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FAQs,Nature Himalaya is fully localized and the service-oriented company which can offer all kinds of services for guests, customers, and clients. We provide our itineraries. However, you can personalize or customize your own trip as per your personal desire. We provide varieties of services for you. Transportation facilities are run by our own company. Bus ticket, plane ticket, and hotel booking links are available to destinations all over the world.

Entire travel activities such as jeep safari, bird watching, white water rafting, wildlife safari, bungee jumping by expert and skilled travel guides are available within Nepal as well as neighboring countries like Tibet, Bhutan, and India. Our services accommodate activities like mountain flight, hot-air balloon, and much more customized ones.

Nepal FAQs

Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a beautiful landlocked country located in southern Asia.

At present, there are more than 26 million people of different races and tribes living in different geographical regions, wearing different costumes and speaking different languages. They occupy a total of 1, 47,181 sq.km. It sounds like a cliché to say that Nepal is a developing and poor country. However, we should tell that about half of the total population of Nepal lives below the poverty line.

Nepal is geographical, culturally and linguistically diverse country. The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu which is usually called by the name Catmando or Woodman. It said that "here are more temples than houses and more Gods and Goddesses than people. That may be the exact reason why Kathmandu is sometimes called "the city of temples". Nepal fascinates many tourists every year as it consists of the adorable Himalayas, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife and a unique tolerance and harmony of diversified cultures and traditions.

Is Nepal a small country?
Nepal is a land-locked country; it is bordered by India and China. Nepal looks tiny on the map. But we say "Nepal is small on its shape from outside, but it is really big inside! If you look at the area of the country, it appears small.

What is Nepal country known for?
Nepal is known all over the world with many things in the world. Firstly, Nepal is popularly known by the highest mountain in the world, Mount. Everest. It is known for the motherland of Lord Buddha, Lumbini which is in the lower part of Nepal called Terai. The Gorkhas have put hundred years of record in the history of Nepal by fighting against the enemies. Nepal is renowned with all these within the entire world.

What is the capital of Nepal?
Kathmandu is the Capital of Nepal.

How Nepalese greet each other?
Commonly, we say  Namaskar or Namaste in order to greet anyone that you encounter with. Namaskar is a very formal and proper way of greeting whereas Namaste is an informal way to greet.

According to Sanskrit, Namas means to bow down and Te means to you. Thus the complete word, Namaste refers to  I bow to you, Hello or Goodbye.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is called as Nepalese Rupee or Nepali Rupee, and its short form is NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently, Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 rupee. The coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa, and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

What is Nepali food like? How is it cooked?
Nepali food is really special. It gives the sense of originality and creates the sweet experience. Usually, Nepali food contains Daal, Bhat, and Tarkari which are lattice sauce, rice, and curry in English.

For breakfast, people usually take only a cup of tea. However, in cities,  people take bread and scrambled or eggs for breakfast. Rice is taken everywhere as lunch and dinner. Tea is made by boiling loose tea along with milk and sugar as needed.

Food is also one of the various parts that attract tourists to Nepal.

What is the best time to travel to Nepal?
The climatic factor is always an important issue while traveling from one part to another within this world. We recommend you that the most appropriate time for a visit to Nepal is from September to November and March to April. From October to November, you will be able to observe the important festivals in  Nepal(Dashain and Tihar). You can wear a mask and a Nepali Topi(Cap) and learn how Nepalese get along with this kind of climate by tolerating it. Nepal has a winter season from December to January. This season also has a good visibility. Just put on your snow jackets and enjoy the trip. Monsoon starts from mid-June to September. This season is not advisable as the views are not good. Whatever be the conditions, if you are a person who finds the best of anything, then you can enjoy traveling during this season also. Just don't forget to bring a raincoat!

Climate and Seasons in Nepal

- Winter in Nepal: December-February,

- Spring in Nepal: March-May,

- Summer in Nepal: June-August,

- Autumn in Nepal: September-November.

About Weather of Nepal
 The weather in Nepal varies from subtropical to meditation. The temperatures in the capital city, Kathmandu reaches below 1 Degree Celsius (34 F) during the winter and rises to an average 32 Degree Celsius (90 F) during the summer. Uses of heating and air conditioning system are found rarely in most of the places in Nepal. However, in most hotels and lodges use Heater and Air Conditioner. The temperature during the winter reaches below 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day. The Terai region has a temperature somewhat equivalent to that of Delhi / India where the temperature can reach up to 44 Degree Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) during the summer season.

How safe is traveling to Nepal?

The Facts
Official records show that more than 14,000 people have died in the ongoing war between the Nepali Maoists and Nepali government. During 10 years of fighting, there was only one incident of the tourist being killed, but the tourist was appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Traveling to Nepal is Safe and in fact safer than traveling to most cities like London and New York City. Maoist's war is only with the Nepali Government, but not with tourists. Guest equals God - is the tradition of Every Nepalese and everyone welcomes guests in their land, and in their heart. Visiting Nepal is safe.

Nepal has Tourist-Police patrolling most cities in Nepal offering immediate help to tourists. Tours and Travel operators have added extra security measures in their travel plans. Most hotels have security guards and are in immediate contact with the local police in case of emergency. Traveling to Nepal is safe. Most of the media publicity scaring people to visit Nepal has failed because Nepal is so beautiful it will attract you.

As with any protection, precaution is the first rule. Avoid being near demonstrations, go back to your hotel early in the evening if you can, Do not carry expensive gadgets when traveling. Avoid wearing jewelry and other wears, Use a guide from a trusted travel agent or tour operator. Visit only the trekking/tour areas marked `safe' by your travel agent. Avoid road travel if possible otherwise have someone from your travel company with you. If you must travel by road, avoid traveling in the night time. Do not talk about politics, about the king, about the Maoists while you are in a restaurant or in other public places - After all, all you want to talk about is the beautiful mother nature Nepal but not the silly and ruthless rulers. Talk all you want about the real everyday hardworking poor but happy Nepali people. And also follow your own rules of safety.

Do I Need a visa to enter Nepal?
Yes. All visitors require VISA to enter Nepal. Tourist Visa is available from entry point such as from airport terminals like Kathmandu Airport or by land through immigration offices located at the borders or through the Royal Nepalese Embassy located near your region.

Can I Get a Tourist Visa from the Airport?
Yes, but be sure to have a valid passport and two passport size photos.

Do I need a permit before trekking?
A permit is a proper term to be asked before going for a trekking. However, it is not necessary for all the places but only in some restricted areas of Nepal such as Dolpa and  Kanchanjungha. It can be obtained without difficulty from the Tourism Department located at Thamel in Kathmandu. Trekking does not need any special permit, however, requires the areas like Everest and Annapurna. Applications for the permit can be submitted once you arrive in Nepal. You should ask for multiple trekking permits if you wish for multiple treks. Following areas are restricted regions for the trekking and individual trek is completely not permitted in these areas. Please put in mind that you will be charged extra for the visit to various national parks.

Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang: No Permit Required

Mustang and Dolpo: US$ 700 for the first 10 days and $70 per day thereafter

Manaslu: US$90 per week

Humla: US$ 90 per week. $15 per day thereafter

Is Trekking Permit different than Mountain Climbing Permit?
Indeed. Trekking refers only for trekking in the limited areas whereas mountain climbing is reaching the peak which is issued by the Nepal Government.

  • 1 to 4 people: US$ 350
  • 5 to 8 people: US$ 350 and $40 per person if more than 8

All the peak climbing permits are valid only for a month and it includes only the period for climbing the peak but not for returning back. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide which is provided by Nepal Mountaineer Association.

What is the electricity system in Nepal or does my laptop work in Nepal?
Electricity in Nepal is 220 Volt and 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second). Electric Plugs are two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries. If your electronic equipment uses 110 Volt 60 MHZ electricity, you will need a voltage converter.

We have heard that people visiting Nepal have had their hair driers blown up, laptops fried and electric razor went crazy! Voltage converters and plug adapters are available in stores near you or in shopping centers in Airport Terminals. Your hotel manager can also help you with this issue.

Nepal's electricity is not smooth. Voltage fluctuation is very common and it is advised that you use a robust power surge protector for your electronics. Nepalese used to suffer from load shedding but recently, it has stopped to great extent. It is like completely stopped. Therefore, you don't worry about this problem. Despite these facts, you may sometimes be troubled by load shedding. So, if you are working on the computers found in the hotels, make sure they have UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Otherwise save your work every now and then.

For Tourists, what are the best things there to buy in Nepal to take back home?
There is just so much actually! You will not want to take back home electronics or computers, but Pashmina, and Nepalese arts and crafts, and Nepali musical instruments such as Madal and Bansuri are your best bet. Nepali Carpet is also among popular purchases by tourists.

Most popular foreign purchases are (a) Nepali handmade papers (b) Thankas-Tibetan Paintings (c) Pashmina (d) Nepali Kukuri / Knives (e) silver jewelry (f) Nepali Cap; Topi (g) Nepali dress (h) Nepali Carpets also Fashion clothes, garments, and accessories.

Where to buy them?
 You can buy them from tourist shops scattered throughout Nepal. Most popular shopping place for tourist is Thamel street. Check that place out for shopping for your loved ones before you leave Nepal.

How to enter Nepal?
By Air:
Some of the main international airlines operating scheduled services to Nepal are British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, Nepal Airlines, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuban International Airport  Kathmandu.

By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders such as Birgunj, Kakarvita, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi  and Mahendranagar

The public(local), as well as tourist buses, run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of a long drive in return for fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Many ATM machines are available  in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Butwal and Dharhan. In Thamel street alone, there are three machines, including one in the Kathmandu Guest House. All International credit cards  like Master Card, Visa Card etc are accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal. Travelers' cheques are also accepted here.

Can I get a visa from Kathmandu Airport?
If you have left your home country and/or you don't have time to visit Royal Nepalese Embassy in your region, you can obtain a visa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or from any entry point in Nepal. Just make sure to bring you a few sets of passport size photo.

Can I bring my medications with me?
Yes, we strongly suggest you bring prescriptions and the medications to avoid custom inspection problems.

Can I bring my pets for a prolonged stay in Nepal?
Yes, you can. Remember not all airlines offer shipment of animals in the cabin or as checked baggage. All careers permitting animal shipments require health certificates for your animals, which are also checked at each airport terminals. Check for PET permits with your airline and with any airlines in your transit to Nepal.

Bhutan FAQ'S

 Can I decide on what I see in Bhutan or do I have to go with a planned tour?
Indeed. We have a planned tour package but it does not mean that your desires will not be considered. Your plans will be well looked after. We will be customizing the itineraries as per your desires and wishes.

 Can I travel as an individual with a guide?
No, backpacking individually is not permitted in Bhutan. So, it's not possible.

Can I travel on my own without booking the trip with a travel agent in advance?
Obviously, you can travel on your own but firstly, you pay the mandatory fee of 180 US dollars per night and a government charge of 40 US dollars per person. A mandatory fee of 180 US dollars will cover your accommodation, transportation, meals and guide charges.

Do I require to get a VISA for Bhutan?
Yes, you need a VISA for entering Bhutan unless you are of Indian nationality holding a valid Indian passport.

 How can I get a visa to get Bhutan, how you can get a visa, are there any countries from where I can get a visa?
Tourist Visas are all processed in Thimphu via a local travel company. No embassies abroad will issue Bhutan tourist Visa. In order to process your Visa, first, your trip duration and itinerary must be confirmed. Then once you send the passport details and one passport size photo, your visa is then ready in 10 days. It is possible to request an expedited. The processed Visa number is then faxed or emailed to you. This confirms your visa for your arrival to Bhutan. When you arrive at Paro airport or at the border at Phuentsholing (for those using the land option), you will then have your visa stamped on your passport; please have 2 passport size photos to be used upon arrival, and visa fees of US$ 20 are to be paid directly.

How can I get to Bhutan? Can I travel overland from India?
You can get to Bhutan by air from Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkata, Dacca, Bangkok, and Myanmar. If you look for overland options, regular road transport is available from Indian cities of Siliguri,  Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Kalimpong.

How can I pay for my tour? What currency do I have to pay in? Can I use my credit card?
 We accept a deposit in form of Credit card payment or bank transfer. The balance payments for the trip can be wired; Banker's Check or even personal checks are accepted if received 60 days before the departure date. Payments are mostly accepted in US $.

How safe is the Bank Transfer Deposit?
 If you feel unsafe bank transferring to a distant account you have two options: a) you may ask us for client references from your country who have traveled with us recently and or b) you can also decide to bank transfer 15% of all payments upon confirming the tour and the rest to be paid upon arrival in Bhutan using Traveler's Checks in US$.

Insurance?
 We suggest you to insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident, Hospitalization, cancellation etc., as we accept no responsibility or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during these tours.

What is the best time to do a trekking in Bhutan?
Spring and fall are the best times for most treks in Bhutan. But there are some great treks in the lower reaches of the Himalayas that are best done in winter.

What languages are tours available in?
Tour guides are mostly English speaking. But German or Japanese speaking guides are also available with an extra fee- usually for groups of 4 or more persons.

 What's the best season to visit Bhutan?
Good time to visit Bhutan is anytime except June-July, due to the monsoons rain. The best season to visit Bhutan is between Mid Feb till May & from Sept to November. Many people opt to travel during the moderate months when there are fewer tourists and plenty of choices in terms of accommodation and flights.

Where do I start if I wish to go to Bhutan?
You can start a inquiry with us and we can walk through the steps. Or If you know the trip that suits you, you can book online, e-mail request, fax or call us. If you need a customized trip, you need to first decide on the estimated  time lenth you wish to spend in Bhutan, then check with the Air flight schedule to make your entry and departure dates; the duration of stay in Bhutan will determine your package costs.

Why the cost of travel to Bhutan is fixed?
The fixed cost is not just a fee for entry to Bhutan. This cost is on the package that covers all your hotel, meals, all transportations to and from the airport or border, sightseeing, one knowledgeable local guide, all inland permits, and fees. And if you are trekking this covers all expenses for the treks such as horses/yaks, guide, all tenting/camping equipment, meals, and transport.

Which hotels do you use in Bhutan?
We use the best hotels (A class) available in each city of Bhutan.