NEPAL

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NEPAL

Nepal is a gorgeous country known for its high mountains; no less than eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world, are in this small country. Besides that, the rich cultures and friendly locals make Nepal a popular destination among many travelers.
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Good to know

Capital: Kathmandu
Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepali Rupee (₨)
Dial code: 00977 / +977
Emergency number: Police: 100 ・ Fire brigade: 101・Ambulance: 102
Highest point: 8.848 m (Mount Everest)
Travel advice: Check out the current travel advice for Nepal.

When you’re traveling to Nepal, you need a visa. You can apply upon arrival at Kathmandu airport (or any of the border crossings), or apply beforehand by going to the Nepal embassy/consulate in your country or using the online form. You can get a visa for 15, 30 or 90 days ($25, $40 and $100). If you want to stay longer, you can extend your visa in Nepal for a maximum of 150 days per calendar year. If you want to get your visa before arriving in Nepal, make sure you’ll arrive in Nepal within six months of getting your visa. When you enter the country, you’ll get a visa stamp and that day counts as the first day of your visa.

It is wise to get vaccinated against tetanus, typhoid, and hepatitis A before you travel to Nepal. Depending on where you are going and what you are going to do, you can get a vaccine for yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis B, TB, rabies, Japanese encephalitis or take medicine to prevent malaria (or ask for an emergency set). There are also mosquitoes that transmit other diseases for which there are no vaccinations or medicines. So where you can, make sure to protect yourself against them. Check out the recommendations.

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Budget

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Which is why your daily budget can be lower than for instance Thailand. When you visit popular places, like Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara you’ll pay more than when you visit less popular places. If you’re planning to stay in the city, your daily budget probably will be around five to ten euro’s higher.

Budget€15,- a day
Standard€25,- a day

The budgets mentioned above, are per person per day. In the ‘Budget’ category you stay in simple hostels. If you go on trekking it makes sense to let locals cook your meals. This is very much appreciated because you’re giving them work to do. It’s still cheap, easy and very tasty! It’s highly unlikely to cook yourself in the cities. If you want to spend as little money as possible, buy your meals at street food stalls. Make sure the food is prepared in a safe and hygienic way though… With the ‘Standard’ category you’ll have a private room (which might be in a hostel) and you can go out for dinner.

On trekking, you’ll almost always sleep in a two-person room. If you travel alone or in a group of uneven numbers during the high season on a popular trail, it could happen you’ll have to share a room with a stranger. During this time, each bed is used! If you travel off-season, there’s probably a private room available, even when you’re alone.

The best time to travel

The best time to travel to Nepal really depends on your travel plans and the places you want to visit. The climate in the mountains differs greatly from that in Kathmandu. So always check beforehand if the activities you want to do, actually suit the weather predictions. Generally speaking, March/April and October/November are the best months to visit Nepal. During these months it’s usually dry and the temperatures are pleasant (it can get a little cold by the end of November). Nepal has a heavy raining season that runs from June till September. During these months, temperatures are usually fine, but the rain makes it a lot harder to travel. It’s very possible certain roads are flooded, which can have a huge impact on your trip. Visiting the mountainous areas during monsoon isn’t a great plan either… The tracks can get extremely dangerous and there’s not much left of those stunning mountain views.

A few facts

The 2015-earthquake did a lot of damage in Nepal. Tourism has plummeted right after but is steadily increasing again. There’s no need to avoid Nepal, as lots of tourist hotspots aren’t damaged at all or have been properly restored. There are some awesome hikes and other activities to do. Adventure awaits! Are you considering visiting Nepal? Please, don’t let anything hold you back. With your visit, you actually support the country, the tourism industry, and the locals!

Another thing to take into consideration when visiting Nepal, are the local customs and habits. It’s best not to wink to a Nepali (unless you’re interested in them that is) en it’s considered rude to give or accept things with your left hand. By researching their customs beforehand, you can prevent locals from feeling embarrassed by your behavior.

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