Some Quick links 

Altitude Mountain Sickness information- http://www.treksafe.com.au

Recommended travel library- http://www.travel-library.com/asia_pacific/nepal

Nepal online news- http://www.ekantipur.com

Nepal Tourism board- http://www.welcomenepal.com

Online Nepal news- http://www.nepalnews.com

Association of Trekking agencies- http://www.taan.org.np

A association of Nepal mountaineers- http://www.nepalmountaineering.org

Foreign exchange rates for different currency- http://www.oanada.com

World time and date- http://www.timeanddate.com

Electricity in Nepal

Residential electrical outlets in some countries including the United States use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs. Many other countries including Nepal use other voltages, 220-240 volts to power their appliances, as well different plugs. If you try to plug an American appliance such as a shaver or hairdryer into an outlet of a different voltage, you may destroy the appliance and cause yourself injury. There are few things you should know about other countries (here Nepal) before you travel.

  •  Nepal’s Electricity is 220-240 Volts and 50 MHZ (some countries like U.S and Canada are 110-120 volts/60 MHZ).
  • In Nepal electric Plugs are of two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries.
  • If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for both types.
  • If you are planning on taking a hair dryer, electric shaver, curling iron, laptop computer or other electrical devices on your travels, in these cases, you will need to obtain either a voltage adapter (electrical converter) or a plug adapter for your travels, most often both. Most voltage adapters for travel convert 220-240 to 110-120, usable by your American and similar appliance. A plug adapter, on the other hand, allows you to plug into a foreign outlet.
  • In Nepal, you will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. - like appliances.
  • In some countries you may only need one or the other (voltage converter or plug adapter), but in Nepal you may require both. Note: you may need many different plug adapters if your travels extend to more than one country, but one voltage adapter is okay to work in one country.
  • We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit if you plan to take many electronics. It can be found in many hardware stores, travel shops and online retailers. Virtually all laptop computers and some electric razors take universal voltages. Check your equipment to be sure. If the only electric device that you plan to take with you is an electric shaver, you may consider buying a different model which accepts universal voltages, to avoid carrying around a heavy and bulky voltage adapter. Always be sure to check with the manufacturer of the appliance for proper use and conversion.

NOTE: You can find any of the transformers, plug adopter and converters to buy in Kathmandu and other major cities easily.

  • Electricity flow is not smooth in Nepal. Electricity often goes off and on. Voltage fluctuation is very common and it is advised that you use an adapter with quality power surge protector for your electronics.
  • Nepal has not been able to produce enough electricity to meet the high demand, so in dry seasons there is power outage (load shedding) for hours, however hotels and businesses cover their electrical needs via fuel cells and generators.   

Recap:
Voltage in Nepal: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)


Frequency in Nepal: 50MHZ Primary Socket Types in Nepal:

 

Nepal/India, Europlug, i.e. with round two prongs or three prongs. For Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.) your need: A plug adapter For 110-120V electronics your need: Plug adapter + step-down transformer For  Hair dryers, curling irons, etc your need.:  Plug adapter + voltage convert

Customs Formalities

Customs: 
All your baggage must be affirmed and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance. 

Import: 
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarette (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binocular, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export: 
The export of antiques requires special certification from the Department of Archeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old like sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here.

For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office (Phone: 977-1-4470110, 977-1-4472266).

Country Information

Heartily welcome to roof of the world and land of Shangri-La. Nepal, the legendary mountain kingdom of the Himalayas lie wedged between two Asian giants - India and China. This small Himalayan nation is bestowed by nature with an incredible diversity in topography resulting in a wide range of flora and fauna. The elevation of the country ranges from 70 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in sub-tropical climate to Arctic-like climate.

Nepal occupying only 0.1% of the earth has massive Himalayan region in the north to the sweltering sub-tropical jungles of the terai (plains) in the south, and is home to:

- 2% of all the flowering plants in the world

- 8% of the world's population of birds (more than 848 species) 

- 4% of mammals on earth

- 11 of the world's 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species)

- 600 indigenous plant families

- 8 of the 14 high mountains (above 8000m) of the world

- 319 species of exotic orchids

- 167 species of mammals

Quick facts of Nepal:

Area: 147,181 sq. kilometers

Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 25 million

Language: Nepali is the national language. However, travel-trade people understand and speak English as well. 

Currency: Nepali Rupee (approximately US$ 1 equals Rs. 74.00) 

Political System: Federal Democratic Republic 

Religion: Characteristic of being the only Hindu country in the world. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian and Islam.

Climate: Nepal has four major seasons:

(1) Winter: December-February 

(2) Spring: March-May 

(3) Summer: June-August 

(4) Autumn: September-November

Best time to visit Nepal

Autumn (September, October, and November)

Spring(March, April and May) are the best seasons for high altitudes and climbing  activities.

Winter (December, January and February) are good months for low altitude treks and tours.

Monsoon (June, July and August) is also okay to visit Nepal but visibility could be of matter due to rain.

HealthGuide

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems. However, it would be useful to gather information on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis rabies, typhoid, tetanus, meningitis diphtheria, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Common sense can often save lives.

You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Physical Examination:

We always recommend undergoing a thorough check up before commencing travel to Asian countries so that if you are considering demanding tour such as trekking or mountaineering you do not have doubt about your health or fitness.

Vaccinations:
There is no need to present inoculation/immunization certificates to enter Nepal for any legal purpose. However, vaccination for diseases such as Malaria (widely found in lowerlands of Nepal – Terai), Small Pox, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Hepatitis and Polio are recommended before you commence your travel to Nepal to be on the safe side. We advise you to consult your doctor before beginning your travel and also to carry necessary health certificates (immunization certificates), should they be required in any case.
The following is a ROUGH GUIDE for immunization. (We must stress that this is only a basic guide to the most commonly required vaccinations to travel to central Aisa.

(a) Polio (normally you will just need a booster.)

(b) Tetanus

(c) Cholera

(d) Meningitis

(e) Typhoid. A full course requires 2 injections separated by an interval of 4-6 weeks.

(f) Hepatitis A and B.

(g) Anti-malarial prophylaxis: Please refer to your doctor for the most up to date information about anti-malarial medication for the areas that you will be visiting.

(h) Rabies pre-exposure vaccination. Please refer to your doctor for advice on whether you need rabies pre-exposure vaccination. In the unlikely case of your being bitten, this vaccination does not eliminate the need for urgent evacuation to a suitable medical facility for additional treatment. However, it does simplify that additional treatment and also prolongs the period that you can safely delay before receiving post-exposure treatment.

 Given enough notice, your doctor will be able to administer all the above vaccinations.

 Medical Services:

Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are sound. All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, facilities are not on equivalence with those found in Kathmandu Valley. 

Insurance: 
A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, rafting and all adventures activities.

Medical Kit:

A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling. The following items are recommended:

  • Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever
  • Antihistamine - as a decongestant for colds, allergies and to help prevent motion sickness;
  • Antibiotics - useful if traveling off beaten track but they must be prescribed
  • Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets
  • Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhea
  • Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar 'dry' spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • Calamine lotion to ease irritation from bites or stings
  • bandages and band aids for minor injuries
  • scissors and/or tweezers
  • thermometer
  • insect repellent
  • sun block lotion
  • chopsticks
  • water-purification tablets
  • throat lozenges (Strepsils)
  • Moleskin
  • Sulamyd 10% eye drops
  • Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).

 Prevention, the Best Medicine: 

  • Always drink reputable brands of bottled water or boiled one. Stomach upsets are the most likely health problem although majority of these cases are minor problems. Avoid running tap water for drinking purpose.
  • In unavailability of bottled water, drink boiled water for drinking.  This is well known to kill all harmful bacteria and is the method by which Himalayan Glacier seeks to provide to trekkers using the facilities of the guest and teahouses.
  • Alternatively, using an Iodine solution - either tablets or drops.  This is known to kill most water borne bacteria (not 100%) and has been used widely by most trekkers effectively in this region.  Iodine is particularly handy when not near or in a lodge and additional water is required to be purified.
  • Always make sure the food you eat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk. Boiled milk is fine if it is kept hygienically and yoghurt is usually good.
  • Tea or coffee should also be all right since the water would have been boiled. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Food, drink and snack from reputable sources are usually safe. However beware of food that has been kept out in the open for long.
  • Wash your hands frequently, as it is quite easy to contaminate your own food.
  • Clean your teeth with purified water rather than direct tap water.
  • Avoid climatic extremes: keep out of the sun when it is hot, dress warmly when it is cold. Avoid potential diseases by dressing sensibly.
  • Do not walk bare feet as it is easy to get worm infections through bare feet.
  • Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin when insects are around, by screening windows or by using, insect repellents.

Getting Into Nepal

There are twelve major international airlines linking to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The Nepal Airlines (RA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.

There are twelve major international airlines linking to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The Royal Nepal Airlines (RNA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.

Since Nepal has India in three sides and China in the north, coming to Nepal by land requires one to pass through India or China. The entry points to Nepal from India are Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belhiya, Bhairawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Mahendra Nagar. The Kodari Pass in Nepal-China border is the entry point to Nepal from China. Tourists entering the kingdom by land must hold an international passport.

For getting around the country, there is an excellent domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. Nepal alternative Trekking will help you with all domestic air tickets booking and booking tourist coaches for you

Communication Facilities

Postal Services: 

Central Post Office located near Sundhara or Bhimsen Tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday. The counters are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provide stamps, postcards and aerograms. Post Restante is available Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. 

Telephone Services:

Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1.

Internet Services:

There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Kathmandu Valley and around the country. Tourists only need to find a place they are most comfortable with to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

Media: 
Nepali media has developed rapidly within just a few years of time. Besides the government medias, Radio Nepal and Nepal Television, there are numerous FM and television networks, numerous FM radio stations and upcoming regional television stations are dominating the market. Major Nepali daily newspapers are Gorkhapatra and Kantipur, Nagarik, while the English dailies are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Himalaya Times, etc.

Travel Insurances

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternativeTrekking. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of the NATE  itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medial expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

Recommended Travel Insurance Companies for your kind information.

For Travelers from USA and  CANADA

  1. Online Global Health Insurance -http://www.onlineglobalhealthinsurance.com
  2. Insure My Trip.com (Online Insurance Aggregator) - http://www.insuremytrip.com
  3. Mondial Assistance
    4273 King St. East
    Kitchener ON N2P 2E9 Canada
    www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. Access America - http://www.accessamerica.com/
  5. HCC Medical Insurance Services - http://www.mnui.com/
  6. Good Neighbor Insurance (International Health) - http://www.gninsurance.com/
  7. International health: www.overseashealthinsurance.com
  8. Insure my Trip dot Com www.insuremytrip.com
  9. MultiNational Underwriters
    251 North Illinois Street, Suite 600 / Indianapolis, IN 46204
    317-262-2132 / 800-605-2282 / Fax: 317-262-2140
    www.mnui.com / service@mnui.com
  10. TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators Ltd.
    Sylvie Bougon, Bilingual Emergency Assistance Coordinator
    Toronto Office
    Telephone: (416) 340-0049
    Toll Free: 1-800-995-1662
    Fax Number: (416) 340-9918
    E-Mail: sylvie.bougon@travelinsurance.ca
    Website: www.travelinsurance.ca
  11. Travel Assist http://www.travelassistnetwork.com/
  12. TraveLite http://www.travelite.com/
  13. Travelex http://www.travelex-insurance.com/

For Travelers from ENGLAND

  1. Ali Ramzi | Operations Specialist
    Specialty Group (UK) Limited - Europoint, 5/11 Lavington Street,
    London, SE1 0NZ, United Kingdom
    UK tel:  + 44 (0)20 7902 7405 UK fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 4748
    USA tel: +1 215 489 3785 USA fax: +1 215 489 8525
    Email: Ali.Ramzi@specialty-assist.com | www.specialty-group.com 
    For Urgent : ops@specialty-assist.com
  2. FirstAssist Services Limited
    Wheatfield Way,
    Hinckley Fields Industrial Estate,
    Hinckley
    Leicestershire
    LE10 1YG
    England
    Telephone 01455 251155
    Fax +44 (0)1455 254001
  3.  http://firstassist.co.uk
     
  4. Harrison Beaumont www.hbinsurance.co.uk
     
  5. Buy cheap travel insurance: www.insureandgo.com

For Travellers from EUROPE and SLOVENIA

  1. Assistance CORIS d.o.o. e-mail: danijela.puzavac@coris.si | web:www.coris.si

For Travellers from AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND

  1. Cover More Travel   Insurance www.covermore.com.au
     
  2. CGU Insurance Limited www.cgu.com.au
     
  3. Worldcare Travel Insurance
    PO Box 162
    Toowong Qld 4066
    Australia  
    Phone: 1800 008 614 between 0800 and 1800 AEST Monday to Friday 
    E-mail: sales@worldcare.com.au

For Travellers from SOUTH AFRICA

Travel insurance Consultants Pty .Ltd
5th Floor, 296 Kent Avenue
Randburg Johannesburg
Cremerview, 2060
South Africa
www.tic.co.za

DECLARATION: These insurance companies  are just for recommendation / kind information which are recommended by our  previous travelers.

Forex and Banking

Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also.

 NOTE : FOR TRAVELERS FROM INDIA/ VIA INDIA:

Indian currency of Rs.500 and Rs.1, 000 bills are not allowed to be brought into Nepal. They will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for transaction of any kind.

 Cards
Credit cards like the American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted. Convertible currencies are as follows: Dollar (U.S., Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, and Singapore); Euro (Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (U.K.); Yen (Japan). Please keep hold of your encashment for changing back local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge.

Cash Machines

The mainstream banks in Kathmandu and Pokhara all have a cash machine where you fill your wallet 24 hours a day using your normal bankcard or Master Card / Visa. Banks have cash machines, though we would recommend only using these machines during bank opening hours so as not to run the risk of losing your card if the system crashes.

Banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Sunday through Friday. They are closed on Saturdays and other public holidays. In other places banks are open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Sunday to Friday and are closed on Saturdays and government holidays. ATM machines are located in many banks in the capital. Money can be transferred from other parts of the world from the numerous transfer agencies in the capital.

For more information:

Currency Converter: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic

Foreign Currency Exchange Rates: http://www.kantipuronline.com/forex.php 

Accommodation (Where to Stay)

Nepal today has altogether more than 300 big and small hotels which are registered with the Department of Tourism, ranging from 5 star deluxe categories to the small one star and tourist standard hotels. A general outline of facilities available in five, four and three star hotels

Nepal today has altogether more than 300 big and small hotels which are registered with the Department of Tourism, ranging from 5 star deluxe categories to the small one star and tourist standard hotels. A general outline of facilities available in five, four and three star hotels are given below: 

Five Star Hotels:

A five star hotel has all its rooms air-conditioned, well furnished and with attached bath. More than two restaurants and bars serving a variety of cuisine and drinks, swimming pool, tennis court, beauty parlor, sauna, health club. Banquet and conference facilities and a variety of other modern luxurious facilities are also available.

Four Star Hotels:

The four star hotels in Kathmandu constitute of air-conditioned, well furnished room with attached bath, more than one restaurant, garden, banquet and conference facilities – though in a slightly smaller scale.

Three Star Hotels:

The three star hotels have air-conditioned rooms with attached bath and standard furnishings. A minimum of one restaurant and bar are available with standard luxury.

Visa Information

It is just easy to attain your Nepalese visa on arrival in entry place. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.

Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. However, effective from October 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point a valid photo identity like a passport, voter's identity or an identify card issued by the Indian government. Temporary identity card with photographs issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions is considered in case of exception. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.

Other non-Nepali visitors do not need visa to be in Nepal for three days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Free visa is to be given to tourists for re-entry to Nepal provided they stay at least for 15 days in the country in that visa year.

A.    Entry

Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices in Nepal:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

B. Tourist Visa

Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple entry

15 days

US$ 25 or equivalent nepali currency

Multiple entry

30 days

US$ 40 or equivalent nepali currency

Multiple entry

90 days

US$ 100 or equivalent nepali currency


C. Tourist Visa Extension

  • Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent nepali currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

D. Gratis (Free) Visa

  • Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
  • Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

E. Transit Visa

Transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, by paying US $ 5 or equivalent nepali currency.

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, 
 web site: www.immi.gov.np )

Download Visa Application Form

Nepal Climate

The seasons in Nepal are pretty much the same as in Europe, opposite of the Australian seasons. In January it's cold, while in July you could make do with shorts and t-shirt. The climate of Nepal is moderate which means the winters are dry and the summers are hot. But because of the huge range in altitude and landscape, climate of Nepal differs significantly throughout the country.

Monsoon is approximately from the end of June to end of August. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period throughout the country but the remainder of the year is dry. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the most pleasant seasons. Winter (December, January, and February) temperatures drop to freezing with a high level of snowfall in the high mountains.

Summer, monsoon and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai (southern plains). In winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7ºC (45ºF) to a mild 23ºC (74ºF). The central valleys experience a minimum temperature but not often falling bellow freezing point and a chilly 12ºC (54ºF) maximum.

The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate most of the year, situated at an altitude of 4,297ft (1,310m). Summer temperatures range from 67-81°F (19-27°C), and in winter temperatures are between 36 and 68°F (2-20°C). During the rainy monsoon season between June and August, there is an average rainfall of between 7.8-14.7 inches (200-375mm) in Kathmandu. May and June can be very hot and humid until the monsoon rains bring relief. In spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) the temperatures are pleasant with occasional short bursts of rain, while November to February are dry, but can be very cold, especially at night.

Best time to visit Nepal

Most recommended seasons for trekking are autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) and spring (March, April, May). In these seasons you will be rewarded by good weather, sunny and warm with clear sky and outstanding views. During monsoon (June, July, Aug) although there will be no problem for trekking, the issue could be of less visibility and rain. But, for a keen botanist, monsoon is blessing as the higher valleys, mountains and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) also, only the issue is cold weather with snow-fall at higher elevations.

The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

However, because of effects of global warming the climate is changing world wide and there could always be possibility of exception in these weather patterns. In best seasons also there could be hoax of bad weather and sometimes even in adverse months; weather tends to be excellent for trekkers.

 

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