We use a wide range of accommodation, ranging from clean and comfortable hotels and guesthouses to basic tea houses in a twin or multiple sharing basis. Waterproof tents are used on our fully assisted trekking and rafting programs. Our hotel rooms generally have twin beds, with usually western style rest room facilities. When traveling in remote areas, toilet facilities are usually local squat style and can often be quite primitive.
On shorter routes, we take the local buses and mingle with the locals. Jeeps or minibuses are often used to get us to and from our trekking and rafting departure points. On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.
Around Kathmandu and Pokhara, bicycles are a great way to travel and absorb the atmosphere and scenery.
Taxis are widely found in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All licensed taxis are metered, but drivers are often reluctant to use them. Make sure to negotiate the fare before getting in the taxi.
It is a great way to be traveling around in the old part of the city though their movement is restricted on the main, traffic-congested roads at the day time. Besides, it's an environment friendly mode to explore the backstreets and narrow alleyways of Kathmandu. For fare, you'll have to haggle with the driver.
The traditional way of getting to places in Nepal is on foot. In trekking areas there are no roads, so travel on foot is unavoidable. In cities, one has the choice to get a ride or stroll on foot.
Traditional Nepali food is plain and simple. It is not as spicy as compared to Indian recipes, but it is full of flavors. While trekking
in the mountains, (especially in Everest and some part of Annapurna regions) the Tibetan influence becomes more evident in the dishes. Many Indian dishes are found in the plains in the south.
Dal-bhat-tarkari - a thick lentil soup (dal), with rice (bhat) and vegetable curry (tarkari)
Vegetarians are well-catered in Nepal. Most Nepalese people eat regular meals that do not include meat items. Meat is considered a delicacy in most homes and is served only occasionally.
‘Chyang’ is a mild beer made from millet or rice and is the home brew of the Himalaya.
‘Rakshi’ is a country liquor usually made from millet, wheat or corn.
The Nepali morning normally begins with a cup of tea. Locally produced soft drinks are widely available.
Lassi is a curd based drink which may be either savory or sweet. It is popular and refreshing.
The legal drinking age is 18 in Nepal.
Do not drink the water unless you are sure it has been boiled and filtered.
The same applies to ice.
Bottled water is readily available in the main centers although a more environmentally-friendly option is to take water purification tablets with you, or a camping bottle with an in-built filter.
All the major cities have internet access either in hotels or internet cafes. You should expect connection speeds to be slow.
International remote regions .Mobile phone coverage is available but it is not very reliable. Global roaming agreements exist with some international phone companies. Check with your provider before leaving home if you wish to access roaming. If not, prepaid mobile phone SIM cards are available at reasonable cost.
Receiving post is not convenient as we are normally doing something or traveling during the opening hours of most post offices.
The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
You You will be requiring a valid passport for the trip. All citizens of U.S.A require a visa for Nepal. We will assist you while arranging
your visa for Nepal. If you are of any other nationality, please check with the local consulate or tourist office for entry necessities.
Please consult with a medical doctor for travel immunizations before you come to Nepal. You may require vaccinations for hepatitis, tetanus or typhoid boosters. Entry necessities and global physical conditions are very likely to alter. Please check it out from the Centers for Disease Control for the latest updates.
The tours that we make could be situated at high altitudes. A headache is common and can be treated with aspirin and other minor medication.If you have a heart problem it is necessary that you discuss the matter with your doctor to see if such trips suit you.
Trip Cancellations Insurance
We recommend that you get trip annulment insurance. You will be provided a travel insurance application in your confirmation packet. All the premium of the insurance must be paid on time.
Sharma Tours & Travels reserves the right to call off any trip preceding any departure for any reason whatsoever, which includes all rational troubles that may obstruct the operation of any trip. The refund of all land payments received shall release Ventures Nepal from any further liability.
1. Respect cultural differences
Local customs, traditions and values may be different from your own. Take the time to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what isn’t.
2. Learn a few phrases
Take the time to learn about the country you are visiting. Learning about the customs and a few words in the local language can go a long way and is appreciated by the local people. It also makes your interactions more meaningful and memorable.
3. Save ‘face’
This is a very important concept in Asia. Try not to raise your voice, embarrass someone or display anger. Smile – the traveler who wishes to have a happy and successful trip in Asia should stay calm, cheerful and friendly.
4. Dress Respectfully
Dress Respectfully with an awarness of local standards. Covered thighs and shoulders are expected in most parts of Asia. Dress modestly at all religious sites.
5. Support local businesses
Make use of local services(hotels etc) and eat in local restaurants. Not only will your experience of the culture be greater, you are directly supporting the people.
6. Respect wildlife & endangered species
Viewing animals from a safe distance is fine; touching, feeding , or cornering them is not. Do not buy products that exploit wildlife, aid in habitat destruction, or come from endangered species.
7. Take photos with care
Always ask permission to take photos of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you do take a photo, offer to send copies back to them and make sure to follow through with your promise. If your subject wants immediate compensation in return for the photo taken, offering a piece of fruit or bread, or a souvenir from your home are ways to do it.
8. Giving gifts
We highly discourage offering money to people begging on the streets. Parents often send their children out into the streets, since a child can make more than their parents make begging on the street. This promotes further dependency and encourages more parents to send out their children. Instead, we would suggest offering a piece of bread or fruit. Perhaps you could offer postcard from your home, or a small pin etc.
9. Do not litter & Reduce waste
This is one time when the old adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans” doesn’t apply. Even if you see a local person littering, set an example and dispose of your garbage properly. Recycling is extremely limited or non-existent in most developing countries. Avoid products with excess packaging; opt for beverages in glass bottles as they tend to be re - used.
10. Protect local water systems
Use only biodegradable soaps and shampoos while camping.
11. Stay on the trail
Straying from the trail while hiking or trekking may not be safe under certain circumstances.
If you want to extend your holiday by booking some pre or post tour accommodation – you can contact us.
Australians, Americans, British, Canadians currently require a visa for Nepal. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa
requirements with your travel agent. We recommend you apply for your visa prior to arrival in Nepal (there are consulates in many countries), although you can obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport for $US30 for a Single Entry, and $US45 for a Double Entry. You must have US Dollars cash to the exact amount and one passport photo. Expect some delays in processing the visa application at the airport.
Before you even start traveling please make certain that you have a passport which is valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled return and that the photo is accurate. It is also important that you check if your airline tickets bear your name exactly as in the passport. Some countries will require you to have a return ticket or have sufficient money to buy a return ticket.
All guests traveling with us require valid travel insurance. Participants without adequate travel insurance cover will be asked to arrange for a cover before embarking on the trip. It should be known that it is difficult to make the insurance cover locally.
Please consult your doctor or nearest vaccination centre to see if any of the listed vaccinations are required. Only your doctor or vaccination centre can provide you with the latest up-to-date information.
Polio (oral vaccine)
Gamma Globulin or Havrix (against Hepatitis A)
Apart from a good Bag you will require:
Good Boots for walking
Down Jacket: From October to mid March.
Windproof fleece jacket at other times will be good enough for the trip
Torch Light and spare batteries
First aid equipment
Two pairs of trousers
Woolly / fleece
hat Cap / sunhat
Sun Block cream
Spare boot laces
Second pair of shoes (sandals or sneakers)