Nepal home to 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest – the world’s highest mountain, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. And it’s one of the world’s cheapest travel destinations with some of the friendliest locals found anywhere.
Important Travel Facts About Nepal
- Tourist Visas are available on arrival for citizens of most countries. USD25, for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days and USD100 for 90 days. They can only be granted for a maximum of 150 days in each 12 month period
- Participating in any kind of volunteer work in Nepal on a tourist visa is prohibited without special permission from the government.
- Vaccination: You may be exposed to typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, malaria, and possibly even rabies.
- Daily Budget: Low – 10USD. Middle – 15USD. High – 25USD.
Fast Facts about Nepal
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Population: Approximately 28 million
- Language: Nepali but “everyone” speaks at least some basic English
- Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR) is around 100 NPR to 1 USD and 100NPR to 0.90 Euro
Travel Tips About Nepal
- Bring a universal plug and voltage adapter kit for your Electronics. Nepal uses 220V.
- Wifi available in most guesthouse and coffee places in Kathmandu and Pokhara, non-existent in rural areas.
- ATM´S available in touristy areas NON in rural areas and on hikes.
- ATM withdrawals fees NPR 400 for each withdraws, Nabil Bank ATMs have the highest withdrawal limit of NPR35,000 per transaction.
- Only drink bottled water!
- Do not give money to beggars that you see on the streets. Even though they look pitiful, you’re giving away of money encourages them only to beg for more.
- Do not fully rely on schedules and times for buses and transportations, there´s ALWAYS delays.
- Tipping: Taxi – Round up, Restaurants – 5%-10%.
- Haggling is expected in market and shops.
When to Visit
- Best weather: October – November and March – May.
- Dry Season: October – May.
- Best time for hiking: March – April and September – November.
Food to Try
- Dhal Bhat
- You may eat with your hand but use right hand only.
- Don´t let anything that touch your mouth, touch anything else.
- When drinking, try not to let the cup touch your lips.