Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of your name on it. Airport transfer is included.
Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.
While briefing, please bring Passport, 3 copies of Passport size photos, travel Insurance, writing pen and notepad.
What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake-up call at 7 am an early morning. After a breakfast, we repack our duffel bag and leave it with our Sherpas.
We are normally on the trail before 8 a.m. Trek at your own pace; all you need carry is a daypack and camera. Sherpa guides hike along to point out interesting flora, fauna and sights. Along the trail are spots to relax, purchase a snack or soda, use toilet facilities and shop for souvenirs.
We will have lunch between 11:30 am to 12:30 afternoons. A typical day's hike usually ends in the early afternoon about 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones service in all trekking routes and internet service in Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas.
Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) which generally occurs when people ascend too quickly in altitudes of over 3000 m. It is fairly common that most people will feel shortness of breath, affect of altitude and possible light headed. It is quite different and normally involves sickness, severe headache and loss of awareness. To ensure minimal risk, you can either take enough rest or descend to a lower altitude.
what kind of meals and water I can have during the trip?
Alpine Nepal trek does book the Hotel accommodation for you in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast(B/B) as per the plan. Depending on the mode of trekking we stay on local teahouse or tented camp.
We offer the OPEN AND CHOICE MENU in our teahouse trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking on breakfast and dinner time. We provide properly boiled drinking water on all Everest region trips where our staff properly boiled drinking water on Kerosene for you. We recommend you to support the locally by collect the safe drinking water from local station on teahouse trek in Annapurna region.
On camping expedition trip our trained and experienced cook caters hygienic varieties of meals to enthrall you even on the top of the mountain under less than ideal conditions. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. Properly boiled water is served for drinking.
What happens if there is an emergency?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Alpine Nepal trekking will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
Are the Alpine Nepal Trekking Agency's staffs insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including guides, cooks, sherpas and porters are insured . They are provided with warm clothing and proper shelter on all high altitude treks. All our treks benefit the village economics by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services). We ensure that all our staff is well paid, insured and properly equipped).
Could you give us some information about the guide?
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and since they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can better care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.
What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
How safe traveling alone women with your company?
We ensure all safety and security for individual woman traveller while with us, we are more confidence for this issues, believe us. We have train our guides, the way our clients want. We give you personal room on lodge trek and personal tent for camping (tented camp) trek.
What happens if I need to leave the trip early?
Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However our guides will make the necessary efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.
Does your company arrange domestic and international flight and other services?
We are Nepal based company. So we suggest you to arrange your destination International flight from your hometown. Domestic flight ticket is included in our packages tour.
Additional help will be provided for you different activities like river rafting, city guided tour, Mountain flight, jungle safari etc according to your requirements.
How fit do I have to be for a trek ?
You need not have any exceptional fitness but you should be fit enough to walk 5-6 hours comfortably on reasonable trails.If you practice jogging , swimming or tread mill excercises about one or two months before your trek , that will help enough.
Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek ?
As long as you are physically fit and have enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.
Is old age a problem ?
No, it is the fitness which matters , not the old age.Rather we have a lot of pensioners in our groups each year.
Is it possible to trek with the kids ?
With kids over six years it is ok . For family trips with kids we have lots of soft and scenic hikings which you can enjoy with your family.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option?
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick up and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs.
How much extra money should take with me except trip price?
It depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 15 to 20 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$ 15 to 20 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, chocolates, Coca Cola.
Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal? What do I need to get my visa?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need to obtain visas to enter Nepal. You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for 30 days.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country or from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.
What's the common form of Greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you ?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to December and march to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
# Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home
# Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
# Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
# Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
# Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4357416 )First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. 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 else where.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport or your personal information (Surname, Name, and date of birth, Passport number, nationality and gender) and 20% down payment of the total price for advance domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. Remaining balance can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. For the details, please visit at: www.alpinenepaltrek.com
We shall not be responsibility for any change or cancellation of program due to unavoidable circumstance such as weather, Government restriction, Landslide, road blockage, flood, avalanches, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness, breakdown of vehicle ,that the itinerary would be substantially altered , if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the group. we do everything we can to minimize its effect.