Nepal is relatively safe country to travel in. Crime against foreigners is very rare. Still, it is wise to be careful. Though pick-pocketing is not rampant it can happen in crowded areas such as bus stops and crowded bazaars. Simply be alert and aware of your valuables.
The hotel has a safe to store your valuables, passport and extra money. So, don’t carry around too much cash.Don’t leave valuables in your room as temptation invites crime.
While trekking, you can leave your valuables in the hotel safe.
A combination of cash, credit cards and traveler’s checks is a good idea. Remember to note the numbers of your traveler's checks so they can be replaced if they are stolen.
The chaotic traffic in Kathmandu is probably the biggest hazard, and for this we can only recommend a balance of bravery and caution, with a sense of humor on top! The simple act of crossing a street may be more dangerous than summiting a mountain!
Traveler’s Diarrhea is one of the most common health problems faced by tourists. You should ask your doctor to prescribe some medicine you can carry, just in case.
Try to avoid this by healthy eating and drinking. Assume all water to be contaminated. Drink boiled water, bottled water?or Euro-guard filtered water. Water purification tablets do not kill a seasonal (May-August) parasites but can be used as an added precaution. Do not eat raw fruits or vegetables unless they have been thoroughly washed and peeled.
Air pollution is bad in Kathmandu, so you may want to wear a dust mask, especially if you are prone to pulmonary problems.
Though the majority of clients range in age from their early teens to late seventies, we do have packages which are suitable for families or even people who cannot walk long distances. We provide services to people from many countries and languages.
Even for short treks, it will be more enjoyable if you are in good physical shape. It is better to do long hikes at home in advance if you are planning to go for trekking longer than two weeks. You can always inform us in advance if you feel the itinerary is too strenuous, and we will plan the trek to suit your preferred style.
The hotels in the cities have attached western style commode toilets and showers in the bathrooms. However in rural areas, sometimes there will only be a shared bathroom. Our camping treks set up a toilet tent nearby the campsite. The toilets in restaurants and public places may not as clean as it should be, sometimes due to water shortage. Therefore, it’s a good idea to carry tissue paper and hand sanitizer in your daypacks.
There are many authorized places to change money: banks, hotels and licensed money changers. There is even a place to exchange money at the International Airport on arrival. The Nepalese rupee comes in denominations of Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Authorized money changers provide a receipt, which you should keep in case you need to exchange surplus rupees at the time of your departure. Nepalese banks do not accept Indian currency of denomination of Rs. 500 and 1000.
There are ATMS in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other big cities in Nepal. The ATMS accept AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA and MASTERCARD.
Major hotels, restaurants and curio shops accept AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA and MASTERCARD.
You can have money wired directly to Kathmandu through any major bank within 2-3 working days.
There selection of souvenirs is wide. Lovely woolen, hand-made items like shawls, sweaters, and caps are very popular. There are many masks, figures and symbols of Hinduism and Buddhism that make excellent mementos. Tibetan carpets, gems and jewelry, Nepali paper products, Thangka paintings, leather jackets, statues of Lord Buddha, and the famous Gurkha Khukuri knives are some of the favorites. Unless it is a fixed price shop, you can bargain with the shopkeepers as the first price they quote will be higher than the actual price.
As we are Nepal-based company we do not book international flight tickets. We take care of everything from the moment you arrive in Nepal. We book your domestic flights and hotel according to the itinerary of your selected package. The cost of flights and hotels are included in the package price.
Should you need medical care, there are well-equipped general and specialized hospitals and private clinics with expert doctors in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities.
Helicopter evacuation is available should you fall sick or meet with an accident while trekking. However, such rescue services are expensive so we strongly recommend you get comprehensive travel insurance.
Our all staff, including guides, cooks, and porters are fully insured. We take pride in the fact that our all staff is well paid and has proper insurance coverage. We also provide all the equipment they require to do their job safely and comfortably. We strictly enforce the 30kg weight limit for our porters’ loads.
Specific immunization is not required to enter Nepal, but we strongly recommend you seek the advice of a doctor trained in travel health prior to visiting Nepal. Malaria is a risk in the southern regions of Nepal like Lumbini and Chitwan. Many people use repellents and long sleeves and pants to avoid being bitten rather than taking anti-malarial pills.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is caused by thin air at high altitudes over 3000 meters. Since it can be fatal it is crucial to gain altitude gradually while trekking. The itinerary of our treks are carefully planned to allow the body enough time to acclimatize, however, occasionally someone needs more time.
The initial symptoms could be any one or more of the following; headache, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, inability to sleep, swelling of the face, hands and feet and loss of appetite. You must communicate honestly with your guide who is trained in AMS. Often the solution is just to descend to a lower elevation and give your body an extra day to acclimatize.
Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. A voltage converter is needed for a device that does not accept 230 volts at 50 MHz. Sockets in Nepal accept only round three or two pins. So if your electrical device uses flat pins, please bring a universal electric plug adaptor.
There are metered taxis, buses, battery-operated three-wheelers and cycle rickshaws.
Mobile coverage is wide in Nepal, even in the rural areas. Internet facilities are available in hotels and cyber cafes in all major cities. Apart from the urban centers, popular trekking destinations – the Annapurna and Everest region – also have modern communications facilities.
Kathmandu has a wide variety of international cuisine: Continental, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Italian and Korean. The typical Nepali fare is rice, dal (lentils) and curry. Fast food like burgers, pizzas is found everywhere.
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy