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Nepal

Nepal, a mystical nation sandwiched between India and China, abode of more than 250 mountains above 6000 meters, including eight of the world’s highest: Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463), Cho-oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna (8091m), birthplace of the Buddha and a long time favorite destination of the trekking enthusiasts all over the world. Safeguarded by the Himalayas, many vast tracts through mountains and forests are still virgin and you will discover the vibrant ethnic cultures still unaltered by modernity. Trekking peaks, high hills, picturesque valleys, roaring rivers, shimmering lakes, dense rhododendron forests, ethnically and religiously harmonious villages, exotic flora and fauna and the unique culture of the Nepalese people have always captivated adventurers to visit this unique country again and again.

Nepal is quite unique that seven world heritage sites lie in the small radius of only 20 kilometers. These UNESCO world heritage sites are Pashupatinath temple, Baudhanath Stupa, Soyambhunath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple, Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square and Patan durbar square.

Nepal can be best explored on foot. Please see our trekking in Nepal and peak climbing programs. Besides trekking and climbing, Nepal also offers adventure activities like biking, white water rafting, paragliding, ultra-light craft, bungee jumping, etc. Nepal is equally good destination for cultural, natural, spiritual, luxury tours. Nepal, the home of deities and demons, popularized for its snowy Himalayas, the brave Gorkhalis is also known as the Shangri-la of the east. Its culture, traditions and religious views are thousand years old. Nepal exhibits the diverse festivals that are celebrated in traditional style reflecting the cultural glimpse of ancient time. Visit this elusive nation to trek through the dense virgin forests in the lap of Himalyas, to gaze the Himalayan range only a stone’s throw away, to raft in one of the roaring rivers, have an adventurous flight over the Himalayas, and to do many more things that will a life time memorable event for you.

Is Nepal safe?

In one word, YES, Nepal is not only safe it is the safest place to travel. As a matter of fact, while travelling around Nepal, you will feel safe than compared to while travelling in other countries. One of the major specialties of Nepal and Nepalese is that there are more than 100 ethnic groups living in peace and harmony without any cultural and religious differences and conflicts. Since the end of decade long civil war in the year 2006, tourism sector has been slowly flourishing. In present context, tourism is the major source of national economy. Various efforts from, national and international level have been put together to make this naturally blessed country Nepal even more touristic and heavenly. Many hotels have been built, highways have been constructed, airport projects are running and communication sector along internet facilities has reached to remote areas and farthest corners of the country. The strike, have come to halt and Maoists have now evolved as political party amalgamating with other political parties to write a constitution.

Regarding the security issues, there are tourist police navigating around major touristic areas not only to make them feel safe but also to help them in every possible ways. 100 is emergency hotline number in Nepal which directly connects to Nepal police. While concerning about transportation Tourist buses have 100% safety records in Nepal and domestic flights are considered as safest way to travel. Yes, Lukla airstrip is a challenging airport and known as most dangerous airstrip of world but this challenge is taken by safe hands of professional pilots. And there has only 5 crashes near Lukla Airport since its operation. Therefore, in short we can say that Nepal is the safest place to travel.

Getting into Nepal

BY AIR

Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. There are a number of International Airlines with direct non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu. People interested in visiting Nepal from Europe or America have to adjust their flight to Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bankok, Delhi, Mumbai , Culcutta, Banglore Dhaka, or Shanghai.

  1. Thai Airways operates daily flight between Bangkok and Kathmandu and connects Kathmandu to/from Hongkong, Singapore, Osaka, Delhi, and Mumbai.
  2. Dragon Air operates daily flight between Hongkong and Kathmandu.
  3. Qatar Airways has daily flight between Doha and Kathmandu with connecting flights to/from Europe and America.
  4. Gulf Air operates daily flight between UAE and Kathmandu with connecting flights to/from Europe and America.
  5. Indian Airlines and Jet Airlines have frequent flights (2-3 flights a day) between Delhi, Calcutta, Banglore, Varanasi and Kathmandu
  6. Turkish Airlines is one of the reasonable airlines connecting to Kathmandu to/from Europe and America
  7. Air China flies between Lhasa, with connecting flights to/from mainland China.
  8. Austrian Airlines flies between Vienna and Kathmandu once a week
  9. Biman Bangladesh connects Kathmandu to/from Dhaka in Bangladesh
  10. China Southern Airlines connects Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China
  11. Druk Air connects Kathmandu to/from Paro in Bhutan and to/from New Delhi in India
  12. Silk Air (Singapore Airlines) connects Kathmandu from Singapore
  13. Nepal National Carrier Nepal Airlines has connections to/from Delhi and Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

BY LAND:

You can enter Nepal overland both Tibet and India. If you are in Tibet, you can enter Nepal by crossing the border at Kodari and then take a bus to Kathmandu. This will take you 7 to 10 hours depending on the road conditions. The easiest and hassle free overland route to Nepal from Gorakhpur, India is via Sunauli/Belahiya border post using train up to border post. The only direct buses from this route to Kathmandu run at night and take approximately 9 hours. Raxaul/Birgung border post can also be used to visit Nepal. But this may not leave you with a pleasant travelling experience. If you are in Darjeeling you can come to Nepal via Karkabhitta. There are also several border crossings in west Nepal.

For travelling around the country, there is good domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. You can also hire private vehicles. Icicles Adventure can help you with all domestic air tickets booking, tourist coaches booking, and organizing private vehicles.

Visa and Entry Procedure

Nepal welcomes tourists and makes it easy to enter. One can get a visa at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your country or at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival or other entry place. On-arrival tourist visa is a multiple visa and is available for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days. You can make the process easier by downloading the visa form and filling it ahead. You can pre-fill out the Department of Immigration visa form online up to 15 days before arrival. Then this form can be accessed by Immigration at the airport. The application system could hold your application for 15 days. Click Here for details. It is not compulsory to fill out this way, however. You can still fill out the standard printed forms upon arrival too . Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fees. Your passport must be valid for at least six months to apply for a visa. You will needUSD cash and two passport sized photographs to get a visa upon arrival.

Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices in Nepal:

  1. Tribhuvan International Airport , Kathmandu
  2. Immigration Office, Kakarbhitta , Jhapa
  3. Immigration Office, Birganj , Parsa
  4. Immigration Office , Belhia , Bhairahawa
  5. Immigration Office , Nepalganj, Banke
  6. Immigration Office , Mohana, Kailali
  7. Immigration Office, Gadda Chauki, Kanhanpur
  8. Immigration Office , Kodari , Sindhupalchwok

Indian Nationals:

Indian nationals do not require a visa. But Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show on arrival at the entry point either a passport or voter’s card issued by the election commission of India or any identity card with the photograph issued by the central or state government of India. Temporary identity card with photograph issued by Nepal – based Indian diplomatic missions for the identification of Indian nationals will also be considered in case of exceptions. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.

Tourist Visa

At the airport there are several visa choices:

Visa Facility Duration Fee (US$ or equivalent convertible Nepalese currency)
Multiple entry 48 hours 5
Multiple entry 15 days 25
Multiple entry 30 days 40
Multiple entry 90 days 100

Payment by cash ONLY in any major currency (change is returned in rupees)

Transit Visa
Transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal’s immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, by paying US $ 5 or equivalent convertible currency.

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
  • Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Tourist Visa Extension

  • Do get the correct visa as above as an extension takes time. Extensions are obtainable from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara. + 15 days is $30, additional days are $2 per day (payment in rupees only)
  • Tourists are not permitted to stay more than 150 days in Nepal during one calendar year (January – December).

For further information, please contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu. Tel : 977 – 01 – 4433934 / 4429660/ 4438862 / 4438868 |Fax : 977 – 01 – 4433935|Email : mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np |Website :http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Department of Immigration Office Hours

Sunday to Thursday:
10 a.m. – 17 p.m. in summer
10 a.m. – 16 p.m. in winter (Nov. to Jan.)
Friday: 10 a.m. -15 p.m.

Visa Application Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 15 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 13 p.m.

Note:
Nepal government does not provide arrival visa to nationalities from following countries:

  1. Nigeria
  2. Ghana
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Swaziland
  5. Cameroon
  6. Somalia
  7. Liberia
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Iraq
  10. Palestine
  11. Afghanistan

Related Pages:
Nepalese embassies and consulates abroad

Electricity and Voltage System in Nepal

Every electronic device is manufactured to comply with specific voltage system 220-240V / 50Hz or 110-120V / 60Hz. Connection to port of conflicting voltage system might permanently damage your electronic devices. Therefore you must know the voltage system of your device and the port you are connecting to. Other essential information on electricity system in Nepal are as follows:

  • Electricity in Nepal runs on 220-240 voltage system, 50 Hz which might differ from your home country’s electricity system like 110-120 voltage/60 Hz (countries like US, Canada, Japan).
  • This change in voltage system can be easily corrected with the help of transformer or also known as voltage adapter. For instance if your electric device runs on 110-120V then first connect it into voltage transformer (converts 220 into 110V) then only into main port (socket) in Nepal.
  • These voltage transformers or adapters can be easily bought in any electrical store around major cities of Nepal.
  • The most common plugs used in Nepal are two or three round plugs not the flat ones like used in US and other countries.
  • Have simple multi-plug or travel plug with you to plug it on any port.
  • Products specifically designed for US, Canada, Japan and other 110V using countries compulsorily requires both voltage transformer and travel plug for charging in Nepal.
  • Load shedding or power outrage is common in Nepal; however, most of hotels have backup generators as a solution. Before charging your electronics, ask the local representative and ensure it is connected to power surge protector to get rid of damage which may cause due to fluctuation in voltage.

Keep your electronics safe while visiting Nepal!

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