Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is located in the South Asian region and is bordered by China in the North and India in the east, west, and south. In terms of geography, Nepal lies between 26° and 31°N latitudes and 80° and 89°E longitudes.
What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is mostly known for being the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. It also houses 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world including the highest peak in the world- the Mount Everest (8848m). The abundance of trekking trails and wildlife also makes it famous. Moreover, the distinct and diverse accumulation of culture and ethnic groups add more spice to the allure of the country.
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes, you can get a visa on arrival but you need to fill an application form at one of the automatic registration machines at the airport. You can also acquire the visas on arrival at the land entry/exit points to Nepal. For more information on acquiring an on-arrival visa, refer to the official website of the Department of Immigration at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/visa-on-arrival.
Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is safe to travel regardless of the occasional political instability. The instability of politics has not made any effects in the tourism industry. People treat foreigners with the utmost care and respect. There are no such disputes and fights that make traveling hard.
How to enter Nepal?
You can enter Nepal through air, land, and train. The train facility is available from India only. You can enter Nepal through the land from 7 border checkpoints. Six of them are at the India-Nepal border, and one is at the Tibet-Nepal border. You can easily access Nepal through the air by either taking the country’s national airlines or any other private ones.
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Yes, Danphe Adventure Treks provides airport pick and drop facilities. This amount will be included in your bill. Additional services are also available as per the requests you make us.
I am going on a teahouse trekking in Nepal. What can I expect?
Teahouses are basically small resting places along the main trekking trail. They are normally run by local people and the more desolate the trail tends to be, the more rustic it is. The teahouses are equipped with the basic needs of the toilet, shower, and Nepali staple food- Daal Bhat Tarkari. The accommodation to some extent is basic and it also shows you the local culture and lifestyle.
How long will we walk on an average day's trekking?
In a typical trekking trail in Nepal, you can expect an average of 7-8 hours of trekking per day. The distance covered on the trek, however, varies and depends upon the trekking trail. On easier trails, you cover longer distances and vice versa on steep and rugged trails.
Who will be our guide?
Your guide will be a trained and seasoned professional, who knows each and every aspect of the trek. In rare cases, the porter and guide may be the same, yet, you will not find any difference in the quality of the trek on both instances.
What kind of weather (how cold does it get) can we expect during trekking?
You can expect the temperature to drop below zero during the snowy days and at night on higher altitudes. The weather is relatively warmer during the day and colder during the nights. Be sure to carry sufficient clothing during the trek. To put it into the perspective of altitude, trekking to the Annapurna and Everest base camps are comparatively colder than doing the Ghorepani Trek as the base camp treks explore higher altitudes than that in the Ghorepani Trek.
What is the number of requirements for your trips?
The number requirements vary as per the trips. However, tours and hikes can easily consist of a single person. Treks, Peak Climbing, and Expeditions require intense preparation and manpower so, ideally, a group with a minimum of two individuals is necessary.
Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings, and other services?
Yes, Danphe Adventure Treks helps you to arrange domestic flights, international flights, and hotel bookings. We make sure that you get the desired service at a reasonable price than the market rates.
What type of insurance should I need to have before coming to Nepal? Can I get insurance there?
Before coming to Nepal, it is highly recommended that you have travel insurance which is able to cover the costs of possible theft, robbery, and flight delays. Although there are insurance facilities here too, we recommend you to have insurance done before arriving in Nepal. Similarly, medical insurances are also a must and these should cover the costs of medical evacuation and high altitude travel.
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Traveling in Nepal is relatively safe in comparison to many other countries. With the exception of pickpockets and scammers, Nepal is pretty much safe. A woman traveling alone with us is safe as she will be accompanied by a guide. Besides that, the people here don’t have any sort of ill intention towards women and hold women in high regards due to their cultural upbringing. If you feel insecure, be sure to carry safety equipment.
What is a wilderness trek?
A wilderness trek differentiates from a normal trek in the sense that you’ll be exploring more remote and desolate places which don’t have any teahouses. You will be camping on cooking and sleeping at the campsite. You will be accompanied by a guide and chef, as per the requirements, and select suitable spots for camping after completing the trek on each day.
How high can you get me?
If you wish to do mountain climbing, then the height of the mountain is the maximum elevation we can take you. The maximum altitude for each trip differs with 5545 meters on the Everest Base Camp Trek, 5416 meters on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and 5160 meters on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The country is home to the Mt. Everest so, 8848 meters is the highest altitude that we can take you to, however, not without mandatory toil to reach the top of the world.
What equipment do you provide? What should I bring myself?
If you are trekking with us, we can provide you with equipment that you request for. We can also recommend you to buy the equipment for the trip of your choosing. You should manage basic necessities like gloves, trekking boots, toilet paper, sunglasses, sunblock creams, power banks, camera, etc. If you are mountaineering, then you should bring additional equipment like crampons, ice boots, ice axe, and boots.
What are the best times to come on a trek/tour/expedition?
The best time to explore Nepal and to take the tour, trek, and expedition is from the starting of September to the mid of December. During this time, the weather is pretty clear and you can get awesome scenery of the surrounding. Treks and tours can be done throughout the year but expeditions cannot be done during winter due to the heavy snowfall and extreme weather.
Can I trek in the Himalayas even if I haven't done any trekking before?
As the Himalayas are pretty daunting, it is recommended that you do have prior experience but fear not as the novice trekkers can also trek in the lower parts of the Himalayas. If you are committed and able to walk long distances, then you can easily complete the trek. For inexperienced ones, easier treks, tours, and hikes are the alternatives.
I've heard stories from friends about hygiene standards in Asia. Do I need to bring the economy-pack of Imodium?
Only some extremely rural parts of Nepal see hygiene problems. As you will be traveling with us, we shall serve you hygienic food and water. The sanitation facilities in major tourist parts are great so, it won’t cause any problems. Although it is not mandatory, you can bring Imodium packs in case of contingency. The decision is entirely up to you.
Can you assure me that your staffs are taken care of?
Yes, we highly regard the satisfaction of our company staff. All of our staffs have been working with us for at least 5 years. Rather than an employee, they are treated as a part of a family.
Are the foods & water in the lodges and camps hygienically standard?
Yes, the food and water in the lodges and camps are hygienically standard. We also encourage you to follow a healthy practice for the entire length of the trip. You can carry portable water purifier in order to ensure that the water you consume is safe for drinking.
Are your staffs fully equipped? What about their insurance?
Yes, our staffs are fully equipped and they know the appropriate usage of the trekking equipment. As such, we also provide insurance to our staff which covers both travel and medical issues.
Electricity in Nepal
Electricity is available in all parts of the country except in some parts of the higher Himalayas. The provision of electricity is regular and you can easily use and charge your electronics. However, you can carry portable electric supplies for contingencies.
What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) mean?
Easy trek refers to those which is done below 3000 meters and can be done by any age group. You trek on altitude ranges with relatively fewer chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Moderate treks refer to those which ranges between 3000 and 5000 meters. The trails are comparatively steep and rough. These also require you to trek on tougher terrains.
Difficult treks refer to those treks that cross 5000 meters. The trekking durations are long and it is advised that the novice doesn’t take this trek. The chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are also higher and require steady walks with plenty of other cautionary acts. Strenuous trips include trekking on rather steep, snowy, and difficult terrains. These offer the most extreme difficulties on the travel routes and are generally chosen only by seasoned enthusiasts.
What to wear in Nepal?
During your stay in Nepal, refrain from wearing any sort of provocative dresses and flashy outfits that affect the social norms. The cultural and religious values in the country direct the lifestyle of society here. So, we advise you to wear casual outfits.
During the treks, you have to be careful to wear proper clothing.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are ATM facilities in the major cities and even in the small towns as well. Although ATMs are rapidly spreading across the country, villages in the remotest parts of the country do not offer ATM services.
How to stay in good health when traveling to Nepal?
As the lifestyles and environment are relatively different than your country, be sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy food. Carry basic items like hand sanitizer and indulge in some light exercises too. You should also be wary of the high altitude sickness when traveling to high altitudes above 3000 meters. Alcoholic beverages and unhealthy diet and food routines should be strictly avoided as well.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes, it is highly recommended, and, in some cases, mandatory, for you to bring your medication along with you. Some companies do not allow you to take the trek if you are suffering from an illness that prohibits strain to one’s body and does not have the appropriate medication. It is also advised that you inform the company of your present health conditions if you have any.
Is there any tourist police in Nepal?
The Tourist Police is a separate unit of the Nepal Police, and it works directly under the Department of Tourism. Its headquarters is in Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu with complaint counters in Basantapur Durbar Square and Tribhuvan International Airport. The Tourist Police aim to solve any problems that you may encounter during your trip to Nepal. You can learn about the Tourist Police in Nepal at the official websites of Nepal Police at https://cid.nepalpolice.gov.np/index.php/cid-wings/tourist-police and Nepal Tourism Board https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/tourist-police.html.