Please find the answers of some of the frequently asked questions. Your potential question might have answered already by other travelers and we might have posted them below. Please let us know if you have any other questions. We will be glad to answer your queries.
How the treks are graded?
Our treks are graded in different standards; Leisurely, Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Adventurous etc. They have different meanings.
Leisurely: They are the easiest treks available. Anyone planning for a simple treks in Nepal can select this type of treks.
Easy: They are slightly difficult than leisurely standard treks. They may involve some ups and downs. They can be slightly higher in altitudes as well.
Moderate: They are mid-level difficult treks which are suitable for all types of trekkers. They may involve steep ascending and descending, high altitude areas etc.
Difficult: These treks are recommended for trekkers with normal fitness level. For the optimum experience we recommend these treks for trekkers with at least basic knowledge of treks.
Adventurous: The most difficult trekking routes operated by Himalayan Leisure, Inc. These treks are basically for experienced trekkers with previous trekking experiences. These treks may involve high altitude passes, difficult routes, steep ascending / descending, long hours of walking etc.
Are foods and water on the trek hygienic?
Yes, they are in most cases however we require all our customers to follow precautions along the trek for ultimately safe trip. Most of the foods on the trek are prepared after receiving the orders from customers so there is only little chance for foods not being fresh. We recommend you to take only boiled water, bottled water or water with iodine or purification treatment. Do not take raw foods or water without any purification.
Can I trek if I do not have previous experiences?
We operate several treks in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan that are suitable for trekkers without any previous trekking experiences. Some wilderness treks will require previous experiences however most of our treks are doable by novice trekkers. We have perfect trek for you either you are beginner or an highly experienced professional trekker.
Can the company help you for flight, hotel bookings?
Definitely! We can assist you with all the flight and hotel booking or any other services you require. Our experienced team will be glad to help you domestic or international flight bookings, hotel bookings throughout the country or any other services you need. Please kindly discuss with our travel experts
Who will pickup me in the airport?
An official representative from Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will pickup you from airport in general cases. Most of our package trips included airport pickup / drop facilities. Please kindly send us your flight details so that we can pickup you from airport at the right time.
Our airport pickup service is free for any customers booking package trips with us. Please consult with your trip confirmation email for more details.
How do I enter Nepal?
Nepal is a sandwiched country between two giant countries; China and India. You can visit Nepal by two different ways:
By Air: There is only one international airport in Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA - KTM, ICAO - VNKT). Several international airlines such as Nepal Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Turkish Air, Thai Air, Air India, Jet Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air, Air Asia, Silk Air, Oman Air etc. fly to Kathmandu everyday. The airport is located in Kathmandu which is the hub of tourists visiting Nepal.
By Land: There are different entry points via road. You can either enter from China side or India side. Most of the road entry points are located in southern Nepal. Here are the major entry points via road:
From China: Kodari Border
From India: Kakarvita, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar
What Equipments do We Provide? What do you Need to Bring?
Talking about the lodge trekking, we provide you down jackets and four seasonable sleeping bags as per the requirement. For camping treks we will provide you tents, sleeping bags, down jackets, mattresses, kitchen equipment etc. We will always ensure that you have enough equipment for a comfortable journey in the Himalayas. But you will need to bring trekking boots, flip-flops or any other personal trekking and climbing equipment on your own. If you are confused about equipment then please refer to equipment list of respective itinerary or consult with our travel consultants online or after you arrive.
I am not Experienced Trekker. Can I trek in Nepal?
We have many trekking routes suitable for absolute beginner in trekking. Most of the tea houses treks are suitable for beginner to experienced trekkers. In fact, we have experiences of trekking with 10 years old child [of course with her parents] to 80 years old senior citizen. Our treks are properly organized with adequate number of rest and acclimatization days. We will do our best to make your adventure successful in the Himalayas. If you have problems on walking uphill and downhill then please choose easy treks or city sightseeing tours. Trekking is done in the remote regions where hospitals or transportation facilities might or might not be available. If you have any fitness problems then please let us know.
How Difficult are the Trekking Routes?
We work on different trekking routes from easy few days trek to extremely adventurous a month long treks. In general, short trekking routes are easier than long trekking routes. We have also included difficulty of each itineraries we have on the website. If you browse the respective trekking itinerary you will fine the difficult of that particular trip.
How Many Days will I Need?
This question depends on your plans to do in Nepal. We have trekking programs from less than a week to a month. Our tours are from a week to two weeks. Rafting are generally less than a week. Jungle safaris are mostly a week long. The total duration of your holiday depends on your plans. We recommend you to have at least a week to spend in Nepal. If you are thinking about particular holidays / itineraries then please refer to the total days required of that particular program. If you are able to then we strongly recommend you to do at least a trek once you arrive to Nepal. Trekking is the core activity available in Nepal and we believe you shouldn't miss.
I am Single Female Traveler. Am I Safe?
This is very popular question that we are seeing a lot in the travel forum. As said above Nepal is generally safe for travelers though there were some cases of dead or missing tourists. Some of them were single female travelers too. If you are single specially female traveler then it's strongly advised you to take at least a porter or a guide with you. A Nepali staff will make you feel a lot secure. Trekking is done mostly in remote places where you might need to walk alone for hours. To feel safe and secure a Nepali staff is a lot helpful. We commit that our staffs will be around you all the time and you will have a safe travel with them.
If you are traveling around the cities then it will be OK to travel on your own too. Cities are mostly safe comparing to remote trekking regions. Even if you are trekking to the popular trekking routes we heartily request you to travel with a companion or a staff.
Do I Need Visa for Nepal? What are the Visa Fees?
Nepal immigration offers visa upon arrival for many countries though people from certain countries are not facilitated with this system. People from India do not need visa to enter Nepal. People except from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan gets visa upon arrival. Visas can be obtained also from the embassies of Nepal abroad.
Tourist Visa Fees:
15 Days - US$ 25
30 Days - US$ 40
90 Days - US$ 100
Gratis / Free Visa:
The free visa is available for SAARC nationals.
The maximum stay is 150 days per year on a tourist visa.
What is Altitude Sickness?
Altitude sickness is the common but dangerous situation when you body can not adjust with high altitudes. This generally happens when you climb high altitudes too quickly. This is common when trekking in the high elevations of Nepal. Altitude is risky when you do not respond to it on time. Altitude sickness is not getting enough Oxygen by your body can occurs over 3000M in general. Most of the time the sickness starts from headache. But when the sickness goes bad you might experience vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, severe headache etc. Please read altitude sickness page under support.
What are the Main Trekking Seasons?
Spring [March - May] and Autumn [September - November] is considered as two main popular trekking seasons in Nepal. The weather is very pleasant and the views typically are transparently clear. The forests in high altitude are full of blossoming rhododendron flowers; the national flower of Nepal. The views are very lovely and you will surely feel happy. The views are also fine in Winter [December - February] but it's very cold in the high altitude. Trekking can be done without including high passes. Trekking is lower altitudes are not affected in Winter. Generally, nights and mornings are very cold and days are fine for walking.
What is the Weather Likely to Be in Nepal?
Weather determines a lot about the visits in Nepal. Nepal is divided into four weather seasons. If you understand the reality of weather in Nepal properly then you will feel easier to plan your journey.
Winter: December - February
In General, the weather is fine but cold. The skies are mostly clear. Pack some winter cloths are you will be OK. Trekking can be done but high altitude passes will be full of snow.
Spring: March - May
Spring is one of the most popular season to visit Nepal. March and April is considered as beautiful months for trekking. The weather is clear and temperature is neither hot nor cold. Spring is known as colorful season as forests are full of blossom. The views of Himalayas are mostly crystal clear.
Summer: June - August
Summer season is also known as monsoon season. This season is the most affected season for trekking. There are some rain shadow trekking routes but other non rain shadow trekking routes are highly affected. City sightseeing tours are doable. For rafting it's fun and more adventurous. Peak climbing and expeditions can not be done. If you do not mind some rain showers then the season is not that bad.
Autumn: September - November
Autumn is another most popular trekking season. The trekking routes are full of tourists. Even touristy cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan are full of travelers. The weather is pleasant and lovely. The mountains are transparently clear and the views are spectacular. The season is also the season of festivals in Nepal when two biggest festivals; Dashain and Dipawali is celebrated.
Is It Safe to Visit Nepal?
This question is covered by many governments in the world regarding their citizens visits to Nepal. Nepal is safe and very safe in fact. Nepal is considered as one of the safest country in Asia. There are no violence against tourists though there were very minimum number of tourists were affected. And the interesting factor is that all dead, lost, affected tourists were single travelers. We strongly encourage you to take at least a Nepali staff if you are heading to remote regions. People in Nepal are friendly and welcoming. We are sure that your visit in Nepal will be one of the memorable and safe visits.