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Political system in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
Political System: Nepal has been declared as a federal democratic Republic by the first meeting of Constituent assembly on May 28, 2008. Nepal practices multi-party system of democracy with president as the Head of state and the Prime minister enjoying executive power. Though Nepal has been declared a federal republic, the demarcation of federal states is yet to be done.
Currency and Foreign Exchange in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
Currency and foreign exchange: Nepal bank notes comes in rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000.

Denominations: Coins come in rupees 1, 2, 5 and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchange only through banks or authorized money exchange. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too.

Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non- Indian currency) in hotel, trekking agencies or travel agencies and for air tickets.
People and religion in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
People and Religion: Nepal is a secular state and it respects the practice and existence of different religion within its territory. Nepalese people are mainly dividend into two distinct groups: the Indo-Aryans and the Mongoloids (the Kirants).

The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the country. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Herald of peace. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and people of other religion live together here in perfect harmony.
When to travel Nepal?
Submitted by M15397
When to travel Nepal: Nestled in the laps of mighty Himalayan Range, Nepal has moderate climatic condition throughout the year. Nepal has four major seasons:
- Winter (December - February)
- Spring (March - May)
- Summer (June - August)
- Autumn (September - November).

Nepal can be visited all the year round.
Nepal at a Glance
Submitted by M15397
Nepal at a Glance. Introduction: Nepal is the Youngest Republic in the world. The people's movement in June 2006 overthrew centuries-old Shah Dynasty and declared Nepal as a Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on May 28, 2008.

Location: Nepal is a land-locked country nestled in the laps of mighty Himalayan Range. Situated in Southern Asia, the Tibetan Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China boarders Nepal in the north while Nepal shares its eastern, western and Southern borders with India.

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Language: Nepali is the national language of Nepal. However, people in urban areas speak and understand English quite well. People in the tourism industry also speak and understand selected international languages like Chinese, Indian, French, Japanese, German, Spanish and others. Apart from these, there are hundreds of local dialects spoken by people from various ethnic groups.

Some Dos and Don'ts in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
Some Do(s) and Don't(s): Like others Nepal has its own ways of regulating life. Nepalese life is guided by the social customs and traditions.

Tourists coming to Nepal are naturally from different societies and culture. They may not be familiar with our customs and traditions, so one may find many things unfamiliar or unacceptable. However, with friendly and hospitable behavior of the Nepalese people one have no difficulty in adjustment.

It is our motto to help the visitors to get a chance to interact ... view more with the villagers and get to know their culture, traditions, and way of life. In this spirit, the some practical guidelines will contribute in order to make your holiday trip to Nepal pleasant and enjoyable.
Trek Gradation
Submitted by M15397
Trek Gradation: It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below.

Grade (Easy): Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Grade (Moderate): This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek ... view more includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.

Grade (Moderate to Strenuous): A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.

Grade (Strenuous): These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Grade (Very Strenuous): This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

Trekking season and permits
Submitted by M15397
Trekking Season: Trekking is possible throughout the year, depending on the region. There are areas unaffected by the monsoon season. October through May is recommended. Less popular is from the end of May to early September, but certain areas such as Mustang or Dolpo, behind the Himalayas, remain pleasant during these months.

Trekking Permit: For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a trekking permit is not required, but you will need a National park/ Conservation permit and Trekking ... view more Registration Certificate (TRC). However, the following places do require a trekking permit: Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week.

However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August. Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter. Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal Trailblazer Trekking Company -Registered no. 23002/056/60). An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

Trekking Equipment Checklist
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Trekking equipment checklist; When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you'll be camping, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T - shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, Mountain trekking boots, Polypropylene/wool socks, Light cotton socks for under wool socks, Rucksack, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, Sun block for lips, Goggles or ... view more sunglasses, Long underwear, Insulated pants, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical and first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries.
Types of trekking in Nepal
Submitted by M15397
What is Tea-house Trekking and how it is organized: Tea-house trekking is guided walking and very popular in the well-developed tourist regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang – Helambu, where western cuisine as well Nepalese food (Dalbhat) is available. Overnight accommodation is in good, clean guest houses, lodges and hotels.

What is Camping Trekking, and how it is operated: A camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to accompany you. Our ... view more porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up. Also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.

In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.

Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.

What is Trekking?
Submitted by M15397
Literally, the word "trekking" refers to gentle walk along Himalayan trails that has been appreciated by all as the most happening open - air activity. But we can found that trekking has been discovered as the soul cleansing accomplishment desired by anyone who welcomes nature. Level of difficulty depends largely upon where, when and how one is trekking. With proper preparation before and having observed basic trekking rules, Nepal is regarded as a safe country to trek.

Nepal provides a myriad of ... view more opportunities for trekking enthusiasts from easy to physically demanding Himalayan excursion. There is no pressure to speed up step during hiking. We rather encourage you to set your own leisurely pace allowing yourself explore the beauty of close surroundings abundantly. It is simply not a job of walking from one place to another heading towards a final destination, but more a continuing experience of Nepal's diversity in terms of ethnicity, religions, topography, etc. Thus, it is not concerned with distance. At the higher elevation, trekking will be based on rest and explore in between to enable you adjust with the new environment and to meet full acclimatization.

Basically, trekking can be categorized into two types comprising of tented camping trek and tea-house trek. How to make a trek depends upon the routes chosen. Tented camping trek is suitable where there is not tea-house infrastructure and economical for large groups which costs comparatively high for small team. Whereas, while trekking on the most popular routes connected with good tea-house network, lodge to lodge trek is recommended. The main emphasis should be placed on keeping oneself safe, warm and healthy while ensuring a momentous journey.

Endless opportunity to see, experience and enjoy wonderland!

Nepal Visa
Submitted by M15397
Nepal Visa (Tourist Visa): Regarding Nepal Visa procedure, it can be easily obtained upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. Importantly, in this regard, you should be holding your valid passport. (Single Entry Visa for 60 days - US$ 30.00).

Updated: July 16, 2008. Government of Nepal revises in Visa Fee. The government has revised existing tourist visa fee to be effective from Shrawan 1, 2065 (July 16, 2008). As per the new fee structure, US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is ... view more required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

Likewise, the government has also revised fee required to extend days of stay and visa renewal. As per the revise fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by additional US$ 20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee.

Travel Tips While in Kathmandu & Trekking
Submitted by M14709
Best time to visit Nepal and trekking:
Springs (early April to May) and autumn (early October to late November) are no doubt best time to visit Nepal.

Money matter: All the major cities have ATM services, easier to change money at Hotels and market, you read the news paper to know the current exchange rates.

Restaurant in Kathmandu: Rum Doodle, Third Eye restaurant, Bhojan Griha for Nepalese food and cultural presentation.

Visa: you can get on arrival in Kathmandu airport, for 15 days US$ 25, US$ 40 for ... view more 30 days multiple visa, please bring one each passport size photo.

Transport: Metered taxis are widely available. Local buses and mini/micro buses are available to reach almost all the points in Kathmandu City. But the buses do not run according to schedule time. You can also hire bicycle and motorbike.

Shopping in Kathmandu: The morning time gets you the best prices, especially if your the first customer. Key is to bargain... bargain.

Base Camp Acclimation: Give yourself at least 2 rest days on the way to base camp if flying into Lukla...climb high - sleep low.

Bring face mask: The trails can be very dusty and these can be helpful also good in Kathmandu when pollution is high.

Water: Don't trust normal water in Kathmandu and in the hotels.

Trekking Safety
Submitted by M15328
Trekking tips for Trekker's from Adventure Pilgrims Trekking Pvt. Ltd.

1. Don't walk alone. Accidents do happen even to experienced and strong people. Be sure that if one happens to you, that someone is with you to immediately get help. If you are leaving your companions, even briefly make sure they no where you are going and someone waits for you to return...this includes going off in the forest for a call of nature.

2. If you are part of a trekking group, make sure that the Guide or Group Leader ... view more knows your plan and ask that a Porter accompanies you. Listen to advice. Ask about the trail ahead. Don't go, if the Guide or Group Leader tells you it is not safe to do so.

3. Always have at least a light jacket and some small snacks in your pack. The jacket is helpful when you stop for a rest as you will cool down quickly. An "emergency blanket", the lightweight, foil reflective type would have been very useful in making a shelter to reflect heat from the fire or simply wrap around her body.

4. If you are part of a group and feel that you must have some personal space and private time on the trail...make sure that you do not go ahead of the leader.... and know who is at the back of the group (support staff member) and make sure you do not get behind that person. If your Guide or Group Leader does not suggest this type of an arrangement....ask them. Everyone in the group should be aware of the guidelines (safety rules) recommended for the group's management. Don't perceive these guidelines to be limiting your personal freedom....they are for your safety and the safety of other group members.

5. Remember when one person fails to be guided by safety standards, they put others at risk who are part of the search and rescue team.

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it" (Viktor Frankel

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