Nepal contains eight of the worlds ten highest peaks and is home to Mount Everest, the mother of all mountains. It is also the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism! This Nepal travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Fast Facts about Nepal Travel
- Nepalese power voltage is 230 V 50Hz; Plug C & D.
- The Nepal currency is the Nepalese Rupee is around 100 NPR to 1 USD.
- Water is not potable in Nepal. Avoid water that is not boiled or bottled. Avoid raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit as much as possible.
- Visas are available at the airport, but make sure you have a passport size photo available to avoid the hassle of taking a photo at the airport photo booth.
- Participating in any kind of volunteer work in Nepal on a tourist visa is prohibited without special permission from the government.
Top Packing Tips
Nepal has a monsoonal climate with four main seasons. The heavy monsoon season runs from June to September and although the rains may be lighter in the Himalayas than Katmandu, the mountains peaks are not usually visible due to clouds. Those seeking to undertake mountain expeditions should visit Nepal during the dry and warm weather seasons which lasts from April to June.
- Flashlight – Nepal has weekly scheduled power cuts so make sure that you have a flashlight or head torch handy at all times.
- Layers – this is especially important for those trekking in the mountains in order to cope with a climate that changes throughout the day. The general rule of thumb is at least a top and long sleeve shirts, a fleece (mid-layer) and a top layer such as a windbreaker.
- Test 1,2 3 – Make sure you have tested all your gear and break in all your boots before your trip.
- Hiking shoes with ankle support – these are especially important if you are planning on trekking. If not than you can get away with wearing a pair of lightweight trainers.
- Refillable water bottle – as mentioned above, the water is not potable in Nepal, however some locations (such as hostels or shops) have filtrated water in large barrels where travelers can pay a small fee to fill up their bottles.
Top Things to Do in Nepal
- Trek to Everest Base Camp – It is definitely not the scary daunting experience that people imagine it to be, it is actually a lot of fun. Here are a couple of tips for anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp.
- Rest Up and Enjoy Base Camp – once you finally arrive, it's time to rest up and enjoy the scenery around the camp. Enjoy some of PlanetD's stunning videography of the epic journey here, here and here
- Mountain Bike in Pokhara – Pokhara is the jumping point for everyone trekking around the region but the area offers a plethora of options besides trekking, one of which is mountain biking.
- Catch a glimpse of Mount Everest – on the EBC trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.
- Treat Yourself at the Himalaya Retreat Spa – reward yourself with the perfect post trek pampering session.
- Pedicures in Katmandu – pamper those tired legs and weary toes with a foot bath and pedicure.
- Eight Great Eats in Kathmandu – the city has a delectable variety of food choices and travelers should definitely indulge themselves.