Whether they come for the crystalline peaks or for the ambient temples, visitors to Nepal are always back for more.

Imagine flying in a private jet, high above the mountains and heading straight for the colossal peaks of Mt Everest for an Everest base camp trek. Picture yourself in the midst of Kathmandu’s temple district, standing before a glittering shrine and breathing in the holy air. And visualize yourself in the midst of the Chitwan National Park, surrounded by singing trees as you watch endangered rhino. These wonders and more await you in Nepal. 

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Nepal travel FAQs

All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).

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 fees in US dollars cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:

- 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. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful.

Tipping is common in Nepal, especially for those working in tourism, due to the very low wages of the workers. Add 10% to bills in restaurants, and leave a few extra rupees for porters, drivers, tour guides and the like. 

You’ll have internet access in Kathmandu but services will be unreliable in small towns and rural areas. 

You’ll be able to use your phone in urban centres but not outside these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Most toilets in Nepal are squat toilets, however you’re likely to find Western-style toilets in upmarket hotels and restaurant. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

Cup of tea/chai = 70 NPR
Bottle of beer = 200-300 NPR
Simple lunch = 200 NPR
Simple dinner = 400-500 NPR

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Nepal. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card in places like hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu, but expect to pay cash when making purchases from most local businesses.

Kathmandu and other major cities have ATMs however they are less common in towns and rural areas. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Nepal/public-holidays

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