Here are 100 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about travel, trekking, and touring in Nepal. These questions cover a broad spectrum of topics, providing a comprehensive overview for anyone planning to travel, trek, or tour in Nepal. 

General Travel Information

1. Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?

Yes, you need a visa to visit Nepal, unless you are an Indian citizen. Indian citizens do not need a visa to visit Nepal. This is because of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship. 

2. How can I apply for a Nepalese visa?

You can apply for a Nepalese visa on arrival at the Nepal airport or land border crossing. But for the citizens of some countries like Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Zimbabwe, they need to apply for a Nepalese visa in advance at a Nepalese diplomatic mission abroad (Ebassy or Consulate). 

3. What is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal entirely depends on your preferences and the activities that you are going to do. If you are planning for trekking and cultural immersion, then the autumn season is the best time to visit Nepal. And if your plan is to capture stunning pictures of booming rhododendrons in the warm temperatures while trekking, then the spring season is best for you.

4. What is the currency used in Nepal?

The official currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). If you have other currency with you, you can exchange it for Nepali rupees in the money exchanger. 

5. Can I use credit cards in Nepal?

Yes, you can use credit cards in Nepal. There are several places, like hotels, restaurants, and shops, that accept credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.  But your card must be enabled for international transactions and contactless payments to avoid any issues. 

6. What languages are spoken in Nepal?

The main language that is spoken all over Nepal is the Nepali language. Besides the Nepali language, there are hundreds of other languages like Maithili, Tharu, Newari, Bajjika, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, and so on. 

7. Is Nepal a safe destination for tourists?

Nepal is considered one of the safest destinations for tourists. There are no serious crime attempts against tourists. By taking simple precautions, tourists can generally avoid minor crimes and fraud attempts. 

8. What vaccinations are recommended before traveling to Nepal?

Before traveling to Nepal, vaccinations like measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, polio, and yearly flu shots are essential for all travellers. These are mostly routine vaccinations. 

Some of the other vaccinations that are recommended are hepatitis A, typhoid, and hepatitis B. These vaccinations are for long term travellers. In addition, if your itineraries include traveling in those areas where there is a chance of getting infected, then rabies, Japanese encephalitis, polio boosters, and cholera vaccinations are most important. 

9. What is the main religion in Nepal?

The main religion in Nepal is Hinduism. The majority of the population follows religion. There are other religions that are also followed in Nepal, but the popularity of Hinduism is insane. Around 81% of the total population are Hindus. Hinduism has an important influence on Nepali politics and the social structure of the nation. 

10. How can I get a local SIM card in Nepal?

The SIM cards are easily available at the different mobile retailers or in local shops. To get a SIM card, you will need to submit a photocopy of your passport and visa to the SIM card provider. A passport-size photo may also be needed while buying the Nepali SIM cards (NTC or NCELL).

After gathering the necessary documents, you will need to fill out the registration form and provide your fingerprints. After that, you get the new SIM card and are able to use it after a few minutes. For prepaid top-up, you can easily get the recharge cards at the various local shops, grocery stores, and mobile retailers. 

11. What is the voltage and plug type in Nepal?

The voltage in Nepal is 230 volts at a frequency of 50 Hz. Some of the most common types of plugs and sockets used in Nepal are Type C, Type D, and Type M. It is recommended to carry the universal adapter for charging laptops and other devices.

12. How reliable is the internet in Nepal?

The reliability of the internet in Nepal highly depends on the area you are traveling to. The internet is fast and smooth in the big cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bharatpur, and so on. While there may be problems while going trekking in remote areas,. Also, electricity outrage is common in Nepal. So, there may be a problem connecting to the internet in that situation. 

13. What is the time zone in Nepal?

The time zone of Nepal is UTC+0545. It means that Nepal is ahead of coordinated universal time (UTC) by 5 hours and 45 minutes. This difference from UTC remains constant throughout the year because Nepal doesn’t observe daylight saving time. 

14. How can I get from the airport to my hotel in Kathmandu?

There are multiple ways to get to the hotel from the airport. Some of the ways are to book a cab or taxi, book through ride sharing apps (Pathao, Indrive, or Tootle), rent a car, use public transportation, and so on. Several hotels in Kathmandu also provide airport pickup and dropoff services for their guests. You can contact the hotels and ask the hotel managers if that option is available or not. This is the hassle free option. 

15. Is it safe to travel alone in Nepal?

Yes, it is totally safe to travel alone in Nepal. In fact, Nepal is safe for solo female travellers too. The locals are generally friendly and respectful. And there is also a low crime rate compared to other countries in the same region. 

However, there are minor crimes and fraud cases that can be avoided by following certain precautions. For example, avoid traveling alone at night and stick to populated areas. Also, there is the risk of natural calamities if you are trekking in remote areas. 

Cultural Insights

16. What are the main cultural sites in Kathmandu?

There are several cultural sites in Kathmandu that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the ancient capital city of Nepal. Some of the popular cultural heritage sites are Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple, and so on. These historical sites are also among the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. 

17. What are the customs and etiquette I should be aware of in Nepal?

Nepal is a country with diverse customs and etiquette followed and practiced by the people. So, while visiting Nepal, you must respect it. For example:

  • When you meet someone, greet them with a warm smile and say namaste. 
  • Don't dress up like you are walking on the beach while visiting temples or monasteries
  • Don't whistle inside temples or in teahouses
  • Always use your right hand when handling money 
  • Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home
  • Avoid shaking hands with someone of the opposite sex
  • Touch elderly people and priest’s feet as a sign of respect

18. What festivals are celebrated in Nepal?

Nepal is known for its diverse culture and festival celebrations. The two main festivals that the majority of people celebrate are Dashain and Tihar. There are other popular festivals like Holi, Lhosar, Maha Shivaratri, Teej, Chhat, Udhauli, and so on. These festivals are just an example. Nepal is a secular country with freedom of religion, choice, and festival celebrations. Christians celebrate Christmas, Muslims celebrate Eid, and so on. The lists are quite long. 

19. Can I visit temples and monasteries in Nepal?

Yes, you can visit and explore the various temples and monasteries in Nepal. There are no restrictions on it. But you have to get permission before taking photographs of the statues or people. 

20. How should I dress when visiting religious sites?

When visiting religious sites, you have to dress modestly and respectfully. You should cover your legs and arms and avoid tight or revealing clothing. Also, choose conservative-colored clothes and closed-toe shoes. 


21. What types of accommodations are available in Nepal?

There are various types of accommodations available in Nepal. Some of them are hotels, guest houses, trekking lodges, homestays, luxury resorts, and so on. You can get facilities from basic rooms with shared bathrooms to luxury rooms with pools and spas based on the different hotels and prices. 

22. How can I book accommodations in Nepal?

In Nepal, it is easy to book accommodations through online booking platforms like Booking.com. You can also check hotel websites directly and know their availability and pricing. For example, you can check the accommodations available at Hotel Yak and Yeti by going to the website of the hotel. Also, you can use MakeMyTrip to book hotels in Kathmandu. 

23. Are there luxury hotels in Nepal?

Yes, there are many luxury hotels in Nepal`. The top luxury hotels in Nepal are Dwarika's Hotel (Kathmandu), Hotel Pokhara Grande (Pokhara), Barahi Jungle Lodge (Chitwan), Meghauli Serai (Chitwan), Hotel Yak and Yeti (Kathmandu), The Hyatt Regency (Kathmandu), and so on. You can find these hotels in popular tourist destinations. 

24. What are teahouses?

Teahouses are the basic mountain lodges where you can enjoy delicious food items and stay. It is available along the trekking routes in Nepal. It is like a mountain hut owned by the local Nepali families. Varieties of food options are available with basic rooms and basic facilities. 

25. What amenities are provided in teahouses?

The amenities that are provided in most of the teahouses are basic. Some of the basic amenities are accommodations in private rooms, a communal dining area, electricity to charge the devices, hot showers, wifi, and so on. The prices may vary based on the altitude levels and teahouses. 

Food and Drink

26. What are some must-try Nepalese dishes?

Some of the must try Nepalese dishes are Dal bhat (National Dish), Momos (steamed dumplings), Thukpa (noodle soup), Sel roti (crispy ring-shaped bread), Aloo tama (sour bamboo shoots and potatoes), Chatamari (Newari Pizza), Choila (barbecued buffalo), and so on. There are several other dishes as well, but these are the most loved by the tourists.

27. Is the food safe for tourists in Nepal?

The food is safe for tourists if consumed in a hygienic hotel. The raw and uncooked items, dairy products, and so on may be intolerable to some tourists. If you are lactose-intolerant, avoid consuming dairy products. Always eat freshly cooked, hot meals in popular hotels or restaurants with high demand. Choose vegetarian dishes if possible. 

28. Can I drink tap water in Nepal?

No, it is not considered safe to drink tap water in Nepal. The tap water is not treated generally and may contain harmful bacteria and contaminants. Those harmful bacteria and contaminants can make you ill. If you have to use tap water, boil it and then use it. The alternative is to always use bottled mineral water. 

29. Are there vegetarian options available?

There are several vegetarian options available for dining. There are several hotels and restaurants that serve vegetarian dishes only. Some of the vegetarian and vegan restaurants are Hamro Vegan, Always Happy Vegan Vegetarian, Lumbini Shuddh Shakahari Khaja & Bhojanalay, and so on. The common vegetarian Nepali dishes are dal bhat, momos, chowmeans, and so on.

30. What is Dal Bhat?

Dal Bhat is the staple food item consumed by the majority of Nepalese in Nepal. This dish is popular in South Asia and is served with vegetables, pickles, and sometimes fish. It is a nutritious dish and is popular in Nepal due to its ability to sustain energy for 24 hours. 


31. How can I travel between cities in Nepal?

There are several options available to travel between cities in Nepal, like domestic flights, tourist buses, local buses, minivans, and so on. The flights are the quickest way to travel to the different cities, like Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can also use taxis. The road vehicles are cheaper than the regular flights, but it takes time to complete the journey. 

32. Are domestic flights in Nepal safe?

Domestic flights are generally safer as compared to international flights. But if you are going to the riskier mountainous area, it is better to take a helicopter or onland vehicle. Sometimes, the flights may be risky due to the challenging terrain, unpredictable weather, and lax regulations. Also, research the airlines and routes before booking any flights. 

33. How do I get from Kathmandu to Pokhara?

There are several options to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara, including onland drives and air flights. The flights are the quickest option to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. You can use various on-land options like local buses, tourist buses, taxis, microvans, and so on. The buses and taxis are affordable means of transportation but take around 6–7 hours to reach. 

34. What is the condition of the roads in Nepal?

Most of the road options are not in good condition. Talking about the fact, only 42% of the 29,157 km of network are paved. The landslides frequently block the highways, especially on the Mugling-Narayanghat highway during monsoon time. The narrow roads, potholes, and lack of proper planning often lead to serious accidents. 

35. Can I rent a car in Nepal?

Yes, you can rent a car in Nepal. There are various reputable agencies that are providing car rental services in Nepal, including Smile Car Rental, Spark Car, and Self Drive Nepal. You can also rent vehicles like sedans, SUVs, jeeps, vans, and buses. The process of renting a car includes contacting the rental company, booking, and picking up the vehicle. 

Trekking Information

36. What are the most popular trekking routes in Nepal?

Some of the popular trekking routes in Nepal are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek, and so on. You can enjoy the stunning vistas of the mountain peaks while going through the lush green vegetation, narrow paths, villages, and so on. Along the way, you can also learn about the diverse culture and way of life of the local residents. 

37. What permits do I need for trekking in Nepal?

While trekking in Nepal, you will need several permits. The primary permit that you will need when trekking in nepal is TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Permit. The Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Trekking Agencies' Association have made it mandatory for all trekkers.

The secondary permits are the National Park Permit, Conservation Area Permit, and Restricted Area Permits. A national park permit is required when you are trekking within a national park. You can get the permit from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. 

In addition, a conservation area permit is required for trekking in conservation areas. You can obtain the permit from the National Trust for Nature Conservation. In terms of the restricted area permit, it is required when trekking in the restricted areas. You can obtain the permit from  the Department of Immigration. 

In some places, the Rural Municipality Permit may also be required. The local authorities are responsible for issuing this permit.

38. How can I obtain trekking permits?

You can obtain permits by going to the relevant office and submitting the necessary paperwork. The process involved and the cost of each permit are given below. 

  • TIMS Card

Tims card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board Office. It will cost NPR 2000 for international trekkers. You need to fill out the TIMS registration form and submit it along with the passport-sized photograph and passport photocopy. The card will be issued on the spot after waiting for half an hour.  

  • National Park permit

To obtain the national park permit, you need to visit the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) office or Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu. The cost of the permit is NPR 3,000 per person. The documents that you will need while obtaining the permit are a passport copy, two passport-sized photos, a detailed trek itinerary copy, and information on entry and exit dates for the park. 

  • Conservation area permit

You can visit National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) to obtain the Conservation area permit. It will cost you between NPR 2500 and NPR 3500, depending on the conservation area you are trekking to. You need to submit the permit form along with a passport copy, two passport-sized photos, a detailed trek itinerary copy, and information on entry and exit dates for the conservation area. 

  • Restricted area permit

It is the permit that a registered trekking agency must obtain. For the permit, you need to visit the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu with a registered trekking agency. The cost may vary depending on the place you are trekking. 

Also, additional rural municipality fees may be required at the entry point of the trekking trail. You will need to submit the online application form, a passport copy (a scanned copy of your bio page and a visa page), two passport-sized photographs, and proof of travel insurance covering helicopter evacuation. 

39. Do I need a guide for trekking in Nepal?

In most of the protected areas and national parks, a licensed guide is required for trekking with all foreign trekkers. While, you don’t need a guide for the short treks near Kathmandu or Pokhara,. Also, you can go solo trekking in the Everest region. 

40. What is the best season for trekking in Nepal?

The best seasons or times for adventurous trekking activities in Nepal are the spring and autumn seasons. During these seasons, the temperatures are mild with stable weather conditions. In addition, during the spring season, the rhododendron flowers bloom. 

41. What should I pack for a trek in Nepal?

You should pack all the basic and important items, including sturdy boots, gloves, hats, sunglasses, a high-quality sleeping bag, important documents (passports and insurance documents), reusable bottles, and so on. In terms of clothes, pack moisture-wicking base layers, warm insulating layers, and durable clothes. The clothes that you should pack vary depending on the region and the season in which you are trekking. 

42. Are there any altitude sickness risks while trekking?

Yes, there are altitude sickness risks while trekking. As you trek to the higher altitude, you may see symptoms like headaches, nausea, and fatigue in you. Those are the symptoms of altitude sickness. If these symptoms are not treated, then they can be life-threatening. Some of the life-threatening conditions that you should be aware of are high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). The primary cause of altitude sickness is quickly ascending without proper acclimatization. 

43. How can I prevent altitude sickness?

You can prevent altitude sickness by ascending slowly, taking rest, staying hydrated, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. If symptoms are seen, then quickly descend. After consulting the doctor, you can also use acetazolamide. 

44. What are the best short treks in Nepal?

The best short treks that can be done in Nepal are the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, and Pikey Peak Trek. These treks offer stunning mountain scenery along with cultural immersion. 

45. What are the best long treks in Nepal?

The best long treks in Nepal are Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek with Cho Pass, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and so on. 

Popular Treks

46. What should I know about the Everest Base Camp trek?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is the iconic trek that takes you to the base of the highest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest. Among the two Everest base camps, the South Base Camp in Nepal is the more popular destination for trekking. The team of the first successful Everest Sumit team established this base camp in the 1950s. 

The base camp is at an elevation of 5,364 m. At this elevation, proper acclimatization is required to avoid altitude sickness. Slow ascending, hydating, taking rest days, recognizing symptoms, and so on are the strategies that help to prevent altitude-related problems. 

In addition, you should invest in high-quality trekking gear and equipment, like boots, jackets, and sleeping bags. It is not compulsory that you buy; you can also rent the gear. 

Another thing that you should know is that the Everest base camp trek is not only about trekking. It is also about visiting the villages, monasteries, and viewpoints, iterating with the locals, cultural immersion, learning their way of life, and so on. 

47. What should I know about the Annapurna Circuit trek?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking routes that circles the Annapurna massif. Proper preparation is required before going on the trek. There is the risk of altitude sickness, so you must prepare accordingly. 

In recent years, roads have been built along parts of the route. Due to this, the risk is minimized, and safe and enjoyable trekking is possible. The best time to trek to the Annapurna Circuit is from October to November and April to May. During this time, the weather is stable and the temperature is mild. 

The trek takes you to popular villages like Besisahar, Muktinath, Nayapul, Jomsom, Tatopani, Bhulbhule, Jagat, Syange, and Chame. On the way, you will get to witness the jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and so on. 

48. What should I know about the Langtang Valley trek?

The Langtang Valley Trek is a popular trek that takes you to the popular villages of the Langtang region. It is a popular route known for the views of the beautiful peaks, including Langtang Lirung. You will get to experience the local Tibetan-influenced culture in villages like Kyanjin Gomp and Syabrubesi. 

The trek takes you through the lush forests, past monasteries, and beautiful tamang villages. The popular peaks that can be seen from Kyanjin Gompa village are Kyanjin Ri (4,773 m) and Tserko Ri (5,033 m). The paths to the Kyanjin Gompa include some challenging terrain sections, so the terrain is moderate to strenuous. 

The routes of the Langtang Valley Trek are well established. There will be no problem finding teahouses, as the teahouses and guest houses along the way are well established. While permits like a TIMS card and a Langtang National Park entry permit are required for the trek,. The best seasons for the Langtang Valley Trek are spring and autumn. The weather is stable, the skies are clear, and the temperature is mild during these seasons. 

49. What should I know about the Manaslu Circuit trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route that takes you to one of the most popular restricted areas in Nepal. This trek presents stunning scenery and Tibetan culture. This trekking trail is less crowded than the popular Annapurna and Everest Base Camp treks, so, you can enjoy a private and authentic trekking experience. 

As the trek is in a restricted area, you will need a special permit in addition to the other regular permits. The restricted area permit is Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and other permit are Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The highest point of the trek is Larke Pass (5,200 m), so proper preparation and strategic planning of the trek, including acclimatization strategies, are important. The selection of proper gear is also important to safely trek through the high altitudes and challenging terrain.  

The scene that the trek offers is just amazing. On the way, you will get to see the snowcapped mountains, glaciers, alpine fields, and traditional villages. The accommodations in the villages are basic, with simple food options and basic facilities. 

50. What should I know about the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek?

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the popular easy-to-moderate treks that takes you to the popular Ghorepani and Poon Hill in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek presents stunning views of the snowcapped peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, sunrise views from the top of Poon Hill, cultural immersion, thrills, and many more. 

For the trek, permits like the Annapurna Conservation Permit and a TIMS trekking permit are required. Also, travel insurance is mandatory. The basic preparations, like packing proper gear and equipment, mental readiness, physical preparations, and so on, make the journey easier. 

Safety and Health

51. What are the common health issues faced by travelers in Nepal?

While traveling to a new environment and climate, health related issues and problems are common. Some of the most common health issues seen, especially by foreign travelers, are gastrointestinal issues, respiratory diseases (pneumonia and bronchospasm), altitude illnesses (high altitude pulmonary edema and acute mountain sickness), vaccine-preventable diseases (Influenza A and typhoid fever), vector-borne diseases (dengue and malaria), and so on. 

Most of these health issues are due to bad eating habits, drinking unsafe water, and not doing proper research on what to do and what not to do. If the above-mentioned issue is seen in you and your friends, seek medical help. 

52. Where can I get medical help while trekking?

There are several places where you can get medical help when trekking in the remote areas of Nepal. Some of the places where you can get medical help are: 

  • Pheriche Aid Post

If you need medical help while trekking in the Khumbu region, there is the pheriche Aid post. It is operated by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post provides medical services in the Khumbu region. Various illnesses related to the high altitudes are treated here. 

  • Helicopter Evacuation Provider

There are several operators that provide helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency. It is  especially for those who require immediate care and need to be transported to hospitals. 

  • Trekking company Guide

Several trekking companies carry comprehensive medical kits. When you are trekking with the company, you may ask to the guide for medical help. They carry the required medicines that are important for common injuries and illnesses.  

53. Is travel insurance necessary for trekking in Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is necessary for trekking in Nepal. There is a risk of accidents and altitude sickness, and sometimes costly emergency evacuations may be needed when trekking in the remote areas of Nepal. 

However, you should be aware of what any policy covers before purchasing it. It is important when claiming the insurance. Your policy must cover helicopter rescue, trip cancellation, medical treatment, high-altitude trekking, and baggage loss. 

54. What should I include in my first-aid kit?

Your first-aid kit should contain all the important medicines and items that are required for the treatment of minor injuries and emergencies. Medicines like aspirin packets, hydrocortisone ointment packets, ibuprofen, paracetamol, antihistamines, and so on must be included in the first aid kit. 

The other items, like absorbent compress dressings, adhesive bandages in assorted sizes, adhesive cloth tape, an instant cold compress, nonlatex gloves, gauze roll bandages, sterile gauze pads, triangular bandages, tweezers, etc., should be in your medical kit. In addition, items like emergency first aid instructions, a Sam splint, a pulse oximeter, a notebook, and a pencil are beneficial. 

55. How can I stay safe from wildlife while trekking?

You can stay safe from wildlife while trekking by following certain precautions. 

  • Make noise to alert animals to your presence
  • Properly store food to prevent attracting animals
  • If you encounter bear, use bear spray.
  • Stay at least 90 metres from bear and wolves
  • Avoid feeding wildlife
  • For aggressive animals, stand your ground and fight back if attacked.

Adventure Activities

56. What adventure sports are available in Nepal?

Nepal is a place where there is a diverse range of landscapes. Those diverse landscapes make Nepal the perfect place for adventure sports. There are many adventure sports that can be done, including ziplining, paragliding, skydiving, white-water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, skydiving, and so on. 

These are just some of the thrilling sports and adventure lover’s favorite outdoor activities. Other activities, like canyoning, ice hockey, and skiing, are also popular among adventure enthusiasts. 

57. Where can I go white-water rafting in Nepal?

There are several spots in Nepal where you can go whitewater rafting. The most popular and best for beginners is Trisuli River rafting. For most experienced rafters, Kali-Gandaki river rafting, Bhote-Koshi river rafting, and Sunkoshi river rafting are the best and most thrilling. 

58. Can I go paragliding in Nepal?

Yes, you can go paragliding in Nepal. Paragliding is popular, especially in the Pokhara Valley of the Annapurna region of Nepal. The pilot will fly with you in a paraglider aircraft over the high landscape and land on the ground. Both beginners and experienced players can try this sport. There are certain weight and age restrictions for safety purposes. 

59. Is there bungee jumping in Nepal?

Yes, there are bungee jumping sports available in Nepal. Bhote Koshi River is a popular bungee jumping site in Nepal at 160 m. There are other sites, like Hemja (Pokhara), which is also popular. This sport can be enjoyed year round. But the spring and autumn seasons are considered the best. 

60. Where can I go mountain biking in Nepal?

Some of the popular places where you can enjoy mountain biking in Nepal are Annapurna Circuit, Upper Mustang Region, some trails around Pokhara, and so on. The attraction to these sports is due to the stunning Himalayan landscapes and remote trail explorations. 

Wildlife and Nature

61. What national parks should I visit in Nepal?

There are several national parks in Nepal that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular national parks that you should visit include Chitwan National Park, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Bardia National Park, Langtang National Park, and Sagarmatha National Park. Among these national parks, Sagarmatha and Langtang are popular as trekkers' favorite trekking destinations. While Chitwan National Park is known for jungle safaris and jeep tours,. 

62. What wildlife can I see in Chitwan National Park?

You can see several wildlife species in Chitwan National Park, including one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, sloth bear, Bengal florican, leopards, Asian elephants, and deer. In addition, the park is home to several other bird species. The Narayani-Rapti River System, which forms the northern boundary of the national park, has 113 fish species. 

63. Are there any bird-watching spots in Nepal?

Yes, there are several bird-watching spots in Nepal where you can enjoy the several species of beautiful birds roaming in their habitat. Some of the popular bird-watching spots are Chitwan National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Kathmandu Valley, Bardia National Park, Langtang Valley, Godawari Botanical Garden, and so on. Each of the destinations hosts over 100 to 500 species of birds. 

64. What are the best places to see rhinos in Nepal?

The best places to witness rhinos in Nepal are Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park. These are the best places to see the rhinos, which are widely popular. Chitwan National Park is also the second largest globally in terms of rhino population. There are other places where you can also see rhinos, like Parsa and Suklaphanta. These places have smaller rhino populations. 

65. Can I see snow leopards in Nepal?

Yes, you can see snow leopards in the Annapurna Conservation Area and Manang Region of Nepal. These areas are the protected areas of Nepal. And during the winter months, you may get an opportunity to witness the snow leopard. The snow leopards live at high altitudes and are hard to find. You may call yourself lucky if you spot these magnificent big cats. 

Historical and Cultural Tours

66. What are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal?

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal are Sagarmatha National Park, Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the "Monkey Temple"), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Changu Narayan, and so on. 

The Sagarmatha National Park is home to diverse natural flora and fauna. The park is also one of the most popular trekking destinations. Chitwan National Park is home to several endangered animals and plant species. The several other heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley reflect the ancient culture and heritage. And Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. 

67. What should I see in Bhaktapur?

You should visit and see the Nyatapola Temple, Changu Narayan Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, pottery square, and so on when visiting Bhaktapur. The bhaktapur is also famous for the newari cuisine and local wine. In addition, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the most visited destination. 

68. What should I see in Patan?

When in Patan, you should visit and see the Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum, Golden Temple, and so on. Patan Durbar Square is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites too. In addition, the wood carvings, numerous temples, and vibrant local market is worth exploring and seeing. 

69. What should I see in Lumbini?

There are several places in Lumbini that are worth exploring and watching. The Mayadevi temple is one of them; it is the exact spot where Lord Buddha was born. Sacred Bodhi trees and a pond surround the Mayadevi temple. There are also several monasteries with unique architectural styles. The Lumbini Museum has a large collection of artifacts that are worth exploring. 

When you are in Lumbini, don’t forget to admire the rich history and natural beauty of the area. Also, the beautiful Lumbini Garden gives satisfaction to the eyes. 

70. What are the must-visit museums in Nepal?

The must-visit museums in Nepal are the National Museum of Nepal (Kathmandu), the Patan Museum (Lalitpur), the Museum of Nepali Art (Kathmandu), the Aviation Museum (Kathmandu), the Taragaon Museum (Kathmandu), and so on. These museums have a great collection of Nepali sculptures, paintings, and cultural artifacts. In addition, the Patan Museum is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


71. What souvenirs should I buy in Nepal?

You should buy the souvenirs that make you remember the journey that you had in Nepal. Some of the souvenirs include handmade pottery, Pashmina shawls, Thangka paintings, singing bowls, Khukuri knives, Nepali tea, spices, statues, masks, prayer flags, and so on. These items are useful as well as reflecting the Nepalese culture and traditions. 

72. Where can I buy handicrafts in Nepal?

The places where you can buy the handicrafts in Nepal are Nepal Handicraft Collection, Mahaguthi Craft with Conscience, Local Women's Handicrafts, NepaCrafts Product, and so on. At these places, you have a wide range of handicraft options available with high ratings. 

There are also online stores where you can buy Nepali handicrafts. Some of the popular online stores are Yuna Handicrafts Nepal and Kathmandu Handicrafts. You can buy products like felt products, hemp products, pashmina, woolen products, singing bowls, Thangka paintings, incense, and garments. 

73. Are there any night markets in Nepal?

There are night markets in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu city. The Thamel Night Market is a popular market. This market never sleeps. You can find several cheap shops and a nightlife with good hotels and restaurants. If you want to enjoy food and drinks along with music and dance, then you can go to pubs and clubs too. 

There are other night markets that are popular, including Ason Bazar, Bhrikuti Bazaar, and the seasonal NexUs Night Market. The NexUs market is held every last Friday of the month. 

74. What are the best places for shopping in Kathmandu?

The best places for shopping in Kathmandu are Thamel, Durbar Marg, Jawalakhel (Patan), Labim Mall, and so on. You can find a variety of goods and clothes from national and international brands, and so on. The other notable places best for shopping are Asan Market, Boudhanath Stupa, Baber Mahal, and so on. 

75. Can I bargain while shopping in Nepal?

Yes, you can bargain while shopping in Nepal. It is common in the local markets and with the vendors selling souvenirs and handicrafts. Sometimes it is necessary because the vendors start at an inflated price and expect you to bargain them down. Try to maintain a friendly and lighthearted attitude throughout the bargaining process. Also, be prepared to walk away if you are not satisfied with the price, and always negotiate respectfully. 


76. Is English widely spoken in Nepal?

Yes, the English language is widely spoken in Nepal. The language is common in the major cities and tourist areas. The English language is taught as the first foreign language in schools and colleges in Nepal. However, English fluency is less common in remote areas and those areas where local languages are famous. 

77. How can I make international calls from Nepal?

To make international calls from Nepal, you just have to follow a simple step. 

  • Dial the exit code 00 first
  • Dial the destination country code 
  • Dial the area code, if any
  • Dial the number

For example, for the USA, try 00-1-area code-number. There are international service providers like NTC and NCELL from Nepal. You can also use international calling services like MyTello for affordable calling rates.  

78. Are there any local apps useful for travelers?

The local apps that are useful for travellers are ride sharing apks like Indrrive, pathao and Tootle. The app provides a ride with an affordable rating. For navigational purposes, you can use Google Maps. Google Maps is very helpful and is available offline too. 

Mero Sajha is the local app used to locate the government run local bus in Kathmandu. Foodmandu is the app that delivers food from the restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara to your doorstep. If you are going trekking, the Peak Finder apk can be useful in identifying the mountains that you are looking at using the phone’s camera. 

The other apks, like the English Nepali Dictionary app, are very helpful in learning the local language or communicating in emergency situations. The HoneyGuide trekking guide app provides information about the major trekking routes. The apk named OYO Hotel Booking can be very beneficial in finding accommodations. 

79. How can I stay connected to the internet while trekking?

The best option to stay connected to the internet while trekking is by using the local Nepali SIM cards (NCELL and NTC). You can purchase a data package and use the internet. Another alternative option is buying the Everest Link prepaid broadband package. It provides wireless internet access in the Everest region. 

80. Where can I find language translation services in Nepal?

You can find language translation services in Nepal in places like Overseas Language Translation Service (Kathmandu), World Language Translation and Verification Office (Kathmandu), Bhasa Nepal, Bhatbhateni Translation Service (Kathmandu), and so on. 

These services will help you in a much better way. Some of the other important companies that offer language translation services include Rupantar, Alliance Française de Katmandou, Nepalaya Translation, Square Services, and Media Chautari.


81. What is the tipping etiquette in Nepal?

The tipping etiquette in Nepal depends on how satisfied you are with the service of the respective person. You can give as much as you want. In the trekking world, the culture of tipping a guide with 10-15% of the total trek cost and a porter $5–10 per day is followed as of now. If you are at a restaurant, a 5–10% tip is what you should give if you are impressed by their service. 

82. Are there any local customs I should be aware of?

Yes, Nepal is a place where diverse cultures and customs are followed. When travelling or trekking to remote places, you should be aware of the basic customs. Follow the guide's advice about customs and etiquette. 

  • Always respect the local customs and traditions. 
  • Ask permission before taking photographs of local people, religious sites, or private properties. 
  • Always use right hand to eat the food
  • Avoid wasting foods 
  • Dress modestly, especially when going to temples or any religious sites

83. What are the emergency numbers in Nepal?

Some of the key emergency numbers in Nepal are: 

  • Police: 100, 1113 
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Fire: 101 
  • Traffic control: 103  
  • Telephone inquiry: 197  
  • Government hotline: 1234 
  • Armed Police Force hotline: 1114 
  • Nepal Red Cross helpline: (+977)-1-4270650, (+977)-1-427276 
  • US Embassy: +977-01-423-4000 

84. How do I find a reliable tour operator in Nepal?

You can find a reliable tour operator in Nepal by doing proper research. If you google tour operators in Nepal, the search may show you several operators, but to find a reliable one, you have to do a little more homework. Look for the experience of the operator, their client reviews, and the customizable itineraries. 

Also, learn about the experience of their local guides, look if they prioritize sustainable practices, or offer transparent pricing. The Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal certify reputable and well-known tour operators. Make sure the operator you are choosing has the certification. 

85. What are the working hours in Nepal?

The working hours in Nepal are 48 hours a week and 8 hours a day. Employees under 18 years old are limited to 36 hours a week and 6 hours per day. The employee gets a 30 minute break every 5 hours. If employees have to work overtime, the time should be 4 hours per day and 24 hours per week with 1.5x pay. If an employee has to work on the designated rest day, he/she should receive one full day of rest per week. 

Trekking Logistics

86. How fit do I need to be to trek in Nepal?

Mountainous and hilly regions make up the majority of Nepal's land area. So, if you are coming to visit Nepal for trekking purposes, then you need to be at least moderately fit. The difficulty level of the trek in Nepal varies depending on the place you choose for trekking. Know the difficulty grade of the trek before starting any pre-trek exercise, and consult with the doctor and guide before starting your trekking journey.

87. What is a typical day like on a trek?

A typical day on a trek consists of waking up, breakfast, trekking, launch, trekking, dinner, and bedtime. On detail. You will wake up early, have breakfast, and be ready for the trek. You will cover the maximum hike of the day in the morning in just 4-5 hours. Then, you will have a launch at the popular teahouse. 

After the launch, you will start your afternoon trek. This trek allows you to explore and rest due to the majority of the distance covered in the morning. The trek concludes with reaching the destination between 3-5 pm. You will spend the evening relaxing and having dinner. And you will prepare for the next-day trek before going to bed around 8:30–9 PM.

88. How are the food and accommodations on the trek?

The food and accommodations on the treks are generally good and fulfill the needs of the trekkers. The tea houses are well developed on trek routes like the Everest Base Camp trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek. You can also enjoy the luxury facilities in those regions. While, the remote and high-altitude teahouses can only provide basic facilities,. 

89. Do I need special equipment for trekking?

Yes, you will need special equipment if you are going on a multiday trek in Nepal. Some of the essential equipment needed for trekking are hiking boots or shoes, trekking pants, clothing (base layers, mid layers, and insulating layers), rain jackets and pants, hiking socks, a daypack, a duffel bag or large backpack, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, water bottles or hydration bladders, a headlamp, sunglasses and sun hats, trekking poles, and so on. These are the basic items that meet the needs of a normal trek. 

90. Can I rent trekking gear in Nepal?

Yes, you can rent trekking gear in Nepal. Several shops provide the renting facility to tourists at affordable rates, often as low as $1 per item per day. There are several items that you can rent, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, and camping tents. 

Special Interests

91. Are there any yoga retreats in Nepal?

Yes, there are several yoga retreats in Nepal. The yoga retreat is popular in Kathmandu and Pokhara cities. Some of the yoga retreats in Pokhara are Sadhana Yoga Retreat, and in Kathmandu, Purna Yoga Retreat and Yoga Alliance-certified Nepal Yoga Home are popular. The retreat centres provide various retreat packages that range from 1 to 32 days. During the period of retreat, various activities like trekking, ayurvedic treatments, and cooking classes are combined with yoga and meditation. 

92. What are some volunteer opportunities in Nepal?

Some volunteer opportunities in Nepal include teaching in underserved schools, animal welfare initiatives, and so on. Many foreigners have contributed a significant amount of their time to teaching in the schools. Some are also involved in animal welfare programmes. We have seen the involvement of foreigners in volunteering for adventure travel in the Himalayas. 

93. Can I participate in local festivals?

Yes, you can participate in the local festivals and immerse yourself in the unique society’s culture and traditions. You can attend the festival, observe the cultural performances, and dress in traditional attire too. There are several festival foods made during the festivals that are very delicious. The key thing is to respect the local customs and follow the festival rules. 

94. Are there any film festivals in Nepal?

Yes, Nepal hosts several film festivals annually. Some of the popular film festivals are the Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF), the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), and so on. Among them, the NIFF is the largest event screening, with over 80 films from 30+ countries. The other film festivals mainly focus on human rights issues, short films, European Union films, and so on.

95. What are the best photography spots in Nepal?

The best photography spots in Nepal are the Annapurna region, the Everest region, the UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Pokhara City, and so on. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the perfect place to capture the ancient architecture and heritage of ancient times. The Pokhara city also contains several sacred and religious sites that are good places for the photo. 

In addition, the popular trekking trails in the Annapurna and Everest regions are also photogenic. You can capture the stunning snowcapped peaks, lush green vegetation, and diverse flora and fauna. The Chitwan National Park is also the perfect destination for photography in the jungles of the Chitwan District. 

Final Preparations

96. How should I prepare for a trip to Nepal?

If you are preparing for the trip to Nepal, you should know a few things at first. Consult the doctor and get vaccinations like diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, and polio. Carry cash with you in Nepali currency because, in rural areas, there may be no acceptance of cards. Hire a guide, and spend your money wisely. In addition, your adapter may not work in all places, so carry the universal adapter.  

97. What are some essential Nepali phrases to learn?

Some of the essential Nepali phrases to learn are: 

  • Namaste: It is “Hello” in Nepali. This greeting is popular all over Nepal.  
  • Dhanyabad: It is called “Thankyou” in English. It is a way to express gratitude to the other person. 
  • Sanchai Hunu Hunxa?: It means “How are you?” in English. Asking about someone’s wellbeing is one of the most popular ways to start a conversation in Nepal. 
  • Kaha Chha?: It means “Where is (Place Name)?”. This phrase is used when you want to inquire about the location of a specific place or ask for directions in Nepal. 
  • Maaph Garnuhos: It means “excuse me” or "sorry.” This phrase is used to apologize or politely get someone’s attention. 
  • Pheri Bhetaunla: It means good bye. This phrase is used when saying farewell in Nepali. 
  • Didi/bahini: It means sister. This word is used to address someone in a familial way. 
  • Dai/Bhai: It means brother. This word is also used to address someone in a familial way. 

98. What should I do in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, you should remain calm and analyze the situation. Call the emergency number, such as 112, or your campus emergency line. Follow the emergency protocols and get to the safe area. 

99. Can I use my mobile phone in remote areas of Nepal?

Yes, you can use your mobile phones in the remote areas of Nepal. But it is not guaranteed that the network is reliable or that the coverage is high. There is no problem with the network in the major cities, but in remote areas, even the local SIMs may fail to connect.  

100. What are some travel apps recommended for Nepal?

Some travel apps that are recommended for Nepal are: Google Translate for language translations; Foodmandu delivery service for online food orders; Tootle, Pathao, and Indrive for affordable rides; Google Maps for navigation; Peak Finder for identifying the mountains; an English-Nepali dictionary app for learning Nepali; HoneyGuide for trail information and tips; and so on.