Who will meet me at the airport?
As you exit the terminal building at Kathmandu airport, you should look for the Nepal Teahousetrekking or with your Name list signboard.(most of the time i will be in the airport to pick my clients,Hem) The man holding this will lead you to the taxi that takes you to your hotel. That evening, a (Hem) representative will meet you at your hotel to discuss all relevant aspects of your trip and pass on your flight ticket to Pokhara or bus
What will my hotel accommodation be like?
We have taken particular care in choosing our hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for quality, comfort and location. The Kathmandu Guest House in the heart of Kathmandu offer 3 star accommodation. In Pokhara, the Barahi Hotel offers 3 star accommodation and swimming pool.
Do I need a Visa for Nepal?
When you book one of our trips we provide you with a Trip Dossier that gives you all the information you need to prepare. This includes instructions on obtaining the relevant visas. It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa, whether through the Nepalese embassy in your home country or at the Airport in Kathmandu.
What money and how much should I bring?
The Rupee is the currency in Nepal. It is a closed currency, so you will not be able to obtain any until you arrive in the Kingdom. We recommend that you purchase your Rupees after you arrive at your Hotel; they all have exchange desks. Alternatively there are numerous ATM (cash point) machines in both Kathmandu and Pokhara that accept most western bankcards. Bring some US dollars with you, as if you haven’t arranged your entry visa in your country, you will need $30 for your visa application at the airport. All major currencies can be exchanged and credit cards and Travellers Cheques are accepted in the main cities.
What is the food like?
In the major towns (Kathmandu and Pokhara) there are many excellent restaurants, cafes and bars that serve an array of world cuisine. The food is safe to eat at the restaurants that we recommend you to go to in the major cities. On our treks, we will provide simple, yet tasty food incorporating a mixture of Nepali and Western cuisine. Each day will provide a different menu but below is a typical day:
  • Breakfast: cereals or porridge, eggs, usually scrambled/fried, toast/chapatis, honey, peanut butter, tea and coffee.
  • Lunch: noodles/potatoes, curry, salad, rice, dhal and vegetables, chapatis or bread, tea or coffee.
  • Evening meal: soup followed by a rice based dish, sometimes a mild curry or stew with several separate fresh vegetable dishes to accompany, and fresh local meat, usually chicken, fresh or tinned fruit, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The meal will not be made overly spicy and you can add more spice from a separate bowl if desired. Condiments include salt and pepper, tomato ketchup, chutney, brown sauce or hot chili sauces.
Where do we eat and sleep?
On our treks you will sleep in a Guest house which is clean and has a comfortable bed and have meals in the same guest house.
Will I get sick?
With sensible precautions you should be fine. Your trekking area cooks are trained to prepare the food. The main problem comes in eating and drinking in cities, where there is untreated water. In cities always drink bottled mineral water or water you know to be safe or treated. Do not brush your teeth in the tap water and keep your mouth closed in the shower. Wipe your knife, fork and plate with a paper napkin or handkerchief, particularly if they look wet. Do not eat anything from street vendors unless it is fried up in front of you, do not eat cold, sweetmeats or ice-cream and do not eat fruit unless you can peel it. Always try and wash your hands before eating. Wash your hands after going to the toilet.
What language do people speak & will I be able to communicate?
Nepali is the national language but only around 55% of the population can speak it as there is a wealth of other ethnic dialects spoken within the Kingdom. English is now very widely spoken and you will have no problem communicating in the cities and on the major trekking routes. However, once off the beaten path it is best if you learn a few simple words and phrases. A simple “Nameste” can work wonders in opening opportunities and interactions with locals. All Guide and most of the porters speak excellent English and will gladly help you in expanding you vocabulary.
What vaccinations do I need?
You will need to consult your doctor at least 6 weeks prior to departure to enable you to have a full course of the immunisations. The following is a guideline only – you should ask your doctor if there are any changes to this list:
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningitis

Malaria has been all but eradicated in Nepal, and is not considered a high risk.

The following may be considered optional, but some are difficult or expensive to obtain. Your doctor will let you know if they are appropriate:

Rabies If you take sensible precautions to avoid animals there is a very low risk
Hepatitis B There is only a very low risk as transmission is only through sexual contact or exposure to contaminated blood, needles and syringes
T.B. Children should be immunised at any age - less important for adults
Japanese Encephalitis This is a very low risk in Nepal.