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September 2021
Nepal visa, Nepal tourist visa

Nepal Visa – Nepal Hiking

In this blog post, you will find some relevant information about the Nepal visa policy, which are as given below:

Nepal visa as a tourist

To visit Nepal as a tourist, you must hold a valid tourist visa for the duration of your stay. Once you issue a Nepal visa as a tourist, you can extend for several times. However, it must not exceed 150 days in one year.

On the other hand, except for officials and diplomatic passport holders, the tourists who hold passports from the following countries are not eligible for a tourist visa at the Port of Entry.

Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine

As a result, before their departure to Nepal, they must obtain a Tourist visa from a Nepalese diplomatic mission (Embassies and Consulates).

Who issues tourist visas?

The Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry has been authorized to issue a tourist visa. Similarly, the Nepalese diplomatic mission (Embassies and Consulates) can also issue tourist visas. Likewise, to extend your tourist visa, you must contact the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara while in Nepal.

How do I apply for a tourist visa?

You can apply for a tourist visa abroad at the Port of Entry, Diplomatic Missions, or Consuls of Nepal.

Single and multiple entries are available with a tourist Visa.

Is there a fee for a tourist visa?

The following costs are set out for a Nepal Tourist Visa:

USD 30, US$ 50, and US$ 125 for 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days respectively.

For an online tourist visa application, please click here.

Nepal visa as a Diplomatic person

To travel to Nepal on a Diplomatic visa, you must ensure that you have a Nepal visa as a diplomatic person before travelling. Similarly, if you are travelling with family members, they will also have the same type of Nepal visa.

Usually, you can extend a diplomatic visa once or multiple times. However, it depends on the length of the diplomatic mission within the country.

Who issues a diplomatic visa?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Nepal has the authority to issue this visa.

Who issues a diplomatic visa? How do I apply for a diplomatic visa?

How do I apply for a diplomatic visa?

To apply for a Nepal visa as a diplomatic person in Nepal, you should submit it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nepal. Along with your application, you also need to submit a recommendation letter received from Nepal Government or the Diplomatic Mission.

Is there a fee for a diplomatic visa?

There is no fee for such a visa.

Who is eligible, and what is the duration?

Who is eligible, and what is the duration?

Anyone conducting official business within Nepal is eligible for a diplomatic visa. Similarly, their family members, including her spouse and children, are eligible for a diplomatic visa. Once issued, they can extend it as often as required until the official business is completed.

Marriage Visa

Any person who is married to a Nepalese Citizen is eligible for a marriage visa. And the visa is issued for the duration as directed by the person applying, but it must not exceed one year at a time.

Who issues a marriage visa?

Who issues a marriage visa?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue a marriage visa.

How do I apply for a marriage visa?

You should submit your application to the Department of Immigration for a marriage visa. Also, you should submit the Marriage Registration Certificate provided by the District Administration Office of Nepal.

In case your marriage was solemnized outside the country of Nepal, you have to submit your marriage certificate provided by the concerned Embassy abroad.

Nepal visa as a Business person

Anyone travelling to Nepal to do business of any kind must have a Nepal Business Visa. Similarly, family members such as spouses or children must also have the same visa. Usually, the visa is issued for the duration recommended by the Departments of the Nepal Government. However, the visa is no longer than five years at a time.

Who issues a business visa?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration in Nepal issues a business visa.

How do I apply for a business visa?

If you are travelling for business, firstly, you should submit your application to the Department of Immigration. Secondly, you should submit along with the recommendation letter from the Department of Industry, Nepal. Alternatively, you can submit it to the Department of Commerce in Nepal.

Transit Visa

Anyone using the Tribhuvan International airport in Nepal for travelling to other countries can issue a transit visa. And it is valid for 24 hours.

Who issues a transit visa?

The Immigration Officer at the Airport is authorized to issue the visa.

How do I apply for a transit visa?

You should apply for a visa from the Immigration Officer at the Airport.

Is there a fee for a transit visa?

Is there a fee for a transit visa?

Yes, it is usually US$ 5.

Non-residential Nepal Visa

Though you are of Nepalese origin but don’t reside in the country, if you want to come back to live, work, trade, undertake business, or study in Nepal, you must take a non-residential visa. Travelling with family members, such as your spouse and children, is also eligible for the same visa. You can issue the visa for one year, but you can extend it up to ten years.

Who issues a non-residential Nepal visa?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration issues the visa.

How do I apply for a non-residential Nepal visa?

To obtain a non-residential visa, you should submit your application along with a non-resident Nepali Identity card provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission of Nepal.

Residential Nepal Visa

Anyone who wants to come to live in Nepal and contribute to the Nepalese economy and society can apply for a Residential Visa. Similarly, those who have already invested at least one hundred thousand dollars in the country are also eligible for a residential visa.

Hence, anyone who meets the above criteria can apply for a five-year visa.

Who issues a residential Nepal visa?

The Director General, Department of Immigration, issues the visa.

How do I apply for a residential visa?

To issue a residential visa, you should submit your application to the Department of Immigration. Similarly, you should submit all relevant documents.

Study Visa

Lastly, you can apply for a study visa if you are a student coming to Nepal. Likewise, if you are coming to Nepal for teaching or research in the Educational Institutions of Nepal, you should also apply for a student visa. Similarly, if you travel with family members, your spouse and children are also eligible for the same visa. Moreover, you can extend your visa at a time or several times until the end of the study period. Nevertheless, you can issue only one time a year.

Who issues a study visa?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration issues the visa.

How do I apply for a study visa?

To issue a study visa, you should submit it to the Department of Immigration along with the recommendation letter provided by the Ministry of Education, Nepal.

We hope the above information about Nepal visas will be helpful and relevant to you. If you have any queries about the Nepal visa, visa policy of Nepal, and other related information, don’t hesitate to contact us at sales@nepalhiking.com.

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July 14, 2022

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek itinerary is frequently searched on Google by trekkers interested in trekking the Kanchenjunga region. The trek is considered one of the most famous treks in Nepal but less popular than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek. So, this trek is less cramped, and you will have an amazing trekking experience.

Trekking to the world’s third highest mountain is a tea house trek as there are many tea houses and small lodges along the route where various foods are served. Kanchenjunga region is a restricted area. So, a local guide and at least 2 trekkers are required to collect important permits for the trek.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Tented camp in Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Where is it located?

Kanchenjunga is located on the far eastern side of Nepal and preserved under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project; Mount Kanchenjunga is known as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. And the word Kanchenjunga is a Tibetan word meaning “Five treasures of The Great Snow”, which symbolizes the five summits as gold, silver, precious stones, Grain and Holy Scriptures. 

You can discover varieties of species of flora and fauna on this trek as the region is protected under conservation area.

When to trek?

Trekkers heading towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the most favourable seasons to trek in Nepal as the weather is moderate, stable and warm, and the skies remain clear, which helps you to relish the beauty. On the other hand, summer (June-August) is also a rainy season which makes your trek risky and winter (December- February) is quite risky, too, as the trails are covered with snow, and the weather is extremely cold.
You will have an amazing adventure that rewards you with scenic beauties of lakes, mountain peaks, glaciers, landscapes, meadows, rich local culture and tradition and rich flora and fauna.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga.
  • Opportunity to sight some abundant wildlife such as musk deer, snow leopards, blue sheep, etc.
  • Experience the lifestyle and rich culture of Sherpas, Rais and Limbus along with Tibetan Refugees.
  • Scenic Vista of Mount Makalu and Mount Everest.
  • Amazing walk to the glacial lakes like Zuma, Thalung, Rathong and Yalung glaciers.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Trekker heading towards Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam (1677m) (5 hrs)

  • Early breakfast and take a 45 minutes flight to Bhadrapur from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Further, you will take a local bus or jeep and drive to Illam (Queen of hills).

Overnight in Illam. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 02: Drive to Taplejung (1820m) (4 hrs) 

  • Today you will have a scenic drive to Taplejung via Mechi Highway.
  • Driving for 4 hours on an uneven and gravelled road, you will arrive at Taplejung.

Overnight in Taplejung. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03: Trek to Chiruwa (1270m) (5-6 hrs)

  • Starting off your journey from Taplejung, you enter the official Kanchenjunga trek route passing through Hungdewa River and Tamur Khola.
  • Following the east bank of Tamur Khola, the trail gradually ascends and descends, taking you to the Sinwa village.
  • Continuing your trek, you will find a suspension bridge above Thiwa Khola. By crossing that bridge, you will reach Chiruwa- a small settlement of the Limbu people.

Overnight in Chiruwa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04: Trek to Lelep (1860m) (7 hrs)

  • Early morning breakfast in Chiruwa.
  • Start your today’s journey by slightly ascending towards Lelep.
  • Pass through the lush forest of rhododendron along with a dramatic waterfall.
  • Cross a wooden bridge over the Tamur River and reach Lelep with an extraordinary view of landscapes.

Overnight in Lelep. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05: Trek to Amjilosa (2510m) (8-9 hrs)

  • Leaving Lelep behind, you will continue your journey by walking on a narrow path along the bank of the flowing Tamur River with a fascinating view of the impressive backdrop of a gorge.
  • Further, you will trek to a dense forest of different vegetation and tiny villages through an isolated trail.
  • Then, you will follow a complex trail descending and ascending frequently, which ends at Amjilosa – a small settlement of Tibetan and Sherpa people.

Overnight in Amjilosa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06: Trek to Gyabla (2730m) (4 hrs)

  • Following your early breakfast in Amjilosa, you will walk through a trail descending to Thangyap.
  • Hike through Bamboo, Oaks, Rhododendron forests and the bank of the Tamur River and stop at Thangyap for lunch.
  • Later pass through a dramatic waterfall, cross a wooden bridge over a Ghunsa River, and finally reach Gyabla village, a small settlement of Tibetan inhabitants.

Overnight in Gyabla. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) (4 hrs)

  • Today, you will have an easy trekking day to Ghunsa.
  • After breakfast at Gyabla village, you will walk through the dense forest of rhododendrons.
  • You will follow the river banks and reach Phale village- a Tibetan inhabitant with beautiful potato farms.
  • Pay your visit to a Tibetan Monastery in Phale and continue your trek following the trail passing through the green fields and a forest of larches.
  • Later follow the trail descending to the river bank of Ghunsa River.
  • Cross a wooden bridge before reaching Ghunsa village with Tibetan people as its inhabitants.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

(Finally, a deserving rest day has come.)

  • Today, you will stay active by hiking to the surrounding terrains.
  • And you will hike up to Lapsang La Monastery through the lush forest of rhododendrons and oaks.
  • Descend back to the village in the evening and spend the rest of the night.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09: Trek to Kambachen (4100m) (4 hrs)

  • Leave Ghunsa after your early breakfast.
  • Walk through a landslide-prone trail which passes through the off-beaten trail of north Kanchenjunga.
  • The trail slowly climbs uphill to the forest of Juniper and larches along the river’s east bank.
  • You will pass through green meadows, walk over the sandy river bank, cross a wooden and stone bridge, and reach Rambuk Kharka (3720m).

(You will be amazed by the incredible sight of Mount Jannu (7710m) and Jannu Glacier.)

  • Lastly, reach Kambachen (a temporary settlement with few tea houses) after descending through the mountainside.

Opt 1: Overnight in a teahouse with basic facilities.

Opt 2: Overnight at a camp at the base of the Jammu glacier, rewarding you with a beautiful night sky.

Overnight in Kambachen. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek to Lhonak (4785m) (4 hrs)

  • Today’s journey is quite challenging as you will walk through rocky fields and slippery paths.
  • You will follow the trail slightly, climbing up to the lateral of moraine debris.
  • You will walk alongside the river’s north bank and cross over the Lhonak glacier.
  • Further trekking for a few hours will take you to Lhonak, where a few teahouses are available.

 Opt 1: Overnight in a teahouse with basic facilities.

Opt 2: Overnight in a camp in a huge grassy meadow. (Camping is better than teahouses rewarding you with the possibility of seeing some fauna such as blue sheep, mountain goat, hyrax or marmots.)

Overnight in Lhonak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11: Trek to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (4785m) (9-10 hrs)

  • Today, you will be heading towards Pangpema.

(Pangpema is the local name of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp. It is a flat land known for rewarding the best view of Mount Kanchenjunga, Pathivara Peak, and impressive ice fall along with massive Himalayan glaciers.)

  • You will gradually climb the trail following the line of the moraine. 
  • A few hours of challenging trek on the rocky trail will take you to the flat grassy plain of Pangpema, where you will notice a small stone hut with a rock decorated with prayer flags on the side.
  • Relish the view and collect some memories before you return to Lhonak.

Overnight in Lhonak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12: Trek to Ghunsa (3595m) (6 hrs)

  • After breakfast in Lhonak, you will retrace the route to Ghunsa.
  • Today’s trek is mostly downhill, enjoying the views of the peaks, meadows and glaciers.
  • You will pass Kambachen and Rampak Kharka to reach Ghunsa.

Overnight in Ghunsa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13: Trek to Sele Le (4290m) (4 hrs)

  • Leaving Ghunsa behind, you will take a right-hand-sided trail to Sele Le.
  • The trail is mostly steep and isolated from human settlements until you reach Sele Le.
  • You will reach Sele Le by crossing dense rhododendron and juniper forest.

Overnight in Sele Le. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14: Trek to Cheram (3870m) (9 hrs)

  • Enjoy your breakfast with beautiful morning views.
  • Today you will climb about 400m to the Mirgin La Pass (4480m), enjoying the spectacular views of the Jannu peak, Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Kanchenjunga, and Kabru. Some of the Himalayan range across the Sikkim border is also visible.
  • You will also come through the highest pass of this trek, Sele Le La Pass. 
  • (4843m).
  • After a hideous day, you will rest and spend your night in one of the lodges in Cheram.

Overnight in Cheram. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15: Trek to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp (4580m) (6-7 hrs)

(Kanchenjunga South Base Camp is also known as Oktang Base Camp.)

  • After early breakfast, you will start your day by heading towards Oktang.
  • You will be amazed as you ascend higher as the views of Mount Rothang and Kabru on the Nepal-Sikkim border gets closer and clearer.
  • You will pass through the snout of the Yalung glacier and the array of ablation valleys before arriving at Oktang Base Camp.
  • Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Kumbhakarna Glacier from the base camp as it displays the most dramatic vista of the eastern part of the glacier.
  • Finally, descend to Cheram to spend the night.

Overnight in Cheram. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16: Trek to Torongding (2995m) (6-7 hrs)

  • After breakfast at Cheram, you will trek downhill to lower altitudes enjoying splendid vistas of different peaks and glaciers.
  • You will walk down through the forests of rhododendrons and oaks.
  • Further, you will follow an easy trail along with Simba Khola and walk through the jungles of rhododendron and pines before you reach Torongding.

Overnight in Torongding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17: Trek to Yamphuding (2080m) (7-8 hrs)

(This is one of the toughest days throughout the journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp. You will be walking through landslide-prone trails and difficult sections.)

  • You will have a tough 600m climb to Lamite Pass (3500m).
  • Further climbing will take you to Simbau Khola Valley, where you will cross a wooden bridge.
  • Walking by the woods of rhododendron and pine, you will come to another pass called Dhupi Bhanjyang (2540m).
  • From here, the path descends to the cultivable fields, where you will cross a ridge and reach Yamphuding.

(Yamphuding is a beautiful village of Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, and Gurungs. It is as bright as a village in Ghunsa.)

Overnight in Yamphuding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18: Trek to Khebang (1910m) (5-6 hrs)

  • Early breakfast in Yamphuding.
  • Leaving the village behind, you will trek through the villages of Chettri and Brahmins.
  • As you continue the journey, you come through splendid landscapes and settlements of different ethnic groups.
  • After some ascents and descents, you will arrive in Shebang.

Overnight in Shebang. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19: Trek to Khamdime (1500m) (5-6 hrs)

  • Leaving off from Khebang, you will descend towards a beautiful place called Dobhan.
  • Having lunch at Dobhan, you will continue your trek with water breaks along the route.
  • Following the trail through villages, farms and green meadows, you will come to Khamdime and spend the night.

Overnight in Khamdime. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 20: Drive to Bhadrapur (10 hrs)

  • The drive will be long, exhausting and tiring today, yet rewarding.
  • Exhaustion may make you feel low, but the views throughout the journey will turn you up.
  • Nearly 10 hours of off-road drive from Khamdime will take you to Bhadrapur.

Overnight in Bhadrapur. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu (45 min)

  • You will have breakfast and take a 45-minute long scenic flight to Kathmandu.
  • You will fly above magnificent Himalayan ranges like Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.

Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

Conclusion

Journey to Kanchenjunga Base Camp will be an amazing trip rewarding your beautiful memories of the splendid views of the Himalayas landscapes, lakes and glaciers. In addition, you will witness the third highest massif in the world with some local culture and tradition and experience the lifestyle of Nepali ethnic groups.