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Everest Base Camp Trek and health tips for kids
Everest Base Camp Trek and health tips for kids

Ascending a dramatic 5,300 meters (or 17,590 feet) into the Himalayan skies, Everest Base Camp is truly a magnificent journey for trekkers from all walks of life. Its unparalleled views, ancient sites and vibrant people make it a once-in-a-lifetime (or more!) experience, and one which many travelers wish to share with friends and family. Everest Base Camp is a great adventure for the kids, and while journeying there can be a challenge, it’s one which can be conquered by just about anyone.

Before Taking the Kids to Everest Base Camp

While most kids are easily able to run on fuel for hours on end, trekking through cold weather and hardy terrain demands a different kind of energy. Kids should be used to long walks and be in reasonable physical shape. Most importantly, they should be old enough to understand what AMS is (Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness) and be able to recognize the symptoms and communicate them. Before taking your kids on a trek to Everest Base Camp, check that:

Your child is healthy. Lack of physical fitness, asthma, sensitive sinuses and other ailments could present a potential problem while trekking. Assess the risk of any current health conditions and whether or not you will be able to receive efficient health care in the event of an incident.

Your child has the appropriate documentation such as a passport and visa. Requirements will vary depending upon country of origin.

Your child is capable of understanding the dangers involved and how to act responsibly. Everest Base Camp, while mostly safe, still presents an environment of potential danger for individuals who do not abide by basic safety rules.

Your child is interested in the expedition. Many children who are not accustomed to long walks, cold climates etc. may find themselves growing tired of the expedition. It’s important that they know what the journey entails ahead of time.

While Trekking

As you ascend higher into the mountain, it’s important to note that facilities and amenities become less frequent. It’s a good idea to pack your own chocolate and other energy-rich snacks to avoid paying high prices for them at a higher altitude. Bathrooms and washing facilities are also less common; bring the necessary sanitary items with you en route, as well as spare clothing and other essentials. This also applies to entertainment and other attractions in the more remote lodges, so make sure you are equipped to deal with quiet evenings.

The general rule of thumb is to allow for rest days and sufficient time for acclimatizing with the kids. A steady pace will help build their strength and also allow them to appreciate the breathtaking landscape around them so you can savor the trip of a lifetime with your loved ones.

People travel to Nepal for all kinds of reasons. Whether you want to visit all of the rural tea houses or see the Himalayas, there is something for every taste in this beautiful, underappreciated Nation. If you intend to trek through Nepal, you need to pack carefully to make sure you optimize your experience.

The right technology and gadgets can make your trip infinitely better. Most modern travelers rely on technology and gadgets for daily life. Tech can help you stay safe and connected to loved ones. Tech also lets you manage flights, reservations, and planning details. You don’t need to bring your entire home office with you to Nepal. A few special pieces of technology are all you need to maximize your trip.

GPS Systems Ensure You Won’t Get Lost

Trails throughout Nepal are relatively well-traveled and marked. However, if you have a bad sense of direction or don’t feel like learning the language, carrying a GPS system is ideal. Unless you have international service, your cell phone may not operate ideally in rural areas in Nepal. That means you can’t rely on your cell phones GPS.

Thankfully, GPS systems are much more affordable and accurate than years ago. Investing in one now will help ensure that you stay safe on your trip. That way, not only can you figure out where you’re going, you can mark all the favorite places you’ve been.

Digital Cameras Can Capture Unforgettable Moments

Sure, smartphones and some tablets have very nice cameras built-in. However, cameras aren’t primarily intended for picture taking. Sometimes, you may be on your phone when a photo opportunity arises. Other times, your phone might be charging or running low on battery. Investing in a high-quality digital camera is a smart move for an international traveler.

A digital camera helps ensure you can quickly and efficiently capture images on your truck. More importantly, if you pack a replacement memory card, you don’t have to worry about storage space on your phone. Instead, you can snap hundreds or thousands of pictures of your beautiful hike.

Charging Backpacks Keep Your Gadgets Alive and Functional

There’s no point in bringing along all your gadgets if you can’t actually use them. Thankfully, there are now backpacks that have charging ports. If you intend to use your devices while hiking, they may drain the battery before you reach your destination. A charging backpack helps ensure you can keep batteries full on all your devices. You can then charge the backpacks battery units when you stop at tea houses or other overnight accommodations.

 

It is possible to travel Nepal on a shoestring budget, especially if you intended to hike. The beautiful views and unique local culture are just two reasons to make Nepal your next destination.  Planning ahead and bringing the right technology with you can make the trip much simpler and more enjoyable. With a charging backpack, a GPS, and a digital camera, you can make the most of your time in Nepal and ensure you have beautiful memories to take home.

Manaslu Trek

The warm and welcoming sun. The beautiful wind that compliments it. And a hum of people that look fantastic as fashion roars loud. With these wonderful traits in display, why wouldn’t you just love Summer?

Summer has always been the focal point for travelers. And so has Nepal!! Complimenting the two is bound to make a relationship whose memory would last a lifetime.

The awesome weather of Nepal, its scenic mountains, its calm rural life, its cultural harmony, peace and safety that every other tourist experience are amongst many things to admire about this great country.

And:

How do I begin to describe the summers here? It is simply breathtaking. If you take a note and fix the places you want to visit in Nepal, your summer will be rich of culture, experience and excitement.

Here’s a list of five places that you ought to visit this summer in Nepal.

Kathmandu


This city is a home to the only international airport in Nepal and you need to spend a few days to get acquainted with. There are many temples that have been listed in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, there are cozy trekking areas on its outskirts.

Full of buildings that are old and traditional, to go along with the newest buzz in architecture, this city is a cultural crossroad of two generations. A melting point where people of the most varied backgrounds live, there are always things to do, places to go to, food to taste and people to talk to.

Things to Do

  • You should try hiking around Kathmandu. With places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you will chill out, observe mountains, get to the view the awesome sunrise and sunset from a vantage point and taste great food.
  • Try eating in a few Newari restaurants. ‘Newari’ people are the oldest residents of this city and their cuisine rich in animal protein and Nepali spices and herbs is something to not miss out
  • Be a pedestrian in Thamel. Thamel is a posh area of Kathmandu that offers a variety of cuisine in restaurants that offer live music. A place to not miss out for a night person.

What You’ll Need

  • As the trek around Kathmandu is an easy trek and you won’t have to carry a lot of belongings, you can carry a day backpack to store all your belongings.
  • A good camera to take wonderful pictures along the way.

Pokhara


Well, does this place need any introduction? Filled with wonderful trekking routes, beautiful sceneries and majestic water resources, if there is any city in Nepal that is picture-perfect, it is Pokhara.

The social tradition here is quite similar to Kathmandu. It is full of people from different parts of the country. But is not as crowded as Kathmandu. The traffic here is mellow and the air has a freshness of a shower.

Things To Do

  • Have a boating experience while you are here. Home to some of the most beautiful lakes such as Begnas, Phewa, and Rupa, you can also try swimming here. But only with the right gear and permit. Devi’s fall is not to be missed.
  • A visit to caves here is unmissable. Mahendra cave, Chamero (Bat) cave, and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave will be an exciting experience for you.
  • You can opt to trek to Poon Hill. It is a trekking site that is easily accessible and can be completed within a week.
  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is another trek that can be be undertaken from Pokhara.

What You’ll Need

  • It is a certainty that you will bring your camera while you are trekking in the Pokhara region. And you need to make sure that you camera will be well protected. While trekking, it is a certainty that you will spend your time in terrains that have slopes. And there is every chance of your camera dangling while ascending or descending the slopes while trekking. So you need to carry a good camera backpack for backpacking.
  • You need to have an eye on the weather of the regions that you will go to. There are four seasons in Nepal and the weather varies accordingly. So do a rough background check of the region that you will be going to.
  • According to the weather, you also need to change the way you pack things. If you are trekking in the lower altitude, you need not pack heavily as the weather is fairly warm and consistent. But trekking in higher altitude demands you to pay special attention to the items you pack.

Mustang

A place that lies on the outskirts of the Himalayas, Mustang is a unique place for trekkers as well as spiritual tourists.

There are local tribes that have never been outside the district and you get a sense of how a purely agricultural lives look like. There are people who are completely dependent on the animals such as Yak for almost everything from food to shelter.

Things to Do

  • Visiting the Kali Gandaki Valley, the place with the deepest gorge is absolutely unmissable.  
  • Opportunities for rock climbing and biking are available. If you are a roadie, this will keep your adrenaline pumping.
  • Taste the variety of Yak products and other animals available here. As the life here is almost untouched by the city life, the food here is pure and healthful.

What You’ll Need

  • Places along the Mustang valley trek are rural. As the places are not equipped with electricity, you might not have adequate chances of charging your devices. A backpack charger will be a good way to solve this problem.
  • A willingness to explore the culture of this place will be vital. As this place was a forbidden kingdom until 1991, you will have a chance to get a flavor of the Tibetan as well as the Gurung culture prevalent in this region.

Everest Region

Everest region needs no introduction. It is one of the most sought-out places in Nepal for trekking. There are a variety of trekking routes available in this region. You might wonder if you will be able to complete the EBC trek. But with appropriate training, you can certainly complete it.

Sagarmatha National Park is a great assembly of flora and fauna of the alpine region. It is the first National Park in Nepal to have been included in the list of Natural World Heritage Site.

The National Park is the resting place of the awesome Gokyo valley and the lakes that accompany it. It also includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Lhotse to name a few.

Things To Do

  • You should visit the Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region. Talking to people here will give you some idea about the culture of this region.
  • Trekking to Kala Pathar will give you the best view of the Everest mountain. It is a common misconception among people that the Everest base Camp is the best place to view the Mt. Everest.
  • Namche Bazaar, often referred to as the capital of Sherpas is a hub of domestic as well as international tourists. You should spend a day in this region for acclimatizing.

What You’ll Need

  • Adjusting with the altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek  is something that some trekkers struggle with. So you should train well before you start the trek. You should also monitor the water and food intake while trekking as low amount of food and water intake increase the chances of altitude sickness.
  • Longer treks in the Everest region last up to 25 days. So you should train appropriately. While training, you should emphasize on running a lot as you will require a lot of lower body strength to trek in this region. For interested trekkers who are struggling with heel problems such as plantar fasciitis and other spasms, excellent running shoes is advised for preparation.
  • Your clothing will also be something to keep your eye on. Down jackets, waterproof trousers, hiking shoes, woollen gloves, scarves, trekking poles and sunscreens should be on top of your priority list.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp

It is a wonder to me why more tourists don’t flood to the Eastern part of Nepal for some fun? The hills there are exotic, the people hospitable as anywhere you can find, and that too at the Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp!

Besides Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the Eastern part of Nepal has wonderful religious sites and people here exist in harmony. The people here are street smart, funny and charming.

Things to Do:

  • Take moments to grasp the beauty of the beautiful tea gardens. Kanyam and Fikkal are the best places to see acres of spaces of tea gardens.
  • Pathibhara and Mai Beni are definitely stopping points for people who want to get into the heart of Hindu spirituality.
  • You can tread to remote villages with relative ease in local buses. The scenes there are mesmerizing

What You’ll Need

  • If you are looking to get to the Kanchenjunga region, you need to pack just as well as you would have packed if you were traveling in the Everest region. Clothing needs to be multi-layered and a good down jacket as the outermost layer is a must. Water resistant hiking boots, trousers,sunscreens, woolen gloves, trekking poles, spacious backpack and chargers will be necessary.
  • A camera to capture all the stunning views that the Kanchenjunga region has to offer is a must.
  • Kanchenjunga is the longest trek in Nepal. So you need to prepare well before you embark on your trek.

Conclusion

Nepal, in all its glory, offers a range of summer tourist facilities. They might be in gorgeous valleys like Pokhara and Kathmandu or in the laps of mountains such as Kanchenjunga. Whether you want to trek, bike or enjoy a ride in luxury vehicles and hotels, you have it all.

And if you are not up for any of these, you can also try flying over the mountains in a Heli or a mountain flight. Make the most of your summer and make the most of Nepal!!

If you feel that you want to visit any of these 5 places or any other places in Nepal, don’t hesitate to contact us.

About Nepal

About Nepal

About Nepal – Nepal Hiking and Trekking Tour

Nepal is an epicenter of never ending festival and frolic that transcends from temporal to eternal world. For many, Nepal symbolizes as an ultimate adventure destination that is rarely found anywhere else in the world. And, for others, Nepal appears to be a Shangri-La – the Lost Horizon that has been far from reality clustered with deities and demons waiting for offerings. However, Nepal, in fact, is a country with diverse arrays of tourism products – a rare combination of mystic, mystery, mountain and merriment.

Guerrilla Trekking Trail has been launched recently, giving trekkers, the chance to retrace the guerillas’ footsteps. This trekking trail was used by Maoists during “People’s War’. The Guerrilla Trek, a two – week to four – week hike depending on the itinerary which stretches across central and western Nepal, is designed to draw in more foreigners as the Himalayan nation seeks to rebuild an economy through tourism.

The Government of Nepal has launched 1700 kilometer long Great Himalayan Trail. The trail begins near Kanchenjunga on the eastern border and heads west navigating the domains of eight of the world’s 8000 meters peaks, from the beautiful but lesser known Makalu to the famous Everest. It ends in Humla on the Tibetan border.

Nepal is now on the threshold of making a new constitution with a consensus from all political parties imbibing the spirit of democracy. All political parties have reiterated their commitment time and again for peace in the country assuring the tourism community for creating conducive atmosphere for doing business. Tourism is in the top priority of government of Nepal.

Nepal is all about the true feeling of hospitality; smiling people; festivals throughout the year; extreme adventure and air sports; meditation and may more.

Naturally Nepal

Naturally Nepal

About Nepal

Nepal; wedged between China in the north and India in the south, east and west, is a country of 28 million people. Though small in geographical size, Nepal has an astonishing diversity of sightseeing attractions in nature and culture. From the tallest mountain peak in the world to the thickest jungle in South Asia, Nepal has never ceased to amaze all those who have seen or heard about it.

Nepal is secular country with predominate confluence of two great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the land of Lord Buddha, symbol of world peace, who was born about 2550 years ago at Lumbini. With more than 103 ethnic groups and 93 spoken languages; Nepal is characterized as naturally pure and tranquil and culturally unique and diverse.

The Kathmandu valley represents a mosaic of Nepal’s rich cultural past and abounds in breathtaking architectural subtlety with 7 cultural World Heritage Sites within a radius of 20 kilometers. As Kathmandu valley is representational model of Pagoda, Stupa, cultural or architectural excellence, Pokhara a scenic town is a getaway into the lap of nature with close mountain views, lakeside experience and tranquil nature. Chitwan another tourism hot-spot is tally a jungle experience in the forest teeming with tropical wildlife.

About Nepal

While trekking, mountaineering and game watching have long been popular, an entire range of other possibilities have been explored in the recent years – trekking, mountaineering, sightseeing, cultural tour, jungle safari, pilgrimage tour, rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra-light aircraft, hot air ballooning, mountain flight, boating, poly treks, jet scooter, boating bungy jumbling, casinos and nightlife. The list is endless.

The Nepal Himalaya is crowned by 8 of the World’s 14 highest mountains including the jewel in the crown, Mt. Everest, standing tall at 88848 meter, the highest point on earth. That’s not all. More than 1300 of peaks are scattered across the length and breadth of the country.

Things to do in Pokhara

Activities and things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu, and is the second largest city in Nepal. With some of the most spectacular and breath taking natural beauty in the country, Pokhara is a city well worth visiting. Here are just some of the wonderful things to do in Pokhara:

Spend some time at Fewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

Measuring 1.5km by 4km, Fewa Tal is the second largest lake in Nepal and serves as a playground for locals and visitors alike. You could hire one of the brightly coloured sailboats or rowing boats and set sail across the water or swim across if you’re feeling brave: the water is reasonably shallow ensuring it feels comfortably warm. Whilst at the lake a visit to Barahi Temple is an absolute must: this two storeyed pagoda is Pokhara’s most important temple, and it sits almost exactly in the middle of the lake.

Explore Devi’s Fall

2 km south-west of Pokhara airport you’ll find Devi’s fall (also known locally as Patale Chhango or Hell’s fall). The water plunges then forms a pool before descending into an underground tunnel that runs 100 meters underground. This awe inspiring water fall is said to be lucky, with visitors throwing coins into the statues that sit at its base. This is an incredibly popular attraction for tourists to the region, and does tend to get busy during peak periods. To get the best from your adventure travels in Pokhara, particularly if you don’t have much time in the city, it is well worth taking part in a Pokhara tour with an official guide. A good guide will be able to navigate you around this natural wonders safely and share stories and legends about the region at the same time.

Things to do in Pokhara
Things to do in Pokhara

Climb to the World Peace Pagoda

At the top of the hill to the south of Fewa lake sits the World Peace Pagoda. Access to the pagoda involves crossing the lake and then taking quite a steep climb up the hill. The pagoda itself is an impressive sight and well worth the visit, but what really makes this pagoda worth exploration is the incredible views across both the Annapurna mountain range and the city that you can enjoy from its vantage point.

Visit the Old Bazar

At odds with the natural wonders of Pokhara is the city’s Old Bazaar: a bustling street market that you have to see to believe! The traders here are ethnically diverse and each sell a wide array of different and exotic wears. The sights and sounds of Pokhara’s Old Bazaar are worth exploration even if you don’t intend to shop, but shopping here is heartily recommended! Whilst many of Nepal’s bazaars have been marred by modern consumerism, the old world charm of the bazaar here is still alive and well. You’ll find Pokhara’s Old Bazaar located about 4 km from Lakeside, and it is such a popular focal point in the city that it is incredibly easy to find and explore.

Passport and Nepal visa

Nepal Visa – Nepal Hiking

If you’re considering traveling to Nepal, then whatever the reason for your visit you’ll need to have the correct visa in place to make sure you can enter the country and travel within the boundaries, legally.

Below you’ll find all the information you need to know in order to prepare for your trip and make sure you have the correct visa for your visit to Nepal.

Diplomatic Visa

Anyone who is traveling to Nepal on Diplomatic business must ensure they have a diplomatic visa before they travel.
Family members, such as a spouse and children must also have the same type of visa too, to ensure they can travel within Nepal.

Usually a diplomatic visa can be extended once, or even multiple times depending on the length of the diplomatic mission within the country.

Who issues a diplomatic visa?

Who issues a diplomatic visa?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Nepal is authorized to issue this type of visa.

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

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

An application for a diplomatic visa in Nepal should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the Government of Nepal. You will also need to submit information and a recommendation from the Government or the Diplomatic Mission with the application. The application for a diplomatic visa should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (GON) or the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry into the country.

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 who is conducting official business within Nepal is eligible, plus any family members traveling with them, plus spouses and children. Once it is issues it can be extended as many times as required until the official business is completed.

Tourist visa?

Tourist Visa

Tourists who visit Nepal on holiday must hold a valid tourist visa for the duration of their trip. There are some exceptions. Tourists who hold passports for countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afagisthan and Palestine are not eligible for a tourist visa at the Port of Entry.
Once a tourist visa is issued, it may be extended several times, till the visit ends, but it must not exceed one hundred and fifty days day in one year from January to December.

Who issues tourist visas?

Who issues tourist visas?

The Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry, Diplomatic mission and Consuls of Nepal have authority to issue tourist visas. If you wish to extend your tourist visa then you must contact the Department of Immigration at Kathmandu and Immigration Office at Pokhara as they are the offices who have the authority to do so.

How do I apply for a tourist visa?

How do I apply for a tourist visa?

Any application for a tourist visa should be given in to the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry or to the Diplomatic Missions or Consuls of Nepal abroad. As previously mentioned, any application for the extension of a tourist visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Immigration Office at Pokhara.

Single and multiple entries are available with a tourist Visa. However, if you extend your visit you can also obtain a plain visa

Tourist Visa fee

Is there a fee for a tourist visa?

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

US $ 25 for a 15 day Visa

US$ 40 for a 30 day Visa

US$ 100 for a 90 day Visa

Multiple Entries: US$.20.

For online tourist visa application, please click here.

Marriage Visa

Marriage Visa

Any person who is married to a Nepalese Citizen is eligible for a marriage visa. 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?

How do I apply for a marriage visa?

An application for a marriage visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration and to the Marriage Registration Certificate from the District Administration Office of Nepal. If your marriage was solemnized outside the country of Nepal, an official letter which certifies marriage by the concerned Embassy in Nepal should also be submitted with the application.

Business visa?

Business Visa

Anyone who is traveling to Nepal to do business of any kind must have a Nepal Business Visa. Family members such as a spouse or children must also have the same visa too. The visa is usually issued for the duration recommended by Departments of the Government of Nepal but they typically are no longer than five years at a time.

Who issues business visas?

Who issues business visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration in Nepal is authorized to issue such a visa.

How do I apply for a business visa?

How do I apply for a business visa?

Any application for a business visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. It should also be submitted with the recommendation of the Department of Industry of the Government of Nepal or the Department of Commerce in Nepal.

Transit visa?

Transit Visa

Any person who is using the main airport in Nepal for travel to other countries is eligible for the transit visa. It is issued and valid for twenty four hours.

Who issues a transit visa?

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?

How do I apply for a transit visa?

You should submit an application for the Visa to 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 Visa

If you are of Nepalese origin but don’t reside in the country and want to come back to live, work, trade, undertake business, study you must take out a non-residential visa. Family members, such as spouses and children of the person are also eligible for the Visa. It is usually issued up to ten years but never more than one year at a time.
Who issues non-residential visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a non-residential visa?

An application for a non-residential Visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration in Nepal. It should come with the recommendation from the Department of Industry or the Department of Commerce or any other agency of the Government of Nepal alongside a Nonresident Nepali Identity card which is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission of Nepal aboard.

Residential Visa

Anyone who wants to come to live in Nepal and can contribute to the economy as well as society, or who has already made an investment of at least one hundred thousand dollars to the country is eligible for a residential visa. This visa is issued for the duration of five years, but only for one year at a time.

Who issues residential visas?

The Director General, Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a residential visa?

An application for a residential visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. The application should be submitted with the relevant documents.

Study Visa

This is recommended for any person coming for study, teach, or conduct research in the Educational Institutions of Nepal. Family members which include spouse and children are also eligible for a study visa. It is issued and can be extended at a time or several times until the end of the study period. However, it is only issued for one year at a time.

Who issues study visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a study visa?

An application for a study visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. The application should be submitted with the recommendation from the Ministry of Education in the Government of Nepal.

Greeting Tips for traveling to Nepal

Greeting Tips for traveling to Nepal

Tips for traveling to Nepal

Nepal is a country most well known for its beautiful landscapes, impressive mountains and snowy terrains. If you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of activities you can do to satisfy your craving. It’s the country where you’ll find ten of the highest peaks on the planet. It also has lush greenery which nature lovers will surely enjoy. There is a wide variety of things to do in Nepal for tourists. Nepali is the country’s main language but English is also widely spoken. The friendly locals are very eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors from around the world. It’s an exotic land that entices, inspires and excites anyone who steps foot on its magnificent land. Here is a list of the best tips to keep in mind before you visit the wonderful country of Nepal.

Mount Everest

Most people visit Nepal to experience hiking to Everest Base Camp. If you’re not interested in hiking, you can still get a glimpse of its beauty by taking a scenic flight around it.

Taking a flight to Mount Everest

Majority of the local airlines offer flights between 7AM to 9AM and they all depart from Kathmandu. This is a must try activity during your visit since it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll be able to drift above the clouds and enjoy Mount Everest without feeling exhausted from climbing it. The local airlines have made sure that the windows on the plane are non-tinted so that tourists can fully capture its beauty.

• Not everyone is aware that you have the option not to hike to Everest Base Camp if you don’t want to. That’s why this is one of the top tips of Nepal that you should learn before planning your trip.

Nepali Food

The local Nepali food is also known as Dal Bhat which is made up of lentils, rice and soup. The side dishes consist of fresh vegetables like cauliflower and potato. It’s a vegetarian meal but you can also request to add chicken or mutton to your order.

Local & International Flavors

During your visit, you will be amazed with the wide variety of meals you can choose from. You’ll be able to have a taste of local cuisine as well as international flavors. The people of Nepal enjoy their food being spicy. However, if you’re not a fan of spicy food you can request for a milder version of the dishes they offer.

• Their customary cuisine is numerous around the city so you’ll be able to experience it at just about any local restaurant.
• Nepali food has been strongly influenced by Indian cuisine which makes it very tasty and delicious.

Adventure

If you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline junkie, Nepal should definitely be part of your bucket list. It’s impeccable terrain makes it a top destination for adventure tourism.

Bring A Friend

One of the best tips you should learn before your visit is to have a friend to go on your adventures with you. Hiking and trekking on your own is highly discouraged. It’s recommended to have someone with you so that you can prevent dangerous accidents from happening. If you’re new to hiking or trekking, it’s best to hire a professional guide through a registered trek agency. The mountainous areas of Nepal is known to be complicated and difficult to tread. This is why injuries are bound to happen if you’re not well prepared. You can also easily get lost without someone there to guide you.

• If you plan on a trek to Everest Base Camp, you have to prepare yourself for the possibility of high altitude sickness.
• Make sure to dress appropriately and to only bring things that you’re sure you can carry during the entirety of your hike.

Social Etiquette

Traveling Nepal requires you to have a good understanding of the country’s social etiquette. This is an important step for your travel since you have to make sure that you’re giving respect to their culture.

-Local Greeting
First, you have to learn how the locals greet each other. The traditional way involves placing your palms together in a prayer position and then saying “Namaste”.

-Showing Respect to Elders
Second, if you’re speaking with someone older than you, you can use the words “Dai” for men or “Didi” for women.

-Public Etiquette
Third, it’s important to ensure that you’re not stepping on another person’s outstretched legs since it’s considered very impolite in Nepali culture. You should also avoid touching another person with your feet. As long as you obey the local culture of Nepal, you wouldn’t encounter any issues during your visit. Public display of affection is also considered rude in the country.

• If you’ve been invited into a home of a Nepali person, make sure to remove your shoes before entering as a sign of respect.
• If you’re going swimming, it’s best to wear a one piece swimsuit instead of a bikini.
• Make sure to wear appropriate clothing while you’re visiting all the tourist spots. This is because wearing revealing clothing is frowned upon in Nepali culture.

Top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu
top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu
top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu

Top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu, Nepal

There is so much to do in Kathmandu: it is a wonderful mix of developing modern city and incredible ancient wonders. Tourism in Kathmandu can seem a little daunting for newcomers who have never visited before: the crowds, traffic and temperatures can be overwhelming. However, armed with the right information and a reputable tour guide, you’ll soon see the beauty and the wonder of this truly beautiful city.

Here are the top 10 places to visit in Kathmandu:

1. Spend Time in Durbar Square

Durbar Square is one of the most frequently visited plaza’s in the heart of Kathmandu, and well worth a visit. Here you’ll find medieval religious and royal buildings alongside vendors selling souvenirs and candy floss on giant sticks to tourists. Whilst the tourism slightly mars the beauty of the ancient buildings, there is nowhere better to visit in Kathmandu.

2. Explore Kathmandu’s old city

Kathmandu is home to a huge number of beautiful ancient temples, and you’ll find many of these in Kathmandu’s old city. This is the perfect route for a walking tour, taking you through Ason Chowk, Indra Chowk and Janal Bahal squares. To enjoy a unique perspective that very few tourists see, try to locate Itum Bahal’s heritage street during your journey.

3. Spend time in Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath (Also known as the monkey temple) is one of the most impressive and easy to access temples in Kathmandu. To enter the temple you’ll have to climb 365 stone steps, but the temple and the views are well worth the climb. Visitors also love meeting the hundreds of Rhesus Macaques monkeys that live in the temple.

4. Visit Three Buddha Park

You’ll see hundreds of Buddha statues during your time in Nepal, but some of the finest examples in Kathmandu are in Three Buddha Park, which sit in Swayambhu just west of the stupa, at the bottom of the hill. Here you’ll find three dazzling gold Buddha statues which are often overlooked but with each standing at 20m tall and sitting in the heart of a tranquil reflective garden, there is nowhere better to sit and enjoy your time in Kathmandu.

5. Look Out From the Bhimsen Tower

The Bhimsen Tower was damaged in the 2015 earthquake with shook Nepal, and is currently the focus of reconstruction in Kathmandu. In its glory the Bhimsen tower was a former watchtower where you could climb the staircase of 213 steps, leading to a panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Despite its destruction, the site of the tower is still worth a visit.

6. Explore the Narayanhiti Palace Museum

The Narayanhiti Palace is a former Royal palace which was turned into a museum in 2009. If you’re interested to learn more about the rich history of Nepal then this is the perfect place to visit: the entrance fee also includes access to the Palace’s well-kept gardens.

7. Enjoy the Café Culture

Thamel is largely known for plethora of backpackers and bustling shops, but it is also a wonderful place to relax, rest your feet after a busy day, and enjoy the café culture. You’ll find a dozen different cafes here, making it the perfect place to enjoy a Nepali snack and a rich coffee or two.

8.Visit the Kathesimbhu Stupa

The Kathesimbhu Stupa is a much smaller replica of the city’s famous monkey temple, and it is fascinating to visit both attractions and view this one in miniature. You’ll find the Kathesimbhu Stupa in a small courtyard on the way to Kathmandu Durbar Square, making it an easy to view and access attraction.

9. Be Overwhelmed at the Pashupatinath

The Pashupatinath complex contains one of the oldest temples in Kathmandu, and as a functioning temple you’ll find a host of burning ghats here. The sight of open cremations can be massively overwhelming, but if you’re interested in understanding the full spectrum of Hinduism then this is an opportunity you will be unable to have anywhere else.

10. Take a Walk Down Freak Street

Kathmandu’s Freak Street rose to infamy during the 1960s and 1970s as home to hippies, backpackers, and other travellers in Nepal. Whilst the street no longer lives up to its wild reputation, its history means it is still a great place to have a walk and enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes.

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Equipment Checklist

Nepal Hiking and trekking equipment checklist

Equipment Checklist for hiking and trekking in Nepal

Are you planning for hiking and trekking tour in Nepal? Or you have already booked a hiking or trekking tour with us? Nepal Hiking has prepared a trekking packing Checklist for multi–day trekking in the Himalaya…

Trekking Clothing and Equipment

  • 1 Sun hat
  • 1 Woolen hat to cover ears
  • 1 Scarf to cover nose and face
  • 2-3 T-shirts for trekking
  • 1 T-shirt for sleeping
  • 1 Long – sleeved light shirt
  • 2 Thermal underwear
  • 1 fleece (pullover or zip)
  • 3-4 pairs of underwear
  • 3-4 pairs of trekking socks
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Waterproof / windproof jacket (monsoon / winter)
  • 1 Waterproof / windproof pant (monsoon / winter)
  • 1 quick drying Towel
  • Sleeping bag* (4 seasons for trekking above 3500 meters elevation)
  • 1 pair of trekking / hiking shoes / boots
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • Trekking poles*
  • Water bottle
  • 1 headlamp
  • 1 duffel bag (50-60 liters)
  • 1 day bag pack (25-30 liters)

Toiletries / personal hygiene:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun cream
  • Skin Moisturizer for cold
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Lip Guard
  • Earplugs
  • Nail cutter
  • Tooth paste / brush
  • Medicines / First aid kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Bandaids
  • Duck tape for blisters
  • Diamox tablet against high altitude sickness

Please see your doctor for advice and obtain a complete list of medicines.

Optional items for hiking and trekking:

  • Camera with enough extra batteries
  • Travel writing book and pen
  • Reading books

* Consider buying or hiring in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What is account mountain sickness
High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment
High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment

High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment

For people who are not accustomed to living in high altitude environments, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness is a common occurrence when traveling to sites with elevations of approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters above sea level) and above. This means popular destinations like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Makalu Base Camp, and other high altitude sites present a risk of AMS for hikers, skiers, and adventurers. Especially because these locations are usually remote, it’s important to be able to recognize and identify the symptoms of AMS and how to deal with them.

What to Watch Out For Altitude Sickness

AMS is caused by a lack of oxygen to the body and decreased air pressure which can be experienced during skiing, mountain trekking, or flying when the body does not have enough time to adapt to the change, or too much energy is exerted. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including:

  • dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • headaches and muscle aches
  • loss of appetite, irritability
  • swelling in feet, hands, and face
  • shortage of breath
  • increased heartbeat severe cases include coughing, chest congestion, skin discoloration, and loss of balance and ability to walk

These cases can lead to damage in the cardiovascular as well and muscular and nervous systems, and should be dealt with on an urgent basis; worst case scenarios can result in a coma or death. Less severe cases should also be dealt with immediately before they can progress.

Treatment of High Altitude Sickness

In non-severe cases, AMS can be resolved by descending to a lower altitude, hydrating with water, and taking time to rest between activity and before ascending to a higher altitude. Symptoms can take from a few hours to a few days to subside. If there is swelling in the brain and fluid on the lungs, however, oxygen may be administered. Patients may also be prescribed a range of medication including acetazolamide to aid breathing, dexamethasone to reduce swelling in the brain, aspirin for headache relief, and blood pressure medicine.

Prevention of High Altitude Sickness

Fortunately, most people can prevent the onset of AMS with some conscientious planning. This includes ensuring good physical health before exposure to high altitudes (such as assurance of no serious health conditions and reasonable fitness levels). Doctors can prescribe acetazolamide to be taken before climbing, and trekkers can also plan their route accordingly to allow for gradual ascent and days of rest (usually done in 2,000 ft intervals).

Keeping hydrated, carrying oxygen when ascending above 9,000 ft, eating regular, high-carbohydrate meals and avoiding unnecessary exertion (and allowing for plenty of rest) will also help prevent AMS.

Take Note If Altitude Sickness

You suffer from heart and lung disease. Your cardiovascular system will experience strain under high altitudes. Additionally, if you are taking medications that lower breathing rates like narcotic pain relievers, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills, consult the doctor before climbing to high altitudes.

People who suffer from anemia should also consider taking iron supplements before trekking to high altitudes. Low red blood cell counts means less oxygen in the blood, which will be extenuated by high climbs.

Like any illness, AMS can be prevented and treating accordingly with conscientious planning and an acute awareness of its symptoms, and sufficient access to the right resources for treatment.

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