Nepal is popularly symbolized across the globe, by the highest mountain in the world; Mount Everest. This small South Asian country is home to the world’s highest snowy mountains and an array of ethnic groups with vibrant cultures, religions, ancient history and languages. Nepal, a landlocked nation, situated between India and China, is one of a few countries in the world where such immense climatic and topographic diversity features so dramatically and is crammed into such a small geographical area.
The north is covered by enormous, snow-capped mountains with a cold alpine climate, the middle region is scattered with hills and has a mild climate, and the southern region is made up of the flat Terai with a very warm, humid and tropical climate. The Himalayan and hilly landscape have attracted adventure-seeking travelers for years, they come for mountaineering, climbing, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, helicopter sightseeing, paragliding, hang gliding and rafting. Nearly one-third of the total length of the Himalayas and eight of the world’s highest peaks are situated in Nepal.
Nepal is also rich in biological diversity and is home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Rich culture, art and history attract visitors each year, where they can see various religions coexisting harmoniously among the multitude of ethnic groups that form the people of Nepal.
The birth place of The Lord Buddha, holy Hindu sites, beautiful temples, stupas, mosques and churches, a number of UNESCO heritage sites and the most mesmerizing scenery you could ever feast your eyes on, all bring people flocking to the warm and welcoming republic of Nepal.
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NRP or Rs.)
Capital City: Kathmandu
Time Zone: GMT +5:45
Electricity: 220 – 240 volts 50Hz Alternating Current
Population: 29,856,272 as of Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Language: Nepali (main language), Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang & Nepalbhasa. English language is spoken widely.
Calling Code: +977
Religion: Buddhism, Hindu, Christian & Muslim in few percent
International Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), in Kathmandu
SAARC countries can get a 30-day visa for free on arrival. Indian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Nepal. Multiple-entry visas are useful if you are planning a side trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India and cost US$20 extra.
VISA ON ARRIVAL
You can also obtain visas at Nepalese Embassy abroad and there is a counter at Tribhuvan International Airport for people who arrive without a visa, although you’ll have to wait with the other visa-less masses (which can take hours sometime) and pay a fee:
- 15 Days – 25 USD
- 30 Days – 40 USD
- 90 Days – 100 USD
Passport must have a validity of not less than six months and at least 2 blank passport pages.
**Note** If you are travelling to multiple destinations where a visa is required, you will need several blank pages to accommodate the visa stamps.
ARRIVAL TRANSFER TIPS
- In most gateway cities you will be met by Laser Travel representative wearing the Laser Travel uniform and carrying the Laser Travel signboard with your name.
- In smaller cities or towns, you may be met by our regional partner who may not be wearing the Laser Travel uniform or have the Laser Travel signboard. However, the representative will still have your name printed on a sheet of paper.
Travelers’ are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance. Minor health problems can always be treated by doctors with practices in the resorts and elsewhere in the country. If you have a more serious problem, Kathmandu now boasts a selection of modern, well-equipped private hospitals offering the latest in conventional medical, Sport injury and surgical therapies. A growing number of foreigners are taking advantage of affordable, high quality private healthcare in Nepal, and combining it with the chance to take an adventure holiday in Himalaya.
The vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. All the travelers check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
Routine vaccines: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Suggestion: Get travel vaccines and medicines for Hepatitis A & Typhoid. Although Nepal is much better than in India, having those vaccines is always good precaution.
Please consult your doctor to discuss your particular health or immunization requirements.
If you would like to have a source of further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal
Nepal’s official currency is the Nepalese Rupee or NRP & Rs. The Nepalese Rupee comes in 1, 2, 5, 10 coins and 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupee notes. The exchange rate of 1 USD = APPX 107 NRP.
Make sure you have plenty of lower denomination notes (Rs.10, 20, 50, Rs.100, Rs.500), especially when travelling in remote area or in mountain and you need to buy small items.
Traveler’s cheques are able to change in Bank.
ATMs are widely available throughout the main cities. This is by far the easiest and safest way of accessing money while in Nepal.
Many banks are open during normal business hours, from Sunday to Friday. These banks can issue cash advances for Visa and MasterCard, usually for a small commission.
Credit cards are usually accepted in the major cities however, if you are travelling to more rural regions, they may not be accepted.
Traveler’s cheques are accepted in bank and exchange offices in Nepal.
While not compulsory, tipping is greatly appreciated throughout Southeast Asia, especially in the service industry, when you are pleased with the services provided. For reference, we have provided a general guideline below:
• Guides (>6 travelers): $7 – $10 per day per traveler
• Driver & assistant (to be shared) (>6 travelers): $3 per day per traveler
• Guides (<7 travelers): $5 – $8 per day per traveler
• Chauffer Drivers (<5 travelers): $4 – $5 per day per traveler
• Restaurants: 10-15% of the total bill
• Hotel Porters: $2 – $3 at time of service
Please note all prices are quoted in USD or in NRP.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on the ground, please contact us immediately at our Nepal office as per your voucher so we can provide an immediate solution.