FAQS

All the info you need in a short summary

Regarding the country

Nepal offers visa on arrival to all foreign tourists and you can obtain it the minute you land in Kathmandu and before you collect your luggage. The cost is roughly around $2 per day (give or take, depending on exchange rate). You can make the payment in Nepali Rupees, Dollars or Euros and you can deposit the cash right there or pay through credit card.


You can stay in Nepal for a maximum of 5 straight months per year. 

Most travellers should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Thyphoid and Japanese Encephalytis and most countries reccommend you take these three vaccines. If you plan on doing Volunteering, or remaining a long time in Nepal off the grid then we suggest you also take the Rabies, Hepatitis B and the Yellow fever.

 

You can find more information regarding this on the CDC Official reccommendations to visitors to Nepal from the United States.

For all of our treks, all of our packages offer rescue and medical insurance.  If you wish to extend your trek we reccommend you hire your own travel insurance.

 

We reccommend you take a look at World Nomads travel insurance. They offer cheap and comprehensible travel insurance that you can hire anywhere and collect any time in any part of the globe.

Regarding transportation, despite the many improvements that Nepal has made to it's road and transport infrastructures. Nepal still suffers from heavy traffic and unsafe curvy roads.  We strongly discourage to road travel in the night.


Unless you plan on trekking all the way up to the top of a mountain, Trekking  around Nepal is relatively safe, you can find many lodges and guest houses around any trekking circuit and Nepali locals are very welcoming.


Crime rate in Nepal is one of the lowest in Asia and if you go out in Tammel or Pokhara (or any other city) you'll always feel safe. Allthough Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world, it people are very warm and welcoming. Foreigners are usually treated with great respect. Crime rates are very low. Nevertheless, we recommend certain precautions. Don't openly carry money, jewellery and other valuables, and keep track of where you leave your belongings, especially in treks, where many times there is only one charging point where everybody can charge their phones.

Yes. Getting your own SIM card is a relatively simple process that will take about twenty minutes and you can find shops for the two main telephone brands just as you exit the Trihuban International Airport. They are impossible to miss. You can buy up to 30 GB of data for about 2500 NPR , or $25, and it might ease your travel. Internet connection in Nepal is surprisingly good and relatively widespread. Unless you are trekking, you'll normally have full 4G coverage across most parts of the country.

The country's official language is Nepali. In tourist areas, English is widely spoken and understood. In countryside and remote areas however, very little English is spoken. You will need a translator to move around these areas.

As a woman, you will not be harassed in Nepal. You can go anywhere without experiencing any problems and generally speaking, the country is safe for women - especially in trekking areas. Out of respect for Nepali culture, you should avoid wearing very short pants or cleavage. After dark, you should avoid secluded streets - as in any other country - and avoid getting back home alone. However, while staying at Pokhara Lakeside or Tammel, you will - generally speaking - feel safe.

Regarding our trips

The peak seasons for trekking are the spring (Mar to May) and the fall (Sep to Nov) when you'll have clear skies and superb mountain views. Keep in mind, this is also when the trails are most crowded (although there are ways to avoid the crowds).


If you are planning on visiting the south, then Winter months are the best time to visit, when temperatures are most pleasant and foliage less dense to allo for better wildlife seeing.

We organize trips all year round, however , during the monsoon season (from June to August) most of Nepal experiences heavy rain for a few hours each day. Nepal becomes humid and wet, and the trails in the lower regions such as Ghorepani, Ghandruk or Langtang can be quite muddy. 


Certain regions, like Mustang and the upper reaches of Everest lie in the rainshadow of the Himalayas, so they receive little rain during monsoon.

Private trips are trips that we organize and tailor to your needs and travel dates as well as personal interests. Group trips on the other hand (which is what most tour companies offer) are pre-packaged and depart on specific dates.  Group trips are also open for other visitors to join, whereas private trips are tailored and made only for you and your group.


Wild Nepal suggests private groups to enjoy Nepal at its fullest.

For mountain flights (such as from Nepal to Lukla)  you are allowed to carry 5kg for carry-on and 10kg for checked-in luggage. For international flights and other non mountain sector flights the limit varies from company to company, but it's usually between 20 to 25 kg.

If you are mainly looking to experience Nepal's culture and Nature, then we suggest you take 6 to 8 days, where you can visit two regions (likely, Pokhara and Kathmandu) and take a relaxed approach, maybe do a one or two day long hike.


To get to the Himalaya on a multi day trek, you'll want to spend at least 12 days to have enough time to reach higher altitudes and to safely acclimatize to altitude.


If you have enough time, one month is the ideal time to spend in Nepal to trek around the Everest circuit or the Annapurna Circuit. You can also roam around with bikes all the way through the country and have more time to enjoy both food, people, culture and treks.

All of our packs normally will include:

- All hotels and lodges during your stay in Nepal

- Travel expenses

- Food during treks

- Guide (if requested)


We recommend you let our specialists organize your accommodations, as it not only saves you money but also ensures that the hotels you will stay in will be comfortable to your living standards. Nepal is a fast-paced developing country so different people have different opinions on what "comfortable" means. We make sure their comfortable is the same as yours.


Be that as it may, you can also organize your own hotels as well, and let us know that you are organizing them on your own.

We provide transportation in all of our packs.

Regarding the treks 

In Kathmandu as well as Pokhara you can find ,buy and even rent all of the equipment you need. You can find really good deals since products there are normally cheaper than in the United States or Europe.

If you are going to trek, we suggest you bring your own gear as much as you know it will work for the trek. You can check our guidelines for trekking gear in each section of our packs. Sleeping bags can be a small burden to carry in your luggage and maybe you might not have space, You can buy nice and comfortable sleeping bags , gloves, thermal wear, sun glasses, tents, raincoats, windbreakers, boots and backpacks any place, but we strongly reccommend you take extra care regarding your boots.  While trekking, always keep your feet as dry as possible.  Trekking is a wet and muddy business, so make sure your boots are as waterproof as possible .

This depends on you. The food we include in our packs consists of a hyper caloric diet based on Eggs, tea and toasts in the evening. Dhaal bhat for lunch and chowmein for dinner. On average, you would be paying around 2500 - 3000 NPR, or $25  per day and person of trek including food and hotel costs

Altitude sickness may happen at high altitudes while trekking. As you go up the mountain, the air density decreases and thus the air contains less oxygen. Your kidneys and your lungs have to work at different levels of oxygen and this can cause dizziness. It can happen to anyone without a warning, but as long as you take the proper acclimatisation days, listen to your body and drink a lot of water you should be good to go.


There are also medicines you can take to decrease the chances of sufferin high altitude sickness. The rule of thumb is, if you start to feel bad, you head down and rest until you feel better.

This depends on your skill . Groups normally have one porter every three people, however trekking with porters is an entirely personal choice. If you have little experience and want to trek more relaxed, then having porters in your group will improve your overall experience. However if you are capable of keeping your backpack light and walk at a steady pace you might not need them.

Our guides and porters receive a fair wage. If you are happy with their service, tipping anything between $5 to $10 per day will be deeply appreciated

Yes, you can do trekking tours in Nepal with children. Tours with childrne will need extra rest days and we plan such trips very carefully. Children older than 8 years can participate in most tours for beginners. Children under 8 years should not be at altitudes above 3000m. There is a risk that they will not be able to express their discomfort properly or describe the symptoms correctly.

Generally speaking, being in good shape is always a prerequisite for trekking. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek. In addition to good physical condition, a positive attitude and a certain amount of willpower will be required. Hiring porters can also easen up the experience. At the end of the day, as long as you can walk you will be fine. Each person has it's own pace, and there are many lodges with fantastic views along the way.

Some cultural tips

Nepal is a culturally unique country with different customs and points of view from western societies. It is in many ways still untouched and pristine. The different religions, ceremonies, clothing, customs and practices may seem strange from our western perspective. Their standards differ from ours. Nepali people are very warm, friendly and tolerant people in contact with foreigners. Their appreciation for visiting their country is deeply noticeable. We always suggest you follow a series of guidelines to respect Nepali traditions.