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Since Nepal is a developing country, one of its major problems is scarcity of electricity. Load shedding or power cuts happen almost every day, 365 days a year. During winter the power cuts can occur for up to 14 hours every day. It is only during rainy season, i.e., June, July  that there is a decrease in load shedding hours to 3-4 hours per day.
 
Most of the hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses run generators, solars and other alternative energies to meet their energy demands. However, in some villages in remote areas, there is no power cuts since they generate electricity from micro hydro power plant run on local level.

Nowadays, strikes and bandhs rarely happen in Nepal.

However, it is important to note that Nepal is in an interim period. The Nepali government is currently preparing to bring new constitution. In this transitional stage, political parties often use the franchise of strikes to express their views.
 
During strikes, tourist vehicles are allowed to move freely without any obstruction. Free shuttle services are provided to tourists to airport and bus station during strikes free of cost and with full security.
Flood and landslides occur occasionally, especially during monsoon or rainy season (June, July, August). Because of the hilly terrain, Nepal is prone to such landslides and floods on a regular basis.
Here is a comprehensive of list of equipments and clothing you would require whilst trekking in Nepal:
 
  • Lightweight walking boots, spare laces
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket
  • 2 Long shorts, A water proof jacket with hood or Poncho, Underwear
  • 2 cotton T-shirts, 2 trousers – (loose and comfortable), Waterproof pants
  • Thermal underwear(Top and bottom)
  • Gloves, Sun-hat, One pair of sandals, Woolen hat, 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks
  • Flash light, Toiletries with towels
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen with a high SPF factor
  • Lip balm with a higher SPF factor
  • Water bottle, Purification equipment (Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets are highly recommended), Iodine for the purification of drinking water, Daypack, Rucksack
Aspirin, Moleskin and blister kits, Diamox, Imodium for diarrhea, Knee support, Band- Aids for minor cuts and burns, Feminine hygiene materials, Insect repellant with DEET are some of the important items you need to include.
Following is the list of important climbing equipments you need to acquire:
 
  • Seat Harness, Jumar, Helmet, Altimeter, Ice Axe, Crampons, Ice-screw Gaiters, Locked and unlocked carabineer, Climbing boots, Pocket knife
  • Woolen gloves, Gloves(gore tex fabrics), Woolen hat, Woolen socks
  • Windproof jacket, Windproof pant, Snow bar, Snow goggles(UV factor)
  • Sun cream(UV protection), Head lamp, Tent, Mattresses, Rope
  • Rain gearIce hammer
 
Note: You can bring the above mentioned equipments from your home country or you can also hire (rent) in Kathmandu. Our climbing guide will assist you to select necessary equipments.
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.
 
Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:
  • Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Insomnia
  • Needles and Pins Sensation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nose bleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Diarrhea
  • Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet and face)
 
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:
  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid HAS
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
  • Make sure you have previous experience of trekking and/or climbing in high altitude regions
  • Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
  • Take enough rest at lower level to acclimatize with the climate.
  • Cross check with your medical practitioner before trekking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice.
There are various permits such as trekking permits, national park permits, conservation area permits required for trekkers and tourists.
 
TIMS
 
TIMs is an abbreviation of ‘Trekkers’ Information Management Systems’. TIMs is kind of a permit card issued by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board. TIMs is mandatory for entering all normal trekking areas in Nepal.
 
In the TIMS Card, you will have to fill in information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or for rescue missions in case of accidents and/or natural calamities.
 
Trekkers and tourists can avail the card at specific counters designated by TAAN and NTB including their own head offices in Kathmandu.
 
There are two types of TIM Cards:
 
Individual (Green coloured) TIMS
Free Individual Trekker (FIT) or Single trekkers who are planning to trek without the help of assistants (guides or porters) are required to obtain Green TIMS card. Green TIMS card can be obtained by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$20 per person. The form can be filled out by the trekkers themselves by visiting the nearest TIMS Center. Such FIT trekkers will have to take full responsibility of the possible risks while trekking. 
 
Group (Blue coloured) TIMS
Blue TIMS card is for those trekkers who are travelling in groups accompanied by assistants (guides and/or porters). Such groups of trekkers will be taking the service of government-authorized trekking agencies. The trekking agencies will help the groups to obtain Blue TIMS card by paying Nepali currency equivalent of US$20 per person.
 
Please note: Citizens of SAARC countries will have to pay NRs. 200. Nepali currency equivalent of US$ 10 per person
 
 
Restricted or Controlled Area Trekking permits:
There are many remote and cultural and naturally sensitive areas in Nepal which are not fully opened for tourism. The government of Nepal has designated certain areas as ‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ to preserve the unique culture and nature of the area from the negative impact of mass tourism.
 
Dolpa, Taplejung, Upper Mustaing, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, Humla, Rasuwa and Sankhuwasabha are some of the Restricted areas in Nepal.
 
‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ in trekking parlance means those areas where limited number of trekkers is allowed every year. Anyone who wishes to trek in Restricted or Controlled Area will have to travel in groups of at least two people and only after paying certain royalties to the government.
 
Such trips are usually organized by government registered trekking companies. As said before, the group size should comprise a minimum of two members. In additions, while trekking in such areas will require trekkers to be accompanied by guides and porters. 
 
 
 
National Park/Conservation Area permits
 
Nepal has a total of 10 national parks, 3 wildlife reserves, 6 conservation areas and 1 hunting reserve. To enter into these protected areas, tourists/trekkers will be required to obtain government permit.
 
 
Trekking peaks are regulated by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Nepal. Anyone wishing to climb trekking peaks will first have to obtain trekking permit issued by NMA. We are a member of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
We can arrange all the necessary permits for you beforehand. 
 
How much fees (royalties) do I have to pay to obtain trekking peaks permit?
 Royalty for Foreign climbers (per person in US dollar)Group 'A' Peaks
S.N Name of the peak Region Height Permit Fee (In US dollars)
Spring  Autumn  Winter Summer 
(March-April-May) (Sept-Oct-Nov) (Dec-Jan-Feb) (June-July-Aug)
1 Cholatse Khumbu 6423m 250 125 70 70
2 Kyazo Ri Mahalangur 6151m 250 125 70 70
3 Phari Lapcha Mahalangur 6159m 250 125 70 70
4 Nirekha Mahalangur 6169m 250 125 70 70
5 Langsisa Ri Jugal 6412m 250 125 70 70
6 Obmigaichen Mahalangur 6340m 250 125 70 70
7 Bokta Kanchenjunga 6114m 250 125 70 70
8 Chekigo Gaurishankar 6121m 250 125 70 70
9 Lobuje West Khumbu 6135m 250 125 70 70
10 Larkya Peak Manaslu 6416m 250 125 70 70
11 ABI Mahalangur 6043m 250 125 70 70
12 Yubra Himal Langtang Himal 6048m 250 125 70 70
Group 'B' Peaks
 
S.N Name of the peak Region Height (In Meters) Permit Fee (In Nepali Rupees)
Spring  Autumn  Winter Summer 
(March-April-May) (Sept-Oct-Nov) (Dec-Jan-Feb) (June-July-Aug)
1 Hiunchuli Annapurna Himal 6423 250 125 70 70
2 Singhu Chuli (Fluted Peak) Annapurna Himal 6501 400 200 100 100
3 Mera Peak Khumbu Himal 6470 250 125 70 70
4 Kusum Kangru Khumbu Himal 6360 250 125 70 70
5 Kwangde Khumbu Himal 6011 250 125 70 70
6 Chulu West Manang 6419 250 125 70 70
7 Chulu East Manang 6584 400 200 100 100
8 Imja Tse(Island Peak) Khumbu Himal 6160 250 125 70 70
9 Pharchamo Rolwaling Himal 6187 250 125 70 70
10 Lobuje Khumbu Himal 6119 250 125 70 70
11 Ramdung Rolwaling Himal 5925 250 125 70 70
12 Pisang Peak Manang 6091 250 125 70 70
13 Khongma Tse Khumbu Himal 5849 250 125 70 70
14 Ganja-la Chuli Langtang Himal 5844 250 125 70 70
15 Paldor Peak Langtang Himal 5896 250 125 70 70

 

Nepal is world renowned as the land of Himalayas. Out of fourteen 8000m above peaks in the world, eight of them including the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, is in Nepal. Nowhere else on earth can one find such a concentration of high snow peaks than Nepal. These highest peaks provide the greatest opportunity for climbing expeditions on earth. We organize mountaineering expeditions to all the major peaks in Nepal with years of expertise in arranging permits, guides and all other logistics for the mountaineers. Following are the major peaks we organizing expeditions for.
 
 
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation Grade
Mt. Amadablam Khumbu Region Camping 30 Days 6856m. Challenging
Mt. Amadablam with Island Pea Climb Khumbu Region  Camping 35 Days 6856m. Challenging
Mt. Everest Khumbu Region Camping 60 Days 8848m.  Challenging
Mt. Pumori Khumbu Region Camping 35 Days 7525m.  Challenging
Mt. Nuptse Khumbu Region  Camping 54 Days 7855m.  Challenging
Mt. Lhotse Khumbu Region Camping 55 Days 8516m.  Challenging
Mt. Baruntse Khumbu Region Camping 39 Days  7129m.  Challenging
Mt. Dhaulagiri I Annapurna Region Camping 60 days 8167m.  Challenging
Mt. Annapurna IV Annapurna Region Camping 43 Days 7525m. Challenging
Mt. Annapurna I Annapurna Region Camping 40 Days 8091m. Challenging
Mt. Tilicho Peak Annapurna Region Camping 40 Days  7135m. Challenging
Mt. Manaslu  Manaslu Region Camping 68 Days 8163m. Challenging
Mt. Makalu I Everest Region Camping 69 Days 8463m. Challenging
Mt. Thapa Peak Dhaulagiri Region Camping 22 Days 6015m Challenging

 

Climbers who are interested in climbing mountains above 7000m, called expedition peaks, should get permits directly from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation. We can arrange all the necessary permits for you.
 
How much fee (royalties) do I have to pay  for expedition on mountains over 7000m including Mt. Everest?
 
For the Mount Everest (Sagarmatha )
1. Royalty for Foreign Climber per Person in US Dollar
S.N. Mountain Spring Season Autumn Season Winter/Summer
1. Everest Normal Route 11000 5500 2750
2. Everest Other Route 10000 5000 2500
3. Others Mountain more than 8000 m. 1800 900 450
4. 7501m.-7999m. 600 300 150
5. 7000m. – 7500m. 500 250 125
6. 6501m – 6999m. 400 200 100
7. Mt. Amadablam (6812M) 400 400 200
8. Less than 6500m. 250 125 70
 
Getting Visa to travel to Nepal is simple and easy.
 
You can apply for Nepali visa at your nearest Nepalese embassies and consulates in your own country. But then you can also get it on-arrival Nepali visa at Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Kathmandu. 
 
If you are traveling to Nepal overland via Tibet or India, you are able to get visas at the following border points. 
 
  1. Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  2. Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  3. Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  4. Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  5. Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  6. Immigration Office, Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  7. Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
  8. Immigration Office, Rashuwagadi, Rashuwa (Northern Border)
  9. Immigration Office, Pokhara (not the entry point)
 
The following visa rules apply for tourists:
  • For 15 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is US $30 or equivalent foreign currency. 
  • For 30 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. 
  • For 100 days Multiple Entry  Visa, the visa fee is US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency.
  • According to the immigration regulations, a tourist is allowed to stay in Nepal only for 150 days in a year. You can extend the visa up to another 90 days. 
  • US $2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension. Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee, if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period
 
Recently, Nepal has also started offering Transit Visa for 3 days free of charge. Moreover, VAT amount are refunded to tourists at the time of their departure provided the latter submit the shopping receipts. 
 
Transit visa for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less visa is not required. 
 
SAARC Tourists
Tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days. 
 
Chinese Tourists
New government regulation ensures on-arrival visa for all Chinese Citizens in Nepal.
Payment in hotels, trekking/travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa are widely accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank. ATM and Debit cards are widely in use in major cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc. 
 
Nepalese Rupees are found in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. One rupee equals 100 paisa. Current exchange rate US$ 1 = (Nepalese Rupees) NPR 106. The rate regularly fluctuates and is fixed and published by Nepal Rastra Bank every other day. 
Nepal basically has four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February).
 
However, owing to its varied geography, weather conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another. The higher you give up north, it tends to be cooler whereas the deeper the south you go the hotter it is comparatively. 
 
In the hilly and Himalayan regions, summers are cool and balmy and winters are severe, while in tropical plains of the Terai in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. The temperatures in the valleys  of Kathmandu and Pokhara tend to be pleasant with average summer and winter temperatures. 
 
The temperature ranges from below zero to 25 degrees in the Hills and Himalayas where as it can reach up to 35 degrees in flat lands of Terai. 
 
The monsoon rain fall occurs during the summer. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones. Travelling in Nepal is possible throughout the year. 
 
There are multitudes of trekking areas you can visit in Nepal throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to do trekking are during spring and autumn. These are also the seasons when many of the biggest festivals of Nepal are observed. 
In Nepal 33 peaks with an elevation ranging from 5500m to 6600m have been designated as trekking peaks. Some of the trekking peaks are technically difficult and some are easy to climb. We organize trek and peak climbing on 27 peaks (please see the list below) which are located in the Khumbu, Langtang, Annapurna and Manang regions. We provide all necessary camping equipment, experienced climbing guides, Sherpas, porters and arrange for necessary climbing permits from NMA. 
 
Trekking Peaks 
 
Group A NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) Peaks
 
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation Grade
Mt Cholatse Peak 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6440m. Challenging
Mt. Labuche West 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 22 Days 6145m. Challenging
Mt. Kyazo Ri
Mahalangur Camping 27 Days 6186m. Challenging
Mt. Phari Lapcha 
Mahalangur Camping 19 Days 6017m. Challenging
Mt. Nirekha
Mahalangur Camping 25 Days 6159m. Challenging
Mt. Ombigaichen Peak 
Mahalangur Camping 16 Days 6340m. Challenging
Mt. Abi Peak
Mahalangur Camping 24 Days 6097m. Challenging
Mt. Langsisa Ri
Jugal Camping 20 days 6427m. Challenging
Mt. Bokta
Kanchenjunga Camping 30 Days 6143m. Challenging
Mt. Chekigo 
Gaurishankar Camping 24 Days 6257m. Challenging
Mt. Larkya Peak 
Manaslu Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 15 Days 6010m. Challenging
Mt. Yubra Himal
Langtang Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 14 Days 6035m. Challenging
 
 
 
Group B NMA Peaks
 
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation Grade
Mt. Hiuchuli
Annapurna Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 21 Days 6441m. Challenging
Mt. Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak) 
Annapurna Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 23 Days 6501m. Challenging
Mt Mera Peak 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 25 Days 6654m. Challenging
Mt. Kusum Kangru 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 26 Days 6367m. Challenging
Mt. Kongde Ri
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6011m. Challenging
Mt. Imja Tse (Island Peak) 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 16 Days 6160m. Challenging
Mt. Lobuche East Peak
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6119m. Challenging
Mt. Khongmo Tse (Mehra Peak) 
Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 17 Days 5849m. Challenging
Mt. Chulu West
Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 24 Days 6419m. Challenging
Mt. Chulu East 
Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 21 Days 6584m. Challenging
Mt. Pisang Peak
Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 28 Days 6091m. Challenging
Mt. Pharchamo
Rolwaling Himal Camping 21 Days 6187m. Challenging
Mt. Ramdung GO
Rolwaling Himal Camping 24 Days 5925m. Challenging
Mt. Ganjala Chuli (Naya Kang) 
Langtang Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 14 Days 5844m. Challenging
Mt. Paldor Peak 
Ganesh Himal Camping 17 Days 5996m. Challenging