WHAT TO KNOW
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel. Nepal visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, the International airport, or on arrival at the India / Nepal border. Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following approximate fees in US dollars cash only: - Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25 - Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40 - Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100 Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required. Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route.
Please consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical evacuation. In case of an emergency on the trek, a helicopter will be called in to get you back to Kathmandu. The CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu (http:/www.ciwec-clinic.com/) will determine if you need to be evacuated back to your home country for further treatment. Once you are flown into Kathmandu, you must pay for the evacuation expenses with a credit card. Your insurance company will then reimburse you after your return. We will provide you all documents necessary for the reimbursement.
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Customs and Culture
Remember you are a guest in the Himalaya. Please show the normal manners you would expect from someone visiting your home. Do not pat people on the head, or point your feet at anyone.
Misunderstandings may occur due to language problems. Do not get agitated.
Ask first if you wish to take someone’s photo. You are unlikely to be refused, but in some cases, you may be. In which case, accept the situation.
Entering Households and Monasteries
If you wish to enter, ask politely first. In nearly every case you will be invited in. In a monastery or temple you may be asked to make a donation. You should always remove your footwear before going into a temple or monastery.
It is not uncommon to be asked, as a group, to help support a local school through a small group donation. This method of lending a helping hand is often the most constructive way of doing so.