Yes, for people of most countries, tourist visas for entering Nepal are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. TIA is serviced directly from destinations throughout Europe and Asia and by way of connections with major cities. On your incoming flight, an airline attendant will provide passengers with a visa arrival form for Nepal. (Visitors can also acquire their visa before their arrival at one of Nepal’s many embassies and consulate abroad).
In order to process the visa, you will need two passport photos and cash. The visa fees are $25 USD or comparable currency for fifteen days, $40 USD for thirty days and $100 USD for ninety days.
Although you can change money at the arrival area of the airport, better rates are available in the city. Kathmandu also has an abundance of ATM machines if you do not wish to carry cash. We suggest that you bring only a small amount of cash (except trip cost) for your arrival if you would like to offer tips to the airport escort and driver.
Yes, a representative of Vista Trek will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to our hotel. Our staff will have signboard with your name and the Vista Trek logo.
Most visitors to Nepal arrive in the autumn months of September, October and November when weather is stable and mountain views and scenery are at its most vibrant. Spring is the second most popular time of year when weather is favorable and rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower) are in bloom. The monsoon season is from June to September and is an appropriate time to head north of the mountains into the rain shadow. The winter months are cooler with less crowds but still with good mountain views.
Because of the varied landscape, activities can be arranged year round throughout Nepal. As the Nepal Tourism Board says, “Nepal is a destination for all seasons and all reasons!”
Most of the Nepal’s trekking routes follow along dirt and gravel path ways and sometimes stone-laid path ways and steps. Nepal’s trails are often steep and cross through forests and rural landscapes and over swinging bridges. Along the way, locals have often built up shaded rest stops for visitors which are great places torest and savor the splendid natural scenery.
Yes, we often have single trekkers who join our fixed group departures. Depending on your style, you can participate as much or a little as you like with the group. Single travelers will often share rooms or tents with group members of the same gender.
Along the trekking trails, lodges (also known as tea-houses) provide a bed and a blanket. We generally recommended that clients bring their own sleeping bag. Accommodation varies but most often is in private rooms with twin beds. Most lodges have an adjoining dining room where can relax and enjoy hot drinks and meals.
All of our itineraries at Vista Trek have been designed for a safe rate of ascent to altitude.
Before we begin a trek, we have a group discussion with all members to talk about altitude illness and awareness. Our staff will be on the lookout for its signs and symptoms.
Medication is available that assists in the process of acclimatization (please talk to your personal physician). The effective remedy for altitude illness is descent. The following are mild signs of altitude illness:
Serious signs include the following:
We have prepared the timetable for sensible travel in the mountains and we are prepare for contingencies that might arise. Please rest assured that we have your health at the forefront of all of our decisions. Should there be a need for rest and even First Aid, then we are ready to provide it. In the cases of serious illness, we will transport clients to the nearest health facilities. If immediately evacuation is necessary, a helicopter rescue will be called in for transfer to Kathmandu for treatment (Please arrange evacuation insurance before arrival to Nepal in addition to your standard medical coverage.).
We encourage you to arrange all of your insurance back in your own country before arrival. As needed, we can assist you with arranging insurance after you arrive to Nepal, too. Please arrange coverage that includes both medical and evacuation expenses.
We have a standard First Aid kit with us on all of our treks and tours. If you have your own supplies and medicines, please bring them along, too.
Please contact a travel clinic in your home country pre-departure for the latest travel advice.
We also recommend prior to your departure to Nepal the following:
We consider food and drinks to be one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of your journey. In the classic trekking regions including Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, the tea-houses and restaurants often offer a wide range of delicious fare (most of it is vegetarian-friendly). Nearly everywhere, we can arrange hot drinks including tea and usually coffee and there are many snack shops along the routes. On tea-house treks we take dinner and breakfast meals in the lodges where we spend the night and lunch time meals along the way. On our camping treks, daily meals are prepared by our skilled chef.
Bottled water will be available and if you wish to drink normal tap water, then we recommend using a purification process, for example iodine tablets that you bring with you. Shops in the tourist area of Kathmandu and Pokhara sell purification tablets.
Most of the time along the main routes and sometimes on the more out of the way trails,it is possible to recharge electronic equipment for a minimal service charge.
Along the main routes there are occasional internet cafes, wi-fi facilities and phone service, too. However, in the higher elevation and more remote areas access to these services will be harder to find.
Yes, you will need a valid Passport, passport size photos and travel insurance documentation. Please scan into your electronic devices or keep a separate photocopy of your documents including international flight receipts and emergency contact numbers and please register your arrival with your embassy or consulate in Kathmandu.
We recommended to pack essentials but to pack light. Many items things that you might have forgotten can be picked up in the tourist areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara. What to bring depends on personal style as well as the season you will be here as well as your activities.
Specific requirements will vary from person to person. The following is a standard list covering a wide range of activities for travel in Nepal: daypack, hiking footwear with good ankle support, water bottle, sleeping bag, hat or visor, sunglasses, sunscreen, a windproof and waterproof outer jacket, warm inner layers, gloves, warm socks, headlamp, personal toiletries as needed, a universal adapter for sockets in Nepal and along the trails, a camera with re-chargeable batteries and extra memory cards. We also recommend a set of ear plugs as tourist areas can occasionally be noisy in the night time. If you forget any of the above, most of it can be easily found at reasonable prices in the tourist area of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Note : (Vista Trek provides companys’ sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag for those who havent’ brought their own ones.).