These FAQs are designed to provide a basic overview of traveling and trekking in Nepal. You may well have other queries, so feel free to contact our staff and fire away—they're ready and waiting to help.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is located in the southern part of Asia, sandwiched between India and China.
Why should I visit Nepal?
Nepal is a landlocked nation of supreme natural beauty and immense cultural diversity. Home to the majestic Himalayas and eight of the world's highest mountains, it's considered the premier destination in the world for trekking enthusiasts, who journey to the country each year to test themselves on the dozens of stunning routes winding through the mighty mountain range. Everest, of course, is one of the major attractions, as befits the tallest and most legendary peak in the world, while treks such as the Annapurna Circuit are viewed as the finest available due to the perfect combination of towering mountains, superb views, and fascinating cultural perspectives. Nepal, on the other hand, has far more to offer, including climbing, river rafting, kayaking, jungle safaris, paragliding, bungee jumping, pilgrimage tours, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as a people who welcome visitors to the country as if they were guests being invited into their own homes.
Can I get a Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes, the visa for Nepal is readily available on arrival. The link below provides the appropriate details.
What is the currency of Nepal, and how does it work?
The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Do you provide airport pickup?
Yes, we provide complimentary pick-up if necessary, which you can confirm during the booking process.
Are ATMs available in Nepal?
ATMs are very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Once in the mountains, though, the situation becomes different, so cash is highly recommended in such situations. Credit and debit cards from the likes of Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are preferable.
Can I pay by credit card in Nepal?
Yes, you can pay by credit card. The typical surcharge is 3.5% of the total amount.
Can I store unnecessary gear in Kathmandu during a trek?
Yes, you may store items on our premises or ask for a similar service from your hotel.
What kind of equipment do I need for trekking?
Depending on the time of year and the trek itself, a wide variety of gear may be necessary. Feel free to discuss your potential requirements with our staff.
Can I buy or rent trekking gear in Kathmandu?
Yes, you can find all sorts of the trekking gear in Nepal, typically around the Thamel area of Kathmandu, where it's possible to buy or rent everything you might need. We can give appropriate advice on request.
Who will be my guide?
You will have an English-speaking local guide who's professionally accredited, fully trained in first aid, and highly experienced; we don't stint on the quality of such key personnel. We also offer language-specific guides on request for common languages such as French, Germany, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.
Do I need a porter?
Under normal circumstances, porters carry approximately 20 kilos, and we typically assign one for every two people in a trekking party. Porters can make all the difference to the enjoyment and success of a trek, not least by freeing you up from the need to carry excessive weight at altitude when your body will be straining for every ounce of oxygen it needs. As well as helping to ease your burden, it also contributes enormously to the local economy by employing locals. With a porter, all you'll need to take with you is a small daypack to carry necessities such as snacks, a sweater, rain gear, and so on.
Do I need to bring a backpack for the porter?
If you have one, then by all means bring it along. Otherwise, we provide a complimentary duffel bag.
How long do we walk per day during a trek?
On a typical day, clients can expect to walk somewhere between 12-15 kilometers, though once we're above 3,000 meters, the distances might be shorter in order to stay within safety limits regarding daily altitude gains.