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Nepal travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Health and Food in Nepal
Submitted by M21183
Nepal offers many choices of food for travelers. There are various vendors and shops of food stalls here and there in the street. It is advisable that you ignore the foods from the street vendors since the hygiene and quality is poor. You must not drink the water from the tap directly though.

Enjoy your trip and be healthy and safe !

DJ's Tourism Services
Photographing People
Submitted by M20587
During a city tour and trek you will have many opportunities to photograph local people. Some people, however, will not want you to photograph them. Always ask before photographing. There are always cases of shyness that you can overcome with a smile, a joke or using a telephoto lens, but don't pay people for taking their picture. Some people are afraid that a camera might "steal their soul", but more often they are concerned about how photographs will eventually be used. Most of people in village do ... view more not speak English so ask your guide to get permission for pictures.
Some Advice about Food and Water
Submitted by M20587
During your trip in Nepal you should drink only treated or bottles mineral water and eat only freshly cooked food. Please don’t eat raw salads or fruits. You should always wash your hands before eating, especially if you eat things like biscuits and bread with your fingers. We recommend you to carry some hand sanitizer. If you follow these simple rules, you should not experience problems. Be forewarned, however, that it is not unusual to have some mild diarrhea in Nepal while your system adapts to a new environment.
Visa fee for Nepal
Submitted by M20587
On arrival at Tribhuvan airport you will be required to get a holiday visa for Nepal. Make sure you have the correct money ($25.00 for 15 days multiple entry; $40.00 for 30 days multiple entry $100.00 for 90 days multiple-entries), two passport photograph and more than 6 month valid passport. For more info Visit: www.immi.gov.np
Planing for Trekking to Nepal, What to take..
Submitted by M20587
What to take? A fairly common question is what sort of clothes travelers need to take for a Nepal trek. The key to being comfortable for your trek is layers: Always be able to add and remove clothes as you need and you should be fine, no matter what the weather throws at you. Hiking shorts and trousers with T shirts and sun hats should see you fine at lower altitudes. If your Nepal trek takes you above 10,000 feet, you will want to bring insulated trousers, gloves and a strong jacket.

When you’re out there: ... view more The last thing you want to do on your Nepal trekking holiday is to cause offense to the locals. To that end, there are some local customs, and rules that you should be aware of. Pointing is considered rude (both at people and statues), shrines and Chorten should be passed in a clockwise direction and hand shaking is not the norm when greeting new people – putting the palms together in a ‘praying style’ is expected. There are also various rules to do with the feet – stepping over the feet of someone is considered rude and shoes should be removed upon entering someone’s home or any of the shrines. One of the oddest customs is to not stand next to someone who is eating, while it is perfectly acceptable to sit or kneel next to said person.

If you follow this advice, and you have an appreciation of natural beauty, you’re bound to get hooked. Fortunately, there are many excellent Nepal trekking routes, and no two are ever the same. You won’t be able to resist visiting time and time again…

Planing for trekking to Nepal, Before you Go...
Submitted by M20587
Before you go: Above all else, it’s important to make sure you have the proper vaccinations before you head out to Nepal. These include Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus and Rabies vaccinations. You may have had some or all of these before, but in the case of Rabies and Tetanus, they have a time limit on their effectiveness.

The next big concern is what to drink. It’s best to boil or purify any water you get locally, as drinking unclean water will really ruin your experience! Finally there’s altitude ... view more sickness, which some people suffer from. Typically this does not affect people until they’re over 10,000 feet, though so if you’re sticking to lower treks you should be fine. If you are planning on heading over 10,000 feet for the first time, the bad news is that there’s no way of knowing if you suffer from altitude sickness until you see the first symptoms. The best advice therefore is to move to higher altitudes slowly over a period of days, which will give your body the chance to acclimatize. If you find you are suffering, the solution is to move to a lower elevation – which you should do if you begin to recognize the symptoms: nausea, dizziness, headaches and/or insomnia.
Planing for trekking to Nepal, Where to Go...
Submitted by M20587
Where to go: The most important thing is to not overstretch yourself in Nepal. Trekking is not for the faint of heart (both figuratively and literally!), and you can’t just head up Everest on your first trip! That said, all of Nepal’s trekking regions have areas that are suited to beginners. The best advice here is to not overstretch yourself, and to find a tour operator who clearly outlines the strenuousness of their routes. Do a little research and you should be able to strike up the right balance between ... view more difficulty and pleasure fairly easily.
Planing for trekking to Nepal...
Submitted by M20587
When to go? Spring or autumn are without a doubt the best times to go trekking in Nepal. It’s around 15 to 25 degrees centigrade in spring, and between 10 and 15 degrees in autumn. Which of these you pick depends on your own tastes – in spring, the forest’s flora is in full bloom, while autumn’s clear skies present unparalleled mountain views. As for the other months, winter is just too cold for most tastes – well below freezing at nights on higher elevations. Summer would be ideal, if it weren’t ... view more monsoon season – 80% of the country’s rainfall is between the months of June and September, so it’s best to be avoided!
Acute Mountain Sickness
Submitted by M16846
Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000m. We ensure minimal risk by building in rest days into our trekking itineraries. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed, which is fairly common.

Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough ... view more warning signs to take appropriate action. Our expert and trained guides will advise you about any health requirements and also altitude sickness while you are trekking, so you should not worry about it, we do however recommend you get advice from your travel doctor or health advisory before you leave. The following information gives you an idea about high altitude sickness and how to minimize the affects. There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.
Extra Permits and Fees for trekking in Nepal
Submitted by M20587
In a bid to control illegal trekking operations and ensure the safety and security of the trekkers in the general trekking areas, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) have made it mandatory for trekkers to sign up for the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card from April 1, 2010. TIMS cards are available from the NTB office, TAAN office and government registered trekking companies in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Under the new rule, all visitors who go trekking ... view more through a trekking company must pay US$10 and free individual trekkers (FIT) US$20 per trekking route per person per entry in equivalent Nepalese Rupees only. Part of the collection will go into maintaining the trekkers' database and in the rescue of trekkers in need of emergency services. The fund will also be spent on infrastructure expansion, conservation and maintenance of existing trekking trails.
Everest base camp Kalapather special offer 2010
Submitted by M19979
Everest base camp Kalapather is the highest elevation anywhere in the world where people may trek. Exciting adventurous trails with cold temperatures, snow and altitude (max el. 5545 m.) combine to provide an experience beyond anyone’s imagination. This has been a lifetime desire of many people to actually accomplish a trek to such a place and elevation, which can be found nowhere else.

One, however, should be disciplined and adventure-loving to the point, that with a certain amount of willpower, they can ... view more achieve something unique, which will make it a memorable event of a lifetime. The route is full of fascinating views of the "roof of the world", and, at the same time being cognizant that along the way, a rich culture has flourished and persevered through time at this elevation in Nepal.

Join us to discover "The true spirit of the Himalaya" Please don’t hesitate to write us further info. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
Himal Tamang

Explore Annapurna with good price.
Submitted by M19979
Dear Travelers,
Namaste and greeting from Nepal. We are offering Ghorepani poon hill trek with very good price so let the rhythm of your steps mellow your thoughts: Panoramic scenery gives you a new perspective of the life and your senses will be refreshed by sights, smells and feeling. Nepal is here to change your views: Join us to discover "The true spirit of the Himalaya"
Trekking Precautions Specialty for Nepal Travel
Submitted by M20347
The following precautions are helpful to minimize the risk of accidents which might occur while trekking in remote areas:

1. Do not trek alone. If possible, join other trekkers on the trail.
2. Do not pick up a porter or a guide off the street. They may not be reliable.
3. Try to avoid walking after nightfall in remote areas.
4. Keep your passport always with you, for it may be required any time and anywhere.
5. Register at all police and immigration check posts along the trail. If possible, register your ... view more trekking destinations and schedule at your embassy.
6. Report your problems to the nearest police of immigrations posts. When you return to Kathmandu, report also to your trekking agency as well as to the police and the Ministry of Tourism.
7. For safe trekking, join any of the reputed trekking agencies in town.

Biological Diversity in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
Biological Diversity: Despite being a small country, Nepal has a great biological diversity. Nepal has gazetted different national parks and conservations areas to protect bio-diversity in those areas.

Nepal is home to 167 species of mammals, 50 amphibian and 130 reptiles, 863 birds and more than 6000 species of plants among which about 245 species of plant are only found in Nepal. A total of 118 ecosystem, 75 vegetation and 35 forest types have been identified so far. Endangered animal species like Royal ... view more Bengal Tiger, one-horned rhinos, Red panda and others are preserved in different protected areas of Nepal.
More Tips about Nepal
Submitted by M15397
Culture and traditions: Nepal is country rich in ancient culture and traditions. Nepal is home to over 60 ethnic groups and indigenous nationalities that have their distinct attire, culture, tradition and lifestyle. These communities speak more than 100 local dialects making Nepal a country of great culture and ethnic diversities. People of Nepal calendar when colorful festivals are not celebrated. Various temples, monasteries and places of religious significance are found everywhere in Nepal.

Topography: Nepal ... view more is a country of great topographical diversities. The altitude in the country varies from less than 70m above sea level at Kechana Kalan of Jhapa to the world’s highest point 8,848 at the summit of Mt. Everest. This variation occurs at the distance of less than 300kms. Nepal is dividend into three different regions as per altitude variations: Mountains, hills and Terai. Nepal has three major river systems: Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali which all drain into the Bay of Bengal through the Ganges. Similarly, Nepal is home to little lakes of different sizes at the laps of Himalayas to Lake Tilicho, the lake in the highest altitude in the world.
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