Nepal is regarded as completely unique in various sorts. From Geo structure to the multicultural people’s lifestyle. The country is refered as Spritual land too, because this nation is the main pilgrimage hub of the Buddhism and Hinduism. There are few things you must know before travelling to Nepal.
1. Is it safe to visit Nepal?
Yes, Nepal is very much safe country to visit, Nepalese people do respect to tourist as their own guest. The People are really open and hospitable. Nepalese folks understand that the tourism is a pillar of the overall economy of a country. Even during the course of the Maoist war, there had been only a few cases associated with the anger towards travelers. But, now not any problem for any traveler those who wish to travel this land of Himalaya country.
Best Time to visit
Autumn (sept-nov) and spring (march-may) season are the perfect time to visit Nepal, since the weathers remain clear and temperature range remains moderate.
Namastae or Namaskar is the way of greeting in Nepal and in few other South Asian countries, which is being practiced from more than 3000 BC years ago, according to the Indus civilization study report. The term “Namaste” is derived from the Sanskrit word called Namah. In fact, it means “my divine bow the divine in you” doing by joining the both palms with one another close to the chest. Likewise, if you do have interest in Yoga and Pranayama you may have known about the gesture called Anjali Mudra.
3. Avoid trekking alone
You may have heard about many cases related to missing of solo trekkers and travelers in the world nowadays. Especially, in context of Nepal, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and wild animal attack are main issue. At least, you should try to grab a guide or trek along with other people.
If you are alone before doing trekking in Nepal, there are many user discussion forums on web, from where vacationers can find friends or alternatively easiest and secure way is to contact any government certified travel agencies or company, so that they can provide you a guide, porter, and other facilities.
Some people likes to travel alone thinking that they are going to save money and wants to extend the days to stay more. Because many people think charges applied by agencies are high, but that is totally wrong information and only a propaganda.
It is true that different agencies and companies have different price rate, some are expensive and some are cheap but service quality may vary according to the price. Even you can request to tailor made the itinerary So that the price can be minimized. Choose and decide as per your capacity & desire.
4. Restricted Area
To manage and protect the area, Nepalese Government has declared some important area as restricted zone. A special trekking permit is required to explore controlled regions in Nepal. The following restrained regions are unlock-able just for group trekkers. On top of that, a traveling grant will never be issued to a single adventurers for these kinds of areas. The parts are depicted below:
I. Upper and Lower Dolpo.
II. Manaslu trekking area.
III. Kanchenjunga Region.
IV. Upper Mustang.
V. Manang District (Northern part of Tilche Hamlet and Nar-Phu Trek).
VI. Areas of Mugu Dist., Dolpu, Bhangri and Pulu.
VII. Darchula Region (Byas VDC).
VIII. Solukhumbhu Distr. (Just north- west section way from Thamae to Nangpala of Namchae village).
IX. Rashuwa District (Timure and Thuman).
X. Dolakha Dist. (Gaurishankar & Lamabagar).
XI. Sankhuwasba Distr: Makalu trek Areas of Chepuwa, Kimathanka, Pawakhola plus Hatiya.
XII. Bajhang (Areas of Kanda, Dhuli, Saipal).
XIII. Humla Region (Simikot and Yari) Parts of Muchu and Limi villages, then areas ways to Tibet at Tangekhola of Darma VDC.
XIV. Taplejung areas.
Note: The term V.D.C stands for (Village Development Committee) and Dist. Means district.
For more details, hit it off permits in Nepal.
5. Visa Info Nepal
A visa for Nepal is obtainable on airport arrival at the Tribhuvan Int Airstrip, Kathmandu and/or even at Nepal-India border check points in Kakardvitta, Bhairahawa (Sunauli), Birgunj (Raxual), Gaddachowki, Nepalgunj (Rupadiya bazar or Jamunaha), and Kodari (Zangmu) on the Nepal-Tibet (China) border.
Apart from Nepal, you can apply and acquire a visa from the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consular office. After your arrival, if you wants to extend it for more days or simply, to renew it, you can head over to the Office of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu.
Note: Citizens from Ghana, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Syria, Palestine, and Iraq should receive visa from Embassies of Nepal or Consulate office in their respective nations since they do not get on-arrival visa at the airport or any entry points of Nepal.
Visa is not required for Indian citizen to enter in Nepal, However, it is suggested to carry at least 1 document to proof that you are the Indian citizen.
Requirements to obtain visa for Nepal
A genuine and valid passport along with passport-size photograph (light background). Entry is possible only after payment of visa fee in the following currency: United State (USD), Euro, Swiss Franc, Australian (AUD), Japanese Yen, Pound Sterling, Canadian (CAD), Singapore (SGD) and Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).
Note: Credit card, Indian and Nepali currency are not received as payment of visa fees.
For more up-to-date information, please visit Nepal Immigration http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
6. Respect Cultural Difference
Try to learn what types of behavior is tolerable and what isn’t. Actually, about the traditions, culture, customs and values of the nation. Because, different country has their different lifestyle and may be in most of the Asia also different from your own.
About the Photograph: Always ask the permission to take a Photos of people and respect them if they denied.
Dress respectfully: According to responsiveness of local standard, cover thighs and shoulders. Dress humbly at all religious sites and check what is correct.
Showing Affection not homosexual
If you see some same sex people holding their hands on each other’s shoulder is just showing affection towards friends in Nepal, it doesn’t mean they are homosexual, gay or lesbian. This kinds of practice are common in many South Asian countries.
7. Cannabis in Nepal
Nepal is considered as world’s cheapest country for marijuana. This tiny nation is quite famous and heavenly spot for hippys. It was allowed by law up until 1970’s, and even there were authorized hashish retail stores, which were common in those period. Now a days producing, selling, and buying is against the law, though normally no-one cares about it, if someone use a bit for personnel purpose.
In Nepal, Especially the sadhu or sage (the holy man) often carry with them for smoking purpose. But smuggling will be the serious case for everyone. However, it will be better do not carry it with you. Because it is an illegal stuff, which may arise trouble to you.
8. Electricity and Electronics items
Bring a universal plug and also voltage adapter kit for your Electronic devices. In Nepal, the outcome voltage from the power socket is 220 V AC and the frequency is 50-60 Hz. Moreover, there is no guarantee of 24 hrs supply of electricity at any places except hydro-electricity generator dam site. If you are planning to do trekking in remote areas of Nepal, please carry a Power bank with you to charge a mobile and so on. Otherwise you may have to pay few extra moneys to local lodges, just to charge it.
9. Health related Issue.
Air pollution: The quality of air is not good in Kathmandu in comparison to other cities of Nepal. It is advised to take anti-pollution mask with you. The environment is quite excellent in remote and isolated parts.
Always carry medic-kit: it is recommended to carry a medi-kit for your safety. In Nepal, cities like Kathamandu and Pokhara do have the facilities of hospitals but you will be unable to achieve and see the health post and Medicare center while trekking in the remote areas.
Water: The tap and stream water in Nepal is risky to drink, so buy a sealed packed water bottle to consume it. Never forget to see Mfd. and exp. date punched around it.
Mosquitos in Nepal
Many people especially westerner do have fear of mosquitos, because of the climatic and sanitation reason, the number and types of mosquitos are rare in western countries. However, mozziess are commonly seen in every countries. Only the difference is some place are highly and some are lessly impacted. I don’t know, how about France now? Because of global warming.
Ok, lets come to the point, Mosquitos are common in Terai belt of Nepal in summer (monsoon) period only. But if you are thinking or planning to do trekking in Nepal, you don’t need to be worry. Because usually such adventures activities are done in Hilly and or Himalayan belt. Since it remain cold in Himalayan and climate is moderate in Hilly region whole a year. So there is no risk of mosquitos. Wanna get more information? Just, click about Mosquitos in Nepal.
Note: It is recommended to take a consult with your doctor about your problems before travelling to Nepal. Never hide your personnel health problems to the clinician, tell and ask them openly. Trekking in Nepal is the main choice of the travelers, so you must be careful and knows about altitude sickness. Moreover, routine vaccination is wise practice too.
Typical Nepali food items are often hot and spicy. But the truth is, you should clarify how hot and or mild you prefer, while ordering it. Dal-Bhaat (Lentils and rice respectively) with curry are quite famous foodstuff, you should try it. Remember that, throwing extra foods in front of Nepalese people is bad practice. So order it according to your consumption capacity.
Note: before beginning your trek, it is necessary to carry few energy giving food like chocolates, bar, and few dry foodstuff to consume while in the way. It will plays vital role to accomplish the lengthy trip successfully. Because while on the trail we have to cross many uninhabited section to get fooding and lodge-able settlements.