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VISAS FORMALITIES 

You must have a valid passport with at least six months validity from return date.  It is your sole responsibility to obtain your passport and to comply with the entry regulations in this country before the departure date.

Nepalese visas can be obtained directly from the Nepalese Consulate/Embassy in your country or arrival in Kathmandu Airport.

The visa fee is $25 for 15 day stay and $40 US for a 30 day stay (visa is paid in USD, EURO or Nepalese Rupees).

Required Documents For Visa:

1.    Valid Passport

2.    Two pp sized photographs. Remember to apply for “Re-entry” (Multiple) visa if you want to go out of Nepal to visit Tibet, India and Bhutan and then return to Nepal.

Important: Check carefully that the correspondence authorities have marked stamp well in your visa that certifies your permission to the length of your requested visit. If they forget to do so: Your visa is not valid then!

TREKKING PERMITS

You need trekking permits while trekking through different part of Nepal which are provided by our agency and some of the restricted areas need special trekking permission which is also obtained through our company. For normal treks you need to send us your two pp size photographs and copies of your passports and for restricted areas treks, permission are only obtained after your arrival in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

For those people who want to go for trekking in Nepal, it is compulsory to take insurance coverage against medical and personal accident risks. This insurance must include emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue services and medical expenses.

You must ensure that the policy you do take provides maximum level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Carry your proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you during your holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time. If this is not done, then you will not be allowed to Trek.

Travel bag:

A suitcase is not recommended in trek. To transport your luggage more easily (especially for carriers), we would advise you to bring a backpack. During a trek, a porter is provided for 2 persons. Porters carried 2 bags weighting 10 kg each and their personal belongings as well.

You need 1 trekking backpack with a capacity of about 25/30 liters for carrying your personal belongings during the trek (camera, film, raincoat, personal medications, water bottle, etc. …). It is best to provide plastic bags to pack your stuff and seal it.

List of Equipment’s during your trek:

1 hat or cap 1 cap T-shirts (1 for 2 or 3 days walk): Avoid cotton t-shirts as it takes long time to dry. 1 sweater or long sleeve shirt, 1 shorts or 1 half pant, (for girls: choose for panta-short), 1-2 trekking pants, light jacket 1, 1 raincoat in “polar” kind Windstopper or Polartec, 1 Goretex jacket style, simple and light jacket or warm jacket during (November-March), Walking socks (1 pair for 2 to 3 days of walking). Avoid tennis or cotton socks which takes a long to dry, Headlight 1 and a pair of gloves (November to March), 1 pair of good hiking shoes and 1 pair of sandal.

Equipment: 1 pair of high quality sunglasses, 1 or 2 trekking stick (depending on your habits), 1 bottle (1 liter minimum), 1 head lamp + batteries 1 sleeping bag up to -20 ° C from December to February and at 0 ° C in temperature called “comfort” other months. In Everest region: – 20 ° C. 1 cloth bag (easier washing after trekking the sleeping bag) 1 pocket knife

Toiletries:

Take preferably biodegradable products, towels that dry quickly. Light Toilet papers.

You can buy every necessary thing in Kathmandu and Pokhara: There are numerous special shops. The products are of good quality and have attractive prices. Ask for advice. You can also rent the equipment (sleeping bag, stick, clothing …) Before leaving for trek, our agency will take care to check the contents of your bag to ensure that if you miss something. If you have excess luggage you can leave it at the hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Your luggage will be stored safely.

HEALTH

Medical recommendations: Before your departure, we advise you to consult your doctor, who can provide reliable information about your general health. Take your regular vaccinations or recommended vaccinations that is advised from your doctor before leaving for your destination.

– In The Mountains:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): There may be an issue of AMS from 3000 m and frequently above 4000 meters. Acute mountain sickness is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. The AMS Symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart. This also results in uneasiness in the body known as pulmonary or cerebral edema. If an edema beginning Benin remains a strong edema can be fatal.

  • The main triggers of AMS are: fatigue, dehydration, Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of Breath

It is therefore absolutely compulsory to hydrate more than necessary: 3 liters per day at 3000 meters, 4 liter from 4000 to 5000 meters). – Limit your walking pace in endurance bearing (140 beats minutes), even if you feel capable of going faster!!! – Report your guide about your health condition during trekking.

First symptom of AMS: cough, fatigue, headache, difficulty breathing, nausea.

An early AMS can be identified and adjusts easily. AMS become more serious if we continue to gain altitude. A nascent AMS is treated by stopping gain altitude and going down in low altitudes.  Diamox and powerful diuretic may be suitable for treating AMS. This medication must be prescribed by your doctor before you travel.

 

– Personal pharmacy

(Ask your doctor for advice if necessary):

Your usual medicines Anti-diarrheal (Imodium type loperamide) dressing intestinal (type Smecta) Ointment anti-inflammatory Drugs against pain: paracetamol preferably purifying tablets (type micro pure) for drinking water.  It is better than buying plastic bottles of mineral water, which will remain in the mountains. Adhesive tape (Elastoplast type 6 cm wide) efficacious against Bulbs. Game plasters + disinfecting compresses treatment for colds and sore throats and Sun protection cream for (skin + lips).

TRANSPORT

Nepalese roads are busy and there is heavy traffic especially in Kathmandu. It is difficult to forecast travel time. We often need patience. We organize our trips with private cars or tourist buses. Even in the strikes tourist vehicles are usually permitted to travel. Form local transport you can discover the country in its original way. The cost of private vehicles is also much higher than local transport.  Domestic flights (between Lukla and Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom Nepalgunj, Biratnagar …) are subject to climatic conditions and only can be achieved through good visibility. These can cause delays and in rare cases changes in your trekking program– However, it is advised to take public transportation in case cancellation of a flight. For example, it is also possible to road transport to come back from Jomsom to Pokhara.

– Bad weather may cause cancellation of flights frequently between Lukla to Kathmandu. Alliance Himalaya is not responsible for these cancellations. In such case, helicopter flight is the only way back to Kathmandu in due time to take your international flight. For the helicopter service you have to pay extra amount and that will not come under normal budget at all.

 ACCOMMODATION

There are all categories of hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We can arrange them according to your preferences and budget. 

– In Trekking

There are basic lodges in the trekking areas. According to the villages (and altitude) hygiene is more or less good (but still correct and sufficient); WC and bathroom are  common often, sometimes located outside the main building. Hot showers and heating are sometimes payable. There are “twin” with 2 beds per room.

This comfort also varies by region (in the Annapurna or Everest region lodges are more comfortable than in other region). The lodges are generally not heated. It is better to have a warm sleeping bag to avoid cold temperatures at night.  The low-altitude lodges (<3000 meters) offers simple showers with hot or lukewarm water. Meals are served in a common dining room heated by a small wooden stove.

FOOD

For meals, lodges offer meals more or less varied. Note that, Nepalese are often vegetarian and the meat is rare. The basic food in the mountains consists of soups, pasta, rice, potatoes or lentils.

Morning breakfast: Home-made chapatti or cereal (with honey, jam) or muesli or porridge or omelet. Lunch: A main course (different choices based: pasta, potatoes, vegetable curry with or without meat, rice, pizza). Dinner: Soup and main course or main course and dessert. The national dish is Dal Baht: It is a fresh vegetable curry served with plain rice dish, a lentil soup and achars (seasoned vegetables). This is really excellent meals for trekking. Never drink tap water! A bottle of mineral water 1 L costs between 30 to 50 and 50-150 rupees in trek. Tea and coffee are available at all the places.

Drinks and extras will be at your own expense.

Kathmandu, meals are free: allow 10 Dollars / Euros / meal

BUDGET AND EXCHANGE

Kathmandu has many cash distributors.  You can easily get Nepalese rupees with your Visa or MasterCard. Payments in Euro or US Dollars are accepted everywhere. You can also easily change your money in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Namche Bazaar.

     – TIPS

In Nepal, the practice of tipping is common and it is best to take them into account in your travel budget. This is at your discretion and depending on the quality of services received. We recommend you to provide the following tips that is practiced in Nepal:

Restaurant: 5% of the bill.
Driver (private car only): 100 – Rs 150
Hotels. For your consideration at the ballot box provided for this purpose.
Porters: Rs 200 minimum / participant / day 
Guide: Rs 250 minimum  / participant / day