Nepal is a country very rich in culture where people do not greet people with a handshake but Namaste or Namaskar. Nepal has been open for tourists from all over the world for just four decades now, but still, it is one of the most loved destinations for people who not only seek adventure and nature but those who seek to get intimate with Nepalese culture too.
However, people often do get cultural shocks after coming to Nepal because of the drastic difference between the Western World and Nepal. So, to avoid any clashes and confusions, here we have listed some Travel Tips for your visit to Nepal.
Nepal's Trekking and Visa Permits
When it comes to entering Nepal, it is important to note is that your passport must have a validity of at least six months, as it is the only requirement. Visa, on the other hand, is available for people from most of the countries on arrival at the airport while others will have to visit the respective embassies to get the Visa.
Depending on how long you will stay in Nepal, Visa of 30, 60 and 90 days are available, and the charges increase as the number of days increase.
It is also necessary to carry a passport size photo with you as it is needed at the airport, but you can even get one at the airport photo booth as specific charges.
Meanwhile, if you entered Nepal and are planning to climb some of the highest peaks in the world or trek, you will need a permit called Trekking Information Management System. TIMS is necessary to trek in important regions of Nepal, and it can be received from certain trekking agencies and Nepal Tourism Board under consultation.
Likewise, Travel insurance is also necessary to trek in any routes of Nepal.
While you can easily exchange certain currencies like USD, Pound, Euros, etc., in Nepal, Nepalese money is not exchanged in any other part of the world. In addition, carrying Nepalese currency outside Nepal is illegal. So, before departure, it is an import that you exchange the money you have which can be quickly done in any foreign exchange offices.
Nepal is a developing country and the post-earthquake constructions taking place in numerous places of Nepal have made the cities, especially Kathmandu very polluted. Likewise, the drastic change in temperature, environment, and others can make you ill. So, carry masks, hand sanitizers, tissues, and other essential items with you while traveling.
Moreover, if you are a traveling solo, it is vital that you carry a simple medical kit with you because equipped medical shops are rarely available in high altitudes.
Nepal has four seasons and depending on it; climate can change drastically. Hence, you should research Nepal's weather beforehand and pack accordingly. If you miss packing any clothing item, you can easily buy them in Nepal at various price ranges.
Also for trekkers, it is essential to carry good quality hiking boots to prevent injuries and sores. We also recommended that you do not pack brand new shoes as they can cause blisters.
Local Expert Guides
Traveling in a new exotic country can not only be strange but has numerous disadvantages. So, it is vital to have a local expert guide beside you. The expert guide will not only know what is best for you but show you the best side of the country you are travelling. On the other hand, a local one will be the cherry on the top. A local expert guide will be able to show you the most authentic side of the area and accompany you throughout the journey.
This is especially needed if someone is trekking as the guide will act as a roc for them, taking care of them in every step and any problem.
So, an expert guide is essential for traveling.