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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:

USD 30 for a 15 days

USD 50 for a 30 days

USD 125 for a 90 days

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.

Father's Day celebration in Nepal...

According to Hindu Mythology, Fathers are considered as the God. They are teacher, Care Taker and Protector and they have great values in family members. This is the special day to pay respect and homage for every father by his children. During this day, every child celebrates with giving gifts, offering different kinds of delicious foods for Fathers and People from far away visit to their fathers to see his face and worship him. Nepal is the country of having various ethnic groups; they have their own culture and tradition. This day celebrates vary depending their communities and tribes.

This day is even popularly known as a Pitri Tirpani Ausi and held in the Nepali month, Bhadra every year in no moon day.  During this day, who has already lost their father, they perform some kind of rituals  with believe of passing soul will have place in heaven. Gokarna is the famous place within the territory of Kathmandu valley where Thousands of people visit to pay homage for the passing soul of father. It is believed that Gokarana is the holy place, which has religious values in Hindu Mythology and people prefer to go and do some rituals in the name of father.

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Nepal Tourism
Nepal Tourism
 Nepal Tourism

Nepal Tourism – Nepal Hiking

Nepal Tourism: Whether heading off for a gap-year expedition before university or simply a chance to discover and explore a new and exciting environment, traveling abroad is a popular endeavor for many young adults and students. The chance to develop life skills, meet new people, and contribute to a community are all extremely valuable goals for young people, especially when in a different country – and Nepal is one of the most ideal destinations for this reason.

With its stunning mountains, picturesque forests and lush river valleys, there is endless variety of exciting terrain that the young outdoor adventurer can plunge into, from mountain biking, hiking, trekking, climbing and camping to hang-gliding, rafting, horseback riding and much, much more. Nepal is truly the nature lover’s playground, and sites like Chitwan National Park and Everest Base Camp are a huge draw for young backpackers getting their first taste of the big, wide world. And because other youngsters are traveling from various other corners of the planet, making friends is easier than ever, especially when trekking on a group tour.

Nepal Tourism and Cultural Paradise

As well as the breathtaking vistas which crown Nepal’s heights, the country’s own bustling centers like the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities like Pokhara beckon with their myriad cultural delights. Just as the rural, remote villages are warm and welcoming, so too do the city centers celebrate visitors who come to marvel at the lively marketplaces, beautiful palaces and treasured temples. Nepal’s vast history and its spiritual legacy – intimately tied to Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Bon – make it an irresistible draw as well.

Nepal may have its own distinct cultural background, but anyone who chooses to make the Roof of the World their home, even for a short time, will find a place to fit in. And for young students, the opportunities abound. Whether it is a camping expedition in the Kathmandu Valley, an internship at a local tour operator or helping to build schools and other infrastructure, the skills which youth can learn about a solid work ethic and group participation are invaluable, as well as the pride in making a difference. Nepal awaits, along with the next big stage of life.

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Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tilak, being honored by Prime Minister and Tourism Minister at a special function in Kathmandu

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal

Tilak has been working as an expert guide since he was 19 years old, beginning his career as an assistant guide over 24 years ago in 1992. With vast experience of working in the region, Tilak can take you on whatever adventure you choose: either to Everest Base Camp or to the Annapurna Base Camp, which is one of his favorite locations.

As one of the regions premier trekking and guide companies, Nepal Hiking Agency has been owned and operated by Tilak since 2003. He is dedicated to all of his guests, and has even been known to clear a path through chest-high snow in the past in order to get them to safety during inclement weather. Want to know more about Tilak and his passion for guiding guests through this beautiful and majestic region? Here are all your questions answered:

How did your career begin? When did you start working as a tour guide?

My career began in 1992 when I started working as an assistant guide (a position I held until 1999). As part of this role, I was excited to visit a whole host of tourist destinations, such as Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, and many more. These years were vital for gaining experience of the adventure tourism industry building my levels of experience, particularly for improving and honing my adventure trekking skills. This period also gave me the opportunity to improve my English speaking skills, enabling me to better serve my guests, whilst simultaneously achieving my Bachelor of Arts degree.

Once my education was complete I had all the skills I needed to guide guests from all over the world so, in 2003 I completed my formal trekking and mountain guide training, became certified by the Government of Nepal, and started my own business. I am committed to self-improvement and offering the best possible service, so in 2011 I achieved my certification for cultural and heritage sites touring, allowing me to broaden the number of experiences I could offer my guests.

What is a typical day for a tour guide like yourself?

One of the best things about being a tour guide is that there’s no such thing as a typical day: every day is slightly different! However on days when I am not on a trek or tour with my guests, I set my alarm for 5 am and enjoy an hour long morning walk to Swayambhunath Stupa, where I spend another hour doing yoga: this gives me enough energy and positive thinking for the day. I then drive to my office, complete all of my pending tasks and spend the rest of the day spending time with my friends and family.

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tilak, receiving Tourism Business Award 2018 by former PM Prachanda

Is it safe for Tourists to visit Nepal after the earthquake in 2014?

Nepal is perfectly safe to visit and has been reopened to tourists for quite some time. Whilst the after effects of the earthquake were devastating, the country is rebuilding incredibly quickly. We are stronger than ever. Tourism is hugely important for Nepal’s’ economy and therefore plays a significant role in the country’s recovery. That’s why we are encouraging tourists to continue to visit us now more than ever.

What is your most memorable professional moment?

My most memorable professional moment occurred during 1996. I was in the Langtang region with a group of guests during heavy snowfall, which meant that visibility was very difficult and the 4610 metres high Lauri Bina La cross where we needed to cross was blocked. There was no signage directing us to an alternative route instead and, because of the risks involved, nobody dared to move ahead! I took the lead, cleared up the snow, and guided both my own group and other guests that had been stuck at the cross through the blizzard. The snow came up to my chest and it is a journey I will never forget.

What do you like about being a tour guide?

I love every aspect of my job and consider myself lucky to be able to work with interesting people in beautiful surroundings. The scenery that I get to enjoy every day is truly breath-taking. But the thing I like most about being a tour guide is the people. I love the interaction I get to have with all of my guests, both before and after they arrive in Nepal. Responding to their inquiries, personalizing our services to suit their needs and ensuring their continued satisfaction all makes me feel great about my job.

And what do you like least about being a tour guide?

Every job has its ups and downs, and no one likes their job all of the time! Working as a tour guide in Nepal is an all-encompassing job. I live and breathe trekking and adventure, and it takes over almost every aspect of my life. This hectic lifestyle does sometimes mean I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend with my friends and family, which is what I would consider to be my least favourite thing about being a tour guide, but I also think the sacrifice is worth it!

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tourism Business Award 2018

Should I trek to Everest Base Camp and why?

Everest Base Camp is very busy and crowded in peak trekking seasons, which are from the beginning of March to mid-May and from September to mid-November. Despite these high crowd levels, Everest Base Camp is still worth visiting. As the highest mountain in the world, the opportunity to see Everest really shouldn’t be missed. What’s more, the Everest region is famous for its fabulous views of the Himalaya ranges and for its friendly, trustworthy Sherpa people. The opportunity to explore the unique culture of these local people is one that should be taken advantage of, even if you find the crowd levels a little higher than you might expect.

I am a first time visitor to Nepal. What should I see and do?

There is a huge variety of different activities available to enjoy in Nepal. From day hiking to multiday trekking, from one-day cultural heritage tours to multi-day tours, the possibilities are endless, and visitors of all ages can enjoy what the country has to offer. Adventurous visitors can enjoy High Mountain trekking, whilst driving tours are ideal for those with lower fitness levels. Either way, the opportunity to view the high Himalaya ranges and learn about the Nepalese lifestyle should not be missed. If you’re interested in wildlife tourism, you can go to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park to see the one horned Rhino and many species of birds and animals. The possibilities for fun and exciting activities really are endless.

We aren’t sure whether we need to hire a guide. What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to choosing to hire a guide when you trek in Nepal. One of the biggest benefits is that all the guides working in Nepal native to the region where they work and are hand-recruited locally, meaning that we know the region better than anyone else. We understand the nuances of the mountains, and how to keep our guests safe as they explore them. When you choose to hire a guide you can relax knowing that you will have someone to take care of all your needs during your adventure. We are also best placed to share our passion for the region, and our in-depth knowledge with our guests.

What qualities do you need to be a great tour guide?

My guests regularly tell me I am a great tour guide: something I feel really honored by! I think what makes me a good tour guide is that I have a wide wealth of knowledge about Nepal that I love sharing with my guests. I am also friendly and courteous to every new guests that I meet and am an expert in time management. Building a good rapport with your clients and listening to their unique needs is key to becoming a good tour guide: something I have worked really hard to achieve.

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp trek

The life of a Nepalese Sherpa has long been considered exotic and exciting: Sherpa Porters live their lives on the mountain, carrying the luggage of travelers hoping to glimpse the incredible views and altitudes that the Sherpa’s are able to enjoy almost every day. Sherpa’s live their lives high in the Himalayas and their lives are tied to the mountains.

The youngest person to ever reach Everest’s summit was a Sherpa boy named Temba Tsheri who was just 16 when he reached the peak in 2001. One of the most famous Sherpa’s though is Tenzing Norgay who, alongside Sir Edmund Hilary, became the first person to reach the mountain’s summit in 1953. It is famously said that Norgay did everything that Sir Edmund Hilary did, but whist carrying a tremendous weight at the same time.

The knowledge and strength of the Sherpa’s on Mount Everest is the stuff of legends. We use a wide range of Sherpa’s on our treks, with one Sherpa Porter being responsible for carrying the luggage of two of our customers.

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek

Take The Sherpa Challenge

If you would like to experience the life of a Sherpa and become a real Sherpa Porter on an Everest Base Camp Trek then we now offer this experience to our most adventurous customers who are booked to enjoy an Everest Base Camp trek.

When you are ready with this unforgettable adventure experience, we will give you a basket of trekking supplies to carry on your trek in order to experience the Sherpa Porter life. The basket will weigh up to 25 kg, and in order to successfully complete the challenge you will need to carry the basket at least for 30 minutes.

Once you have enjoyed your experience as a Sherpa Porter, and successfully completed the challenge, we will give you a certificate from the company confirming that you completed your Sherpa Porter mission. We will also offer a T shirt as a gift from our company which reads: “I was a Sherpa Porter in Nepal” if you manage to carry the basket of supplies for the full 30 minutes. Will you be strong enough? Who knows, maybe this fun challenge during your time at Everest Base Camp could be the start of a brand new career path!

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