Nepal Travel FAQS

Nepal Travel FAQS

We understand the importance of essential information that you may require of the country that you are intending to visit very soon. We have amalgamated key frequently asked questions and their answers which you may find useful. The questions and their respective answers listed here are just for guidelines meant only to assist you plan and organize your trip. For detail information, we would recommend you to do background research on the country or area that you wish to visit.

What can I expect from Nepal hotels?

Nepal houses from rock-bottom lodges to some of the finest international branded hotels. Especially, the metropolitan cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara offers wide variety of accommodation, from basic to five-star international hotels. Although, these five star international hotels’ rates are higher, they facilities and service quality similar to international standard. The hotels in Chitwan are of jungle lodge types; may not have any star rating but are good as 3 star equivalent. The majority of tourists prefer to stay at 3 star hotels as the service, quality of bedrooms are satisfactory and the tariff for these hotels are far more lower compare 5 star hotels. At these 3 star hotels, the bedrooms are moderately clean and all the basic facilities are required for tourists are there. Most of these hotels have at least one or more restaurant offering western and Nepalese cuisine. The breakfast at these hotels is generally served in buffet style. For guests who are booked in on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), lunch and dinners are served mixture of buffet/Table De Hotel Menu or Ala Carte at hotel’s discretion. Obviously, remember this is Nepal, so do not expect International/European standard.

Food at teahouse?

Foods at local teahouses are hygienic and usually delicious which are prepared by using local agro-products. The food at teahouse offer a variety foods, for breakfast, Toast, different styles of eggs, porridge, Muesli with milk, and other creels, For lunch and dinner, variety of potato, different curries, rice, noodles and pasta, Nepali food and others food, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. However, content lists may vary from one teahouse to another, some of the items listed above may not be available and depends on the season too). They also use some from market which are not possible to grow up there and produce locally.

Accommodation at teahouse?

Generally along the regular trekking routes and areas have developed facilities a lot compare to years back available teahouse lodges. Although, teahouses are clean and hygienic, facilities are yet very basic. Usually, the accommodation in teahouse consist of 2, 4 and 6 bedded shared room in dormitory style. The fact that, Nepal is although a paradise for trekking, it is still considered as underdeveloped country; facilities and infrastructures are not up to the European standard. So it requires compromising with your consideration and keeping in mind sense of adventure.  Lumle Holidays Ltd. will accommodate you as best available enroute along the journey and your lodge room will be provided bed, pillow blanket. If you are using your own personal sleeping bag is always recommended to bring with you.

Typical day on teahouse trekking?

Usually trekking day starts around 0630-0700 am after breakfast at teahouse. Afterwards, you will start your trek with hiking 3-4 hours before you stop for lunch. You will normally stop for lunch at around mid-day 1230-0100 pm. After lunch you will continue your hike. Generally after lunch the trekking journey tends to be quite shorter and rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring village a bit of washing or simply relaxing with reading book or rest. Around 7:00-8:00 pm your dinner will be served and simply hanging around the fireplace, order your breakfast and rest to bed.

What is teahouse trekking?

The Teahouse trekking known also as lodge trek is the most popular form of arrangement which allows trekkers to stay at local tea house or lodge. These tea house / lodge offers very basic accommodation in 2, 4 and 6 bedded shared room in dormitory style and have wholesome foods. Tea House lodge stay facility is available manly in regular and most popular trekking routes – Annapurna, Everest and Langtang areas. Along the trek you will have very basic facility available so it requires compromising with your consideration and keeping in mind sense of adventure. Your guide will ensure that the places you eat and stay in provide to the minimum levels of comfort you expect – a clean room, hot showers (at extra cost which you have to pay) and a menu of good local and foreign dishes. During Teahouse Trekking in Nepal, your tour operator or guide will arrange food and accommodation locally, you can trek at your own pace, set your own schedule and – most prominently – meet and experience the real life of the rural area.

When is the best time to go?

Generally, Nepal’s weather is divided into three seasons – summer, winter and the monsoon. Typically, winter (October to February) is the preferred and considered as best time for many travellers to visit. The Himalayas and hill stations are best explored during the summer season (March to May). The monsoon season (June to September) brings rain. Although, this season does not stop you from travelling to India, you should be prepared to encounter rain.

Do you need a visa?

Yes. You may apply for a visa before you travel or upon arrival at the airport. Please note, Nepal visas are valid from the date you arrive in the country. For more details about visa, please visit http://www.nepembassy.org.uk

How can I get there?

Nepal has good flight connections from United Kingdom. There are numerous direct flights to Nepal from the UK. Although, there aren’t any direct flights from the London to Kathmandu, Nepal, you may choose to fly either via New Delhi, Dubai, Muscat, Bahrain or Bangkok. Flight times vary between 12-14 hours depending on which airlines you are flying with.

What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The Nepalese rupees is the local currency. It’s usually best to exchange your currency once you arrive in Nepal. Euros, sterling and US dollars are all easy to change for rupees at local banks and exchange bureaus. The most of major credit and debit cards are widely accepted at the ATMs and shops, hotels and restaurants in tourist areas.

Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?

Infact, vaccination requirements vary for one country to another. Although we are able to give you advice, we are not medical professionals and are not able to give you specific advice on medical matters. We strongly recommend that you consult with your GP or travel clinic and seek professional advice before you travel. It may be helpful, if you take a copy of your holiday itinerary with you during your appointment. For more details please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health

Is it safe to drink the tap water?

No. The tap water is not considered as safe drinking water in Nepal. It’s strongly recommended that you stick to bottled mineral water.

What is there to see and do?

The Himalayan Kingdom, Nepal has lots to offer to visitors. Nepal’s attractions are varied and diverse, from its famous monuments and historical sites like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple and the wildlife reserves like Chitwan National Park where you can spot and meet many wildlife. Whether you looking to trekking in the Himalayas, exploring culture, heritage sights or relax & unwind in the peace & tranquillity Nepal has them all. Please visit “Places to visit Nepal” and “Highlights of Nepal” section in our website to explore more about Nepal attractions.


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Travel Info

    • Flight time 12-14 hours (via Istanbul, Doha, Abu Dhabi or Delhi)
    • Timezone GMT+5 3/4 hours 
    • Recommended airlines Turkish, Air India, Jet Airways, Oman Airways, Etihad, & Qatar Airways
    • Best season Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec

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