- Apply online for a tourist visa on the website:https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa Keep in mind that this application is valid only for 15 days. You must complete and print it. Once you reach at the Airport you will have to pay for your visa at the bank counter and obtain your visa validated at the immigration desk.
- With ATM, at your arrival at Kathmandu airport: You will need to fill the necessary information and then go to the bank counter to pay your visa and obtain your visa validated at the immigration desk.
- With a paper form, at your arrival at Katmandu airport that you find at the reception: For this you must have a photo identity. We recommend this method because it will allow you to save your time on arrival (considering that there will be many people to make the request via the automatic machines) then proceed to bank counter to pay your visa and obtain your visa validated at the immigration desk. Your visa can be paid in United States Dollar (USD), Euros, or other foreign currencies at the bank counter according to the exchange rate of the day in the airport.
Exchange into Nepalese rupees is not mandatory before arrival. You can pay visa fee at immigration in Kathmandu airport by United States Dollar (USD), Euros, or other foreign currencies. You can find lots of Money exchange Counters and Bank ATM in Kathmandu from where you can get Nepalese Rupees.
You can buy water Bottle in which you can fill and refill water from the hotel, teahouse and host family. You can use Water Purification tablet or drops for water Purification.
- Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) are the best months of the year to visit Nepal.
- During this time, the weather is pleasant with loads of warm sunlight. The sky is clear so you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape and the Himalayan views.
- In the monsoon season (June, July, Aug) although there will be no problem with trekking and volunteering, lower visibility and rain could be an issue. However, for nature lovers, the monsoon is a blessing, as the higher valleys, mountains, and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation.
- You can trek and volunteer in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb), especially in the hilly regions, yet as you reach higher elevations you can expect low temperatures and a heavy snowfall.
- If you don’t necessarily enjoy crowds, trekking during the monsoon or winter or choosing more solitary trekking destinations could be your options.
- NOTE: that due to global warming, there has been a change in the regular climate worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Please be open to unpredictable weather conditions as well.
- The Staff and Guides are well trained and have many years of experience.
- They speak English and you will find most businesses communication in English.
While in a small community and working around schools as a volunteer, it is recommended to wear full dress, making sure you cover below your knees and dress appropriately.
You will be able to recharge your gadgets in pretty much every cabins and hotels; however, you should pay an additional cost nearby in every accommodation. These are European plugs so no compelling reason to have a connector! On the circuit for instance, all lodges have electricity. Thus, we can re-charge in the main rooms of the lodges. At higher altitude, it is charged from 200 to 300 Nrs (1.5 to 2, 5 € for recharging)!
- You will be staying at the Host Family. They will provide food and bed.
Dal Bahat ( Rice, Lentil soup, curry and pickle) staple food will be served by Host Family.
- Giving a gift is not mandatory, however if you want to give, you can give something that remind of you and your country and that has a meaning.
- For example: May be Chocolate, some kind a toys etc.
- For the school you can get educational materials, world map, some story books, etc
- Our guide/staff have a good knowledge about the culture and tradition and s/he can and will explain about it, that will help you to understand Nepali culture and belief.
- Your hike starts early after breakfast and you will hike for 7-8 hours a day in slow pace likewise you will take breaks in-between to regain our energy.
- You will encounter many tea houses on your trek.
- A tea house is a lodge operated by the locals of a village to support their family and community.
- During the evenings and night the teahouses offer you beverages, food, warmth, and a chance to chat with other trekkers and locals.
- Teahouses are not five star hotels, but basic accommodation including breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a very affordable price.
- Many teahouses offer hot showers where you have to a small fee (usually around $2).
- Wifi and battery charge is also offered with a small fee.