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Top 8 Travel Tips for Planning a Trip to Nepal

1.Get general information about Nepal.

Where is Nepal ? Roughly rectangular in shape, Nepal covers an estimated land area of 141,181 sq. km and has 3 distinct ecological zones which is drained by over 6,000 rivers. In contrast to that, Nepal’s unique geography that consists of remarkable changes in elevation from the southern plains of Terai to the Himalayas, has given rise to pleasing eco-climatic conditions and a rich biodiversity which features exotic wildlife and vegetation found nowhere else in the world.

Likewise, from the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest (8,848m), highest fresh water lake – Tilicho Lake to the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki gorge, there’s plenty of natural attractions to go around for foreign travelers and explorers in Nepal. So,rather  thinking  about where to travel around the world one can fix a travel plan  for a country that was closed to the world until the mid-20th century,there’s no denying in that Nepal has been and still is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world.

Having said that, traveling to Nepal can be overwhelming (sometimes) for travelers and explorers specially for first time visitors. So, it’s a very good idea to first research about the Nepal and the places where you plan on spending your holidays.

2.Choose your destination and the type of activity that you prefer the most

Nepal, the exotic Himalayan nation that is listed as amongst the top 10 travel destinations in the world, has galore of offerings in terms of stunning places where you can create unforgettable travel memories with your close friends and families. Just take in the geography of Nepal, there’s hilly, mountain and Terai regions for you to choose from. All these places offer innumerable traveling prospects that include trekking, adventure sports, tours, jungle safari and countless others. So, choosing a particular destination is a must if you want to make the most out of your travel days in Nepal.

But you also need to think about the type of activity in which you wish to get involved. For e.g. You can try going for a trek to Everest Base Camp which is located inside the Khumbu region of Nepal near to Tibet for a spectacular trekking adventure travel. And what’s more, you will also get to see the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest (8,848m) with your own eyes. You can do all of that, but if you are more into laidback activities then going on a Jungle Safari might be a better than going on a trek to EBC.

In this way, you can see that you will need to decide where you want to travel in Nepal with correspondence to the type of activity which you would prefer doing like trekking, rafting, paragliding, sightseeing tour, cycling, mountain flight etc.

 

3.Make sure that you have legitimate Travel Documents

Be careful with your travel documents as without having proper and legitimate travel documents like  passport  (with  minimum  six months validity ) , it will be near impossible for you get an entry into Nepal. So, I highly advise you to make sure that all of your travel documents are with you.

Furthermore, you will need to carry passport size photos as you will require them for things like trekking permits and visa applications on arrival in Nepal. Yes, they are obviously clear to many foreign tourists that documents like Visa and Passport are some of the two most important necessities to have while traveling abroad in countries like Nepal. These travel documents are your identity so do take care of them accordingly to the demand the situations that may arise while traveling in Nepal specially if you are planning to go for a trek to some remote region like Upper Dolpo or Upper Mustang. Also, if you are planning to do a trek, then you must learn about the types of trekking permits needed in order to go trekking.

 

4.Make reservations and bookings in advance

Nepal in the recent years has gone through major changes in various sectors specially in tourism and hospitality. With thousands of tourists arriving in Nepal each year, it’s no wonder that there has been an immense rise of new hotels, lodges and guest houses all over Nepal. Even I am surprised by the fact there are so many hotels only in Kathmandu city alone that can be used by foreign travelers for accommodation facilities. From luxurious to cheap hotels, you can find almost anything in Nepal these days. But that doesn’t mean that you will always get a room if you haven’t booked it specially in peak tourist seasons like Autumn and Spring. Therefore, it is better to pre-book and make reservations for the numbers and type of rooms needed for you stay in Nepal before arriving in Nepal.

In addition to that, I also recommend booking for flights to Nepal and inside Nepal if you are going to visit Nepal. By doing so, you will not have to hassle around to buy a flight ticket and that will be pretty handy if you are in a hurry.

5.Do not overpack and simply pack things that are necessary

Traveling in Nepal can enhance your holiday experience to the maximum. There’s no doubt about that. But to do so, you will have to make sure that you don’t burden yourself or the others who carry your luggage and bags by over packing them with useless items like too many clothing, electronic and make up items. Do some research on the place where you are traveling and pack accordingly. Learn about the maximum and minimum temperatures of your travel destinations so that you can make suitable assumptions about the needed quantity of your clothes and other extra items like laptops and trekking equipment.

 

Furthermore, you have to keep the altitude and weather of your destination in mind as well. But more than that, leave anything that won’t come in use during your travel days in Nepal because your journey should not be affected by some unwanted items which you packed into your luggage.

6.Buy a dependable Travel Insurance

As you are coming to Nepal to explore and experience the natural wilderness of Nepal it’s always a good idea to buy a dependable Travel Insurance from a genuine company. Buying a travel insurance will help you in tough situations where you might need financial support for saving your life. And when you have a travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitude, you can rest assure that when things turn bad, you can hire a Helicopter for evacuation purposes with the full coverage of your travel insurance.

 

 

7.Means to carry your money while traveling in Nepal (ATMs & Banks)

When traveling to Nepal many have to consider the available means of getting access to their cash. Yes, travelers can simply bring their cash to ease out their expenses but for those who don’t want to jeopardize themselves by carrying huge sum of money in the streets of Nepal, a different alternate will be much preferred. So, for those interested to use their Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB and American Express), they can make use of their respective cards in Nepal as there are several ATMs available in major cities of Nepal including Kathmandu and Pokhara where most of the tourists come to spend their holidays.

However, it is always a good idea to keep a pile of money in cash with you for emergency situations as many remote regions of Nepal still don’t have any ATM services to withdraw cash when needed.In addition to that, travelers can even bring their own currencies with them and then have them exchanged in Nepal to make payments for their travel expenses.

8.Range of communication services and access to Internet

Communication services in Nepal has drastically changed in the recent years as people can use their mobile phones to communicate with other people both nationally and internationally at specific call rates. Most of the trekking routes in Nepal have got access to mobile telephone services including internet. So, you can stay connected to the world wide web and chat with your friends online even while trekking through Annapurna and Everest region (most of the time). Local lodges and teahouses also feature these services nowadays as travelers who rent a room for the nigh while trekking would appreciate using the Wi-Fi services or 3G data packs to stay in touch with their families back home.

While that’s the case for many of the available trekking routes in Nepal, we still highly advise travelers to research and find out if their travel/trek destination has these kinds of services or not before beginning their actual journey.