Can I buy a tour without the flight ticket?
Yes, you can certainly do so. Just let us know via email so that we can take care of the rest.
Can we get a guide who speaks our language?
We have guides that speak several languages. Please confirm with us before booking a tour to make sure the your language is covered.
What is included in the tour package?
The fee includes the flight ticket, accommodation, transportation costs in Nepal, guides and porters for selected tours or treks, trekking lodges, government issued mandatory permits for trekking, and fees for tickets to visit the old towns, museum, and galleries.
How do I get to Nepal?
Almost all travellers arrive in Nepal at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are very few direct flights from Europe and none from the Americas, so you are likely to connect via major airports in the Middle East or Asia.
Do I need to apply for a visa ahead of time?
No, you do not have to. Tourist visas are available at the airport in Nepal and at major land borders if travelling by bus. Using the designated visa airport computer kiosks is a simple way of filling out the necessary forms but there are paper forms available as well. You will need a passport photo to attach to your application. The visa cost depends on the number of days you are planning to stay so we recommend you bring some cash, i.e. 40 US Dollars for a 30 day visa. However, if you do have a Nepalese embassy or consulate that issues visas we recommend you get it beforehand so you save time at the airport upon arrival.
Can I make my trek longer or make any changes to the original itinerary?
Yes, it is our pleasure. Just let us know what you would like and we will do our best to help you. We never force our clients to follow our set itineraries. We can also make a custom itinerary for you based on your interests.
Any health concerns?
Most of the people who fall sick in Nepal are either due to altitude sickness during hiking or trekking or due to contaminated water. Please make sure you always buy sealed water bottles from the shop and avoid drinking tap water.
How do I pay in Nepal?
About 75% of the restaurants and attractions you will visit accept cash-only (Nepalese Rupees). The places that accept credit cards charge a 3% surcharge for the service. Cash is definitely the king in Nepal so make sure you stop by an ATM which you can find all over Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara.
What are the meals like?
Meal habits of Nepalese people vary with ethnicity and their geographical location. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will find most restaurants that serve oriental, continental and Indian cuisines. Locals have meals thrice a day, milk/black tea in the morning, lunch before noon, snacks in the afternoon and dinner in the early evening. Lunch and dinner comprise lentils, rice, curry and pickles.
Can’t I do this much cheaper on my own?
It may be cheaper to organize your own adventure if you only count in direct costs. We understand the advantages of comparing prices and buying the cheapest but very often the cheapest is not the best return of value, considering the risk, the frustration, dealing with uncooperative government offices, struggling with language and cultural differences, and potentially having an overall bad experience. Imagine all the time and effort required to book all of your own transportation, accommodation, permits, etc. Apart from guaranteeing these services, our prices include the booking fees and administration costs for your reservations. Hotels, domestic flight tickets, any entrance tickets, prepared food, necessary climbing equipment, and staff are booked in advance. Our itineraries are designed by adventure travel experts and locals who work with us and understand local conditions very well. You have the benefit of a tour guide who will take care of the logistics so when you arrive at your destination you will have free time for relaxation and sightseeing, rather than having to worry about the next part of the journey and encountering language difficulties. You will also have the comfort of knowing that your arrangements have been made by a legitimate, reputable operator who you can help you with anything else you might need during your tour.
When is the best time of the year for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal?
Nepal experiences mainly four seasons in a year: Winter (December-February), Spring (March-May), Monsoon or summer (June-Aug), and Autumn (Sept-Nov).
The autumn season is considered as the best trekking season for trekking in Nepal. This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. The temperature is moderate, making it a good time for any trekking. The sky is generally clear with outstanding views. Short occasional storms may dump considerable snow at high altitudes.
Generally, the winter season days are clear in Nepal. December, January and February have cold days in the mountains. The winter season has usually snow fall at higher elevations with a risk of winds and colder temperatures. If you are looking for incredible scenery, this is a great time to trek at lower altitudes.
The spring season in Nepal is also considered as the best season to do trekking and mountain climbing. This season offers different varieties of wild flora and the blossoming of the giant rhododendrons above 3000m, which makes higher altitude trekking more comfortable and interesting. It is slightly warm at lower altitudes but elevation over 4000m experience somewhat colder temperatures, however, it provides spectacular mountains views nonetheless.
June, July and August months comprise the main rainy season in Nepal as the monsoons bring heavy rainfall, making trekking conditions unfavorable. However, this season is ideal for trekking and tours to Tibet. In some trekking regions of Nepal which connect to Tibet, and desert parts of Nepal like Mustang, Nar-Phu valley and Dolpo regions, the summer season is the best time to do trekking.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed in a way that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe speed. The effects of altitude are neutralized by a gentle acclimatization which allows you to reach the high point without any problems.
Will somebody pick me up at the airport at my arrival?
Yes, we will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card with your name on it outside of the terminal hall.
What will I need to carry with me on the trek?
Very little. Your porter will carry all of your luggage. You will need water, maybe some extra clothing (a windbreaker) if the weather changes, your camera, your medication, etc. You should check the weather forecast when booking your tour as tours vary. If you are doing mountaineering then you should be able to carry about 15-20 KG.
I am a single female traveler going to Nepal. Would it be safe for me to travel alone?
Nepal is a safe country for foreigners. Tourism being one of the main contributors for the government’s revenue in Nepal, lots of things have been done to boost tourism. Thousands of Nepalese people are earning their living directly or indirectly through tourism, so Nepalese people warmly welcome tourists as guests. You can go from one place to another, walk freely on the streets, and enjoy trekking. Nepal has been a safe travel destination for solo female travelers.
I am traveling to Nepal for the first time. Am I likely to get a culture shock?
The daily lifestyle in Nepal is very different from that of western countries. You will likely need a few days to adjust to the new environment. You might notice some things that you have never seen before as soon as you get out of the airport in terms of clothes, culture, and eating habits. A cultural shock is therefore likely.
How are the toilets like in Nepal?
It depends on the specific places you visit. Most restaurants and hotels have western-style toilets. If you go to public places, small cities or villages then it is likely that they will have an old-style toilet, also known as the squat toilet.
Is your staff fully equipped? What about their insurance?
Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are fully equipped with decades of experience. All of our staff is fully insured and we recommend you to also get your insurance before the tour.
What type of insurance should I have? Can I get it there?
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all clients undertaking any of our tours. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.
If you wish to arrange your travel insurance with us, we will arrange it for you.