Peaks stretching as high as the sky goes and taking you to the thinnest air, cultures bestowed by God himself that are kept intact to this day with tremendous care, natives that roll out the red carpet for out-of-towner’s, Nepal truly is a spell-bounding and a stunningly beautiful country. The small country of Nepal lies sandwiched between two powerhouses of India and China. Overall, Nepal has an average intensity climate. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, where more than 1.5 million people from all over the country live. The native language of Nepal is Nepali, although most people are fluent in English. Before embarking on a journey to Nepal or any other country, it is best to be familiar with and be well informed about how things work around here because Nepal is a rather different country compared to other Asian and European countries.
In comparison to earlier days, Nepal’s political state stability has improved a great deal. Even if strikes are called on in Kathmandu, the locals flock to their daily work on their vehicles. Hence, the strike gets called off either way. However, to avoid any unexpected complications, it is best to keep an eye on the local news channels and make your move accordingly. Now moving on to your safety regards as you go for a trek. You should always register with your country’s embassy to be on the safe side of any possible problems. Similarly, it isn’t very safe to trek alone because unknown trails may lead you to unknown muddles. As for a woman, it is best not to travel alone with a male guide. Like other countries, petty theft doesn’t occur much in Nepal. However, it is always best to be on the safe side. Hence, keep a close eye on your luggage while traveling and never leave any sort of valuables inside your hotel room.
In the first place, just like traveling to other foreign lands, in order to get to Nepal, one needs their visa. Tourist visas on arrival which cost the US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days and the US $100 for 90 days. You can also get your multiple-entry tourist visa in advance and you can also extend your tourist visas for a teetotal of 120 days and to do that, you need to visit the Department of Immigration or the Pokhara Immigration Office. While traveling to Nepal, a personal travel insurance is a must. Depending on whether you will be trekking, climbing or going on an expedition, there are several insurance policies available to suit your needs. The vital key while selecting a travel insurance is to be well informed and aware of your entire trip plan. High altitude sickness, accidents, illness, stolen baggage and cancelation of flights are a few important areas that need to be covered.
All through the year, it is suitable to trek in Nepal. However, the most excellent season for trekking is the season of autumn which ranges from the months of September to November. Clear blue skies with outstanding views of the peaks, soothing and moderate temperatures, this is what makes autumn the best season to trek? Similarly, another great option to do trekking in Nepal is during the season of spring which ranges from the months of March to May.
Flight cancelation and delay isn’t an unusual issue in Nepal. The geographical diversity and climate variations are the crucial causes behind flight cancelations. Adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fogs, and strong winds are what lead to cancelations. However, in the best trekking season of autumn, such flight cancelations are quite rare. During other seasons, it is pretty pertinent. Hence, while boarding flights within Nepal, it is best to make your trip flexible by a day or two. If in case, your trip itinerary cannot be changed in any way, it is best to stick to a travel insurance.
So now moving on to the essentials when it comes to packing for a trip to the Himalayas. A duffel or rucksack bag, a down jacket, and other essential belongings are at the top of the list. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield your skin from the strong sun rays. A first aid kit, trekking poles, water bottles, toiletries and personal hygiene products are recommended as well. Similarly, a power bank is highly recommended when you are trekking because the availability of electricity cannot be guaranteed in rural areas.
Trekking in the Himalayas is definitely not easy. Thousands of trekkers face the problem of high altitude sickness. It can definitely be prevented to a certain extent. One should always stay hydrated and try to drink as much water as possible. 5 liters of water per day is recommended. Similarly, a common misconception that everyone should avoid is gaining dramatic elevation gains. If you do this, your body won’t have adequate time to acclimatize, which will hence result in altitude sickness. You should always listen to your body and not go beyond your body’s capacity. Lastly, it is very important to eat well and stay nourished.
With every trip that you undertake, you will be assisted by our guides and porters. Our guides are extremely well aware and experienced in terms of the safest trails and best viewpoints. Our team of experts has a good experience when it comes to managing trips in a professional manner. We care for your safety, well-being and strive to enhance your overall experience in the Himalayas.
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