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Nepal travel information

Information about the country of Nepal

Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of its biodiversity, because of its unique geographical position and the different altitudes. The height of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mount Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 km, in which the climatic conditions change from subtropical to arctic climates.

Nepal is one of the most fascinating countries in the world with the sublime and wild beauty of its nature, the rich cultural heritage, with its towering pagodas, the spectacular Himalayan massifs with the world's highest peaks and much more. It is a country of ethnic and topographical diversity, rich flora and fauna, adorned with extraordinary architecture that is hardly surpassed by any country in the world. The highest mountains in the world beckon you to limitless opportunities to hike, climb mountains and explore the diverse flora and fauna. His friendly people greet you with their ever-smiling open faces and their hospitality, the rich diversity of their cultural splendor is unique in the world.

This wild variation fosters an incredible diversity of ecosystems, the largest mountain range on earth, thundering rivers, forested hills and frozen valleys. The dense tropical jungle is teeming with an abundance of wildlife.

In this spectacular geography one can also find rich cultural landscapes everywhere. The country is a potpourri of ethnic groups and subgroups who speak more than 93 languages ​​and dialects. Nepal offers an amazing variety of sights and experiences like nowhere else on earth. You can take part in the numerous important festivals which, with their enduring customs and traditions, are celebrated in traditional style throughout the year.

The diversity in the Nepalese topography provides a home for some rare animals. Tigers, rhinos, crocodiles, elephants, monkeys, bears, yaks, leopards, wolves, various species of deer, blue sheep, foxes, small mammals and many different kinds of birds and insects live here. Nepal is home to almost 10 percent of the world's known bird species, 500 of which are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The country has managed to create new natural habitats for some of Asia's endangered animal species with the creation of extensive national parks.

Even if Nepal occupies only 0.1% of the earth's surface, it is home to:
- 4% of the mammals on earth
- 8% of the world population of birds (more than 900 species)
- more than 500 species of butterflies
- 2% of all flowering plants in the world
- 600 endemic native plant families
- 319 species of exotic orchids
- more than 600 rivers and
- EIGHT of the TOP TEN of the snow-covered mountain giants over 8000 meters in the world, including Mount Everest. Of the world's thirty-one snow-capped mountain peaks over 7600 meters, twenty-two are in Nepal

 

Surface: 147,181 square kilometers
geographical location : located between Tibet (China) in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Residents: 23 million (2010)
Language: Nepali is the national language.
There are more than 103 ethnic groups in Nepal who speak 93 languages ​​and dialects.
But most of the people working in the travel industry understand and speak good English, less often French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.
Currency rate: Nepali rupee (November 2010: 1 euro = 92–98 NP rupees. 1 US dollar = 66–70 NP rupees.
Political system: Democratic Federal Republic with a freely elected democratic multi-party parliamentary government
Religion: Nepal enjoys the distinction of being the only Hindu country in the world. There is a harmonious mix of Hinduism and Buddhism here.
Calendar: The Bikram Sambat moon phase calendar is 56.7 years ahead of our Gregorian calendar, the New Year begins in April.
Climate: subtropical in the lowlands to arctic at high altitudes
Nepal has four main seasons, viz
(1) Winter: December-February
(2) Spring: March-May
(3) Summer: June-August
(4) Autumn: September-November
National bird: Himalayan gloss pheasant
National flower:Rhododendron arboreum (Lali Gurans)

 

Amazing! And while you are amazed at these facts, there are so many exciting and interesting things to do in Nepal: (please click)

Trekking, Mountaineering expeditions, Tours through ancient cities, exotic culture tours, Pilgrimage tours, Ayurvedia, yoga and meditation tours, adventurous elephant safaries and other sightseeing tours, flower, plant and botanical tours, bird watching tours, Honey hunting, Tours to wedding parties, Mountain biking, Rafting, Bungee jumping, Hot air balloon flights, Paragliding, Helicopter tours, Summit flights to the top of the world and many other things are possible for you here in Nepal.
To sum up, ADVENTURE GEO TREKS as your travel partner is there to make your dreams come true!

Nepal can be visited all year round.

What to wear: Light clothing is recommended for May to October. Warm clothing is required from October to March, as well as for the higher regions. An umbrella or raincoat is a must for the rainy season.

Trekking information - travel time in Nepal - summer and winter trekking

 


 

Entry & Visa Rules for Nepal

Tourist visa for Nepal (Information from March 27, 2011)

To enter Nepal, a valid passport and an entry visa, which are issued at the airport in Kathmandu or at the border with Nepal, are required. You can also obtain the entry visa before you start your journey. But that will be more expensive. A visa application can be made in Germany at the Nepalese embassy in Berlin, as well as at the Nepalese honorary consulates in Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg or Frankfurt.
New conditions apply since July 2009, the prices mentioned here refer to the issuing of a visa when entering Nepal.

* The visas are all "Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry", that is, valid for multiple entries in the period entered.
The visa counts from the day it is issued, even if you e.g. B. travels to Tibet shortly afterwards, the days continue counting, you can then re-enter Nepal with the same visa within its validity. Even several times.

A tourist visa for 30 days costs US $ 40 (or the equivalent in euros or other convertible currencies) per person,
a 90 day tourist visa costs $ 100
(The tourist visa for 15 days cost 25 US dollars - but is no longer possible in 2011)
You can pay for your visa with euro bills, and change is returned in Nepalese rupees or US dollars.

A minimal visa extension up to 15 days costs 30 USD.
A visa can also be extended for 16 or more days. Each additional day beyond the 15th extension day costs $ 2.
It can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in one year (January - December).
Another photo is required for an extension.
The extension must be made before the visa expires.

You must visit the Immigration Office in Kathmandu personally when applying for an extension:
Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu.
Application times: Sunday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* You can also obtain a tourist visa from the following immigration authorities in Nepal:
- Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (northern border with Tibet)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Central West Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far West Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far West Nepal)

* A transit visa for one day can be obtained on application from the Nepal Immigration Office at the entry point by presenting the departure flight ticket for the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal. It costs $ 5 (or the equivalent in euros or other convertible currencies) per person.

* A free 30-day visa is only available to tourists from the SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Indian citizens do not need a visa to enter Nepal.

* Please bring passport photos for visa (2) and for permits to the trekking regions (1 per permit); we can provide you with the exact number on request. Child passes up to the age of 16 with a photo are recognized.


Visa Nepal - application online on the Internet (December 2014)
The Nepal Immigration Service is now issuing an online visa application. You can fill out your online visa form on the Internet, upload your passport photo and then print out the visa in color. You take it with you to Nepal and receive the correct visa on your passport when you arrive. So you don't need to take passport photos with you for your visa.

 

 


 

Nepal Customs and Airport Information

Green channel: Incoming passengers who pass Tribhuvan International Airport without dutiable goods can walk through the Green Canal for fast handling without baggage control. If you are carrying dutiable items, you will need to go through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import: Aside from personal effects, visitors are allowed to bring 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, distilled alcohol (one 1.15 liter bottle) and films (15 rolls) into Nepal duty-free. You can also import the following items duty-free on condition that you take them out again: binoculars, film or video camera, photo camera, laptop computer and portable music system.

Export: It is illegal to export items that are more than 100 years old, sacred images, paintings, manuscripts, stones, valuable cultural goods and religious items. Visitors are advised not to buy such things in Nepal's cultural sites, they are cultural heritage and belong here in Nepal. The Ministry of Archeology (Tel: 427.1504, 427.1478) on Ramshah Road near Singha Durbar must approve and approve all ancient metal statues, sacred images and similar objects before they can be shipped or exported. The artisans, traders and travel agents are able to assist you in this process. For more information on customs issues, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, Tribhuvan International Airport Customs Office; Tel: 447.0110, 447.2266.

Airport fee: Passengers departing from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu are required to pay an airport fee of 1365 rupees when traveling to SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). 1695 Rs. Are payable for all other international destinations. The domestic airport fee is Rs 165.

 


 

Important note for all visitors and trekkers

Here is some legal advice for Nepal - we ask for your cooperation to adhere to the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal.

1. We would like to advise all foreign visitors to be sure to adhere to the deadline for their Nepalese visa and passport in order to avoid future problems. You are therefore asked to apply for an extension of your Nepalese visa in good time, within the valid period entered.

2. Make sure you get a valid stamp in your passport on arrival and departure at the entry / exit point to avoid further complications.

3. Living in Nepal without a passport or a valid visa is a criminal offense.

4. Any deviation from the prescribed route, which is stated in the trekking permit, will be punished as a violation of the law.

5. We recommend that you be careful not to be caught up in false intermediaries or scammers or to use fake visa / trekking permits, as this would result in criminal complications. If you do not have a government-authorized agency escort your visit / trek, do not use dubious intermediaries for visa / trek permits. You will then be asked to contact the immigration authorities yourself.

6. It is not allowed to change the purpose of the stay without a permit, and any employment or voluntary service during the duration of a tourist visa is strictly forbidden. It will be prosecuted as a criminal offense.

7. Make sure you are registered with the police and checkpoints along the trekking route. It is advisable to leave your trekking destination and schedule in your embassy or consulate.

8. If you run into problems along the way, report it to the nearest police or immigration station.

9. You will be asked to only change money at authorized dealers and do not forget to get a receipt.

10. You will be asked to notify the immigration authorities or the police of any changes to your address on an official form.

11. It is recommended, in addition to contacting the immigration authorities, to visit your embassy / consulate in the event of a new passport or travel document.

12. Passport and trekking permit should be carried by the tractor during the trek.

14. Respect indigenous traditions and customs, values, pride and feelings of the people, protect indigenous culture and observe local customs.

- Respect privacy when taking photos
- Respect holy places
- Do not give money to children who are begging, as this will give them an incentive to beg
- Respect local etiquette, dress appropriately, and do not bathe without clothes
- Let the Himalayas change you - don't try to change it
- Protect the natural environment
- Leave the campsites cleaner than you found them
- Avoid deforestation - do not light an open fire
- Burn dry paper and cardboard in a safe place
- Keep the water clean and avoid using pollutants
- Plants should stay and thrive in their natural environment
- Help your guides and porters to preserve nature


 

Nepal time and business hours

Nepal's time is 5 hours 45 minutes after Greenwich Mean Time, 4 hours 45 minutes after German winter time, 3 hours 45 minutes after German summer time. Government offices are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday they stay open until 3 p.m. The banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday they are only open until 12 noon. Business offices are open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday is like our Sunday in Nepal.

Embassies and international organizations are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most shops open after 10 a.m. and close at around 8 p.m. They are usually closed on Saturdays.

Although the Nepalese work seven days a week, there are numerous public holidays, at least a few per month. You can find these in the public holiday calendar. The government offices observe all holidays, the banks most of them. Companies are only closed on major public holidays.

 


 

Travel health information

No vaccinations are required when entering from Europe.
Recommended vaccination protection: Generally recommended: tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A, polio
Especially recommended for Nepal: hepatitis B, typhus, rabies
When staying in the southern lowlands (Terai): low risk of malaria, but this is considerably reduced if the following measures are observed:
Stay in mosquito-proof rooms at dusk and at night
Wear body-covering clothing (long sleeves, long trousers) when staying outdoors in the evenings and at night
Use of insect repellants on uncovered areas of the skin
In the living area, use of insecticides in the form of aerosols, vaporizers, candles, incense coils
possibly sleeping under a mosquito net.

Do not forget to take a smaller or larger first-aid kit with you (at least medication for diarrhea, fever and pain, as well as bandages, plasters and wound disinfectants) so that you are prepared for minor emergencies.
Don't forget: medication that you need to take constantly.

 


 

Security in Nepal

Nepal is usually a very safe country for western tourists to travel to.

Traveling to Nepal is no more dangerous than traveling to other places in the world, on the contrary, a traveler is far safer in Nepal than in some European, South American, Arab or African countries, where there are dangers from assaults, robbery, rape, kidnapping, Pickpocketing, etc. are common.

All tourist regions of Nepal are monitored and checked, Nepal has its own tourist police, which protects and looks after travelers should a dangerous situation ever arise.

Nevertheless, you should also use your common sense in Nepal and exercise a healthy amount of caution and caution for your safety, especially when you are alone, as a woman alone or at night.

While we are confident you won't run into problems in Nepal, there are some basic things you can do to be safe.

Avoid personal proximity to demonstrations and strikes, be vigilant in contact with strangers, return to your hotel in the early evening. Every good hotel also has security guards.

When it is dark you should avoid driving, bus or walking, and avoid using local intercity buses because of the risk of accidents.

We strongly recommend that you never trek alone and without a guide. The health risks are very high in the higher areas. In remote regions there is a permanent risk of getting lost, falling or starving to death in the many similar-looking side valleys of the Himalayas. We recommend only using known routes, hiking in groups, using only a state-registered reputable agency and their guides and obtaining current information about the security situation before visiting remote regions. Traveling in a group with one of our professional guides and in one of our secure private vehicles with a good driver will save you from harm and harm.

If possible, do not take expensive equipment, lots of cash or extravagant expensive jewelry with you on your trip, or if there is no other option, do not show it in public.

With regular guides and porters, you shouldn't openly talk to each other in public about such things as politics, the Maoists, strikes, wages, etc. This is not a problem with our experienced tour guides.

There are always political demonstrations in Kathmandu and attacks by radical Maoists, mostly in the Terai, but according to the unanimous assessment of all Nepal experts this does not mean an increased risk for you as a Nepal traveler, especially not when you are on tour with local guides.

In Nepal, however, you can expect short-term political or economic strikes at any time. Then there are often roadblocks that are also enforced by force. These protests can seriously disrupt public life, but tourists have not yet been harmed by them. The positive of the strikes ("bandhs") for travelers: no traffic, clean air, a good time for sightseeing or bike rides.

The Nepalese Hindu people are very friendly and positive towards tourists, as many people in Nepal live from tourism. Western visitors are therefore kept out of political action.

Our Nepalese agency Adventure Geo Treks will always find a way to keep you as a tourist away from these things and offer you a mutually satisfactory alternative.

Adventure Geo Treks will pick you up personally at the airport in your own vehicle, bring you safely to your hotel and look after you around the clock from then on.

Our trekking tours only touch regions where general safety is guaranteed and, in our experience, there is no risk for you.

We take care of our valued customers very carefully. If a dangerous situation does arise, such as a strike, political unrest, etc., the competent agency employees and guides will certainly find out beforehand and will adjust the tour schedule and the locations accordingly for your safety.

We guarantee you and our valued customers from all over the world 100% security for your stay in Nepal in the cities, for transfers en route and on our adventure trips. There has never been anyone in our country who has been harmed or even injured by criminal activities.

Unfortunately, Nepal is still one of the world's poorest countries, the vast majority of the Nepalese population lives well below the European subsistence level. Despite strict laws and the Hindu-Buddhist faith of the predominantly friendly, helpful, honest and sincere people, theft from tourists can happen from time to time.

In the eyes of these people, every Western visitor is enormously rich, even if that is not the case by our standards and you may be relatively “poor” at home. This is why there is sometimes the opinion that a small redistribution of property in favor of the poor Nepalese population only seems fair.

With larger crowds of people, at markets, at large celebrations and events or while traveling in a full bus, there is a very isolated risk that some of your belongings will “change hands”, that you could be robbed.

In order to avoid such a situation, we ask you to keep your valuables, photo equipment, documents and money as safe as possible and "on the man" in the inside pockets of your clothes, but above all not to encourage theft by "showing off" . You should also take care of your luggage when you are out and about, in buses, airports, etc.

Women traveling alone are less annoyed than regretted. Because doing something alone is incomprehensible and rather untypical for Nepalese people. Local women and men will ask you if you don't have a husband, mostly out of real concern and not as an overture.

Apart from that, as a woman in Nepal you can move around freely. However, be careful in the evening and avoid poorly lit side streets. Avoid smiling at and direct eye contact with Nepalese men. Be determined, serious, and confident. Be a little cautious and categorically decline dubious invitations. It is best to dress so that your shoulders, upper arms, and knees are covered, and wear a bra. Avoid groups of men who are drunk or partying.

Your trip through Nepal will be even more relaxed if you go on it with a friend. The following applies to trekking (also for men): Always go with a trekking team and / or with others.

Fearful tourists read in internet forums that z. B. in 2005 in Nepal 2 tourists were murdered (the perpetrator was caught) and a tourist was raped in India. How many people but in this one year 2005 z. For example, if they were murdered and raped in Germany alone, they ignore them.