 for 30 Days and
US$ 125 for 90 Days

Where and who comes to receive us after we arrive in Kathmandu?

You will be received by our guide or HimalayanWindows’s representative at the terminal of Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu upon your arrival.

How Can I recognize your representative?

Our representative will stand in front of the international terminal with the Placard of HimalayanWindows or the client’s name; also, he will be holding an identity card of HimalyanWindows, who is coming to transfer you to your reserved hotel.

What do I do with my bags? Do they carry?

Yes, our representative and driver will help you carry your luggage from the terminal to the transport. Do not let move to the unknown person; they readily accept carrying your baggage and later ask for money.

Who Should I contact during my stay in Nepal?

We allocate a guide or officer from our company who will give you complete information about your upcoming plans. You can contact us anytime at our given numbers in the contact form.

Do I need to be fit for trekking? Should I do the last preparation trek?

To enjoy trekking, you don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are physically and mentally fit and have the spirit of mountain trips, like walking or hiking, you are always qualified for trekking in Nepal. You don’t need any prior experience, but we suggest you have some physical fitness such as running, swimming, hiking, etc.

What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?

Tea house lodges are built almost in all famous trekking trails such as Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, etc. In the tea-house trek, you will stay at mountain lodges and have breakfast, Lunch, and dinner in their restaurants; the local villagers build those tea-house lodges. The tea-house clubs are more like hotels with hot showers, continental and Nepali food, and comfortable private rooms with two beds but no attached bathroom. Also, if you stay at the local guest houses, you will have an opportunity to interact with locals about their culture, lifestyles, and traditions.

What is Camping trekking? How is it organized?

Nowadays, you hardly see people camping on common routes as there are plenty of guest houses. In Camping Trek, you will be sleeping in a tent. Our Sherpa crews maintain tents wherever we need to sleep. During Camping trekking, our camping crew prepares and serves all food, and foods are always hygienic and fresh.

What Equipment should I bring during trekking?

It is advised to bring your gear such as walking boots, Sand shoes, Sandal, water, and windproof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, thick pullovers, short pants/skirts, walking sticks, trousers/tracks suits, etc. Thermal underwear is essential for high altitudes, and cotton is needed for lower and warmer altitudes. Also, do not forget to bring a water bottle (min. one liter), sleeping bag, Gloves, Knife, and sewing kit. Also, Flashlight, lighter, extra boot laces, sunglass, sun cream, raincoat, personal medications, duffel bag to put your clothing, and Equipment.

What kind of food will be served during the trekking?

You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. Most tea-house lodges provide western, continental, and Nepalese dishes, and meals are provided on a Full board basis during your trip.

How long do we trek each day?

You will be trekking for about 5-6 hours each day with several breaks for Lunch and toilets along the trail. It also depends on the altitude of which trek you are heading for. In Nepal, the maximum size of most of the trekking falls between 3000m to 5000m.

What is the best season for Trekking in Nepal?

The best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November.
Apart from this, you can still trek in Nepal but selected regions.

In January and February, The weather is colder. So, we suggest not to do the trek at high altitudes; for Jan and Feb, we suggest you do Langtang trekking, Poonhill – Ghorepani Trekking, and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking.

Mountain Views are not clear. For this season, we suggest going for Upper Mustang Trek, Dolpo Trek, or Tibet tours; these areas are considered rain shadow areas with very little rainfall. Moreover, June, July, and August are the best times for the Tibet, Lhasa, and Mt. Kailash tours. Likewise, June to Aug is the rainy season in Nepal; During this time, heavy rain could occur at any time.

What happens if I fall sick during trekking?

Few trekkers who trek over 3000m might feel some influence of altitude sicknesses like dizziness, shortness of breath, diarrhea, sprains, muscle aches, and possibly a light headache, which are common. In these cases, our guide, skilled in the first-aid treatment and high altitude sickness, will counsel you about any health requirements and take care of you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but can also be avoidable; if you follow some simple rules, it can be avoided, and you will not suffer from altitude sickness. The Rules are to trek slowly and not exhaust yourself, drink at least three liters of water each day, and if you feel some symptoms of altitude sickness, inform your guide and rest immediately. If it gets worse and cannot be avoided, immediately consult your guide and try to go down rather than up. However, our rescue team is up-to-date for any emergency evacuation or Helicopter rescue if required. But, Helicopter rescue is costly, and we recommend all trekkers do travel insurance covering all the Chopper evacuation and medical expenses.

What about Travel Insurance?

All trekkers/travelers must obtain Travel insurance, and it is suggested that travel insurance cover all the expenses such as Rescue and Evacuation arrangements, Medical expenses, Loss of Baggage, etc. Please check our Travel insurance and rescue arrangement section to have more details.

Is your company’s trekking crew insured?

Yes, our trekker crews are adequately insured during their trekking in the Himalayas.

What are alcoholic beverages available in Nepal?

Nepal produces all kinds of alcoholic beverages, and you can find all the international brands of alcohol as well. During the trekking, some lodges have a good supply of local whiskey and foreign whiskeys such as Gin, Vodka, Rum, and other soft drinks. Nepal has all different types of bottled beers, such as Tuborg, Calberg, and Nepal has some local beers as well, such as Everest Beer, Gorkha Beer, Nepal Ice, etc., which are pretty famous to foreigners.

How hot/cold does it get in a day?

It is generally hot enough during midday, and wearing an open-neck shirt with shorts is suggested, so you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets so hard, so long trousers and warm woolen jackets are essential.

What kind of footwear will I wear?

You will need a lightweight pair of boots with rubber soles, thick tread, and good ankle support. Hi-Tech and Nike produce good walking comfortable shoes.

Is Trekking Permit Required?

A conservation Permit or National Park Permit is required for the trekking regions. There are a few restricted regions in Upper Mustang, Dolpo, where a special trekking permit is required. But, for trekking in a common area, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and national park permit are necessary. Please consult with your trekking company about the permit and TIMS arrangements.

Should I bring my own medicine?

Please consult with your local doctor before you start your trip. Explain to them your trekking plans and how high you will be going. Your doctor’s advice is essential before you start your journey, and get some medicine with a prescription if required.

Is it possible to hire Equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara?

Yes, it is possible to hike or buy Equipment either in Kathmandu or Pokhara; the things mostly you can find here in Kathmandu are Sleeping bags, Down jackets, Walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags, and more Equipment at a reasonable cost.

If I am using domestic flights in the mountainous region, do I need to have some extra days?

Good questions; it is always suggested to keep two extra days if you fly to Lukla, Simikot, Jomsom, Tapjejung, Rumjatar, Dolpo, etc. And we offer you to fly to these places right after you arrive in Kathmandu. Flights are likely to get canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Is communication at home possible while on a trek?

Trekking areas such as Langtang, Everest, and Annapurna, all of the lodges have telephone facilities. Nowadays, you can use your cell phone as most places have network facilities.

Will my tickets be reconfirmed while I am on trek?

Now, most international airline tickets do not need reconfirmation. If your tickets require reconfirmation, please inform our representative before you go trekking or tour. He collects it for reconfirmation and returns it to you after you return from trekking or tours.

Is this trip safe? Are there any dangers on the journey?

Nepal is a safe country to travel to. Our staff does take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when the Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in a few trekking destinations. But today, they have also come to a peaceful political stream. So there is no more fear and need to give donations to any party.

How will be our trekking guide and porter, up to how much one porter carries?

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. It would help if you went to this person with all your problems, concerns, and questions. He is well trained in trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid, and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens, and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Typically one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. We usually provide one porter for every two trekkers.

Accommodation in Kathmandu

We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, service, location, food standards, and cost. Typically for trekkers, we give three-star level hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.

How many hours before the departure flight are we picked -up from the hotel?

You are picked up from your hotel 2-3 hours before your departure flight.

How are we assisted in our transfer?

On the day of departure at the appointment time, our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby where you are staying. He will help you to transfer to the airport.

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