Preparing For Your Trip
In this section we give details about the essential items that you need to consider before your trek. Many of our clients are experienced travellers but have not traveled in Nepal before, whilst some are experiencing adventure travel for the first time. We find that the information below is useful to help you arrive in Nepal well-prepared.
Of course, we are at your disposal to answer any questions that you may have prior to the trek.
A visa is required to enter Nepal. This can be obtained by application to the Nepalese Embassy in your own country. Alternatively a visa can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. You will need US$30 in cash and one passport sized photograph. Please ensure that you have enough cash in denominations of 10s and 5s since the Immigration Officers require the exact money.
We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist.
We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader.
Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations or boosters. Your personal doctor will be the final authority, and you can also find up to date advice from your relevant government department or valued sources such as the World Health Organisation.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the rupee. In Jan 2020 the exchange rate was approx.
• 1 US Dollar = 114 rupees
• 1 UK Pound = 149 rupees
• 1 Euro = 126 rupees
Foreign currency can be exchanged in most hotels, banks and at money changing stalls, and all major currencies are accepted. Credit cards are also accepted in most tourist shops and there are major banks and ATMs in all major trekking areas.
We recommend that all trekkers carry some rupees, in small denominations, with them on the trek to cover their personal expenses. The preferred foreign currency in Nepal is the US dollar and this can be used to pay for personal expenses on most of the popular trekking trails. We recommend that you bring this currency in small denominations.
In order to help you budget for additional expenses that are not included in the trip price, the following list gives an indication of what is required:
• Visa – as already mentioned US$30 is required for the Nepalese Visa, if gained upon entry.
• Meals in Kathmandu – accommodation at the hotel is bed and breakfast. Allow a total of US$20 per day for meals whilst in Kathmandu.
• Sightseeing and transport in Kathmandu – an allowance of a further $10 per day will certainly cover local transport costs in and around Kathmandu, although organised sightseeing will be more and can be arranged for you through ourselves.
• Food and drink on the trek – breakfast and dinner is taken in the lodge where we stay overnight, and lunch is taken en route at a local restaurant, usually connected to a lodge. We suggest you budget $25 per day to cover normal food and drink consumption.
• Personal expenses on the trek – we suggest you also budget to cover additional items such as bottled water, alcoholic drinks, chocolate bars, phone charging, wi-fi usage etc. An additional $10 per day should be sufficient.
• Gifts – many visitors to Nepal like to take home gifts. Many wonderful momentoes can be purchased cheaply and usually paid for by credit card.
• Tips – this is entirely optional, but most clients will want to tip the local team of porters and other staff. The amount is a purely personal decision and the sirdar can advise an appropriate amount. Note that there is usually a higher tip given for a succesful ascent to the sherpa climbing guides.
But most importantly it must be stressed that whilst trekking in the Nepal Himalaya is a wonderfully rewarding experience, it can also be challenging, and you must be prepared for the occasional inconvenience or discomfort. The correct mental attitude to trekking is as important as being physically prepared.