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Travel guide to Nepal

Your passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
A visa is compulsory (£35/$40). If you are fully vaccinated you can purchase one at the airport on arrival, but 2 x colour  passport photos for each person are needed (2x2 inch / 51 x 51 cm). Alternatively you can purchase a visa online in advance of travel.
There are no compulsory health requirements when visiting Nepal, but check with your doctor regarding the risks of high-altitude travel. Malaria tablets are not usually recommended, but check with your doctor. As dengue fever is present, a good insect repellent and anti-histamine are also advised. The mosquito that spreads dengue bites during the day and is more common in urban areas. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB). There is no yellow fever in Nepal, but a yellow fever certificate is required from travellers arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Nepalese Rupees (NPR) - You can exchange currency at the airport on arrival, but you will not be able to exchange any surplus currency afterwards. Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping. VISA and Master card are accepted at luxury hotels, but are subject to  4% service charge. American Express an Diners Club are not accepted. Always ensure you carry cash when travelling in the countryside, as some places will not accept cards.
Nepali is the official language, although there are many other languages. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
Time Zone
GMT + 5.45 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
Insurance - Emergency evacuation insurance is essential, if trekking in Nepal. 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
Baggage – if your itinerary includes a domestic flight, your luggage is often restricted to 15 or 20 kg, after which excess baggage charges apply. 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security, as any device that does not switch on cannot be check and may need to be surrendered. 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and if you plan to use travel apps such as Google Translate or Google Maps, ensure you check your data package with your provider in advance. Alternatively turn off date roaming to avoid large phone bills. Be aware that some rural areas may not have mobile or WiFi coverage. 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
Clothing – pack in layers according to the season and altitude. Light clothing is the most comfortable in the summer months, although warm clothing is essential in the mountains, where temperatures drop sharply at night even in the Kathmandu Valley. Mountain temperatures will be well below freezing in the winter and proper cold weather gear is essential. Pack proper walking shoes, a day pack, T-shirts, shorts, fleece, jeans, sunhat, sunglasses, swimming costume and biodegradable sunscreen. A head torch is very useful at night. For temple visits pack long sleeved tops or pashmina to cover your shoulders & long skirts or trousers to cover your knees. On safari wear lightweight but long sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect against mosquitos (safari clothing is ideal for this). Neutral colours are best – khaki, green & brown. Avoid white & bright colours, as these increase your visibility to the animals, and black which can get very hot. Take a generous supply of insect repellent to spray on your neck, wrists and ankles and avoid using perfume, as this attracts insects. Sanitising hand cleaner and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses & a 'shewee' is invaluable for ladies. Rain gear will be needed during the monsoon season. 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
Plugs – type D (small round 3-pin). Pack a universal adapter as well as a hand basin plug/stopper, as these are not always provided. 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
Water – be fastidious and only drink bottled water. Avoid washed salads, local yoghurt, ice cream and ice cubes outside your hotel, as tap water is not safe to drink. Peel all fruit before eating it and remember to brush your teeth with bottled water. Pack diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets for emergencies. 
Food – Most food is vegetarian in this Buddhist country. Dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables) are the staple diet. 
Shopping – it is customary to negotiate prices aggressively. Be aware that your guide will earn a commission on any purchases you make. You need to tell him very firmly if you don’t want to be taken to any more shops, as he will continue to do this until you make it very clear this is not what you want. 
Safety – take all sensible precautions. On arrival at Kathmandu airport, keep an eye on your luggage at all times and avoid touts who can be very insistent. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
Respect Local Customs – this is a Hindu and Buddhist country, so respect religious images and dress modestly away from your hotel. Always cover your shoulders and knees when visiting temples, and remove your shoes when entering houses and shrines. Avoid overt displays of affection and do not point at anything with your finger, as this is considered rude. Do not step over people's feet -always walk around - and never accept anything with the left hand. Always use the right hand or both hands. 
At high altitude take precautions against altitude sickness (i.e. moderate alcohol, walk slowly and drink plenty of water). 
Wild Animals – attacks by wild animals are rare, but we cannot guarantee that attacks will not occur so observe all sensible precautions. We cannot be held responsible for injuries caused during an incident with a wild animal. 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for safaris and any other potentially hazardous activities. 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of English reading books, pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
Tipping – this is expected for good service in Nepal, with "small but often” being a useful guide. We suggest the following per couple: 
- guides: $20 or Rs 2000 per day. 
- drivers: $20 or Rs 2000 per day. 
- safari (shared tipping box): $40 or Rs 4000 per day. 
- trekking porters: $7 or Rs 700 per day. 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill). 
- porters: $1 or Rs 100 per bag. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
FCO Travel Advice - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.